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one of those days

I’m still working at Whole Foods every few weeks and I had to go in Saturday morning from 9am-5pm.  We got to bed at a decent time Friday night but I was still pooped when the alarm went off at 7:45.  I dragged by butt out of bed and nothing seemed too off at that point.

I made a delicious, quick and refreshing breakfast.

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I’ve been eating Plain Wallaby Organic [my favorite brand of non-Greek yogurt] instead of Greek yogurt recently.  Here’s why:

  • MUCH cheaper $3 for 32oz as opposed to $5 for 16oz
  • Fat + Organic – Any of the organic Greek yogurts seem to all be fat free.  I like fat in my yogurt!
  • Nutrition is somewhat similar 
    • 1c Wallaby Plain – 140 cals : 11g protein : 4g fat : 9g sugar
    • 1c Oikos Plain – 130 cals : 23g protein : 0g fat : 9g sugar

So the protein is WAY higher in the Greek, but I get enough protein from other sources.  For now, I’m sticking with the non-Greek!

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This was about 1c of yogurt, a bunch of fruit, Love Grown Foods granola, a drizzle of honey, and a toasted Ezekiel sprouted grains English muffin with melty pnut butter smothered on top.

Melty pnut butter on a bagel or English muffin is one of the best things everrrrr.

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Touch of sweetness from the fruit + honey.  I found a great deal on organic strawbs + bluebs at WF the other day.

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Once I got to work, it turned into one of those days.  My legs were in slow-mo from my bike ride the day before, and I think I left my brain in bed.

First.  This happened.  I was going to get some sauce for the turkey meatloaf and was moving a different container of sauce for an Indian dish.  The lid was not on correctly so I dropped it when I picked it up.  This drawing below is not an exaggeration.  It’s exactly what happened.



I also dropped a container full of water and these radish flower garnishes all over the prepared foods area. 

THEN, I burnt my hand.  Not too bad, but no burn is fun.  This is not typical for me!  I dropped 2 other things, but can’t even remember what.  I’ve blocked it out of my memory.

I still had yellow saucy goo all over me + my hat.


I redeemed myself when I came home, with this dish.  It’s what I made for our friends’ going away party.  I would have to say, it turned out delicious.  The texture was amazing.

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Summery Quinoa Millet Casserole [adapted from 101 Cookbook’s, Heather’s Quinoa]

[Serves ~10]

  • 1c white quinoa + 1c black quinoa + 1c millet – rinsed + drained
  • 4c water [for the quinoa] + 3c water [for the millet]
  • 2T olive oil
  • 1/2c pepitas [pumpkin seeds]
  • 3c kale – washed, de-stemmed + chopped
  • 1pint cherry/grape tomatoes
    • 1/2T olive oil
    • 1t sucanat [or other sugar]
    • 1/4t salt
  • 1 avocado
  • 1.5c frozen corn
  • 1/2 – 3/4c raw vegan pesto
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • black pepper
  • 1/2-1t fine grain sea salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350*.  Slice cherry tomatoes in 1/2 and put on a baking sheet.
  2. Toss with olive oil, sucanat [or other sugar] and salt.
  3. Bake for ~45min, tossing once after 25min.
  4. Heat a large pot over medium heat with 1T olive oil.
  5. Add in rinsed quinoa + millet.  Stir for about 2min to bring out nutty flavor.
  6. Add in all water. *see note below
  7. Bring to a boil and cook for about 20+ min until all water is absorbed.  [It took longer than normal with such a large quantity.] 
  8. Fluff with a fork.
  9. In a small pan over med-low heat, toast pepitas, stirring frequently until just browned.  ~5min.
  10. In a large sauté pan heat 1T olive oil over med-high heat.
  11. Add in garlic + onion, stirring for ~2min.
  12. Add in quinoa + frozen corn.  Stir.
  13. Add in chopped kale and cook for ~3min, until kale is slightly wilted.
  14. Take off heat.  Gently stir in pesto, pepitas, and tomatoes.
  15. Salt + pepper to taste.
  16. Top with 1 diced avocado.

*You can definitely use all quinoa in this but the millet gave it an creamy + thick texture.  There is no difference in water amount or cook time between black + white quinoa.  I only got the black quinoa for the color.  Millet has a similar cook time to quinoa, so it worked fine cooking them together.  You can sub out any grain you wish in this dish.

**I meant to also toss in 1 can of rinsed garbanzo beans for a little more protein but forget.  I think it would be a great addition.

***Feel free to sub in a store bought pesto or a non-vegan version.  If it’s an oily pesto, you might not need as much.

****Also, I made the quinoa + roasted the tomatoes the day before to save time.  It just took a little longer to heat the quinoa up in the pan.  I also threw it in the oven [on a low heat] to keep it warm when I got to the party.

I absolutely LOVED the texture of this.  Very creamy but a nice crunch from the pepitas.  The flavor of the pesto and the sweetness of the tomatoes was awesome too. 

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The roasted tomatoes should look like this when they’re done.  I use parchment paper for easy cleanup.

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I was exhausted from work and then racing home to shower + finish making this dish but it was worth it!  The party was so much fun.

The bro-in-law.  Do you see me?

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One of our friends has a moped/bike thing.  The boys thought it was a good idea to play with it in the alley.  I was thrilled…

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So was Jen.  Jen is our friend that’s moving.  Very sad!!  She and her boyfriend Jay are off to DC.  We’ll definitely miss them!!

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Kurtz tried to jump on the bike.  What happened after this photo was not pretty.  He was okay, but the bike took quite the hit.

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Ann [Kurtz’s g/f] was also less than pleased.

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Jen has a great style and always has the best accessories. 

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Ugh.  The husband. 

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At least he had a helmet on?

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Do you see the wet spot on the neckline of my dress?  I dropped a bunch of watermelon all over the place.  Yup, fail #789 of the day.

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We had an awesome cookout with our friends and the quinoa dish went over really well.  Then we stopped at a bunch of Jen + Jay’s favorite bars.  It was a good night!!  We got home late and I was not feeling blogging at 2am. 

When I woke up, I found vomit on my yoga mat.

I promise it was not from me or the husband. 

Which dog is guilty?  I’m guessing the brown one.


I was slightly dehydrated from last night but this kale green monster kicked whatever small hangover I had to the curb.  It rocked.  

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Kickin’ Kale Pnut Butter Banana Green Monster

  • 2c washed + de-stemmed kale
  • 1c ice
  • ~1/2c milk of choice
  • 1/2c plain yogurt
  • 1-2T pnut butter
  • 1 banana
  • 6 strawberries
  • 1/2t cinnamon
  • 1T chia seeds

Blend awaaaay!! 

I got a great tip from a reader for blending Green Monsters.  If you don’t have a blender that pummels through kale or spinach, try this! 

  1. Blend/puree kale + milk/liquid and then add in all other ingredients and blend again until smooth.

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We’re off to Ft. Collins today to shop around for a house to rent!

Hope you all have a lovely Sunday!! :)


Reader Comments (24)

I was just wondering what was happening with the Fort Collins move!
Oh boys and their need to do unsafe things :(

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCamille

Ooh that does sound like a bad day at Whole Foods! Your amazing eats made up for it though, I'm sure :)
LOVE those (Paint?) computer pics too, so funny!

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFreya @ Brit Chick Runs

That day sounds awful :( At least you were at Whole Foods though! I find it hard to not have a good time there ;)

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

Dude you are having a rough day. I'm sorry. Love your illustrations. Lol

Sorry about your day, but I loved the recap!

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKath

AWww, I;m so sorry to hear about the major mishaps in your day, but at least you were able to end it right. A BBQ with friends sounds great! :)

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

Sorry about your day - I hate days like that! I had one last weekend and have an ugly scar on my forearm from burning my arm on the oven, sigh. The casserole looks wonderful - I am bookmarking the recipe. I just got back from WFs and picked up quinoa and millet, so it's perfect!

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRun Sarah

Sorry about your luck but all that food looks good!

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterchristina cadden

:( feel better, ashley. but your illustrations are hilarious. aww. and, of course, your meal looks amazing. but what's new there? :)

Gosh I hate those days... but we all have them and I love your, ahem, *artful* illustrations of the failures. That casserole looks incredible though! BTW I like Wallaby yogurt a lot too, but my all time favorite Greek yogurt (that I treat myself to once in a blue moon) is Voskos. I love the texture, and it is one of the few brands that has varying fat contents (non-fat, low-fat, and whole milk).

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterj

haha oh my - what a day indeed :)

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

things just weren't working for ya! it's ok..happens to the best of us! ((lol)) all the food looks delish, especially that casserole! :) and I like fat in my yogurt too: more filling & tastes better!! ((FYI stonyfield vanilla cream top..IS quite a bit of sugar..but for a treat...oh yeah)) :)

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterteenagehealthfreak

OMG boys are too much. They are always getting into childish fun. Kinda jeallous I can't just let go and have fun like that.

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda @ MirandasJeans

I hate "those days" :( And once one thing goes wrong it all seems to go wrong but oh well it happens to all of us. Hope today was better!

Oh, man, that does sound like a rough day! Don't worry though, everyone has those days. That's cool you get to work at whole foods. I never go there though because it's expensive (the reason why I have never eaten from the hot bar), but I like to walk around there and just look at all the items. I mostly just shop at Trader Joe's or this cheap, health food place called Henry's. I think it's only on the west coast though, not sure?

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLorin

your green monster looks delicious!
sorry bout all your fails. still looks like it was a fun day though :)

August 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrachel

We're moving in about 1 month!

August 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

It wasn't too bad. Lot's of laughing :)

August 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Eeek!! Hope your arm isn't too bad! Let me know if you dry out that dish. :)

August 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I loooove Voskos as well!!! It's my favorite Greek yogurt.

August 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I just made this and it was fantastic!!! I added cumin, a chopped red bell pepper, and a handful of cilantro to take it a southwestern direction. I halved it and there were tons of leftovers though... I'd say the full recipe shouls serve at least 12. Thanks for the recipe!

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterj

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love the red, white 'n' blue b-fast photos!

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