WIAW [Autumn Edition]

October 5, 2011 · 36 comments

Oops. I did it again.

Just sucking up to my good friend, Jenn. I like it when she’s proud of me.

Or maybe I’m still just wishing she’d get her butt over to VA Beach and make me some homemade sushi (with or without her jalapeno ranch).

OR MAYBE I’m looking for an excuse to party for my lovah Colleen‘s birthday. Go wish her a happy, wonderful one! She’ll be older than me for about three months. And we’re celebrating big next weekend. More on that later.

Anyway, my day started out as it usually does, with a big (K-) cup of coffee and bagelthin.

The changeup?

PUMPKIN CREAM CHEEESSE!

Yeah, I know. About every stinkin’ blog has six pupkin recipes splashed all over it right now, and yes, I know, it’s getting old. Sorry I sold out. I just wanted in on the pumpkinny goodness.

The best part about my cream cheese? You need no culinary talent nor elusive ingredients to put it together.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese

  • 1 tub fat free cream cheese
  • 1/4 can of canned pumpkin
  • 2 tbsp agave nectar
  • 1 packet NuNaturals stevia (any sweetener will do)
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 3 dashes cinnamon
  • 1 dash allspice

Mix it together any way you’d like. I mashed and mixed with a fork. Done.

My lunch consisted of leftovers from Monday night’s dinner. Bear Creek Minestrone zuppa!

You know the weather’s gotten colder when you’re craving some soup.

This just-add-water stuff is REALLY good considering it came out of a package. Can you tell I was feeling lazy?

And I added a little more pumpkin to my life with a Pumpkin-N-Spice Flax Plus Chewy Granola Bar. I bought a box of these from Wal-Mart last week, and I’m addicted.


A little extra fall flare was had with these guys. As far as cider goes, it’s “meh.” Not the best cider I’ve had, but it’s definitely not the worst.

And dinner? A serious improvisation.

I found myself dreaming about I’d made for dinner while lifting at the gym (normal.. I always think about food while exercising). I was in the mood for veggies. And barbeque sauce.

So I married the two. Quinoa presided over the affair.

Barbeque Quinoa Bowl

Serves: 1
Prep time: 20 minutes (including quinoa boiling time)
Cook time: 8 minutes

  • 1.5 cups quinoa, cooked
  • 1/3 zucchini, sliced
  • 1/3 yellow squash, sliced
  • 2 handfuls spinach
  • 2 large mushrooms, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup onion, coarsely chopped
  • 5 broccoli florets, coarsely chopped
  • 4 slices deli turkey, chopped
  • 1/4 cup BBQ cause (I used Sweet Baby Ray’s)
  • feta cheese
  • salt & pepper to taste
  1. Saute veggies on medium for about 5 minutes
  2. Add in the quinoa, turkey, and BBQ sauce. Stir. Turn heat to low for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, toss into bowl, and drizzle with a little more BBQ sauce and feta cheese. Enjoy. :)

Dessert was the usual around here.

Oh, hello chocolate peanut butter VitaTop. You never get old.

Aaaand there’s my Tuesday in food form, minus a few spoonfuls of peanut butter. Totally unpredictable, right? You’re welcome.

Please tell me I’m not the only one who repeats the same foods over and over.

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1 Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons October 5, 2011 at 12:58 pm

HOLY CRAP THAT LOOKS GOOD! I think I need some veg bbq quinoa goodness in my life stat! =) Pinning the idea for later! love you!!!!

and dude i’m always proud of you!!!! <3 and totes want to visit despite p's stranger danger rambles. lol
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2 Christine October 5, 2011 at 1:07 pm

I eat the same stuff on repeat for a long time until I get sick of it, then I can never eat it again! Usually it’s candy though. Like recently, I think I’ve killed a 99 cent bag of candy corn every day for two weeks. Definitely taking a break on that stuff now!

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3 Kailey (SnackFace) October 5, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Oh HAI TWIN. So I’ve also started eating pumpkin-y things too. I don’t like that they are so “ugh” predictable, but I love that pumpkin-flavored foods are the jam. It can’t help that it’s fabulous, you know?

I also haven’t been able to stop eating soup this week. Soup makes it easy to eat a ton of vegetables even when you don’t feel like it, and I’ve needed the warmth!

I am very repetitive but only for two or three days at a time. When you’re trying to save money and eat things you like, it happens.
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4 Turtle-speed Runner October 5, 2011 at 1:15 pm

OMG that vitatop thing looks amazing. I must have one…
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5 alyssa - fashion fitness foodie October 5, 2011 at 1:16 pm

i dont repeat too much – in fact my boyfriend just said i havent repeated a dinner once since we moved in – good or bad?
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6 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss October 5, 2011 at 2:37 pm

that’s GOOD.. it means you’re a genius. ;)

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7 Karla October 5, 2011 at 1:16 pm

My mouth is watering for that quinoa veg bowl and that cream cheese. Both have been bookmarked and will be made ASAP. I’m on the quest for a good cider K-Cup as well… let me know if you find one that’s delicious =)
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8 Shannon @ Healthiful Balance October 5, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Pumpkin cream cheese?? I want some!! :D
Your dessert looks..AMAZING!
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9 Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy and Healthy October 5, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Wow I have never even thought to put bbq sauce on quinoa dishes.
Poor bbq, so neglected in the SSH house.
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10 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss October 5, 2011 at 2:37 pm

it might be a good thing, because I might be eating enough BBQ sauce for the both of us. it’s a sickness..

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11 Marijke October 5, 2011 at 1:56 pm

That pumpkin cream cheese has invaded my thoughts. The part of my brain that I usually reserve for work-related business is now dreaming of pumpkin pie spice and bagels. If I get fired, it’s all on you.

In other news, food repetition isn’t a bad thing!
If it aint broken…
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12 Heather @ girlyeverafter October 5, 2011 at 2:27 pm

I’m the leftover queen. I always get hooked on a meal and eat it everyday that week. I’m a creature of habit so it’s cool;) I’ve never had vitatops but keep seeing them so I’m thinking that’s a hint.
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13 Lindsey @ Happy or Hungry October 5, 2011 at 2:29 pm

I have been eating the same foods over and over lately. But I like them, what can ya do?
Pumpkin cream cheese, GENIUS. Now that I have fully hopped aboard the pumpkin train, I am totally making that!
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14 Amy October 5, 2011 at 2:33 pm

YUM! im loving pumpkin right now too. i really want to try that bar from walmart, it looks delish. have a great WIAW!

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15 Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) October 5, 2011 at 2:39 pm

My first thought reading this was WHERE DID SHE FIND PUMPKIN CREAM CHEESE?! … obviously I got ahead of myself. Thanks for sharing- can’t wait to try it :)
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16 Alyson October 5, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Pumpkin cream cheese…?! Holy yummmmmm! That shizzz is getting in my diet ASAP! (;

Everyone loves pumpkin, so I’m pretty sure no one is going to complain if a plethora of pumpkin recipes is all over the blogosphere. (: We all love it. We can’t deny it. (Guess who’s stocking up on pumpkin the next trip to the grocery store…? Yuppppp, this gurlll!)

Loveeeee ya!
Aly

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17 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen October 5, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Selling out for the pumpkin can be tasty, no shame! Pumpkin cream cheese is one thing I haven’t tried yet though. I’m totally craving some BBQ sauce now that I saw your quinoa bowl. Currently thinking of ways to include it with lunch ;)
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18 Chelcie @ Chelcie's Food Files October 5, 2011 at 3:01 pm

That vita top looks AMAZING. vita tops heated up are seriously my favorite dessert. And nope your not the only one I have oatmeal for breakfast EVERY morning. and spoonfulls of peanut butter every day. Have you every tried pb & co mighty maple? its umm pretty addicting..
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19 debbie (accidently delish) October 5, 2011 at 4:00 pm

i am in agreeance, that veggie bbq sauce concoction looks amazing. i love throwing random things together, and i am very guilty of combining sauces with things they maybe shouldn’t go with. haha. but bbq sauce makes everything better!
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20 Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers October 5, 2011 at 4:38 pm

Sorry the cider wasn’t better. I just had a major hankering for cider earlier today. It looks like the dessert made up for it! :)
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21 julie October 5, 2011 at 4:48 pm

sweet baby rays i want some bbq sawce now! if you have’t tried dinosaur bbq you are seriously missing out either that or you should just come to ny and i’ll take you to the location in harlem ;) whatuuuup

last year i was ALL about making my own pumpkin cream cheese, totes forgot about it, now i’m lactose but i sense a goats milk cream cheese pumpkin style in my near future..
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22 Lauren October 5, 2011 at 5:02 pm

I’m fine with topping most things with bbq sauce, especially quinoa and veggies. I’m totally on board with the pumpkin craze, so I don’t mind more recipes involving it :)
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23 Sami October 5, 2011 at 5:24 pm

speak of the devil! you are a vitatopaholic ;) i am too, when i can afford to buy the huge packages from hungrygirl. i love how many fall foods are squeeeezed into this post. soup, pumpkin cc, spiced apple cider, & a pumpkin granola bar (:

xo
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24 katie @KatieDid October 5, 2011 at 5:38 pm

haha my WIAW ended the exact same way… unpictured: a few spoonfuls of peanut butter. Not about to whip out my camera every (5) times my spoon and or finger dives into the jar.

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25 Amanda @ Fashionably Plate October 5, 2011 at 6:45 pm

I am so glad I just stumbled across your blog today! Everything you ate looks delish, especially the Vitatop. Love those things. So much.

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26 janae @hungryrunnergirl.com October 5, 2011 at 7:53 pm

I always repeat my eats and I like it that way:) I need to try that pumpkin cream cheese. Girl, BEAR CREEK soup is my favorite, might have to make some tonight because of you!
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27 Sharon @ Bit of the Good Stuff October 5, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Your bbq quinoa bowl looks lush!!! I’ve never been a big fan of quinoa but I’m definitely going to give your recipe a try. The bbq sauce might just do the trick ;)

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28 Rachel @ The Avid Appetite October 5, 2011 at 9:39 pm

pumpkin cream cheese?! this is amazing! i can’t wait to make it and spread it on everything!! :)
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29 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss October 6, 2011 at 12:09 pm

seriously.. you’ll want to eat it with a spoon.

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30 Liz @ Something To Chew On October 6, 2011 at 12:05 am

I always eat the same foods over and over and over again. Always.

That cream cheese looks amazing!! And…all I think about at the gym is what’s for supper. Every. Single. Day.
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31 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 6, 2011 at 12:21 am

I’m dying over that quinoa bowl! Looks so good!
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32 Kristen @ notsodomesticated October 6, 2011 at 1:00 am

I totally repeat the same foods. My breakfast is the same about 99.9% of the time, especially on week days. But I don’t care because I love it. :P

P.S. I think I’m the only female in the world that hasn’t tried the Vitatops … I need to change that ASAP!
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33 lindsay October 6, 2011 at 1:28 am

i love pumpkin cream cheese with BUTTERSCOTCH! oh ya, take that fall recipe. booyah!
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34 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss October 6, 2011 at 12:09 pm

with BUTTERSCOTCH? teach me your ways!

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35 lizzie October 6, 2011 at 12:25 pm

you got me craving BBQ!
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36 Lindsay October 6, 2011 at 10:07 pm

Pumpkin cream cheese. I need that in my life. Definitely going to have to make me some now that I have like the cost-co size can of pumpkin.
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