O. M. G. I was so flipping hungry all week, it was annoying. I was basically starving. <– if you haven’t seen CK Louis’ SNL intro monologue yet, go watch it immediately.
Stream of consciousness style, here is a sampling of some of this week’s insane snack consumption…
Other bars for breakfasts came courtesy of this sweet samples package from KIND.
I’ve flirted with loving different brands bars off and on, but throughout the years KIND products have remained some of my very favorites, so I was thrilled to try some of their new products. The two newest bar flavors are ridiculous good. They are all low in sugar – 5 grams of sugar or less and they don’t use artificial sweeteners – and are a good source of fiber and protein. Adam and I were both impressed by the Caramel Almond & Sea Salt.
And Dark Chocolate Mocha Almond knocked my socks off. New all-time favorite! This is what I always wish mocha would taste like.
Their Grain Clusters, basically granola, are a unique blend of gluten-free oats, millet, quinoa, amaranth and buckwheat; each 50g serving provides more than one full serving of whole grains. The Fruit and Nut Clusters made great yogurt bowls for lunches this week.
With blackberry lime Greek yogurt and blueberries plus a sour sop coconut water on the side.
And with sour sop yogurt(!!!) with blueberries and Cacao Bliss.
On Tuesday I did a salad from the cafeteria. Topped with pickled vegetables and a big scoop of chicken salad.
On Wednesday Adam had the day off so we met up for a lunch date!
Our meals cost only $10 each for huge plates of noodles and an appetizer.
And on Friday I packed Fage with passion fruit and clementine, nectarines, and TJ’s freeze-dried apples.
The apples were insanely good and I want more immediately. I planned on supplementing my smaller lunch with food from the cafeteria but it was a coworker’s last day so I had cake instead.
In spite of my copious snacking, I was too hungry to properly deal with dinner during the first half of the week.
My Bare Burger turkey burger – with smoked mozzarella, fried onions, all of the pickles, lettuce, tomato, mayo, and ketchup – was amazing and I ended up ordering one two days in a row!
When I finally did get around to making my own dinners like an adult, I had an assist from Pirate’s Booty.
They just introduced a line of macaroni and cheese and they sent me some samples to try out. The price, flavor, and texture were very comparable to other boxed mac and cheese options, but Pirate’s Booty uses organic pasta and contains no artificial colors or flavors.
We ended up with two very fancy feeling semi-homemade dinners.
Night one, I stirred roasted mini heirloom tomatoes in to the mild cheddar macaroni.
On top of spinach salads – baby spinach topped with chopped pecans, crumbled blue cheese, 1 tsp each honey and evoo, and a sprinkle of truffle salt.
Night two was another side-by-side bowl of greens and ‘cheese.
My veggie side was a simplified take on Jenna’s baked beans.
I just baked chopped kale with a can of beans, cup of whiskey maple bbq sauce, a scoop of Bone Suckin’ Mustard, and a ton of chopped garlic.
My pasta was aged white cheddar shells with TJ’s frozen mushroom medley and some sweet cheddar.
Delicious! I plan on buying both the shells and the mushrooms this weekend so I can make this meal again.
What is your family’s favorite way to gussy up boxed macaroni and cheese?
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