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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

New Ideas

Hey guys! Hope everyone had a TERRIFIC week :)
So...this past Saturday was me race (it was a four-miler) and it went SO well! NO knee pain AT ALL and crossed the finish in 35:00. Signing up for my next one (a 5K) this week (it is at the beginning of April!) :D
Also, I have my first competition since my knee injury one week from this coming Saturday!! SO excited and nervous! I'm against only two other girls, but nerve-racking none the less...:/
So in my fridge/pantry/cabinet right now I have miscellaneous things I purchased on impulse (come know you do it too--haha) that I legit have NO IDEA WHAT TO USE THEM FOR!!! The reason I am telling you all his is so you can help me figure out what to use them for! :D goes ;)

Dried apricots
I think I know what I am going to do with these babies...recipe coming soon :)

Shredded unsweetened coconut.
Now...I've mostly just been trying to use this up by putting it in my morning bowl of oats...but...I'm looking for some change...any ideas? Dishes? Please share!! :D

Coconut milk.
Now, I have a specific recipe that I am using this for, but I will have a whole can left over after! Ideas?!

One of my favorite things about Whole Foods is the bulk bins. When I go down the bulk aisle, I am like a kid in a candy store ;) I have gotten in the habit of buying about 20-50 cents of bulk items that I've never tried before so I won't waste lots of money if I don't like it. So far, it's worked pretty well :) This week's WF trip recruited the following:

Oatmeal topper, obvi...but...any other neat ideas?

Nutritional Yeast.
I have seen this ALL over the blog world, but have never tried it, because I honestly have NO IDEA what to use it for...suggestions? :D

Last but not least (and I DEFF know what I'm using these for!!)...CHIA SEEDS!
Though only my second time purchasing them, I am already in love...;)

In closing, I wanted to share with you all an experience I had earlier tonight. I got the opportunity to cook/serve food for a group that provides dinner for the homeless in that community every Wednesday. Though I have to admit, this kind of thing isn't really my "cup of tea" you could say, I am SO glad I did it. It was a wonderful experience and really made me realize how privileged I am. It was volunteer, so there's no money, but in some ways that makes it even more special to do it out of sheer knowledge that it is the right thing to do.
Hope everyone has a blessed week ahead.
Stay happy. Stay healthy.
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent". -Eleanore Roosevelt.


  1. Such an eye-opening opportunity to work with the homeless! It's amazing how humble we become when we see how others are living, so different than our comfortable lives.

    Nutritional yeast: mac + cheese with couscous, nut-milk, spices and nutritional yeast! or sprinkle atop kale chips before baking for a cheesy snack (from iheartveggies' blog)

    Coconut: There is an amazing recipe in the book Eat, Drink, and be Vegan that is a Cocoa Coconut chili. It's incredible! unsweetened cocoa powder, unsweetened shredded coconut + coconut milk, with beans and spices. Deliiicious! I bet you can find similar recipes on google :)

    Love all your purchases, and I know exactly what you mean with the bulk bins. They drive me crazy, I just can't handle how expensive some stuff is, I want it alll!

    Have an amazing week and congrats on the 4-miler! What an awesome time!

  2. Love that you had such an awesome experience with volunteering!! It really is such a wonderful thing to do, so you go girl :)

    I love everything you got!! I cant wait for future recipes!!

    Oh and congrats on your race!! No knee pain is always a success!!

  3. To answer your comment, I only use frozen peaches on cereal or oatmeal. Sometimes I just eat them plain though!