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*Today’s post about Wendy’s Chicken Flatbread Sandwiches was financially supported by Wendy’s and the #6secondsflat video challenge.

Imagine this: You’re a foodie, and a health-conscious one, at that. You strive to make the best choices at every turn, and all your friends and family know it. Oddly enough, some people still choose to hang out with you and maybe even travel with you. (Haha) One Saturday, you find yourself en route to an out-of-town baby shower and everyone wants to eat.

Where do you stop that will make everyone happy?

Suggest Wendy’s, and nobody will roll their eyes at you like they did when you suggested they all pack small bags of almonds in their purse. You might even win a little cred for surprising everyone!

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Sunshine Stack

I love to cook. I always have. But when it comes to making lunch just for me on my days at home, I often bypass the whole mess and just snack, or heat up some leftovers. There’s really nothing wrong with that, I guess, but today I felt like making myself a real meal. Maybe that’s because it’s rainy outside. We need the rain badly, though, so instead of sunshine outside, I thought I’d incorporate a few rays into my lunch.  

Sadly, I’m down to my last Southwestern Sunshine Burger. :( I found a single box in an out-of-the-way health food store, which I have a feeling I’ll be revisiting soon.

Sometimes, I put my Sunshine Burger on a bun. But the beef I have with buns is that they often seem like nothing more than a vehicle for the real star of the meal, and they contain a lot of empty carbs for something I don’t really enjoy. Don’t get me wrong…I like a good hunk of bread as much as the next guy, but a burger bun just doesn’t excite me too much.

But who needs a bun when you’ve got a fat sweet potato?!

So I rubbed the taters with a mere touch of coconut oil and salt, and set them a bakin’ in the oven (along with a few extras for baby’s dinner later): about 20 minutes at 350º, then another 15 or so at 400º, turning throughout for even browning. I baked the Sunshine Burger along with them until it was nice and crispy.

Hmmm….what jives with the burger’s Southwestern flair? Salsa! 

But I don’t have any salsa. :|

What I do have, and need to use up, is this array of goodies, which I ran through the food processor to create a little somethin’ somethin’ that sort of resembled a salsa.

  • 1/2 cup black beans
  • 1/8 cup fresh onion
  • 1 clove of garlic from our garden
  • 4 yellow pear tomatoes from our garden
  • 1 pinch cumin
  • 1 pinch chili powder
  • several sprigs of cilantro Oops. Cilantro was just a little too far past its prime and is now in the compost.

Directions: Hit “pulse” a few times instead of “on” so as not to scare the baby. 


Once my burger and tater bun were baked to perfection, I simply stacked them up!

  1. sweet potato
  2. 1/2 Sunshine Burger
  3. veg “salsa”
  4. 1/2 Sunshine Burger
  5. more “salsa”
  6. the last of my cheddar cheese curds (insert teary-eyed emoticon here!)
  7. another hot round of sweet potato to top it off

It still could have benefited from a touch of real tomatoey salsa, but all in all this was a pretty fantastic lunch. I’m not sure why I don’t treat myself to a real lunch more often, especially considering this was made entirely of ingredients I had in the house, and it only took a few minutes to put together. From now on, I think making my own healthy lunch a priority is a new goal. 

Because I’m worth it!

And now that I’m feeling all inspired and self-esteemy, I’d like to take Chocolate-Covered Katie up on her challenge to post a no-makeup pic on my blog! OK, so this one is not a full face no-makeup pic, but it’s not exactly flattering. And there’s NO makeup, plus I think it was taken on a no-wash hair day, so it fits the bill.

I took it to document (just for my own use) the crazy hair loss that started about 3 1/2 months after I gave birth. Did you know that some lucky women’s hormones cause them to lose clump after clump of hair after childbirth? I knew this going in, because it happened when I lost my first pregnancy, but I didn’t expect to lose so much. This is during the period of regrowth, and trust me when I tell you this pic doesn’t do it justice! I have full-on bangs now that I never intended, and a full head of short hair underneath my long hair! 

Here it is….with no self-disparaging comment, although I’m tempted. I look at my weird hair as just another reminder of how lucky I am to be a healthy mommy to my healthy boy!

…and for the sake of comparison, the mascara and eyeliner version. 

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Do you eat your burger on a bun? If so, do you really want the bun, or do you just eat it because it’s there?

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What I am is what I am…

If you are what you eat (and you definitely are), today I am a big pile of refined white crap.

And that’s exactly what I feel like.

Before last night’s LLL meeting, the fam and I stopped off at the Cherry Alley in Lewisburg for sandwiches, only to find that they closed at  6. My fault, I suppose, for not checking, but I really don’t understand why so many local places close so early. Bummer.

So we had about a half hour to find a place to grab some eats. Situations like this usually do not end well.

Enter: the worst pizza I’ve ever had. I did not take a picture, but close your eyes and imagine some dry, crusty (not in a good way) bland pizza with a few dried up mushrooms on top. That’s about it.

Bleh.

This morning wasn’t much better. I neglected to plan ahead for oats (thinking perhaps that the Breakfast Fairy was going to show up and prepare something healthy while I slept? As if.) So when I got to my training session I was faced with a choice: cookies, bagel, or no breakfast. I chose half of the bagel that most closely resembled whole wheat, though I’m sure it wasn’t, and a big cup of decaf, which turned out not to be.

So now, I am a jittery lump of dried out pizza and doughy bagel. 

Some people really eat like this all the time?

Double bleh.

Man, I SO know better than to do this to myself.

On a nicer note, here’s a taste of what’s going on at the homestead right about now:

The Garden.

The husbo won’t pull the milkweed because it brings butterflies. Can’t argue with that.

Here he is, planting scarlet runner beans and yardlong beans (they will climb and form the arbor)…

Carrots, peas and rainbow chard…

Spizznach…

Staggered beet crop…

Broccs…

Little baby paw paw trees…(My Valentine’s Day gift to him, 2 years ago…)

Some pretty stuff around the spring house…

and the start of our long-anticipated blueberries! Can’t wait to be some blueberry oats!

And those are a few of the things I aspire to be.

For now, I’m back at the Cherry Alley, and I plan to spend the rest of the day being a Thai Tempeh wrap with apples, sprouts and spicy mango sauce. Oh, and a big vegan espresso cookie, too.

Yummy me!

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What are you?

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A short lunchtime rant.

My mother always taught me that if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.

Well, I’m actually not sure that my mother taught me that, but I know I hear it a lot.

In most cases, I might argue with such a cliche. But not today.

BECAUSE PEOPLE KEEP COMMENTING ON MY LUNCH.

This is my lunch today.

Falafel from Falafel Republic and some plain Chobani Greek yogurt, sprinkled with pepper, for dipping. No big deal, right?

Does this warrant an, “Ewww!”

or, “What are YOU eating?”

or, “WHAT are you eating?”

or, “What are you EATING?”

or my favorite, “WHAT ARE YOU EATING?”

My response?

“Falafel.”

Which is then promptly followed by, “Oh. Gross.” or “You’re weird,” or “That’s disgusting!” or something equally as rude.

This is nothing new. It happens when I bring B sprouts, it happens when I bring a this-and-that salad from the garden. It really happened one day when I decided to cut up an apple and bake it inside an acorn squash at work. 

I just really don’t get it. I see lunches and snacks every day, all the time, that offend me on every level. Most of them are ordered by number through a window, and partnered up with a big, gut-busting soda. And, more often than not, they are served up with a big side dish of whining about how fat the offender is, and how they should not be eating said meal.

Do I comment?

Of course not.

Because that’s rude.

I’ll admit it. When I was a kid, and brought kohlrabi or pomegranate seeds to school, I got a little kick out of it when the other kids balked at the contents of my lunchbox. I knew I was a little different in that way, and I didn’t mind it. I was proud of it. But I’m an adult now, and I’m just trying to take care of my body so I can stay healthy, feel good and provide food for my son. If you support me, or want to know how to do the same thing for yourself, go ahead and ask. But to comment on the food I’ve prepared as if it were truly disgusting? Come on. It’s just not cool.

Thanks for listening. Rant over!

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Can you relate? Please, people…tell me what the proper response is. I may get myself in trouble soon.

**Disclaimer: I did tell my parents yesterday that they shouldn’t eat so much white pasta. A criticism, yes, but made with only the best intentions.

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The Perfect Lunch

It’s a bold statement, I know.

Sometimes, I take the time to pack a lunch and then, when 12:00 rolls around, I get all persnickety and want something else.

And sometimes, the stars align and I find myself with exactly what I want, exactly when I want it.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I bring you The Perfect Lunch!

One Sunshine Burger , with a little mustard hiding underneath, on an  EarthGrains multigrain thin bun… 

Spizznach, pea shoots and mixed greens from our garden…

Piled high…with a little cheese-like single…

With the lid…

The remainder of my greens, topped with some raw almonds and cranberries…

…carried in an Earth’s Best baby food jar! Reuse, reuse, reuse…

A simple vinaigrette and a smidge of salt and pepper…

And, the finishing touch: a Pumpkin Pie Tasty Little Chewy from Kashi!

Voila! The perfect lunch! (For today, anyway.)

What’s your perfect lunch?

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