How I Spend My Sundays

by Sarah on October 17, 2010 · 6 comments

Having recently become somewhat, dare I say it, bored with overnight oats (gasp!)*…

*I first made this confession to my dear friend Molly, during a conversation where I analyzed the feasibility of establishing a PayPal account that would fund her Trader Joe’s shopping-stocking-and-shipping for me.

…I experimented with a slightly more creative breakfast this morning.
A cantaloupe bowl, filled with Brown Cow creamy plain yogurt, Crofter’s Asia Superfruit Spread, puffed millet, Kashi GoLean, and some of my Trail Mix Granola.

Delicious!

And definitely a little shake-up from my ordinary. However, after that, everything fell into my typical Sunday routine. Despite having planned to go to the Texas Book Festival to see some chef presentations….but then the day just got away from me.

I did what I typically do on a Sunday morning, and went to the gym “down South.” This inevitably leads to an excursion to Newflower, which I love, but can never get to during the week.
I never know what I’m going to find…rarely do I have a list. And usually, I end up at two (or three, if you count Wal-Mart or SuperTarget) different grocery stores.

Today I walked away with the largest green grapes I have ever seen.
And yes, I bought them solely because they were the largest green grapes I have ever seen. (That’s a teaspoon holding the grape, but it does not give you any indication as to the extreme girth of the grape.)
I also found two new nut butters to try! [Having taken a self-imposed ban from nut butter this past week after accidental overdose, I am happy to be restocked.]
And I succumbed to the advertising during Top Chef: Just Desserts.
Then what do I normally do on Sundays?

Why…cook, of course.
Roasted Butternut Squash & Apple Soup
Caramelized Onion & Fontina Beer Bread


I will also do laundry, and sometimes I will attempt to read. But usually I waste a lot of time uploading pictures onto blogger and lazing around/catching up with my roommates while watching Bravo reruns or, my personal favorite, How I Met Your Mother. [Thank you, CW, by the way, for showing it every single night and allowing me to stock the DVR with episodes.]Prepping pre-fab (and fabulous) blog posts for the week, trying to think about (and get ready) potential leftovers-for-lunch or filling breakfasts…moseying around….the day somehow disappears.

Then, inevitably, we all get to play the “start of the week and need to figure out how to make room for weekend grocery purchases in our overflowing refrigerator” game.

One way to reduce surplus? Cook down random veggie remnants. It is culinarily proven that cooked veggies take up less space than raw ones.
Chop ‘em up, and then see what other random items taking up space you might have to combine with them.
Leftover tomato sauce from last week’s Okra Pizza with Sweet Potato Crust (still need to post that recipe by the by)…
…and tempeh, which I bought when having a craving for it, and then never cooked. [That happens so much more often than it should.]I’m not sure where I saw this, but once upon a blog, someone crumbled up their tempeh like ground meat, and cooked it into a pasta sauce-like concoction.
I crumbled up about 2/3 of the package and added it to the veggies, which I sauteed in olive oil, with lots of pepper and oregano. Once they were softened up, I poured on the tomato sauce and let it simmer for awhile.
I thought about serving it over pasta, but sometimes I feel like pasta just gets in my way. [I am so saucy, aren't I? ;) ]
We can call this Sloppy Tempeh-joes. Which sounds kind of like “temperature”….so that’s funny. Right?

And Sunday always ends with Don Draper.

Sadly, he rarely follows me into my dreams.

And then it is Monday all too soon.

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Mary @ Bites and Bliss October 17, 2010 at 10:28 pm

That breakfast looks so good! It reminds me of how I use to eat cantaloupe as a little kid..except yours is much more fancy and tasty :)

I like your reasoning for buying the grapes- sounds legit to me! ;) I'm the same way with grocery shopping. My usual routine is WalMart for everything but produce, Kroger for my milk and yogurt (nowhere else sells them), then the farmer's market for produce. Not only do I have to go from place to place to get everything, but it helps with money saving as well.

Oh, and that vanilla cranberry peanut butter's very good from what I can remember!

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sophia October 18, 2010 at 12:38 am

Gah, I keep meaning to try tempeh, but I never do because it seems rather pricey for fermented stinky soybeans, lol.

As you can tell, I'm kind of a broke student and am very budget conscious, so I just seek out the best bargains. Can't afford to shop at Whole Check for organic produce!

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Brittany @ A Healthy Slice of Life October 18, 2010 at 8:03 am

Ok, the cantaloupe bowl looks awesome… but was it hard to eat? Sometimes I make things look pretty, but it's not so great in function ;)

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atastelife October 18, 2010 at 9:39 am

The weekend went by way too fast again!
Do you have a recipe for the carmelized onion bread? Sounds deeeelish.
And I tried that gum…and then mint chocolate chip flavor. I had to. And it tastes just like the green stuff I loved growing up.

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hbobier October 18, 2010 at 12:48 pm

I love the Roasted Butternut Squash & Apple Soup–it looks like fall in a bowl!

And I'm also a fan of Don Draper–last night's episode was crazy! Did not see any of that coming…

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vegansunshine October 18, 2010 at 9:10 pm

Your breakfast looks awesome! Very interesting idea :)

Whitney

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