What I Ate (But Didn’t Make)

by Sarah on August 24, 2011 · 14 comments

Some of you are probably wondering, “Did she or didn’t she?” as regards opening that new juicer of mine. But sorry, Kristina, a ‘What I (Juiced) Wednesday’ post is going to have to wait, as I’m not ready to tell y’all if I’ve succumbed to the ways of the juice just yet. (I’ve always loved a good cliffhanger! Mwahahahahaha…)

However, as I tweeted yesterday to the weekly web-party hostess, Jenn, since I wasn’t willing to discuss juices that may or may not have been made, I was having trouble coming up with my now-standard ‘oh-so-creative’ riff on What I Ate Wednesday…and after I realized that I had now entered new levels of blog dork-dom, it hit me why*: things have been a little strange around here, and not because I bought a juicer, or that I’ve been running in increasing increments and ate cold oatmeal for the first time in ages. No, what’s strange is that I haven’t been making a whole lot of my own food. [Gasp!]

*Why I couldn’t think of anything. Not why I’m a dork. That’s too hard to define, really.

Sure, I’ve been eating a lot of hummus, but aside from the Hatch Chile Hummus I made at work, it has not been of my own creation.Nut butter, of course, is standard. (As are pictures of my food takien at such large slants that it appears as though five seconds after the shot everything went toppling to the ground. Not that that would surprise anyone, of course.)But for this Peanut Butter Processing Princess, it is quite bizarre that I have been eating nutty butters made by others…not myself. To be honest, I make better nut butter than the much heralded Naturally Nutty. It’s OK. It’s nutty. It’s also super chunky and looks a bit like poo. [I’m super thankful Kath gifted it to me when I saw her and Matt in Virginia, and I’m obviously still eating it…but it’s definitely not worth the $400,000 to have it mailed to you.]The Smucker’s Natural with Honey was a curiosity splurge when I was home in Pennsylvania. I like it, but it borders on being TOO sweet…just slightly. Clearly I’m still going to eat it by the spoonful…but the best thing about it is the reusable jar to come. [Smucker’s jars are the best of ALL the jars in the land!!!]This whole “not really thinking too much about my meals lately” probably started with the “Buy a rotisserie chicken, a large family salad, and a baguette for $10.00!” deal at work last week. After much more debate than there should have been,* I took the plunge and purchased.

*”Shelly, do I REALLY need a whole chicken?” “Sarah, I don’t know.” “But it’s such a good deal!” “Then buy it.” “But do I REALLY need a whole chicken?” [Sigh]It was too good of a deal to pass up, really. I mean, with my discount it was only $8.50 or so, and that’s how much one might spend on a salad this size in a restaurant.OK, sure, I DID us the baguette to make Green Chile Chicken Pan-salada–a post, by the way, which I would appreciate one of you going to and commenting on, because I’m feeling REALLY sad about the fact that no one did. (I’m spoiled. Deal with it.)

I also baked up a Vegan Figgy (Bread Pudding).

But for the most part, I just took that salad and ate it as is.
Or I added some random vegetables I pulled out of the fridge. Gotta love the last of the (not homemade) taco sauce as dressing.

If I shook up the salad with the lid on it does that count as cooking?

Leftover beans from a half-batch of Reese’s Bean-nut Butter and the remaining corn and tomatillos from the Green Chile Chicken Pan-salada? [Have you commented on that yet?????]
Plus Mrs. Renfro’s Pomegranate Salsa? Don’t mind if I do.As for the chicken–and yes, that is a Vanilla Pepper chicken I chose (the little bit of the skin I let myself eat was peppery sweet YUM)–
some of it ended up in the random Pesto Chicken Salad I stirred together (I don’t think that counts as “making” anything)……but most of it I just sort of ate off the bone. [Which I’m sure grossed out my sometimes-vegan roommate. Especially when I got to the wings. NO MEAT LEFT BEHIND!!!!]

The advantage of being single is that a “family-sized meal” will feed you for a week. All I needed to supplement was some fresh seafood ceviche made for me as a belated birthday dinner……and some Hatch-marinated fish tacos cooked on the grill during the Hatch Festival last weekend.[Where I might not have MADE the tacos…but I certainly EARNED them……working as a pseudo-line cook [slash] waitress in 105 degree heat–a position that might be closest I ever come to working in a restaurant.]And just when I thought, “Oh! I’m going to have to cook tonight! What sort of strange concoction can I come up with that will beat that crazy sweet potato haystack pizza-type thing with pesto chicken on it that I made last weekend?” I remembered I had leftovers from the little bar [slash] convenience store [slash] Indian restaurant that could…The Whip In, where I met Suzanna for lunch on our mutual day off.

The Eggplant Ratatouille Curry on Basmati Rice with (necessary) Naan on the side was incredibly flavorful and made me want to take a trip to India*…or at least start putting curry powder on everything.

*I almost typed Indiana. But who would I visit there?I strategically packaged up half so that I would be able to eke out a second meal. But yet again, I didn’t make the meal. This man did. [Or at least, he was so nice and jolly that I HOPE he did.]

It’s OK. So I didn’t cook a whole lot this week. I still feel like I was somewhat creative, no? Ah well, you live and learn….and then you check your bank account and get the h#$% back into the kitchen.

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Maris (In Good Taste) August 24, 2011 at 4:29 am

Your pictures are making me very hungry!

Susan August 24, 2011 at 6:50 am

I haven't been cooking either, but I was not nearly as creative as you my dear! My salads usually have like two ingredients because I'm lazy. Come cook for me! And where were you in PA again?

Smucker's PB is my jam. Their natural beats any fancy pants nut butter I've ever eaten. And their jars are too cute. It reminds me of the Today show when Smucker's sponsored the birthday segment of all the really super elderly people. I hope you know what I'm talking about…

Happy Wednesday Sarah!

Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean August 24, 2011 at 7:26 am

several things: indiana is close to columbus…so you should go there..and then come here. much closer than india. second, that vanilla pepper chicken is SO intriguing! third, i got out of bed this morning and my leg was asleep so i almost collapsed and i thought of the morning you spilled your coffee :) xoxo

atastelife August 24, 2011 at 8:29 am

I'm very intrigued by that chicken. And what have you become? Too sweet?!?!?!?!

Katie August 24, 2011 at 8:31 am

Awww I wanted to know the fate of the juicer!

Bahahaha the Indiana thing made me giggle. But that $10 to feed a family of 4….AWESOME deal, no matter what your coworker says

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table August 24, 2011 at 8:42 am

I want some of the vegan figgy pudding! I feel like we didn't really have a fig season here and they are my favorite.

Totally agree on the nut butters – especially with cashew butter. It's sooooo not worth the $15 jars at the grocery store.

lovesweatandbeers August 24, 2011 at 9:16 am

I looooove rotisserie chicken. I'm not sure why I don't buy them more often. Sure, my roast chicken is good, but it's not quite the same.

michelle August 24, 2011 at 9:44 am

Vanilla Pepper? I'm intrigued.

I'm vegetarian, but my family is not. Thus, when my little girl requested Chicken Pot Pie for her special first day of school meal I too bought a whole chicken this week. I prefer to buy the whole bird, as I can get at least three meals out of the meat and then use the carcass (hate that word) to make stock. Bet your vegan roommate wouldn't like to bragging about using the carcass….

iheartvegetables August 24, 2011 at 10:11 am

I go through phases where I cook everything myself, and then I go through packaged phases. I Think it just depends on if I'm home for more than 10 minutes to actually make something. Otherwise, it's smoothies, yogurt, and bean dinners. (Ew, not all together.)

Maria @ Oh Healthy Day August 24, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Vanilla pepper? Who comes up with these crazy ideas? Though it does sound interesting and I have to try it.

If I had more money than God (name that movie), I would probably never cook for myself. I'd get a chef and eat at the Whole Foods salad bar for lunch everyday.

That being said, one fine looking piece of kitchen appliance appeared at my doorstop yesterday. Maybe when you come visit, you can show me how to use that beast to make my own nut butter.

Courtney August 24, 2011 at 6:15 pm

I've never tried Naturally Nutty before – although I always read about it and blogs. All your meals look delicious!

vegansunshine August 24, 2011 at 9:55 pm

I've wanted to try natually nutty, it is made local where I live. I'll have to try it out!


Baking Serendipity August 24, 2011 at 9:59 pm

I go through cooking and pre-packaged meal phases as well. And, it looks like you still are eating some pretty awesome stuff :)

celeryandcupcakes.com August 25, 2011 at 4:17 am

All of your food looks great! And that naturally nutty sounds delicious!

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