Archive | January, 2012

week 17: strata!

30 Jan

so, last week was such a relative failure (though! still only 1 bought breakfast!) that i had to go back to a more traditional breakfast, and i decided that i should plan to buy something so that i could be really excited about it!

i saw that veggie ham was on sale at stop and shop while i was doing our house grocery run. and i love veggie ham. it’s a strange love, but i am so into it.

from there, i knew: strata! i found english muffins on sale buy one get one free–we have bread at home, but i wanted larger chunks than i could get from thin slices–and i figured everything else i needed could come from the house stock.

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week 16 update… this one doesn’t deserve an exclamation point.

27 Jan

so, i didn’t buy breakfast more than once this week. technically, then, i succeeded. but, that’s the best i can say for myself.

that said, i didn’t eat the dip and veggies and cereal for breakfast after monday. i just couldn’t bring myself to do it! it felt so un-breakfasty. i ate the veggies and dip for my late-morning snack, and they were delicious! but, not like breakfast.

my week involved several late-start mornings, so i was able to make breakfast at home. on wednesday, i meant to eat it as breakfast, and then i totally forgot to bring the dip or cereal from my office when i stopped by there early, so i had to buy breakfast out that day. i like to save breakfast buying for thursday or friday, but, what can you do?

but one thing that a friend suggested is that if i think of this week as an experiment, it isn’t a failure, because i got experimental data! and that data says: pushing too far, too fast, with un-breakfasty foods. so, without further ado:

  • breakfasts bought: 1. success!
  • pre-made breakfasts eaten: 1
  • cost on supplies for breakfasts made: $2.98 technically–but i have 7 coconut milks and almost an entire box of puffins remaining.
  • time to prepare breakfasts for the week: 10 minutesish.
  • tastiness factor (scale where 1 is not tasty at ALL and 5 is exceptionally tasty): 4, as a snack food!






week 16: veggies and dip and puffins.

23 Jan

so this weekend i went away for anniversarication, and so i knew there would not be much time for breakfast making during the brief period when i was home and the kitchen was available on sunday, particularly since i had to prepare a crockpot meal for tomorrow night’s dinner! luckily, i had sort of prepared for this moment.

about a month ago, i went to deals and steals. this was endlessly exciting, because it is essentially the best store on earth! it’s overstock/damaged hippie foods. so along with the other amazing things i got, like seaweed and really cheap wheat gluten and chocolate and ponzu and lemon-infused olive oil, i got a box of puffins for 99 cents, and a package of mini so delicious coconut milks for $1.99, which amazon claims would normally cost like $11. (to clarify: this isn’t coconut milk like you would use in, for example, peanut sauce. it is sort of like that, really thinned out, with a bit of sweetener and a bunch of vitamins added–i think? but it’s definitely different.) upon buying, i decided to save them for a breakfast on a busy week. but they still don’t quite meet my nutritional requirements: coconut drink is good, but remarkably free of protein, and barbara’s fit the whole grain requirement but sorely lack fruit or vegetables. but i knew what i needed to do: i needed to make a veggie dip. but this isn’t as simple as it sounds.

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week 15 update!

23 Jan

i wished this week that i had made enough sandwiches to not have to buy my breakfast at all. but i had not forseen that. but these totally stayed delicious, and i am glad i at least got to eat them for three days.

  • breakfasts bought: 1. success!
  • breakfasts made: 3. success!
  • cost on supplies for breakfasts made: $1.25
  • time to prepare breakfasts for the week: about 40 minutes.
  • tastiness factor (scale where 1 is not tasty at ALL and 5 is exceptionally tasty): 4.8, at least.

from uninspired to a resounding success–week 15 totally turned itself around!






week 15: fancy egg sandwiches

17 Jan

so this week i was just feeling so unsure what to do for breakfasts. people have given me so many great ideas, but i just wasn’t feeling inspired, and was actually sort of dreading having to make breakfast. even though it’s a short week! which should make everything so easy!

then, i was with a friend at city feed monday morning, and i saw their day-old bread section–which, for a store that size, is prodigious. and as i looked through it for a snack, i found a bag of three day old bagels for the price of one. three! that’s how many breakfasts i need for the week! it’s a sign! so, i bought them and brought them home.

i remembered that my sister had gotten me an egg mold for one of my christmas presents (the list goes on!), and so i figured this was as good a time as any to use it.  my partner was cleaning out the ice cave (our non-self-defrosting freezer) today, and pulled out a container full of pesto i had made this summer. i  had some reusable elements from last night’s delicious dinner of creamy polenta, spinach-mushroom-caramelized onion melange, tomato sauce, and tempeh croutons. annnnnd, i’m off!

close shot of bagel on aluminum foil, with red spread on the underside, an eggy patty flecked with brown and green, and the hint of green spread on the top half of the bagel.

breakfast is served.

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week 14 update!

16 Jan
this apple cake stayed DELICIOUS and oddly textured all week. on friday, i had a brilliant idea: flip it so that it applesauce-side up, broil it in the toaster oven, and end up with browned crispiness on top, and a warmed-through cake. outcome: totally didn’t happen that way. it just got hot and made me late for work. so, that was less successful than expected, but i still ate a delicious cake! so, could have been way worse.
the summary:
  • breakfasts bought: 1. success!
  • breakfasts made: 4
  • cost on supplies for breakfasts made: $0! pretty much! see my caveat from monday!
  • time to prepare breakfasts for the week: 1 hr 20 min, but almost an hour of that was inactive cook time.
  • tastiness factor (scale where 1 is not tasty at ALL and 5 is exceptionally tasty): 4.5. that shit was awesome. and i got over the stevia aftertaste by tuesday.

and: 1/3 of the school year down! it’s so great how 1/4 of the year and 1/3 of the school year occur in such quick succession. five more weeks of work until february break– i can totally make breakfasts till then, no problem.

i am possibly inappropriately impressed with myself.







week 14: apple cake.

9 Jan

i see the questions already: apple cake? how does that fit the protein and whole grains and fruit or veggies rule?

i figure that the ways that it meets the last rule is a little self evident. and the answer to the first two rules is: i totally tore up the smitten kitchen recipe i based this off of. and just threw in my own ingredients. who is surprised? most likely: no one.

and, while it turned out really different, i will also say that i think it turned out awesome.

apple cake on a white plate, on a wooden table with a chair behind it.

apple cake in the sunlight

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