What I Ate Wednesday: New Addictions

by tinareale on October 17, 2012

Ever since I spent the weekend with Chelsey, I have found myself addicted to many Chelsey inspired meals and things. Just think about the inspiration you get from reading other blogs and seeing their delicious meals. Now take that to the level of seeing, smelling, and tasting those things in person. I would say it comes as no surprise that I have turned full on copycat with some things. And for good reason!

It’s been awhile since I’ve participated in What I Ate Wednesday – the blogger link-up food love fest inspired by Jenn from Peas & Crayons. Why not jump in with a post today including some of my recent addictions – you guessed it…inspired by miss Clean Eating Chelsey herself.

cup of coffee with unsweetened vanilla almond milk and a packet of NuNaturals stevia

Per the usual, I wake-up somewhere between 4 and 5 am (unfortunately closer to the 4 side of things) in order to do some Bible reading with Peter before getting a start on the day. The joys of working from home, running your own business – you can only work when your kids are sleeping or in school. I can’t complain though, because I feel incredibly blessed by where God has led me the past year. It just may take a morning cup of coffee for the fog to clear on that notion.


Eventually, I get in gear for breakfast. Lately, I have found myself drawn to the ubiquitous fall morning bowl of comfort – Pumpkin Oatmeal! Swoon. I cook mine up with 1/2 cup rolled oats, 1/2 cup almond milk, 1/2 cup water, a spash of vanilla extract, cinnamon, 1/2 banana, and a scoop of pumpkin.

The Chelsey part of this addiction comes in the dollop of almond butter on top. She had some almond butter made with raw almonds (duh), coconut oil, vanilla, cinnamon, and chia seeds that I couldn’t get enough of on top of my morning oatmeal. I wanted to make my own, but sadly knew my baby food processor would blow a gasket if I tried to force such a task upon it. So what do I do? Take it easy on the poor baby and instead whirl a few spoonfuls of MaraNatha almond butter, a spoonful of coconut oil, some vanilla extract, and cinnamon together and pretend like it’s homemade. Not *quite* as good (or cheap) as her version, but it works and keeps me from Chelsey almond butter withdrawals.

Snack time!


You’re seriously not surprised are you? It’s the same smoothie as I mentioned in my post run recovery video from yesterday. With the same Vega smoothie blend I’ve been raving about. For the record, that’s all completely my own raving and I have no partnership whatsoever with the company. They’re just good.

Onto lunch….and the beauty of hummus as salad dressing.


Old obsession? Sweet potato with black beans tossed in a bit of all natural Trader Joes BBQ sauce on top. It’s a good combo, I promise. New obsession? Salad with balsamic vinegar and hummus as dressing. Try this NOW! I always thought it sounded like a good idea when reading about it on Chelsey’s blog, but never remember when the time came to “dress” my salads. Gave it a go while visiting, and I don’t know if I will ever go back. I have been loving on an old favorite Chipotle Pepper hummus from TJs and a new favorite Horseradish hummus (also inspired by Chelsey) from TJs these days.

Snack #2 while chilling at Makenzie’s gymnastics:

The flavor was only “meh”. Nothing seems to compare to the chocolate cherry and almond coconut flavors, in my opinion. Although the dark chocolate cinnamon pecan one is pretty dang good, too.

Dinner – completely inspired (and photo taken) by Chelsey!

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This soup had the house smelling so good I couldn’t even remember to nab a picture before diving in! So, I stole my inspiration’s photo too. Roasted Potato, Broccoli, and White Bean Soup. It does take a bit of labor but it’s a labor of love well worth it when you take a bite. I followed the recipe exactly (besides not using nutritional yeast) and it will surely appear again over the chilly fall (okay not so chilly in GA) and winter months.

Now, if only, I could dine on all of this delicious food again with her…or with all of you. Sigh. We really need to build a blog world where we can all live and eat together. What do you think?

Your Turn – Tried any new recipe or product recently that you have just been loving? Any good soup recipes to share? Link ‘em up because I’m always in the mood for a good soup this time of year!


1 Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile October 17, 2012 at 6:21 am

Yum! Hummus is perfect for salads:D

2 Sammy October 17, 2012 at 7:02 am

I’m definitely going to try and make that soup! Yum! Thanks for the inspiration :)
Sammy xx


3 Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie October 17, 2012 at 7:05 am

That soup sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing!

4 Caitlin October 17, 2012 at 7:21 am

LOVE the fact you get up at 4 am too! It is the only time I can have to myself and get things done before the baby and life gets at me!

5 Katie @wishandwhimsy October 17, 2012 at 7:52 am

pumpkin oatmeal…yes swoon. SO comforting during the chilly months!

6 Becky Przy October 17, 2012 at 8:07 am

I miss the days of getting up at 4 a.m. (?!) I always got so much done before I went to work. I now work a later shift and work until 10 or 11 (get home at midnight). I am NOT a night person!

Just got a few vega products myself, love them!

7 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table October 17, 2012 at 8:30 am

I’ve been putting a poached egg in my tomato soup lately – I love the creaminess it adds!

That oatmeal looks soooo good. I’ve had pumpkin the last 2 mornings… but what’s one more? :)

8 tinareale October 17, 2012 at 7:56 pm

I will likely eat pumpkin oatmeal for the next 2 months straight. Obviously I didn’t have a problem with comp diet redundancy. haha!

9 Lauren October 17, 2012 at 8:31 am

That Chelsey is a doll right! :) I’ve been doing the balsamic and hummus thing on my salad for years. I honestly don’t remember the last time I used a bottled salad dressing. It’s highly addicting. :)

10 Heather @ For the Love of Kale October 17, 2012 at 8:42 am

You are so cute. I love how you made this about Chelsey! She’s certainly a genius of sorts in the kitchen! <3 LOOOOVE Vega!

11 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats October 17, 2012 at 8:57 am

I love the Chelsey-inspired WIAW! I need to use hummus as dressing, I guess I never did because I was worried it wouldn’t spread around on everything well.

12 tinareale October 17, 2012 at 7:57 pm

When you have the balsamic in it too, it thins it out. When you toss it all together it actually coats everything like a creamy (more flavorful) dressing. Really good!

13 Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots October 17, 2012 at 9:10 am

almond butter makes oat so much better! Also try chocolate almond milk in your coffee, its soo good!

14 jobo October 17, 2012 at 9:26 am

Wow, I am DROOLING! What fantastic foodie combinations! I must add pumpkin to my oatmeal. I don’t why I am scared of it, it looks SO delish!! So does that soup! AND hummus as dressing, I really need to try this. Such a no-duh, yet I NEVER think of it either!

15 tinareale October 17, 2012 at 7:58 pm

You may need some extra sweetener if you try the pumpkin but I find 1/2 banana mixed in does good. The pumpkin itself can have a less sweet taste though, but it really is so good.

16 Kierston October 17, 2012 at 9:41 am

Oatmeal looks soooo good!

17 Brittany @ Delights and Delectables October 17, 2012 at 9:42 am

Your foods looks awesome! That soup of Chelsey’s is one of my favorites! You MUST try it with the nutritional yeast… it makes the soup! I have been eating a ton of my Cushaw Stew. I can’t get enough of squash right now!

18 tinareale October 17, 2012 at 7:58 pm

I was planning on having it with it, but then we didn’t have any!

19 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef October 17, 2012 at 10:10 am

i made a pretty fabulous pumpkin, kale & black bean stew last night. made it up as i went along so the recipe isn’t online yet but it will be soon. :)

20 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries October 17, 2012 at 10:22 am

I love it! I just made that soup a couple weeks ago, and both the husband and I were huge fans!

21 Melanie @ Nutritious Eats October 17, 2012 at 10:33 am

Yum- love the idea of hummus as a dressing. I love sleep- I seriously don’t know how you wake up at 4am! I would be a zombie! So great to get your day started in peace though.

22 tinareale October 17, 2012 at 7:59 pm

I go to bed around 8-9. Haha! I’m a grandma.

23 Bethany @ Accidental Intentions October 17, 2012 at 10:37 am

I made Pumpkin Pie Brownie Cupcakes from Oh She Glows last week (http://ohsheglows.com/2010/10/01/pumpkin-pie-brownie-cupcakes/). They’re fantastic…but my tummy has not been a fan of the abundant pumpkin in my diet lately :( I’m taking a break on all the sweet-spiced goodness for awhile, but it’s tough. They’re so! good!

24 Tina October 17, 2012 at 11:04 am

I think that is so great that you read the bible with you hubby!

25 Danielle @ Clean Food Creative Fitness October 17, 2012 at 12:39 pm

So many great things in this post! That soup looks amazing and I’m going to have to remember that sweet potato/black bean combo! Sounds great!

26 [email protected] October 17, 2012 at 2:04 pm

I LOVE hummus atop salad too!

You should just move to be near her ;)

27 [email protected] Palate October 17, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Maranatha almond butter works so well on pumpkin oats…also love SunButter!!!! You have to tried if you haven’t, its so incredibly creamy and smooth! You won’t need to add anything to it!

28 Paige @ Your Trainer Paige October 17, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Love love love the black bean/sweet potato combo, but I never thought about adding bbq sauce. You don’t have to convince me – this sounds delicious!

29 Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) October 17, 2012 at 3:49 pm

As struck as I was by that delicious looking soup (YUM!), I got stuck on the fact that you get up at 4am. Whhhhaaa? How? Please teach me your ways! I’ve been trying to get up early to get work done, too, but my early is 6. I could conquer the world if I could drag my tired booty out of bed at 5!

30 tinareale October 17, 2012 at 8:01 pm

I am a lame-o that goes to bed between 8 and 9. Then, I grunt and moan for the first 20 minutes every morning. haha! I’m also naturally a morning person which helps.

31 Heather @ Better With Veggies October 17, 2012 at 3:57 pm

That oatmeal looks awesome – great idea for the almond butter, I’m going to have to make that one! I had an amazing veggie loaded portobello pizza last night that was over-the-top. It was an Oh She Glows recipe that I can’t wait to eat again for dinner tonight!

32 Melissa @ Live, Love, & Run October 17, 2012 at 3:57 pm

See. I need to get my butt up at 4/5 AM so I can get things done. But I tend to be a night owl. I need to stop that. ;)

I would totally share some recipes on here, but you know all of mine. Haha. The soup looks AMAZING. Might have to try it out!

33 Pavement Runner October 17, 2012 at 7:05 pm

and look who it is… :)

34 Melissa @ Live, Love, & Run October 17, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Stalker. ;)

35 Pavement Runner October 17, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Now I want some soup… maybe a crab bisque?

36 Laura @ Mommy Run Fast October 17, 2012 at 8:14 pm

I need to try that almond butter! I love the idea to add vanilla, coconut oil and cinnamon… genius!

37 Danica @ It's Progression October 17, 2012 at 8:32 pm

This is super cute :) and that soup recipe is now on my to-make list for next week’s meal plan!

38 Marilyn October 17, 2012 at 9:21 pm

The sweet potato and salad meal looks really tasty. I love seeing what sort of yummy, easy meals people throw together.

39 Natalie @ FreshLifeFindings October 17, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Love your new food addictions :) And I need to make pumpkin oatmeal! Sounds delicious, especially with almond butter :)

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