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!
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.
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!
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!