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WIAW #35 – Procrastination

Thanks to Jenn from Peas and Crayons for hosting this link party.

I have resisted planning my meals for the week, so I have been putting off my trip to the grocery store. I keep telling myself to just go grab some basics, but I just couldn’t make myself go!

Anyhoo, yesterday I kicked off my day with some yogurt with a little bit of raspberry jam, chia seeds, slivered almonds, and dark chocolate chips.

My snacks weren’t anything fancy. In the morning, I had a “Perfectly Simple” cranberry almond bar. I got these at Target over the weekend, and from the looks of it, I was expecting the consistency to be like Larabars. The consistency was similar, but it also had a lot of extra crunchy bits which tasted like walnut shells. I wasn’t impressed. In the afternoon, I had almonds.

snacksFor lunch, I had a Wendy’s Berry Almond salad without any dressing; I found that the berries made it sweet enough that I didn’t need the dressing {I didn’t check to see if the dressing was gluten-free since I wasn’t going to consume it}. This was my favourite salad from Wendy’s but it’s a seasonal one, so I was stoked to find that it was back!

wendys-berry-almond-saladFor dinner, I wanted to take advantage of some browned ground turkey I had in the fridge, and decided to mix it with tomato sauce. I didn’t feel like cooking regular spaghetti as I had some recently, so I made some zucchini & carrot noodles with a julienne peeler. I then steamed them for about 4 minutes. These noodles are a great substitute for spaghetti squash when you just don’t have the time! I went back for seconds…



My apologies for not featuring more snacks, but I’ve been slacking with my snacks as well!

Do you like going grocery shopping or avoid it until your fridge is empty?




{Gluten-Free} Spicy Thai Turkey Wraps

spicy-thai-turkey-wraps-mainThis recipe is one of our favourites; it is adapted from the Cooking Light December 2012 issue. I prefer lettuce wraps, and my fiancé prefers corn tortillas. They taste great either way! When I went to the grocery store, they didn’t have serrano peppers, so I used about half a poblano pepper instead.




5.0 from 1 reviews
{Gluten-Free} Spicy Thai Turkey Wraps
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 4
  • 4 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup minced shallots
  • ½ - ¾ cup thinly sliced red bell pepper
  • 4 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
  • 1 - 1.25 lbs ground lean turkey
  • 2 Thai or serrano chiles, minced
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 4 tsp gluten-free reduced sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 3 tbsp lime juice
  • lime wedges
  1. Heat a non-stick pan over medium-high heat, then coat with 2 tsp of the EVOO.
  2. Add shallots and sauté for 2 minutes. Add red bell pepper and sauté for one minute. Finally, add garlic and sauté for 30 seconds. Put shallot mixture aside.
  3. Coat the pan with the remaining EVOO and turkey and cook for about 5 minutes, until browned. Drain turkey, and place in pan. Add chiles and cook for 1 minute. Add shallot mixture.
  4. Stir in fish sauce, sugar, soy sauce, and ground pepper, and cook for 1 minute.
  5. Remove pan from heat and add lime juice.
  6. Serve with a lime wedge
If preferred, you can add 1 cup of basil when you add the lime juice


Let me know if you make this!




WIAW #34 – Oh what a day!

Hello :D Welcome to What I Ate Wednesday hosted by the lovely Jenn @ Peas and Crayons!

Yesterday morning started really well; Alicia and I went for a 2 mile run. We went a little slow, but I was pain-free! I’ve been suffering from tight (and painful) Achilles and calves. I rolled out on Monday night and prior to my run, and it went really well.


I got home and went into my home office to turn on my machine only to find that Eddie had had an accident all over my Apple keyboard AND the open laptop, as well as the windowsill, window, floor, and beige couch. I’m going to admit I cried when I saw that.. I was mad at myself for leaving my office open since he’d already had an accident, and I had *just* replaced the Apple keyboard the day before. Eddie’s been having GI issues for a couple of weeks, and I cannot WAIT for him to get better. By the time I was done cleaning everything, it was 11 am, and I wasn’t very hungry at the time. I had a Lara bar since it was almost lunch time anyway.


As soon as I finished making my sandwich for lunch and took a bite, my work phone rang. I then remembered I had to take a photo. I also had some Cinnamon Chex above. Let me tell you, I have not been disappointed with any of the GF Chex flavours I’ve tried so far… maybe it’s because of the sugar, but they’re so so good!!


Ham and cheese sandwich and grape Nuun

The good thing about WIAW is that it makes me realize that I’m seriously lacking veggies… so when I finally decided to make dinner (my fiancé is away on a business trip so I’m cooking for one), I went with the Spicy Thai Turkey Wraps for dinner {just posted the recipe!}. It’s not huge on veggies, but it’s better than what I had during the day…


Eddie was taking a nap on the couch, and my heart goes out to him; he has no idea what’s going on with his body. I really hope this medication works (it’s the 3rd one in less than 2 weeks).


I hope you guys had a better day than I did :D

Weekend Recap

Good morning! I hope you guys had a good weekend!

My fiancé picked me up from work on Friday, and we went to the Subaru dealership to test drive the Impreza and the Legacy. I’d been wanting to get a new car for a while; I had done my research, I was test driving cars, and trying to decide which one looked good on paper AND drove well. I decided on the Impreza, and we made an appointment to pick up the car on Saturday.

After picking out the car, we met up with our friend for Happy Hour/Dinner at Baby Acapulco’s. When we got home, our neighbours were outside with their kids, so we spent some time talking to them and getting to know them better. I’ve never had such friendly neighbors since we lived in Mexico!

On Saturday morning, we spent 2.5 hours trying to get my new car; it was very much worth it :D

My new baby!

Isn’t she pretty?

We went out to lunch afterwards, and then took a much needed nap! We hung out at home for the rest of the evening {with the exception of a quick trip to Joann to pick up some Mod Podge for a project I will get started on soon!}.

On Sunday, I started on a small project for my  home office:


Also, we celebrated our friends’ completion of their first triathlon! Christi (left) was one of the 2 friends who did the triathlon.


After Sunday Funday, my fiancé and I went to run some errands.

I’m going to leave you with a few of my eats:


Enchiladas & Mexican Martini from Z’Tejas, Menudo, a salad and Lay’s

Tell me about your weekend!

{Gluten-Free} Pancakes


When I lived at home, my mom used to make us pancakes about once a week; at our house, if I ask my fiancé what he wants for breakfast during the weekend, he’ll always ask for pancakes. Last time my mom was here, she shared her recipe with me. Much like the gluten-free roasted vegetables, her pancakes are more “choose your own adventure” than a set recipe; my brother would joke around that we should enjoy the taste of the pancakes as they would never taste the same!

My mom calls these the “2-2-2-2” pancakes: 2 cups of dry flour ingredients, 2 eggs, 2 tbsp sugar, and 2 tsp baking powder.

For these pancakes, I used ground and whole GF oats, Better Batter All-Purpose Flour, Namaste Foods Perfect Flour Blend, and almond meal

For these pancakes, I used ground and whole GF oats, Better Batter All-Purpose Flour, Namaste Foods Perfect Flour Blend, and almond meal


One cup of flour and the rest is up to you!

One cup of flour and the rest is up to you!


5.0 from 1 reviews
{Gluten-Free} Pancakes
Recipe type: Breakfast
  • 1 cup gluten-free flour
  • 1 cup other items (almond meal, flaxseed, ground oats, whole oats, hemp hearts, etc)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • milk, as required
  1. Preheat griddle (I set mine to 325F)
  2. Pour the flour into a large measuring cup, preferably one that will hold at least 2 cups.
  3. Add other items into cup until you reach 2 cups
  4. Pour into a large bowl and mix in eggs, sugar, and baking powder
  5. Start adding milk to mixture until it is somewhat smooth; if you're using whole oats, it will still be a little bit chunky
  6. Pour batter onto griddle (approximately ¼ cup), and brown each side





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