Return to routine

Last night’s dinner was a repeat of my lunch salad … minus the chips and egg and plus roasted purple cauliflower! (That sentence is exclamation-worthy due to the purple-ness, duh).

On the side, I had 1/3 a corn on the cob that I wrapped in foil, husk and all, to bake for 20 minutes at 450 and then kicked up to a broil for another 15:

At which point I peeled the cob completely and broiled 5 more minutes for some char.


I thought I’d be good for the night after that, but I got hungry again around 8. I was all ready for bed and everything! But everything must halt when hunger strikes. I defrosted a slice of healthy cheesecake and had it with some chia-tapioca pudding and blueberries on the side:


(OK, maybe I didn’t defrost all the way. It’s hard to wait!)

Also last night, I set to work on a breakfasty creation inspired by my carrot pudding cake. This time, the cake involved a package of Peeled dried mango:


(Obviously, I ate some as I chopped, soooooo good.)

In addition to the mango, I used two grated carrots, 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut, splash vanilla, the 3/4 cup peppadew piquante juice left in the jar (I used the last of the peppadew for my salad), an egg, vanilla, cinnamon, a pinch of salt, about 1.5 tsp baking powder, and 2 tbsp dry millet. I baked in ramekins at 375 for 40 minutes, and four mini carrot “cakes” were born:


One of them was for breakfast, heated with Artisana cacao bliss of course.


I’m big on texture, so I think it’s important to show you that, even with no flour, the texture still gets very cakey!


I was nervous about how the peppadew juice would work because it was spicy, yikes! But I love it! There’s a small hint of heat in there, but the sweetness still comes through.

Breakfast part two was courtesy of [California’s] berry season 😛 I let 1/2 cup plain yogurt marinate with a 1/2 cup mixture of golean crunch and All-Bran Strawberry Medley and then topped it with banana, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and hulled hemp seed.




This perfect breakfast came following my triumphant return to 5am gym trips. (It’s now light at 5am, yay!! So much has changed in three weeks!) I kept it light at the gym because I’m no longer training for a half marathon (wooooooooot!), so I did 15 minutes steps, arms (oh arms, how I’ve missed you!), 15 minutes elliptical, and stretching/abs … and then I WALKED home to enjoy my meal with a tall glass of water:


OK, it’s back to work for me today! I hope I remember how to get there 😛

Do you forget how to do easy easy things after a long break?

21 thoughts on “Return to routine

  1. MaryBe says:

    My whole life is one long break, so I can’t really answer that! 😀
    The purple cauliflower looks so pretty – did it taste any different?
    And I am still impressed by your HALF MARATHON this weekend!


  2. ellie says:

    “everything must halt when hunger strikes.”

    haha…my thoughts exactly. No patience for this ‘waiting to eat’ malarky 😛

    LOVING the purple cauliflower! Does it taste any different?

    The carrot cakes look so good- I’ve eaten the peppadews before but never looked into them and always assumed they were just peppers until I read your post. Live and learn!

    I always think I have forgotten how to do stuff, but then find it comes back easier than I imagine 🙂

    Enjoy your Monday!


  3. Gina says:

    I have a question, do you know how the cauliflower becomes purple? Is it a special bread of cauliflower, or are they doing something to the crop to make it purple? Just curious, because I’ve seen it at my local grocery store and I want to try it but I’m a bit unclear about its origin!


  4. Krista says:

    Love me some purple cauliflower!!!

    Your little carrot cakes turned out awesome!!!

    I just tried hulled hemp seeds for the very first time today and loved’em!!!


  5. Kate says:

    HOLY MOLY! I have got to make those carrot cakes!I’ve still never had purple cauliflower but it just looks so darn pretty. Rock on for us both having corn too last night:)Your pics are so pretty.


  6. homegirlcaneat says:

    What the heck is peppadew and where can I get me some so I can make these amazing little carrot cake things?! You be so creative ALL the time with your eats!!

    Sometimes the easy things turn out to the be the hardest when you get back in the rhythm of things! Since I am in high school, I will have to relate it to high school and this semester after xmas break, I JUST COULDN’T put things in binders. The result? I have one HUGE notebook with tons and tons of papers stuffed in it. Oooops! 😉


  7. verbalriot says:

    mmm those little cakes look great!

    In the beginning of every semester, I spend like half an hour trying to figure out how to work my coffee maker…No joke.

    Have a good first day back! Ethiopian is on it’s way 🙂


  8. janetha says:

    sometimes it is hard to get back in routine for me! those carrot cake cups of love look so fabulous! and i love the colorful cauliflower photo. and what else? ooh i love corn on the cob! good post, love it all!


  9. Anne K. says:

    I love the cauliflower! It looks so pretty. That corn looks delicious, and that method of cooking sounds great. I usually just boil the corn, but I should try it that way.

    The mini carrot cakes look delicious, and so does the yogurt mess. Yum!


  10. Melissa @ For the Love of Health says:

    Your salad looks so freakin good- esp with the purple cauliflower- I love colour! (sorry canadian spelling :-p) Plus I love corn on the cob- yum!
    Hunger always wins out- nice snack!

    I adore that it’s light at 5am now too! I probably could never work out that early as I prefer later in the day but it makes it a hell of a lot easier to get up!

    Cool looking breakfast- very creative!!

    It IS so hard to get back to routine after a break! It often takes a week haha 🙂 You can do it!


  11. Kristie says:

    Purple cauliflower rules the world. It’s now up there in the prettiest vegetables ever category.

    I’m loving those itty bitty carrot cake thingys. I love carrot cake in every form so I’m totally intrigued, especially with the hot kick you added in there!

    I’m the most impatient defroster ever. I eat things half (or fully!) frozen all the time because I don’t want to wait for them to defrost, even if they’re half tasteless when they’re frozen. It’s a bit of a bad habit.

    Breaks make me brain dead. Like right now. I’m feeling a little less intelligent than I was in school. Oh how summer dumbs me down.


  12. Dori says:

    I was just ate a wedding with amazing red velvet! I would have eaten the entire cake if it was next to me like that. And those pretzels, wow! I’d have made myself sick!


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