WIAW and Halloween Sweet Tooth

October 17, 2012

I haven’t done a WIAW post in the LONGEST time!


Spooky Snacks and Healthy Halloween Treats
My meals aren’t always the most photogenic so I steer clear of sharing gross looking food and trying to convince you how yummy it really was. But recently my eats have been fairly pretty(minus the chicken and dumplings, good, not pretty) so I’ve decided to share some of them with you.

Breakfast:

I love comforting meals in the morning and my pumpkin oats have been my favorite, but the other day I opted for a less(way less) than hearty meal and had some juice.

I was lacking in my veggies and without time to prepare a salad or huge steamed bowl I drank them. I wasn’t 100% full after my liquid morning meal, but I did feel good and wasn’t starving. It was a quick easy way to get in my greens.

Lunch:

Salad has made a comeback in my life and I’m very proud of myself. It’s not my first option for meal choice, but the liquid veggies aren’t as filling. I haven’t gone with full-blown salads as meals, but rather as a side.

I had half a chicken club wrap with kale salad I made on the side. The club wasn’t too bad and had spinach, avocado, green and red peppers. I think next time I’ll ask for no fake bacon. It’s really not worth it if it’s not the real thing.

Dinner:

I am in LOVE with my roasting pan. It’s one of the best kitchen investments you can get aside from a good set of knives. The other night I was pressed for time but really wanted a good hot meal. I had butternut squash, brussel sprouts, and half an onion on hand so I bought some chicken legs, cut up the veggies and threw everything together in the oven.

I was able to get dinner made while I took Harper on a run. Chicken and side was made all while I was able to workout. I called it “Roast and Run Dinner”, but I don’t recommend this cooking method if you don’t have a trusty oven. My run was a sprint because I had in the back of my mind the house was going to burn down, but it all turned out perfect!

My vegetable intake has been really good and I have noticed a difference in my skin(post for tomorrow) and how it’s cleared up because I’ve been avoiding starchy foods and eating cleaner. That being said let me share my Halloween sweet tooth that is gradually taking over.

I’m a sucker for shaped cookies.

I’ve had way too many pumpkin(and ghost) shaped cookies in the last few days. They are leftovers from pumpkin carving and I made the mistake of bringing them home. I will be taking them to work with me and everyone else can enjoy.

We also had someone bring in cupcakes to work so I grabbed the red velvet as dessert with my kale salad. Perfect balance;)

I’ve decided not to buy ANY candy this year only because I have no self-control with Halloween candy. I can’t help it, it’s just so good. I may get some candy corn out of the spirit of the holiday, but no chocolate will be purchased, it’s a sure-fire way to find myself in a sugar coma.

What is your favorite Halloween treat? What do you consider a great kitchen investment?

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1 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table October 17, 2012 at 10:51 am

I 100% agree with you on the grill pan! Best investment ever.

The candy has never gotten to me, but those Halloween cookies are the devil.

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2 Carol @ Lucky Zucca October 17, 2012 at 12:54 pm

I like my salads on the side too. Your roasted meal looks amazing!!! I did the same thing last night- prepped and put a meal in the oven to cook while Sadie and I ran. It’s so nice to have it ready when you walk back in the door! Those Halloween cookies look scrumptious… Now I want to go raid Kroger and Publix’s bakeries. I’m not sure what my favorite Halloween treat is… I think it would be the cookies, but also roasted pumpkin seeds and those little candy corn pumpkins too… and candy…….. I love it all, so I try to just avoid it all haha!

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3 Irina @ Chocolatea Time October 17, 2012 at 1:58 pm

I’m looking forward to reading your skin post! I’ve been struggling with skin issues for years already and nothing seems to be helping :/

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4 Heather @ Better With Veggies October 17, 2012 at 5:22 pm

I think good knives are my most important kitchen investment, but the blender is a close second. We use that for everything!

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5 Heather October 18, 2012 at 11:07 am

I think I use my blender more recently too, love it for more than just smoothies and shakes;)

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6 Jen@HealthyFoodandFamily October 17, 2012 at 5:49 pm

I am seriously starving right now and everything looks SO good! My Mom bought those pumpkin shaped cookies and I wish I could tell you how many I ate, but I lost track…yikes.

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7 Jessie October 18, 2012 at 12:55 am

After seeing your grill pan, I’m thinking I really need to invest in one! Your dinner looks delicious :)

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8 Heather October 18, 2012 at 11:06 am

You should, there are so many choices, but so worth it.

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9 Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers October 18, 2012 at 8:57 am

I love my roasting pan too. I need to use it more!

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10 Heather October 18, 2012 at 11:05 am

I would only use mine for large meals, but now I use it all the time.

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