WIAW: No Filter

No, this title isn’t leading into a post where I just say what I feel without thinking it through. Not that kind of no filter. I’m talking about no Instagram or PicMonkey filter. I’m a sucker for prettying up my photos (which, lets be honest, are 99% of the time taken on my smartphone) but I’m trying to avoid the over-filtering of my photos. So I’m gonna share my original version of photos for this week’s WIAW…well, minus one or two filtered pics that slipped in there!

Breakfast: samoas-inspired chia pudding.

Breakfast: samoas-inspired chia pudding.

Sorry for the chia seed pudding overload lately–I’m not kidding when I say I get into breakfast ruts. First (almost 2 years ago at this point) it was overnight oats, then hot oats, then smoothie bowls, then pancakes, then waffles, now it’s the chia pudding. This version was inspired by the classic Girl Scout cookie (which I don’t think I’ve ever actually had) and made with Sunwarrior vanilla and Vega chocolate protein powders, lucuma powder for a caramel-y accent (my new love!) and topped with coconut, cashew butter (love this stuff) and a crumbled raw chocolate macaroon. This was good stuff.

Friday night sushi with friends. Cucumber maki and sweet potato tempura roll. Demolished.

Friday night sushi with friends. Cucumber maki and sweet potato tempura roll. Demolished.

I actually went out to eat twice this weekend. Both times with friends. This is big for me. I always feel super guilty when I have to eat out twice in a week/weekend, and I still have some anxiety about eating out with friends. But I had so much fun that it was worth it! The food wasn’t too bad either!

Failed recipe: healthy vegan Nutella.

Failed recipe: healthy vegan Nutella.

I’ve honestly never been a fan of Nutella (though Justin’s vegan version is pretty good) but I wanted to try making a healthier, vegan version to see if I’d like it better. It was pretty easy (other than attempting to remove the skins from the hazelnuts, which I eventually gave up on) but didn’t turn out delicious. I blame it on only adding 1 tbsp of coconut sugar. Definitely needed more sweetness.

Lunch: spinach salad with homemade cashew cilantro dressing and avocado verde salsa, dry roasted edamame, eggplant 'bacon' and kalamata olives.

Lunch: spinach salad with homemade cashew cilantro dressing and avocado verde salsa, dry roasted edamame, eggplant ‘bacon’ and kalamata olives.

My salad-a-day is still going strong and I’ve been especially loving my latest dressing combo–homemade cashew cilantro dressing and the Wholly Guacamole brand avocado verde salsa I picked up over the weekend. So good, and better than regular old dressing.

Eggplant 'bacon' wrapped date stuffed with cashew 'cream cheese'.

Eggplant ‘bacon’ wrapped date stuffed with cashew ‘cream cheese’.

Speaking of eggplant bacon, this was one of my successful recipe experiments over the weekend. Seriously, so simple but so damn tasty. I wish I had had more than half an eggplant (I used the other half for something else) so I could make a bigger batch. It was especially delicious wrapped around a Medjool date stuffed with homemade cashew cream cheese. Mmmm, I could eat this all day!

Outfit of the day (March 4): pink cropped cardigan (Abercrombie & Fitch), pink plaid scarf (American Eagle), pink ruffle tank (Abercrombie Kids), burgundy jeggings (Hollister), unpictured brown riding boots (Macy's).

Outfit of the day (March 4): pink cropped cardigan (Abercrombie & Fitch), pink plaid scarf (American Eagle), pink ruffle tank (Abercrombie Kids), burgundy jeggings (Hollister), unpictured brown riding boots (Macy’s).

I felt like a Valentine when I wore this on Monday, but who cares, I love pink! I’m really excited though for when I can finally wear dresses and skirts without tights–hopefully soon! Spring, come sooner.

Dinner: eggplant muffuletta on grain free bread, unsweetened applesauce, cheezy chipotle kale chips.

Dinner: eggplant muffuletta on grain free bread, unsweetened applesauce, cheezy chipotle kale chips.

Ummm…grain free bread? What is this madness? I will admit that, yes, I need to get over my fear of grains other than buckwheat and quinoa, but on the other hand, I can’t deny my love for coconut flour. And surprise, surprise, it actually makes a decent grain free and vegan bread when combined with a few other ingredients. Yes, it actually held together pretty well even when soaked with kalamata olive relish and baked eggplant, and it tasted a lot like naan after sitting for a few days. Look for a super simple recipe soon!

Another dinner: Thai stuffed sweet potato. Half a large sweet potato topped with peanut flour paste and raisins/coconut shreds on one side, coconut cream and raw Thai curry cashews on the other.

Another dinner: Thai stuffed sweet potato. Half a large sweet potato topped with peanut flour paste and raisins/coconut shreds on one side, coconut cream and raw Thai curry cashews on the other.

I’m definitely doing a stuffed sweet potato for dinner more often…thanks for the inspiration, Sara! This one was Thai-like, with a peanutty sauce on one side, and curry+coconut on the other. I think I could do a different combo of this every day.

How do you like your sweet potatoes? Did you have a recipe success or failure over the weekend? 

 

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22 thoughts on “WIAW: No Filter

  1. All your food looks so good! Even sans filter. I haven’t had any failures lately but I’m sure when I get a kitchen I’ll have plenty.

  2. I have a similar shirt to the one youre wearing in your picture and I always wondered what to dress it up with!! So thanks for the outfit idea 😀 And btw eggplant bacon sounds like it would be good in a wrap or sandwich!

  3. Okay, you are a super cute dresser. I can never put together a legitimate looking outfit. I’m in and out of the gym constantly, so it just doesn’t feel worth it to me 😦 Also super creative with your food..love it!

  4. Kat says:

    I love your outfit,it’s so cute and girly! Just perfect for a cutie like you 😉
    When I have sweet potatoes,I eat them with something salty. I absolutely don’t get how people can eat those weird casseroles with sweet potatoes and marshmallows and stuff,or top a sweet potato with protein powder-stuff… Eeeeew. Sorry,but that’s disgusting.
    Salty + sweet = ❤
    Always.

    • Thanks girl! I don’t get those sweet potato marshmallow casseroles at all, but I have to admit a sweet and salty combo with dried fruit or peanut flour paste and some salty nut butter is delicious sometimes.

  5. Kaila @healthyhelperblog! says:

    You should try Angela’s (from Oh She Glows) recipe for vegan nutella! It is amazing! I made it for my whole family during the holidays.

  6. Your food definitely doesn’t need a filter!
    I’m glad you were able to go out and eat with your friends twice this weekend! It’s so important to get out and just enjoy yourself. I’ve been out to lunch the past 4 days in a row with different friends…no shame! (:

  7. Honestly, there’s no filter needed for your pictures. They look good just the way they are.
    Eggplant “Bacon” stuffed dates sound fantastic! How do you prepare your eggplant bacon? I think I even have some liquid smoke in my pantry …
    My recipe success over the weekend were those avocado brownies I recently mentioned. Try them :).

    • So basically for the eggplant bacon I cut up an eggplant into thin strips and try to cut as thinly as possible so it gets crispier. Then I soaked up extra water in them with a towel and then baked them at 425 degrees F for 5-10 minutes, flipping once. And then lower the oven temp to 350, take out the eggplant and dip in a mixture of 1-2 tbsp coconut aminos, tamari or soy sauce and about 1 tsp liquid smoke. Then put them back in the oven and bake until they get a little browner and crispier!

  8. Your sweet potato looks really yummy! But all of your food looks super good! I don’t really get that fancy with my sweet potatoes, but I should. I think my favorite way to eat them is topped with almond butter. 🙂 Sorry about the Nutella! I’d love to see a recipe for vegan Nutella once you perfect it. I love anything chocolate and hazelnut. I made some vegan applesauce muffins recently and they were so.. blah. Definitely not a recipe success. Your outfit is really cute by the way!

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