Seasons And Seasonings

Seasons: Fall

Yesterday morning was fairly autumnal in New England. To be honest, I’m a man of extremes, and I’d rather it be hot hot like Summer or start with the snow. Of course, I won’t feel that way when I have to walk to class in the snow. I was so happy when Greek got out at 12 because I had my entire day planned out in terms of “errands” to run. First I swung by the dining hall and then to my room, where I read some emailed and edited(read: spell-checked) my Epic Essay. At the same time I was making lunch.

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Broccoli With Red Peppers, Sweet Potato, 1 Egg Plus 1 Egg White With Raw Cheese

Seasonings: Red Pepper, Cheese, Salt

A commenter asked yesterday if I eat broccoli every day. Pretty much :-) Except last Sunday(I checked). It’s undoubtedly one of my favorite vegetables, and the easiest to self prepare, so I think I’ll stick with it. Besides that, this lunch was pretty average. I felt like I hadn’t had a sweet potato in too long, and definitely needed it here. I was sure to stealthily scrub it in the bathroom first so the skin would be extra delicious. I really was ready to go right when I finished eating. But of course the one day I have a lot to do there’s an actual plot progression in Days Of Our Lives. What the hell was with that? I stayed to watch the whole episode, and headed out at 2. First was a swing by the mail room. No mail, but I did pick up coffee.

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Organic Decaf

Seasonings: Stevia

Definitely my favorite part of that building ;-) Next up was getting my “staple” groceries. I piled on a mile walking down to Waterman Street Whole Foods where I got to see all this weeks sales; nothing particularly exciting, but I was ecstatic to see that Oikos is still on sale! They also had these adorable all-natural gingerbread men coated in chocolate I almost bought but they were a bit out of my price range and a luxury. And look what I spotted near the checkout.

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Silk Nog And Pumpkin Spice Drinks

Seasons: Autumn, Winter

This is the first time besides Hannafords I’ve seen the Silk Nog, and the first time I’ve seen pumpkin spice besides the Eating Machine’s blog. I just love finding things I see on other blogs; I think learning about and trying new products is my favorite thing about the blog world. After that, I hopped over to Eastside Market. Again,t he sales weren’t too impressive, so I stuck with the staples. I picked up a snack at Whole Foods to eat on my walk back.

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Cantaloupe

Seasons: Summer

I’ve been wanting cantaloupe for a while after seeing them on blogs. Just as good as they were during the Summer! This was also perfect because it was prepackaged at exactly .5lb which wrung up to exactly 2.00. I like it when things work out like that. I had to swing back by the mail room to pick up eggs(they sell a lot of decent groceries there). Then I snuck my food into the library to print out two of my essays including the Epic Poetry one. God, that felt good. There might have been some more coffee at that point. I aimed at getting everything done in 2 hours and I got back at 3:53. Score.

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Groceries

After that, I broke bended the rules. I knewI had a ton of work and needed to grab my dinner early so I could work the rest of the night knowing I didn’t have to go out for anything. Unfortunately, yesterday was also this big, special BBQ dinner at The Ratty where you couldn’t take things out. Well sneaky little me snuck in a food container and snagged some BBQ asparagus, extra sauce, and some peppers. I was a bit worried it would leak in my sweatshirt but that thing needs a wash anyway. When I got back I put that away for later and made a study snack.

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Pumpkin Oatmeal With Pepita Sun Butter And Maple Yogurt Frosting

Seasonings: Cinnamon, Vanilla, Allspice, Maple

This was divine. The frosting had Oikos with maple syrup, cinnamon, and vanilla stevia. Sicne the main flavor in the pepita sun butter are vanilla and allspice, it all just went together. I read what I was supposed to have done for Wednesday for the rest of the evening; I hate that feeling of being behind and catching up. I’m one of those annoying people who would rather be working ahead of the syllabus. At some point, I decided to put things away and make dinner.

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BBQ Tofu, BBQ Asparagus, Whole Foods Stuffing

Seasons: Summer, Autumn

Seasonings: BBQ Sauce, Salt, Thyme, Rosemary

BBQ is a cuisine I don’t eat much, and this reminded me why for the most part. I like for foods to just taste like their natural selves, and be enhanced by salt. BBQ, on the other hand, is all about sauce and the flavor from that. The tofu was nice and lightly seasoned(since I was the one who prepared it) but as for the asparagus I ate about 1/2 and threw the rest out after getting a big bite of mostly sugary sauce. If I was enjoying it like I might have been if it was an oriental sauce I would have kept eating it, but the flavor wasn’t working so I felt free to ditch it for these:

 

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Pepper Strips

 

Seasonings: None

These tasted much cleaner, and made up for the veggie fail. But lets talk about the stuffing. Whole Foods makes the best stuffing. I knew I had to get it when i saw it on the prepared food line. It’s not whole wheat or healthy or anything, it’s just good stuffing. Actually, it’s the best and the only one I’ll eat. I’m sure I’ll be inhaling unholy amounts on Thanksgiving. Survivor was excellent last night. Russell plays the game so well, even if he’s a little jerk. I made a quickie snack between that and Grey’s.

 

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Soy Yogurt With Trader Joe Mini Peanut Butter Cups And Vanilla Sugar

 

Seasonings: Vanilla Sugar

This was a new brand of soy yogurt to me. It tasted nice and soy-y like I was hoping for. Texturally and nutritionally I prefer So Delicious brand but this is a bit cheaper and more widely available. Grey’s was really good. Like really good. I like how this season is going. I think it’s becoming clear who the next to go after George will be. There was some late night oats involved after I did all the work that I should have done by Wednesday.

 

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Oatmeal With Smart Balance Peanut Butter And Baking Chips

 

Seasoning: Chocolate Chips, Salt

For Leno, I turned off my computer, put away the books, and made my favorite bowl of oatmeal. This is when I unwind every day and I wouldn’t want it any other way :-) I think I prefer the agave sweetened Smart Balance to the molasses one; the flavor is the same but the agave stays thicker on oatmeal. As for cleaning the bowl, you all had wonderful suggestions of letting it sit overnight in water. However, I go with a simpler route. I just assume I’m going to be having oatmeal for breakfast and leave it be for the time. I hope that’s not appalling, haha.

I think my roommate got home at around 6 this morning? And my alarm went off at 6:15. Great. After I fumbled around trying to make coffee, because it’s dark again, I also made a pre-workout snack.

 

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Chocolate Brownie Z-Bar With Smart Balance Peanut Butter

 

Seasonings: Salt

The Smart Balance and chocolate is a flavor combo I just can’t quit. I probably should have prepared this earlier, because I ended up eating it on the treadmill and made a bit of a mess. Oops. Hopefully no one allergic will be using that treadmill today, plus I washed off what peanut butter touched the machine. I ran a slowish 10 miles in 85:34. I think I ended up walking around too much yesterday doing errands–2 official Pile On The Mile miles but probably a good 3+–and tuckered out my legs. instead of fight it, however, I let the pace be what it was and went with it.

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Pumpkin Oatmeal With Protein Honey Maple Peanut Butter And A Vegan Pumpkin Molasses Cookie, Pineapple Chobani

 

 

Seasons: Autumn

Seasonings: Cinnamon, Salt, Ginger

Delicious. The high protein honey maple peanut butter actually reminds me almost exactly of butter toffee from Naturally Nutty. I was thinking of making my own yogurt with plain Oikos, full fat Voskos, and banana pineapple rum jam, but prepackaged is so much simpler :-)

And now I leave you with the emails I wake up to: “The vet changed Montana’s medicine to a people one. I had to go to CVS pharmacy to get it. The lady asks “Does Montana have any questions for the pharmacist”?.  I said hes a dog. hee hee.”

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  1. Abby 13. Nov, 2009 at 11:11 am #

    Wow, this post was super.. you made me quite hungry!!
    The Chocolate Brownie Z-Bar With Smart Balance Peanut Butter= love! I need to try that.. great idea! :)

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  2. peanutbutterfingers 13. Nov, 2009 at 12:55 pm #

    creative post you got there! :) i love eating seasonal foods. it makes me feel more festive around the holidays.

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  3. kbwood 13. Nov, 2009 at 1:14 pm #

    your food is BEAUTIFUL! made my mouth water..where did you find protien honey maple PB? that sounds awesome!

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    Evan Thomas Reply:

    It’s made by a local gourmet peanut company called Cinagro

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  4. MelissaNibbles 13. Nov, 2009 at 2:21 pm #

    You’re a man of all seasons.

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  5. Naomi (onefitfoodie) 13. Nov, 2009 at 2:57 pm #

    haha everyone wants to know aout the pumpkin PB! I ordered it online and STILL haven’t recieved it! this was at least 3 weeks ago! I am wondering what happened to it!

    mmm mini PB cups look amazinggg :)

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  6. Graze With Me 13. Nov, 2009 at 3:16 pm #

    Looks like a day of great food. It’s so interesting to me to read about how you manage eating so well without a kitchen!

    When I lived in the dorms I lived on chocolate milk, cereal, ramen, peanut butter cups and beer. No wonder I gained the freshman 15.

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  7. marathonmaiden 13. Nov, 2009 at 3:32 pm #

    yeah snow on a college campus = no bueno!!

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  8. eatmovelove 13. Nov, 2009 at 4:17 pm #

    Hey, what’s your favorite nut butter by the way? – asking cause I know you’ve tried so many!! I also picked up some Turbinado sugar today – I think I read it on your blog?? What do you think of it – for baking – or do you just use Stevia?? P.S. I finnnnallly put you on my blog Roll hahha

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  9. Julia 13. Nov, 2009 at 5:09 pm #

    That broccoli comment was hilarious! I also LOVE broccoli, and would definitely eat it everyday if I didn’t have to make it for myself.
    Great job on the 10 miler!
    Have a great weekend!

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  10. jon 13. Nov, 2009 at 5:38 pm #

    Hey Evan,
    you always talk about eating natural foods and minimally processed stuff but you continually eat clif bars and other things that have more ingredients than oreos and are not natural whatsover? I am just trying to figure out where you really stand in terms of food? You mentioned loving meat the other day, but when do you ever eat meat?

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  11. Melinda 13. Nov, 2009 at 7:44 pm #

    broccoli is pretty much my favorite veggie too :D

    And I love Silk Nog- YUMMIE!!

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  12. Errign 13. Nov, 2009 at 8:37 pm #

    I finally found SilkNog for B today – he was excited to try it but I dunno what he thought of it. Your oatmeal always looks awesome, but I gotta ask – what portion size do you generally do? Your bowls look massive!

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    Evan Thomas Reply:

    My oats are always 20g oatbran and 20g steel cut oats with 160g water, and 120g pumpkin if they’re pumpkin oats. That works out to about 1/2 cup dry oats, so it’s pretty much a normal serving. This is the primary reason I own a food scale; they’re soooooo useful anytime you’re dealing with grains like oatmeal or pasta or flour

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  13. learnruneatrepeat 14. Nov, 2009 at 9:39 am #

    Steamed broccoli is one of my favorite veggies too, but I do not like raw broc at all!!

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    Evan Thomas Reply:

    Me neither! Or at least, if I eat it, I feel compelled to chew it 50 times so it doesn’t completely block up my stomach

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