Too Cold For Anything Else

Today has just been too cold for anything other than what I did and was done. My hands are recirculating, and my jeans have been long swapped for PJ’s by now. I suppose that when they announce an “Extreme Cold Advisory” on the news, they mean business. Backing up, I had some weird cravings for lunch. It was just too cold to want something real or excited. I managed to reign back my cravings a bit and make a semi-normal lunch.

Root Beer Zevia, Turkey With Mighty Maple, Hickory Honey BBQ Baked Kettle Chips, Steamed Broccoli

Turkey With Mighty Maple, Hickory Honey BBQ Baked Kettle Chips, Steamed Broccoli

Did maple peanut butter jump out of the jar onto my turkey? It just might of… with a little help. I prefer dark meat, so if I’m going to have white meat turkey I better stick some fat in there somehow; the sweet maple was pure craving, but at least it worked well with these chips.

To-Do List

I probably should have heeded the weather warning and stayed indoors just because I could but I had a bit of a list to work on. At least while I was out I managed to get it all done. I’m officially on a lower meal plan, trading 110 meals and 125 flex points for about $240 dollars;It’d definitely be a “better bargain” to have stayed on but what’s the use if it goes to wast? Nada.

Books And Notebooks

I ended up returning 2 of my books and buying them new; I try to buy used when possible but these were a little too used and they’re books I’ll be looking at for a while so I figured the extra money was worth it. The final total for the semester was around $350–not bad considering the majority of the books are in my concentration and I’ll need beyond this semester.

Tazo Calm Tea

It was too cold not to get tea while I was near a campus convenience store. I threw everything on the bed and considered making a snack, but wanted to get to a dining hall right at 4 to grab things for dinner and get in for the night before it got colder. Or so I thought. I got there at 4:10. They opened at 4:30. But unless I wanted to go back into the cold(absolutely not), I would just have to wait there. So I did. I didn’t end up getting back to my room until 4:45.

Cooked Vegetables, Raw Broccoli, Sandwich Lettuce, Apples

At least it was a productive shopping trip. I don’t know if you’re supposed to load up two large take out containers with vegetables, but no one particularly stops you if you do. You might get odd looks, but no words. I was starving and just threw together the best thing I could think of.

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Mighty Maple

It was too cold not to eat pumpkin oats with maple peanut butter. Nothing would have made this better, unless it were made in the jar; I think that’s a principal of life. Instead of eating more after this, which definitely would have spoiled my appetite for dinner, I just decided to invest a little time and “make something” that’d be nice. Since I was craving Indian, I mixed 2/3 a can of chickpeas, 1/3 cup pumpkin, 2 tablespoons ketchup, 1 tablespoon steak sauce, 1 1/2 teaspoons indian spice, and enough watter to thin it. Normally I’d prefer a tomato based sauce but it was too cold not to utilize pumpkin(and that’s all I had on hand). That made about 3 servings, so I took 1 and saved 2.

Vegetable Melange, Pumpkin Indian Chickpeas, Raw Vegan Brownie

Pumpkin Indian Chickpeas Wit Full Fat Greek Yogurt

Raw Vegan Brownie With Raw Chocolate Frosting

This was pretty darn good. The chickpeas came out nice and spicy, with the pumpkin to add some savor factor. A dollop of full fat yogurt, though, really made the whole thing come alive; the dish needed fat and depth. Speaking of fat, the raw vegan brownies are still just as delicious. It was too cold not to have something sweet to finish of dinner. Do other people eat the best part of their meal at the end, too? I always did this as a kid, but people would confuse this for me not liking something and picking it off my plate before I would get to it. Not cool. No one got my brownie.

Don’t think having chocolate with dinner meant there won’t be some for dessert; it would just be too cold to ignore chocolate like that. I do feel somewhat bad on skipping out on a friend’s birthday party tonight. But if I went–and in this cold–I wouldn’t be enjoying myself, and I’m not convinced she’d notice me there amongst the other 100 facebook friends attending. So after all I don’t feel bad about ditching it for some light and humorous reads.

Homework

Wow are there a lot of giveaways going on now. Here’s one for a bread machine. Here’s another for coconut oil! Here’s one for some delicious bars. And here’s one for iHerb shopping spree! Here’s one for chocolate. And how about one last one for chocolate, here!

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  1. Kelly 29. Jan, 2010 at 8:38 pm #

    Oh my goodness those pumpkin Indian chickpeas look flipping awesome! :) Good for you for staying in…I am NOT a fan of this cold weather. It is supposed to be 27 tonight (in Texas I might add) and I do NOT live in Texas for temperatures in the 20′s!!! AAAHHH!!

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  2. Heather (Heather's Dish) 29. Jan, 2010 at 8:54 pm #

    holy yummy food…looks soooo good! i just found your blog, and it’s rockin’ my face! thanks for the head’s up on all the giveaways, too!

    stay warm :)

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  3. Tricia 29. Jan, 2010 at 11:17 pm #

    Yum, yum, yum!

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  4. Stef @ moretolifethanlettuce 30. Jan, 2010 at 1:11 am #

    great that your books will be useful beyond this semester, i always die a little bit inside when i see the grand total rung up at the bookstore, gah! those kettle chips look fantastic

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  5. eatingmachine 30. Jan, 2010 at 1:44 am #

    i use peanut butter when i make peanut noodles, and those have chicken or turkey, so i’m pretty sure that peanut butter on turkey makes sense

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  6. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) 30. Jan, 2010 at 2:27 am #

    BRRR, I hate winter!

    Thanks for the linky love. And your raw choc brownies just keep getting better & better looking….yum!!!!!

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  7. Simply LIfe 30. Jan, 2010 at 8:04 am #

    Oh those chickpeas look great!

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  8. Nick 30. Jan, 2010 at 8:46 am #

    Haha what a wacky lunch, but I like it! That’s definitely a dinner from one of those face-hurts-when-you-step-outside cold nights.

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  9. marathonmaiden 30. Jan, 2010 at 9:18 am #

    totally too cold not to have tea. definitely clutch. and brrrrrrrrr i’m not looking forward to my 20 miler soon in single digit temps with it “feeling” negative!! where the heck did this cold come from?!?

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  10. Anna 30. Jan, 2010 at 9:32 am #

    lol– I love it that you have a brownie with your meal AND dessert.

    I become a hermit in cold weather– it’s just not natural to go outside when temps reach “warning level” degrees of cold.

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  11. eaternotarunner 30. Jan, 2010 at 9:47 am #

    It’s definitely to cold to do much of anything!

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