Oatmeal Quinoa Fail

So I was so pumped for my breakfast this morning. I even layed out all the ingredients the night before to make sure my breakfast was extra epic. I found this amazing Quinoa PB&J recipe from Oh She Glows. It looked fabulous and perfect and everything I could possibly want in a breakfast.

It started out on the right foot – stirring 1/3 c of quinoa, 2/3 c of unsweetened vanilla almond breeze almond milk, 1/2 ripe smashed banana, cinnamon, salt and agave nectar.

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I brought this mixture to a boil and then reduced the heat to low while continuously stirring for about 8 minutes.

I even had the appropriate PB&J counterparts ready to get in on the action.

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The final product looked enticing topped with Trader Joe’s Omega-3 trail mix.

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I dug in and was immediately disappointed! I can only describe it as not having any flavor whatsoever. Maybe my taste buds were off, or I wasn’t used to quinoa in place of regular rolled oats. Either way I felt bad as I dumped this breakfast bowl down the sink and promptly prepared two slices of whole wheat toast topped with mighty maple peanut butter and banana slices. Thank goodness i have a fool-proof breakfast fallback that I can put together in 3 minutes flat.

The saving grace of this breakfast fiasco was that I used up all of my mighty maple peanut butter.

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OIAJ is in my future – perhaps even Overnight Oats In A Jar inspired by Tina. She’s been making it like crazy!! Perfect for the warm weather that is coming up.

Before I leave I want to give you a brief photo recap of my life in the past, oh, month or so that I have disappeared from the blog world.

My 24th birthday!!!

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Lots of wine tasting in Calistoga and Sonoma.

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Visiting the Culinary Institute of America in Sonoma.

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Having my parents come visit me for the first time since I moved to the Bay Area in October 2008 (they’ve been SO busy and could never find a weekend that we were both available).

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LOTS of yummy eats (duh). Currently trying to come out of a food coma from all of the good food, wine, cheese and crackers.

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(also a glimpse of our new apartment!!! more pictures to come)!

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“Bruschetta pasta” made by Eric’s mom

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Eric and I had our first trip to Sonic!!! Diet cherry limeade is the new water I tell you. Thank goodness we do not live by one of these.

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seafood platter for Catrina’s going away dinner. 

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Thus resulting in my first experience with a clam! For the record I was not a fan. My expression in this picture is before I ate the slimy sea creature. 

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Sweet potato fries at the sushi restaurant below our apartment. I know – very odd for a sushi place to serve sweet potato fries, but I’m sure glad they do.

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stuffed mushrooms. holy yum. i don’t even like mushrooms but these were the bomb.com (yes i just used that phrase).

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the occasional $10 (1.25 lb.) Whole Foods salad. My weakness.

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Birthday dinner: pasta with sundried tomatoes, asparagus and roasted chicken in a white wine sauce. YUM. I still fantasize about this dish. I need to go back to this restaurant. 

Moving in to our new apartment over Memorial Day weekend. We now have a 2 bedroom, 2 bath + WASHER AND DRYER. Hallelujah. I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I am that we have access to a washer and dryer at our own disposal. Our last apartment provided washers and dryers, but it cost $3 to do a whole load of laundry. And this girl has darks, whites, delicate darks, delicate whites. It was just COSTLY! I don’t have any current pictures of our apartment as we are still making it look beautiful, but here is a glimpse of the new furniture from IKEA crammed into Eric’s 4 Runner.

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Eric graduating with a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering! He is so talented and ambitious (one of the most ambitious people i know) – I am so proud of him!

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Life in general has been beyond amazing.

  • i am super busy at work – but also kicking butt
  • getting in more workouts (elliptical – no running as my knee is seriously screwy. i may have to go the doctor)
  • bodypumping on saturday mornings and any other time i can squeeze it into my schedule
  • amazing boyfriend in new job + new apartment
  • getting to see my family twice in one month! I am going home for the 4th of july
  • getting back into the cooking groove! i was thrown off for about a month during our move and getting situated. now i am back in the game.
  • world cup = awesome. big screen TVs at work = more awesome
  • getting back to my blogging roots! i forget how amazing this community is and how much i love blogging. i am back my friends

have a wonderful thursday!


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