Times Are A Changing

Alright, I can’t keep this secret anymore…

I started a new blog to chronicle the next stage of my life. Don’t get me wrong, I loved blogging at Caffeinated Runner, but I didn’t blog about running all too much. My interest/passions that I want to share have changed and I wanted a new space to explore those interest.

So please head over to Pint Size Foodie for more details :)

http://pintsizefoodie.wordpress.com/

Hope to see you all there!

All the Food

Well hey there!

Long time to no chat! I had the best of intentions of becoming a regular blogger over the summer but between graduation, trips to NYC, hanging around town and getting ready to move to California, my little corner of the internet was forgotten. I have actually been toying with the idea of rebranding/shifting towards a different focus as my interest has hanged since I started this blog. More to come later but there are going to be some changes.

Lets catch up on more important matters, delicious food. I got this idea from Imma Eat That – highlight some of the amazing meals/snacks I’ve been muchin’ on throughout the week.

Weekly Noshes

Udis[Udis Broccoli & Kale Lasagna, Trader Joe's Mahi Mahi Burger & Spiralized Zucchini]

English Muffin[Whole Wheat English Muffin, Whole Foods Cashew Butter, Banana & Cinnamon]

Dinner Spriral[Spiralized Zucchini, Chicken Parmesan Meatballs, Massive Japanese Sweet Potato]

IMG_1642[Thickest Greek yogurt]

IMG_1635[My favorite protein bars]

Highlight:

IMG_1608[Lightly Salted Rice Cake, Peanut Butter & Unsweetened Carob Chips]

Right now I am flying from LAX to Connecticut. I am working on the new blog changes which I hope you will all enjoy!

What have been your favorite eats lately?

Build Me Up Buttercup Baby

I am sorry if you are all tired to seeing copious amounts of squash recipes. I just can’t help it, I am a squash addict. Some people love acorn, some adore butternut but my favorite will always be buttercup. I’m still not quite sure what the difference between kabocha and buttercup is…I tried to do some research but couldn’t find a whole lot. I’ve had some that were stringier and yellow while others have been starchier and more orange. Regardless, I love this squash. Not only is it extremely versatile (sweet, savory, Italian, Thai, Mexican, etc), but it is full of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Fiber. Pretty eyes, healthy immune system, healthy GI tract = win win (source).

The real star of this show was the Trader Joe’s Bruschetta Spread. I used it as the sauce and it is divine. As Loreli Gilmore would say, I wanted to take a bath in this sauce. So delicious. If you see this, buy it!

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Chicken Pesto Bruschetta Stuffed Buttercup Squash

Stuffed Squash 2Ingredients:

  • 2 oz of pasta
  • 1/2 Butternut squash (or any squash really)
  • 1/4 cup Trader Joe’s Bruschetta Spread
  • 4 Chicken Pesto Chicken Meatballs (I used Nature’s Promise)
  • Sprinkle of parmesan cheese
  • Seasonings – garlic powder, salt, pepper and basil

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 385
  2. Slice butternut squash in half, take out the seeds and save the other half for another time.
  3. Coat half the squash with nonstick cooking spray and bake face down for 30 minutes.
  4. After 30 minutes, boil the pasta water. Cook the pasta as the directions on the box.
  5. Take the squash out of the oven, turn over and season with desired spices.
  6. After pasta is done cooking, add Bruschetta spread and chicken meatballs to pasta pot and stir.
  7. Once combined stuff the squash.
  8. Put back in the oven for another 10 – 12 minutes.
  9. Take out, let cool and enjoy!

Stuffed Squash

What is your favorite squash?

Cheesy Smokin’ BBQ Chicken Sandwich

Sandwiches – I love them. I could (and sometimes do) eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They are so versatile – no one sandwich has to be the same!

Lately I have been obsessed with all things barbeque. The sweet, smokey flavor adds a nice punch to any savory dish. Why I never thought to add this condiment into a sandwich earlier is beyond me, but better late than never.

The other star of this meal – the bread. Sourdough bread will and forever be my favorite. I found this whole wheat sourdough bread at a local health food store. So flavorful, so good.

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Cheesy Smokin’ BBQ Chicken Sandwich

Sandwich 1

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of whole wheat sourdough bread
  • 2 slices of Applegate Farm BBQ Sliced Chicken Breast
  • 2 Slices of Sargento Ultra Thin Provolone Cheese
  • 1 cheese wedge
  • 1 fresh Roma tomato
  • 1 Tbsp BBQ Sauce

Directions:

  1. Gather your ingredients
  2. spread both slices of bread with the cheese wedge. I used Stop & Shop White Cheddar, but any cheese wedge will work.
  3. On one slice of bread place the deli meat.
  4. On the other slice of bread place the cheese.
  5. Drizzle both sides with the BBQ sauce
  6. Slice the Roma tomato and place on either slice of bread.
  7. Toast the sandwich until the cheese has melted.

Sandwich 3

Craving Satisfied!

What is your favorite sandwich condiment?

 

But It’s Tradition!

Normally, I am not one for restaurant reviews. I can’t articulate into words how good or bad food is. I am no super taster. I pretty much describe food as epic, good, creamy, cakey, fresh, salty or downright awful. However, there is one restaurant in good ol Blacksburg that has a very special place in my heart.

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This small chain is spread throughout the south, mainly Virginia and North Carolina. They make pretty much the BEST sandwiches in all the land. That is saying much because I do love my sandwiches. I was introduced to this place my Freshman year of college on my 18th birthday. Since then it has been a place where my roommate and I go to drown our sorrows because the Biochem test kicked our butt or for celebration.

It only made sense that my last “free” night in Blacksburg involved Macados with my best friend :)

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We always, and I mean always, get the Spinach and Artichoke Dip! It is rich, creamy fully of spinach, cream cheese and artichokes. I mean I legit get a whole artichoke – how can you not like that? It is served with these really doughy pita chips that are out of this world good.

IMG_1114I’ve tried a lot of the sandwiches/create your own combos throughout my four years, but I keep coming back to this combo: Whole wheat bread, mesquite turkey, muenster cheese, bacon, avocado, lettuce and tomato. Simple, but awesome. They used to have this epic flatbread but they no longer serve it. Rude.

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Thick. Doughy. Delicious whole wheat bread :) With a side of honey mustard & BBQ sauce because they don’t charge you anymore! Win.

And for the main event…the Madison Mud Pie <3

IMG_1117Served up in a schooner glass: Warm brownie, cookie dough ice cream, Oreo pieces, whip cream, hot fudge and cherry. It is the most amazing thing on this planet. I don’t really need to describe how decadent and chocolatey this creation is because I think the picture does it justice.

There you have it – our “routine” when we go to Macados because there is just no other place I’d rather go. I’ve shared some awesome and not so awesome moments there. If you are ever near a Macados I highly suggest you going!

It’s Not Goodbye – It’s “I’ll See You Later”

Graduation.

Virginia Tech

A time where we leave a familiar place, a second home, friends who have shared the ups and downs of figuring out who you want to be in life.

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A time when you leave great mentors, soul sisters, friends you feel like you’ve known since birth and familiar routines.

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These past four years went by so fast. I remember the rainy day where I unloaded by Dad’s car. I remember getting to know everyone on my floor freshman year, the numerous coffee dates with close friends, Macado trips after impossible Biochem exams, running thousands of miles around Virginia Tech.

Virginia Tech gave me everything I wanted & more – a great education, professors that invest in their students, beautiful campus, top notch dining, hands on experience and community involvement. As I pack up and move across the country, I will always carry Virginia Tech with me. Love my Hokies.

“If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart and I’ll stay there forever” – Winnie the Pooh

 

April 2014: One of the Best Months

April has always been my favorite month for as long as I can remember. This past April pretty much takes the cake though.

I kicked off the month with a trip to Charlottesville with my roommate and completed my second marathon.

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Found out I was matched to Cal Poly SLO and placed in the beautiful Santa Barbara.

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Walked the 3.2 for 32 to remember the 32 beautiful Hokies who are no longer with us

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and ate some epic food

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Crazy to think that in 9 short days I will be a college graduate. Yikes – don’t think I am ready for that! However, I am really REALLY excited to begin a new chapter in my life…especially since it takes me one step closer to my dream job. The California weather doesn’t hurt either ;)