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WIAW: Messy Bowls and Cooking With Booze.


It’s Wednesday. Which could only mean:

the link up party that is WIAW! Thanks to Jenn for her hosting duties!

These eats are from yesterday, aka: my first official day back to class. I TA on Mondays, but right now there’s a little SNAFU with my class. So really, Monday ended up being an extra day of vacation. I guess I can’t complain about that too much, can I?

But here’s Tuesday:



(ignore my sink of dirty dishes…and the fact that the microwave makes for messy oatmeal. Oops).


Yes, I’m still going on my oatmeal and eggs. It’s weirdly addictive! This version has 1/2 cup oats cooked with 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk and 1/2 cup water, cinnamon, french vanilla stevia and blueberry jam (buried under the eggs) with 2 eggs + 1/4 cup egg whites. Yup, almost every morning.

A few hours later, it was gym time.


The package I got last week came with amino powder, so I’ve been trying it before my workouts. First off: it actually tastes like kool-aid. And that makes my inner six-year-old so, so happy. And it actually seemed to add a pep in my step at the gym, so I guess it works! The directions recommend to have a scoop before and after workouts, but there’s amino acids in my protein powder (that I always have post-workout) so I’ve just been taking it before.


Yesterday’s workout was a high-rep upper body workout + 10 minutes of treadmill intervals. After being away from weights for 2 1/2 weeks, I’m happy to be back at it! And surprisingly, the gym wasn’t ridiculously crowded, but I’ve heard it gets worse in the afternoon. Yup, January Joiners…I’m excited for people that want to get in shape, but I’m allowed to get whiny when it means I have to wait for equipment/do my best not to accidently whack somebody with a dumbbell. I just have to wait a few weeks for it to thin out a bit!


The post workout smoothie – vanilla protein powder, almond milk, spinach and a frozen banana.


And baby carrots…because I need something to crunch on, clearly.

A little while later, I also snacked on some chicken.


(not the whole thing, just a few pieces from the container). Yes, I consider cold chicken (leftovers from the whole chicken I did in the slow cooker the night before) to be an appropriate snack. It makes me happy. Smile


Then I decided I should probably utilize said chicken and make an actual meal.


Spinach, spaghetti squash, marinara sauce, chicken, avocado and olive oil. This will have to be recreated soon – it was delicious! Lately I’ve been increasing up fat intake, and I’ve been really enjoying it. Bring on the avocado! Smile with tongue out


After lunch I was off to my first class of the semester. One down, This will be my last semester of course work, which is actually pretty nice. After April, it’s all about working on my thesis for about a year (hopefully) and then I’ll consider my education done. I’m still not sure about the “what do you want to be when you grow up” question, but I do know that I don’t want to move into the Ph.D/research/professor realm. Where does that leave me? I’ll have to get back to you on that (the class I had was my research and professionalization seminar, so this is on my mind right now).

While I was in class, I had dinner stewing in the slow-cooker:


And, I was cooking with booze again Smile with tongue out Seriously, I may start doing this more often. Last night’s was a slow cooked white wine pork tenderloin:


  • 1 pound pork tenderloin
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • dash of pepper (maybe 1/4 teaspoon)
  • 3 peeled garlic cloves


1. Place chopped onions in slow cooker, followed by pork. Add water, wine and soy sauce.

2. Stud the tenderloin with garlic and add pepper.

3. Cover and set to low. Cook for 6-8 hours.


Tender enough to shred, pulled-pork style. And delicious! Eric added BBQ sauce to his, but I just added a bit of the liquid and onions from the slow cooker and I thought it was flavourful enough on it’s own.

Served with a spinach salad and baked sweet potato (in the oven again! I’m on a roll).

Yea, I think I’m going to be experimenting with this cooking-with-alcohol thing a bit more. On my tilapia post, Laura pointed me in the direction of her tequila-lime tilapia recipe. Yea, that’s a must-make. Because alcohol always cooks out, don’t you know 😉


Because my day would not be complete without it. Camino’s dark chocolate coconut – one of my favourites.


The bedtime snack:


My delicious (albeit messy) bowl of Greek yogurt, chocolate casein and crunchy peanut butter. I would seriously be the worst food stylist ever – My meals and snacks tend to look not-so-put together a lot of the time. Note to self: eat prettier food.

And on that note, I’m off to my Wednesday class today. Advanced stats: wish me luck. Going to need it with this one Confused smile

<— Do you put effort into making your meals ‘presentable’? Considering that a lot of what I eat ends up on the internet, I should work on that.

<— Do you struggle to figure out what career moves you should make? I honestly change my mind every 20 minutes about what I want to do for a living. I feel like it’s going to be a very ‘trial-and-error’ sort of process.


38 thoughts on “WIAW: Messy Bowls and Cooking With Booze.

  1. Yum meals- I’m especially loving that lunch! Avocado has suddenly become a regular fixture in my diet- can’t get enough of it! If you haven’t tried it already, I would highly recommend using it in chicken salad in place of mayo…just needs a bit of garlic powder & it tastes out of this world good! Also I’m all about the messy meals too, but if I do plan on photographing it (e.g. for blog/Instagram), I’ll put in a little bit of effort to make it look presentable..I give credit to those bloggers who eat “pretty” meals all the time!

  2. I like that you finished off your day with dark chocolate. I can’t go without it after dinner 😉

  3. Chocolate && an awesome yogurt mess for a nighttime snack.. perfect way to end the day!

  4. Good luck with stats, love! ughhhhhhhh, I HATED stats…and my prof wrote the book we used, so you can imagine how well that one went haha…I don’t put much effort at all into food styling…if I know ahead of time that I want to take a picture, I might try to make it a little prettier, but I’m also usually too hungry to waste too much time doing so. And welcome to my world with the career thing…switching from preschool teaching to nannying has me a little concerned about where I’m going next (after nannying since no way do I want to make that a lifetime thing right now), but I’m trying to stay open, be grateful for this opportunity since it is desperately needed and trust that everything else will come about when it needs to!

  5. Yummy eats! I totally need to cook with alcohol more…and alcohol in the slow cooker! Genius. I basically always have dark chocolate for dessert these days. It’s a new addiction that I don’t see letting up anytime soon!

  6. I consider cold chicken to be a perfectly acceptable (and delicious) snack 😀 It doesn’t always photograph pretty, but it sure is tasty. And speaking of photographing pretty… I do usually work on making my meals look good if I know I’m going to be putting them on the blog. If not then I honestly couldn’t care less how they look, but when they’re going up on Spoons? I try to put some effort in. It’s definitely annoying though. And I feel ya on not having any idea ‘what I want to do with my life.’ I keep going back and forth or what direction I want to take, and while I like the idea of going back to school, sometimes I feel like I’m being pulled in a different direction. So frustrating.

  7. This all looks delicious! Great post 🙂

  8. cold leftover meat is delicious to me, I don’t know what it is about it but i love it like that

  9. Career choices are so tough…I know what I want to do now and still feel myself doubting my choices sometimes. Luckily it’s completely normal and okay to change your mind! As long as you keep working toward what you think will be the best choice for you 🙂

  10. Ohhhh em gee. That pork tenderloin looks great and totally incorporates one of my fave things – wine. Um I snack on cold leftover meat all the time!! I typically will just open the fridge and nosh on a cold turkey burger or cold turkey. Mmm why not, protein power, I love my snacks with protein! I’d totally need to add those carrots with the smoothie too, it’s why I never do smoothie/shake meals, I just gotta munch!

  11. I definitely have a problem with making my food looks pretty! Oh well, maybe it’s a good thing because sometimes the darker the food, the healthier it is so all these dark foods don’t make a very pretty color. Hope that makes since! I definitely consider plain chicken to be a great snack 🙂

  12. That tenderloin looks to die for! And your casein pudding has me drooling – I definitely miss having that!

  13. I’ve just started cooking with alcohol more often too! Red wine goes so well in beef stews or sauces for steak! And I love chicken piccata, which uses white wine.

    And I totally know what you mean about not knowing what to do with your life. Even though I know I’m going to be an RD, there are so many things I can do within that designation…work in a hospital, work with a family health team, teach nutrition education classes, open my own clinic… ahh! It stresses me out. But I try to just live in the present and have faith that we’ll fall into the right job when it’s time. 🙂

  14. Cold chicken leftovers are the bomb.

  15. Haha my food looks less than photogenic most of the time but tastes ammaazzzingggg. Health foodies get this…other people think we’re nuts when we eat mush lol . Love your blog! I’m another fitness and healthy food nut over at!

  16. I ate a LOT like you today. And kool-aid aminos rock. That’s why I like mine so much. 🙂

    Don’t worry about not knowing what you want to be… I’ll be 30 this year and I still have no idea.

    P.S. Thanks for the link back!

  17. Everything looks SO SO delicious! Despite being “the worst food stylist ever,” you’ve succeeded in making me very hungry! 😉 I only make my food look decent when I know it’s going to be posted on the internet. That means only several meals or snacks/week — or, occasionally a full day for WIAW. 🙂 The other 95% of the time? Just mounds of food that I usually start eating before I sit down at the table!

    My first container of BCAA’s arrived in the mail today, and I’m pumped to try it out before and during my workout tomorrow! My new trainer told me I’ve been making a big mistake by not taking them until now. Whoops!

    I’m loving your evening snack. I have casein and peanut butter before bed every single night. It never gets old!

  18. all looks delicious to me! i hate it when the gym gets busy in January too – i get really frustrated haha so i just go first thing on a morning to avoid having to wait ridiculous amounts of time/fight for space!

  19. Mmm, your bedtime snack looks delicious! (As do all your meals!)

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