WIAW 9: Mostly Plants

Hey hey- it’s What I Ate Wednesday!

Did you like that little rhyme?

For today’s WIAW post, I chose to photograph what I ate on Monday. I had a few unique finds from my trip to Dawson’s Market with Sara and Brie on Sunday.

Thanks, Sara, for the lovely photo!

The store had just opened, and we decided to go check it out. I was joking that we must be the only women who, when we say “We’re going shopping” mean that we’re going to Whole Foods or Trader Joes (or Dawson’s Market, in this case), instead of somewhere like the mall.

Alright… let’s get on with it :)

The day started early- and it was cold at 5:00 in the morning! I headed out the door to teach Bodypump, and had a few bites of a mini Clif Mojo bar on the way.

It wasn’t much, but I have a hard time eating anything that early in the morning.

After class, I did a little bit of cardio and then headed over to my favorite coffee shop for “me” time (which involves savoring a cup of coffee and doing some list-making).

I usually bring a cup of yogurt with me, but just wasn’t feeling it this morning. To get a little bit of protein, I added some extra milk to my coffee. :)

A little while later, I whipped up a batch up perfect oatmeal, sans egg whites (I didn’t have any left). I let my oatmeal to swim a little bit of almond milk and topped it with some almond butter and coconut butter.

I know that the coconut butter isn’t the most appetizing-looking topping, but it sure does taste good! I found these little packets when I went to Dawson’s Market on Sunday.

Buying two of these was much safer than buying a whole jar (but probably not very cost-effective….).

When lunch time rolled around, I made myself a big raw veggie salad with mixed greens, sprouts, pea shoots, tomato, red onion, cucumber, goat cheese and sprouted chickpeas.

Yes- those are sprouted chickpeas!

I successfully grew them in my trusty sprout jar and mixed them with some olive oil, lemon, salt and pepper. YUM.

On the side, a had a piece of toasted sesame Ezekiel bread with smashed avocado and tomato.

I could eat that toast for every meal!

I finished lunch with a delicious, creamy pumpkin pie steamer.

A few hours later, when my stomach started rumbling again, I made myself a snack. Another awesome find at Dawson’s Market was this raw sun-flax raisin “bread.” (It’s more like a thick, chewy cracker.)

Check out the ingredients/stats! And one “slice” is a pretty generous size.

I heated up half of a cut up apple and some cranberries with a little cinnamon and added some Greek yogurt on the side (along with the bread).

Greg had his monthly beer club meeting that night, which usually means breakfast for dinner (or just a smoothie even) for me. But for some reason, I wasn’t really feeling that. I think I was just excited about this tofu that I had just bought (yes, at Dawson’s).

That might be the geekiest statement ever, right? “I was excited about tofu…”

I love Twin Oaks tofu, and had yet to try any of the new “more than tofu” variations. I oven-baked it, along with some butternut squash and sweet potato, and mixed it in with some green beans that were cooked in a red curry-coconut sauce. And just because I love broccoli, I had some of that on the side, too.

I don’t know what it is, but I like to have a sweet bite right after dinner- just something little to balance out the saltiness of dinner I guess? That’s when making these little “fudge squares” comes in handy (which are just cocoa powder mixed with peanut butter and frozen).

For my real dessert, I whipped up some (vegan) pumpkin cheesecake mousse and topped it with carob chips and graham cracker pieces.

Holy tofu- this was delicious! Recipe coming soon…

What’s your favorite plant-based protein?



  1. My favorite plant-based protein might now be tempeh. Or lentils. They’re both good!

    Wow–your day was filled with delicious eats! Yum!

  2. Everything looks delicious, especially the fruit and yogurt snack. That tofu looks delicious. I can never find anything like that around here.

  3. I want to eat EVERYTHING in this post! I love the cocoa powder/peanut butter ‘chip’ idea…definitely going to have to try that. That bread, also! I want some…for most people, ‘thick, chewy cracker’ would sound gross, but I have a really hard time explaning to people that I hate crispy bread (not to be confused with toast), but love crackers…so maybe this is a good compromise? Plus it’s vegan. And has a cool name. And is kind of weird. Tofu with amaranth and quinoa? I, too, am excited about tofu…

    Obviously I just need to come visit.

    And then I can show you how easy it is to make coconut butter. :)

    • Well, you ARE my first “weird” foodie pen pal…
      I ever even thought about making coconut butter. Um, yeah- that would be easy! I need to do it! Regardless, you are welcome to visit any time. Duh. :)

  4. Downtown Rockville has changed so much since I live there (I didn’t live in the downtown part – I was closer to White Flint). My dad and sister (and sometimes stepmother, but she mainly lives in Florida, don’t ask) live in Rockville town center. I wonder if they’ve gone to this store.

  5. Ah, please share your recipe for your pumpkin cheesecake mouse. It sounds amazing!!!

  6. My favorite plant-based protein is probably brown rice protein powder, because it doesn’t bother my stomach. Otherwise, I would have to say black beans or lentils. They taste really good just by themselves, no need for fancy toppings or recipes!

    • Oh, and I was going to ask you about your blog title? Mostly plants? That reminds me of Michael Pollan’s book In Defense of Food. Ever read it?

      • Yup- I have that book- and it was signed by Michael Pollan himself. I saw him speak a few years ago and totally geeked out and had him sign all my books. :)

  7. Good eats! I’m a fan of lentils (red) and quinoa.

  8. I love tempeh! I used to be bigger on tofu and while I still eat it on occasion, I choose tempeh over tofu most days. I think because of the texture, it feels more versatile and since you don’t have to press it, it’s so much easier to cook!

  9. Oh wow that all looks yummy! What was in your pumpkin steamer? It looks delish :)

  10. Your posts about food always look for fresh and delicious!!

  11. I clearly need to go to that market. I am most excited about that tofu (you’re right, that is a sad statement!).

    • You DO need to go there- but be forwarned- it’s crazy expensive. But man, there was some good stuff. Great hot foods bar, too! TOFU RULES. I don’t care if it’s sad. :)

  12. I love love force. I’m also mostly plants right now too.

    side note, i came here to stalk kale chips recipes. i swore it was you that had some a while back.

  13. Haha. The shopping comment cracks me up. I’m wanting to make one of those steamers today!

  14. So many good eats! I love the look of your oatmeal. I know what I want for breakfast tomorrow! :)

  15. All look delicious! I have some of those Artisana Coconut butter packets in the cupboard..cant wait to try them!

  16. Those crackers look good! And yes from above–I want to make that steamer too! Hopefully tomorrow will be chillier and I’ll ‘be feeling’ it ;)

    p.s. thought of you yesterday–taught a 530 BP class. And then again 12 hours later….it was funnnnn!!!

    • Oh wow- 5:30 am AND pm?! I’ve done 8:30 am and 5:00 pm in the same day- which was bad enough. Doing one that early and another in the evening would be TOUGH. you’re a beast!

  17. Love all of these meals! Everything is so healthy! That raw bread sounds awesome! I’ll have to be on the lookout for that!

  18. Mmmh, your oatmeal looks great. I might have to steal your fudge square idea.
    My current favourite vegan protein source is tempeh though I might have had a little toooo much of it today ;).

  19. Sprouted chickpeas just might be the most adorable things ever. And you’re so not the only lady who means the grocery store when she talks about going shopping ;D It’s where I sink all my money, too. In a good way.

  20. all of your food looks seriously amazing. Sprouted chickpeas? I’ve never seen those at the market. I guess I’ll have to look harder because I definitely want to try them.

    • I bought the chickpeas in the bulk foods section (dehydrated) and sprouted them myself. Super easy- just get a sprouting jar (refer back to my sprouting post for more info)

  21. That pumpkin mousse looks so good!!

  22. I’m so glad the chickpeas worked out for you!

    My favorite vegan protein (other than peanut flour) is tempeh. I love the chewiness!

  23. Your super awesome little chocolate peanut butter bites, what do you freeze them in? Or do just throw a dollop on a tray or something? Please share! Must know!

    • The “fudge” is a little spoonful of peanut butter, about 2 T of cocoa powder, enough almond milk to make a ‘paste” and a little stevia. Then, I just spread it on a piece of plastic wrap or wax paper and freeze. It freezes up in like, 15 minutes. So easy and SO GOOD.

  24. That salad looks so good! I have never heard of sprouted chick peas (although it makes sense ha), so cools that you sprouted them yourself!

  25. Wow! That salad looks amazing :) So fresh and packed with delicious goodness.

    Thanks for sharing. Happy WIAW!

  26. Ahh, everything looks so delicious, but I don’t know what it is…I could stare at that bowl of oats forever! And good call on buying the coconut butter in packets…that stuff is SO not safe around me! All I can say is it’s a good thing it’s not as creamy as peanut butter at room temperature or the small jar of homemade stuff that I have would have been demolished WEEKS ago! Lol If you haven’t tried it already, it is AMAZING drizzled over roasted carrots! :)

    Love how you made a little apple tart ala mode with the flax cracker! Looks/sounds so good!

    I’m super impressed with your sprouting skills! Teach me!!

    Favorite planted based protein? Hmmm, that’s a hard one…of course you know that I’m OBSESSED with peanut flour, but my latest find…hemp seeds! I’m in love!

    • I have not tried coconut butter on carrots… GOOD CALL!!
      Sprouting could not be easier. Maybe when you’re my weirdo foodie pen pal I’ll send you some supplies… :)
      I’m supposed to be getting some hemp seeds sent to me from Hippie Butter. I can’t wait!

  27. delicious looking eats! Dawson’s market sounds like the place to shop! I love chickpeas with oil/lemon/s+p too :-) I like to add them to red onion, chopped tomato and crumbled feta for a yummy lunch.

  28. Kat Cuttitta says:

    Dawson’s must be in the town square, that’s the exact spot where I would sit with my coffee to avoid clients when I I worked across the street:-)


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