You’re probably thinking, what the heck is Bunny Bunny Day? Well, I’ll tell you!
The first day of every month, as soon as you wake up, jump out of bed and hop three times and spin around three times, saying “Happy Bunny Bunny Day!” for good luck in the coming month.
It’s so goofy and you look ridiculous, but it’s a cute tradition.
In my high school, on the first day of every month, the morning show puts up decorations, the hosts eat bunny-shaped chocolates, and remind you to hop out of bed next month and get some good luck!
Awe, how cute!
As far as my life goes, I’ve been working my tail off these past few weeks at my new job (which I love by the way 🙂 ), and spending more hours running, standing, and walking around to do so.
I mean, I’m not complaining – I am getting paid after all! But it would be nice to have a foot massage at the end of the day…or a swiss massage…
What are your solutions for the end-of-the-workday slump?
I have to apologize for not blogging as often as usual – getting used to this new schedule is so draining! I’ve had plenty of time to cook and photograph, though, so don’t fret – we’ve got yummy deliciousness coming up.
We’ll start with brekkie for the last two days – since it’s my favorite meal of the day =)
As usual, my butt-whoopin’ workout left me wanting something loaded – with almond buttah. Ain’t nothing betta than my almond buttah.
Oh, and lots of blackberries, bluebs, cherries, and strawberries – can you say cherry-stained fingers?
This was actually my Brunch for Lunch on Tuesday – so no lunch. That’s why it’s so loaded!
Finished devoured. Clean bowl =)
Today’s was similar, but I took an even larger portion (hungry hungry!) – the giant dollop of almond butter is not pictured, mainly because it immediately went in my mouth.
I also added in a chopped up Apple Pie Katebar just at the end of cooking the buckwheat – ooey gooey goodness =)
p.s. I was eating at 6 am – I woke up at 3:45 am to wake up, run (4.25 miles! yayay), shower, and eat brekkie…I had to make it to lunch! I did enjoy a mid-morning snack of an organic pink lady apple, though!
Oh, almond buttah, how you make me swooooon.
Lunch the past couple of days has been equally delicious. I had Brunch for Lunch Tuesday as you saw before, but today I had lunch at work for the first time!
So, I packed up my big-girl lunchbox with Kabocha Squash and Azuki Beans, roasted cauliflower (350 degrees, drizzled with EVOO, sea salt, and your favorite seasonings for 20-25 minutes), fresh veggies (carrots, green peppa, cukes, and baby tomatoes), and Italian Mushroom Savory Buckwheat.
I used to despise leftovers because then I would have to have the same thing two nights in a row, but now I enjoy them at lunch and switch it up at din din!
Isn’t my wittle lunchbox adorable? I absolutely love it.
Last night I made Kabocha Squash with Azuki Beans, one of my all-time favorites. It got a little messy though, so I had to whip out the apron for the first time!
Who woulda thunk this little girl would be a messy cook?
Of course, it yielded a generous (to say the least) amount! This is something that I always look forward to eating as leftovers!
CK Dad modeling the food:
Oh yes, a generous amount.
Definitely not the prettiest dish, but one of the absolute tastiest – I guess this kind of goes along with the theme that sometimes the best things come in the ugliest packages =)
We also had some Italian Mushroom Savory Buckwheat which was just as delicious as the night before. I love my buckwheat at every meal, but it still wins my heart at breakfast ❤
I also whipped up some roasted cauliflower as mentioned in lunch, which was so perfectly seasoned – I use Simply Organic All-Purpose Seasoning for quick and delicious seasoning.
Oh, and of course leftover Beet Still My Heart Farmer’s Market Salad!
Tonight for dinner I whipped up some Carrot Cake Quinoa – and it went perfectly with the Kabocha Squash with Azuki Beans, salads, and roasted cauliflower. Mmmm.
Carrot Cake Quinoa
If I didn’t have this at dinner, I might actually have thought it was carrot cake! Well, not really – but it’s about as close as you can get without a ton of added suga =)
- lemon juice
- 1.5 cups freshly grated carrot – fresh! About 2 large carrots worth
- 1/2-3/4 cup raisins
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup uncooked quinoa
- In a large skillet, heat about 1-2 tbsp. EVOO with a tablespoon or so of lemon juice. Add grated carrot and raisins and saute for a few minutes, or until heated and juicy.
- Add water and quinoa and bring to a boil. Add lots of cinnamon (more the merrier!) and reduce to a simmer and cover, stirring every few minutes for about 15 minutes, or until all water is absorbed.
- Serve warm or cool, and enjoy! =)
This dish is always a hit with the fam, and has me going back for seconds thirds. Its natural sweetness and nuttiness is a perfect combo – it’s also a super healthy way to satisfy your cravings for something a bit sweet!
Plus, it makes for great leftovers! Can you say Chef Katelyn’s lunch tomorrow, anyone?
After dinner I made some Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Katebars! They smell amazing and I am beyond dying to try these all melted in my buckwheat tomorrow =)
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Katebars
Makes 5 Katebars
- 1 cup pitted, packed medjool dates
- 2 tbsp. raisins
- 2/3 cup almonds
- pure vanilla extract (alcohol-free) – about 1 tsp.
- 2 tbsp. mini vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips
- In a food processor, pulse almonds into small pieces, or until no whole almonds are left.
- Add dates, raisins, and vanilla extract and pulse until combined and it starts to roll around in a ball.
- Add chocolate chips and pulse a few times, then place in a bowl and mush-mash with your hands (the fun part!). Your hands will get all sticky but it is so worth it.
- Break up into 5 equal sections and form into bars. Wrap with wax paper, plastic wrap, or plastic baggies – whateva you got!
- Store in the refrigerator until you’re ready to eat them. Enjoy! =)
Ideas for optimum Katebar enjoyment!:
- Chopped up and combined with your morning hot (or cold!) cereal. It’s a mind explosion/dream/the most delicious thing in the world chopped up and added just as your hot cereal is just about to finish cooking – then remove from heat and keep covered for a few minutes. The result? Ooey gooey goodness!
- A pre- or post-workout snack
- Chopped up and mixed or blended/processed with Banana Soft Serve!
- Chopped up and in your cookie/brownie/pancake/waffle/bread/muffin dough! Bake according to recipe directions and enjoy melty in-your-mouth goodness =)
- The possibilities are endless.
Let me know if you think of any other fun ways to enjoy a Katebar! =)
That’s all for tonight, lovlies! I’ve got the 7 am shift again tomorrow – I have the joy of waking up at 3:45 am again to get in my 5K training!
The race is currently 4 days away! Holy moly.
Hope everyone has a relaxing evening! I know I will =) I’ll be in bed within 10 minutes of this post going up…I’m an early birdy.