WIAW #45 – Tasty Summer Eats

Time for What I Ate on Tuesday or what Jenn over at Peas & Crayons likes to call WIAW. Anyway you say it, it’s a great day for new recipes and food porn. 😉

Started the day at the gym – elliptical and core.  From there, I helped my mom by transporting her around as we dropped one car off at the dealership for a tune-up.  For a treat we picked up a horchata latte from Portos.  If you are ever in the Glendale area, I highly recommend stopping by this bakery & cafe.  I’ve only been lucky enough to test out their coffee and pastries, but that is enough to say it’s beyond delicious.

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Back at the house I sat down to read the paper and eat breakfast.  I picked between the only yogurts in fridge (below as well as Noosa Honey) and topped it off with peach, banana, strawberries, and some homemade granola.  IMG_9288Lunch…oops.  I had a plan to make mixed vegetables topped with a fried egg and then discovered a few boxes of leftovers and went that direction instead.  My actual meal included lettuce, ranch dressing, peppers, green beans, carrots, leftover salmon, and a bit of turkey pot-roast. I ended the meal with part of a sourdough baguette taken from dinner the other night at Corona Del Mar’s Five Crowns.

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I was still a bit stuffed from my late lunch but worked up a hunger while hiking the local trails.  I’ve been fortunate to have the trails nearby so I can hike them with friends or on my own whenever I please.  Lately I’ve been walking the hills with my iPod and a couple 5 lb weights, alternating exercises based on the songs playing.

Dinner was an adaptation from one of the latest Real Simple’s 20-Minute Meals.  The original recipe was “Linguine w/ Summer Vegetables & Goat Cheese” although we had more of “Spaghetti w/ Summer Vegetables & Feta.”

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Summer Vegetable & Feta Pasta
Serves ~4 — Total Time: 20 minutes
Ingredients
3/4 lb pasta (linguine/spaghetti – preferably skinny noodles)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (toasted)
3 tbsp olive oil
2 cups fresh corn (from 2 ears)
2 cloves garlic, sliced
2 pints grape/cherry tomatoes (halved)
2 small zucchini (cut into thin ribbons with a veggie peeler)
2 tbsp oregano
4 oz feta (cheese of your choice)
2-4 chicken sausages (we selected apple/gouda…mmmmmm, perfection)

Directions
1. Cook pasta according to package.  Half tomatoes and set aside.
2. Heat oven to 350F and spread the walnuts on a baking sheet.  Toss until they turn golden brown.
3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Slice sausages and place in skillet.  Add in corn, zucchini, and garlic until corn is tender (~2-4 minutes).
4. Add skillet ingredients to the pasta and mix.  Add in the feta cheese and continue to mix.
5. Serve sprinkled with oregano and walnuts.

IMG_9296My weakness = ice cream.  I’ve never really gravitated towards key lime, but when these lovely treats appeared in our freezer thanks to my mom, I decided to test it out.  Well, I’d say it’s a hit.  Perfect mix of ice cream and soft graham cracker flavor with no lasting sugar overload.  I have yet to make ice cream sandwiches of my own, let alone ice cream.  I guess I should probably put that ice cream maker to use, shouldn’t I?IMG_9294

With that, I leave you.  Happy Wednesday and best of luck in this summer heat wave!

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“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
– Aristotle

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16 thoughts on “WIAW #45 – Tasty Summer Eats

  1. That pasta looks wonderful! I love anything with feta! 😛
    And those bars… I neeeed to try those! I think my whole family would love them – we love key lime pie! But ice cream is even better in my opinion, so the two combined? Um, yes please 🙂

  2. Doing the elliptical + core is my go-to workout when I just want to break a sweat but keep my workout relaxed 🙂 I do the same exact thing for lunches when I am at home! There just are so many random (yet yummy) things my parents always have in the fridge, I can’t blame us for wanting to snack on them all! I was never a Key Lime Pie fan, until I tried CHO’s flips, but now I think I might like those ice cream sandwiches 🙂

  3. That view is wonderful! You are so lucky to have a great place around you to hike. I’d take advantage of it every chance I got 🙂

    I’ve never had key lime pie but those ice cream sandwiches look really good. And the graham cracker sides sounds absolutely perfect. Do they not get soggy? I would have thought that since normal graham crackers don’t do well with liquid that they’d go soft with ice cream. I guess they are just extra special?! 🙂

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