WIAW - March edition + Acai Bowl with Fruit and Granola recipe

I'm still struggling with work/life balance but I managed to get a few good eats this month. We also purchased a lightbox so that we could take photos in the evenings without the yellow glow of the kitchen lights. I think it is working out well so far! Anyway, check out Laura's post for the full linkup to What I Ate Wednesday (via Peas & Crayons)

Breakfast:

I'm still terrible about eating breakfast daily but one weekend morning, I decided to finally make myself a healthy breakfast. And take pictures.

An Acai Bowl is quite easy and you can totally top it with whatever ingredients you prefer. Check out the base layer recipe at the bottom of this post. I was so happy that I had purchased berries which I knew would taste awesome with this. The granola is the pumpkin seed flax variety from Sprouts bulk bins. It was on sale for 2.99! I think I could put it on everything!

Lunch:

After digging through my pinterest boards, I decided to finally make Indian Spiced Quinoa from Indiaphile. Quinoa is joined by peas and chickpeas. A little toasting of the cashews really brings out some fabulous nuttiness. This recipe is a total keeper! The food was cooked the night before and it made for a perfect sized healthy lunch entree. 

The lovely napkin in the background was a hand-me-down from local foodie Stephanie Weaver of Migraine Relief Recipes (previously Recipe Renovator). She puts a healthy spin on recipes that fit her low sodium, migraine-free diet.

By the way, I'm experimenting with food styling. Is the wooden spoon working in this pic? That's tumeric I "spilt" on the board!

Dinner:

Ever since last month, Dennis has been picking up dinners here and there. He recently purchased a brand new cookbook (Hardcore Carnivore) and this is the creation he prepared for our dinner!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Chicken Wings. Yes, ingredients that you'd usually put in a sandwich but on CHICKEN WINGS! I promise you we easily finished all two pounds of that glorious grilled chicken. I loved the subtle sweet of the strawberry jam and the umami of peanut butter melted into a slightly charred skin. Dennis sure knows how to work a grill. I wonder what's next on the hubby-makes-dinner list...

And now, for the promised recipe... 

Recipe: Acai Bowl with Fruit and Granola

Serving Size: 1

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 Sambazon Superfruit Pack (unsweetened, frozen)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 almond milk, unsweetened (can substitute other milks)
  • Toppings of choice (strawberries, blueberries, bananas, granola, etc)

Instructions:

  1. Run the frozen Sambazon packet under water for 5 seconds. Break up the packet then empty into the blender. Add frozen banana and almond milk then blend until creamy.
  2. Pour mixture into a bowl and top with your favorite fruits and granola.

See? Easy peasy. Makes for a healthy start to your day. If only life were this simple always!

What's your go-to breakfast? Are you into the ACAI lifestyle?

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Becca's picture
Submitted by Becca (not verified) on Thu, 03/29/2018 - 9:18am

Those chicken wings though....

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Submitted by lynn on Thu, 03/29/2018 - 10:28am

sorry that i didn't share with you! we ate them all!

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Submitted by Kristin's Peppe... (not verified) on Fri, 03/30/2018 - 1:20pm

I have heard of mixing grape jelly and bbq sauce for meatballs or smoked sausages in the slow cooker, but never pb&j chicken wings! I may have to try that for a baked chicken recipe!

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Submitted by lynn on Fri, 03/30/2018 - 6:04pm

i had no idea how it'd turn out but happy that it was a success! the marinade only makes it subtly sweet after cooking on a grill.

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Submitted by MrsSbf (not verified) on Fri, 03/30/2018 - 5:25pm

Everything looks so good!

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Submitted by lynn on Fri, 03/30/2018 - 6:04pm

home cooking is wonderful, as long as the cook and recipe get along together! ;)

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Submitted by Shelley (not verified) on Sat, 03/31/2018 - 1:36am

We experiment a lot with different quinoa recipes as my hubby likes it. Your chicken looks yummy

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Submitted by Nicole @ Foodie... (not verified) on Sat, 03/31/2018 - 1:20pm

Acai and other types of smoothie bowls are my jam - I make them probably a few times a week for lunch!

Oh yes, kitchen lighting is the worst. I try to use natural lighting when I do my food photography, but I have some artificial lighting that I'll use if the outdoor lighting isn't optimal. Food styling is a journey - some days I love the photos I've created, other days I'm like ugh nothing is looking great. But I've definitely come a long way & learned a lot!

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Submitted by lynn on Tue, 04/10/2018 - 10:16am

you eat so healthy! i also enjoy natural lighting for food but sometimes you're cooking at night and gotta work with it. i seem to have the bowl with random stuff sprinkled around down, but the next step is to figure out napkins and other things in the background. luckily this session worked out but i've had my 'ugh' days too.

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Submitted by Laura @ Sprint ... (not verified) on Sun, 04/01/2018 - 6:01pm

I love making my own acai bowls! So much cheaper, plus you can control what's going into it.

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Submitted by lynn on Tue, 04/10/2018 - 10:13am

they are really easy too! i had fun creating this bowl and then it was gone as soon as the camera was put down!

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Submitted by Nicolette (not verified) on Sun, 04/01/2018 - 9:20pm

My go-to breakfast is a low-carb blueberry cheesecake! And yes, I love acai bowls! I'd never had one until a Nekter opened near where we live. Yum!

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Submitted by lynn on Tue, 04/10/2018 - 10:12am

that sounds like a yummy breakfast (dessert to start your day). acai bowls are trendy these days but we've only purchased a few outside of the house.

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Submitted by Faye (not verified) on Tue, 04/17/2018 - 10:32am

I've been trying to research for low carb acai. Any suggestions :(

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Submitted by lynn on Tue, 05/01/2018 - 11:03pm

hi faye! i would probably start with a low carb food list then consider how well they'd pair with the semi-sweet tart of acai. wish i could offer more help but i haven't experimented enough.

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