Distractions, New Recipe + What I Ate Wednesday

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I hate to admit that I really should be studying for my very last exam (coming up this Saturday) right now, but instead I’m blogging my eats of the day for another edition of What I Ate Wednesday! Thanks to Jenn at Peas & Crayons for the opportunity to link up again!

What I Ate Wednesday Healthy Holiday Recipes

It’s almost like my mind is wandering off to the fridge/surfing the web/blogging to distract me on purpose.

Another distraction this morning was a trip to Whole Foods! I haven’t been there in such a long time and was excited to walk around the seawall with the little man, before stocking up on some overpriced food awesomeness.

Mandatory Snack: Green Goodness Smoothie #veganmeals

Can someone please just give me a Vitamix, so that I can save myself those crazy smoothie expenses? ;)

Breakfast this morning was fun:

Breakfast “Sushi” inspired by Kiss My Broccoli (WW tortilla, fried egg, arugula and gruyere cheese all rolled up and cut in pieces) + mandarin orange


Grilled Cheese (Cambozola and Arugula on Walnut + Onion Bread), served on my finest china a paper towel


Leftover Sweet Potato Salad (*scroll down for recipe*) on top of arugula, and (unpictured) hardboiled egg.


Gingerbread Cookies baked by my Swedish friend Anna! Can’t.Get.Enough! :)

And as promised before, I finally have a new recipe to share:

Spicy Sweet Potato Salad

  • 2 large yams, washed and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 2-3 Tbsp vegetable oil (I used half EVOO, half sunflower)
  • 1 tsp paprika powder
  • 1/2 tsp chipotle powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (can be omitted if you don’t want it too spicy, but I strongly recommend it – the spicer, the better ;) )
  • salt +freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup frozen corn, defrosted
  • green onions (about 1/2 cup, chopped)
  • cilantro to garnish, if you like
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F/180°C.
  2. In a large bowl, toss yams with oil and spices. Move to a oven-proof dish and bake for 45 minutes to an hour, until soft and done. Let cool down for a few minutes until slightly above room temperature (or easier to handle than right from the oven).
  3. Toss roasted, cooled yams with corn, green onions and cilantro and 1/4 cup of lemon-mustard dressing (below).
  4. Serve as a side or as salad topping or scoop straight from the bowl into your mouth! :)


1 part each mustard, maple syrup, lemon juice, 3 parts extra virgin olive oil – whisk everything together and toss with the slightly cooled roasted yams. I made a big batch and store leftovers in the fridge for up to a week – just mix everything together again, if ingredients separate.

I love how the sweetness of the yams is contrasted by the spices and the fresh cilantro and green onion. Let me know what you think of this and feel free to share any other vegan recipe ideas in the comments for inspiration!

OK, back to studying – and don’t forget to check back this weekend for a chance to win some treats!

Vegan Experiment Success + Challenge

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Hi folks, how is your day? Hope you are having a good one so far!

Are you stuffing yourself silly with holiday foods? ;)  I’m studying for my very last exam, but I’m sure to get in some fun times as well. Yesterday, we met with friends and had some great treats at the German Christmas Market, including Gluehwein and Meat Loaf Sandwiches, followed by a trip to the public library to let the boys read run and play for a bit.

Looks healthy, huh? ;)

I’ve been feeling a little crappy and overwhelmed lately and it has an effect on everything, including my diet. Instead of focusing on healthy eats, I focus on easy (insert: frozen pizzas…) and I’m on the verge of a nervous breakdown due to zero me-time, weight-gain, study stress and my 15 month-old ball of energy.

I’m trying hard to get back on track with the eats, last night I finally cooked two vegan dishes that I just have to share with you!

Why vegan? I’d like to call my eating style occasional vegan, mostly plant-based, often experimental, but I do also eat animal products. I’m German after all, so I’m not gonna say no to a Bavarian Meatloaf sandwich. Often, I find vegan dishes in restaurants rather bland (unless it’s Indian – yum!), or too heavy on the grain/beans/lentils. I also try to stay away from tofu, because soy is often a GMO product, which I’m not a fan of. But never say never, I do once in a while eat those things too. :)

This week I decided to switch things up a little from my usual pizza/pasta/salad combos, with two vegan experiments.

Exhibit #1:

Vegan Quinoa Chili (recipe found and adapted from veggiebentolove)

I was so excited when I found this recipe I knew I had to make it. It turned out a little mild (based on the ingredients I had on hand), so I’m hoping the spices will intensify a little bit overnight, but it’s such a great idea, I know I’ll be making it again.

Exhibit #2:

Spicy Chipotle Sweet Potato Salad

It’s actually using yams, not sweet potatoes, but if you love sweet and spicy together, you will love this!

I will post the recipe in the coming days so keep an eye on my blog if you want to read more.

What’s your eating style? Do you have a favourite vegan recipe to share? Feel free to leave a comment, I love some new cooking inspiration!

Non-Vegans: Would you like to join me on a little vegan challenge? The point is to eat at least one vegan meal per day. You can find me checking in on Twitter: @susoniadotcom #veganmeals

Also, make sure to check back this weekend with another delicious giveaway as a Happy Holiday treat from me to a lucky reader!


Mindchanger + Giveaway Winner

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Hey guys, how are you? I hope you had a great weekend!

First , let me announce the ***winner*** of the Simply Bar Giveaway – and thank you so much to all of you, who entered.

Congratulations, commenter #9, Sheryl Pike!!! I’ll be sending you an email with the details shortly. I hope you enjoy the snack bars + protein chips. :)

Other than that there’s not too much to report. This past weekend had been slow. I wrote an exam on Saturday and Sunday was mostly spent at home cleaning and doing laundry. We did go on a little trip to exchange something we bought and when we came home it was already pretty late for my little guy, so I fed him and put him to bed and then it was time for adult dinner.

I was going to eat by myself for the evening, because the bigger guy was not feeling great, and I wasn’t really too hungry either. I decided I’m gonna relax for a bit with a big mug of hot cocoa before dinner – I couldn’t wait for dessert, obviously. ;)

Once I had the chocolate in my hands, I was staring into the fridge, trying to decide what I should make for dinner, when I found this:


So I did what every sane person would do: put the chocolate on the counter and pour myself a big glass of vino. After all, hot chocolate is still really good lukewarm, right?

Anyways, I still don’t know what’s for dinner, but I’m sure I’m more creative with that little Gewürtz boost. ;)

Happy start into the week to all of you! Any special plans? We’re off to the German Christmas Market today!