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Good grain. Veggies. Chickpeas.

by Meghann on September 19, 2012

Flowers! Flowers! Everywhere!

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My aunt and I took a mini road trip to Orlando today to explore some flower options for the wedding (we’re going the DIY route and wanted to see what the wholesale flower shop had in stock or will have in stock in January). Not all the flowers we’re planning on using are in season yet, but we did get the all-clear that the ones we like should be available when the time comes (woo hoo!). My aunt and I still had fun exploring what they did have; it was nice to see the flowers in person to get a better feel of what I like and don’t like in the flowers department.

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(baby’s breath = like!)

I’ll fill in the rest of the details about our flower excursion on the wedding page tomorrow – stay tuned!

I was running late to pick up my aunt this morning and had just enough time to run into Publix for a quick lunch (which I ate in the parking lot).

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Their pre-made wraps are actually pretty tasty. I always enjoy the turkey italian, which has a nice spice to it. If you only have time to grab something quick – the pre-made wraps are the way to go (the pre-made sandwiches tend to be a little dry, at least the wraps have a nice amount of veggies in them to keep them moist).

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After looking at flowers, my aunt and I hit a few craft stores in search of center piece inspiration (we got nada), then stopped for frozen yogurt at Sweet.

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A little bit of everything found its way in my cup. :)

Maddie and I got a late start back to Tampa. It was close to 8:00 when we pulled in and I was *this close* to ordering food in for dinner. Before picking up the phone, I scanned the pantry for inspiration and discovered a bag of quinoa. Hmmm… that could work. So I started the quinoa in one pan and pulled some veggies (green tomato, red pepper, and kale) for the other. When the quinoa had 5 minutes left, I started cooking the veggies until they were soft, then added a can of chickpeas, a handful of raisins, fresh thyme, and salt and pepper. Once the quinoa was finished, I added the cooked veggies, a handful of shredded parmesan cheese, and called it dinner.

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The whole meal took less than 30 minutes and was just what I needed – something light and tasty. You really can’t go wrong with a good grain, veggies, and chickpeas.

What’s your go-to meal on nights you don’t want to cook?

{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Laura September 19, 2012 at 10:52 pm

Can’t wait to read about your flower adventure tomorrow! My favorite go-to meal is a scrambled egg with some fresh salsa on top for spice. It’s quick, tasty, and has minimal clean up! :)

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2 Steph September 19, 2012 at 11:00 pm

Yum! I just discovered eggs and avocado. Where has THAT been all my life?

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3 Laura September 19, 2012 at 11:03 pm

OMG that sounds FOOD-GASMIC. Love avocado. :)

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4 Steph September 19, 2012 at 11:04 pm

I totally ate it on a whim the other night over brown rice and it was seriously something I swear I’m going to keep in my rotation during avocado season!

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5 Sara@RunningInPinkProject September 19, 2012 at 10:55 pm

When I dont want to cook I go the route of eggs/omelet or some form of a grilled cheese and veggies sandwich. If I get in a real pinch Ill pick up fresh deli turkey and have a “cold plate”.

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6 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More September 19, 2012 at 10:58 pm

My go-to is a big spinach and veggie salad topped with a couple drippy eggs. In fact, it’s so yummy, it’s usually built into my meal plan, especially on really busy weeks. :)

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7 Steph September 19, 2012 at 10:59 pm

I always seem to end up making tacos of some sort when I’m in a pinch with time. I always have some sort of wrap, shredded cheese and veggie mixture in my fridge to work with. I’ve made butternut squash, ground chicken, fish, etc. Tacos are the way to go!

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8 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles September 19, 2012 at 11:06 pm

When I don’t want to cook, I usually go for an omelet or a veggie burger. Simple and tasty.

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9 Danielle @ itsaharleyyylife September 19, 2012 at 11:19 pm

my mom had the great idea when i started thinking about flowers. to go in may of 2013 to check out what is in season and what the prices are then that way when I get married in may 2014 it wont be as expensive! smart mom!

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10 Simone September 20, 2012 at 12:47 am

When in doubt i’m a loaded smoothie gal: some chocolate protein powder, a frozen banana, almond butter and almond milk mmmm basically ice cream for dinner :)

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11 Cait @ Beyond Bananas September 20, 2012 at 6:00 am

If I don’t want to cook anything.. I’ll usually get subway. But if I don’t mind microwaving, I’ll heat up a sweet potato and some veggies. I am already planning to go that route tonight because I have no desire to cook!

Love that you are DIYing your flowers. It is great that Kelly did it so you could see exactly what it entailed!

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12 Karen @ Runner Girl Eats September 20, 2012 at 6:22 am

I love chick peas. They are one of my favorite quick lunches to whip up to bring to work. Chickpeas, tomato, cucumber, avocado, curry powder on a wrap, filling, yummy and easy!

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13 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats September 20, 2012 at 6:52 am

That looks good for a last second meal! My go to used usually a microwaved sweet potato with an over easy egg on top and steamed veggies, or just the egg on top of streamed veggies with marinara sauce and cheese

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14 Jena September 20, 2012 at 7:05 am

I usually saute some veggies & eat them with some kind of meat – chicken breast or chicken sausage.

I also DIY the flowers for our wedding – well, my Mother-in-law did them. We used gerber daisies, and I only had my bouquet, and bouquets for the 3 bridesmaids. Pretty simple and they were so pretty, I loved them!

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15 Chelsie @ Balance, Not Scale September 20, 2012 at 7:30 am

My go-to is usually a sandwich so loaded I can’t close it or a quick pasta and grilled veggie dish with a soft boiled egg. I might be weird, but I like using the yolk as “sauce” — mix it with a ripe avocado and it’s all creamy. Yum! :)

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16 Carrie @ Fitness and Frozen Grapes September 20, 2012 at 7:59 am

When I don’t feel like cooking, my go-to is scrambled eggs. Breakfast for dinner is always a winner! :)

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17 Emily N September 20, 2012 at 8:36 am

I agree. Scrambled eggs is ALWAYS a good choice. and you can toss in your veggies or other proteins. yum!

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18 Beth September 20, 2012 at 9:00 am

I’m so lazy on quick meals. I usually end up with a protein shake. Lol! The flowers look so fun and gorgeous. I used to love going to the wholesalers with my mom when she owned a florist.

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19 Sarah @ Blonde Bostonian September 20, 2012 at 9:43 am

I love those quick and easy meals. My favorite “I don’t feel like cooking” meal is an egg sandwich. I can have it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

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20 Natalie @ Free Range Human September 20, 2012 at 9:55 am

I always make breakfast on those kind of nights. Yes, it involves cooking, but it takes very, very little thought and planning.

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21 Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut September 20, 2012 at 5:27 pm

My go-to meal almost always involves a sweet potato, eggs and baby spinach. PS. I admire you for not filling your froyo cup up to the top…those self-serve places are my weakness! #selfcontrolwhat :)

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22 Melissa September 20, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Our go-to meal varies. Sometimes it’s scrambled eggs and toast, sometimes boca burgers, sometimes salmon patties. If we have spaghetti and sauce in the cupboard, it’s that. Anything that takes minimal time and brain power. :)

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23 Caitlin September 21, 2012 at 6:11 pm

I recently combined for lunch quinoa, sliced apple, roasted sweet potato, raw spinach (wilted from the warm quinoa), and a homemade dressing (olive oil, balsamic, maple syrup, and dijon mustard). It was so simple, tasted fantastic, and made from random ingredients I had on hand.

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