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Saturday Fun Day/ Sunday Rest Day

by Meghann on May 16, 2010

I love Sundays. Especially Sundays when Derek is in town and we have no other plans, but to be lazy and just catch up on life. I plan on instating a new rule: from now on Saturdays are fun days and Sundays are rest days. Sounds good to me. πŸ™‚

Derek had been eyeing the nut butter crusted fries I’ve been featuring on the blog lately, so I offered to make him a batch for lunch. I was really after any excuse to make these bad boys again. πŸ™‚

(original recipe found at Angela’s blog)

We started with freshly peeled parsnips and carrots




The coating is simple – combine a generous portion of peanut butter with evoo and salt.



Mix well.

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Coat the parsnips and carrots with the peanut butter goo.

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Bake at 400 for 20 minutes, flip, and bake for 10 more minutes. Flipping is important – otherwise they burn.


The finished product.



You know I am obsessed with these, so it shouldn’t be a shock that these knocked my socks off, but I bet you’re more interested in what Derek thought. Truth is Derek loved them too. He cleaned his plate and licked his fingers before asking for more. πŸ™‚ He actually wished there was more of a peanut butter coating, perhaps some pb mixed in the bbq sauce? Hmm… maybe next time.

With the fries I made a slightly grilled cheese (I was impatient and only let it ‘grill’ for 30 seconds) that had swiss cheese, tomato, and spinach.


Mini gerkin


The perfect Sunday lunch.


We spent the rest of the afternoon by the pool. The weather was just too nice not to! I swam, lounged in the shade, and even managed to finish my book (First Sight by Nicholas Spark).

The book was so-so. As I’ve mentioned before it was a VERY slow read. I’ll admit the ending had me in tears – what do you expect with Nicholas Spark? – but if I had stopped reading halfway through I’m not sure I would not have cared about missing the ending. This was not some of Nicholas Spark’s best work. Oh well.

After the pool I made some smoothies for Derek and I to cool off with.


  • Plain Yogurt
  • Almond Milk
  • Frozen Strawberries
  • Frozen Pineapple
  • Flaxseed
  • Cacao Nibs

I have a thing with needing to drink smoothies with a straw, but I am out of regular straws. So, I improvised.




I wanted to try something new for dinner tonight.


I’ve has seitan on multiple occasions in the past, but have never attempted making it myself!


Hmmm…. what do you do with seitan?

I literally threw it in the plan and let it speak to me.


The seitan asked for some onions and garlic to keep it company in the pan.


Then this can of tomato sauce was asking to join the party from the pantry.


Along with some frozen oregano.


Everything simmered in the pan for 10 minutes, which was just enough time to let all the flavors meld into something wonderful.

I served the tomato seitan on some leftover harvest grains with a little feta.


Seitan really does taste just like chicken. You could have served this combination over pasta and no one would have been the wiser. The seitan was slightly chewy, but in a good way. It was flavorful and a great addition to the tomato sauce.


I had a corn on the cob that needed to be roasted tonight or thrown away. I roasted the corn with the husk still on for 15 minutes at 400 and then shaved off a serving on kernels on my plate. I can’t stand eating corn actually on the cob, it sticks in my teeth that way!



A serving of vanilla ice cream with thin mints and granola for dessert.


That was a lot of food to cover for one day! It was all good food too. πŸ™‚

I hope everyone had a great weekend! I better finish resting before my full week of work begins tomorrow.

Good night!

1 Dori May 16, 2010 at 9:44 pm

I think I might attempt nut butter fries one day in the next month! Your dessert looks delicious.

2 Beth May 16, 2010 at 9:45 pm

I had corn on the cob for dinner tonight and was noticing how much it was stuck in my teeth after! It was delicious though. I loooove seitan. The texture is so good!

3 Jenny May 16, 2010 at 9:46 pm

I love your eats for the day! It’s true- seitan tastes just like chicken:)

4 theprocessofhealing May 16, 2010 at 9:49 pm

Roasting corn is seriously the BEST way to cook it!
I need to try nut butter carrot fries very SOON!! Oh yes.

5 Melissa @ For the Love of Health May 16, 2010 at 9:54 pm

great photos and good rule for Sundays!
the nut crusted fries look great to me!

6 Erin May 16, 2010 at 9:59 pm

Looks like a day of great eats–yum! Love a lazy Sunday. Those are SO necessary once in a while. πŸ˜€

7 pursuitofhealthfulness May 16, 2010 at 10:01 pm

I’ve always been nervous to cook with seitan, so I’m impressed by your courage to “let it speak to you!” Looks like it turned out really well… I might have to bite the bullet and listen to some seitan here in the near future. (:

8 j May 16, 2010 at 10:26 pm

If you want even more of a peanutty kick, try dipping the fries in peanut sauce (the “ginger people” brand is pretty good).

9 Ashleigh May 16, 2010 at 10:32 pm

I love the color of your smoothie!! I also love corn on the cob season.. delicious!

10 Kiran May 17, 2010 at 12:43 am

Love the colors on your palette! After all, we feast with our eyes first πŸ™‚

11 britchickruns May 17, 2010 at 3:03 am

Ooh seitan – I am DYING to try that stuff!They don’t seem to sell it (or vital wheat guten) over here, which is way depressing πŸ™
I want those fries though! I think I’ll make some today πŸ˜€

12 Becky May 17, 2010 at 3:46 am

Woah! Your smoothie was so purple! Your nut butter fries look great- I’ll definitely have to try them. Does the coating get crispy in the oven?

13 Meghann May 17, 2010 at 2:07 pm

It does get crispy! I would suggest placing the fries under the broiler for the last 10 minutes if you like really crispy fries, but I like mine kind of soggy. To each their own! πŸ™‚

14 Morgan @ Life After Bagels May 17, 2010 at 6:38 am

Seiten eh . . . I have yet to make that. But I stink at making tofu and tempeh so I’m not sure I’d be much better at seiten.

15 Matt May 17, 2010 at 7:02 am

I need to try those nut butter fries πŸ™‚

16 Mary May 17, 2010 at 7:37 am

everything looks so delicious!

17 Lauren @ Eater not a runner May 17, 2010 at 7:43 am

You make those nut butter fries look TOO good!

18 Sarah May 17, 2010 at 8:02 am

All of your eats for today look so delicious!

19 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday May 17, 2010 at 8:10 am

Love the ’90s waterbottle smoothie straw

20 runningwithsass May 17, 2010 at 8:37 am

I wish i could jsut throw things in a pan and cook, I am sure it would come out awful! I love lazy days!

21 Annie May 17, 2010 at 10:49 am

I totally agree with you about Saturday fun day and Sunday rest day. I had three big events on Saturday: lunch with friends, afternoon birthday party, then dinner and a movie with cousins. Lots of fun, but lots to do. Sunday, I watched tv, read and worked out. It was just what I needed to recharge my battery for the week.

Those nut-fries look incredible!

22 amanda May 17, 2010 at 8:06 pm

that peanut butter coating looks soooo yummy!

i enjoyed at first sight. but i’ll agree, not my favorite. and it definitely had slow parts. but i just think nick sparks is so dreamy and romantic.

23 hundredtenpounds May 17, 2010 at 8:51 pm

How did you get the shake such a cool color? It looks great!

24 Jess May 17, 2010 at 11:41 pm

I made the nut butter fries for lunch today. My verdict = yummm! Especially with barbeque sauce. Obsessed!

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