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Cheated

by Meghann on September 29, 2011

There’s my bike stuff. Right where I left it. By the door. So I wouldn’t forget it.  

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Fail.

All good plans start with the best intentions right?

My plan was to work at Starbucks this afternoon (Happy National Coffee Day!), then meet my friend Allison for our weekly ride on a nearby trail. It wasn’t until I went to grab my gear from the car that I noticed it wasn’t there. Oops.

No big deal. We went for a good long walk instead. We did a two mile loop around my gym and spotted a handful of kids practicing for the Youth Triathlon this weekend. There’s nothing cuter then watching 10 years olds practice transitions from the bike to the run. πŸ™‚

Before I met Allison I had a peach as a mid afternoon snack.

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I cheated a tad with dinner tonight.

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I roasted the acorn squash

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I sauteed the green beans and asparagus with fresh garlic and extra virgin olive oil

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But I had nothing to do with the turkey meatballs

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I needed a protein, but didn’t have the energy to come up with anything at home, so I stopped at the local health store and purchased three pre-made turkey meatballs. Two for Derek and one for me. All I had to do was heat them up in the oven for 5 minutes and they were good to go. The best part was they tasted pretty good too. πŸ™‚

I also cheated with dessert.

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My pre-mix dirty little secret.

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My parents gave me the pumpkin bread mix when I was home last weekend. All I had to do was add egg, oil, and pumpkin.

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I also threw in some raisins and peanut butter chips for fun. πŸ˜‰

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The bag made two big loaves.

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I enjoyed a hot slice right out of the oven.

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This stuff is GOOD! I can’t wait to try my hand with a ‘from scratch’ loaf later this month. Fingers crossed it comes out just as moist and delicious. πŸ™‚

What was your last meal cheat?

1 Erin (Travel Eat Repeat) September 29, 2011 at 10:21 pm

I always feel like I’m cheating when I use the breadmaker to make bread instead of the long, tedious process of kneading, rising, etc. — but the end result is just as delicious and nutritious with far less work and effort on my part so… worth it!
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2 Michelle September 29, 2011 at 10:23 pm

All of that looks so good! And I cheat all the time, ahhh
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3 Krystina (Organically Me) September 29, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Opened up a can of Progresso lentil soup + a fried egg for lunch.

4 Christine @ BookishlyB September 29, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Love that it’s pumpkin season! I love adding chocolate chips to my bread.
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5 Army Amy* September 29, 2011 at 10:29 pm

Pumpkin bread is so good this time of year!*
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6 mary September 29, 2011 at 10:30 pm

I bet you could follow a simple banana bread recipe and just substitute the pumpkin in. I know I’ve done that before and it works well. Have you tried pumpkin cookies?! they are TO die for!
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7 Brittney September 29, 2011 at 10:38 pm

All of these delicious looking pumpkin goodies… I want to try them so much but then I remember that I don’t like pumpkin! πŸ™ Your bread looks tasty though!!

8 Sana September 29, 2011 at 10:40 pm

Sometimes meals from the box are really not that bad πŸ™‚
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9 Meg September 29, 2011 at 10:49 pm

Cheater cheater pumpkin bread eater πŸ™‚
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10 Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine September 29, 2011 at 10:50 pm

If that’s cheating, you don’t want to see what I sometimes have for dinner! Haha *Think wine and cheez-its and chocolate*
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11 Deva @ Deva by Definition September 29, 2011 at 11:08 pm

My last meal cheat was tonight – I made Alexia onion rings as a side dish! sooo good!
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12 JRob September 29, 2011 at 11:43 pm

One meatball?

13 Meghann September 30, 2011 at 8:46 am

Yes, they were 3 oz each – the size of a small hamburger.

14 erin September 29, 2011 at 11:57 pm

Do you think this may have been insensitive in light of Caitlin’s post on cheating?

15 Meghann September 30, 2011 at 8:51 am

I’m a bit behind on blog reading and didn’t even know she wrote one called cheating. I’ll go and read it now though.

16 Michelle September 30, 2011 at 12:04 am

That bread looks so good. Perfect dessert
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17 Lara @TresLaLa to TinyLaLa September 30, 2011 at 12:57 am

I don’t think it’s cheating. At all. Sometimes you do what you gotta do! I’m a huge fan of convenience. It wasn’t fast food. It wasn’t choc-full of crap. And it looked tasty! πŸ™‚
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18 erica September 30, 2011 at 5:05 am

mmmm! gotta love mixes! that’s how i roll! lol.

is that maddie’s i-gotta-go-potty bells on the door?
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19 Meghann September 30, 2011 at 8:57 am

Yes they are! I need to write a post about them – they work magic!

20 Emily @ Life on Food September 30, 2011 at 6:39 am

I always top my pumpkin bread with peanut butter. What a great idea to add the chips. I always thought of it as dessert but this addition makes it official.
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21 Lauren September 30, 2011 at 6:58 am

Oh girl, that’s not cheating. That’s called being resourceful.
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22 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats September 30, 2011 at 8:50 am

haha no such thing as cheating – as long as you’re eating good food!!!

23 Hope September 30, 2011 at 9:08 am

I’ve never had acorn squash before! It looks really good. I’m going to have to buy some to try. Oh, and that bread looks amazing!!! πŸ™‚
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24 kathleen @ the daily crumb September 30, 2011 at 9:32 am

that pumpkin bread looks delicious!!

25 Cait's Plate September 30, 2011 at 10:37 am

Pumpkin bread right out of the oven whether made from scratch or not just CANNOT be beat.

I use things like frozen veggie burgers and falafels ALL the time. Sometimes you just can’t beat the convenience!
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26 Courtney M. September 30, 2011 at 12:26 pm

I love your bike shoes! I have the same ones. πŸ™‚ Haven’t really broken them in yet … I haven’t figured out my clipless pedals yet and keep making an asshat of myself by falling off my bike whenever I try to unclip. Such is life!
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27 Shaun @ snackasaurusrex September 30, 2011 at 4:56 pm

I cheated with a biscotti this morning…not bad for a cheater, huh?!?
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28 Sophie September 30, 2011 at 5:16 pm

Mmmm, that pumpkin bread looks delicious!

I work in a bvoarding school and tend to eat school dinners quite a lot, so I suppose that is a massive cheat!
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