Salt Cravings + Stir Fry Bowls + Levain Bakery!

levain cookie


Okay, so first, here’s a picture of my cold oatmeal that I had post-run on the boardwalk on Sunday. There’s nothing pretty about it but it’s what I eat every single morning for years. Oatmeal (steel-cut and rolled oats cooked together) with cinnamon, sea salt, blueberries, and peanut butter. When I have other berries in the house, I add them. I should probably start saving the empty peanut butter jars again for toting my cold oatmeal to the beach this summer. Do people still eat their oatmeal in almost empty peanut butter jars? I don’t see it too often anymore.

All I had was this container which was too big and the only spoon I could find to bring was my son’s Bob The Builder spoon from when he was little– I used to save the colorful plastic spoons from the yogurt stores just for this oatmeal eating purpose. My, how things change.


Here’s a surprise, I only have one pizza picture to share this week. It’s the whole wheat vegetable slice from Villa Monte with a salad. I added some extra sauce on top because this vegetable slice doesn’t come with much sauce to the pizza.

vegetable pizza

Lately, I find myself in a sushi or a stir fry mood. I think it’s the salt craving that has been taking over which makes sense given the sweaty summer running. I’m not craving watermelon which I used to do when running in the summer, right now it’s just about salt.

This sushi plus a salad really hit the spot for what I was craving.

sushi and salad

Not a great picture below but it was certainly perfect for what I was in the mood to eat for dinner. I cooked a frozen vegetable mix with Trader Joe’s Island Soyaki along with quinoa, lentils, and avocado. I added Trader Joe’s Sweet Chili Sauce too.

stir fry

I’ve been going to Trader Joe’s once a week since I started food shopping again in person. Each week lately I grab a Miso Vegetable and Brown Rice Saute Kit from the refrigerated section and typically make it that same evening for dinner.

I really like the miso sauce that comes in the kit. In the bowl below is a portion of the saute kit with the addition of chickpeas, avocado, and some shredded lettuce that I had to use up in the house.

stir fry

Quick recipe link! Quick & Easy Plant-Based Stir Fry

I’m still eating salads for lunch when I’m home which hi, is basically every day for months. This lunch salad contained romaine, tomatoes, roasted sweet potatoes, feta cheese, chickpeas, avocado, and asparagus with balsamic vinaigrette. I quickly heat the frozen asparagus from Trader Joe’s to add to salads. It just needs like 30 seconds in the microwave.


Saving the best picture for last! We stopped at Levain Bakery on the way home from the Hamptons over the weekend to bring home some chocolate chip cookies. I know a whole lot about chocolate chip cookies and can say with certainty that Levain Bakery chocolate chip cookies are indeed the best.

levain cookie levain cookie

It’s weird to think that the last time I posted about having Levain Bakery cookies was during the winter – before knowing we were about to be living through a pandemic!

Author: The Cookie ChRUNicles

Hi! I'm Meredith. Join me while I run and cook my way through single motherhood. It is always an adventure trying to teach my 12 year old son the benefits of an active lifestyle combined with healthy eating while of course, still leaving room for dessert.

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