WIAW…When Meal Planning Fails + Pumpkin Gingerbread Smoothie

Happy October, What I Ate Wednesday and Week of Fall Pumpkin Recipes Friends!

Last weekend was an epic fail for me as far as meal planning. F3 Foods shipped another week’s worth of food so I didn’t buy anything and was going to Tucson. Perfect. No planning or prepping required. That only works when Fed Ex actually delivers the package though. 

I knew something was up Friday when it was late and my delivery hadn’t shown up. Around 6pm I tracked the package only to discover it had been delivered to my home at 3:33pm. I had been home all day & no one came. I went outside to check and no package. Called Fed Ex, told them they failed and lost $200 of food. Called F3 Foods to see when they could re-deliver, not until Wednesday.

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Not only did I miss seeing my friends, but was also foodless. Lesson learned, don’t wait for Fed Ex. Go see your friends. In the end, it worked out because a huge storm rolled in that night and Saturday too. It was a mess. Trees were uprooted everywhere all over the roads. I would’ve been driving on the interstate in the middle of storms both days had I gone to Tucson and we all remember what happened the last time it stormed in AZ.

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The next day I didn’t make it to the market with  the stormy weather and didn’t have much food in the house. I don’t like being caught off guard like that especially when it comes to food. I guess that’s the downside of home meal delivery. Funny thing is I always seem to have plenty of stuff to make muffins though! So here’s what I ate when my meal planning failed and I even snuck in a pumpkin recipe for you too!

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Breakfast. My normal. Egg whites, spinach, garlic, pepper & thyme with a side of leftover asparagus, cantaloupe & blueberries. I’m boring when it comes to breakfasts.

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Snack. Some homemade trail mix

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Lunch. I whipped up a quick smoothie. I know I said I wasn’t going to post anymore smoothies for the year, but this is just no smoothie. It’s hearty, healthy & tastes like fall. The cinnamon, pumpkin, ginger & nutmeg flavors are delicious on their own, but mixed with a banana, chia seeds & oats makes it thick, delicious and warm enough to keep you cozy on a cool fall day. You will love this! It’s thicker than a regular smoothie, a great healthy meal replacement. I may have to re-think my no more smoothies. See below for the recipe. It’s delish!

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Dinner. Leftovers of course. Lightened up turkey zucchini “lasagna.” It didn’t turn out as pretty as I wanted when I made it, but the flavors mingled perfectly as I wanted now I just need to work out the presentation. #bloggerproblems

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Muffins. Pumpkin espresso paleo bites. I didn’t actually eat one of these until the next morning. A few months ago, Mom told me to buy this espresso powder that you can add to baked goods. She kept asking if I had used it. I never felt inspired too, but when I was making these I decided to drop some in it. I wasn’t sure how pumpkin and espresso would mix, but to my surprise it was amazing. So strange, but so good! 

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 And that’s all folks! Here’s the smoothie recipe. Hope you enjoy. Oh yeah and let me know if you want the pumpkin espresso one too! Have a great day!

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Pumpkin Gingerbread Smoothie
Serves 1
Delicious fall smoothie that hearty, filling & will warm your health up
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  2. 1/4 cup rolled oats
  3. 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  4. 1 tbsp chia seeds
  5. 1 frozen banana
  6. 2 tsp cinnamon
  7. 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  8. 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  9. drizzle of honey or your preferred sweetener
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a food processor & combine well
  2. Add to a cup & top with extra cinnamon & oats
Notes
  1. This yields one large smoothie, a good meal replacement
  2. 312 calories
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What do you do when meal planning fails? What things do you always have in your house and can count on to cook and eat?

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