I received this bread from Nature’s Pride as part of the Food Buzz Featured Publishers program

Loaf of Nature's Pride Hearty Wheat Bread with Flax

And I have been making Scott and Skylar sandwiches with it.

Split sandwich with side salad on plate

A sandwich just isn’t a sandwich without the tasty zip of Miracle Whip Vegenaise and Mustard.  I waited 10 years to find that mustard again!  Well worth the wait. It’s also packaged under different private labels and brands.

Sandwich on plate with jar of Vegenaise and Bottle of Sweet Hot Mustard

Since I wasn’t dining on traditional bread sandwiches over the weekend, I did eat a couple of these  peanut butter “sandwiches”

Peanut Butter Sandwiches
Who needs Gluten-containing bread when you’ve got zucchini?
Hand holding a cut Peanut Butter Sandwich

And I made an impulse purchase at the grocery store for shitake mushrooms.

Container of Shiitake Mushrooms

I am not normally an impulse buyer, but I am glad I did yesterday because these are so good!

Hand holding a few Shiitake Mushrooms

I know there are countless ways to marinate them with olive oil, vinegar, spices, lemon juice and keep them raw or raw-ish but turn them into more of a seasoned and flavored “meaty” alternative.  And of course, you can sautee or cook them.  But I actually just sprinkled them on my salad as is.

Close up of one Shiitake Mushroom

Close up of two Shiitake Mushrooms in handAnd ate a few handfuls raw and plain. I love the chewy texture.  I guess I am good to go on plant-based iron, fiber, and selenium now, too.

There were also some new dessert bites I made that I ate.  Recipe to be posted soon.

Don’t get me wrong, I am still loving the No Bake White Chocolate & Mango Cookie Dough Bites, but I made something similar, but different.  And they rock.

No Bake White Chocolate & Mango Cookie Dough Bites

From my last post on It’s Good to Have Friends, thanks for telling me about your friends and friendships and how much value you place on them.  It was fun to read about your priorities when it comes to friends, and how that is balanced with where you’re at in your current stage of life.

And I am so glad many of you have made amazing friends via the internet and blogosphere, too.  Three cheers to blogs and the internet bringing us all joy far beyond the food or healthy living tips, which can get a little redundant anyway. Glad we’ve all made some amazing. friends in the process.

Breakfast/Snack/Dessert: Microwave Blueberry Banana Oat Cake (Vegan, GF)

Microwave Blueberry Banana Oat Cake

5 minutes and it’s ready!


1. Best thing you’ve eaten or done so far this weekend?

Yesterday I went on a nearly 4 mile run, which for me is a “long run” now.  I used to run 5 miles (or more) every day, for about 15 years, and used to run tons of races.  But running too much can be hard on my joints so now it’s more about yoga, walking, shorter running distances.  However, yesterday the weather was great, my run was flowing nicely, and I just kept running.  Today the weather turned nasty, windy, and cold.  Boo.

2. Do you like bread?

I think everyone likes bread!  However, it’s not something I miss being gluten-free.  (Trace gluten enters my world, but I would never sit down and just feast on bread)

And if someone offered me warm, hearty, multigrain, homemade fresh bread, I would have a hard time saying no.  Who wouldn’t!

3. Do you like mushrooms?

This is a love ’em or hate ’em food, I’m pretty sure.

My mother hates mushrooms so growing up, I was never exposed to them and assumed I hated them too.  Wrong!  I actually love the chewy and dense factor to them.  I don’t eat them all that frequently, but I love grilled portobellos or shitakes.

I am not a fan of mushrooms in recipes.  Like I wouldn’t really be keen on mushrooms in soup or in sauces or spreads.  And definitely not canned or salty mushrooms.  Must be fresh ‘shrooms.

I prefer them whole and alone or as the star ingredient of a dish, like a grilled portobello, if that makes sense.

Which is the opposite of me and bananas.  I like bananas in recipes, and am not so fond of them on their own and alone.  I have a whole post on Recipes Using Bananas (like the blueberry banana oat cake above).  I love cooking with bananas, though.

But we were talking about mushrooms.  Do you like them?

Have a great Sunday and I’ll be back later with a great no-bake dessert recipe!


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