Monday Munchies, Part 11

Welcome to Monday Munchies! Even through it’s not Monday, I still wanted to share a day of eats with you – in this case, my birthday.

(Yes, I know that was over a week ago. Think of this as vintage THIH).

I also have to dash out the door and this post was already prepared. Nice planning, Jessie!

Breakfast, 8 am:

In the mix: honey Noosa, 1/2 banana, frozen blueberries, chia seeds, homemade granola.  Unpictured: hot tea, spoonful peanut butter.

The homemade granola is a recipe by my friend William. You can check it out here!


I added dried cranberries to the granola and it was delicious!  Not too sweet, perfect crunch, and a hint of tart from the cranberries.  I want to try the chocolate version next.

Lunch, 12:30 pm:

Vegetarian chocolate chili over steamed cauliflower with Sugarbush Farms smoked cheese on the side. Served with a glass of milk and followed with a mug of hot green tea.

Snack, 4 pm:

Since I was working from home most of the day, I decided to make Rice Krispie treats, only with Kashi cereal instead of Rice Krispies.

Not too bad. The recipe works better with smaller cereals – the Kashi Heart to Heart was a little too hard to bite through. Still, I had a nice big wedge of this for a snack.

Dinner, 7 pm:

I chose pasta carbonara for dinner. I had fond memories of making my own from this book when I was a kid.  I don’t have a copy of that book now, so I’m not sure what was in its recipe for pasta carbonara, but it sure wasn’t what we had. The version I loved as a kid was dry with very little bacon. Mostly pasta with a little egg and Parmesan cheese. I guess I should have known this version would be different once I saw how much cream went into it. Still, the pasta was pretty tasty. Served with mini bell peppers.

I went with our traditional Fantasy Fudge Cake for dessert. The cake looks a little funky because we baked one layer, cut it in half, then stacked the two half circles on top of each other before frosting. That way we have half a double-layer cake instead of a whole one, which we would never finish.

I took the end with extra frosting, of course.

And there you have it!  A dietitian’s birthday day of eats.  Not the most balanced, perhaps, but certainly enjoyable once a year 🙂

I’ll be on a short hiatus while visiting my dad in Colorado (a.k.a. the land of no Internet).  I  planned to have a series of prepared posts to go up while I was gone, but I ran out of time because one of my clients had a last-minute nutrient analysis job due this morning. So, no new post until next Monday.

Have a great rest of your week and weekend!

Q: What do you like to eat on your birthday?


  1. Happy Birthday Jessie!! Oh yes, smart girl, extra icing 🙂
    And I love that you used KAshi cereal for your squares! That’s brilliant. At least it makes them somewhat healthy, right?!
    I like to eat ice cream and cake on my birthday. With a beer 😉

  2. Your birthday eats actually sound pretty healthy! ESPECIALLY for a birthday. I mean, just look at your lunch! Health central. 🙂

    Have fun in colorado this weekend! (And don’t inhale too much now that it’s legal :P)

  3. Chocolate and wine is all I require 😉

    Have a super time in Colorado, Jessie! 🙂

  4. Jessie…bringing up granola makes me realize once more how many goodies I have yet to make. I’ll have to visit for the recipe ;o)

    Land of no Internet…wow…that alone…for some…is a true vacation!!!

    Have yourself a lovely time at your Dad’s part of the world and Happy Thanksgiving Jessie.

    Ciao for now,

  5. A delicious day of birthday eats, I must say!! I definitely don’t think you went too crazy!
    Happy Birthday Jessie! 🙂 Have a great trip!

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