My LABOR-ous Weekend in the Kitchen (WIAW)

Happy Belated Labor Day!

First I want to thank everyone for their wonderful comments and likes for my posts for the past two weeks. I know they haven’t been exactly revolutionary or thrilling but I appreciate your support all the same πŸ™‚

It’s safe to say that I love being in college! The freedom of being on my own. The ability to go wherever I choose!

Sadly though, baking and whipping things up in the kitchen is just not on that list of college LOVES! If you read my last Friday Food Finds post however, you would know that I got to go home over the weekend!

My awesome dad picked me up on Friday after my class. That night I went with my mom to a football game and watched my brother march in the band. Over the weekend I went grocery shopping, watched a movie (Bernie… Do NOT recommend.) and today went to a Chinese restaurant to celebrate Labor Day with my relatives.

The kitchen was my main point of focus though, and I’m pleased to say that I made it through a lot of my Friday Food Find recipes! The next time I go home, I plan on finishing off the list… And maybe starting a new one!

First on Friday was Pumpkin Cookie Dough:

Here is my version….

Pumpkin Cookie Dough

High in protein, sugar-free, gluten-free, vegan, nut-free, high in fiber


1/2 cup pumpkin puree

1/4 cup quinoa flakes (or oatmeal)

1/4 cup brown rice protein powder (any protein powder should work)

1 packet stevia

dash of salt

*optional add-ins: raspberries, chia seeds, chocolate chips, nuts, fruit…


Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate for a few minutes. OR eat right then and there.

Next I whipped up some homemade rice milk:

Homemade rice milk

Soy-free, nut-free, vegan,Β  sugar-free


3/4 cup cooked jasmine rice (any rice will work)

3 cups water (use less or more for desired thickness)

*Optional: sweetener, salt, vanilla


Place ingredients in a blender or high-speed food processor and blend for 4 minutes or until smooth. (You may need to drain off leftover rice that does not get blended up.)

On Saturday evening I made QIAJ:

QIAJ (Overnight Quinoa in a Jar)

For the “nut butter” I combined 1/4 cup protein powder, 1/2 packet stevia, a dash of salt and water as needed.


1/3 cup quinoa

1/2 cup rice milk

1/2 tbsp chia seeds


*Optional: mashed banana, stevia, salt, yogurt…


Place “nut butter” at the bottom of the jar. Then in a small bowl, combine the quinoa, rice milk and chia seeds. Here you have two options: Either cook the mixture in the microwave for two minutes and place in the jar, or mix it up in the bowl and place it directly into the jar (either method should work, but the second method may be more liquidy). Refrigerate for a few hours or overnight. Top with fresh fruit and enjoy!

Then on Sunday night I baked some Quinoa Muffin Tops:

Quinoa Cookies

No sugar-added, high in fiber, nut-free, vegan


2 Tbsp chia seeds

1/4 cup pumpkin puree

1 small banana

1/2 cup quinoa flakes

1 tsp baking powder

1/8 tsp baking soda

2 packets stevia


Microwave the chia seeds and pumpkin puree for two minutes until thick. Mash with the banana. Then, add the remaining dry ingredients and stir just until combined. Scoop out onto a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 10-13 minutes.

NOTE: The light colored cookies were made with the recipe above. The orange, pumpkiny-looking cookie was an experiment of mine. I need to try it out another time before sharing the recipe.

I ate my other meals like normal, except with a lot more fruit and a lot less veggies. Let’s just call this my “splurge” weekend. Except it kind of sucks stinks that I’m allergic all real splurge food. (Who am I kidding? It’s a great excuse!)

For reference, I “indulged” in: frozen bags of raspberries and blueberries, cans of pumpkin puree, protein powder containers, lots of bananas, bags of baby carrots, a can of lean chicken, quinoa flakes…

And some other random stuff that I can’t remember. This was over the course of Friday Night, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.


When I got back to my dorm room it was raining!

Time to put on the jacket on, oh, and my imaginary rain boats πŸ™‚


The theme of this week’s WIAW is Fall into Good Habits. What a great idea Jenn!

Go check out the other wonderful WIAW-ers and what healthy habits they are making.

Here are my healthy habits that I am trying to do:

1. Limit my intake of fruit. I just eat way too much! I think yesterday I consumed 4 or 5 bananas? Totally unnecessary. Instead, I am going to try and snack on more vegetables.

2. I am going to go on walks just “to go on walks.” Not for any classes, and not because I am going to a dining hall. I am going to walk just for fun. For me and my health.

What new recipes did you try out over the weekend?

Did you get a lot of rain as an effect of the hurricane… or Did the hurricane hit down close to where you live?

What is ONE healthy habit that you are going to make this Fall?

25 thoughts on “My LABOR-ous Weekend in the Kitchen (WIAW)

  1. Yes, cooking in college was always a huge struggle for me. It looks like you’re doing really well, though! Keep it up!
    This fall I’m working on cutting back on sugary carbs. So hard for me but SO worth it:)

  2. So much quinoa! I have some and have tried cooking it before but epically failed at it. How would you suggest cooking it? I really want to try it. Also looovvveeee the look of those cookies. What are they like? Anything that healthy goes instantly on my list of things to make! πŸ™‚

    • I would suggest that if you can find quinoa flakes anywhere, get them!!! They are super awesome, and all that you have to do is mix them with some liquid and cook them in the microwave for a yummy porridge. If I remember correctly though, you live in Australia, right? So they might not sell it there!

      You probably have just regular quinoa, and if that is the case, check out Fitnessista for her awesome “Fave Quinoa Uses” post. The cookies are awesome! Again, I would suggest using Fitnessista’s recipe for Quinoa Muffin Tops (because I had to change it a lot because of my food allergies). If you don’t have quinoa flakes, just use oatmeal!

  3. 1. that picture of you is amazing. Your gorgeous
    2. There is so much delicious food in this post, I dont even know where to start!!
    I love the homemade rice milk. I made some when I first got my vita and LOVED it. I made mine a bit sweet with some stevia and cinnamon. YUM. Also I looove using quinoa flakes in cookies!! So tasty πŸ™‚

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