WIAW: In The Mail

Hi Friends!

Thanks so much for all your sweet words on yesterday’s post. Hopefully I inspired some of you to take the time to say thank you! Today I’m back with lots of food to share. It’s WIAW and I have lots to catch you up on!

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Let’s dive right in, shall we?

Recently I’ve been lucky enough to get quite a few treats in the mail! I think we all know how I feel about getting mail, especially foodie mail! First, I got a love drop from my favorite granola company. I actually get to meet the Love Grown Foods gang this weekend when I head out to Colorado for the Blend Retreat! I’m so excited!!! They sent me some yummy granola and a sweet orange journal that I’ve been using for my to-do lists!

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Don’t you guys think Marcus could be their new mascot? He LOVES to spread the love icon smile WIAW: In The Mail

Then, I got a belated birthday treat from Rachel. Is she amazing or what?!

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Blog friends are the best!

And finally, I got some new bars to try. Kelloggs just came out with these Special K granola bars and I was sent some to try!

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I try not to eat these store-bought bars too often, but these have actual come in quite handy this quarter. They’re just over 100 calories and have 4 g of fiber and 4 g of protein. Since I have class from 3-5pm two days a week, these have been really great for tiding me over in the late afternoon so I’m not totally famished when I get home to make dinner. I’ve tried both flavors and just can’t decide which one I like better icon smile WIAW: In The Mail

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Please excuse my totally random assortment of snacks icon smile WIAW: In The Mail

In the at-home world, we’ve had some pretty good meals as well. Breakfasts and lunches have been pretty standard. Cereal, pb & j toast with fruit and oatmeal bowls.

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But we have had some pretty stellar dinners!

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1. Pineapple & Black Bean Fried Rice w/ Shrimp
2. Earth Fare Spicy Bean Burgers w/ Sweet Potatoes
3. Eggs & Toast w/ Avocado
4. Black Bean & Roasted Sweet Potato Tacos
5. Avocado Dipped Sweet Potato Fries- recipe Monday
6. This again
7. Pineapple & Black Bean Enchiladas
8. Fresh Mozz & Tomato Pizza

Clearly I bought a pineapple and put it in everything. Hubby liked it in the fried rice, but not so much in the enchiladas. I also hated the enchilada sauce I bought so that dish was kind of a fail. Oh well icon smile WIAW: In The Mail

And finally, I’ll leave you with this-
We went out to dinner a couple weeks ago and ordered bruschetta. This is what they served us:

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I don’t know about all of you…but in my book that is cheesy bread with tomato sauce. Not bruschetta. Just sayin….

And finally, just in case any of you are Arrested Development fans…Buster was in the coffee shop with me last week icon smile WIAW: In The Mail

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PS. The winner of the Earth Fare Giveaway is:

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Congrats Gina! Send me an email with your mailing address and I’ll get your giftcard out to you!

About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!


  1. the dinners are stellar. Nice. loving that Pineapple & Black Bean Fried Rice w/ Shrimp. need to give that a try.

    love the cat that came with the package. ;)
    the salted caramel brownies look seriously dangerously delicious.
    Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl recently posted..WIAW: Enjoying the Blue

  2. Your kitty is so adorable! Have you seen those meme things “if it fits I sits”? Reminds me of that :-) And love the milk photo!

    Love all of your yummy pics! And, no, that is absolutely NOT bruschetta!
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  3. Morgan @ Crazy4Oats says:

    All of your dinners look awesome!! Especially the pineapple and black bean enchiladas-yum! And I need egg and avocado toast in my near future!
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  4. That is definitely not bruschetta. They can’t even call it that! However, the rest of your meals look amazing. I absolutely love pineapple – I too buy one and put it in EVERYTHING until I run out. I quite like Special K, so those granola bars look great!
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  5. You kitten is so cute. Nice picture the foods looks delicious. Love it.
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  6. I love LOVE (in all forms….but definitely in granola form ;))! I can’t wait to meet everyone out in Colorado, too.

    Dude, your bruschetta reminds me of this weekend when I asked specifically if a dish was cream-based or not. Um…what arrived was pasta in a layer of what HAD to be cream. (I totally ate it anyway.)
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  7. Salted caramel brownies?? YUM!
    Your kitty looks just like mine, and is therefore extremely adorable – especially the pics in the box! :D
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  8. Everything looks delicious and personally, I just can NOT resist a Cat in a Box. So Cute!
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  9. We had a black bean and pineapple filled week, too! It’s a great combination.

    Cheesy bread is what you got – definitely NOT Bruschetta!
    Angela @ Happy Fit Mama recently posted..WIAW – Fish Tacos

  10. i am very allergic to cats, but marcus asleep in that box makes my heart go pitter-patter. he is adorable.

    glad to hear you like those granola bars! i bought them on a whim at the drugstore last night; i didn’t know they were new.
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  11. I still have yet to go to Earth Fare (since they are a competitor, of sorts) but I want to! I just pinned your avocado citrus dressing. It’s the first dressing I’ve found in a while that does not contain onion or garlic!
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  12. Those brownies look goooood!

    I did the same thing with a pineapple this week. I burned the skin around my lips eating so much. Whoops!
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  13. Those brownies look awesome!! Well, everything looks great :)

    We need to start planning your trip crazy! ;)
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  14. BUSTER!!!!!!! That’s brilliant; I love it! Though usually he is either seen, nor heard ;) I love Arrested Development.

    PS- agreed. The restaurant needs a lesson on what constitutes bruschetta.
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  15. I LOVE pineapple!! I need to cook with it more, clearly, because these dinners look awesome! And that is SO not bruschetta. Total fail! stupid restaurant ;-)
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  16. oh my gosh – that bruschetta! someone needs a quick lesson…
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  17. That bruschetta is hilarious! Your dinners look so good… we cook very similarly in our house.
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  18. Holy cannoli! That’s quite a shipment of deliciousness. And that bruschetta fiasco hurts my heart. I was expecting such a glorious spread. Disappointing! And that’s just from viewing the pic … can’t imagine seeing that in person!
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  19. Hahah so not bruschetta :) Your meals all look so yummy! Love those special K bars too! I eat the protein bars like crazy, I always need my 3 o’clock pick me-up :)

  20. Jealous of your Love Grown Blogger-ness. I think I could live on Sweet Cranberry Pecan alone. :)
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  21. I always love your collages. Dinner at your house looks delicious. Everything looks great!

    Blogging friends are the greatest, especially foodie ones!
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  22. Ok first of all…Arrested Development might actually be the best.show.ever.!!!

    Secondly, I’m so happy you liked the brownies! I really liked how the turned out and am considering making them for a party this weekend!
    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite recently posted..What I Ate: Birthday Edition

  23. Getting foodie things in the mail is the best! All of your food looks awesome. Bars do come in handy when you’re out and about
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  24. Marcus is SOOOOOO cute!! i am a total cat lover, haha :)

    all your dinners look delicious!
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  25. Arghhh I would’ve been SO mad if I was served “bruschetta” like that! Sounds & looks more like a faux-pizza >:O
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  26. Looks like you had a yummy week! Thanks for sharing, Lindsay!

  27. OMG marcus looks like he could be brothers with my Henry!! Right down to the stripey head and inquisitive look in his eyes. I LOVE HIM!! hehe.
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  28. just signed up for my first foodie pen pal! woop woop so excited :)

  29. i picked a bad time to read a post about food…i’m hungry again right after lunch, haha! i may need to find a recipe for those brownies!
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  30. My cat loves boxes! As soon as I found a box to start packing up my apartment, she climbed in like it was her box along! Love you “random” snacks by the way.
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  31. I am loving those snacks!
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  32. I’m loving that rainbow tint over some of your photos!
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  33. I’d have gladly taken some of that pineappe–I made pizza for my hubby last night, and we both WISHED we had some pineapple to go with the canadian bacon (and the other 80 things) we put on it!
    Justine@LifeWithCheeseburgers recently posted..What I Ate Wednesday #1

  34. Haha Zoey totally likes to sit in boxes too! I’m beyond jealous that you’re going to BLEND this weekend! I wish I could be there. And um…that is so not bruschetta. But I probably would have liked it anyway haha.
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  35. Ew,,,that bruschetta reminds me of something I got in college once. There’s this great divey place, famous for strombolis and beer, but apparently not for bruschetta (I should’ve known.) It came with some kind of mayonnaise-y sauce on it (blech!) At least yours still looks yummy–but like cheesy bread!

    Those brownies, on the other hand…OMG. They look delicious!
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  36. Those brownies look delicious! Pineapple & Black Bean Fried Rice w/ Shrimp & Black Bean & Roasted Sweet Potato Tacos look awesome too! I’m totally going to have to try adding more sweet potatos to my dinner cause frankly they are SO GOOD, so there is no excuses! And my kitties would be all over those boxes!
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  37. Love grown is the best package :)
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  38. Why is your cat so freaking cute? Haha oh man. Those brownies look awesome, I’m jealous.
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  39. I love how you snack! I would be totally disappointed if I ordered bruschetta and that came out…
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  40. Haha, my cat does the exact thing with boxes or plastic bags or anything it finds. Cats are odd ;) That is the oddest looking bruschetta I have ever seen!
    Lisa recently posted..WIAW #6

  41. Aww, Marcus is SO cute! I’ve never tried those new Kelloggs bars before, but they sound pretty good. I try not to buy many store bough bars but I love that those Kelloggs ones have 4g of protein and fiber! :)
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  42. I would have seriously sent that bread back! The Italians would scream if they saw this!

  43. Do you have the recipe for that pineapple black bean fried rice?? :) It looks so yummy!
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  44. I want to come eat dinner at your house! Yum!
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