Monday Eats and Heatwave

It’s a scorcher today. What is going on with the weather? The temperature hit 100+ degrees in Orange County this weekend and today too. Once I got to work, I planned on staying inside until it cooled down when I  to go home.

I woke up bright and early this morning very excited for breakfast. I saved one Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake Cupcake from the party this weekend and decided to use it as a topping to my oatmeal this morning.

Did you know chocolate + sunbutter = heaven.  I crumbled half of chocolate cupcake on top of the oats, the icing was too sweet for me this morning so I excluded it.

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Chocolate cake + ripe strawberries + granola + sunbutter = yummylicious

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I scraped off the icing and left the other half of the cupcake on the kitchen counter and when I returned, this is what I found. The fiance does not like wasting any food and will eat any food sitting around for more than a minute, even if the owner is in the next room eating her breakfast.

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Moving on.

Lunch today was Sunshine Veggie Burger with Trader Joe’s roasted pepper hummus, lettuce, mustard and Earthgrain buns.

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I stock up on Sunshine Veggie Burgers whenever they go on sale, it’s a healthy go-to quick meal when I don’t feel like cooking or it’s too hot to turn on the stove to cook or just too hot to be moving period.

Ingredients for Sunshine Original Burger Flavor: Ground raw sun-flower seeds, Brown rice, Carrots, Herbs, Sea Salt.


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A side of  cabbage stir fry.

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For late afternoon snacks, I prefer to snack on fresh fruits most of the time. Today I ate fresh peach topped with greek yogurt and granola.

I’m loving the crunch from the pumpkin seeds.


I bought Nature’s Path Pumpkin Flax Plus granola at Trader Joe’s and keep a box at work for my afternoon snacks. I often make my own granola because I find that the brands I buy at the store are too sweet for me. I use granolas as toppings on fruits to add crunch. I rarely eat granola on its own.

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The bulk of my snack is the fresh fruit, but having the granola as toppings adds texture and crunch that I like.


For dinner, I had Stuffed Bell Peppers and salad. Very simple salad but packed with flavors because of the Garlic Gold Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette. After trying this dressing, it has joined my list of favorite salad dressings. I am hooked.

I recently open an online store with Open Sky. It will feature products that I personally use and recommend, including  Garlic Gold products.  Click on the Open Sky store link if you want to check it out.

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Hope you are having a great start to your week!

P.S. Check out Alyssa’s Food Should Taste good giveaway for a chance to win healthy bag of chips.


  1. Laugh and Cook says:

    The weather was HORRIBLE wasn’t it!?! Not looking forward to tomorrow or weds. 😦

    oh! And I wish I had what you had for breakfast. Nice and cool…

  2. squigglefloey says:

    Yay for fellow Orange County bloggers 🙂 Nice finding you!

    • Hi squigglefloey, thanks for checking out my blog. How cute is your name, I love it!

      Thanks for commenting so I can find your blog too. Yay for local bloggers. I’m always around UCI, shopping at Trader Joe’s and eating at Veggie Grill.

  3. omg i wanna rip into that breakfast!!! ❤
    i have some of that flax granola left in the cupboard and i definitely gotta make something like this, gosh i love the crunch of pumpkin seeds too 😀


    • Hi Kelsey. Thanks for stopping by my blog 🙂 It’s not my normal oatmeal topping but today’s cupcake topping was pretty yummy. I’m all about crunch in my food too.

  4. Annette says:

    Hi HC,

    I’ve purchased that granola at Cost Co it’s delicious but ants got to it last summer and haven’t ordered any since.

    Reason for that is I found the exact same granola is used at Jamba Juice, well at least it looks like that to me and Whole Foods sells it in bulk. Probably cheeper at Trader Joe’s

    I buy a big bag I mean it’s huge don’t know exactly the pounds I’m guessing about 6-7lbs. but Jamba will sell you that bag for $10.00 I place them in sandwich baggies to store them.

    I think that might be the cheapest.

    Just an Fyi and love your sight by the way.

    • Annette,

      Thanks for the tip and thank you for reading my blog. I’m sorry about the ants ruining the food.

      My local Costco sells Nature’s Path products too but I haven’t see this particular granola on the shelves. Maybe they carry certain seasonal flavors?! I’ve also bought from Wholefoods bulk bins before but once I got granolas that weren’t that crunchy and were a little soggy 😦

      I agree, I love the bargain at Trader Joe’s. If I have 6lbs of granola, it might become my everyday obsession.

      ~ Lea

  5. I love how the fiance doesn’t like to waste food..he caught you slippin girl. And with a dessert-lol! That never happens. 🙂

  6. I was MELTING today!! I really hope this heat wave passes quickly… as I’d really like to leave my house again in the near future. I’m such a wimp! 😉

    I’m dying to try that Garlic Gold dressing! It sounds really tasty! I’m hoping my Whole Foods starts carrying it soon, since I’ve seen Garlic Gold products popping up all over the shelves lately!

  7. I love that vinaigrette!!

    You are too sweet about the PB balls 🙂 For a pre show treat I always get PB and honey. Mmmm…pb balls LOL!

  8. I never even thought to add cupcakes to my oatmeal what a great idea.

  9. Lea, are the sunshine burgers GF? Seems they have GF ingredients! How exciting!

    I used to love that pumpkin flax seed granola (COSTCO!!!), but I decided I should really only eat things that said GF, so I took it out of my diet. It was like a dessert! So good to nibble on!

    • Alyssa, from their website it states that “Sunshine Burger makes certifed organic gluten-free, soy-free vegan burgers with sunflower kernels and brown rice”. I didn’t even know that…but I like their products because they use real food ingredients.

      I follow the instructions on preparation but leave it in a little longer so that burgers get a little toasted and crisp on the edge.

  10. TJs never disappoints does it?

    And yes, it’s freakin’ hot in Norcal too. I’m dying to wear some foldover suede boots and it looks like it’ll be awhile 😦

  11. That cabbage stir fry looks very tasty 🙂

    How come everyone else is having heat waves but it’s only getting colder here?hmph.

  12. Heat wave is right! Dear lord is scorching! And Tj’s= love!

  13. Been really hot here too lately but the yesterday was 75 and sunny. A rare treat! Great idea with your breakfast to use the cupcake. My family would love this.

    Plan B

  14. Hi There, I am putting together an LA HLB bloggies meet-up for a 1:00 p.m. lunch on Saturday, October 23.

    If you are interested in joining us please email me at and let me know.


  15. Hi Lea! I just stumbled across your blog and I thought I’d let you know that I love it. I really look forward to reading more! If you have the chance, pop on over to my blog and check it out. 🙂

    It’s hard finding bloggers in my area, so I have to branch out. There aren’t as many Canadian bloggers as American ones as far as I know.


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