oh so snobby

I don’t think I was thinking clearly this morning.  Why else would this breakfast not include peanut butter?  I was in the middle of washing dishes this morning when the thought occurred to me, “Sarah, you forgot to add peanut butter to your morning meal.”  After that, there was no going back.  And, alas, I found myself craving peanut butter.  All. Day. Long.

Isn’t it amazing how addicting penaut butter can be? 😉

Breakfast was still delicious though.

  • 6-oz. plain yogurt mixed with 2 T. crushed flax
  • 1-1/2 c. Kashi Heart to Heart
  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • 1/2 c. blueberries

This is the last of the blueberries until picking season starts!

Morning Snack: first peach of the season!!!

I can’t decide what’s harder: (a) going out for a run with zero motivation but still feeling physically strong or (b) having 100% motivation along with a pair of lead legs.  I think I’d vote for (b). 

This morning, my heart and brain were completely in the game.  I was ready to run.  I envisioned myself leaping and sprinting down the road with a huge smile spread clear across my face.  Three miles, four.  Maybe even five.  Who knows how far I might end up?  But after a mile or so into my run, my legs decided to speak up too.  “You know what?  We don’t feel like doing 3, 4 or five miles today.  Let’s just stop right here.  Like…now.”

Somehow I managed to get the heart, the brain and the legs to meet on middle ground, as I pounded (kind of literally) out 4 miles.  My knees felt fine, but the rest of my legs—shins, calves, etc.—were not quite feeling it today.  Even so, I felt deliciously happy upon my return.  I couldn’t ask of anything more than to be outside and running. 


Sardines are just one of those foods that I like to include into my regular diet.  At least once or twice a week.  Are you tired of me telling you all about how cheap, tasty and full of omega-3’s they are?  Not to mention the protein.  I’m sure you are, by this point.  And I would promise that this would be the last time for me to ever mention it, but I simply can’t, because I’ll probably forget and mention it again by next week. 😉

Today I made a simple salad and topped it with black olives, feta cheese, 1 tsp olive oil, a can of water packed sardines, and onions.  I used the kashis for dunking. 😀

Afternoon Snack: 6-oz. plain yogurt, 1/2 banana, and a scoop of that delicious dark chocolate peanut butter that I was craving since this morning :mrgreen:


One of the things I love most about being the family cook for my very open-minded parents and I is that I can open up a Cook’s Illustrated cookbook one night, a meat-lover’s recipe guide the other, and my Veganomicon cookbook the next.  I never cease to count my blessings.  My parents aren’t afraid to experiment, as they eat their way through countless flops, experiments and successes.  I absolutely love that they’re so open to trying anything and everything. 😀

My family has many vegetarian favorites (along with some meat favorites too, of course) and these Veganomicon Snobby Joes are just one of the many on the list.  The bread is crusty, the filling is sloppy, and it all makes for one deliciously satisfying meal.  This is such a great recipe, and I always–always, always–double the batch.  It freezes well, and goes great over salads or in wraps as a change of pace.  Oh, and I always serve it with some sort of vegetable on the side.  Roasted cauliflower and onions (baked at 425 with 2 tsp olive oil for 25 minutes) was the choice of the day, but this goes great with a cool, crisp side salad too (especially now, in the summer.)

Veganomicon Snobby Joes—I changed the directions a bit to make it quicker and more convenient 😉

  • 1 c. uncooked lentils
  • 4 c. water
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 T. chile powder
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 (8-oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 1/4 c. tomato paste
  • 2 T. maple syrup
  • 1 T. yellow mustard
  • sandwich or kaiser rolls or buns (preferrably whole wheat)
  1. Pour lentils and water into small saucepan; bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for about 20 minutes or until tender.  Drain and set aside.
  2. Preheat a medium sized saucepan over medium heat and saute the onion, garlic and pepper for about 7 minutes in 1 T. oil, until softened. 
  3. Stir in cooked lentils, chile powder, oregano, salt, tomato sauce, tomato past, maple syrup and mustard.  Heat thorough.

I like to toast the rolls under the broiler and eat it open faced.  It’s less messy that way, but if you prefer to go all out, then eat it as a sandwich and enjoy the messiness!  Snobby joes are meant to be enjoyed. 😀

Question: Sloppy Joes/Slobby Joes…do you enjoy either variety?  I love them both, but honestly, I’m more of a Slobby Joe fan (and not just because I love the name :mrgreen: ).


17 thoughts on “oh so snobby

  1. I totally agree that having your mind into a run is better than a pair of fresh legs. If you believe you can do something, it will happen 🙂

    I have actually never had snobby joes or sloppy joes. Come cook for me?

  2. I know exactly what you mean about peanut butter/any nut butter! If my day is nut butter less I crave it the next day. I own Veganomicon, I should try snobby joes!

  3. SLOPPY joes all the way. That breakfast is one of my summer time favorites. What is it about blueberries, banana and heart to heart? I usually mix a little go lean crunch in for texture but Heart to Heart is so delicious! I’m with you on the nut butter thing. When I neglect nut butter or banana in the morning I HAVE to have it later in the day. I swear I think about it all day.

  4. I LOVE PEANUT BUTTER & CRAVE IT EVERYDAY! lol I also adore sardines & have them almost weekly. Your afternoon snack looks soooo good & makes me wish I could reach through the screen to take a bite! Your dinner also looks super fun & summery. I definitely want to try that recipe soon. 🙂 I hope your week has started out well so far & only continues to get better!

  5. I’ll have to try that vegetarian option to sloppy joes. Nate would probably like it… and I’m looking for some vegetarian options. Last night’s attempt at a vegetarian meal? AWFUL!

  6. That sardine salad looks really good – I’ll have to try adding cheese to mine sometime.

    Snobby joes sound good to me, only because I don’t eat red meat or soy, so lentils would make a good option.

  7. i have never had snobby joes, but they’ve been on my foodie bucket list for FOREVER! my family is pretty accommodating too – as long as i don’t tell them that its vegan or something. i prefer to impress by surprise 🙂

    and i totally agree: no day is complete without peanut butter 🙂

  8. For some reason, I never even wanted yogi near a sloppy Joe. I loved chili but for some reason I couldn’t do the sandwich version. Ive still never had them, but maybe I’ll try the vegetarian version? Thank you 🙂

  9. ahah peanut butter has to be one of the most addicting foods ever created 🙂 No worries about craving it all day.

    I agree with you – i hate when I have all the motivation to go out and get a great run in but my legs disagree with me. worst feeling ever.

    I think its great that you parents are so open, but that Snobby Joe recipe is just amazing. it just smells the best.

  10. Oh, yay! I LOVE that you love sardines!! Every time I decide to have them for lunch, I have to wait for my parents to NOT be in the kitchen – they’re such wimps! haha

    That looks like a really good recipe! Extra points for being made of stuff that’s usually around 🙂

    I LOVE sloppy joes, lately I’ve been hooked on this recipe – http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/1931
    simple, quick, oh so good 🙂

  11. I TRY with the sardines. I really do!! I want to like them so much – but I just can’t do it. I’m going to keep at it, though…

    Also, I JUST saw this recipe for snobby joes somewhere else in blogland today and book marked it – yumm! I can’t wait to try them out.

  12. Oh you can keep talking about sardines! I love them and couldn’t agree with you more 🙂

    I love the Snobby Joes from Veganomicon…never had the meat version though.

    • Wow, that is such a great idea. Why have I never thought of doing this when I’m in a time crunch? Thanks for the tip! 😀

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