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Strange ingredients; wonderful taste.


I wasn’t sure the edamame hummus, sunflower seeds, baked tofu, and arugula combo would work in a wrap, but it was great!


Plus, a banana.  I like the new stickers on bananas; they’re quite fun!



Andddd… I’m off!  Sorry for the shortie post.  :)  We are running errands today (and hopefully buying a desk so I can stop blogging and writing on top of cardboard boxes).


What did you have for lunch today?  :)  Any fun combos out there?



  • Julia @ Brit Bride July 6, 2010, 11:52 am


    I had a yummy lunch today – giant cous cous and edamame bean salad (with chicken I will admit, I needed to flex today for some reason!) plus some carrot and houmous, topped off with a blush pear. Good healthy combos.

    Hope you get your errands done


  • emily July 6, 2010, 11:55 am

    I haven’t eaten yet, but I am going to make pan fried noodles with tons of peas, an egg, and peanut sauce. Mmmmmn!

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance....after a 100+ Pound weight loss!!! July 6, 2010, 12:09 pm

    I am about to eat peanut butter on whole grain toasted bread with an apple and some veggies on the side…….though I would rather have your lunch. =)

  • Neely July 6, 2010, 12:09 pm

    It’s Taco Tuesday beotches!

    Counting down to Tijuana Flats…

  • Jessica @ How Sweet July 6, 2010, 12:18 pm

    I had a wrap too! But mine was with chicken, lettuce, cheese, bbq sauce, avocado, and hummus! Kinda weird, huh?

  • Evan Thomas July 6, 2010, 12:19 pm

    That combo sounds good! I have yet to make lunch, but I think I’m going for the classic meat and potatoes combo

  • Becca July 6, 2010, 12:20 pm

    My weird lunch today was the second half of weird dinner yesterday – half a vegetarian lasagne, stir-fried spring greens (I swear, I’m addicted to these now!) and microwaved brussel sprouts, on a corn tortilla with plenty of extra virgin olive oil. Yum!

  • claire July 6, 2010, 12:20 pm

    That is such a great looking combo though…I bet the seeds were a great crunch!

  • Charlotte July 6, 2010, 12:21 pm

    holy moly i JUST bought edamame hummus from trader joe’s yesterday and have promptly fallen in love – my sammich included tomatoes, cukes, fresh basil, pepper, and of course a nice healthy smear of that hummus. i think today i’ll try it on a salad…

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday July 6, 2010, 12:21 pm

    I don’t like edamame, does the hummus taste a lot like edamame?

    • caitlin July 6, 2010, 8:24 pm

      yup it’s made with edamame beans

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs July 6, 2010, 12:21 pm

    Oh gracious, that wrap sounds amaze!
    I had a vegan sausage, with lentils, aubergine, celeriac and parsip, all covered in mixed spice. Twas divine! I also had a £40 fine for my carpark being 2minutes over…GRGRRRRG!!

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter July 6, 2010, 12:23 pm

    I have noticed that they are really trying to “sell” fruits now. Our grocery store now has signs saying how good fruits and veggies are for you. Our mushrooms even has the benefits of mushrooms on the bin its in! Love it 🙂

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) July 6, 2010, 12:24 pm

    no lunch for me just yet…but i’m making a wrap too! it’s going to be pretty simple though, probably just turkey and cheese and spinach 🙂

  • Carly (Swim, Run, Om) July 6, 2010, 12:27 pm

    I had a sweet potato w/ baked beans, and roasted asparagus. It was weird to have the oven on in this heat, but for whatever reason that was what I was craving!

  • Kelly July 6, 2010, 12:28 pm

    I haven’t eaten yet, but I am planning on a sandwich w/hummus, spinach, mixed greens w/a drizzle of italian dressing and a sprinkle of feta on arnold sandwich thins!

  • Wei-Wei July 6, 2010, 12:29 pm

    Chiquita changed their “image” so that they have these cute, clever little stickers on everything… but I’ve only seen bananas so far! They have cute logos and I think it was monkeys for their mascot? Your wrap actually sounds really really good.


  • Christine July 6, 2010, 12:31 pm

    Caitlin, I hope you will take the time to look at these links:

    The banana industry is really horrible, and it bothers me immensely. I figure that you are very concerned about living responsibly and healthily and would want to know. Plus, you have a large audience and could really make a difference should you choose to consider the huge impact a banana or two each day can make on this earth.

    Also, I find it hypocritical for one to blog about the “ethical” reasons for giving up cow’s milk, but the same person features yogurt and cheese on her blog… made from that very cow’s milk. It’s your blog and your “ethical” choices, but your readers do notice.

    • Caitlin July 6, 2010, 12:59 pm

      It’s not really my goal to be perfect (I don’t think it’s really fair to call me a hypocrite either) and I never said it was. As I said this morning, I gave up cow’s milk because I could do it without impacting my own happiness and tastes and I don’t really feel the need to give up everything I love in life.

      • Jen July 6, 2010, 1:42 pm

        we can only do the best we can right? a lot of people feel overwhelmed trying to give up everything that harms the earth & actually give up because its too hard.. small sacrifices can make a difference too 🙂

        • Paige July 6, 2010, 2:59 pm

          Interesting….that link Christine provided is not even asking people to give up anything, just consider buying fair trade bananas instead of traditional – not even a sacrifice!! Cool site too – thanks for sharing.

        • caitlin July 6, 2010, 8:25 pm

          If I could easily find such bananas, I would buy them but I’ve never seen them in stores. Any ideas?

        • Paige July 6, 2010, 9:31 pm

          Whole Foods has them.

  • Kris July 6, 2010, 12:32 pm

    I did not like the TJ Edamame Hummus. I expected it to taste more like hummus, rather than soybean oil potato chip dip. I think soybean oil is like the second ingredient? Love their Chipotle Hummus, but I’ll stick to making my own edamame hummus.

  • Lisa July 6, 2010, 12:35 pm

    I eat a lot of bananas. They are so much more filling than other fruits.

  • Liz July 6, 2010, 12:37 pm

    Mmm, that wrap looks delicious! I’ve never heard of edamame hummus before. Is the taste similar to regular hummus?

    • caitlin July 6, 2010, 8:25 pm

      Nope, they use a different bean so it tastes totally different.

  • Katie @ Health for the Whole Self July 6, 2010, 12:38 pm

    I’m having an awesome cold pasta salad with Mexican flavors: it has black beans, corn, salsa, tomatoes, cumin, chili powder, cilantro – I think you would love it! I can send the recipe your way if you’re interested! 🙂

  • Camille July 6, 2010, 12:39 pm

    I haven’t seen these new banana stickers yet, but I love them!

  • Crystal July 6, 2010, 12:40 pm

    That wrap actually looks super good! I still have a while for lunch, but I am just going to warm up a burrito from Trader Joe’s when I am at work then have some of the Pomegranate yogurt after that settles a bit. 🙂

    I have never had edamame hummus, or edamame for that matter! I’m behind on the health-food wagon, haha.

  • Melissa July 6, 2010, 12:41 pm

    bbq chix on top of romaine, jack cheese, cherry tomatoes, red peppers, wasabi peas, shredded carrots, cucumbers, green onions, cilantro & a drizzle of jalapeno ranch dressing!

  • Laura July 6, 2010, 12:43 pm

    I had a fajita salad. I used last night’s fajita leftovers on top of lettuce & spinach with a bit of white cheddar cheese and sour cream. It was, in a word, fabulous. Best lunch I’ve had in a long time.

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg July 6, 2010, 12:47 pm

    I’ve been undecided about lunch, but now I think I might need some tofu!

    Good luck running errands!

  • Rachel July 6, 2010, 12:47 pm

    I have a weird combo lunch today. Rice, pinto beans and roasted sweet potatoes topped with pioneer woman’s salsa recipe.

  • Michele July 6, 2010, 12:51 pm

    Lunch Today (and most days): 1/2 cup quinoa, 10 cooked baby carrots, 1/2 tomato, and 4 radishes chopped up into a salad with basil, pepper, and 1.5 tablespoons of Newman’s Lite Lime dressing.

    I love these kind of one-bowl mixes for lunch. I cook enough quinoa for the week on Sundays, and then I can pack lunch in about 3 minutes flat in the mornings.

  • allison @ livingoneday July 6, 2010, 12:55 pm

    oooh yummy! i had tuna with relish on water crackers, plus a huge orange!

  • Mary @ What's Cookin' with Mary July 6, 2010, 12:56 pm

    Today’s lunch was an ezek tortilla filled with roasted garlic hummus, dijon, one slice smoked gouda, red onion, alfalpha sprouts, tomato. SO good on a hot summer day!

    Here’s the recipe I used for the hummus:

  • Ellen@FirednFabulous July 6, 2010, 12:57 pm

    Interesting combo! I love how you put hummus on so many different things. I’ve started doing that too, and it does make everything a little bit better 🙂 Nothing exciting for lunch today–just a six-inch turkey sub from Subway!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman July 6, 2010, 1:01 pm

    Yum, sounds good! I had horseradish hummus with shredded carrots, shredded radishes, feta, and tomatoes. So good!

  • Angharad July 6, 2010, 1:02 pm

    I also had a wrap! It had prosciutto, chihuahua cheese and cherry tomatoes in it and tasted awesome!!

    Good luck finding a desk!

  • Marina July 6, 2010, 1:02 pm

    aw, what a cute banana sticker!!
    I made a lentil loaf of sorts, but it didn’t turn out as I was hoping it to 🙁

  • Katherine July 6, 2010, 1:11 pm

    I love the banana stickers; my favorite are the silly faces

  • Lauren (Clean Eats in the Dirty South) July 6, 2010, 1:17 pm

    that hummus looks hummusTASTIC. try TJ’s tomato and basil hummus… it will blow your mind!
    my lunch was a twice baked sweet potato with a spoonyspoon of red pepper hummus and some tomatoes mashed in. mmmmm.

  • Kaz July 6, 2010, 1:30 pm

    As I type this, I’m eating breakfast. xD But, it’s good! It’s vegan quinoa porridge (made with flax) with almond butter glaze, maple syrup, and fresh blueberries. Yum. 😀

  • Jolene ( July 6, 2010, 1:32 pm

    I haven’t had lunch yet (it is only 11:30 in Saskatchewan) but I am going to have leftover tortilla soup that I made yesterday for dinner.

  • Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) July 6, 2010, 1:40 pm

    Edamame hummus? what? Did you find that at Trader Joe’s too?! Sounds yummy!
    I just had left over for lunch….curried tuna on top of a salad and a small side of brown rice salad.

  • Therese July 6, 2010, 1:45 pm

    LOVE the combo! My lunch was a salad of mixed greens, red bell pepper, red onion (pass the mints), sun dried tomato, lentils, stanky blue cheese with masala hummus. I had a nectarine, cherries and strawberries for dessert! This heat is making me want to eat light, light, light!

  • Mackenzie @ Whatever, Gatsby July 6, 2010, 1:46 pm

    Peanut butter, jelly, banana and STRAWBERRY sammich! Complete with “om nom nom” noises on the side 🙂

  • Courtney @ Three Months July 6, 2010, 1:50 pm

    I think I’m going to make a wrap also…with jalapeno refried black beans from Trader Joe’s, sliced cucumber and maybe some salsa. We’ll see how it turns out! 🙂

  • Catie July 6, 2010, 1:53 pm

    I had a normal lunch for me. 1/2 turkey and cheese sandwich, carrot sticks, pretzels (lightly salted) and veggie dip. I have tried by hummus so many times, I just can’t fall in love with it!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 6, 2010, 1:56 pm

    Yum!! Awesome combo. I tried a new bean and grain salad recipe today that I thought would taste quite weird when I was making it, but it turned out to be delicious! I’ll post it on my blog tomorrow! 🙂

  • Anne July 6, 2010, 2:00 pm

    Matt always makes me find the funniest sticker on the bananas that we buy! I have a collection of them on my desk at work “Yum, Yum. Potassiu-yum!” and “Place sticker on forehead. Smile.”

  • Melissa @ For the Love of Health July 6, 2010, 2:16 pm

    Great banana stickers!
    I love the wrap combo- sometimes the oddest of combos taste really good together!
    I had a gigantic salad for lunch as well as a slice of Bob’s Red Mill Cinnamon Raisin bread I made yesterday.

  • Fusami July 6, 2010, 2:21 pm

    Mmmm! I had a baked sweet ‘tater + carrots/celery with roasted red pepper hummus + 2 smushed kiwi. The kiwi were somewhat repulsive but needed to be eaten, and hummus always wins! I need to find that hummus you used…

  • Rachel July 6, 2010, 2:25 pm

    I had a sad little Lean Cuisine for lunch. It was yucky. Tuesday and Thursdays I work 9-5 and then have class 6-10 so I have to pack all my meals for the day to go. So I usually make 2 of my meals with wholesome ingredients and then one of them is sometimes something easy like a frozen entree.

  • lauren July 6, 2010, 2:34 pm

    i had a la tortilla factory smart and delicious wrap, with pine nut hummus, artichokes, and broccoli slaw. and an anjou pear 🙂

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie July 6, 2010, 2:34 pm

    Buying desks to me is like buying school supplies. Super exciting and fun to think of all the organization. hehe have fun!

  • Jen July 6, 2010, 2:36 pm

    Love the sticker on the banana! Nothing interesting for me today. It’s a blah day for me.


  • Cynthia (It All Changes) July 6, 2010, 2:38 pm

    I’m sick so mine isn’t the greatest. But I had a piece of toast with a smidge of honey and a banana. Following the BRAT diet with my tummy for a few days.

  • Jason @ Cant-Coach-Desire July 6, 2010, 2:46 pm

    2 eggs & 2egg whites, 2 spicy black bean burgers plain, 3 pieces of whole wheat toast, leftover brussel sprouts, and half of a tomato – but I eat odd things together according to my wife.

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit July 6, 2010, 3:00 pm

    Caprese sandwich and mint chocolate chip fro yo! Your lunch looks yummy 🙂

  • Heather July 6, 2010, 3:22 pm

    Salad with butter lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, mushrooms and hummus. Your wrap looks great, it’s giving me ideas for dinner!

  • Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans July 6, 2010, 3:37 pm

    Veggie burger with tomato and avocado on a 9 grain bagel plus an apple. Your wrap looks really yummy!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers July 6, 2010, 3:43 pm

    Tomato soup, tortilla chips, and garlic hummus!

  • Ronja July 6, 2010, 3:50 pm

    Love the sticker on the banana! I had a Caprese sandwich with lots of fresh veggies on the side.

  • Amanda @ Amanda On Foot July 6, 2010, 3:58 pm

    Polenta mixed with cut up soy burger topped with tomato sauce, capers, pepper and artichoke hearts.


  • elaine! July 6, 2010, 4:05 pm

    I always forget about Trader Joe’s. Maybe I subconsciously avoid it because both the parking lot and the store are disturbingly crowded 99% of the time. When I do go, I appreciate the prices and the portion sizes. Most people around here think their fish is better quality than anywhere else in town too.

    Enjoy being home! Charleston sounds like a really interesting city. I just watched the Charleston episode of Anthony Bourdain’s show No Reservations this weekend.

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] July 6, 2010, 4:06 pm

    I had a wrap for lunch today, too, with a sprouted wheat tortilla – mmm.

  • Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales July 6, 2010, 4:22 pm

    That combo doesn’t sound weird to me, it sounds delicious but perhaps I have weird taste! Todays lunch was kind of bog standard – black olive houmous and alfalfa sprout sandwich with a Nakd bar (kind of a UK version of a Larabar). Simple but tasty.

  • Anya @ Fitness & Sunshine July 6, 2010, 4:24 pm

    Quinoa with feta, and a big plate of raw veggies with hummus. Yum! Finished with a dark chocolate square. 🙂

  • Angie July 6, 2010, 4:25 pm

    I’m worried about trying to remain veggie let alone worrying about banana’s. LOL.

  • Jill Will Run July 6, 2010, 4:28 pm

    I roasted some asparagus seasoned with salt, pepper, chile powder, garlic powder and a little oil and put it in soft corn tortillas with sharp cheddar and TJ’s salsa. It was pretty tasty!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing July 6, 2010, 4:40 pm

    Sometimes the most random things just WORK!

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss July 6, 2010, 4:50 pm

    Banana’s definitely are brain food!! I had another brainy meal today- a whole lotta tuna. Plus a banana in the afternoon! Man, my brain must be pumpin!

  • ida July 6, 2010, 4:51 pm

    I love bananas, but i do feel guilty eating them and don’t buy them too often. it’s really difficult- i feel like there could be a guilt factor in every food choice, but then i’d go totally insane!! I think it’s all about balance and if everyone tried to do a little bit things would be SO much better.

  • Little Bookworm July 6, 2010, 5:00 pm

    For lunch I had a three bean wrap and some coleslaw and pasta salad. Not very interesting perhaps, but it tasted great! 😀

  • whitney dargle @ whitney's blogtastic blog July 6, 2010, 5:03 pm

    I had kombucha and cookies! HA! I was outside most of the day and it’s just too hot to eat a whole meal of food! My body wasn’t feeling it!

  • Kristie July 6, 2010, 5:08 pm

    Have you tried coconut milk creamer?

    I had Greek Couscous Salad (so good! It was a tear-out recipe in Women’s Running) and some cherries. My early-weekday lunches always tend to be better than my later-weekday ones because I’m not burned out on packing stuff yet :-P.

    • caitlin July 6, 2010, 8:27 pm

      I have and I love it. I always keep an eye out but its never sold anywhere I shop regularly!

  • Maria July 6, 2010, 5:35 pm

    I had a spinach salad with chicken, cucumbers, carrots, and topped it with salsa. Salsa is now my go-to salad dressing. Much healthier and adds another serving of vegetables. Yum.

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) July 6, 2010, 5:38 pm

    What an interesting wrap combo – looks yummy though!

  • THe Rabbit Runner July 6, 2010, 7:36 pm

    ohh i really loved that you added sunflower seeds!! sounds like and interesting wrap, but all the of the ingredients are awesome 🙂

  • Laura (Starloz) July 6, 2010, 8:17 pm

    I love baked tofu, it’s the yummiest thing ever!

    I’m having lunch out today, i’ll pick a healthy dish

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 6, 2010, 8:45 pm

    That wrap combo sounds super! I love the taste of hummus + tofu.

    My lunch today was a salad beast with tofu, avocado, tomato, peppers, cucumber, broccoli, carrots, and a hummus dressing. It wasn’t very creative, but it hit the spot! 😀

  • Steph July 6, 2010, 10:32 pm

    Just wanted to comment and tell you that your comment earlier in reply to someone who criticized you was thoughtful. I just wanted to point out that not only did you get offended, but you stated your opinions clearly and didn’t alienate the person. I find a lot of bloggers have a hard time accepting criticism.
    Anyways, apart from that, I get where you are coming from.
    Ideally I think i SHOULD be vegan, but I see this pescatarian lifestyle as a stepping stone. Making food/lifestyle changes are really hard. I have lactose intolerance, but still eat dairy (hardly any cows milk, though) because I just can’t get away from it. Eventually I think it’ll be easy. Daiya’s vegan cheese is so close to the real thing, and there are nut cheeses that are supposed to be great as well.
    Just wanted to point out that while that original commenter had some good points that I agree with.. you are human and you’re doing the best you can. People often fail to notice the changes you HAVE made (imagine how many animals you have saved, etc).
    Just wanted to encourage you! 🙂

    • Steph July 6, 2010, 10:32 pm

      Sorry.. I meant not only did you NOT get offended 😉

    • caitlin July 7, 2010, 12:32 am

      I really do NOT mind comments with differing opinions as long as they are nice… I’m a huge fan of polite discussion; that’s how I learn things!

      Thanks babe!

    • Julia @ Brit Bride July 7, 2010, 5:28 am


      I completely agree both with your comments regarding Caitlins response and also your discussion re food choices. I am trying to go veggie at the moment but in my transitional stage I am allowing myself to “flex” and eat meat every so often – which happens about once every 3 weeks. Its a learning curve.

      Thanks both.


  • Amber K @ sparkpeople July 6, 2010, 11:22 pm

    I eat at least one banana a day, and I think that sticker is so cute!

    The wrap sounds interesting. I haven’t ever had edamame before, let alone hummus made from it.

  • Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) July 7, 2010, 11:05 am

    That wrap looks delish! I’ve never tried tofu in a wrap, but I bet it’s tasty, especially with BBQ sauce.


  • Sami July 7, 2010, 12:07 pm

    sheesh. how is it that you can always combine the most random ingredients, but by the time i leave your page, my mouth is watering uncontrollably. seriously edamame hummus & sunflower seeds?! MMMM. how did you cook your tofu that’s used in the wrap? i saw it was “baked”, but wasn’t sure if you meant the “perfect baked tofu” method. 😀

    • Caitlin July 7, 2010, 4:52 pm

      I just drizzled salad dressing on the tofu squares (it was the pre cubed kind from Nasoya) and baked it at 350 for 25 minutes. Tada!

  • GirlonRaw July 7, 2010, 2:51 pm

    Hi Caitlin. GREAT discussion here! I had a similar discussion over at my blog on DIET LABELLING here

    I really valued EVERYONE who commented thought’s, as like you said, it is the way we learn. I think posts that generate discussion are the most educative and constructive. Thanks for allowing such an open forum for us all to be informed, then make our own decisions based on it.

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