WIAW: Ugly Lunch Eaters Unite!

Heeeeeyyyyyy!  How’s it going?  It sounds like everyone had a pretty good weekend, am I right?  Just think, we’re already coming up on the next one.

wiawToday is obv Wednesday, which means it’s time for another What I Ate Wednesday post.  Be sure to check out Peas & Crayons for other blogger eats, treats, and recipes.  Oh, and if you don’t already, how ’bout following me on Bloglovin?

Follow on BloglovinWorkout: Tracy Anderson DVD (month 7 of the pregnancy project DVD set) and Denise Austin’s Bootcamp Workout (free 20-min video on YouTube which I slightly modified to fit the bump’s needs)

Breakfast: Kashi GoLean cereal with a nectarine and low-fat plain yogurt (I opted for regular yogurt instead of Greek because organic Greek yogurt is silly pricey.  Anyone else noticed this?  Liquid gold, I tell ya!)


Snack: a little Good Belly juice drink

Lunch: Ugly bowl of healthy fat, fiber, and lean protein (delicious though! recipe below) and some grapes

lunch  grapes

Snack: Smoothie (frozen banana, unsweetened almond milk, and chocolate protein)


Dinner:  Spaghetti with lean beef sauce (in serious need of comfort food) & side salad

spaghetti  meat

Dessert: Ice cream (This organic flavor is so delicious even though it’s just my grocery store’s generic brand.  It was on sale this week, so I picked up two cartons!)


I haven’t really had much of an appetite lately.  I mean, it’s still there, but it’s not crazy like it was a couple weeks ago.  I guess Baby E goes through growth spurts even in the belly.

Now for that lunch…  I’m going to call it a “belly bowl” because it’s good for my preggo belly.  Frankly, with all the fiber, protein, and healthy fat, I think it’s good for just about any belly.

Belly Bowl
Recipe type: entree
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Serves: 2
  • ½ lb chicken breasts
  • 1 cup water (or a wee bit less)
  • ½ cup dry quinoa
  • ½ bag plain broccoli slaw
  • ½ avocado
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice)
  1. Preheat oven to 400. Bake chicken breasts on baking sheet or in glass Pyrex dish for 30 minutes or until fully cooked.
  2. While chicken is baking, boil water. Add quinoa and top with the broccoli slaw. Cover and reduce to a simmer. Cook 15 minutes, stir, and cook uncovered until broccoli slaw has softened and water has been absorbed (additional 5-10 minutes).
  3. While chicken is baking and quinoa is cooking, blend half an avocado with the milk in a blender or food processor to make a sauce. Use more or less milk to get desired consistency. Set aside.
  4. Once chicken is done, cut it to check for doneness and dice into cubes. Stir the diced chicken into the quinoa mixture. Divide into two portions. Before serving, top with avocado sauce.


  • Do people ever judge your ugly lunches?  If you pack your lunch and work in an office, you know what I’m talkin’ bout.

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35 Responses to WIAW: Ugly Lunch Eaters Unite!

  1. I’ve found that some of the “ugliest” looking meals can be the most delicious ones! I personally think it sounds great!

  2. I’ve definitely gotten some strange looks over the years… people stretching their necks and arching their eyebrows to try and get a better peek at what’s in my tupperware. But what can ya do… like Jessie said ^^ some of the ugliest meals are the most tasty.

  3. I’ve always been reluctant to post WIAW because my meals usually look like one big bowl of crap (I mean veggies ;)) I get some weird looks at the office when I mix my usual plate of chicken, sweet potatoes, broccoli and guacamole. It’s the taste that counts, right!?

  4. Haha I definitely end up with ugly lunches a lot of the time – I never want to put effort into lunch, so it usually consists of me dumping random things in my fridge into a bowl. And of course if it gets dumped into tupperware and carted around with me, I definitely get some “what-the-hell-are-you-eating?!” sort of looks.

  5. Lisa says:

    I love the name of that bowl. So cute. My Lunches are typically SO ugly. Yet somehow I manage to photograph them so they don’t look completely horrendous, although this doesn’t happen all the times, since they tend to look ugly anyways.
    Also my parents and friends tend to make fun of me for the way my meals look. You can always count on me for bringing the ugliest dishes around.
    But I totally thing the more ugly they are the tastier they can be. It’s just true.

  6. liftsleepeat says:

    haha my lunch was so ugly today – it just looked like a big green mess. it tasted amazing though! I’ve definitely got some strange looks over the past couple of years; people often ask “what on earth is that?” sometimes looks can be deceiving hehe.

  7. My leftovers are always ugly bc I just mix everything together, but it’s so good.

  8. Kashi cereal is my go to cereal! I’ve loved everyone that I’ve tried. I can some strange looks at work when I break out my smoothies in the a.m. They think because it’s an ugly color, then it must not taste good, but that’s so not true!

  9. As long as the name is creative and cute nobody will judge – that’s what I keep telling myself ;). About 90 % of my lunches look … less attrative but taste SO good. If I got a dime for every time peope commented on my ugly lunches I’d be pretty rich by now. The name you picked for your lunch is cute, though, and – chicken aside – I like the idea. A bowl full of comfort food.

  10. oh i hate when people judge my ugly meals! i always want to be like “um ok, you’re not eating it so there’s no need to comment, please and thank you” but the ugly meals are usually the most delicious 🙂

    • Tiff says:

      Isn’t it just annoying? I mean, it doesn’t look better than the picture on their Lean Cuisine box, but it probably looks better than the actual Lean Cuisine meal, right?

  11. I am going to miss peach/nectarine season so much. I don’t even think it looks ugly! Food appearance is so over-rated (yes a pretty plate is lovely) but it’s the taste that matters most!

  12. I truly believe that the worse it looks the better it tastes!! Not the easiest thing to get readers to try though when you write a food blog…unless you’re a food blogger yourself 😉

  13. I get so many comments on my leftovers. Especially if it involves fish! They constantly tell me it stinks, but whatever! It’s healthy and it really doesn’t stink…lol.

  14. In my experience some of the most delicious food is the ugliest – at least in photos. I say, who cares if it tastes good (and is sometimes good for you!)

  15. Your belly bowl sounds great! Most of my meals are really ugly but as long as they are tasty I figure a little ugliness can’t hurt.

  16. Your lunch doesn’t look ugly to me, but that’s probably because it looks like it contains lots of avocado! 🙂

  17. love the belly bowl recipe… I eat stuff like that all the time! pretty much any random combo of whole grain, protein, and healthy fat sounds good to me 🙂

  18. You had me at breakfast 🙂

  19. That lunch looks delicious!

  20. People sometimes give my lunches strange looks, but I like to think they’re just jealous. 😉

    I had spaghetti with beef sauce last night too! Sometimes there’s just nothing better.

  21. Ha. My lunch today was so ugly too. My 3rd graders thought I was crazy. Black beans, rice, onion, peppers, and some ground turkey all smooshed into a heap and covered with salsa. So glad I am not the only one who makes big, delicious, ugly bowls.

  22. I never care how “ugly” my food is… Usually the UGLIEST food is the most delicious! ha ha ha ha

  23. taramdeal says:

    Yum! I bet it would be good with tuna in it too 🙂 I typically ONLY eat ugly food…so I can completely relate to ya on that one 🙂

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