What I Ate Wednesday #62: Baby Shower Photo Dump

Work has been absolutely nuts lately. And let’s be honest, life has been too.. this week’s post is going to be a quick one! I’m so excited about how all of my food turned out for my sister-in-law’s baby shower on Sunday that I have to share it.

The theme was a Mad Hatter Tea Party so there were fun little hats for everyone to wear, tea cups for everyone to take home, and lots of little bites of food!

Mad Hatter Tea Party Baby Shower

We even got my brother in a hat 😉 [Thanks for the picture, Brenna!]

On the Menu

  • Garlic hummus
  • Harissa hummus
  • Spinach dip phyllo bites
  • Mini caprese bites
  • Chocolate chip cookies
  • Mini chocolate cupcakes
  • Mini maple cinnamon cupcakes
  • Mexican chocolate biscotti
  • Snickerdoodle biscotti
  • Veggie and fruit platters
  • Cheese and crackers
Mexican Chocolate Snickerdoodle Biscotti Setup

Mexican Chocolate Biscotti & Snickerdoodle Biscotti

Mexican Chocolate Snickerdoodle Biscotti

Mexican Chocolate Biscotti & Snickerdoodle Biscotti

Mini Caprese Bites

Mini caprese bites

New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies Biscotti

Biscotti plate and chocolate chip cookies

New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies M&Ms

We made LOTS of cookies 🙂

While all of these recipes were, of course, found on Pinterest, I ended up making some substitutions to make my own creations! I’ll definitely be sharing some of my new recipes with you soon.

Until then, back to work!

Food for Thought

Have you ever hosted a shower [baby or bridal]?

What I Ate Wednesday #55: Recovering

After the weekend that I had, I definitely needed to take a little time to get my food back on track this week. My body has appreciated the clean eats thus far for sure!

Breakfast
Tone It Up PerfectFit Protein Pancake
It’s been a long while but I’ve gone back to the protein pancake the past few days. It’s nice to change it up a little sometimes. I’ve been topping it with a mixture of 2 tbsp peanut flour, 1 tbsp chia seed, and a little stevia. I certainly can’t go a day without some sort of peanut butter!

*You can find Protein Plus peanut flour, chia seed, and stevia on iHerb.com. Use code ZAF482 to receive $5 off of your first order.

Lunch
Kale Lemon Basil Tofu Salad Dijon Hummus Dressing
Kale salads all the way! Topped with tons of veggies, the lemon basil tofu that I prepped on Sunday, and dijon hummus dressing. I just mix about 1 tbsp hummus with 1 tbsp dijon and 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar. I never actually measure, but it looks like that’s what the ratio is 😉

Dinner
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
BRUSSELS! My favorite! Especially roasted on the bottom rack. They get so perfectly golden brown.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts Spaghetti Squash Pinch of Yum Jalapeno Sweet Potato Turkey Chili
I threw the brussels on top of the spaghetti squash and jalapeno sweet potato turkey chili, both prepped on Sunday. I’m telling you, all that cooking on Sunday has made this week a breeze!

Food for Thought

Do you do Sunday food prep?

What is your favorite vegetable to roast?

Foodie Friday: Curried Golden Raisin Hummus

I’m sorry, I totally left you high and dry this week but work has been cuh-ray-zee! [That’s crazy.. if you didn’t get it.] Luckily, I did get to make a delicious hummus over the weekend that I’m psyched to share with you!

Nathan and I are in love with Baba’s Kitchen, a Mediterranean restaurant in the city. Every month they have a specialty hummus which I usually pass on because their baba ghanoush is so fantastic, but I couldn’t pass on the Curried Golden Raisin Hummus. It was equally as delicious as their baba ghanoush and I had been craving it since! I knew I had to figure out a recipe..

Babas Kitchen Federal Hill Baltimore Maryland MD Mediterranean Restaurant

Veggie pocket platter over quinoa @ Baba’s Kitchen

Curried Golden Raisin Hummus

Makes fourteen 2 tbsp servings
Curried Golden Raisin Hummus Barr & Table

Ingredients
– 1 tsp honey
– 1/4 cup water
– 4 tbsp golden raisins; divided
– 4 dried apricots; chopped [I prefer Sunsweet, they’re nice and soft!]
– 1 can garbanzo beans; drained and rinsed [I use reduced sodium]
– 1 tbsp + 1 tsp mild curry paste
– 1 tbsp lemon juice
– 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
– 1/4 tsp paprika
– 1 tsp kosher salt
– 1/4 cup EVOO

Directions
In a small bowl, microwave honey and water for 10 seconds. Mix together and add 3 tbsp of the raisins and all of the chopped apricots. Let the dried fruit reconstitute for about 10 minutes.

While the fruit is soaking, add the beans, curry paste, lemon juice, cayenne pepper, paprika, and salt to a food processor. Start processing and slowly drizzle in the olive oil. As everything starts to come together, add the fruit and honey water mixture. Process until smooth. [Feel free to add more water to adjust consistency to your liking.]

Once you’ve reached the desired consistency, stir in the remaining tbsp of raisins. Serve with chips, veggies, or smear it onto a sandwich. And if you didn’t eat it all in one sitting, store in an airtight container in the refrigerator 😉

Nutritional Stats
Per 2 tbsp serving

81 Calories  /  5g Fat  /  9g Carbs  /  3g Sugar  /  2g Fiber  /  2g Protein

Sprint

Food for Thought

Have you ever made your own hummus? Have you ever tried different flavors of hummus? What is your favorite flavor?

P.S. GO ORIOLES!! Happy opening day to my favorite team 🙂 O-R-I-O-L-E-S!

What I Ate Wednesday #10 – Out on the Town

Saturday was a rainy, gross, stay inside kinda day. But we just don’t like to do that. It’s the weekend.. gotta have fun!

I started my Saturday with a workout, a hair chop, and a dress purchase. But this wasn’t just any dress purchase. My friend, bridesmaid, and college roommate announced last week that she is getting married. Next month.

Say whaaaaaaattttt?!

I know! And I’m also a bridesmaid! With all of 4 weeks to prep, she asked for the bridesmaids to wear black or silver and she didn’t care what it looked like. And I’m pleased to say that I was successful in a short amount of time! (Thank you very much White House Black Market!)

Barr & Table White House Black Market

I wish I could say my night out on the town involved dressing up in my new fun dress, but sadly, it did not. It did, however, involve some delicious eats and drinks!

Barr & Table What I Ate Wednesday WIAW Peas and Crayons Peanut Butter Fingers PBFingers Banana Bread Protein Pancakes Cherries Bang Bang Mongolian Grill Babas Mediterranean Grill Hummus Quinoa Shrimp Pita Greek Salad Tripel Karmelit Hennepin Red Wine

Breakfast
I’m still way too obsessed with the banana bread protein pancakes from Julie at Peanut Butter Fingers. They’re just my favorite pancakes and I can’t stop wanting them! I also had my Tone It Up Bombshell Spell and since it was the weekend, I topped it off with my favorite coffee. Get this. Chocolate coconut coffee. Seriously, what could be better?!

Snack
Also on my obsession list, cherries. And they were on sale last week! We stocked up.

Lunch – Outing #1
A little while back, I got a LivingSocial deal to Bang Bang Mongolian Grill. If you enjoy cooking and controlling your ingredients, this place is for you! You grab a bowl, load it up with protein, vegetables, sauces, and spices, then give it to the cook and choose your starch. They cook everything on a flat top and hand you a steaming hot bowl of deliciousness! It’s like cooking at home without having to actually cook! And without the mess.

I loaded up on salmon, shrimp, tons of veggies, zesty orange garlic sauce and went for the brown rice. It was delicious and super easy. Definitely going back soon!

Snack
Not pictured, but super delicious. Vanilla greek yogurt with Great Grains Cranberry Almond Crunch. If you’re a cereal or granola lover, this one is for you! But beware, it’s addicting! (Don’t say I didn’t warn you.)

Dinner – Outing #2
Baba’s Mediterranean Kitchen. Oh yes.

If you’re in the Baltimore area, make your way over. We started with a sampler.. hummus, baba ghanoush, spanikopita, and falafel. Nathan said it’s the best falafel he’s had since Israel. It was all amazing though. For my dinner, I got the shrimp ouzo over quinoa with a side greek salad, hummus, and pita. My only complaint is that they don’t make their own bread.. and we’re bread people. Beyond that, I would go back in a heart beat! (And the prices are awesome!)

After Dinner
Since we were with some friends, we headed over to The Wine Market; an adorable little wine shop (duh!) and bistro. The girls got some wonderful assortments of red wines (not pictured) and the boys shared 2 beers. A Tripel Karmeliet to start; an amazingly delicious Belgian tripel that pretty much can’t be topped. But why not try? They followed it up with an Ommegang Hennepin; this one is a Belgian-style Farmhouse Saison. Another winner. And while I was definitely enjoying my wine, I’m clearly much more intrigued by beer. Can you tell? 😉

Fitness
After reviewing that dinner, I’m really quite pleased that I got up for my workout Saturday morning! I hit up my Tone It Up girls for a couple of my toning faves – the Sandcastle workout and the Itty Bitty Bikini workout. Don’t let these names fool you.. it burns! Especially that total ab tone up at the end of Itty Bitty Bikini!

Tone It Up TIU Itty Bitty Bikini Workout Abs Toning Barr & Table What I Ate Wednesday WIAWTone It Up TIU Itty Bitty Bikini Workout Abs Toning Barr & Table What I Ate Wednesday WIAW

Tone It Up TIU Itty Bitty Bikini Workout Abs Toning Barr & Table What I Ate Wednesday WIAW

I paired that up with a favorite HIIT elliptical workout from SELF Magazine I was ready to hit the town!

Speak Up!

What’s your favorite type of cuisine? We love Mediterranean! Saturday was our first time trying Baba’s and we’ll definitely be back.

What I Ate Wednesday #8 – It’s Hot Out There!

Last weekend was a hot one. And calling it a “hot one” doesn’t even do it justice. I believe temperatures reached close to 110° with the heat index! Needless to say, we did not have a very eventful weekend trying to stay inside the whole time. It was a perfect mall day so we ventured out to Bass Pro Shops to fill up on some fishing equipment.

Nathan loves to fish and I, too, enjoy fishing. But I’m not sure Nathan always enjoys fishing with me. It goes a little something like this..

1. Nathan hooks the worm for me
2. I cast out
3. I catch a fish
4. I call Nathan over to take the fish off the hook for me because I do not want to touch that thing!
5a. Nathan throws the fish back in the water and hooks another worm for me
or
5b. I let the hook set for too long and the fish swallowed the hook so Nathan has to re-tie me on and hook another worm for me

What?! Don’t judge! (I also usually end up with a plastic worm after 2 or 3 times of Nathan having to hook a worm on.)

Now he thinks he can try to get me to go stream fishing with him. All of this happening while we’re walking through a stream? I’ll have to report back on how successful this is.

In the meantime, let’s get to my Saturday eats, shall we?

Barr & Table What I Ate Wednesday WIAW DuClaw Brewing Company Mysterium Tone It Up Protein Pancake TIU Bombshell Spell Chili Peanut Sauce

Breakfast
A pineapple protein pancake and bombshell spell courtesy of Tone It Up. Any surprise here? No? Great!

Lunch
Before our trip to Bass Pro Shops, we made a quick lunch stop at DuClaw Brewing Company. They are a brewing company out of Maryland that have a few brew pubs in the area. The foods good and the beer is great! The Mysterium is a Belgian-style spiced ale and I love it. Alright, so this may be Nathan’s beer, but I had a few sips! I also had a delicious strawberry salad with chicken.. definitely recommended!

Snack
Not pictured, but super tasty.. baby carrots and mango curry hummus from The Wild Pea. Once again, highly recommended! They have so many delicious flavors, both sweet and savory. Ever seen peanut butter chocolate chip hummus? Get on it!

Dinner
Look familiar? It’s my tilapia stir-fry with chili peanut sauce. And it was delicious! I’m planning on making a big batch of that sauce to have around for everything. So good! You should really try it 😉

And we’re talking fitness, eh? Well if you know anything about a Tone It Up girl, you know that we love our bootycalls!

If you just gasped, you clearly don’t know what a bootycall is!

I get up at least 45 minutes early every morning to get in some cardio and abs. It was rough when I first started, there’s no doubt, but now I can’t start my day without it! My favorite cardio workouts in the morning are typically pulled from the SELF Drop 10 Challenge, created by the lovely Tone It Up ladies themselves, Karena and Katrina.

Tone It Up TIU SELF Magazine Drop 10 Challenge HIIT Barr & Table

These cardio workouts are called HIIT, or High Intensity Interval Training. It’s such an awesome way to jump start your metabolism in the morning and burn more calories in a shorter amount of time than a regular steady cardio workout. If you’ve never tried a HIIT workout, definitely check it out. They’re all the rage! 😉

Speak Up!

What’s your favorite workout? Do you like to workout in the morning or the evening?

What I Ate Wednesday #7 – Sunday Brunch

Sundays are definitely one of my favorite days. Morning yoga in the park, hitting up the farmers market, and on some special Sundays, we do brunch.

One thing you need to know about Nathan and me is that we love deals. Groupon and Living Social are my best friend. So much so, that people poke fun at me for work.. “Oh, you’re going out to eat? What kinda deal did you get?” I have no problem with this because as a foodie, trying new restaurants (for half price, mind you) is nothing less than awesome!

This past Sunday’s brunch was at Lebanese Taverna. It may not have been a new restaurant to try, but we absolutely love the food there, so when a deal popped up for brunch, we were on that like white on rice! Or hummus on pita.. you choose 😉

I realized when I went to put this post together that I didn’t take pictures of any of my food from Sunday, except brunch sooo here’s a quick break down!

Breakfast
Cinnamon raisin protein oats & quinoa. This recipe is coming soon and you don’t want to miss it!

Brunch
Lebanese Taverna deliciousness!

Homemade Bread
This is important enough for it’s own line. Have you had their bread?! It is incredible.

Red Sangria
Pomegranate wine, triple sec, brandy, cinnamon, basil, apples, and plums. I would order that every time!

Barr & Table Lebanese Taverna Sunday Brunch Red Wine Sangria Apples Plums

Our Feast!
Hummus, Baba Ganoush, Lebanese Salad (cucumber, tomato, mint, & onion), Chicken Kabob, and Beef & Lamb Shwarma.

Barr & Table Lebanese Taverna Sunday Brunch Hummus Baba Ganoush Chicken Kabob Beef & Lamb Shwarma Cucumber Tomato Salad

Barr & Table Lebanese Taverna Sunday Brunch Hummus Baba Ganoush Chicken Kabob Beef & Lamb Shwarma Cucumber Tomato Salad

My favorite parts? The baba ganoush and beef & lamb shwarma. I could eat all of it. All day. Everyday.

Booza
An ice cream trio with Pistachio-Orange (my fave!), Vanilla Cardamom (Nathan’s fave!), and Honey (the overall crowd-pleaser.)

Barr & Table Lebanese Taverna Sunday Brunch Vanilla Cardamom Pistachio Honey Ice Cream Dessert

Clearly, it was too warm outside to let the ice cream pose for a picture, so naturally, we devoured it! Sorry. (Not really.)

Dinner
Leftover thai.. steamed bean thread noodles with fresh ginger, hu-nu, onions, carrots, baby corn, scallions,bean sprouts, pork, and bean sauce in a hot pot and a side of edamame. This comes from a place called Thai Arroy. It looks like a little whole-in-the-wall, but it is the best thai food in Baltimore!

Snack Time
Homemade peanut butter froyo. This is another recipe coming soon and definitely worth checking out! It’s so easy and much cheaper than going out 🙂

Barr & Table Homemade Peanut Butter Key Lime Pie Froyo Frozen Yogurt Almonds Carob Chips Chocolate Peanut Butter Chips

Like I said.. I didn’t do such a great job of taking pictures on Sunday, so now you’re subjected to a bad Instagramed phone picture. For this, I truly apologize.

Speak Up!

What’s your favorite Sunday tradition? Are you a Sunday brunch-er?

And don’t miss my giveaway; you have until tomorrow night to enter! You could win a case of the delicious CalNaturale Svelte! Yum!