What I Ate Wednesday #109: Fueling for Opening Day

Friends, today is a big day. It’s not just Wednesday. It’s opening day for Truve! It has certainly been a long process [and I wasn’t even around for much of it!] but that’s part of what makes opening so exciting. I can’t wait to work with my clients at a brand new facility with lots of new equipment that I haven’t had much of a chance to play with.. like kettlebells! Oooh my clients are going to hate me ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anywho, clearly yesterday I had to properly fuel myself for the occasion. You know, all that excitement really drains me. Ha!

[Breakfast]
Protein Egg White Oats Oatmeal Almond Peanut Butter
Tired of seeing this yet? Well, I’m certainly not tired of eating it! My new favorite thing, however, is to prep it the night before. Toss in a little extra almond milk in the morning and throw in the microwave for a few minutes and I’m good to go. I’m also loving sprinkling a little salt on top. Try it. Trust me.

[Mid-Morning Snack]
Think Thin Creamy Peanut Butter Protein Bar
All I wanted was peanut butter and chocolate. And thank goodness for my ThinkThin bars! So good.

[Lunch]
Kale Avocado Sweet Potato Turkey Burger Persimmon
Sunny day lunch outside is the best. A 20 lb [ok, that’s an exaggeration..] kale salad with Monday night’s turkey burger, sweet potato, snow peas, cucumber, and persimmon. A wonderful combo. Topped it off with a dark chocolate pretzel. I only bring 1 with me to work because I know if I bring more, I’ll eat ’em all!

[Afternoon Snack]
Unpictured: homemade ginger kombucha and peanut butter. Right outta the jar. Give me a spoon and I’m a dangerous gal!
Buffalo Popcorn
Still feeling snacky though, I went for some popcorn drizzled with buffalo sauce. Dang, that was a good choice.

[Dinner]
Pomegranate Chicken Brussels Sprouts Bacon Red Kuri Squash
Pomegranate chicken, bacon pom brussels, and roasted red kuri squash. Use your imagination to double the brussels and squash and that’s probably closer to what I actually ate ๐Ÿ˜‰ This was my first time having red kuri squash and it’s fabulous! So creamy and sweet. My last kabocha was dryer than dry so this definitely more than made up for that.

[Evening Snack]
Apple and 2 dark chocolate salted cashews. Again, if I don’t close the bag after 1 or 2 cashews, I’ll eat ’em all. Kind of like my spoon and PB jar issue.. or non-issue, depending on who you ask.

I think I’m properly fueled for tonight’s opening.. but just in case, you can expect more oatmeal, nut butters, and salad on the menu today ๐Ÿ˜‰

Food for Thought

What food is your weakness?
Have you ever salted your oatmeal?

My Top 5 Kitchen Staples

Yesterday I thought I had a fun idea to share my top 5 convenience foods that we keep around like the frozen turkey meatballs from Trader Joe’s. Ever had them? They’re pretty tasty, only 100 cals for 2 meatballs, and were only $2.99 for about 6 servings. It’s nice to have that kind of stuff around the house for an easy protein to throw into a salad or on a sandwich. Unfortunately for my list, I realized that it really stopped there, probably because I do have the time to make extras for leftovers! It’s true, I’d rather have my own homemade turkey meatballs or veggie burgers in the freezer ๐Ÿ™‚

Rather than sharing my favorite convenience foods, I thought I’d share the top 5 staples in my kitchen. Not a week goes by that these things aren’t purchased and often not a day goes by that I don’t use them!

  1. Eggs
    Eggs
    Between Nathan and I, we go through about 3 dozen eggs per week. Not ridiculous at all, right? Sometimes it’s less, but I guess this could also go under convenience. Don’t have another protein for your meal? Throw an egg on it! Or if you’re like me, throw an egg on your other protein anyway ๐Ÿ˜‰
  2. Peanut Flour
    Protein Plus Peanut Flour
    Protein Plus is my favorite brand of peanut flour and I honestly use it all the time [when I’m not using nut butters]. I mix it with a little water and stevia to make a dip for apples, drizzle on pancakes, and lately drizzle on popcorn too! Yesterday I made a ridiculously tasty peanut butter protein pizza for breakfast and added extra on top! You can get it from iHerb.com and if you use the code ZAF482 at checkout, you can get up to $10 off of your order.
  3. Leafy Greens
    Spinach Salad Cauliflower Crust PizzaThese days the leaf of choice is spinach. I go through my phases where all I want is kale but since I’m not in that phase right now and Nathan actually eats spinach, we stock up. Two big containers a week? No problem!
  4. Chicken
    Beer Citrus Glazed Chicken How Sweet It Is

    Beer Glazed Citrus Chicken – How Sweet It Is

    Baked Pesto Chicken Parmesan Iowa Girl Eats

    Baked Pesto Chicken Parmesan – Iowa Girl Eats

    Half Baked Harvest Jerk Chicken Fried Plantains Coconut Quinoa Macadamia Nuts

    Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Fried Plantain and Coconut Fried Quinoa with Macadamia Nuts – Half Baked Harvest

    Roast Chicken

    Nathan’s famous roast chicken

    You can always count on at least 2-3 chicken dinners per week at home. It’s one of the cheapest [meat] protein options out there and it’s so versatile. I’ve been having fun experimenting with all of the different recipes to change it up lately since Nathan is the chicken king. Boy could eat chicken all day, everyday!

  5. Hot Sauce
    Sriracha
    You realized that when I said hot sauce, I really meant Sriracha, right? I was never a big hot saucer growing up, other than Tiger Sauce, but within the past year, I’ve really grown to love Sriracha and it is often on the table with dinner [and lunch]. Nathan is also a Crystal man for his breakfasts so those are the 2 staples, but he likes to try all different kinds of hot sauces, just like I like to try all kinds of nut butters. To each his own ๐Ÿ˜‰
  6. BONUS! Crate & Barrel Glass Nesting Bowl Set
    Crate Barrel Glass Nesting Bowl Set
    Ok, so it’s not a super exciting bonus, but I LOVEEEEE these bowls! I got them as an engagement gift and I use at least 2 of the bowls per day. I think yesterday I used 4 or 5 haha. I also use one of the bigger bowls for my monster salads.

There are definitely other things that I use on a daily basis, but if you spend any time at home with me, you’re pretty much guaranteed to see these things pop up.

Food for Thought

What are your top kitchen staples?
Do you stock up on convenience foods too?

What I Ate Wednesday #69: My New Kitchen

I’m in love. Seriously, my new kitchen, while still a bit cluttered, is so wonderful. Maybe I’m excited about the granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, maybe I’m just plain excited to have a real kitchen again, or maybe it’s that I have a some extra time on my hands. Whatever it is, I’m really enjoying taking my time and putting together some pretty delicious meals these past few days.

It didn’t start out so pretty though..

STUFTmama Sweet Potato Naturade Chocolate Vegan Protein
I call this my STUFT mama-inspired lunch! The day before we got all of our furniture delivered, supplies were limited, including plates and utensils. Luckily I had some leftover sweet potato and a packet of Naturade VeganSmart Chocolate Shake which, with only a little water, I turned into this delicious-looking mess ๐Ÿ˜‰ Trust me, it tasted way better than it looks! Naturade sent me 2 packets of chocolate and 2 packets of chai; I would absolutely get the chocolate again. It has such a short ingredient list, low in sugar, and chock full of [20g] protein!

Since then, I’ve made some pretty colorful, tasty salads.

Kale Avocado Hemp Seeds Wildbrine Squash Brussels Sprouts

Kale Cabbage Sugar Snap Peas Tomatoes Carrots Roasted Corn Hemp Seed Sriracha Avocado Honey Mustard

And obviously I had to roast up some squash and brussels sprouts for our first dinner here! I also made honey sriracha chicken which turned out great even though I fudged half of the ingredients.

Honey Sriracha Chicken Squash Brussels Sprouts

AND!! I broke out my brand new spiralizer for a chicken stir-fry with tomatoes, broccoli, red onion, garlic, and white wine. Topped with shredded gouda, of course. Got Nathan to eat zucchini so I’d say that’s a win for me!

Spiralized Zucchini Noodles Chicken Tomato Gouda Broccoli

I’m super excited to try spiralizing more veggies! It was so fast and easy, I think this is really going to become a thing around here. If you need me, I’ll be spending some time over at Inspiralized ๐Ÿ˜‰

Food for Thought

Are you a sweet or savory sweet potato fan?
Have you ever used a spiralizer?

This is a sponsored post from 4sponsor.com with my unbised thoughts. Naturade sent me these products for free to for an unpaid review.

What I Ate Wednesday #68: Blog Life

People outside of the blogosphere definitely don’t understand it. Telling my parents I was meeting up with another blogger for lunch boggled their minds and I found it pretty funny. There are seriously so many bloggers in the San Francisco Bay Area and I was excited to be able to workout a meet up with Gina from Health, Love and Chocolate.

We were looking for a halfway point to meet and she suggested Sprout Cafe in Palo Alto. One look at the build-your-own salad menu and I was sold! I’m basically sold on any build-your-own salad place, but Sprout has so many fun options [especially the premium ingredients ;)] And seeing Gina’s picture of her dinner salad the other night, I knew she wouldn’t take me to a bad place!

Sprout Cafe Kale Salad
I loaded up on kale and topped it with edamame, kaiware sprouts, watermelon radish, farro, golden raisins, toasted peanuts [love!], avocado, roasted brussels and butternut squash [obviously..], grilled portabella, and since I couldn’t decide on a dressing, I got the miso sesame dressing and lemon tarragon vinaigrette on the side. Is that the longest salad description you’ve ever seen or what?! Haha I was in heaven! And just to note, the lemon tarragon dressing was the clear winner, but you know I’m a fan of lemon tarragon. I think Gina went just as crazy on her salad too ๐Ÿ™‚

Health Love Chocolate Gina
Her salad was so pretty from the beets.. but I’ll just have to go back and add that to my salad too. Obviously we talked a lot about food.. as we ate lunch.. and she mentioned a yogurt place called Fraiche. They make their own European-style yogurt in house and not only can you get the plain yogurt fat free, low fat, and whole fat, they also add flavors to it and make their own frozen yogurt! It just so happens that I’ve been craving frozen yogurt [when am I not?] so after we finished up our lunches and chatted a bit, we made our way over to Fraiche.

Oreo Cookie Froyo Granola Dried Fruit Compote Fraiche
I always go for the kiddie cup even though I know I could have eaten a large! I got the oreo cookie yogurt, which surprisingly, was not too sweet, and topped it with granola and dried fruit compote. It was SO good and the perfect treat after a nice, big salad. And it just so happens that there is another closer Fraiche location in San Francisco. I don’t think Nathan will put up too big of a fight if I have to drag him over there.

It was so nice to have the chance to meet up with Gina. She’s such a sweet girl and it’s great to find people with similar interests. I guess that’s what you get from the wonderful world of blogger ๐Ÿ™‚

Food for Thought

Have you met up with people that you’ve met online?
Which salad toppings would you choose?

What I Ate Wednesday #67: Beaches and Salmon and Noodles, OH MY!

Happy New Year! I’ll be recapping our crazy night soon, but until then..

It wouldn’t be a Brittany and Nathan weekend without a road trip. And while they’re usually perfectly planned out, this trip took a bit of a turn and we just had to roll with the punches. Did you know that people will park 1.5+ miles away from Muir Woods to get in?! Yea.. we didn’t. Apparently we should have gotten there at the break of dawn. Luckily, we had planned on heading to Stinson Beach after Muir Woods so we just went straight to the beach! [Tough life, I know.]

We did make a couple stops along the way to check out the incredible views.

Bay View

Stunning pull off from the highway.

Muir Beach Lookout

I liked the view here too ๐Ÿ˜‰

After a breathtaking [nerve wracking] drive on the cliff’s edge, we made it to Stinson Beach and broke out our lunch that we picked up from Berkeley Bowl [<– that place is awesome!!]. They had so many options and we will definitely be going back there for quick lunches on the go!

Hers

Berkeley Bowl Kale Salad Lemon Salmon

Kale and cabbage salad with baked lemon salmon and sesame dressing.

His

Berkeley Bowl Porchetta Sandwich

Porchetta and pesto sandwich on foccacia.

Perfect beach lunch followed by a nice walk. I know that whenever I go anywhere with Nathan, we’re going to be doing a ton of walking!

Stinson Beach

Oh hey there city!

We decided to give Muir Woods another shot on our way back, but unfortunately it was still a no-go. Change of plans.. off to Tiburon and time for a brew ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anchor Steam Sams Anchor Cafe Tiburon

We’ve dubbed this the “West Coast Yuengling”

Heading back, we hit a bit of traffic so we decided to hit up a new dinner spot. Anything that involves chopsticks is always Nathan-approved and Ramen Shop has gotten some awesome reviews. And for good reason!

Ramen Shop Kitchen

Bar seats with open kitchens are the best!

Ramen Shop Pickles

Pickles: Sansho cabbage, namasu, turmeric daikon, eggplant chutney,
and black Spanish radish with kombu.

The pickle plate was a great, light way to start. The eggplant chutney and turmeric daikon were my favorites. I loved the curry flavors on the eggplant and the daikon had a light sweetness.. and anything sweet is good in my book ๐Ÿ˜‰

Neither of us had ever had ramen before.. except the out of a styrofoam bowl, and we will definitely be back for more!

Hers

Ramen Shop Veggie Shoyu Meyer Lemon

Veggie shoyu meyer lemon ramen with maitake mushrooms, salt-cured egg, romanesco, cauliflower, squash, broccoli di ciccio, and mizuna.

His

Ramen Shop Black Sesame Miso Pork

Kogashi miso ramen with ground pork belly, shoyu-marinated egg,
King Richard leeks, and red cabbage.

I totally won this one. The flavors were light and refreshing but perfect for a chilly night. Plus there was squash and a soft-boiled egg. How could that be bad?! Nathan’s ramen bowl was delicious too but definitely had a heavier, fuller flavor. Neither of us were able to finish our dinners, but leftovers are always welcome in our home.

Even though we had to adjust our plans on the go, I’d say this turned out to be a wonderfully successful day. And a tasty way to kick off the new year!

Stinson Beach Brittany Nathan

Happy New Year!!

Food for Thought

How did you spend your New Years Eve?

Link Love #17

Looks like we’re getting back into the swing of things around here! So glad I’ve been able to catch up on my blog reading again and share my faves with all of you.

Health

Rebel Dieting - Rebel Dietitian via Kath Eats Real Food

Rebel Dieting – Rebel Dietitian via Kath Eats Real Food

Rebel Dieting – Rebel Dietitian via Kath Eats Real Food
Ditch Elimination Diets. Take the 30 Day Addition Diet Challenge Instead. – Nia Shanks
What Your Junk Food Cravings Are Really Telling You – Organic Authority
Weighty Wednesday – Avocado Athlete
what you can when you can (AKA #wycwyc). – MizFit

Fitness

Why Bodyweight Is Heavy Enough - Lifting Revolution

Why Bodyweight Is Heavy Enough – Lifting Revolution

Why Bodyweight Is Heavy Enough – Lifting Revolution
Bodyweight HIIT Workout You Can Do at Home with No Equipment – Trainer Paige
Fitting Fitness in During the Busiest Time of the Year – Jamie Walker via HuffPost Healthy Living
6 Important Muscles Exercisers Ignore – HuffPost Healthy Living
Wake-Up Workout – Tina Reale

Food

Banana Bread Macaroons Empowered Sustenance

Banana Bread Macaroons – Empowered Sustenance

Banana Bread Macaroons – Empowered Sustenance
Edible Gift: Gingerbread Chocolate Chunk Granola – Fit Foodie Finds
Brussels Sprout + Avocado Winter Rolls with Grapefruit Hoisin Dipping Sauce – Half Baked Harvest
Healthy No-Bake Coconut Bars – Eating Bird Food
All Things Kale – Peachy Palate

Food for Thought

What was your favorite post from the past week?

What I Ate Wednesday #63: Going ALL Out!

This past weekend was one for the books. We crossed off a couple more places from the bucket list and then some! It was our second-to-last weekend in the city so we had to take advantage as much as possible and it was so much fun.

Of Love and Regret

Love this place. As I mentioned in my bucket list post, we had been here before but wanted to head back once more and I’m so glad we did. The food is always fabulous and the drinks didn’t disappoint either.

Old Mans Hatten Of Love and Regret Baltimore Maryland MD

The Old Man’s “Hatten” – bourbon, cochi di torino vermouth, aperol, luxardo cherry garnish, rocks

Saison Darkly Stillwater Of Love and Regret Baltimore Maryland MD

Saison Darkly – Brewed with dark malts and burnt sugars then lightly spiced with rose hips, hibiscus, & schisandra berries

Vegetarian Bahn Mi Of Love and Regret Baltimore Maryland MD

Vegetarian Bahn Mi Burrito – seared Asian Pรขtรฉ (black beans, barley, scallions, & ginger), South Asian slaw, Sriracha sweet chili aioli, fresh basil & cilantro, wrapped in a grilled whole wheat tortilla + a baked sweet potato

Nathan surprised me and sprung for dessert. He usually doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth and this one was delicious.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Of Love and Regret Baltimore Maryland MD

Pumpkin Cheesecake with chocolate sauce and goat cheese caramel

Bluegrass Tavern

Another place that we’ve been to a couple times that didn’t make it on the bucket list post, but I knew we had to go back for Nathan. They make a smoked fried chicken to die for! It’s the perfect combination of smoke and crunch, plus they topped it with crispy brussels!

I was worried my Apple Cobbler cocktail would be too sweet but the bourbon balanced it nicely. I’d highly recommend anything that comes with a bourbon-soaked apple ๐Ÿ˜‰

Apple Cobbler Bourbon Bluegrass Tavern Baltimore Maryland MD

Apple Cobbler Bourbon Cocktail

Charcuterie Sausage Rabbit Terrine Bluegrass Tavern Baltimore Maryland MD

Charcuterie & Cheese Plate – Homemade Garlicwurst, Rabbit Black Truffle Terrine, Sharp Cows Milk Cheese, Pickled Okra, & Chutney

Kale Salmon Lemon Shallot Salad Bluegrass Tavern Baltimore Maryland MD

Kale salad with goat cheese, shallots, fennel, grilled salmon, & lemon vinaigrette

Smoked Fried Chicken Mashed Potatoes Brussels Sprouts Bluegrass Tavern Baltimore Maryland MD

Smoked Fried Chicken with crispy brussels sprouts over garlic mashed potatoes

Lexington Market

FINALLY! Lexington Market is a Baltimore staple. Everyone I know that doesn’t even live in Baltimore has been to Lexington Market so I had to go and it was so worth it! On top of the crab cake, I also had a couple raw oysters [best I’ve ever had!] and a fresh Berger cookie. The chocolate literally melted in my mouth. You should really order some.. they’re worth every penny [and calorie].

Faidley Seafood Lexington Market Baltimore Maryland MD

Faidley Seafood – Lexington Market

This place is no frills. Just the way it should be.

Faidleys Lexington Market Crab Cake

The famous crab cake from Faidley Seafood with pickled beets and cucumber salad.

The Food Market

This wasn’t an official bucket list place either since I was lucky enough to have a catered work brunch, but when my family wanted to get together for brunch, I figured it would be a good choice. Plus, I need to get all the blue crab I can before we go.

Crab Benedict The Food Market Hampden Baltimore Maryland MD

Crab Benedict – Homemade whole wheat english muffin, crab cakes, poached eggs, & potatoes

I guess you could say I really ate my way through the weekend. Every bite was fabulous and so much fun.. though the best part was all of the time I got to spend with my family. It was the perfect way to break up all of the packing!

Food for Thought

What food is your hometown known for?

Link Love #14

Congrats to the giveaway winner, Lauren! Please email me at Brittany@BarrAndTable.com with your mailing address to claim your prize!

Now it’s time for some more link love.. the internet is a wonderful place, yes? ๐Ÿ™‚

Health

4 Reasons Your Gluten-Free Diet is Keeping You Miserable - Sarah Kay Hoffman

4 Reasons Your Gluten-Free Diet is Keeping You Miserable – Sarah Kay Hoffman

4 Reasons Your Gluten-Free Diet is Keeping You Miserable – Sarah Kay Hoffman
I Need Five Wake Up Calls Daily – Olive to Run
One Thing at a Time – Wellness Today
I Got Six-Pack Abs in Six Weeks. Here’s How I Feel One Year Later. – Derek Flanzraich via Greatist
10 Reasons Why You’re Not Getting Results in the Gym – FitKnitChick

Fitness

Work It Out: 15 Minutes Is All It Takes - Sprint 2 the Table

Work It Out: 15 Minutes Is All It Takes – Sprint 2 the Table

Work It Out: 15 Minutes Is All It Takes – Sprint 2 the Table
Swing It WOD – Blonde Ponytail
5 Workouts to Help Increase Speed – Tina Reale
Slow Ascent Workout: Negatives In November – Lifting Revolution

Food

Persian Eggplant Dip MinimalistBaker.com

Creamy Eggplant & Caramelized Onion Dip – Minimalist Baker

Creamy Eggplant & Caramelized Onion Dip – Minimalist Baker
Toasted Brazil & Coconut Butter – The Smart Kitchen
Brussels Sprout & Sunchoke Salad – Love & Lemons
Quinoa, Kale, and Bacon Stuffed Butternut Squash – Rachel Cooks
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Lentil Blondies – Ambitious Kitchen

Food for Thought

What was your favorite post from the past week?

What I Ate Wednesday #61: A Day in the Life

Have you entered my thinkThin giveaway yet?

It’s been a while since I’ve gone through a full day’s worth of my eats as opposed to my fun dinners out so I figured now is a good time to do just that! Although these meals aren’t exactly the prettiest, I think they’ve been pretty darn tasty!

Breakfast

Protein TVP Oats Nut-tritious Foods Nut Butter Micheles Granola

Possibly the best ever.

My favorite protein TVP oats topped with some winnings! A couple months ago I won some amazing Nut-Tritious Foods nut butters from Kelsey. This batch of oats is topped with 1 tsp cashew butter, 1 tsp almond butter, and 1 tsp chocolate-hazelnut butter. And of course my apple quinoa granola from Michele’s!

Mid-Morning Snack
I made my own fruit on the bottom with frozen blueberries!

Homemade Blueberry Fruit on the Bottom Greek Yogurt

Frozen fruit on the bottom..

And then it froze some of my yogurt too.. ha. Whoops!

Blueberry Greek Yogurt Dark Chocolate Cherry Soyjoy

All mixed up and topped with a little dark chocolate cherry crumble!

It was quite good, though, once I mixed it up and crumbled a little dark chocolate cherry Soyjoy bar on top!

Lunch

Kale Buffalo Carrots Beets Avocado Dr Praegers California Veggie Burger Cucumber Tomato Caesar Crunchy Peas

This is the most attractive salad you’ve ever seen. I know.

I always thought frozen veggie burgers were gross until I actually tried some [go figure..]. This is a Dr. Praeger’s California veggie burger and I must say I love it! I also love those little crunchy peas on top.. way better than croutons, if you ask me [you did. I heard you.] The dressing combo was a little buffalo sauce and a drizzle of caesar. It was a good one!

Afternoon Snack

thinkThin Crunch Blueberry Mixed Nuts

Blueberry nutty goodness!

I love these crunchy bars! They have a pretty short list of ingredients and are just slightly sweet. They’re also good when I’m looking for something a little lighter and not totally packed with protein if I’m not working out at night.

Dinner

Jalapeno Sweet Potato Turkey Chili Asparagus Tomato

I swear, there’s chili under there!

You may recall I made this healthy jalapeno sweet potato chili a couple months ago. Well, it made A TON and I happily froze 3 containers of it. Now that we’re moving, I’ve been defrosting and eating this a lot. This was actually my last bowl of it, topped with some more of my favorite veggies [prepared by my loving husband.. love when he cooks!]

Evening Snack

Fuji Apple

Apples are my fave!

I think we’re getting to the end of apple season because my apples have been getting less and less crisp. I guess that means it’s time to bake with them! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Food for Thought

Could you eat the same thing for breakfast, lunch, or dinner for days at a time?

What is your favorite fruit?

A Marvelous Countdown + a Giveaway!

Monday again, huh? Well, the countdown is on; I officially have 15 days of work left. I’m taking the week of Thanksgiving off completely to finish packing, get my life in order, and spend time with my family. I can’t believe we’re moving this month! In the meantime, I’ve been taking time to relax and get some quality time in with some of my favorite people.

Friday night, Nathan had plans after work so I took some much needed me-time. And I also spent it with my friend Jim..

Jim Beam Bourbon Orange Juice Seltzer

Jim Beam with a little OJ and seltzer water. Making Caitlin proud ๐Ÿ˜‰

I also whipped up a little roasted goodness topped with a fried egg. Because what goes better with OJ than eggs?!

Brussels Sprouts Sweet Potato Egg Yolk

Spinach, roasted brussels, sweet potato, and an egg. Nothing better.

Saturday we had lunch at Duclaw, a local brew pub. They recently revamped their menu and I couldn’t pass up their new Wilted Kale Quinoa Salad with grilled chicken.. even after asking the waitress’s opinion of it. She feels strongly that kale is best used as a garnish and not to be eaten.. cracked me up!

Duclaw Quinoa Kale Salad

I like to eat garnishes.

Saturday night we went out to World of Beer with my cousin, Nicole, and her boyfriend, Kirk. They recently moved here from Pittsburgh and I’m so sad we haven’t had more time together before Nathan and I head out!

World of Beer

Just the beginning of the shenanigans that night!

This location just opened up a few weeks ago so we had to give it a shot. Word to the wise – stick to the beer and appetizers. The rest of the food is a BIG miss! Not to worry though, the party continued back at our place and we had so much fun [read: the boys went to Royal Farms for fried chicken and western fries at midnight.]

Sunday was for lunch, a little cousin’s birthday party, and baking prep. We went to Seasons 52 for lunch as a treat on our way to the birthday party. Nathan and I had only been there once before and really enjoyed it. Their presentations are beautiful, but I have to admit, I left a little hungry. I am known for making ridiculously huge salads though..

Seasons 52 Ahi Tuna Salad

Maui Tuna Crunch Salad – sushi-grade seared tuna, organic greens, pineapple,
toasted almonds, miso vinaigrette

Onto the birthday party.. Nathan really knows how to get down to a 6-year-old’s gymnastics party! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Gymnastics Balance Beam

I’m so proud!

After we got home, I had to do some prep work which involved chocolate chip cookies. I referred back to my throwdown experience and made a batch of the New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies. I rolled them into mini cookie balls and popped them into the freezer to save for my future baking. However, I should have made a half batch because this ended up making over 100 mini cookie balls!

New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies

CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES FOR DAYS!!

Good thing chocolate chip cookies are easy to get rid of. I think I might have some lucky coworkers next week! ๐Ÿ™‚

And now what you’ve been waiting for.. the giveaway! I was contacted by thinkThin [one of my most favorite protein bar companies] about doing a giveaway and since I love these bars so much, I had to share them with all of you! Pretty marvelous, huh? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Click here to enter the giveaway and win some tasty treats!

Food for Thought

Did you do anything fun over the weekend?