Five Things Friday

Weird, it’s feels like Tuesday. I guess that’s what happens when you have visitors mid-week. I swear, I never knew what day it was when my parents were here!

  1. I had my coffee date with my mom yesterday. We skyped.. it’s certainly not the same as meeting at Peet’s but it’s better than nothing. Mmm those almond milk lattes are tasty..
  2. I feel like a normal human being again. After a full day of eating like normal and drinking tons of water, my body only hates me a little bit. Ha! Kombucha and veggies are definitely my friends.
    Hibiscus Ginger Grapefruit Reeds Kombucha

    One of my faves.

    Spinach Hemp Seed Avocado Shrimp Carrots Sugar Snap Peas Tomato

    Gimme all the veggies!

  3. A super special email came through my inbox yesterday congratulating me on being accepted into the FitFluential Ambassador program! I’m really excited to have the opportunity to work with such an awesome company and be a part of an amazing community.
    FitFluential Is Fitness Found
  4. My new favorite way to keep gulping down water all day? A few drops of orange stevia. I honestly didn’t know what I was going to do with so much stevia at first, but now I can’t stop! I probably go through at least 15 travel mugs worth per day now.

    NuNaturals Stevia

    Peppermint water, anyone?

  5. Meal planning kind of went by the wayside while my parents were here. It’s been a good 2 weeks since I’ve had a solid plan but that’s going to change. Gimme all the sales and fun recipes! I’m making a game plan today for next week and it’s going to be good 😉 If you’re looking for help with weekly meal planning, send me an email!

That’s about it for this gal. I definitely will be taking the weekend to sleep in and relax. We only vacation at one speed and we’re beat!

Food for Thought

How do you go back to “normal” after indulging for a few days?

My First Attempt at Meal Planning

Happy Monday! Hopefully you’re all as lucky as Nathan to have off for the holiday. I know I’m happy to have him around for an extra day!

Saturday we planned on loading up on groceries and really stocking up our fridge and pantry with some of the basics. I’d say between Sam’s Club and Berkeley Bowl, we did a pretty darn good job. I also made my very first meal plan for the week [Saturday-Friday] so we had a pretty definitive list to go by which was so helpful! In between all of the shopping, we stopped for lunch at Pyramid Alehouse.

Pyramid Brewing Co

It isn’t a brew pub trip if there isn’t a flight of beer!

After lunch, we walked around a bit to explore the area and just so happened to have walked by San Francisco Creamery Co. I’m a sucker for homemade ice cream so I had to convince Nathan to split their smallest size of Apple Pie ice cream with me. Their sizes were described as “the size of a baseball or the size of a softball.” Holy moly that was the tastiest baseball I’ve ever had!

San Francisco Creamery Co Apple Pie

Chock full of pie crust and chunks of apple!

We finished stocking up on groceries for the day and made our way home for a relaxing rest of the day and a night in. I was excited to get started on dinner since it was the first night of my weekly menu! I had so much fun putting the menu together from all of my pins and I can’t wait to see how everything turns out.

SaturdayBaked Turkey Meatballs with leftover pesto gouda smashed potatoes & zucchini noodles

Joy the Baker Baked Turkey Meatballs Zucchini Noodles Pesto Gouda Smashed PotatoesThe other day I found a spicy smokey chipotle bbq sauce from Marshall’s for $1. I figured if it was terrible, it was only $1, but we both loved it! I adjusted the meatball recipe to make bbq meatballs instead of tomato sauce and this dinner was a big hit!

Sunday – Roast chicken, roasted potatoes & broccoli, & pea shoots.

Roasted Chicken Potatoes Broccoli Pea Shoots

We originally planned on doing a whole roasted chicken at home but since we were going to Sam’s Club anyway, we couldn’t pass up the $5 roast chicken. All the deliciousness and none of the work 😉 And we were so happy to find pea shoots at the store and they were stupidly easy to make and so light and tasty. We will definitely be loading up on these again!

Monday – Roasted portabello tacos with spicy mango slaw & chunky guacamole.
TuesdaySlow cooker ginger and orange glazed pot roast with roasted asparagus & potatoes.
WednesdayPretzel crusted chicken and brussels sprouts with wheat berries & dried cranberries. – Nathan isn’t a big quinoa fan and I love the extra bite that wheat berries have. I’m excited for this one!
ThursdayJamaican jerk chicken, fried plantain, & coconut fried quinoa with macadamia nuts. – He is definitely excited for this one and has been asking when I’m going to make it since I first showed him the recipe!
FridayCauliflower crust pizza. – I’ve seen so many recipes for this but have yet to try it. Friday is pizza night, right?

That’s a lot of food! I’m well aware that we might have to take a look mid-week and decide if we’re going to swap one or two recipes out for a night of leftovers, but hey, it’s only the first week of this and it’s been successful so far. I also want to make sure there are plenty of leftovers for Nathan to take to work with him for lunches and it definitely looks like he will. I’m pretty darn excited to get cooking this week!

I also have to mention how excited I am about my special delivery on Friday!

A Loving Spoon Honey Vanilla Bourbon Peanut ButterNot only is this peanut butter incredible, but so are the story and the girl behind the company. I’m so excited to have won a sample of it and I can’t wait to try other flavors. Thanks, Sarah!

This is going to be a good week, I can feel it 🙂

Food for Thought

What is your dessert weakness?
Are you a weekly meal-planner?