What I Ate Wednesday #73: A Quick Recap

Have you entered my Peanut Butter & Co. giveaway yet?

I have to be honest, I don’t have much sugar to coat yesterday. It was just one of those not-so-awesome homesick kinda days. But like I told my mom, at least my food was good! When you’re someone that enjoys good food, that counts for something, right? Right. So let’s get to it, shall we?

[Breakfast]

Sweet Potato Cashew Butter Pancake

Beautiful, no? 😉

I found these quick, 3-ingredient pancake recipes on Whitney’s blog the other day and just happened to have half of a sweet potato leftover from Monday night’s dinner. I played around a bit, adding some spinach, a couple peanut butter chips, and doing 2 egg whites instead of 1 egg. Of course it was topped with more coconut cashew butter and chips. Heavenly.

[Lunch]

Bev Cooks Chipotle Black Bean Burger Homemade Almond Flour Sandwich Thins

You know it’s homemade when it falls apart more and more with each bite!

Monday night I made chipotle black bean burgers and they were awesome [even Nathan approved]! I was feeling a sandwich for lunch and decided to whip up some almond flour sandwich thins. I made a half batch [12 total at 2 tbsp per thin] and they turned out great. I layered up some kale, red pepper, chipotle ketchup, a little parmesan, and avocado with my burger and pretty much ended up scooping everything off the plate by the end haha.

[Afternoon Snack]

Chocolate Brownie Quest Bar Coconut Cashew Butter

It’s hard to make this look pretty..

The chocolate brownie Quest bar baked in the oven at 375 for 5-10 minutes honestly tastes like a brownie. And brownies need coconut cashew butter, right? I think I need to find the Cookies N Cream bars!

[Dinner]

Healthier Cincinnati Chicken Chili Half Baked Harvest Zucchini Noodles

Alright, not the prettiest again.. really tasty though!

The recipes from Half Baked Harvest have been on my weekly menu for weeks now. They’ve pretty much all been winners and this one pot Cincinnati chili is no different. I made it early in the day, let it simmer on the stove for a few hours, and added some frozen roasted corn and kale at the end. I served it over zucchini noodles and threw some cashews on top. So easy and so many leftovers!

[Evening Snack]
An apple. Again.. and a few PB M&Ms because they’re the best.

Food for Thought

Are you a Quest bar fan?
Is there a blogger that you’ve found and consistently loved their recipes?

Will Run for Beer

Have you entered my Peanut Butter & Co. giveaway yet?

Well this was another relaxing and fun weekend! Friday night I met up with Kara for a drink at Prizefighter. I hadn’t been yet but heard that they were known for their cocktails. Since it was rainy, I was feeling something nice and warming and opted for the Nuevo Viejo.

Prizefighter Summer Summer Tone It Up TIU

I could use some help on my cropping skills.

We met up with Nathan at Summer Summer for some delicious Thai food for dinner. And lucky for us, they had a good amount of options on the happy hour menu.. cheap date 😉

Saturday was pretty laid back. It’s been raining constantly since Thursday so that doesn’t really make for fun times outside. We went out again for dinner to get out of the house and revisited The Bureau 510. I got the Mother Nature sandwich that I was eying the first time and it was great.

Mother Nature Tofu Vegetarian Wrap Bureau 510

Grilled tofu, avocado, alfalfa, onion, red pepper spread, butter lettuce, lavash whole grain

I also got an awesome package from Caitlin and immediately had to dig into my goodies!

Cait Plus Ate Quest GoMacro Bar

She’s the best!

GoMacro Bar Trader Joes Peanut Butter M&Ms

Greek yogurt mixed with TJ’s chocolate coconut milk ice cream, topped with a sunbutter GoMacro bar and a few PB M&Ms. Perfect night time treat!

Yesterday I braved the rain and met up with Melissa, another Tone It Up-per, for the Park Chalet Beer 5K. Being sick all week, I considered skipping out because running in the rain may not be the best idea, but I was feeling much better so I decided to give it a go and I’m so glad I did!

Buffalo Golden Gate Park San Francisco

We met some friends along the way

I’m usually not one for enjoying the rain, but there was actually something nice about it. Maybe because I was actually treating this as the fun-run that it was so I was just taking it all in. But that definitely deserved a brewski [or 2] afterward!

Park Chalet City Beer 5K Run

Cheers to finishing the run!

Those beers really did me in and I was happy to get home and into warm, dry clothes. Nathan took the reigns on dinner and roasted a beautiful bird! I added some roasted asparagus and naan on the side and heated up some korma sauce. Indian in a snap 😉

Roast Chicken

He knows his way around a bird!

Weekly Meal Plan

Saturday – Went out
Sunday – Roast chicken, asparagus, & naan with korma sauce
MondayChipotle black bean burgers, roasted potatoes, & side salad
TuesdayHealthier Cincinnati chili over zucchini noodles
Wednesday – Leftover roast chicken with panzanella salad
ThursdayBlack rice salad bowl with chipotle orange chicken, cashews, & feta [a repeat from last week!]
Friday – Valentines Day! We always work together on dinner and dessert and we’re still discussing our options.

We also have a new addition to the kitchen.. now we just have to hang it!

Chalkboard Weekly Menu

I could use some help with my chalkboard handwriting!

But now we won’t have to check the blog for reminders on the menu 😉

Food for Thought

Have you ever done a race or fun run in the rain?
What’s on the menu at your house?

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]?