Pumpkin Recipe Round Up

I have to be honest, this past weekend may very well have been one of the least exciting weekends in a long time. Nathan had to work, I had to work, and Friday night was spent exploring Costco thanks to our LivingSocial deal. If that doesn’t sound like an old married couple, I don’t know what does! So because the highlights of my weekend included a brief dinner outing Saturday night and sitting my butt on the sofa yesterday, I decided I’d jump on the pumpkin wagon and share some of my favorite pumpkin recipes and the ones I can’t wait to make.

Pumpkin Pancakes Nosh and Nourish

Pumpkin Pancakes – Nosh and Nourish

Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins Eating Bird Food

Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins – Eating Bird Food

Pumpkin Pie Butter Cups Healthy Nibbles and Bits

Pumpkin Pie Butter Cups – Healthy Nibbles and Bits

Protein Pumpkin Bars Moni Meals

Protein Pumpkin Bars – Moni Meals

And if you need even more of an excuse to start some pumpkin spicing it up in the kitchen, Taylor from Lifting Revolution wrote a great post last week about the nutritional benefits of pumpkin spice [and included a killer recipe!] My Trader Joe’s hadn’t gotten their pumpkin shipment in the last time I checked but you better believe I’ll be stocking up as soon as they do.. along with everyone else! But hey, I’ve got a list to make my way through and I think you should do the same.

Weekly Meal Plan

Sunday – Chipotle balsamic chicken with grilled romaine, caramelized onions, and blistered tomatoes
Monday – Rotisserie chicken [Costco what what!] with maple sriracha brussels sprouts
TuesdayGreek Chicken Souvlaki and Cauli Rice Plates with Marinated Veggies – Half Baked Harvest
Wednesday – Leftovers
Thursday – Roasted chicken thighs & roasted eggplant with turmeric yogurt sauce
Friday – Out!
Saturday – Leftovers

Food for Thought

Have you jumped on the pumpkin bandwagon yet?
What’s on your menu this week?

A Little Tuesday Lovin’

Just wanted to pop in quickly and share a bunch of links that have caught my eye over the past week. I’m really enjoying putting these lists together; it’s made me realize how many awesome things come out each day on the internet! Hope you enjoy!

Health

Capital Kombucha Relay Foods

Capital Kombucha from Relay Foods

What is Kombucha, anyway? – Relay Foods [Get $30 off your first order of $50 or more!]
Renderings: San Francisco Giants to plant the first-ever edible garden in a major American sports facility – Inside Scoop SF
Which Nut Milk is Right for You? – Integrative Nutrition
Lab-grown meat is here – but will vegetarians eat it? – NBC News
Work It Out: Is Fruit Bad? – Sprint 2 the Table
My take on: Flax, chia, juice cleanses, green smoothies & juicing – Balanced Bites

Food

Cookie + Kate Greek Farro and Chick Pea Salad with Herbed Yogurt

Greek Farro and Chickpea Salad with Herbed Yogurt – Cookie + Kate

Greek Farro and Chickpea Salad with Herbed Yogurt – Cookie + Kate
Savory Miso Broccoli + Spiced Lentil Power Plate – Lunch Box Bunch
Brussels Sprout Salad with Walnuts, Cherries & Bacon – So… Let’s Hangout
Raw Almond Butter Cups – Oh She Glows

Fitness

Blonde Ponytail At Home Workout

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail

Move It Monday: Getting PHAT – Tina Reale
Post Pregnancy Fitness & a Workout – Blonde Ponytail
The Secret to Running FasterRun Lady Like via Olive to Run

Food for Thought

What posts have been on your radar in the past week?

Foodie Friday: Relay Foods and a Winner!

Hi friends, happy Friday! It’s about time, right? 😉 I’m excited to share a few fun things with you today!

A while back, I was contacted by Relay Foods about reviewing their services. If you’re not familiar with Relay, they are a grocery delivery company based in Charlottesville, VA that concentrates on providing the freshest ingredients from local stores, restaurants, and farms. Why would I say no to this? I have to go grocery shopping anyway and these were delivered to my door!

And the best part? I placed my order the Thursday before my wedding and had everything delivered the day we got home from the honeymoon [how stinkin’ convenient is that?!]. It was a Tuesday and I knew that we would be in no mood to go to the store for a few days. We had enough food to get us through the rest of the week. It was perfect!

Relay Foods Grocery Home Delivery

Totally psyched for my delivery!

Their website is so intuitive and easy to navigate which makes an already easy process that much easier.

Relay Foods Local Organic Grocery Home Delivery

I placed an order for many of our staples; broccoli, kale, asparagus, tomatoes, apples, etc, along with a half share Virginia’s Bounty Basket. The bounty basket changes weekly based upon what is in season and the freshest ingredients that can be provided. Our box was filled with collards, zucchini, lettuces, and some of the best beets and strawberries I’ve had in a long time!

Relay Foods Virginias Bounty Basket Strawberries

Local strawberries

I was such a happy camper! The strawberries made for delicious snacks for days and these were the beets that got me on my roasting kick [and it’s still kicking!]

Now for the fun stuff.. you may have noticed the Relay banner on the right side of my site. I’m so excited to announce that I am a Relay Affiliate!

So what does that mean for you?

It means that if you place an order by clicking here or on the banner, you will receive $30 off of your $50 on your first order! Seriously, it doesn’t get much better than $30 of free groceries!

What a wonderful company, thank you so much, Relay Foods!

And if that’s not enough, I have a Chobani winner!

Congratulations to Jeffrey Lammers! Please email me at Brittany@BarrAndTable.com to claim your prize!

Food for Thought

Have you ever tried a grocery delivery service? If you have, were you satisfied with the results?

If you haven’t, why not? And what would make you want to try one?

What I Ate Wednesday #39: A Weekend of Good

I’ve been loving having the past few weekends free of wedding planning. It has definitely been nice to take my good old time with everything and not have to make it to 100 appointments; plus I actually get to spend time with Nathan! We’ve been taking this time to take advantage of some of our favorite restaurants around town too which is one of my favorite things to do with him. Highlights to follow..

Barr & Table What I Ate Wednesday WIAW Thai Arroy Powerbowl Midnite Cupcake Confections Spaghetti Squash Kugel Shakeology Chocolate Peanut Butter Perfect Fit Protein Bark Lamplighter Coffee Relay Foods

[Friday Night]
Thai Arroy. If you like Thai food, this is the place to be. Their food is authentic and always delicious. It’s also not too expensive [$11 for a chicken hot pot with leftovers!] and to top it off, it’s BYOB. You can’t go wrong with good food and wine.

[Saturday]

Lunch
I’m still not sure how I did it, but I convinced Nathan to stay home for lunch on a weekend. And I made myself an epic kale salad. Seriously, there were so many awesome veggies, a sweet potato quinao bean burger, homemade dijon vinaigrette, and avocado. Everything is better with avocado!

Wedding Research
We’ve been in the market of tasting cupcakes to choose the perfect flavors. I have to say, we might have found our chocolate! The salted caramel cupcake was incredible too, but so close to the vanilla that we’re going to have to find another. Such a tough life..

Dinner
…and a movie! The most important part of the night was the pitcher of white sangria we shared during the movie. Wonderful.

[Sunday]

Breakfast
A lineup of a chocolate Shakeology protein shake, water, and Lamplighter Triple Espresso Blend from my Relay Foods order were the highlight of my post-workout nourishment. I can’t speak highly enough about this coffee; it’s so tasty!

Brunch
Lebanese Taverna. While I love this restaurant to pieces, I should have stuck with what I knew. My poached eggs were not quite what I was expecting. Nor was the fruit parfait. Still, I devoured some of their amazing bread and baba ghanoush so I was a happy camper!

We spent the rest of Sunday grocery shopping and cooking up food for the week, including Spaghetti Squash Kugel and Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bark. I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend with my fiance!

Food for Thought

What is your favorite weekend activity?