The Great Peanut Butter Cup Debate

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Another relaxing weekend is in the books. Friday night involved some serious curly fry consumption and it really hit the spot!

Barneys Burgers Curly Fries

Except I took a picture after we were 75% through them..

We had dinner at Barney’s and since I’m not a burger gal, I went with the salmon burger. Unfortunately this might be one of the only places that I’ve come across a frozen patty since moving to California. That didn’t stop me from eating the whole thing, but it made the curly fries that much better!

Saturday was super slow. We started our day at the Oakland farmers’ market and took a nice long stroll around the city. We ended up at Ike’s for lunch; they’re known for their huge sandwiches and it was no joke. We both could only finish half of our sandwiches before heading to the Sierra Nevada Torpedo Room. Because as I said before, it’s not a weekend without beer!

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Room

Sunshine and beer. What more do we need?

Tastings are always the best when we want to try everything on tap! This might also have something to do with our demolishing of the sandwiches after we got home. And my nap. It was a good nap!

Yesterday was also pretty slow; we took a little run over to Farley’s for breakfast. Nathan is just starting to run so of course my thought for distance goals involves different places we can run to for breakfast. Always thinking about the food! Post-breakfast I went to the grocery store to stock up for the week and made a pretty exciting find.

Reeses Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups

PEANUT BUTTER CUP SHOWDOWN!

I’d heard about the Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups a few months ago but hadn’t seen them before. We already had some Reese’s at home so I figured we needed to do the taste test. The obvious differences are that the Reese’s comes in a wrapper and the Butterfinger is more squared off. I also noticed that the Butterfinger cup is a little thinner.

Reeses Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups Cutup

Team Reese’s or Team Butterfinger?

The results are in. I’m still 100% Reese’s and Nathan votes Butterfinger. Honestly, I feel like the Butterfinger cup was pretty darn similar to a regular Butterfinger bar. I wasn’t a fan of the crunch and much prefer the creamier texture of the Reese’s. Nathan’s always been a Butterfinger guy so that’s his excuse. I guess I’ll accept it. I also took a poll on Instagram 🙂

I washed my peanut butter cups down with my favorite vegan salad around—the wilted kale salad from Source. The salad comes with sauteed mushrooms, caramelized onions, avocado, & house dressing. I also added “cluck” on top to make it even more filling.

Source Mini Wilted Kale Avocado Cluck Mushrooms Onions

Holy cluck!

And we finished off the weekend with more caramelized onions. This time on a killer cauliflower crust pizza with pesto, balsamic onions, ground turkey, and smoked mozzarella. Holy. Cannoli. We win!

Cauliflower Crust Pizza Pesto Balsamic Onions Turkey Smozed Mozzarella Basil

Best. Combo. Ever.

Weekly Meal Plan

There weren’t many sales this week and since we’ve been stocking up on leftovers, we’re going to be cashing in. If you’re looking for meal plan help, shoot me an email.

MondayVietnamese Chicken, Avocado + Lemongrass Spring Roll Salad With Hoisin Crackers
TuesdayPork Tenderloin with Chipotle-Cranberry Sauce & Brussels Sprouts with Quinoa & Cranberries
Wednesday – Leftovers
ThursdayShish Tawook (Grilled Chicken Skewers) with Roasted Garlic Avocado Mayo, Garlic Parmesan Fries, & roasted asparagus
Friday – Out!
Saturday – Leftovers
Sunday – Leftovers

Food for Thought

Regular or curly fries?
Team Reese’s or Team Butterfinger?

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?