And maybe some dinner/lunch inspiration for you for this week...or at least that's always my hope when I post these😉
Monday: Peanut Chicken Zucchini Noodles
My answer to 'we need a lot of veggies, but I don't feel like having salad'😉
Tuesday: Eating in the Middle Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Fingers + Buttermilk ranch dipping sauce + Kale chips
It wasn't a Christmas cookbook, but Eating in the Middle IS one I just LOVESOMUCH. Probably because her eating philosophy has been one I've been following since I began this healthier lifestyle journey AND the foods are ones I really like to eat! I'd say at this moment, it's the book I've probably cooked from the most!
Mmmmmm....a trip down Belmar signified my friend's very 1st trip to Surf Taco and oh yum, was it DELICIOUS! The highlight is everything tastes SOFRESH! I had a regular ole beef (I know =boring...but it was what I wanted!) and a salmon taco...but my friend gave me a bite of the Coconut shrimp and mango salsa variation that she ordered and holy hell was THAT good! Definitely kicking myself that I didn't order it...BUT a side order of shared nachos will make anything better😉
After tacos, we headed down to the Belmar boardwalk and a stop at the Instagram-famous Coney Waffles. Coney Waffles brings to the Jersey Shore the NYC Black Tap Brewery photo worthy mega-stacked milkshake trend, which are so much fun! But give me waffles, or give me....well...waffles😉 And if you're offering one filled with cannoli cream?? Well, done deal!
We attempted to enjoy said waffles on a bench overlooking the ocean.....butttttt, it's just not a 'night beach' moment just yet😉 Brrrrrr....
Thursday: Steak and Sweet Potato Bowls
Friday: Brooklyn pizza from Divine Pizza
You know you're livin lucky when you decide to order pizza for the night and there are not one, not two, but THREE places WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE to order pizza that you know will be excellent. And oh gosh, I forgot how FABULOUS Divine's Brooklyn pizza is. Chunky tomato, gooey cheese and a thin crust that almost tastes deep-fried (in a good way)...I was so excited to dig in that I didn't even THINK to take a photo before diving in.
And on the subject of ordering pizza- We had other dinner plans, but I could NOT shake my VERY SPECIFIC craving for Brooklyn pizza that night. So we ordered EXACTLY what I wanted and I enjoyed it SO much with no guilt. AND I told Scott that I swear pizza tastes better when you order it BECAUSE IT'S WHAT YOU WANT VS. a default 'there's nothing else to eat' moment. I've been really honing in on how EMOTIONS of food makes things tastes different (example = eating food that you just bought and having it fresh 'in the moment' vs. the food you bought to stash in the freezer 'for later' that sometimes turns into 'let's just eat this to get it out of the freezer.' One is excitement and one is BLAH. These things are interesting to me...cause I'm weird. I'll be the first to admit it😉)
Sooo, ummmmm, it was a good thing I had a fairly filling lunch on Saturday because I don't think I ate more than 1/2 a meatball (and a slice of cake!) at my friend's daughter's 50's themed 5th birthday. NOT because there wasn't a TON of delicious food!, but because these party animals were up and attem....and I was either chasin the little one around hoping she didn't run outside😉, or jammin with the older one...😉
SO. MUCH. FUN!
Sunday: Buffalo Hummus Chicken + Broccoli
We had this a couple weeks ago & I couldn't wait to have it again. This time with a side of that buttermilk ranch dip (see Tuesday) that was just soooo cool with the mildly spicy chicken. Plus it's flavored with fresh diced DILL which I just HEARTSOMUCH.
Other yummy bites this week:
So we've put the quinoa cups aside for a bit and now we're all about the BOWLS for lunches lately. Last week we had:
- zucchini, tomatoes and diced chicken roasted with PESTO
- a handful of diced fresh mozzarella
- about 1/4 cup of brown rice
- a couple handfuls of torn spinach
Scott ate these cold, while I microwaved them for 2 minutes and they were SO GOOD! The thing I liked the best was the first bite wasn't really anything exciting, but by the time I took the last bite it seemed to satisfy ANY & ALL cravings and it was just what I needed. I'll be making these again soon. (Bonus= EASY!)
The week prior we made these Greek Bowls, which seemed a bit more labor intensive....or I just put off making these all day, so rushing to make these WHILE I was making dinner seemed a bit much😉
And in the Sunday Breakfast category: we had THIS Sweet Orange Cinnamon Pull apart bread (OK...not that EXACT one😉 OF COURSE mine was NOT that photogenic😉)
2 things I will admit:
- I totally cheated and used Trader Joe's pizza dough (beacuse yeast? It just exhaustes my soul😉) and I just kneaded in some orange zest to 'catch up' with the recipe😉 and it was still SUPER delicious.
- I ate a decent sized 'serving' for breakfast...and then walked in the door after teaching a sweaty Vinyasa yoga class and proceeded to eat yet ANOTHER serving cause I was STARVING (ummm...did someone say sugar crash??) WORTH IT.
Andddddd the exercise to wrap it all up:
Wednesday: Taught gentle
Thursday: Taught Hatha + Dance & Weights
Dancing courtesy of a wild DANCE PARTY in our house😉 Once I realized how much of a sweat I had worked up, I threw in a set of weights and called it a workout😉
Friday: Taught gentle + Walk/Jog
Saturday: Taught Hatha & Vinyasa + Walk/Jog + MORE DANCING (see Saturday)
Sunday: Taught Vinyasa (and then ate cinnamon bread. Balance😉)
Have a great week!!