Best meal of the weekend?
Hands down the burger and fries (+ homemade salad) we had on Friday night, ordered in from Evening Star Cafe here in Del Ray. I was craving a burger and theirs are really good. We reheated the fries in a skillet (just dry, no extra oil since they didn’t need it) to make them hot + crispy again because fries are never very awesome once they have cooled down!
Two more dinner pics from the weekend: a yummy pappardelle pasta with seared salmon, cheese, peas, wilted greens, and hazelnuts:
(For pasta recipe ideas, see this post: mix + match healthy pasta recipes.)
And last night we had a pork fried cauliflower rice with carrots and peas. I added some regular rice, too, because I like cauliflower rice but don’t find it super satisfying/filling, and knew Riese wouldn’t either! This reminded me of my Instant Pot Quinoa Fried Rice flavor-wise.
Lunches from the weekend (+ Friday) included this random freezer/pantry meal – frozen broccoli quickly steamed with some leftover reheated honey garlic chicken and a microwave quinoa and chickpea situation. Surprisingly tasty!
(If you want some tips on pantry meals, check out this post: Healthy Pantry Staples List with Recipe Ideas.)
We also had tuna salad for lunch one day – always an easy meal to throw together.
Yesterday for lunch I made an awesome Mexican-themed wrap – it had chicken, black beans, guacamole, grated cheddar cheese, broccoli slaw (love that crunch), and lettuce. Plus some cilantro I added after taking this photo. Definitely going to make this on repeat this week, especially because Riese liked it, too!
For breakfasts, one morning we had oatmeal for breakfast with blueberries, banana, and small diced zucchini (can’t taste it). Check out my Healthy Oatmeal Recipes post or my How to Make Oatmeal Taste Better post for some ideas and tips.
Yesterday morning Riese was randomly awake at 5:15 (oof. whyyyy), and it was my morning to get up with her, so she helped me make our fave High Protein Breakfast Pancake – the microwave super easy version.
We had it with some sprouted watermelon seeds and pumpkin seeds for extra staying power.
Plus a majorly needed whole milk latte (if you’re wondering why I drink whole milk instead of skim, check out this post: 7 Common Nutrition Myths).
Riese and I also shared one of my Vegan Strawberry Scones because I finally got around to making the scones on Saturday afternoon (I originally planned to make them for Easter but wasn’t feeling it). I forgot how yummy these are – hadn’t made this recipe in forever! It’s an oldie but goodie.
I didn’t have whole wheat pastry flour on hand so I made them with white whole wheat flour instead, and it worked just as well – I just added a splash more milk to the mix because it was a little too dry.
I’m excited to have these on hand for the week – they are awesome with scrambled or fried eggs on the side for a little protein boost!
Other fun from the weekend included setting up an herb/veggie mini-garden with cilantro, peppers, basil, and chives! I hope the cilantro survives – we’ve never had luck growing it before!
We also had some fun outdoor adventure time:
And got in another virtual boot camp fitness class with Matt’s brother, a trainer in NYC.
No run this weekend as I wasn’t feeling it, but I did do a fun virtual run/walk phone date with my friends Kathleen and Chelsea early on Friday morning. I miss them – we normally see each other at least once a week because they are my workout buddies!
I’m also missing yoga… I was in a solid twice a week routine before the world shut down, and have been having a hard time since motivating for at-home yoga – it just doesn’t have that same zen factor! But my body feels pretty tight and stiff so I’m going to try to make it happen this week.
Anyway – the other big excitement this weekend was giving myself a haircut at home! It had been 6 months since I got it cut, and I was supposed to go to the salon 2 weeks ago but obviously that didn’t happen.
It was driving me CRAZY because it was so long and heavy in ponytails, so after consulting with my hair stylist via text/video (don’t worry, I sent her a tip for her time!) I decided to just go for it!
Here’s a before and after – I cut off about 2 inches and it went surprisingly well! I mean, it’s not the best hair cut I’ve ever had, obviously, but it wasn’t a disaster either and I think it actually looks pretty good and even! I cut it dry and cut upwards vertically vs. straight across so that there wasn’t as much of a big blunt line. I didn’t touch the layers – those can wait for the professional. 😉
If you follow me on Instagram stories, you may have seen the time lapse video I did of the actual cutting in action! It was actually pretty fun. 🙂 I’m glad I went for it – will tide me over for a bit! A few of you on Instagram asked if I would try coloring it myself, too – that’s a big NO! My best friend and I tried highlighting my hair once in high school and it was a disaaaaster – I legit looked like a leopard. Never again!!
And that’s all I have for you folks today! I hope everyone is hanging in there and doing okay. <3
Stay tuned for some spring salad inspiration coming on Wednesday.