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Eats from the Week

Happy Friday! We had some good eats this week. 

Breakfasts

I was really into avocado toast + hummus toast (same as avocado toast, just with hummus!) this week. Super filling!

hummus toast

Another breakfast Riese and I enjoyed a couple times was banana bread with fried eggs and fruit. Another nice, filling combo.

banana bread and eggs

Yesterday morning I had a super simple cinnamon roasted toast topped with almond butter, plain Greek yogurt, sliced strawberries, and walnuts. 

The walnuts added some nice crunchy texture!

toast with nut butter yogurt and strawberries

Lunches

My favorite lunch of the week was yesterday, when Riese and I had a picnic at the playground!

We shared some veggies (carrot sticks + string beans), leftover cheesy pasta with kale, leftover salmon and chicken, and a hard boiled egg. Plus some unpictured hummus (added to the bowl of pasta/protein because it was a little dry without it) and clementines.

playground picnic

When I was pregnant with Riese, I remember a friend of mine who already had a child saying that when she became a parent the highs got higher and the lows got lower, too – it was a lot more polar opposite emotions, sometimes changing very quickly. I find this is so true for me, too.

On Tuesday night, I was REALLY burned out and tired. It was gross outside so we were cooped up, Riese woke up early from her nap right when I was in the middle of trying to get some work done, and we were both just irritable and bored. I was literally counting the minutes until Matt got home and it was one of those afternoons that just felt like it went on forever. 

But yesterday morning, Riese and I were at the playground and it was the total opposite – she was chasing me around in the sunshine and I literally felt like my heart might explode because I was the luckiest person ever to get to be right there in that moment with her. It was such a fun morning and made me remember how true my friend’s comment has been for me!

Anyway – back to the food.

Here’s another lunch from this week: a wrap with tzatziki, leftover steak, arugula, and tomato. Riese had the same thing but minus tomato (she hates tomato randomly) and minus the arugula which is still a little hard for her to chew. I cut the steak smaller for her, too!

wrap with steak, tzatziki, tomato, arugula

Dinners

One night we had that cheesy noodle dish with kale and salmon that I mentioned previously. 

cheesy noodles with kale and salmon

Riese really liked stripping the kale from the stems – kept her busy for awhile which was nice because this was the night I was mentioning previously that both of us were just NOT in a great mood for. If there was something naughty for her to possibly be doing, she was doing it. One of those nights!

On Wednesday night I had a much needed girl’s night out – I met up with a group of mom friends to have a mini baby “sprinkle” for two friends who are due with their second babies in a couple weeks. 

We met up at Evening Star Cafe, one of my Del Ray faves. Service was suuuuper slow but the food was delish as always. 

I was craving a salad and also a burger and fries, so I went with it! Beet salad with goat cheese, pomegranate arils, and hazelnuts (great combo) to start:

I had about half of the burger + fries and saved the rest for another day because the salad was actually pretty filling/large!

burger at evening star cafe

Another dinner from this week was at my friend Kristin’s place – she had her second baby a couple months ago and I was signed up to bring her food (in combination with a playdate, because her older daughter and Riese are buddies) a month ago but her daughter was sick so we postponed to this week instead.

Last time I was supposed to visit, I had everything ready for my Mexican Lasagna (I ended up making it for us instead); this time I was too busy with work to get organized enough to do homemade so I swung by Whole Foods and grabbed a rotisserie chicken, roasted potatoes, some veggies, and fruit for us all to share instead.

I felt bad I didn’t do anything homemade (I feel like there’s pressure since I have a food blog?! Self imposed pressure anyway) but it worked and was really fun to see her and meet the new addition! (I went back for more food + fruit… this was phase 1.)

I will leave you with a couple photos from my run date this morning with my friend Sokphal! 

I reeeeeally didn’t want to get up for this one (it was so cold with the wind chill!), but as always I had a great time once we were out there. :)

early morning reflecting pool run dc

The sunrise was lovely and we had the monuments to ourselves! I did some Instagram stories while we were out there if you want to see the action in video form.

 

4 miles done.

I also went to two extra early HIIT/boot camp classes this week with friends… no pictures because I had to rush home after because Matt had super early meetings but I was glad to get in lots of fun social movement this week!

Have a great weekend and I’ll see you back here on Monday. 

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Comments

  1. 1

    Ha ha, it’s definitely self imposed pressure. I guarantee that your friend was thrilled with dinner. The steak wraps look yummy.

  2. 3

    A very busy and productive week, thanks for sharing, as always! It is amazing how much you accomplish with work, family, food, and friends! (And I’ll take the salmon!)

  3. 4

    Do you have a recipe for the cheesy kale pasta dish? :)

    • 5

      Sure! Basically cook fusilli (or another pasta) as you normally would. Reserve 1/4 cup of pasta water before draining. Meanwhile, in a large pot, saute some minced garlic, then add the kale (stripped from the stems and chopped). When it’s wilted, remove from heat, stir in the cooked pasta, and then add some grated cheddar, a few spoonfuls of plain Greek yogurt, and a few squirts of dijon mustard, plus the reserved pasta water. The salmon was just simply seared in a pan with some salt and pepper and then added on top before serving. Enjoy!

  4. 6

    I love how you let Riese participate in meal prep! She will carry those fond memories of helping you and Matt for the rest of her life. Kudos to you both.

    • 7

      I hope she will! She really loves helping in the kitchen… we just got her some plastic knives so she can start helping us cut food. :)

  5. 8

    Naughty in little children equates exploration of their world but your patience will be tested! Loved your steak wrap and do a salmon wrap with scrambled eggs for a power breakfast.

    Enjoy your weekend!

    • 9

      Yeah… she kept stepping on the dog’s tail on purpose because she got a reaction from the poor dog. Patience definitely being tested all around!

  6. 10

    Stealing the kale “stripping” idea, brilliant to keep a toddler busy!

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