Happy Friday! We had some good eats this week.
I was really into avocado toast + hummus toast (same as avocado toast, just with hummus!) this week. Super filling!
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Another breakfast Riese and I enjoyed a couple times was banana bread with fried eggs and fruit. Another nice, filling combo.
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!
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.
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!
One night we had that cheesy noodle dish with kale and salmon that I mentioned previously.
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!
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. 🙂
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.
Faves this week from around the web:
- Absolutely love this post on Marriage After Kids from my friend Julie… some really insightful and helpful tips
- I always enjoy Gina’s fitness predictions/analysis of the market posts each year – here’s the latest: Fitness Predictions and Trends for 2020
- Great to see an article on intuitive eating on the VICE website (and honored to be quoted in it!)