Friday Randomness

This week started out crazy gorgeous – 60 and sunny on Monday was quite the treat! 

I had an al fresco lunch at Nectar in Del Ray; I love this cafe’s chicken salads because the chicken is really tender and flavorful (I feel like sometimes chicken on salad is super dry/blah)!

Plus a green iced tea and some unpictured bread (brought from home because I knew I’d need some carbs with this salad or I’d be hungry again in 5 seconds).

lunch at nectar bistro in del ray

I had a peanut butter chocolate snack ball, too – these are so delicious! I’ve been buying them from Stomping Ground in Del Ray but want to try to recreate my own variation.

They taste like a hybrid of my 5 minute no bake PB granola bars and my no bake energy balls!

peanut butter snack ball

While I ate lunch, I listened to the rest of an episode on the Food Blogger Pro Podcast that I started right before lunch on a quick run – I decided I absolutely had to take advantage of that gorgeous weather, especially since the rest of the week called for rain! 

warm sunny february day in dc = run

Here’s another yummy lunch from the week:

  • leftover salmon (glad to hear you guys are liking my Orange Ginger Salmon Recipe!) + leftover brown rice + greens + dried tart cherries + salted pumpkin seeds + (unpictured – forgot to add it until after this photo) feta cheese. 

All topped with my standard easy homemade balsamic vinaigrette

salmon and rice salad easy

Once the rain started on Tuesday, soup seemed like a good idea for dinner – this was a variation of my Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe but made on the stove vs. in the Instant Pot. I also stirred in a couple handfuls of fresh baby spinach before serving!

I made enough that there were leftovers for lunch the next day – always a win to have lunch ready to go, especially when I have a hungry toddler hanging all over me. 

mexican chicken soup

And speaking of leftovers/prep ahead, I’m still LOVING having so many make-ahead breakfast burritos in the freezer!

They really hit the spot, especially when I come home from an early workout class and Matt has to rush right out the door and I’m starving and so is Riese!

make ahead freezer breakfast burrito

Speaking of food and Riese, she “helped” me test out a new savory granola bar recipe for the blog yesterday (which mostly involved her eating all the seeds and shredded cheese she was supposed to stir into the bowl…). 

Oh and yes, her hair is a mess and in her eyes but she was refusing any sort of hair tie/bow/etc. Toddlers!

savory granola bar prep

I have a couple savory granola bar recipes on the blog already, but they are all no bake (check them out: No Bake Savory Curry Granola Bar Recipe + No Bake Savory Honey Mustard Granola Bar Recipe), and I wanted to try out a baked variation with eggs, cheese, sun dried tomatoes, etc.

They came out delicious and the kitchen smelled like pizza while they were cooking! Stay tuned for the recipe in a few weeks. 

Have a great weekend, my friends, and I’ll see you back here on Monday!

Are you a savory or sweet snack fan? I like to have a mix of both, but tend towards more savory!

I’ll leave you with some posts I found interesting from around the web!


  1. 1

    We’re having company tonight and making the orange ginger salmon. Can’t wait to try it.

    The leftovers in salad looks really yummy!

  2. 5

    Completely agree that I focus now on it being me time, better cardio vs length and strength training for power/longevity. I think some of it also has to do with there being more knowledge and research out there.

    I like MyFitnessPal but use it for the knowledge as to what items have how much sugar and carbs throughout my day. I find it fascinating. However, I also make the distinction between natural sugar from an orange vs. actual sugar. I can definitely see how it can affect others differently.

    • 6

      Yeah, I wonder if a lot of it is just fads (aka when I was in my early 20’s, the elliptical was just what everyone did – I wonder if I’d still have done that if there were all the super fun fitness classes/boutiques back then that there are now) vs. age… but I def prioritize yoga more nowadays because it just feels good for me vs. doing a ton of boot camps like I used to!

  3. 7

    I love both sweet & savory snacks, but I continue to crave & gravitate more towards savory! So these bars will be amazing.

  4. 9

    1. Riese’s hair is so gorgeous.
    2. I love that you BYO bread!
    3. I need to make those burritos.

  5. 11

    All about the savory snacks…looking forward to the recipe!

  6. 12

    Your pictures make me so hungry – especially the one for chicken tortilla soup! Perfect for a brisk February day!

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