Hi friends! Popping in today with some recent eats + fun.
We had a nice Easter with my parents – we went over there on Sunday afternoon and they had a little Easter egg hunt ready for Riese before dinner. Perfect weather to be outside, which was a nice treat!
My mom also put together quite a lovely Easter table for dinner:
We had salad, peas, gnocchi, and tenderloin.
I was full of the appetizer deviled eggs (my fave, I loveeee deviled eggs), cheese, and crackers, so I went less hard on dinner, but I did go back for a little more tenderloin!
For dessert, we had a lemon pie that was really good – tart and not too sweet. Plus some raspberries! It felt very summery.
Have you tried my No Bake Vegan Lemon Bars, by the way? They are great for warm weather!
As for Easter brunch, we were at home that morning and I made us a variation of my Goat Cheese Frittata with Spinach. I followed the normal recipe except that I used feta instead of goat cheese, because it’s what we had/needed to use up!
I’ve been enjoying snacking on it this week – just finished the last of it yesterday.
Speaking of eggs, this is random but for my fellow toddler parent readers, I bought this little matching egg shape game (affiliate link) for Riese for Easter and it has been a big hit.
I think I found the recommendation on someone else’s blog, actually – it was a good one! We’ve brought it with us for some outdoor restaurant meals lately and it’s nice to have an option that doesn’t involve immediately giving her one of our phones…
As for snacks lately, Riese and I have been enjoying my Banana Spinach Smoothie! She loves helping me make it and loves drinking it, too. 🙂
We usually add chia seeds or some nuts to the mix to amp up the staying power.
Riese also helped Matt make some banana muffins the other day – she was clearly in charge of sprinkling oats on top to make them look pretty and went a little overboard with it! Lol
As for dinners, we’ve done a couple meals outside at restaurants recently since it has been so nice out, and other than that we’ve been enjoying our usual Blue Aprons! (sponsored)
As I wrote in my Go-To Stress Reducing Tips blog post a few weeks ago, using Blue Apron to outsource the planning + shopping for 3 of our dinners each week has been such a game changer for us stress-wise – it’s why we have been faithful customers since 2013!
It was actually super useful while Matt and I were on our Outer Banks Babymoon, too, because we left two of our Blue Apron meals for Matt’s parents to cook so they didn’t have to worry about figuring out dinner plans – and it turns out they had the same idea because they actually brought one of their Blue Apron meals with them to cook while here, too!
When we were staying with them for most of December, we had our Blue Apron boxes sent there (and increased from our usual 2 to the 4 serving plan), and they liked it so much that they ended up signing up for it themselves in January!
Anyway! Two of our recent Blue Apron dinner faves have been this Garlic Caper Chicken with Fettuccine and Zucchini:
And this saucy Middle Eastern Chicken Thighs with Stewed Tomatoes really hit the spot, too.
This dish used a shawarma spice blend which is always one of my favorite seasonings, and which thankfully doesn’t seem to be included in my current random pregnancy flavor aversions. 😉
If you’re ready to give Blue Apron a shot and have all the ingredients and instructions you need to make 3 chef-designed meals delivered to your door each week, click here to use my affiliate link to sign up.
They currently have a flash sale going on (only through April 11, so don’t wait) so you will save $100 off over your first 5 boxes!
And now, I will close out this post with a shout out for my friend and fellow intuitive eating dietitian Rachael, whose book Gentle Nutrition (affiliate link) came out recently!
If you are looking for a healthy recipe cookbook that won’t try to feed you diet advice, or if you want to learn more about intuitive eating and how to incorporate the approach into your daily life, this is the book for you.
From Amazon: “In Gentle Nutrition, [Hartley] explains how to plan satisfying meals and snacks that nourish the body throughout the day while honoring the need to find pleasure in food. The book includes more than 50 nutritious and delicious recipes for breakfasts, main dishes, snacks, and desserts.”
It’s a great resource for anyone confused about all the conflicting nutrition advice out there. Highly recommend it! Here’s my affiliate link to purchase it on Amazon.
Have a nice weekend and I will see you back here on Monday!