We’ve been enjoying lots of soup over here this week – I really love a steaming bowl of soup on cold winter-y days.
This one had chicken (sprinkled with salt and pepper and seared in a separate pan beforehand and then added to the soup – gives it better flavor!), a ton of veggies (onion, celery, cauliflower, kale), and chickpeas. I used some bone broth from the farmer’s market as the base!
We enjoyed our soup with some delicious garlic toast – Matt and Riese made a mixture of olive oil and grated garlic and then spread it on the toast before baking.
It was so good!
We made a lot so Riese and I enjoyed the leftovers the next day for lunch with some grilled cheese. 🙂
And I had the last of it the next day for breakfast because I’m sick of “breakfast” food and who says breakfast food has to be breakfast food anyway?
If you want some soup recipes to try this winter, here are a few faves:
- Thai Coconut Chicken Soup
- Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup
- Creamy Mexican Chicken Chili Soup
- Chicken & White Bean Chili Soup
And speaking of dinner for breakfast, this was my post-workout breakfast one morning this week:
A leftover plate from the night before – Matt made a Blue Apron but I wasn’t home so he wrapped up my serving. It was really yummy!
Other food highlights from the week included a pizza night out with Matt, Riese, and a few friends!
I started with an arugula, beet, and goat cheese salad that was delicious:
And then we shared pizza – delicious as always.
Riese loves pizza, too, no surprise there!
On Wednesday night, I actually had a fun girl’s night out – I met up with my college friends Kathleen and Sarah at a cool upscale Mexican spot in DC called Poca Madre.
We hadn’t gotten together in way too long! Sarah is 38 weeks pregnant so we wanted to make sure we got in one more dinner before the baby arrived. 🙂 So excited for her!
We had the best time catching up, as always. We did their 4 course group/shared tasting menu option so I have no idea what the food was that we got, but it was all delicious, creative, and beautifully presented!
This was especially beautiful!
The other photos didn’t turn out that great (there was an amazing pork taco course, and a couple other things – definitely had to take some food home because it was a ton!), so I will leave you with a dessert photo.
Those mini donuts were awesome!
As for fitness this week, I followed my usual weekly routine as of late with 3 early morning workouts.
One morning I went to a yoga class with the girls. The studio we like is near my old house, but it’s worth the drive… such a lovely way to start the day!
I went to an OrangeTheory class one morning solo, and another morning I went to a pilates boot camp class with my friend Jen!
Jen is one of my best mom friends – I’m so grateful we met (through yoga, actually, back when the kids were only a few months old)! She’s one of those friends where every time we hang out (usually at least once a week) we have a million things to talk about. We normally meet up with the kids in tow for playdates, but she likes this boot camp class too so it has been really fun to go to it together before rushing back home to our little ones.
Speaking of little ones, Riese turns 2 on Sunday! (Whoa – how did that happen so fast?!)
We are heading up to Pittsburgh for Thanksgiving this year and decided to leave tomorrow so we can spend a whole week up there, and so we can celebrate Riese’s birthday there, too!
I’m working on a 2 year toddler/mama update blog post, by the way – any specific questions you have/want me to address, just let me know.
I’ll see you guys back here on Monday with an update from Pittsburgh!
p.s. I know some of you have noticed that I switched my RSS feed from full posts to partial/truncated. I know it’s a pain to click through, and this isn’t about trying to get more clicks, but rather trying to stop scammers from scraping my blog posts onto their sites. I was talking to some tech-y friends about the issue and they said many spam sites steal content using RSS feeds, and by switching to a partial feed, it would be harder/more laborious for them to copy my content onto their sites. So – I’m sorry! But I’m sick of a ton of spammy sites stealing my full blog posts, so if this helps the issue (and so far it seems it has), I’m going to make it a permanent change. Thank you in advance for your support, and for reading. <3
Link love from around the web:
- Peppermint Chocolate Amazeballs — these sound SO GOOD and super festive
- Oatmeal Pumpkin Protein Pancakes — I have some pumpkin leftover in the fridge that these would be perfect for
- Urban Farms Are Supposed To Solve Our Food Woes. The Reality Is Not So Simple — interesting read
- Beginner Instant Pot Recipes — helpful resource!
- Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Eggnog Cookies — super intrigued by the egg nog inclusion