Feel free to play along in the comments – what are you loving lately? Anything I should check out on the food/fitness/whatever front? 🙂
1) Girls’ night dinners.
My college friends Kathleen, Sarah, and I have been hosting fun dinners for each other every month or so, alternating who hosts. (When I had them over awhile ago, I made Thai Coconut Chicken Soup which was a big hit!) Last night, Kathleen hosted us at her place and made an amazing quinoa tabbouleh (packed with mint, parsley, and bright lemon zest and juice – delicious) with lamb kabobs. Amazing! Thanks for having us, Kathleen! So fun to catch up with you both. 🙂
Today is National Hummus Day! A most delicious holiday, if you ask me. 🙂 We got a head start by snacking on some last night while helping Kathleen with dinner prep – it’s peeking out in the bottom left of the photo above. 🙂
As you guys know, hummus is one of my favorite snacks – I especially love it as a vehicle for packing in veggies pre-dinner as an #UnofficialMeal! It also makes a great dip addition, like with my Spicy Hummus Queso Dip.
My fave hummus brand, Sabra, is sponsoring this section of today’s post in honor of the holiday. Check out their website for a #NationalHummusDay coupon – only available until midnight EST, so get on it! And be sure to try their new Lemon Twist Hummus if you haven’t yet – it’s my recent fave.
I love hummus because it’s so versatile – it makes a great sandwich spread (like with my Smoked Salmon and Hummus Sandwich) and is also great in place of mayo in tuna/chicken/egg salad. It’s also great stirred into quinoa, like my 4 Ingredient Quinoa Salad (easiest lunch or dinner ever).
Also, try my Creamy Mexican Chicken Chili Soup (<—we have made this a ton since I posted it, so delicious – hummus makes the soup really creamy!), and super old easy fave Mexican Brown Rice Casserole! You can also coat fish or chicken in hummus, then roll in breadcrumbs (or ground flaxseed) and bake for a really juicy and easy dinner!
3) Adult coloring books.
Have you guys heard about the adult coloring book trend? I bought this Mindfulness Coloring Book a couple weeks ago and Matt and I have both been loving it. Last weekend, we spent hours coloring in it before we realized how much time had passed! It really is a nice way to relax, slow down, and re-center, especially for chronically busy people like us. 🙂
I’ve been really loving salmon (and steelhead, which is similar) lately, maybe subconsciously related to the post I shared earlier this week about why the low fat and cholesterol diet craze was a huge fail. 🙂
We made a really delicious salmon from Blue Apron this week that was one of my favorite recipes from them to date – a seared salmon salad with red potatoes, English peas, arugula, and pink lemon. The salad that went with it was so refreshing! Loved the crunchy sunflower seeds and radish and all the spring veggies involved.
We also added a ton of dill from our little window herb pot! Dill + salmon = so good.
I also enjoyed a steelhead (like salmon) quinoa salad at True Food Kitchen earlier this week on a dinner date with my high school friend Lara. Delicious and so good to catch up with her, as always!
5) Reading before bed.
Such a nice way to wind down before going to sleep! I just finished After You, which many of you recommended (it’s the sequel to Me Before You, which was super addictive and a total tearjerker – they are making it into a movie!). Would love some recs for other good reads!
6) Your comments about cats on yesterday’s post!
So fun to hear about your wild little fur balls. Seems we’re not the only ones who have been trained by our cat rather than us training her! 😉 In hilarious news, remember how I wrote yesterday that Zara doesn’t go on the dining room table anymore (at least while we are home) thanks to our water spray bottle approach? Literally RIGHT after I published that post I came out to find her sitting on the dining room table and staring at me, like “What?” HA! Maybe she reads the blog. 😉 And then this morning, I found this on the table! You win this round, Zara. You’re lucky you’re so cute. 😉
Have a great weekend, my friends!
- Eat: Oven Baked Rutabaga Fries // Asian Topped Hummus Platter // Chicken Burrito Brown Rice Bowl with Homemade Guac // Ravioli Frittata
- Move: 3 Tips to Fall in Love with Exercise (guest post by yours truly!) // 8 Tips for Running an 8 Minute Mile // 10 Workouts You Can Do in 10 Minutes
- Think: What is Health at Every Size? // Truth Bombs About Food and Your Body
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