Friday Favorites, Meal Ideas, & Ramblings!

Good Friday afternoon to you beautiful people!! I hope you have pretty weather where ever you are. It’s rainy and gross here, but Sunday’s forecast is looking on the bright, dry side.

First up are two breakfasts I really enjoyed this week. I made a savory bowl of oatmeal that I wilted spinach into before topping with cottage cheese, an over easy egg with everything bagel seasoning, and pomegranate seeds for a sweet-tart crunch. Loved the addition!

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Kath shared a recipe for a single serve salted chocolate pumpkin mug cake. I reduced it from 2 T of brown sugar to 1T and 1/4c versus 1/2 c flour. Lastly, I used our GF Bob’s Red Mill all-purpose because that’s what we have on hand. It was so good! Soft, flavorful and filling.

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I enjoyed Fage yogurt with fruit and pb on the side.

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On Wednesday, Matt and I had a dinner date at Zoe’s followed by a double movie date with Kaci and Drew! We watched The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. We loved the movie! I thought it was really cute but dark in some ways, I loved the fashion and all of the color and designs throughout, and it put me more into the Christmas spirit.

At Zoe’s, I chose their lamb meatball pita sandwich with a side Greek salad. Next time I’ll remember to ask for no onions because raw is just too potent. I had to eat quickly to make the movie, unfortunately, but my gosh this was epic! The bread was so soft, thick, and doughy. I’ll have to go back soon!

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Matt chose their cauliflower bowl with lamb meatballs and a side of baked falafel. He gave me a bite of the falafel, and I loved it. I’ve had it a few times and think it’s very satisfying. He thought it was a little dry, but I’m glad they aren’t fried. Sometimes you want them that way and other times baked is more desired.

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Matt thought this bowl needed a little more flavor, but I really enjoyed it. Just goes to show our taste buds are unique and amazing! Have you tried this bowl or any of Amy’s frozen entrees? Any favorites?

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I failed to take a photo of my baked cod one evening, and I regretted it after we devoured our plates. It was so buttery soft and flavorful! I went a teensy bit heavy on the pepper spice flake blend, but it still was so good. I’ll have to make it again soon!

I think food science is fascinating! I steamed purple Brussels sprouts, and when I took them out of the refrigerator to reheat them one evening, I realized they had turned blue. So so pretty! Jax thought so too. 😉

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Another evening I made this quick meal using a pasta that I found at Homegoods and shared in a favs post fairly recently. It is by Jasberry and is called Superfood Rice Penne with acai berry and jasberry rice. I sautéed collard greens, added salt free spice blend / Italian herbs / pepper spice flakes blend, and a jar of vodka pasta sauce. I spooned enough of the greens + sauce mixture over the cooked pasta, and we enjoyed it for dinner. I split the greens + sauce mixture over brown rice with leftover cod for lunch today.

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Last night I cooked with tempeh for the first time in a long time. I pan-cooked it and served it with spinach, mashed avocado + cranberry sauce, melted cheddar between toasted Van’s Ancient Grains waffles. I made Matt’s with the last GF bagel we had. Carrots for bright crunch on the side. Matt is super adventurous and fun to cook for. He hadn’t tried tempeh before. I will admit it doesn’t have much flavor aside from what is added to it, but I go through periods where I crave it. I remember Kath paired it with jam and cheese often. Matt wasn’t a huge fan but was very appreciate for a warm meal. 🙂

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Poorly lit tasty evening snack! Sliced honeycrisp dipped in yogurt drizzled with molasses, sprinkled with pumpkin pie spice, and topped with a handful of Maple Cheerios + chopped mixed nuts.

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I can’t resist some Instagram filters. I loved this one.

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And this funky filter!

I wore my elf Christmas sweater to work this week not because we were having a tacky sweater day. Just because I actually really like it. Hahaha. One of the doctors rounded that morning and said he loved it as did some of the patients and my work friends. I went home and fed the babies + steeped some tea, so I was all Christmas-ed out with my mug!

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When we were coming home from the movie, we finally drove up a street near our home to look at their lights. Every house goes above and beyond! It’s a very small street, but it was so fun none the less. I’m thankful Matt offered to drive us through it!

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A little outfit inspo. I’ve had this dress for I believe seven years and still love it! I paired it with black tights and scallop-trim flats, red belt, and chunky pink cardigan from Kroger of all places.

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Today I’m wearing this J Crew dress from Planet Xchange with grey tights, brown booties, and my green bomber jacket.

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Matt and I have now watched the first two episodes of The Office. I love lighthearted shows! I’m getting into it, but it takes time for me to really become invested in a show. We’ll see!

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I’ll leave you with this sassy post by the Sarcastic Nutritionist. Love it! I can remember whenever I would tell someone I was pursing a degree and career as a Registered Dietitian and they would ask, “so you learn about calorie counting?” Yes, eight years of learning to count calories. Lolz.

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Make this weekend amazing! Rest when you need to, enjoy your food fully, and soak up this holiday season. <3

6 thoughts on “Friday Favorites, Meal Ideas, & Ramblings!

  1. Ooo I have some Bob’s Red Mill all-purpose sitting around too!! Do you have a link for Kath’s recipe?! Looks sooo yummy. That pita & falafel- yummm. I’ve been craving Mediterranean this weekend, but haven’t had a fix yet- maybe tomorrow

    That’s so funny they turned blue! Were they originally purple on the outside? I don’t think I’ve ever seen those in the store, but I loveee purple foods!

    Love all the food & outfit inspo- mm mmm! I had a training run today so I am extra hungry- gonna hunt down something after this. That Christmas sweater is great! Oh, I will say for The Office it takes a while to become really invested- but once you get to know the characters it’s just the best! xo

    1. I don’t have a link! But if you look on her Ig page (@katheats), it’s posted there! It is 1/3 c pumpkin, 1-2 T brown sugar, I did 1/4 c flour, 1/4 t pumpkin pie spice, 1 egg, 1/8 t baking powder, 1/2 t vanilla, top with chocolate chippies & salt – microwave 60-90 seconds or until done!

      I cannot wait to order this pita again!

      They were purple! So pretty. I think I shared a photo in a recent post. They don’t taste different but were so fun!

      Thank you very much! Kase & Drew both said to give The Office a chance & that it gets much better! We’ll keep watching!

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