Happy What I Ate Wednesday. How’s your week going? Mine is moving along at a million miles an hour, so let’s get down to the “what I ate” part of this post so we can all go on our merry hectic ways. Thank you as always to the lovely Jenn of Peas & Crayons for hosting the weekly link party. Take a visit to see more WIAW from other bloggers!
I love spending Sundays catching up on the little human things like laundry, cleaning, and cooking for the week ahead. This past weekend was the perfect example of that. I also enjoyed a lot of nurturing, delicious foods.
- Breakfast: Pumpkin cranberry oatmeal, topped with homemade cranberry sauce and peanut butter
- Lunch: Langostino mac & cheese
- Snack: Plain Greek yogurt with more cranberry sauce, a little pumpkin puree, and cinnamon, with cereal on top
- Dinner: Roasted cauliflower chickpea soup (recipe coming soon)
- Snack: Trader Joe’s chocolate cheddar cheese and a sliced pear
How do you like to spend your Sundays? What’s the best thing you’ve eaten this week?
Good morning and happy Thursday! Here’s some random stuff on my mind today.
- The Elvis Costello/Roots collaboration, Wise Up Ghost—I love the sound and totally dig the way obscure Elvis Costello lyrics crop up in random places.
- The Avett Brothers’ Magpie and the Dandelion got me through work yesterday. Seriously, there should be a rule about how many people are allowed to be admitted to a given unit on a given day, but having this album on repeat helped me get all my notes done and retain a good mood. I didn’t even know they had a new album coming out, so it was kind of like surprise Christmas in October.
Also, I saw this poem floating around Facebook yesterday. Pretty freaking awesome. Once in a great while, I miss spending more time around the performance poetry scene—so many talented young women telling it like it is and refusing to keep quiet about stuff that matters.
Orange vegetables. During lunch yesterday, while enjoying some roasted butternut squash (having already enjoyed pumpkin oatmeal for breakfast), I decided I should probably take a break from the beta-carotene soon. Or at least cut back before I turn orange. Starting next week…
What are your Thursday things?
If you’re rolling your eyes in the manner of, “Wtf is this stuff, dietitian bacon?” that’s fair—I prefer to let the experts work with “the good stuff.” I really have no business handling any of the applewood-smoked whatever-the-hell. All I really know how to do with bacon is microwave a few strips and then crumble them over things.
I think the hardest thing in the whole process was slicing the shallot I sautéed before adding the shredded sprouts and crumbled bacon. I ended up adding a little parm on top, but follow your taste buds.
Any favorite new food combinations you tried recently?
I’ve been eating a lot of soup lately. Even if it weren’t suddenly chilly out and I didn’t still have a toothache, it’s my go-to comfort food. In the past week, I’ve had salsa verde chicken soup, miso soup, and red lentil soup with roasted butternut squash & apple and caramelized shallot.
As far as what to eat with said soup: Who needs bread & butter when you have pumpkin waffles and tahini? Strange but delicious, I swear!
Speaking of strange, I may or may not have thrown a few pieces of roasted butternut squash in with some plain yogurt and pumpkin butter. Why not, right? It was actually pretty delicious. Something else to add to the list of things I enjoy but would never subject another human to.
What’s on your strange-but-good list?
I know everyone and everything is all “omg, pumpkin spice!” but let us not forget that there are other wonderful things about fall food. For example, the humble apple—what a beautiful, simple thing, especially with a little cinnamon on top.
Need a reason besides this picture to enjoy an apple? How about 5 reasons?
What’s your favorite way to enjoy apples?
Since I’ve been showing you a lot of Sundays and Mondays, I thought I’d switch things up this week and show you what I ate Saturday instead.
This past Saturday was one of the most fun in recent memory. I seem to be on a roll this month (we’ll see about next week, when I’m working at the hospital…)—thank you for being awesome, October!
I promised myself I’d keep the day work-free, so I started off with another donation-based yoga class, ran some errands, and then met up with some lovely ladies at the Cloisters, where I’d never been, despite living in NYC almost 5 years. I ran home to write some emails and paint my nails before dinner and drinks in Astoria. I may have gotten home a little before midnight, but I’d had such a great, full day, I went to bed super-satisfied—and worn out from all that walking! I enjoyed a lot of good food, too. Not having to rely on the hospital cafeteria is nice.
Lunch: Homemade bean soup w/ extra kale & sprouted grain toast w/ hummus & roasted red pepper
Do you try to leave certain days “work-free?” How about turning in early on a Saturday night? What was the best thing you ate last weekend?