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From Steaks to Smoothies
I spent so much time in the kitchen this weekend! Friday I cooked dinner for husband’s birthday (and made muffins early that morning), Saturday I made a batch of homemade granola (can’t WAIT to share it with you) and lentil sloppy joes, and Sunday was spent making treats to watch football (buffalo chickpea dip and baked mozzarella sticks). And no, I don’t wanna talk about the game.
Thank you all for your advice on grilling the filets! I did bring the meat to room temperature first, preheat the grill, and minimally season it (since it was a nice filet mignon), but it was super undercooked when I brought it to the table. It went back on the grill, which made the rest of the food cold by the time we ate, but my husband was a great sport and really appreciated my effort.
Grilled ciabatta, filet mignon, and tuna steak.
Best ever one pot cheesy pasta, made with whole wheat orzo instead of macaroni noodles. I also used a combination of amazing cheeses: high quality gouda, aged English white cheddar, and fresh parmesan.
Orzo = fancified mac & cheese, but my husband said – “something’s wrong with this macaroni”. Yes dear, it’s whole grain. Deal.
Husband: “This cauliflower tastes really garlic-y. And it’s the wrong texture, like mashed potatoes.”
Me: “That’s the idea.”
I think it was still a success, since my husband told me he had the best birthday ever.
After our dinner alone, we went to his family’s house where his mother served an incredible birthday cake. There’s something about her Polish baked goods – they throw together tons of layers and flavors (this one had pineapple, plum, brandy, chocolate, and anise) and cover it with rich unsweetened whipped cream and sprinkles and it works. Wish I had a photo to share, but I spent the night celebrating my husband instead of lugging around my good camera (why the dinner photos were taken with my phone).
I tried to take it easy on the sweets last week (recovering from the holidays), but was craving a bowl of chocolate oats.
Stove top whipped banana oats with protein powder, cocoa powder, and a spoonful of almond butter.
Mid-morning snack before running errands: simple smoothie with 0% Chobani (plain), vanilla stevia, almond milk, and mixed frozen berries.
Sunday’s lunch was another smoothie, thanks to the last of my Chobani delivery.
Drinking my greens makes me feel great – especially when they taste like a milkshake!
Stay tuned for a Chobani giveaway later this week!
Do you document every single thing, or is experiencing something more important? I didn’t want to put everything on hold to get perfect photos of the food this weekend – making my husband feel special was more important.