The power is out in the office so I can’t warm up my lasagna 😩😩😩 (those are real tears folks), so salad course to start!
2 433 days ago
...and back to regularly scheduled programming. Meal prep coming in hot on the Monday-est Tuesday there ever was! Sweet potato crusted quiche (with broccoli, Brussels and Feta) along side @organicgirl spring mix dressed in @tessemaes honey poppyseed dressing (of course!). Ok, Tuesday, let’s see what you got. (That is not a threat, please be nice to me!).
2 354 days ago
And that’s a wrap on Birthday 2018. No cake this year (by choice) instead I’ll celebrate with this honey butter cinnamon roll from @beatrixchicago. Sidenote: some of those steps came from hitting up a second @beatrixchicago location because the first one didn’t have any of these left and it was the only thing I wanted to celebrate my birthday! Yep, it’s THAT good!
6 564 days ago
After spending my birthday wandering from one end of the city to the other (30k steps according to @fitbit). I checked out @wsmchicago and picked up a Beet Streets sandwich from @tempestamarket to take home for lunch. Marinated golden beets, Marcona almond butter (I didn’t even know this was a thing, but I’m glad I do now!), apple, sprouts, pickled red onion on homemade multigrain bread. So freaking good, the flavors meld so seamlessly! Plus, the guys couldn’t have been nicer! They gifted me a chocolate chip cookie for my birthday❤️
4 514 days ago
Spending my birthday (and paid vacation day!) doing all the things downtown that I’ve missed since I’ve gone back to work. First up: avocado toast @leftcoastfood.
3 415 days ago
Working on meal prep for the week and this little babe is on the menu. Craving lasagna for a while and then I saw my friend @jodee_lynn make it recently. That sealed it! Used my mother’s lasagna recipe, but made it with better ingredients (sorry, Mom! 😳). I guess there’s enough here to share with my husband. 🙄
Giving me life this morning after the gym (leg day, oooffff!) a toasted @rudisorganic English muffin, topped with @miyokos_kitchen vegan cream cheese, avocado and a @mightyvine tomato sprinkled with @traderjoes everything but the bagel seasoning. (No worries, this was after my protein shake made with @vitalproteins vanilla & coconut water collagen whey shaken with @harmlessharvest coconut water - gotta get those gains!).
6 573:38 PM Sep 15, 2018
Office snack challenge day 5: Seriously pulled out the big guns today! @siggisdairy vanilla & cinnamon yogurt and a slice of @fitmittenkitchen’s paleo banana chocolate chip skillet cake (that I’d baked and frozen into individual slices before I started my new job). Both topped with @rxbar honey cinnamon peanut butter. What did I learn from this all week? I can stay away from the junk I wouldn’t normally eat (that I truly don’t want to eat), but I need to be prepared. I need to be just as strategic about snackprepping as I am about mealprepping!
Office snack challenge day 4: sliced banana topped with @rxbar vanilla almond butter and mini chocolate chips (yes, on my real @crateandbarrel plate I brought from home!). Full disclosure I did have a slice of carrot cake in our morning staff meeting that I didn’t plan on having, but they brought it for my birthday! And it was good. Really good and worth it. Thankfully, this plate of goods saved me in the later afternoon when faced with the large tray of leftover cookies in the break room.
“I don’t have enough time.” Chalk it up to one of the lies I tell myself on a really regular basis. But I’m been working (thinking about working?) on mindset changes for a while (shout-out to @realfoodwholelife and the Feel Good Effect podcast), and today as I was coming in from my morning walk, checking the clock, showering, etc, I was really craving a warm breakfast. I could feel it in my bones, I’d never wanted anything as much as I wanted to cook myself a fresh breakfast. And that first, spilt second thought was, I don’t have enough time (that’s the whole reason I mealprep, make overnight oats, eat yogurt and granola, etc). But then I heard a louder voice (that sounded uncannily like @elisejoy): You have enough time. No doubt it was in Elise’s voice because I have heard her say it (in her podcast, in her Instastories). A lot. It’s a cornerstone part of her @gettoworkbook philosophy and how she gets things done. But I have never felt the connection to my life so keenly as I did in that moment. Because honestly, I had plenty of time. I’d still get to work early and probably have enough time to still walk a lap around the pond. But if I had listened to what I told first myself, and believed it, I wouldn’t have made the time to whip together this hot babe. Scrambled eggs (with @primalkitchenfoods ketchup - no sugar, no sweetener, no dates and it tastes like “real” ketchup! Get it!), toasted @rudisorganic English muffin, and a sliced @mightyvine tomato sprinkled with @traderjoes everything but the bagel seasoning. Fed my hunger and nourished my soul!
5 741:30 AM Sep 13, 2018
Office snack challenge day 3: @hillshiresnacking Genoa salame with white cheddar cheese and toasted rounds. Such a treat! I don’t buy these that often (this one was leftover from our Michigan road trip last month) so it was just special enough to keep me away from the break room brownies and cookies in the afternoon!
Office snack challenge day 2: @wholefoods 365 organic baby carrots dipped in @cedarsfoods balsamic caramelized onion hommus. I know, it doesn’t sound like enough to hold the junk food at bay, but I haven’t packed these for a snack in weeks so I was looking forward to it. Plus I took the time this morning to slice them in half before packing them in my @stasherbag. Yep, I’m that high maintenance, but what can I say, I like what I like! 🙋🏻♀️
Office snack challenge day 1: gala apple slices (peeled, sliced then stowed in a @stasherbag this morning) dipped in a mix of vanilla @siggisdairy and @crazyrichardspb. I challenged myself to skip ALL the office snacks and junk food laying around. I have pretty good will power, but as it gets later and my workload lessens, my resistance weakens considerably. So my challenge is to pack snacks that are more enticing than the crap food in the break room. Day 1 conquered, no test at all!
3 4512:19 AM Sep 11, 2018
Not feeling a full dinner tonight so protein packed chocolate peanut butter smoothie it is! A mix of @vitalproteins vanilla & coconut water and their banana, cinnamon, vanilla collagen whey, @crazyrichardspb, frozen banana, and cocoa powder. Topped (and bottomed!) with my very favorite @purely_elizabeth original ancient grain granola.
Some weekends just call for chicken and waffles. If you don’t heed the sirens call (at least on occasion) then you are really missing out. Especially when your husband suggests @mothercluckerskitchen when you’ve been randomly thinking about it all week!
Friday night dinner, the very last of my meal prep (so thumbs up for super successful meal prep this week!). I used @howsweeteats sheetpan sausage and peppers recipe (but tripled the amount of peppers and added diced potatoes) with pineapple & bacon @aidellssausage and @thenewprimal mustard BBQ sauce (killer combo!). During the week for lunch at the office, I threw in a handful of my favorite @organicgirl baby spring mix, but for tonight dinner, I added 2 over easy eggs and a shake (or 3) of @traderjoes everything but the bagel seasoning. Felt like a whole new meal!
Yep, totally winning at lunch today. Certainly not a lunch beauty pageant (why is meatloaf just so darn fugly??), but still winning the #notsaddesklunch game today. My favorite @cookinglight homestyle classic meatloaf with mashed potatoes and broccoli. Can’t go wrong with classic comfort food to fill your soul!
Back to work after a long weekend calls for a full-fledged breakfast sandwich. Toasted English muffin, @miyokos_kitchen vegan cream cheese, @mightyvine tomatoes (best tomatoes you can find in a grocery store. Local and so vibrantly juicy!), two fried eggs, and a generous shake of @traderjoes everything but the bagel seasoning. Messy but so freaking delicious! 🍅+🍳+🥪=🤤
I spent the afternoon meal prepping for next week so my husband handled dinner. Grilled ribeye (rubbed overnight with @chicagoqbbq rub). I added homebaked cornbread with honey butter and @organicgirl baby spring mix with @tessemaes honey poppyseed dressing on the side. Tasted even better than it looked and that’s a mighty fine looking piece of meat. (Yeah, yeah, that’s what she said.) 🤩
4 6111:52 PM Sep 2, 2018
Lookin’ like a snack! Totally obsessed with this combo: @miyokos_kitchen vegan cream cheese (found @traderjoes) schmeared on @simplemills smokey BBQ cheddar almond flour crackers. But now I’ve eaten them and they’re gone! 😳
Happy Friday! Breakfast to go today. @siggisdairy vanilla yogurt, roasted cherries (the very last from the Michigan farmstand), sliced banana, @rxbar honey cinnamon peanut butter, topped with @purely_elizabeth original ancient grains granola (the very last of my bag 😩). Tastes like a banana split sundae, just not as frosty! 🍒🍌🍨