This was not my healthiest week of eating, but I can’t say I didn’t enjoy my meals. I’m very much looking forward to Thanksgiving and will be extra cautious this week on the other days.
Back to recap this past week, I started off with some tasty and delectable French toast. For whatever reason, the bread was extra crunchy this time around and it paired well with the pumpkin flavor.
To use up more of that canned pumpkin I opened, I baked up an oatmeal dish. This included some white chocolate peanut butter, strawberries, and blueberries. So good!
These pancakes are still my favorite. I tossed in a handful of blueberries to the batter, which makes things that much more satisfying. An array of redness accompanies it.
More oatmeal, this time the stove top variety, with dark chocolate peanut butter, pomegranate seeds, and blueberries.
These pancakes were made with whole wheat flour, oats, Greek yogurt, and an egg white. On their own, they were a little bland, but topped with peanut butter, jelly, and toasted coconut, they were a dream.
Before a busy day of shopping, I got to eat these poached eggs over toast. One of my favorite breakfasts!
I ended my week with more peanut butter pancakes because I won’t have time anymore to make them as often as I have been doing. I ended up burning everything from the cakes to the coconut, but they were still yummy.
First up for lunches was an experiment of sorts with this mason jar salad. It was very filling because I stocked it with too many veggies, seemingly impossible, I know. It was good, but I didn’t realize you were supposed to pour it all into a bowl when it was ready to be eaten, so it’s something to work on more.
I had a medley for this meal that included half a grilled pepperjack and pepperoni grilled cheese, veggie sticks, and a big bowl of popcorn.
This lunch was another grilled cheese with a few celery sticks and a bowl of the tomato chickpea soup stuffed with veggies. I came up with it all on my own, but I should have added some more water because it was very chunky.
A leftover piece of veggie quiche with a side of whole wheat raisin toast was a quick, hot lunch after a long workout. It hit the spot!
I enjoyed this shredded steak and veggie quesadilla out to lunch with my friend Molly. To finish it off, I pulled the filling goodness out of the tortilla rather than try to heat it up later and have it go soggy.
A few hours into our shopping, my mom and I needed sustenance to help us regroup for another round of shopping. We each had a slice of pizza and a side salad. Yay on the cheesiness, nay on the lame salad. I can do so much better. Also, who puts egg and bacon on a spinach salad?!
To cheer on the Patriots in their most recent victory, we ordered subs from one of our local favorites. I went with the chicken parm, a couple of chips, and a ton of chopped veggies. Great Sunday!
Look at these veggies I grilled up for dinner on Monday!
I threw my portion into a salad and made a steak quesadilla to go along with it.
This chicken and spinach salad- done the proper way- is becoming a family favorite. The chicken is marinated in Italian dressing then thrown into a salad composed of baby spinach, walnuts, craisins, cucumber, tomato, and pepper, tossed with poppyseed dressing. I enjoyed mine with a piece of toast for my serving of grains.
This veggie quiche is always a great, quick option to make ahead and eat when ready. They are also freezer friendly! Paired with a salad and I had myself a tasty dinner!
Thursday night, I met up with my graduate school friends who I can’t believe I haven’t seen in so long. Last year, I saw them more than my family and they were my biggest support staff through the program (other than my parents). Reminiscing over some Bertuccis’ rolls, I went with this pasta, sausage, and pepper dish. I ate all of the sausage and peppers and had a few bites of pasta because I prefer the rolls!
After that big quesadilla on Friday for lunch, I wasn’t starving for dinner. I went with a couple pieces of peanut butter toast and half a banana to keep things light, but filling. I can never go wrong with peanut butter!
Shopping is one of my favorite things, but it’s also exhausting. A movie night to see Mockingjay with my cousin Mikey was just what I needed to relax. Oh, wait. That movie is not relaxing. I’ve read the book and I was still nervous and on the edge of my seat. The acting is phenomenal! And I didn’t like this book all that much- I enjoyed the first two though! Before the movie, we grabbed a quick dinner at a pizza shop. Knowing I was going to want this theater’s popcorn- note, real butter- I opted for this awesome Greek chicken kebab salad. Nicely done, fellow salad makers.
Overall, I would say I ate out too many times than I would normally allow myself, but they all included fun times with amazing people, so I will not complain or fret! Happy Thanksgiving week, friends! Happy and healthy eating!