Yesterday I woke up excited for the last day of Passover. It’s been quite a journey over the past week, between trips home to Dallas and then activities going on DC. Not only that, I was excited for one last day of Passover foods.
Breakfast was some fruit topped with the last few spoonfuls of charoset. Plus I made matzah brei with 1 egg, about a third of a piece of matzah, salt, pepper, and some cheese. It was like a little egg pancake, topped with red pepper spread.
Lunch was another junk salad and then snack was more Greek yogurt.
For dinner I went to Austin Grill to meet up with friends to say goodbye to Emily and Casey who are moving to Seattle tomorrow. Since it wasn’t sundown I had another grilled chicken salad and broke Passover with a few tortilla chips that honestly weren’t so good.
Instead I kicked off the return to whole gluten free grains with a Food for life English muffin with almond butter and jelly plus some fruit.
Lunch was the last serving of shakshuka with spinach(recipe coming this week!) plus salad x2.
I had more yogurt for a snack plus a Passion iced tea from Starbucks while I ran an errand on campus. I couldn’t work out today (I overstretched my knee and my fave Aussie trainer recommended taking a couple of rest days to let it heal) so I stopped by Trader Joe’s on the way home from work. I needed to pick up a few things.
Dinner was a number of smaller “tastes” to suit my cravings – a small bowl of asparagus and broccoli soup with 1/3c brown rice and cheddar cheese mixed in, a serving of baked beans (which tasted so. good.) and some chicken and roasted cauliflower with BBQ sauce.
Afterwards I did some cleaning around the apartment and put my pantry back together. As you can see, it’s pretty organized and not really restocked. I’m not sure I’m going to fully restock since I felt pretty good eating less grains over the last week. We shall see.
I also put away the goodies my mom mailed me – Parmesan crisps, Cotswald honey from their trip to England, and dark chocolate almonds. The Kids are Alright arrived from Netflix and I’m probably going to snack on a pear before bed! Gnight!
As the day draws to a close it feels like I’ve accomplished a fair amount in preparation for my trip. Not only have I started getting organized by writing my packing list and doing laundry, I’ve also started my extensive Passover cleaning list! There are a few less jars in my fridge too as I used up the last drops of things in my meals today.
I seem to be back in my groove because I have pictures from everything I ate today save a few frozen blueberries and a few bites of a whole grain bun.
Breakfast was a small bowl of blueberries, pineapple, and orange plus an egg on an English muffin with ~1T of red pepper spread, sriracha, and half a slice of lite cheddar cheese.
Lunch made good use of leftovers and frozen veggies. I topped a bed of fresh spinach with frozen bell pepper strips, a few broccoli florets, and a couple of T of peas and corn plus leftover teriyaki chicken breast and 1/4c rice.
Late afternoon my stomach started growling again so I snacked on some grapes and pineapple and a salad of romaine, sauerkraut, sun-dried tomato, and a few green olives.
After work I cozy-ed up on my couch to do some reading. My legs have taken a beating in the last week and I knew that today needed to be a rest day. I still walked over 3 miles in commuting and a few errands though! I finally finished American Wife while I roasted up some veggies for dinner.
Dinner was my last vegan black bean tamale, roasted asparagus and carrots, and a serving of baked beans.
I just finished snacking on a pear and some blueberries (with a sprinkle of cinnamon, pinch of chia seeds, and maybe 1/2T of crispy rice cereal) while watching Modern Family and I’m going to wrap up a couple more things before bed.
Do you write out a packing list before a big trip? Are you reading anything good – I’m looking for a new book now!
Between my challenge to clear out my pantry before Passover, make good use of the produce in my fridge, and eat healthfully I’ve been eating a lot of similar meals this week that aren’t too exciting. Instead of a daily digest of the fruits (apples and pears), snacks (fruit leather, veg, hummus), and repetitive meals I want to share three meals I’ve been loving this week.
Butternut squash risotto with spinach and white beans. This has made for easy lunches where I can combine everything in tupperware and get out the door on time for work.
Kitchen sink (or fridge…) salads! My cravings for salads have increased with the return of spring. This week’s favorite mix is a combination of romaine and spinach, artichoke hearts, hearts of palm, carrots, and sauerkraut. My current favorite salad dressing is Annie’s Green Garlic Dressing.
Food for Life English Muffins and fruit for breakfast. Fruit has been a mix of berries, pineapple, and pear and I either have PB&J or an egg with red pepper spread, sriracha, and some cheese on the English muffin. It’s delicious, filling, and something I wake up excited to eat!
What meals are you loving this week? Do you eat similar things every day or like a wide variety throughout the week?
It’s not often that I hop out of bed 25 minutes before my alarm, especially on a Monday morning coming off of a not-so-great night of sleep. But yesterday I found myself eager to get the day started. Perhaps the allure of warm and sunny weather got me excited?? I tackled a couple of chores to kick the day off productively and then it was time for work.
I was hungry and searching for a snack a good hour earlier than I usually do. I’m not sure what breakfast of an English muffin with red pepper spread, hot sauce, and ~1.5 egg whites plus pineapple and blueberries was missing but I made up for it with ~1/3 of a Larabar and a fruit leather with a schmear of peanut butter.
On my lunch hour I hit the gym for a total body conditioning class. After a month in the Tuesday class that features a lot of body weight exercises, sprints, and high intensity training, this class left me aggravated and wishing it were Tuesday. The instructor was the opposite of motivating and I did not enjoy a lot of the exercises we did. Oh well, a workout is a workout, right? I cooled down with some time on the elliptical and then it was time to eat.
Lunch was leftover chicken on a bed of spinach with brown vegetable rice.
My afternoon snack was some cucumber slices with 1/2T of hummus plus a mini bag of popcorn.
The rest of the night was spent tackling errands and chores followed by relaxing.
Do you ever find yourself ahead of real time?