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Birds, Babies and What I’ve Been Eating Recently Wednesday

Hi and happy Wednesday!

I missed you guys yesterday because my day was jam-packed and ended with a fiasco of getting a bird out of my house and babies.

I was getting ready to meet a girlfriend for a walk and dinner and went into the kitchen to find Zoey going crazy. She had a bird cornered by the back door and at one point actually caught it and had the bird in her mouth. I have no idea how this poor bird got in the house but I rescued it from Zoey and it was flying wildly around my kitchen. I had to go get my neighbor to help me get it out (bird was unharmed). Quite the cleaning operation commenced after getting the bird out.

(If you’re wondering what Sullie was doing during all of this…nothing. Just laying in the other room watching the chaos. Ha!)

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So an hour later than originally planned I met this handsome boy and his momma for a walk around uptown and dinner at Malabar. I got tons of baby playtime and snuggles in and then ended up going back to my friend’s house and keeping her company through bath time and bedtime because her husband is traveling for work. I didn’t get home until 10:30 and crashed.

It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve done a recent eats post so today I have a selection of things I’ve been cooking and eating at home.

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Loving fig season. Greek yogurt with honey, granola, figs, berries and almond butter.

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Always smoothies. Lately it’s been frozen bananas, cherries, blueberries, strawberries, greek yogurt, cashew milk, Premier Protein Vanilla Milkshake Protein Powder, peanut butter and dark cocoa powder.

8.12eggs

I have been craving eggs lately. I was training a client at the gym one morning and was like, “I must have eggs for breakfast.” I came home and made this yummy combo of eggs over avocado toast with a fresh peach. (Check out my post on no-fail egg cooking!)

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Salads topped with berries, toasted pecans, deli turkey, avocado and feta.

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The best salad I’ve made lately was spinach, avocado, roasted sweet potatoes, soft boiled eggs, avocado, dried cranberries, feta and sesame ginger dressing. The soft boiled egg was an accident…I was boiling eggs for my salad and didn’t cook them quite long enough because I was hungry and rushing. It was a good mistake!

8.12padthai

I made my homemade pad thai recipe with zoodles. While it wasn’t bad, I’ll stick with the real thing when it comes to this recipe. The rice noodles just soak up the sauce so much better than the zoodles.

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Barbecue chicken flat bread.

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Baked tofu over quinoa with hummus. Kale chips on the side. (Check out my tofu baking tutorial in this post.)

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Fajita turkey burgers topped with pepper jack cheese, roasted okra with feta and corn on the cob. First, I need to post this turkey burger ASAP because it’s amazing. Second, I whipped up a Sriracha aioli to top the burgers with and dip the okra in. Third, here’s my roasted okra with Srirach aioli recipe. I cut my okra a little differently this time to make them more a little more “fry-like” (although let’s get real…I wasn’t trying to call okra fries) versus serving them whole and I liked it!

8.12quinoabowl

I used the leftover tofu and quinoa to make quinoa bowls. One of my favorites! I layered quinoa, sauteed spinach, sundried tomatoes, avocado, tofu, feta and hummus in a bowl.

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And finally…I picked up some bone-in pork chops from the farmers market and served them with a tomato mozzarella salad and pole beans. I made a white wine butter sauce for the pork chops. They were so good!

What have you been cooking lately?

What’s the craziest animal you’ve had in your house? (please no one say a snake!)



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  • 1
    Melissa Klotz August 12, 2015, 12:30 pm

    I have a fantastic recipe for a caramelized onion and fig pizza that I’ve been making every summer for the past 4 or 5 years!

    http://www.nowyourecook.in/2012/08/06/caramelized-onion-and-fig-pizzas/

    • 2
      Jen August 12, 2015, 3:26 pm

      YUM!

  • 3
    Laur August 12, 2015, 1:07 pm

    We had a bat in our house a few times. Along with a squirrel. The squirrel was the WORST. Oh gosh, so jittery. Hahaha.

  • 4
    Hilary August 12, 2015, 1:30 pm

    Ahh my pup recently had somehow got ahold of a bird outside, we think it was injured but not sure, thank goodness we rescued it before the pup hurt it!

  • 5
    Natalie Homesley August 12, 2015, 1:42 pm

    Quick questions …1. how do you get the smoothies so thick?
    and 2. what are your go to salad dressings?

  • 7
    She Rocks Fitness August 12, 2015, 2:28 pm

    I’m making bone in pork chop tonight with green beans and a roasted sweet potato…I can’t wait to cook this and sit my butt on the couch later tonight and relax. Your eats look DELISH…as always!

  • 8
    Jenn F August 12, 2015, 2:30 pm

    I’ve had a bat in the house and a raccoon – the raccoon came in through a doggie door and was chowing down on the dog food!

  • 10
    Dani @ Dani California Cooks August 12, 2015, 2:34 pm

    I adore dried figs but for some reason, I really don’t like fresh figs! They look so pretty in your oatmeal, though.

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    Ashley @ A Lady Goes West August 12, 2015, 6:10 pm

    Totally crazy about the bird, Jen. That’s never happened to me. And your food is just spectacular. We have very similar tastes! Parfaits, smoothies, salads, you name it, I enjoy it. Happy Wednesday!

  • 12
    Julie @ Running in Skirt August 13, 2015, 8:58 am

    Whoa!!!! I ended up with some sort of critter in the attic once. Let the hubs deal with that one. YIKES! I would have had to call someone!

  • 13
    Kat August 13, 2015, 10:19 am

    snake(s). yes, plural. and lots of mice as well. there may or may not be a story about trying to catch mice in the sticky glue mouse traps and catching tons of baby snakes instead. followed by the dilemma of how to kill the stuck, writhing baby snakes. swinging a shovel with eyes closed was involved. yep. living in the mountains for 20+ years will bring many interesting critter-in-home tales! 🙂

    • 14
      Jen August 13, 2015, 9:03 pm

      That’s so crazy! I can’t even imagine!!

  • 15
    Pam August 14, 2015, 3:04 pm

    Jen,
    You are such an inspiration to me as well as others! I have booked my very first yoga retreat out of country! I am going with my 200hour teacher, Kelli James Precourt to Tulum, Mexico! I am working on getting my 500 hour! I just wanted to tell you thank you for being such an encourager to me! As I enter my 60th trip around the sun, I feel better than I did at 30! If you ever have an opportunity to practice with Kelli at Balance Health Studio on 30a, I hope you will jump on it! Namaste
    Continue your balanced living!
    Pam

  • 16
    Cassie Tran August 16, 2015, 12:14 am

    Great WIAW! Everything looks soooooo good!

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