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Hello from Treasure Island + This Week’s Eats

Good morning and happy Friday!

We are in Treasure Island, Florida for the weekend. One of girls on our management team is getting married on Saturday evening on St. Pete Beach so a group of us yogis made the trek down to celebrate with her.

treasure island florida

We are sharing a two bedroom condo with Dorie and another one of our teachers. There’s a bit of a cold front passing through and the high is only 68-70 while we are here. It makes for incredible cool weather with low humidity (yay for running!) but we’ll see if we can hang on the beach. It’s quite windy.

We are only here for a long weekend but if you have any suggestions on things to do/see or where we should eat tonight, I’d love to hear them!

I’ll take you through a quick overview of what we’ve been eating to wrap up the week.

Breakfast

sweet potato breakfast bowl

Sweet potato breakfast bowl along with tea with collagen. You can most definitely taste the collagen in the tea/coffee but I am getting used to it quickly.

eggs, paleo banana bread muffins and grapes

Two eggs cooked in Kerrygold, two mini paleo banana bread muffins with almond butter and grapes.

airport breakfast

Airport breakfast of a piece of zucchini bread that I bought from the refreshment stand. I topped it with Wild Friends Sesame Cranberry Peanut Butter (I never travel without nut butter packets!) and a banana from home. I say “refreshment stand” because we flew Allegiant out of Concord and that was truly the only food option. The bread was homemade and delicious! Our flight was delayed a couple of hours so we had a lot of time sitting in the tiny terminal but I was able to crank through a lot of work so that was a plus.

chia pudding

And finally, this morning’s breakfast is chia pudding, granola, almond butter and strawberries. We went to Publix yesterday so that we had snacks and breakfast options for the weekend.

Lunch

greens, grains and beets salad

Lunches were good this week. I roasted beets on Sunday so they were the main star of the show. Here’s a bowl with leftover “all the green things” salad from Sunday dinner topped with leftover lemon quinoa grain blend, beets, pistachios, goat cheese and hummus.

baby spinach, quinoa and beets

Spinach, quinoa, beets, avocado, sliced almonds, dried cranberries and a sesame ginger dressing.

kale and lentil salad and beets

Leftover kale and lentil salad from a dinner you’ll see below topped with avocado, pistachios, dried cranberries, beets and hummus.

grouper salad

Grouper on a salad when we got to Florida yesterday.

Dinner

Southern Italian Cod Stew

This was a Blue Apron Southern Italian fish stew that wasn’t my favorite (I don’t know that fish stew will ever truly be + I don’t love capers) but the pizza bianca on the side was to die for! It was made from pizza dough that you rolled out and baked with a brush of olive oil. I also added a garlic herb seasoning and shredded parm.

blue apron seared chicken with lentils

Blue Apron seared chicken. It was supposed to be served with an arugula radish salad and cooked lentils. Unfortunately, I waited too long to use my arugula and it got icky so we made a kale salad instead and then decided to add the lentils in with it.

blue apron burger

Blue Apron shitake burgers with miso mayo and roasted sweet potatoes. I always love Blue Apron burgers. They have the best mix-ins and sauces.

britt's pizza

And finally, we stayed in last night and ordered pizza from Britt’s Pizza. It was delicious!

Etc.

sunflour bakery

Sunflour iced tea and oatmeal raisin cookie. I had an hour between appointments on a beautiful 80 degree day so I decided to sit on their patio and wrap up a project.

And that’s that. I think I’m going to figure out a workout option for this morning and then enjoy this gorgeous day in the sun!

Beets…love them or leave them? And if you love them, any favorite ways to eat them?

Capers…love or leave?

Favorite burger mix in or topping?

{ 17 comments… add one }
  • 1
    Kristin April 7, 2017, 9:37 am

    What’s the best way to roast beets? They are probably one of the few veggies I’ve never roasted!!

    • 2
      Jen April 7, 2017, 10:18 am

      I wrap them in foil and roast at 400. Once they are tender and can be easily pierced, I run them under cold water and the outer skin slides right off.

      • 3
        tara April 7, 2017, 1:35 pm

        i do the exact same. i usaully wear gloves to peel them. it helps the peel slide off easier and keeps your hands from turning pink. i use just regular latex style gloves

  • 4
    Susie April 7, 2017, 9:59 am

    So I tried the Great Lakes collagen powder first, and you can definitely taste it. But I just bought the Vital Proteins brand, and you can’t taste it at all!! And I think it dissolves better. It’s pricier, but it’s definitely worth it. And it has more protein which is nice!

  • 5
    Shelby April 7, 2017, 10:24 am

    I had my bachelorette in St. Pete, and my best friend lives there – such a beautiful place! I highly recommend Red Mesa Cantina (on 3rd St. S) for fresh Mexican food and margaritas and Birch & Vine is an amazing lunch/brunch spot overlooking the water. Enjoy your weekend!

  • 6
    Mariel April 7, 2017, 10:40 am

    I love beets! I usually roast them as well, but I also like them in smoothies. It gives such a good earthy yet sweet flavor, especially if paired with cacao powder.
    I love capers as well . Favorite burger toppings would have to be avocado, caramelized onions and cheese!

  • 7
    Jenna April 7, 2017, 11:15 am

    It looks like you’re reading Small, Great Things in the pictures you posted. I just finished that book a few weeks ago and flew through it. It was so good! Definitely one of the best books I’ve read this year.

  • 8
    Sarah April 7, 2017, 12:08 pm

    Welcome to St. Pete! Sorry we didn’t have warmer weather for you 🙁
    Tonight is First Friday Downtown St. Pete. They close off all the roads and have a band and lots of the bars have restaurants. It’s usually a fun time if you are looking for an evening activity. The Canopy is a nice rooftop bar and views of the sunset are amazing for happy hour. Red Mesa Cantina and Bella Brava are a few of my favorite restaurants downtown. Enjoy your trip!!

  • 9
    tara April 7, 2017, 1:32 pm

    LOVE beets. fave is a beet salad. roast beets and when still slightly warm coat in a basic vinaigrette. put on bed of simple greens with sprinkle of nuts of choice and some goat cheese.
    HATE capers.
    love burgers of all kinds ! my fave is mush and swiss and if i had time which i never do, carmalized onions.

  • 10
    Ashlee April 7, 2017, 2:50 pm

    I highly recommend Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides. It dissolves easily in both hot and cold liquids and has absolutely no flavor or odor. I use a scoop in my Nuun electrolyte drink or hot tea each morning.

  • 11
    Melissa April 7, 2017, 4:52 pm

    I just read this in the Sunday NYT a couple weeks ago! Might be helpful.
    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/03/16/travel/what-to-do-36-hours-in-st-pete-beach-florida.html?_r=0

  • 12
    Amanda April 7, 2017, 10:42 pm

    I love beets! Quick question: Do you buy your pistachios shelled, or are you shelling them before putting them on your salads?

  • 13
    Amanda April 7, 2017, 10:43 pm

    I never comment, but I’m excited that you’re in/near my part of the world. (I live in Clearwater.) Welcome, welcome!!

  • 14
    Comment April 7, 2017, 11:01 pm

    I liked the smoky pork burgers from blue apron.
    Yes, love beets!

  • 15
    Julie Running in a Skirt April 8, 2017, 10:40 am

    Love beets! If I see them, I almost always order them. I need to get more comfortable with cooking them at home.

  • 16
    Jolene April 8, 2017, 1:50 pm

    It is a windy weekend in Tampa Bay! Enjoy the sunshine and relaxation!

    • 17
      Jen April 9, 2017, 1:04 pm

      It was but gorgeous and so sunny!

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