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It’s My Blog Birthday + Last Week’s Eats & This Week’s Dinner Menu

Happy Easter! I hope that you’re all having a lovely Sunday whether it’s full of Easter festivities or just enjoying a nice spring day. Things are pretty quiet around here. I always miss my family on days like this but luckily I have a trip booked to see them soon.

Today is my blog’s birthday! My TimeHop told me that I started this blog seven years ago today. I just checked my WordPress dashboard and saw that I’ve written over 2,100 posts since that first one which equates to about 300 a year and nearly six per week. That’s a lot of blogging. Whether you’ve been with me for a month, a year or since the beginning…thank you for reading! What a journey it’s been. <3

Last Week’s Eats

Breakfast

pb&j green smoothie

I only have one breakfast photo because I kind of got stuck on smoothies. I’ve been all about my favorite basic “PB&J” combo of frozen bananas, berries, a date, spinach, homemade almond milk and lots of peanut butter.

Lunch

Salad with spinach, arugula, tomatoes, sliced almonds, dried cranberries, avocado, strawberries and deli turkey with a sesame ginger dressing

Lunches were a little more interesting. Salad with spinach, arugula, tomatoes, sliced almonds, dried cranberries, avocado, strawberries and deli turkey with a sesame ginger dressing.

Turkey sandwich with melted goat cheese, arugula, dijon mustard, avocado and mayo

Turkey sandwich with melted goat cheese, arugula, dijon mustard, avocado and mayo.

Grain blend topped with dinner leftovers along with a dollop of hummus and slices of avocado

Grain blend topped with dinner leftovers along with a dollop of hummus and slices of avocado.

Arugula dressed with olive oil and lemon juice then topped with a grain blend, avocado, dried cranberries, turkey, pistachios, tomatoes and hummus

Arugula dressed with olive oil and lemon juice then topped with a grain blend, avocado, dried cranberries, turkey, pistachios, tomatoes and hummus.

Dinner

Blue Apron seared salmon with lemon labneh over freekah with kale and dates

Blue Apron seared salmon with lemon labneh over freekah with kale and dates. This was good! Here’s the recipe.

fontina stuffed pork chop with roasted potatoes and a pizzaiola sauce

Another Blue Apron dish with a fontina stuffed pork chop with roasted potatoes and a pizzaiola sauce. I also added some sauteed spinach on the side for something green.

One pan roasted dinner with chicken apple sausage, butternut squash, brussels sprouts and baby portobello mushrooms

One pan roasted dinner with chicken apple sausage, butternut squash, brussels sprouts and baby portobello mushrooms.

I topped mine with hummus and a drizzle of balsamic.

Sourdough, mayo, avocado, turkey, goat cheese and Chef Alyssa's champagne tomato jam

One night I got sucked into the vortex of work until like 9:30 so I just made a quick turkey sandwich for dinner.

Sourdough, mayo, avocado, turkey, goat cheese and Chef Alyssa's champagne tomato jam

Sourdough, mayo, avocado, turkey, goat cheese and Chef Alyssa’s champagne tomato jam.

Pan roasted chicken with roasted potatoes and carrots.

This Week’s Meal Plan

Sunday: Dijon maple glazed spiral ham with roasted carrots, spinach salad and biscuits (you cannot have ham without biscuits)

Monday: Crispy Peanut Tofu & Cauliflower Rice Stirfry (I’m going to use a big head of broccoflower that I have)

Tuesday: Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

Wednesday: I’ll use the leftover ham to make some sort of quiche or fritatta with a salad

Thursday: kimchi, grains and greens bowl with a fried or poached egg (loosely based on this)

Friday: Leftovers

Saturday: Postmates or go out

And that wrap’s it up!

Again, happy Easter and all my gratitude and appreciation to you guys for hanging out at my little corner of the Internet! 🙂

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  • 1
    Nathaly April 16, 2017, 3:18 pm

    Happy easter Jen! I’ve been reading your blog for a year now, and always love your week’s eats posts 🙂 Wish I was creative to do all of those colorful meals that you make.

  • 2
    Hillary April 16, 2017, 4:41 pm

    Happy Blog Birthday! I’ve enjoyed following through the years. xo

  • 3
    meredith (The Cookie ChRUNicles) April 17, 2017, 5:40 am

    happy blog anniversary! your blog was the first I ever read in 2012 (I think?!) and I’ve been a daily reader ever since. 🙂

  • 4
    Julie Running in a Skirt April 17, 2017, 8:49 am

    Happy blog birthday!! I can’t remember how I found your blog, but I’m glad I did!

  • 5
    Joy April 17, 2017, 9:22 am

    Happy Blog-versary. I’ve been reading your blog for about 6 years, maybe even closer to 7 years. It’s still one of the first ones I read each day! Thanks for all the hard work you put into this space!

    • 6
      Jen April 27, 2017, 9:33 am

      Oh wow, thank you so much for reading for so long Joy. If you ever have any feedback for me on what you like seeing best and things I’ve done/not done over the years, I’d love to hear it. I appreciate YOU!

  • 7
    Laura @ LauraLikesDesign April 17, 2017, 10:22 am

    I started reading your blog around 2012 or so! I found it through another HLB!

    • 8
      Jen April 27, 2017, 9:32 am

      THANK YOU for sticking with me all these years! 🙂

  • 9
    Teri || a foodie stays fit April 17, 2017, 11:54 am

    Happy blog birthday!!! Gosh, I don’t remember how I found your blog? Probably a friend in Charlotte??

    xo

  • 10
    Katie @ Live Half Full April 17, 2017, 2:27 pm

    I’ve been reading your blog for years and I can’t remember how I found it- maybe your old yoga videos! I’m a fellow blogger too and I love how you have stuck to your roots over time. 🙂

    • 11
      Jen April 27, 2017, 9:31 am

      Hey Katie – I just added your blog to my Feedly! 🙂

  • 12
    JennyV April 17, 2017, 7:42 pm

    I’ve been a reader since July 2010 when I moved to Charlotte when my husband was a preceptor at a clinic. Not sure how I found it but so thankful I did! I love your insights and fitness shares!

    • 13
      Jen April 27, 2017, 9:29 am

      I am so sad we did not meet when you were here! Thank you for sticking with me all these years, it’s been quite a journey. I’m so happy that we’ve connected via FB, Snap and Instagram over the last year. I love keeping up with you and those two sweet girls! 🙂 xx

  • 14
    Ellen April 17, 2017, 8:35 pm

    Your meal plan inspired me so much! I made the crispy peanut tofu tonight and it was AMAZING. Thanks for the great ideas! Can’t wait to make the blue apron salmon.

    • 15
      Jen April 27, 2017, 9:28 am

      So awesome to hear this! Glad you’re finding it useful. I hope you liked the BA salmon!

  • 16
    Nicole Rymarz April 18, 2017, 9:25 am

    Hey Jen! I love reading your blog. Thank you for being so inspirational & real. I wanted to recommend a smoothie recipe – it sounds weird but tastes amazing: spinach, PB, cooked beets, banana, & liquid of choice – I use a2 Milk. The beets sound strange but it tastes so freaking good! 🙂

    • 17
      Jen April 27, 2017, 9:25 am

      Thank you for reading! 🙂 RE: your smoothie recipe…I don’t think it sounds weird at all. I love beets!

  • 18
    Liz April 18, 2017, 5:24 pm

    I found your blog through Leslie Ann Quillen’s old blog LAQ fitness. I’ve been reading for about three years now. I love your flexible “you do you” approach to fitness — sharing recipes and workouts that work for you and acknowledging that diet/exercise changes over time and that is ok. I also love all the pictures of your dogs Zooey and Sully! Thank you so much for putting out this great blog year after year! I always look forward to new posts.

    • 19
      Jen April 27, 2017, 9:20 am

      I LOVE LAQ! She’s one of my fave fitness girls! 🙂 I appreciate you reading and I’m so happy to hear that you enjoy the mix of content!

  • 20
    adrianna April 23, 2017, 4:10 pm

    aww happy birthday 😉 this blog is really fantastic and i’m so glad i stumbled upon it awhile back. keep up the great work!!

    • 21
      Jen April 27, 2017, 9:02 am

      Thank you so much! 🙂

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