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National Coffee Day + Recent (Easy) Eats

Hey there. Happy National Coffee Day. Is anyone taking advantage of the reduced price or free coffee deals today? I just made my normal french press at home this morning and will probably also have a Nespresso a little later. I finally got our capsules restocked so I’m enjoying having an espresso for a mid-afternoon treat.

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I shared these two quotes on Instagram for my personal account and for Y2’s account which basically sum up my relationship with coffee. 😉

I thought I’d show you some recent eats today. They’ve been a bit all over the place. I tend to lose my appetite when stressed/anxious/sad so I’ve basically been eating whatever sounds good to me. There’s also been more out to eat food than usual due to travel and lack of desire to cook much.


Pumpkin Banana Egg White Oatmeal

Banana pumpkin egg white oatmeal. (This recipe, add canned pumpkin.)

Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowls with Scrambled Eggs

Sweet potato breakfast bowls with scrambled eggs. Topped with a drizzle of coconut milk, cashew butter and my dad’s granola…which is so delicious.


Here’s another sweet potato breakfast bowl but I used a white sweet potato. The verdict on that is that they’re a lot denser and gluier than their orange friends. I’ll stick to orange for breakfast bowls.

Paleo Banana Muffins

Finally, fresh fruit, scrambled eggs and a paleo banana muffin from the freezer with cashew butter.


Lunch Grain Bowl

A grain bowl with a mix of lentils and quinoa topped with avocado, tomatoes and hummus over mixed greens.

Salad with power greens mix, avocado, dried cherries, toasted almonds, pears and artichokes

Salad with power greens mix, avocado, dried cherries, toasted almonds, pears and artichokes.

Road trip lunch

Road trip packed lunch of quinoa/lentil mix with spinach, tomatoes, radishes, avocado and hummus.

Unpictured: lots of sandwiches on my dad’s sourdough while I was at home.


hash with potatoes, spinach, onions and Italian sausage. served with two eggs and sliced tomatoes

I made a hash with potatoes, spinach, onions and Italian sausage and served it with two eggs and sliced tomatoes.

Snapper and roasted vegetables

Leftover snapper in a garlic butter wine sauce that my dad cooked with lots of veggies on the side.

Crab Cakes

Crab cakes that I put on top of a salad.

Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowl

Chipotle on the road home from Florida. I had a chicken burrito bowl with brown rice, black beans and a heap of guacamole. It had been several years since I’d eaten at Chipotle and the verdict is that the food tasted really good and was a great value but it was really, really salty. Does anyone else get that with Chipotle?

Chicken Tagine

The first day we were home from Florida, Tanner’s mom and step-father spent the night with us. I decided to cook dinner for everyone and also invited his brother and sister-in-law. I was equal parts overwhelmed to have company and really, really grateful for the distraction. (And I totally shared this with them and they understood!) I spent the afternoon getting the house clean, which felt good, and then whipped up dinner. I made a Chicken Tangine with Apricots from Epicurious.

Chicken Tagine with Apricots over Couscous

I served it over couscous with a salad on the side. After saying goodbye to everyone and cleaning the kitchen, I left Tanner up to hang out with his mom and I was in bed with a cupcake by 9:30 p.m.

Brio Salmon Salad

And finally, BFF Dorie is on a mission to get me out of the house. We went to Brio for dinner last night where I had a salmon salad with crispy potato strings and grilled asparagus. We’re having a girl’s night out tonight at her house. I’m bringing over a couple Blue Apron dinners that I haven’t cooked this week and we’re going to make a night of cooking and hanging out with a few friends. I have to say it again…my friends have gone above and beyond and I feel really grateful.

Unpictured: daily cupcakes. I’m definitely not going to tell my friends to stop comforting me with sweet treats. xx

Are you more of an emotional eater or appetite-loser? I’m not even sure I can say that I totally lose my appetite but I definitely gravitate more towards simple things and all the carbs.

What’s your favorite coffee drink? 

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  • 1
    Dana star September 29, 2016, 2:30 pm

    Carbs are definitely my go to- simple comfort food… rice- with salt /pepper.

    My Facebook friend Kat, recently posted a picture of rice with banana and honey. That was her go to comfort food. Lol.

    ..continuing to think of you, sweet friend. Take care of your heart. Crying with you.

    • 2
      Jen DeCurtins October 1, 2016, 9:33 am

      Oh wow to that rice and banana combo. Not going to lie, I thought to myself…”I wonder if rice and peanut butter would go together” as an addition to that. (Insert monkey emoji covering eyes)

      Grateful for you and our amazing community.

  • 3
    Dawn Rambles September 29, 2016, 2:40 pm

    It’s been awhile since I’ve had Chipotle, so the burrito bol looked really good. I can be an emotional eater at times, but I’ve also had that loss of appetite days too.

    Ok, don’t hate me but I have never had coffee and no desire ever to try it. I just can’t do it.

    • 4
      Jen DeCurtins October 1, 2016, 9:32 am

      I am seriously impressed by your no coffee! Did you parents drink coffee when you were growing up?

  • 5
    San September 29, 2016, 4:52 pm

    Definitely an apptetite-loser over here. (Although, ice-cream is always an option. :)).

    My favorite coffee drink is probably regular (freshly brewed coffee) with milk and a splash of (original) creamer.

    • 6
      Jen DeCurtins October 1, 2016, 9:32 am

      Ice cream is always a good idea. 😉 I’m a regular coffee girl too. I prefer it over fancy drinks.

  • 7
    Jodie September 30, 2016, 9:09 am

    Have not eaten at chipotle in years, I think 2009 was the last time. Coffee is my thing, I like mine black. It depends on the stressor, most times I lose my appetite though.

    Really sorry for your loss.

    • 8
      Jen DeCurtins October 1, 2016, 9:30 am

      Thank you so much Jodie. <3

  • 9
    Sarah September 30, 2016, 9:46 am

    Hi Jen,
    I want to say again that I am so sorry for your loss. It’s so hard to read about such losses and experiences through bloggers we look up to. You and your family are in my thoughts. My favorite coffee drinks as of late are cold brew and a hot americano with steamed milk. Total ends of the spectrum but each depends on my mood!

    • 10
      Jen DeCurtins October 1, 2016, 9:30 am

      Sarah – thank you so much for the condolences. Clearly, it’s a situation I’ve never navigated before so I feel that being open and honest about it is the best way to go. I do have a platform to reach others and to share emotions – whether happy or sad – with others who feel the same way. I’m grateful for this community and the support we can give each other.

  • 11
    Alicia September 30, 2016, 11:55 am

    I get chipotle frequently, however I don’t do their meats/poultry, which are likely part of why it’s so salty. Just beans/rice/veg/guac. Also no cheese.

    I’ve thought a lot about you this week, Jen. I hope you’re finding your way.

    • 12
      Jen DeCurtins October 1, 2016, 9:29 am

      Thank you Alicia. It’s been up and down but I’m okay.

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