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Recent Eats + Coffee Love

Good morning!

4c76916b5dcdb7bc31f27b1eef945a87Coffee poured, first sip taken and now time to stop procaffeinating and get to work! I mentioned this a few weeks back but I recently welcomed a coffee maker back into my life after a couple of years of Nespresso and French press only and it’s been pretty fantastic.

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I forgot how wonderful the automatic timer is. There’s something about that aroma of coffee brewing that makes it so much easier to get out of bed in the morning.

Today is crazy jam packed so I subbed out my 6 a.m. class to get some work done. I’m on a big deadline for a writing project and have some meetings and appointments today.

I wanted to check in quickly here first to share some highlights of what I’ve been eating over the last week before I get moving on the other stuff.

2.17breakfasteggs

We’re still loving our sweet potato bowl spreads for breakfast. Related, thanks so much for all the positive feedback on my sweet potato breakfast bowl post. So appreciate all of the shares and Pins!

2.18chiapudding

Still defaulting to chia pudding for on-the-go breakfasts. This one was eaten between training clients at the gym.

sweetpotatobanana

Another bowl of sweet potato goodness. Have I convinced you to try it yet?

2.17veggielunch

This lunch was different for me. Leftover roasted veggies and chicken Italian sausage over sauteed spinach and topped with avocado. I am just not a leftovers for lunch kind of girl but this was good!

I’m going light on the lunches in today’s post because I’m planning a separate post with four new salad combinations soon!

2.18snack

Every day. Apples and either almond or sunflower seed butter. Favorite apples = organic pink ladies. I love how crisp they are with a nice balance of tart and sweet.

2.18shrimpsalad

We don’t do a lot of salads for dinner but we both enjoyed this shrimp salad. On this night we didn’t sit down to eat until 10 p.m. so this was nice for a lighter option since it was so late. Romaine, avocado, roasted pumpkin seeds, sauteed shrimp, carrots, celery and a mix of sauteed mushrooms and prosciutto. Dressed with Tessamae’s Caesar. The combo of sauteed shrimp, warm mushrooms and prosciutto really made this salad a little special!

roastedveggiesonpan

When in doubt, roast all the veggies in your fridge. I loaded this pan up to try and test our “no veggie left behind” problem. It was a mix of brussels, chicken Italian sausage, tomatoes, potatoes, sweet onion, carrots and parsnips.

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We tried our best but we finally had some leftovers! Thus the reason for my leftover veggie lunch above. I blogged about “the best one pan dinner” a couple of weeks ago but I have to recommend it again. It’s a great way to use up whatever you have in your fridge and it tastes amazing. Bonus, easiest dinner prep ever and frees you up to do whatever you need to do while it’s cooking.

Also going light on the dinners this week because we’ve been Blue Aproning so I’ll have a round up of those meals along with a giveaway in the next few days! 🙂

I’ve now finished my first cup. Time to make breakfast and get cranking on this day. So excited about all the things to do!

What’s your favorite type of apple? 

Are you a leftovers for lunch fan? 

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  • 1
    Nathalie Cone February 18, 2016, 7:02 am

    I miss fresh, raw apples. I have Oral Allergy Syndrome so they make my mouth tingle like crazy. Bananas, too! At least I can enjoy them cooked.

    • 2
      Jen DeCurtins February 18, 2016, 11:29 am

      Oh I’m sorry to hear that. 🙁 It is nice you can still tolerate them cooked though. I love baked apples with raisins and cinnamon.

  • 3
    Connie C February 18, 2016, 7:34 am

    I love that you roast your veggies! That is how we make ours almost every night. I never thought to add the chicken sausage for a one pan meal. Great idea that I will be trying soon! Honeycrisp apples are my absolute fave! And with almond of peanut butter for sure! Like all the Whole30 foods you have shared!

    • 4
      Jen DeCurtins February 18, 2016, 11:28 am

      We are the same! It’s just so easy and they taste great. Try the sausage, it’s really good and super simple. Honeycrisp apples are so good but they’re so expensive here! Like $4/lb!

  • 5
    Katie H February 18, 2016, 7:55 am

    My favorite apples are organic Jonagold, which I have only ever found at Whole Foods for about 3 weeks per year. The rest of the time I prefer organic Gala.
    P.S. I tried the sweet potato, almond butter, cinnamon and raisin combo last week and I’m obsessed! ?

    • 6
      Jen DeCurtins February 18, 2016, 11:27 am

      YAY! Glad you liked it!

  • 7
    Lauren February 18, 2016, 8:02 am

    YES to Pink Ladies! And roasting all of the veggies in your fridge…ha! What brand of chicken sausage to you buy? Is it Whole30 compliant?

    • 8
      Jen DeCurtins February 18, 2016, 11:27 am

      Trader Joe’s Spicy Chicken Italian and yes!

  • 9
    meredith @ Cookie ChRUNicles February 18, 2016, 8:10 am

    Lunch is my least favorite meal of the day. I just felt like saying so lol. My favorite apples are granny smith and pink lady. I have both in the house this week! Perfect with peanut butter 🙂

    • 10
      Jen DeCurtins February 18, 2016, 11:27 am

      Haha, why is lunch your least fave? I love all of my meals because it’s time to eat! 😛

  • 11
    Emily @ My Healthyish Life February 18, 2016, 8:11 am

    Pink Lady apples are always a favorite in my house! I also like Ambrosia and Honeycrisp (when I can find them!). I do like leftovers for lunch, but I prefer leftovers for dinner the next night so I don’t have to cook twice.

    • 12
      Jen DeCurtins February 18, 2016, 11:26 am

      Yeah, honeycrisp seem to be pretty seasonal. They are also crazy expensive here. Like $4/lb!

      • 13
        julie February 18, 2016, 12:45 pm

        Honeycrisps are my fave, too, but yes, they are $$$! Have you tried Braeburns? They taste VERY similar to Honeycrisps & are super cheap!

  • 14
    Jennifer February 18, 2016, 8:47 am

    Can you come cook for me for a week?! Your food always looks so delicious. I love love coffee too, sitting here soaking in my first cup of the day 

    • 15
      Jen DeCurtins February 18, 2016, 11:26 am

      Haha, yes! 🙂

  • 16
    Julie @ Running in a Skirt February 18, 2016, 8:51 am

    I’m a big Honeycrisp fan but bought a bag of Kuiku (sp?) the other day and loved them!

    • 17
      Jen DeCurtins February 18, 2016, 11:26 am

      Oh, I’ve never tried those. Thanks for the rec!

  • 18
    Paula February 18, 2016, 9:12 am

    Pink Ladies and Honeycrisp used to some of my favorites; but a few years ago, many varieties of apples started making my mouth and throat itch. Now I generally stay away from apples unless they’re Granny Smith. My husband thinks they’re the worst apple ever, so I don’t have to share :).

    • 19
      Jen DeCurtins February 18, 2016, 11:25 am

      Oh no! So crazy how our bodies can develop allergies. Granny smith are not my fave either! 🙂

  • 20
    Audrey February 18, 2016, 10:30 am

    So glad you mentioned the Pink Lady apples! I’m always afraid to try new ones because I’m picky about apples. I HATE the ones that are mushy inside. They have to be crisp or I won’t finish it. I always end up with Honeycrisp but it’s always nice to try other options because those aren’t always easy to find and can get expensive. Looks like I need to give Gala a go too! Made a batch of the roasted vegetables/chicken sausage after you posted it a week ago and it was a hit!

    • 21
      Jen DeCurtins February 18, 2016, 11:25 am

      Audrey – the pink lady’s aren’t mushy at all. I also cannot stand mealy apples.

      Glad you liked the roasted veggie dinner!

  • 22
    Hilary February 18, 2016, 12:09 pm

    Pink ladies are for sure my favorite type of Apple too! I did find some jazz apples at trader joes last week that are quite tasty too!

    • 23
      Jen DeCurtins February 18, 2016, 2:00 pm

      Yum! Gotta love Trader Joe’s finds!

  • 24
    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine February 18, 2016, 1:40 pm

    Fuji, Pacific Rose are my 2 all time favorites! But right now I just get which ever ones are the BIGGEST at the grocery…they are all so sad and tiny and out of season right now …it’s killing me!

    • 25
      Jen DeCurtins February 19, 2016, 10:43 am

      I know! I miss the fall apples, but I can’t wait for summertime produce!

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    Lauren @ i had a big lunch February 18, 2016, 10:56 pm

    I’m starting to think an automated coffee pot might be in my future too…I have a moka pot and while I love the ritual of using it every morning, it is a bit of a pain. That pan of chicken sausage + veggies looks killer! I’m definitely going to try that soon. I’ve been trying to think of creative ways to use chicken sausage.

  • 27
    sarah February 19, 2016, 5:07 pm

    I love that coffee quote- couldn’t be more true!

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    erin February 21, 2016, 3:12 pm

    love the sweet potato goodness. i saw it on your instagram post and fell in love! i agree, pink lady are my favorite too – although i like them when they are on the smaller side – I think they pack more of a punch. question…what is your favorite apple for baking?

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