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Recent Eats: Creative in the Kitchen

So glad y’all are loving the Tommie Copper giveaway. Remember, you have until midnight tonight to enter! And be sure to check back later tonight for an Erin McDermott Jewelry giveaway! (WOOHOO!!!)

It’s been a week since I’ve shared recent eats so I want to quickly show you some of my favorites. Many of my friends and clients have told me that these posts help with meal inspiration so I’m trying to do them 1-2 times per week


Green smoothie, green smoothie, green smoothie!



Mixed greens, arugula, strawberries, roasted butternut squash, walnuts, dried cranberries, avocado, honey goat cheese and salmon with homemade honey dijon balsamic vinaigrette.


Arugula, Mediterranean lentil and couscous salad and a Hilary’s Eat Well “World’s Best Veggie Burger.” This was my first time trying Hilary’s Eat Well products (got the veggie burger at Whole Foods) and I was impressed. I will definitely be sampling other products from this brand.


Tofu and avocado wrap, tomato and red pepper soup, strawberries. I’ve been off wraps this week. This is the only one I’ve had and it was last Saturday.


Lunch bowl with arugula, Mediterranean lentil and couscous salad, tofu, roasted eggplant and hummus. Love lunch bowls!



Salad, asparagus, beef and chicken kabobs and cauliflower mash with parm and truffle oil. Ate this at a friend’s house on Saturday evening.


Cajun marinated chicken breast, roasted butternut squash and roasted okra. First okra of the season!


This is probably my favorite dish of the week. I got super creative when plating it. I roasted eggplant, tofu and portobello mushrooms. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them but the creative juices just started flowing. I layered them on a plate and topped it all with pesto, feta, sundried tomatoes, chopped artichokes and fresh parsley.


Here’s the view from the other end of the plate. Pesto makes everything 10x better. This dinner was awesome!


Baked salmon, kale chips with sea salt and nutritional yeast and leftover roasted butternut squash. This came together in about 15 minutes when I got home from the gym last night. Super healthy and super satisfying.



Snack plate at a friend’s house one night. Love grazing on things like this.


I baked the most delicious muffins and enjoyed two of them with a cup of coffee yesterday as my afternoon snack. I can’t wait to share the recipe…Lemon Chia Olive Oil Muffins! I wrote the recipe myself and I’m super happy with how they turned out. My kitchen inspiration and creativity has been so good lately!


And finally…ice cream. Every night. It’s been one of those weeks! 🙂 🙂 🙂

What have you been craving lately? 

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  • She Rocks Fitness April 16, 2014, 3:14 pm

    You can never go wrong with cheese plates…They are so much fun to graze on and even better with salty meats and delicious red wine! CANNOT wait for the Erin McDermott giveaway…love all the pieces she has been creating. Happy Hump Day!

  • Katie April 16, 2014, 3:18 pm

    Do you normally do some food prep and menu plan?

    • Jen April 16, 2014, 8:41 pm

      katie – i used to be a religious food planner. not so much anymore. more about stocking fridge with proteins, fresh veg, fruits and keeping a stocked pantry. can always make something from that. thus the reason you see a lot of protein + roasted veg on my blog. i never food prep. i just can’t get into it! i’m lucky to be home most days to make breakfast, lunch and dinner and not to have to pack them to go.

  • Kim @FITsique April 16, 2014, 3:37 pm

    Your meals always look so fancy and tasty! I am usually creative but I usually mix and match a bunch of stuff up in a bowl or casserole and eat it all together…aka not very pretty 🙂 I am with you on the ice cream week!

    • Jen April 16, 2014, 8:40 pm

      girl…nothing wrong with a casserole! 🙂

  • Kim April 16, 2014, 3:50 pm

    Where do you buy your salmon? Whole Foods, Aldi’s?

    • Jen April 16, 2014, 8:39 pm

      a variety of places but always wild caught and not farm raised…the salmon in this post was from a little local market.

  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun April 16, 2014, 4:07 pm

    Ben and Jerry’s make Greek Yogurt Ice Cream!? I MUST find this!

    • Jen April 16, 2014, 8:39 pm

      yes and it’s so good. it comes in a variety of flavors.

  • Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run April 16, 2014, 4:10 pm

    Don’t you just love Hilary’s!?!? I have a giveaway for free Hilary’s on my blog RIGHT now! 🙂

    • Jen April 16, 2014, 8:38 pm

      i’ve only tried the one product but i am eager to try more now. i’ll have to enter your giveaway! 😛

  • Alaina April 16, 2014, 5:28 pm

    Those muffins sound amazing! I love anything lemon. 🙂

    Can’t wait for the recipe!

  • Linda April 16, 2014, 5:40 pm

    All your food looks great! Have you tried Halo Ice Cream??

    • Jen April 16, 2014, 8:38 pm

      no! tell me about it!?

  • Rebekah {aCricketSang} April 16, 2014, 7:59 pm

    Great looking eats as always!

  • Rajul April 16, 2014, 9:35 pm

    Crossing my fingers for that muffin recipe before spring break ends! No pressure

  • Kait April 16, 2014, 10:56 pm

    Can’t wait for the recipe for the lemon chia olive oil muffins- sounds delicious!

  • Amy April 17, 2014, 11:07 am

    I can’t wait for the muffin recipe. I gave up sweets for lent, so it’s an understatement to say I’ve been craving anything with sugar…almost there!

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