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The Week in Food + Life Photos

Happy weekend! The short week flew by and I can’t believe it’s already Saturday. I just got home from my Sweat, Strengthen and Flow event and it was a sweaty good time. I will share all the details with you once I get the photos back from the event but I’m so grateful that Premier Protein supported me in making such a great event happen for such a great cause. <3

Meanwhile…here are some food and life pictures from the week.

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Running and walks with the girls were my saving grace this week after long days of sitting at the computer. It feels so good to move my body a little bit to transition out of work mode and into relaxation mode.

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I’ve been super into headbands lately. I used to be a hat girl (I still love them but don’t wear them nearly as much), then I just did plain ponytails and now I’m loving headbands. They’re great for catching sweat, adding a fun pop of color and covering gray hairs that pop through my ponytail (if we’re being really honest! ha!).

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On Thursday I did a segment on Charlotte Today to promote my Sweat, Strengthen and Flow event and I also talked about lower body bodyweight exercises. You can watch the clip here.

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Back in dog land, Zoey pushed her tennis ball under the bed and then went on a retrieval mission. It took her a good five minutes to figure out how to get out from under the bed. She’s special.

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And this sweet girl is totally rotten. I woke up at 5:45 a.m. to go teach on Thursday and found her on her bed using a pillow from our bed under her head and on top of Tanner’s pajama pants.

Now for some food shots…

Breakfast

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I was back on sweet potatoes this week but I mixed them with mashed banana, pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice for a fall-ish treat.

Lunch

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I tried to vary from salads a bit and used leftovers here and there. This bowl was awesome. Massaged lacinto kale with leftover couscous and one pan roasted dinner. Topped with tahini turmeric dressing.

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Avocado, sauerkraut and scrambled egg toast but with smoked salmon added. I didn’t think this combo could get any better….and then it did!

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Salad with arugula, leftover shredded chicken, dried cranberries, pecans, avocado and tahini turmeric dressing.

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Here’s another lunch bowl creation using leftovers with arugula, one pan roasted dinner, couscous, avocado and hummus.

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This was a fun salad combo of spinach, avocado, cucumber, tomatoes, kalamata olives and chili-lime cashews with leftover mahi. I dressed it with a splash of rice wine vinegar and this honey-lime-ginger-infused olive oil that I have.

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This was a salad fail. I went to lunch at Peculiar Rabbit last week and ordered the grilled peach and avocado salad. 1) The portion was tiny. 2) It was expensive ($20 with tip!) for being so tiny. 3) They used CANNED PEACHES in the middle of peach season. I was so disappointed…they even tried to pass them off as fresh by grilling them but it was no bueno. Womp, womp.

Dinner

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Fresh corn polenta with pesto meatballs. This dinner was really special. I loosely based it on this Blue Apron recipe.

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You can never go wrong with Ina’s Perfect Roast Chicken. I always think, “oh roast chicken…I don’t know if I’m in the mood…it seems so plain.” Then I make it and it’s heaven and comfort on a plate. I always cook my potatoes and veggies under the chicken and they’re to die for. I use whatever I have in the fridge…this time it was squash, eggplant, onions and potatoes.

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Grilled filet topped with garlic herb sauteed mushrooms and served over pureed cauliflower. Someone on Snap (username: jendecurtins) asked how I get my mashed cauliflower so smooth and the secret is the VitaMix! My parents got me a refurbished Vitamix 5300 a few years ago and it’s still going strong. All of the refurbished blenders come with a 5 year warranty and you save so much.

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Last dinner to share is this Chicken and Apple Skillet from Cooking Light. I “cooked the cover!” This recipe was super simple and so delicious. I served it with roasted red cabbage and squash.

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Speaking of apples, I am loving the mountain apples I’m getting at the farmers market. They taste so different (in a good way) than the ones I buy in the store. The only problem is that apple season is SO short!

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Quick reminder…if you’re doing any shopping this weekend, remember you can get 40% off your first HYLETE order with code PBRUNNER.

Have a great weekend!

Hat, headband or nothing? 

Best thing you cooked last week? 

{ 8 comments… add one }
  • 1
    Meredith (The Cookie ChRUNicles) September 10, 2016, 3:42 pm

    i love the honey crisps this time of year when I can find them!

    • 2
      Jen DeCurtins September 12, 2016, 3:20 pm

      me too! such a great apple…but they’re so expensive!

  • 3
    Amanda September 10, 2016, 8:43 pm

    Mmm, I just saved both the chicken and the steak as photos as dinner ideas. Simple meals are often my favorite, even if they aren’t the most impressive!

    • 4
      Jen DeCurtins September 12, 2016, 3:20 pm

      Yes, definitely my go-to!

  • 5
    Sarah September 11, 2016, 12:07 pm

    That’s very disappointing to hear about Peculiar Rabbit! Definitely no bueno. Your event yesterday was so much fun!

  • 6
    Linda September 11, 2016, 2:41 pm

    I’m all about the headbands since I cut my hair shorter. Check out Bondi Band. Here’s their link but I get them on Amazon. http://www.bondiband.com

  • 7
    Laura September 12, 2016, 11:26 am

    I love hats – I have about 5 berets that come out every autumn and get worn as far into the springtime as I can get away with. Headbands are something I occasionally try but can’t seem to make work for me.

    I made berry & yogurt muffins last week, which were so good that I’m planning another batch for tomorrow!

    Your pups crack me up, they’re so sweet!

    • 8
      Jen DeCurtins September 12, 2016, 3:15 pm

      Hey Laura – I love winter hats too! So cozy! And scarves! 🙂

      Do you have a link to your muffins?

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