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What I’ve Been Cooking For Dinner + What I’ve Been Reading

Happy Friday! I have been super good about cooking and eating at home this week despite a busy work schedule. I only ate one meal out…dinner on Monday night. The key to this is being prepared! I did a major Whole Foods trip last Sunday to stock the kitchen full of fruits, veggies, breakfast and lunch supplies and protein and it’s kept me going through the week.

Since I shared the smoothie I’ve been drinking for breakfast and the salad I’ve been making for lunch in my last post, I’m only sharing dinners in this post. I love cooking dinner at the end of a long day. It’s serious therapy for me. For tips on how I make this happen, check out this post I wrote back in January.

Let’s see them now!


Honey balsamic glazed chicken over a mashed sweet potato with roasted broccoli. Chicken recipe in this post.


Chicken seasoned with Dizzy’s Pigs Fajita-ish (this rub is awesome!), green beans and roasted parsnips, carrots and mushrooms. The roasted veggie mix was soooo tasty. I love parsnips.


On Wednesday night I spent the night with a friend who has a six-week old baby. Her husband was traveling on business so I went over to keep her company and feed her. When we go out for dinner we always order risotto so she requested that I make it at home. I made a mushroom risotto and served it with lemon herb salmon and roasted asparagus. We didn’t eat until 10 p.m. due to risotto stirring and baby bathing/feeding/swaddling/bedtime but it was all good! 🙂


By the time Thursday rolled around I was running low on supplies but didn’t want to go to the grocery. I was in the mood for comfort food so I made an egg, avocado and cheese sandwich on my dad’s homemade sourdough. I splurged at Whole Foods and bought salted Kerrygold Butter (and the splurged part is in regards to spending the money on it…not buying real butter. No fake butter in my kitchen!) and it’s heavenly on the sourdough.

So dinners were on point this week but I also wanted to share some recent reads with you. I have come across so many share worthy things lately.

The Age of Loneliness is Killing Us from The Guardian

10 Positive Habits to Change Your Life from Time

How You Make Decisions Says A Lot About How Happy You Are from The Wall Street Journal

Make the Most of the Path You’re On from Storyline Blog

“You will never find your perfect life “balance” on the path for the same reason you will never find a unicorn on the path – because these things don’t exist. Forget unicorns and balance. If you were perfectly balanced, you’d never have to take anyone’s hand to steady yourself, and that would be a tragedy.”

The Limits of Friendship from The New Yorker

There’s More to Life Than Being Happy from The Atlantic

What’s the best dinner you cooked this week? 

Have you read anything share worthy lately? Books, articles, blog posts, etc. 

Have a great weekend!

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  • Parita @ myinnershakti October 24, 2014, 6:06 pm

    I have a feeling tonight’s dinner is going to be the best from the week – semi-homemade pizza! And I’m almost done with Brene Brown’s Daring Greatly – such a good read!

  • Liv @ Healthy Liv October 24, 2014, 7:11 pm

    I made a Greek salad with a creamy Greek yogurt dressing and topped it with lemon rosemary chicken. It was by far my favorite dinner recently!

  • Julie October 24, 2014, 8:38 pm

    My husband made dinner every night this week so I didn’t do any cooking, but my favorite meal that he made was How Sweet Eats’ chili garlic salmon with orzo and roasted broccoli. Yum!

  • Ally October 24, 2014, 10:09 pm

    The best dinner this was was your butternut squash chili, which is just delightful. I added some ground beef, too because we needed to use it up. Loving leftovers. It’s the dinner that keeps on giving this week.

    Kerrygold (or any really good pastured and cultured) butter is one of my favorite treats!! Your dinners look fab this week, Jen.

  • diana October 24, 2014, 11:03 pm

    those are some really interesting articles! i really need to work on those habits.

  • Kate October 25, 2014, 9:11 am

    All your meals look beautiful! I just wanted to let you know that I found Kerrygold at Costco a couple of weeks ago for a very reasonable price. I was thrilled….thought a fellow kerrygold lover would be interested!

  • Jojo @ RunFastEatLots October 25, 2014, 9:54 am

    I made a huge pot of minestrone soup that I ate throughout the week. It was very comforting especially since the weathers been so gloomy

  • Cara's Healthy Cravings October 25, 2014, 11:15 am

    Mushroom risotto is one of my fav dishes!
    My best meal this week was last night, I made pizza with a pumpkin sauce base, topped with caramelized onions, mushroom and kale. I am looking forward to leftovers for lunch today.

  • Carrie (This Fit Chick) October 25, 2014, 11:32 am

    oh wow your dinners look amazing! cook for me? my favorite was a sausage and cheese flatbread with salad!

  • Nicki October 27, 2014, 10:08 am

    Late comment but Trader Joe’s sells Kerrygold butter for cheap(er) than Whole Foods! I buy it there all the time, both salted/unsalted. It’s the only butter I use now! (Their Dubliner cheese is also AMAZING – which I can get at TJ’s as well.) 😀

    • Jen October 27, 2014, 10:18 am

      thanks so much for the tip nicki! i always forget that i see it there too!

  • Lauren F October 27, 2014, 11:15 am

    I read a great article last week that reminded me of some of your posts – it is written by a hospice chaplain and she says that the one regret most people she sees in hospice have is that they didn’t value and cherish their body more while they had it. Some people spend their entire life feeling like they have to hate their bodies, for being a woman, for being fat, for being sexual, for being sick, etc. And in this life your body is the one thing that carries you through, and one thing you truly have to leave behind. It was a really beautiful way of thinking about how we treat ourselves and value our bodies for being strong, for carrying us through and doing all the things we ask of it. Here’s a link, highly recommend the read!: http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/16/health/dying-regret-body-hate/index.html

  • erin November 17, 2014, 7:21 am

    I’m reading the book, Wonder, right now and I love it! It’s a book that reminds us that we are all beautiful, but fragile. It really ties at your heartstrings.

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