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Last Week’s Eats + Workouts

I hope y’all are enjoying a relaxing Sunday. I arrived at Sunset Beach around 8 p.m. last night and so far our trip is off to a great start.

I’m not going to share a meal plan for the week since I’m going to be at the beach until Wednesday but I didn’t want to recap last week’s eats and give feedback on the recipes I tried. I stuck to the meal plan all five nights and ate all the leftovers in lunches so that was great.

Last Week’s Eats


I was really excited about this 15-minute hoisin shrimp recipe but it fell flat. It just didn’t have a lot of flavor or depth. I added some garlic to it while it was cooking and chopped peanuts on top when serving. I sauteed baby bok choy on the side.


We LOVED this parmesan chicken with caesar roasted romaine. It was a big winner and really easy for a weeknight.


I grilled bone-in farmers market pork chops and plantains and sauteed squash, zucchini and Vidalia onions on the side. I seasoned the pork chops with Dizzy Pig Raging River, which is one of my favorite pork/chicken/salmon rubs. This plantain got a little overly brown but it was still very tasty. Recipe THIS week!


The lemon honey chicken thighs from Cooking Light were also a winner and “super fast” to prepare, as promised by the magazine. Roasted cauliflower, brussels and butternut squash on the side. This chicken recipe is definitely going into regular rotation.


Friday night sushi date night.


It was a salad-heavy lunch week. It’s so, so hot in Charlotte right now so salad or smoothie is all I want. This was spinach, tomatoes, avocado, cashews, cucumber and leftover shrimp with a lime-honey-ginger infused olive oil and rice wine vinegar.


This was a big fruit and nut salad with blueberries, dried cranberries, toasted walnuts, avocado, shredded cabbage, spinach, radishes and tomatoes. Dressed with fig infused balsamic and olive oil.


Chopped romaine, leftover parmesan chicken, olives, celery, carrots and tomatoes with balsamic and olive oil.


Lastly, lunch out at Chopt with a friend. Chopt stresses me out…there are too many options and the line goes so fast. I ended up building my own bowl and it was massive. Avocado, hearts of palm, tomatoes, dried cranberries, hardboiled egg, cucumbers and hot honey dressing.


As far as the fun stuff goes, I had this oatmeal chocolate chip cookie during a coffee meeting with the lovely Maia from Better My Veggies. She wanted to pick my brain on blogging stuff and I’m always happy to share knowledge! She has a super cool story and is actually living in China and working with high school students on college applications. She was home on a quick break.


Mini carrot cakes on our Friday night date night. The crystallized ginger on top was so good!



Home yoga practice


4 mile run at 8:20 min mile pace


3 mile SkyFit treadmill interval workout + lift

I repeated a lot of what I did with my trainer in last week’s session and threw a few other things in as well




3 mile treadmill interval run + lift


Hot yoga


4.25 mile run at 9 min mile pace

And I’m off to the beach!

What was your best meal last week? 

What kind of lunches are you craving lately?

What was your best workout last week? 

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  • Meredith (The Cookie ChRUNicles) July 24, 2016, 4:21 pm

    my son loves to go to Chopt! I don’t totally love it but I do like it. I agree, lots of options but I always create my own. That cookie looks perfect

    • Jen DeCurtins July 28, 2016, 5:03 pm

      I know, I’ve been 3-4 times and I really just like the salads I make at home better. And it all moves so fast! I feel pressured into making choices before I’m ready (and I’m terribly indecisive).

  • ACKTIVE LIFE July 25, 2016, 11:34 am

    As always all your EATS look so dang good! I wish I could come over and eat with you! XOXO And yes to lots of salads on these hot days. I’ve also been craving lots of fish too during these hot summer nights! XOXO

    • Jen DeCurtins July 28, 2016, 5:03 pm

      I would cry tears of happiness if you could come over and I could cook for you! xx

  • Laura July 25, 2016, 11:40 am

    The disappointing shrimp dish made me sad. 🙁
    I hate it when I try a recipe and it just falls flat. Looks like you had lots of other goodies last week though!

    My favourite meal last week was Saturday night. My fiancé and I went out for an impromptu date night. Drinks, then we went to Café Rouge. We both had tempura mussels to start, and I think I could’ve eaten those all night! Then I had chicken Caesar salad, which was so delicious, one of the best I’ve had. And fries on the side to share, because I love Café Rouge fries!

    I’ve been trying out yoga the last week or so, and surprised myself by liking it a lot more than when I tried it years ago. Best workout of the week was yesterday. A 20-minute session, all standing poses, and I didn’t fall or lose my balance once! I was proud of that, because I have awful balance.

    • Jen DeCurtins July 28, 2016, 5:02 pm

      I know! It seemed to have so much potential and then it was just so blah.

      Tempura mussels!? I’ve only ever had them with the broth. That sounds so good. Sharing fries is always a good idea on date nights. 🙂

      So, so, so happy to hear this yoga news!

  • Jo // Living Mint Green July 25, 2016, 3:19 pm

    Your meals always look so good! (And you inspire me to take my usual salads up a level) I’ve been craving lots of fresh vegetables, fruit and huge salads. It’s all I want to eat in the summer!

    Best meal chicken burrito from my fav Mexican joint
    Workout: I spent an afternoon rapelling and climbing inside a cave within a mountain. WHAT A WORKOUT. Hahaha

    • Jen DeCurtins July 28, 2016, 5:01 pm

      Thank you!

      That workout sounds awesome and really fun! I love switching it up and doing totally random things like that. I bet you were sore!

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