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Recent Eats: Eat Dessert First

Happy Friday everyone.

If you’re anywhere in the path of Hurricane Matthew, lots of prayers headed your way. Stay safe and dry. I checked in with my parents yesterday to see if they were going to get any effects of the storm on the panhandle but it’s sunny and beautiful there. We’re experiencing worse weather in Charlotte! It’s a very rainy Friday here and the rain is supposed to continue pretty steadily through tomorrow afternoon around 4 p.m. I have plans to run with a friend on Saturday morning but it’s looking likely that my long run will need to be postponed until Sunday or else we’ll be running in some soggy shoes! I think we’re going to make a game time decision tomorrow morning.

Lots of eats from this week to share. My grandmother used to have a framed cross stitch in her kitchen that said, “life is uncertain, eat dessert first.” In the spirit of that, let’s start with the sweet stuff.


Sunflour Baking Company in Charlotte, NC

I needed to get out of the house on Thursday afternoon for a change of scenery so I headed over to work at Sunflour where I enjoyed an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie and iced coffee. Funny story…while I was there I ran into one of my clients who was there to buy a treat for me that she planned on bringing to our session the following day.

Sunflour Baking Company Cupcakes

I told her I wouldn’t listen while she ordered and she did surprise me this morning with two cupcakes.

Cupcake and ginger tea

I just had the chocolate cupcake with vanilla frosting after lunch with a cup of tea.


I will keep working in reverse order. I stuck to my meal plan and cooked dinner at home every night this week. I did get off by one night because Tanner was out so I just decided to eat eggs and not cook.

Cod in Parchment

Cod cooked in parchment with thinly sliced potatoes, kalamata olives, sundried tomatoes, garlic and lemon. Satueed beet greens on the side.

Asian Style Barbecue Chicken Drumsticks

Asian-style barbecue chicken drumsticks over mashed sweet potatoes with roasted broccoli. I really loved this recipe.

Homemade shrimp pad thai

Shrimp Pad Thai.

Egg and avocado toast

Scrambled egg, avocado  and sauerkraut toast. I did finally run out of my dad’s sourdough so this is sourdough from a local bakery. I have the starter my dad sent home with me in the fridge, I’m just awaiting detailed instructions from him on how he works his magic.

Paleo Shepherd's Pie

Okay, this Paleo Shepherd’s Pie might not be much to look at but it tasted AMAZING. I used my friend Leslie Ann’s recipe as my base but made a few changes. I’m going to test it one more time and then I’ll share it with you!


Salad with Beets and Quinoa

Salad with spinach, quinoa, walnuts, chickpeas, dried cranberries, sprouts, roasted beets and a sprinkle of beRuna curry seed salt.

Namastay Kitchen Salad

Remix salad at Namastay Kitchen.

Salad idea

Spinach, chickpeas, avocado, dried cranberries, pine nuts, leftover shredded chicken drumsticks, roasted beets, sprouts and beRuna curry seed salt.


Leftover shrimp pad thai.


As I was editing photos for this blog post, I realized that I had “one of each” of my favorite breakfast combinations this week. Usually I get stuck on one of them but I mixed them all up this week.

Sweet potato breakfast bowl

Sweet potato breakfast bowl with some pumpkin mixed in with the potatoes and topped with Wild Friends Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter and Purely Elizabeth Pumpkin Fig Granola.

Smoothie bowl with granola

Smoothie bowl topped with granola.

Chia pudding

Chia pudding with some pumpkin puree mixed in and topped with almond butter and Trader Joe’s pumpkin butter.

Eggs and muffin

Scrambled eggs with a morning glory muffin from Sunflour along with grapes.

My to-do list is long but I think a nap is calling my name before I head back to the studio to teach my last class of the day later this afternoon. I am feeling pretty wiped out so I think everything can take a pause for a little bit.

Have a great weekend!

Do you like to run in the rain?

Are you getting any of the effects from Hurricane Matthew?

Did you cook at home or eat out this week?


{ 14 comments… add one }
  • Nicole Woodman October 7, 2016, 3:57 pm

    Yes on eating your dessert first !! I just recently discovered Subflour and ate their for breakfast than walked back for coffee and lunch. So yummy! Will be trying those recipes you shared. I cook at home as well and love trying new things!!

    • Jen DeCurtins October 9, 2016, 9:50 am

      I’m so jealous that you’re in walking distance of Sunflour. Cooking at home and trying new recipes is the best. I can’t wait to meal plan for this week. 🙂

  • Nathaly October 7, 2016, 4:03 pm

    All your food looks delicious and I’m getting hungry at the moment! I cooked at home for the most part of this week, and I’m copying some of your ideas on my meals next week:)

    Hurricane Matthew skipped the South Florida area yesterday (which is where I am at), so that was wonderful. However, I’m praying right now for places like Daytona Beach and St. Augustine.

    I don’t really like to run in the rain. But If it’s start raining during a race, I guess I won’t have another option.

    • Jen DeCurtins October 9, 2016, 9:48 am

      I’m so glad that you missed the hurricane. We had a lot of rain, wind and power outages but nothing too bad. Hope you have a great week ahead.

  • Hillary October 7, 2016, 6:07 pm

    I want to try the avo toast and sauerkraut combo sometime, mmm.

    • Jen DeCurtins October 9, 2016, 9:45 am

      You must, I know you’ll love it!

  • Casey the College Celiac October 7, 2016, 8:34 pm

    I love running in light rain – so refreshing! And I ate in all of this week; some amazing and some so-so meals, but all got the job done!

    • Jen DeCurtins October 9, 2016, 9:45 am

      I did end up doing part of my long run in the rain yesterday and it was lovely!

  • Meredith (The Cookie ChRUNicles) October 8, 2016, 6:14 am

    you know I approve of dessert first! I don’t mind running in the rain so long as it’s not a crazy heavy rain. I do better if It starts raining while I am running than if I have to head out directly into rain for some reason. some of my best runs have been in the rain!

    • Jen DeCurtins October 9, 2016, 9:44 am

      i ended up running the first half of my long run in the rain yesterday and it felt surprisingly effortless and good! (even though my shoes were rather sloshy!)

  • Stephanie October 8, 2016, 1:56 pm

    You have this pregnant lady craving sourdough bread!
    We live in north east Florida, right off St John’s River and were lucky. Only damage was some fallen tree and tree limbs, some area flooding over 24 hours without power.

    • Jen DeCurtins October 9, 2016, 9:43 am

      You can never go wrong with sourdough. It’s my favorite type of bread! I’m so happy to hear that your storm impact was minimal.

  • Elese October 11, 2016, 1:29 pm

    You always have so much variety day to day with your meals. How do you plan for that, without having tons of produce that goes bad? (I am single/live alone – all pointers welcome!) -Elese

    • Jen DeCurtins October 18, 2016, 7:29 pm

      Hey Elese –

      Great question.

      First, my fiance eats a TON of fruit every week so I feel like we have a lot of stuff in the house. Also, I work from home when I’m not teaching so I eat breakfast, lunch and dinner at home most days so I can go through a lot of stuff. I try not to buy in bulk if I know I won’t eat it and buy a lot of one-off stuff instead of packaged.

      Also, I try to kind of pick a focus for the week. Like this is going to be my salad base, this is going to be the fruits I’ll choose from, etc. I also try to switch up the selection and not buy the same things every single week. I hope that helps a little.

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