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Recent Eats: Homemade Goodness

I successfully ate my way through 90% of the massive grocery haul that I did at Trader Joe’s last week and what I didn’t eat is still in the pantry or freezer. I did such a great job of eating at home. It’s all about having a stocked kitchen!

Here is more meal inspiration for you!



I’m sure you’re not surprised to see a smoothie but notice that it’s purple. I’ve switched from my banana/mango/pineapple blend (that always gives you a bright green smoothie!) to banana/blueberries/strawberries which becomes a purple instead of green smoothie. There is a ton of spinach in there though!


Oatmeal to warm me up on a cold morning. The weather has been all kinds of crazy here and alternating between freezing and beautiful days. For this oatmeal I sauteed apples with cinnamon and brown sugar and then added the oats, golden raisins and almond milk and let it cook. Topped it off with fig preserves and peanut butter.



I made brunch/lunch at home Sunday instead of going out and it was just as good as any restaurant brunch! I made an omelet with two eggs, avocado, smoked salmon, goat cheese, spinach and artichoke hearts. Sourdough toast and kiwi on the side.


I did go out for lunch on Monday to meet a friend at Whole Foods. The timing worked out well because I was getting low on fresh produce to make lunch salads at home. I restocked again last night. I won’t even start to list all the toppings here but it was yummy.


I’m so excited to share these dinners with you!


Turkey burger topped with goat cheese and a sriracha aioli, roasted butternut squash and shredded brussels sprouts cooked with pancetta and some balsamic vinaigrette. Simple meal but SO good! Little things like adding a nice cheese or a sauce can really take up a “plain” protein.


This was my Super Bowl Sunday meal…not so Super Bowl-esque, huh? I was definitely missing out on the wings and chips. Baked tofu with steamed kale and leftover spaghetti squash.


And finally…a bone-in pork chop from a local farm that I picked up over the weekend along with mashed sweet potatoes and roasted broccoli. I seasoned the pork chop with sea salt and Dizzy Pig’s Red Eye Express coffee infused rub. I browned it in a cast iron skillet and finished it in the oven with the broccoli. Sweet potatoes went in the microwave for a quick cook and mashed them with cinnamon, butter and some maple syrup.

Have you been craving hot or cold breakfasts lately?Β 

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  • Elizabeth @ Positive Change February 4, 2014, 8:06 am

    Loved your dinner meals! I make the turkey burger at least twice a week and I agree adding a little special cheese can make all the difference! πŸ™‚
    I am loving warm breakfast! Eggs all the way!

  • Brittany @ proteinandpumps February 4, 2014, 8:37 am

    All about the smoothie breakfast even in the freezing cold.

  • Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves February 4, 2014, 8:51 am

    I’ve said this before, but I seriously always get so excited when you post your recent eats because all your meals just look so beautiful, nutritious, and delicious! I haven’t had a smoothie in forever because of the cold weather, but since it’s starting to warm up just an eensy bit, I think I might have to break out the blender again. My Super Bowl dinner wasn’t very traditional eitherβ€” turkey meatballs with brussels sprouts. Although I did have cornbread muffins! πŸ™‚

    • Jen February 6, 2014, 4:59 pm

      aw, thanks so much! i love sharing with y’all and it motivates me to keep it fresh!

      i think your super bowl dinner sounds yummy and i’d kill for a cornbread muffin now!

  • Tamara February 4, 2014, 9:07 am

    Warm breakfasts, for sure! Your meals look delish. Would love to hear the general “recipe” for the sriracha aioli.

    • Jen February 6, 2014, 5:00 pm

      i usually just whisk together light mayo and sriracha. sometimes i add in a little plain greek yogurt or lemon juice and some salt. easy peasy!

  • She Rocks Fitness February 4, 2014, 9:10 am

    The weather in Texas has been all over the place! It is cold and rainy today, so I’ve been craving warm belly breakfasts and for all my other meals. This morning it is protein pancakes with blueberries/blackberries and peanut butter. NOM NOM!

    • Jen February 6, 2014, 5:01 pm

      i have never tried the protein pancakes. i need to get on that bandwagon!

  • Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) February 4, 2014, 9:30 am

    I’d eat all of these! I love how fancy your meals sounds… sriracha aoili… cooked with pancetta… MMM! πŸ™‚

    • Jen February 6, 2014, 5:01 pm

      it’s those little things that spice it up! πŸ™‚

  • Liz Ford February 4, 2014, 10:25 am

    YUM! I’ve been craving cold breakfasts for the most part. Something about the thought of a smooth refreshing smoothie grabs my attention every time!

    • Jen February 6, 2014, 5:01 pm

      ME TOO! i crave them almost daily! such a nice way to wake up.

  • Shannon February 4, 2014, 11:11 am

    More than hot or cold, I tend to crave savory over sweet in the morning. πŸ™‚

    • Jen February 6, 2014, 5:02 pm

      gah, i NEVER crave savory in the AM. i wish i did!

  • Taylor February 4, 2014, 11:44 am

    How do you steam your kale? Do you put any thing on it?

    • Jen February 6, 2014, 5:03 pm

      i heat a little olive oil in a big cast iron dutch oven (or big saucepan) and add the kale and some minced fresh garlic. i sautee it for about 5 minutes or until it’s bright green and wilting and then add chicken stock (about 1 cup), reduce the heat to low and cover. i let it cook for about 20-30 more minutes, until tender. season with salt and pepper.

      hope that helps!

  • Shannon February 4, 2014, 12:23 pm

    Definitely craving cold breakfasts! My smoothies always make the cut. Your purple smoothie looks fantastic! Mine are always green too, due to the amount of spinach I put in there.

    Your Whole Foods salad looks fantastic too! Thanks for all the inspiration with your fab pictures!

  • Jenn@Mark My Miles! February 4, 2014, 1:16 pm

    Yum! Such a great week of eats…so curious about how your book writing is going : )

    • Jen February 6, 2014, 5:04 pm

      turned in my “dummy materials” last week. first half of the book is due april 1! time to get cranking.

  • Kiki February 4, 2014, 3:30 pm

    For breakfast or midday snack I have been having plain Greek yougurt with raspberries, a little peanutbutter and some almond slivers sprinkled on top. Honestly I credit you as I never even thought about adding nut butter to my yougurt b/f I started reading your blog!! So good! Thanks

    • Jen February 6, 2014, 5:04 pm

      yay! glad you like. that sounds yum!

  • Hayley@healthyregardshayley February 4, 2014, 11:57 pm

    Oh my goodness, all your dinners look wonderful! Do you cook these “lavish” meals just for you? When I am cooking for just one on weeknights I usually end up with salad or eggs, partly because I don’t have time but you inspire me to actually cook!

    • Jen February 6, 2014, 5:05 pm

      i make the same thing whether i’m cooking for 1 or 4! i just love to cook and make meals so much that it’s part of my nightly routine! most of the stuff that i make is really easy to do in a single serving and if i have leftovers they heat over well!

  • Ashley February 5, 2014, 3:36 pm

    Would you mind sharing the sriracha aioli recipe?! I’ve seen you use it a few times and have even had it a restaurant and LOVED it! I would really like to try recreating it. Thanks! πŸ™‚

    • Jen February 6, 2014, 5:06 pm

      i usually just whisk together light mayo and sriracha and sometimes add in a little plain greek yogurt, lemon juice and salt. it’s simple! play around with the ratios to see how spicy you like it!

  • Anna February 6, 2014, 1:23 pm

    I’ve been reading for a long time but this is my first time commenting. This kind of a dumb question I think but how do you keep your avocados? I feel like every time I buy them, they’re either not ripe or overly ripe by the time I need to use them. I’m pretty good at sticking to a meal plan (meaning having meal ideas during the week–not that strict) but I really do not know how to buy avocados during my grocery trip and use them throughout the week.

    • Jen February 6, 2014, 4:54 pm

      hey anna – thanks so much for reading and taking the time to comment! i usually buy 2-4 in different degrees of ripeness. i use the most ripe first and store the others in the fridge. they last all week! once cut, i store whatever is left in a bag, wrapped in saran or a plastic container with the pit and skin. there is usually a little brown to cut away but it’s not too bad. hope that helps!

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