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What I Ate This Week + A New Favorite Salad Combo

Happy Friday! Can you believe that this time next week Thanksgiving will be over and the Black Friday shopping madness will be underway?

I was happy to read your comments on last week’s recent eats post about how much you guys enjoy these posts and find them useful. It’s great to hear and I’ll keep it a regular thing. I’ve kind of transitioned it to my weekly Friday post so that I can recap what a whole workweek of meals looks like. I also enjoy writing these because it challenges me to keep my meals fresh and not to repeat the same things over and over. (Minus breakfast…which I will remain a creature of habit with 99% of the time.)

So here is the recap for this week! I’ll start with dinner since it’s more interesting. 🙂

Dinner

Rice bowl with jasmine rice, roasted butternut squash, steamed asparagus, shredded turkey, avocado and hummus.

Leftovers for dinner on Sunday night. Rice bowl with jasmine rice, roasted butternut squash, steamed asparagus, shredded turkey, avocado and hummus. This was a little random but really good.

sauteed shrimp, roasted brussels sprouts and roasted parsnips

Monday night was sauteed shrimp, roasted brussels sprouts and roasted parsnips. We did Blue Apron this week (forgot to cancel our delivery) and one of the meals was shrimp dumplings. Judging from the online reviews they were rather time-intensive and I didn’t get home until 8:45 p.m. from teaching so I just sauteed the shrimp and served it with some veggies. I’ll buy more shrimp and make the dumpling recipe when I have more time.

Vietnamese meatballs with sweet potato noodles

This Blue Apron recipe for Vietnamese meatballs with sweet potato noodles sounded a little out there but we ended up hovering over the pan of leftovers after dinner with our forks and finishing it all (tell me I’m not the only one who intends to have leftovers but then eats them all). I had to modify the recipe some because BA left the daikon radish out of my delivery so I used a potato. I also doubled up some of the spices/sauces. It all worked out and was surprisingly delicious.

seared chicken with roasted honeycut squash and rice and green mole sauce

I never get excited about Blue Apron chicken dinners and then they always blow my socks off. I highly recommend making this recipe for seared chicken with roasted honeycut squash and rice for yourself. The green mole sauce on top totally made the dish. It was a mix of toasted pepitas, cilantro, honey and lime juice.

almond crusted speckled trout over polenta cakes with asparagus and a citrus beurre blanc

I met my girlfriends for dinner on Thursday night. We tried to go to our favorite spot, Foxcroft Wine Co., but it was so slammed we couldn’t get a table. We ended up at Namastay Kitchen where I had the chef’s special. It was almond crusted speckled trout over polenta cakes with asparagus and a citrus beurre blanc.

Lunch

Namastay Kitchen Soup

I had lunch at the studio on Monday. This was a Thai coconut veggie soup.

arugula salad with salmon cakes

And I had an arugula salad with salmon cakes.

massaged kale salad with roasted butternut squash, toasted pecans, dried cranberries, apples and avocado with a drizzle of balsamic

On Tuesday I had a massaged kale salad with roasted butternut squash, toasted pecans, dried cranberries, apples and avocado with a drizzle of balsamic.

chopped spinach with quinoa, avocado, black beans, carrots, radishes and crushed tortilla chips with avocado vinaigrette

I have a new favorite salad combo! I bought this avocado vinaigrette from Whole Foods and it inspired me to go a different direction with salads this week. I chopped spinach and topped it with quinoa, avocado, black beans, carrots, radishes and crushed tortilla chips.

chopped spinach with quinoa, avocado, black beans, carrots, radishes and crushed tortilla chips with avocado vinaigrette and salsa

I repeated the salad the next day and added a spoonful of salsa on top.

Breakfast

Protein Smoothie

Protein smoothie and espresso. My smoothie was a mix of frozen banana, frozen strawberries, frozen figs, peanut butter, half a scoop of Premier Protein Chocolate Milkshake protein powder and coconut milk.

Eggs and sourdough toast

Two scrambled eggs, grapes and buttered sourdough toast.

Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowl

Sweet potato breakfast bowl x3. I have eaten this three times this week for breakfast!

Etc.

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Snickerdoodle cookie from Sunflour along with some hot tea. I wanted a little treat on Tuesday afternoon so I took the girls on a little field trip to the bakery. (I totally gave them cookies of the dog variety too!)

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Apple and cashew butter.

Have an amazing weekend!

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Here’s a Sullie face smush for you! TGIF!

What’s your current favorite salad dressing?

What did you eat for breakfast this week?

Also, I have five free one-week trials of Blue Apron sitting in my account to send to friends. First five people to comment that you want it…it’s yours! (Only good if you’ve never tried BA before.) This post is NOT sponsored and there are NO Blue Apron affiliate links included. Just spreading the love. xx

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  • Kristin November 18, 2016, 1:56 pm

    I’ve never tried Blue Apron and would love to! Love your blog 🙂

  • Stephanie November 18, 2016, 1:57 pm

    Hi Jen! These meals look amazing! I have never tried Blue apron before, and I would love to give them a try! 🙂 Have a great weekend!!

  • Emma November 18, 2016, 2:01 pm

    With the temperature change I’m totally on the sweet potato breakfast bowl. Morning comfort food! Never tried Blue Apron & would love too.:)

  • Kristina November 18, 2016, 2:01 pm

    Hi Jen! I’ve always wanted to give Blue Apron a try! I would love to see what it’s all about!! Enjoy your weekend!
    Kristina

  • Hillary November 18, 2016, 2:03 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try Blue Apron, and would love to give them a try! 🙂 The chicken dish looks amazing!!

  • Megan Allums November 18, 2016, 2:03 pm

    These meals look great. Can’t wait to try them or Blue Apron! Have a great Friday
    Megan

  • Kalyn November 18, 2016, 2:04 pm

    Blue Apron over here! 🙂 My boyfriend have been wanting to try it for so long!

    • Kalyn November 18, 2016, 2:05 pm

      My boyfriend and I*

      Sorry, the excitement got to me. Ha!

  • Courtney F November 18, 2016, 2:05 pm

    I’m totally with you on breakfast: consistency is key LOL
    And we would love to try BA, always looking to try new things!! Thanks for the opportunity!!

  • Ally November 18, 2016, 2:24 pm

    I’m probably too late, but I’ve never tried Blue Apron and have always wanted to! The price has always been a deterrent.

  • Michelle November 18, 2016, 3:14 pm

    I’d love to try blue apron if any of the above people pass and it gets to me!

  • ErikaMC November 18, 2016, 4:01 pm

    I have been very curious about Blue Apron but haven’t tried it yet. What a generous offer! I’m probably too late but I hope those that win enjoy it.

    I’m on an overnight oatmeal kick right now – going on probably the last 5 months! I do mix it up on the weekends but it’s my go-to breakfast for the week right now and I don’t see myself stopping anytime soon 🙂

  • Cara November 18, 2016, 4:06 pm

    I’ve never tried Blue Apron and would love to!

  • Hillary November 18, 2016, 6:07 pm

    Hi Jen!
    I love checking out your blog for healthy food recommendations and a healthy dose of golden love! 🙂
    I appreciate the healthy food balance you promote by utilizing your social media accounts and blog. I usually find myself coming back to your blog after I feel overwhelmed with conflicting information and feeling like your idea of a healthy balance resonates with me.
    I would love to try Blue Apron after seeing your review for Vietnamese meatballs with sweet potato noodles (any many other delicious Blue Apron recipes!)
    Thank you for sharing your life with us invisible internet friends 🙂
    Hillary

  • Jen rose November 18, 2016, 6:27 pm

    I would love it!

  • Carolyn Nichols November 19, 2016, 7:57 am

    I would love to try blue apron! I love your blog and all the plating of your food is so beautiful.

  • Denise November 19, 2016, 10:22 am

    Love to try!! Thanks for the chance 🙂

  • Elena November 19, 2016, 10:52 am

    I love your blog and the pictures of your food is beautiful and looks so good. That’s more than can be said about any other bloggers’ pictures! They usually look like crap. It’s also nice to see that you haven’t fallen for the whole grains crap. Your diet as a whole is healthy. That’s what matters.

  • Mila November 19, 2016, 8:04 pm

    I get major feelings of food inadequacy whenever I read your blog 😉 That all looks so delicious! I’ve been working on eating clean and detoxing for sugar and your eats are always inspirational to me.

  • Jennifer L. November 21, 2016, 3:56 pm

    I also ordered those same Blue Apron meals this past week. Funny, I do think they forgot to give me the Daikon, too. They also forgot to send me the vinegar in another recipe.
    But, I LOVED the chicken recipe, Super delicious.
    And those sweet potato bowls are about to happen in my life! 🙂

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