Happy 4th, good people of the world! I love ya.
The most epic fluffy whole wheat pancakes with a mixture of almond butter, maple syrup, and cinnamon swirled in! I made a cashew sauce drizzle with cashews, maple syrup, water, lemon juice, and vanilla. Also, you don't see pics of coffee in these posts but know that I drink java daily! We get organic beans from Costco and I grind them in the Nutribullet.
Last Saturday Jeff brought my my favorite Pistacia Vera + iced coffee with almond milk in bed before a sweaty Body Pump workout! What a treat.
I came home and made scrambled eggs with veggies and micro greens.
More avocado toast with two poached eggs and micro kale. I added garlic slices from our favorite Grillo's pickles and it took it to the next level.
Beet Benny last Sunday with some pals before we grabbed beers at Brew Dog.
Lunch and Dinner
Jakcfruit tacos on blue corn tortillas with carrot cabbage slaw, charred pineapple, avocado, and hot sauce.
I meal prepped a bunch of tempeh, potatoes, broccoli, and purple cabbage (all roasted at 400F with avocado oil, salt, pepper, and garlic till browned). Then I made a modified version of my Israeli Power Salad with chard, cabbage, green onions, cucumber, fresh thyme, tahini, lemon juice, salt, pepper, garlic, and za'atar. It's the BEST combo and I love that it lasts in the fridge!
Bean Balls with whole wheat spaghetti, Kirkland's organic marinara, and pan-fried zucchini.
We went to Curio, our favorite cocktail bar, several times last week because it was closing. Tears! It's right next to Harvest pizza, so I was lucky enough to enjoy a pie twice last week with different friends.
First up is the Spicy Yuma with chipotle spiked tomato sauce, havarti, corn, and jalapeños.
We always get some kind of salad with it (this time was the kale caesar) and either charred shishito peppers or the pimiento cheese dip.
Next was the special with arugula pesto, fresh mozzarella, fresh cherries, and greens.
A big salad with greens, tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, Bulgarian feta, and grilled salmon from The Crest.
Grilled stuff! We had friends over the fourth so we grilled sweet potatoes, chicken (I ate leftover bean balls), asparagus, and peppers and served it with a big salad made with local greens, tomato, cucumber, avocado, and balsamic vin. For the dressing, I blended up extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar (a bit more oil than vinegar), splash of water, maple syrup, and dijon, salt, pepper, and garlic. So easy and blending it up makes all the difference! I served the grilled stuff with a buffalo yogurt sauce made with Greek yogurt, Frank's red hot, garlic powder, and salt.
For apps, I set out garlic hummus and pretzels, black bean corn salsa, and Shagbark tortilla chips. We also had a big bowl of juicy watermelon.
Mushroom tacos, chips and guac, queso, and this lovely salad with arugula, almonds, avocado, apple, mandarin oranges, and radish from Bakersfield.
Snacks and Treats
Cookie Dough Protein Bars! I forgot how amazing these are right outta the freezer.
Have you tried the new watermelon kombucha? So fun!
I made this Simple Oat and Pecan Blueberry Crisp with frozen wild blueberries for the fourth and it was so delish with vanilla ice cream!
Chocolate covered strawberries are the easiest treat ever. Simply melt a bowl of chocolate chips in 20 second increments until melted. Dip washed and dried strawberries in the chocolate and place on a plate lined with parchment paper. Freeze until set and eat.
Have a safe and happy holiday!!