Do you ever have those days where you just don’t make it to the grocery store? We’ve been out of our staples for the past couple of days, so I thought I’d show you what my meals look like when we’re not totally prepared.
Every now and then I feel totally burnt-out on recipe development, and after shooting the Black Friday bonus pack a couple weeks ago, I needed a bit of a mental break. Hence, why there was no new recipe last week!
The problem with taking a break is that now all of the sudden there seem to be a million recipes I want to work on before Christmas– I’ve gotten lots of dessert requests from you guys. So far, I’ve got a delicious batch of Paleo Eggnog Cupcakes coming your way; I just need to figure out the frosting. (It’s so challenging to make a good frosting without using white powdered sugar!) Once I figure out a good frosting, I’ve also perfected a recipe for cut-out gingerbread cookies that are just waiting to be iced.
On my recipe development days, it isn’t uncommon for me to have a couple cookies for breakfast and another few later in the day when I test another batch. I feel like blogging and social media can give an impression that I, along with other bloggers, always eat perfectly, but I want you to know that I certainly don’t! (Especially with tasting recipes on a regular basis.) I do aim to share healthy meal ideas with you in these “What I Ate” posts, but some days we eat french fries and pizza, too. Life’s too short to be perfect all the time.
Knowing that, here’s a peek at what I ate yesterday:
Breakfast: I shared some fresh blueberries with my son (while he also ate some toast), and then we made a double-batch of the Chocolate Chia Shake from my cookbook. It took me nearly two hours to drink mine, so this shake kept me full until noon.
Snack: We had almost nothing in our fridge, so I snacked on a vegan gingerbread cookie. (recipe coming soon)
Lunch: I finally made it to the grocery store after my son’s nap, but I went there hungry– so I ended up walking out with too many impulse purchases! I grabbed some Cauliflower Tabbouli from the Whole Foods prepared food section, and doctored it up when I got home with a couple spoonfuls of pesto and lots of shredded raw goat cheddar. Delicious!
Snack: After my work day was over, I worked on a batch of paleo Eggnog Cupcakes. These turned out SO well! My son and I shared a cupcake, until he demanded his own. (If you know him, you know that’s rare– he doesn’t usually like baked goods!)
Dinner: I’ve had a butternut squash sitting on my counter for nearly a month, so I decided to try making my Curried Butternut Soup in my Instant Pot. It’s a really old recipe, so I am hoping to take some better photos of it soon with a few tweaks I made to the recipe last night. My son loved it!
After I put him down for bed, however, I was still hungry. Normally, I’d make a salad or some steamed veggies and top them with a dressing I had ready to go in the fridge… but I didn’t prepare a dressing this weekend. So, I made us egg sandwiches instead. Nothing fancy, just two pieces of Ezekial sprouted toast topped with fried eggs, raw goat cheddar, lettuce and mustard. Not properly combined, but quick and tasty.
Reader Feedback: What are YOU eating this week? Anything you’re looking forward to making for the holidays? If you have any savory recipe requests, I’m all ears– I’m getting sick of sweets!