Rather than showcasing another regular day of meals, I thought it might be fun to show you guys a peek at our weekend eats.
The weekends used to be a time when we dined out a lot, but that just isn’t as enjoyable for us with a baby… so, we enjoy most of our meals at home together, instead. (Along with the occasional take-out meal or cold-pressed juice.)
We started the morning by sharing a pitcher of fresh green juice, including cucumber, romaine, kale, carrots, lemon, and ginger.
While I sipped on my juice, I also made our son’s baby food for the day. (He’s still pretty fickle with food– he eats maybe 10 bites a day at this point.) This jar was a mix of fresh blueberries, a few chunks of fresh peach, and water, pureed using my mason jar blender. I didn’t include the peach peel in his puree, so I ate that along with the rest of the peach, too.
A little bit later Austin and I both had a Chocolate Banana Protein Shake.
This was a quick “convenience lunch” made up mostly of Costco finds– featuring their organic mixed greens, their marinated beet salad (a mix of steamed beets, red onion, parsley, olive oil, vinegar, salt & pepper), and some organic chevre crumbles (from Whole Foods). Since the beets were already dressed, I didn’t add any additional salad dressing, but this salad wasn’t my favorite– it had too much vinegar for my taste. I was hoping they’d taste like the pickled beets from one of my favorite restaurants in Kansas City, but no such luck!
(For the record, Austin wouldn’t even touch a salad like this– he HATES goat cheese! He had leftovers from the night before for his lunch, instead.)
Dinner was a feast! A good friend of ours came over for an early dinner and offered to prepare the fresh artichokes he found at Costco. I love artichoke hearts, but I usually rely on the frozen kind– I’m intimidated by all of the effort that goes into working with then entire artichoke! And it is a lot of work. Our friend, Matt, trimmed down the leaves, steamed them for 30-ish minutes, and then cut them in half pan-fried them in coconut oil to get that lovely golden color. All I had to do was prepare the garlic butter for dipping! (I just used my microplane to finely grate fresh garlic into melted grass-fed butter, and then I added minced fresh rosemary and sea salt. So good!)
The rest of our dinner was easy– I prepared our favorite Easy Roasted Asparagus and baked some wild-caught salmon at the same time, simply dressed with fresh rosemary and sea salt. I served the salmon and asparagus over a salad for myself, and the boys ate them straight-up. It was all delicious, but the winner of the night was definitely the artichoke leaves dipped in butter! I won’t be making them again myself anytime soon, but I’ll happily accept any dinner guests who are willing to do it for me.
Austin provided dessert for the evening: cookies! The best cookies we’ve ever found in LA, in fact. (They’re not gluten-free or remotely healthy, but they’re insanely delicious.) I don’t think I’ve had one of these cookies since I was pregnant, and they are just as good as I remember! Sadly, there are no pictures of them… in our excitement, we polished them off before thinking to pull out a camera. But, if you’re in the LA area and are planning to see a movie at the Hollywood Arclight, stop by Stella Barra Pizzeria for a cookie!
Reader Feedback: What are YOU eating this week? Are your weekend meals drastically different from your weekday meals?