Happy What I Wednesday my dear faithful readers and welcome newbies. I’m so glad you decided to join me today, and I’m even more excited for those who want to be a part of my Boy Push Up challenge. We can totally do this thing. For those of you who are skeptical or struggling, you should know I could barely do five push ups a couple of weeks ago, so don’t give up hope. I’ve got your back, and if you keep it up, pretty soon you’ll be able to hang on your own (literally, since that’s the whole point).
Before we get to the real reason for today’s post (the food, obviously), we need to give a great big shout out to Ms. Jenn at Peas and Crayons. Not only is she a rock star, but her soup was literally my dinner on Sunday night. Yep, I stole her recipe, and it was oh so good. You can’t get a healthier holiday meal than one from the Queen Bee herself.
Before I jump right into dinner (because that would be awkward and a terrible waste of food), let’s start with a little breakfast.
My day began with a Citrus Zinger and a cup of coffee in my appropriate Christmas mug. I’d like to tell you I just busted him out for the holidays, but that’s simply not true. You see, he makes the perfect size cup of coffee…not too big, not too small…he’s just right. So Goldilocks and I use and abuse him all year round; I just don’t photograph him in the offseason (oh, the horror of using a Christmas mug in July).
Since a girl can’t live on coffee alone (at least not this girl), I followed up my cup of joe with some Nature’s Path cereal, Sunrise Crunchy Maple to be exact. When I nabbed this particular box at the Bin, I thought I was grabbing Maple Pecan Crunch, which is very, very different. However, it was a great mishap because this cereal might just be my new favorite (Shh, don’t tell the Pecan Crunch).
The Crunchy Maple is chock full of rice, flax, quinoa and buckwheat, which is strange for a breakfast cereal, but also damn good. It was uber crunchy, and I like my food to have some snap and sizzle. It reminded me of the old school Kix (“Kid tested, Mother approved“), except instead of just one size, there were balls of multiple shapes in my bowl. Crunchy balls in a variety pack gets a thumbs up from me.
Lunch turned out to be leftovers from Saturday’s night’s dinner. The Hubby and I went to Carrabba’s, once a favorite, but no longer an ideal restaurant choice for me. In our defense though (I always have a defense), we had a gift card, and free food is something I can handle, so I took one for the team.
I ordered pasta with artichokes, Kalmata olives, and sun-dried tomatoes in a garlic aioli. It was alright on Saturday, but it was way better on Sunday after I added a half can of artichokes to it. C’mon Carrabba’s: no need to be stingy with the ‘chokes. Hell it was the reason I ordered the dish.
Finely sliced Bosc pears drizzled with a tablespoon of blue cheese and topped with a handful of toasted walnuts. The trick is to wait until your pears are almost ripe enough to burst. Talk about a salad of spot on flavor goodness. Best part: no lettuce was involved nor harmed in the making of this magnificent creation.
My final meal of the day is one of Jenn’s very own: Cauliflower Soup with Asparagus Pesto. She posted it this weekend and grabbed my heart and stomach with her delectable pictures. We all know (or we do now anyway) I have a soft spot in my heart for anything cauliflower. It’s underused, yet so versatile. Although in this dish, the cauliflower is not the star of the show (She was being such a Diva!). Hands down, the winner is the Asparagus Pesto, which is ridiculously addicting. I’ve been putting it on everything this week.
Thanks Jenn. This one is Kid tested; Meghan approved.
What did you eat today (or Sunday, or Monday, or Tuesday)? I want to hear about a day of your eats. Haven’t signed up for my Boy Push Up Challenge? You should do it. You know you want to….