An Anniversary Dinner [Recent Eats + Fitness]

Lately I’ve been trying to get my family to eat a little healthier. Sure, I always encouraged them to, but now that I’m home with some extra time on my hands, I’ve been making dinner for them most nights. Mom and Dad have been on board, which I’m truly thankful for… Adam, not so much. I’m still holding out that I’ll eventually get him to eat more than seven baby carrots with his chicken patties.

I’ve been testing out one or two new-to-them and/or -me recipes per week, filling in the rest of the days will other staples. Breakfasts and lunches are still an individual thing, but hopefully I can start to help my mom meal plan her lunches, too. My parents have pretty much loved everything I’ve made for them so far, and, not surprisingly, I source most of my recipes from blogs I read. Yay blogs!

Recent Eats

I’ve tried this one out prior to this week, but The Hummusapien’s Chickpea, Brown Rice and Broccoli Crockpot Casserole has been and continued to be a big hit. I actually added too much water to this batch, so I soaked up the extra liquid by adding some quinoa, too. It’s not pretty, but it’s SO good.



My mom and I munched on these Southwest Quinoa Burgers from Eat Yourself Skinny last night. They were really tasty! I made the whole recipe, but I found that six patties was more reasonable than the recommended eight. My mom agreed – but she also agreed they were delicious and “tasted like chili on a bun.” We used TJ’s whole wheat buns, for the record. Also very good. I topped mine with tomato and ketchup. #ketchupfreak



On Sunday night, my entire family plus extended family on my dad’s side went out to dinner at Bravo! to celebrate my grandparents’ 55th wedding anniversary (!!!!! congrats! I love you both!). The food was pretty good – I ordered the Light Chicken and Vegetable Pasta – but the company was better.



And check out these cookies my grandma got for dessert! Aren’t they the coolest? And talk about a good looking couple. They were actually married on the 4th of July, so that’s why the cookies are outlined in patriotic colors.



As for breakfast, I rocked some pancakes on both Saturday and Sunday morning. The ones pictured here are made with spinach; the pancakes from Saturday were made with zucchini. They essentially looked the same, except the zuke ones completely broke up. Pancake fail. They still tasted amazing. I’ll credit the blueberries and maple syrup for that.


I don’t remember what day I had this breakfast, but those strawberries were seriously on point. I put two over easy eggs atop some spinach and had a banana with Nuttzo on the side.


And then of course I had to have my good old standby of avocado toast with Vegenaise, eggs, and carrots. And those cherries? PHENOMENAL. I could have eaten the entire bag (I know it looks like the entire bag there, but it was maybe 1/4 of it πŸ˜‰ ).


I also had this yummy concoction for lunch one day: my Red, White & Blueberry Granola Parfait. Super tasty and healthy!

Red White and Blueberry Granola Parfait_18


Recent Fitness

Last week’s workouts included yoga (of course), ellipticalling, a run, and this deck of cards workout.

I actually only made it to yoga once, but it was a 90 minute class I definitely needed before the weekend. I went the morning of the 4th, and it was incredibly crowded. Like an inch between mats crowded. It was a little more stressful of a class than I wanted, but it turned out to be a great sweaty workout despite the strange woman next to me who was staring right into my eyes during one of our final twists on the floor.

And, yes, that does say I went for a run. On Wednesday, I headed down to a trail with my friend to test out the ‘ol knee. Unfortunately, there was still pain even after basically taking the anti-inflammatories for a month. I went to the specialist yesterday, and I’m scheduled to get an MRI to make sure I don’t have any torn ligaments. The doctor wants to be sure before he gives me a cortisone shot, which is the next step if the MRI shows no out-of-the-ordinary ailments. It’s my first MRI, and I’m kind of nervous! I’ve never had to have anything more than an x-ray, knock on wood.

Questions of the Day:
>> Have you ever had an MRI or anything of the like?Β I’ve had x-rays for my scoliosis and wisdom teeth, but that’s about it.
>> What is your strangest yoga experience?
>> Three things you ate this week! & go.Β 

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  1. WERE YOU AT SOUTH HILLS POWER YOGA ON THE 4TH?! Because I was. Clearly we weren’t in the same class though because mine was only for an hour. Anyway, love that you’ve been making meals for your fam and your grandma was a babe. Hope that’s not weird.

    1. Nah girl, my pass is at Amazing. Lol if we were in the same class and you didn’t say hi to me, I wouldn’t be your friend anymore. Wasn’t she a babe!? She worked until only a few years ago and her coworkers called her Aggie Spice.

  2. That’s awesome that you’ve been cooking for your family! I cook for Eric, so he knows that if he doesn’t eat the healthy things I make him he’s eating frozen chicken nuggets for dinner, lol.
    I am so, so obsessed with cherries right now. They’re so good! I swear, I couldn’t care less about fruit in the winter (save for the occasional banana) but as soon as we hit warm weather I’m like GIVE ME ALL THE CHERRIES (and blueberries. and strawberries….).

  3. I have yet to break into the cherries, but I’ve been eating blueberries and strawberries like it’s my JOB. Actually, I really need to hit up the store soon because I basically cleaned out my entire stash of fruit. Like… I don’t even have bananas 😯

  4. Congratulations to your grandparents, i love hearing about couples that have been together forever – and those cookies are so adorable. All your eats look excellent, and i’ve gotta try that chickpea casserole asap.

  5. I’ve had an MRI before and unlike WHATEVER happened to Davida, it was fine! Just don’t even wear your jewelry to the hospital because you’re going to have to take it off. I was most worried that my cartilage piercing would fly out of my ear and into the machine. But it didn’t, and I basically spent half an hour taking a nap in the machine. No worries girl!

  6. I think it’s incredibly awesome that you’ve brought healthy eating to your families home. Good for you & good for them w/ being on board. It sounds like y’all really have an awesome outlook on improving your health @ any age. Also, Eat Yourself Skinny really does have some awesome recipes. I can’t tell you how many I’ve made & became obsessed with.

    P.S Happy anniversary (belated) to your grandparents ❀

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