I’m back with my WIAW series. Are you happy?
I consider past weekend great in terms of food, balance and fun. Especially after discussing with all of you how we all struggle about the same issue – food, I feel more than ever inspired to share my weekend eats. Interesting enough, talking to all of you in the comments made me realize even more how life is short and is about balance. I thought a lot about what each and everyone of you said because I learn from every single opinion. To reassure my position re: balance, I ate a slice of ice cream cake and curled up with a book.
I took it even further, yesterday boys had no school and I stayed in bed reading till 2 PM, and even ate grilled cheese for lunch made by Kyle, let boys stay in PJ’s and play devices all day. Man, lazy parenthood is easy. Aren’t you proud of me?! Of course, mopping floors and dinner duties have resumed by 4PM. But those are minor issues after a day in bed!
We had our dear friends over and I took it as an opportunity to test a few new recipes.
First was the buffalo avocado dip that is to DIE for on a game night, is full of healthy fats, no crap and is so satisfying. Coming on Friday and you will be all over it! SO GOOD! #healthysuperbowlrecipegoals.
For dinner was baked peanut chicken, which was a winner and is coming to the blog soon. With quinoa and all organic Caesar salad. I also tested new Thai cabbage recipe which is coming soon too. It was pickled for 2 days and that is it.
For dessert, my Italian friend made Tiramisu which I couldn’t but help myself to 2 servings. And wine. I know. But hey, just see how much veggies and quinoa I ate over this weekend.
For breakfast was steel cut oatmeal with figs, grapefruit, cinnamon and coconut manna. And green tea. Alex made that woot-woot.
Kyle had a hockey game far away so I drank some Vega greens protein before taking off.
In the car, I enjoyed some almonds.
I enjoyed a cup of Pukka blackcurrant tea at the hockey game. I always do that, and of course bring my own tea. Quality organic decaf tea at reasonable price is hard to find. I buy mine at Homesense whatever they have at cheaper price.
P.S. Jenn, recognize the travel mug? Your Christmas present to us 9 years ago. How cool is that?!
Late lunch was this Thai chicken wrap me and Kyle found in Nature’s Fare – a healthy food market, next to the rink. I couldn’t believe my luck. Bingo.
Before dinner I curled up with my new to me book I just picked up on the way from hockey and a small glass of wine.
Dinner was leftovers from Friday night with a salad made by Alex from quinoa and veggies, peanut sauce on top, Thai cabbage and peanut chicken. I can eat the same yummy food every day and that is what we do on weekends actually.
Dessert was a huge bowl of frozen fruit. Alex did a Costco run while I did the hockey duty.
Alex brought me coffee in bed and I drifted off with my Nuntacket story and a handful of roasted unsalted nuts from Costco. I love Elin HiIderbrand’s books because they are always a light intriguing read, remind me of summer, include good food and a touching 35 year old marriage of wealthy East Coast people story. Love them. I always take away something for myself about marriage and raising kids from her books.
The sunrise was gorgeous and I learnt long time ago to look past the roofs and enjoy the sky full of eagles, changing colours and beautiful clouds.
For late breakfast I made eggs with kale, horseradish and grape tomatoes, Thai cabbage on a side and toasted ciabatta bun. Yum.
Late lunch was a handful of almonds and a green smoothie because Adam had an indoor playground birthday party.
This cutie pie turned 6! He was born on January 1st and changed our lives and holiday season forever. I won’t be saying “stop the clock” because there is a beauty to every stage of your child’s life. I am frankly enjoying reading books in bed all day long instead of breastfeeding and changing diapers haha.
I had a slice of DQ ice cream cake because I love ice ream.
Me and Alex shared some wine because this is what you do after spending 3 hours in a closed off space with 200 kids on a beautiful sunny day.
I almost cried I couldn’t go for a walk. #motherhoodproblems Instead we went with Alex in the dark after dinner. And now it is pouring rain but I promised myself not to complain because it is warm again and no snow. Yay!
Dinner was OMG fish in tomato sauce with capers. Another test that is coming to the blog soon.
I can’t help but think, after writing this post, how naturally gluten free our diet is. Exactly the point that gluten is not the culprit to our nation’s health problem. Of course, if you don’t cook at home and live off of takeout, you will eat a ton of white flour (because it is cheap), feel bloated and will gain weight. I also notice how we ate the same veggies and quinoa over 3 days but it didn’t bother anyone one bit. We are not fussy and can diversify any meal with extra condiment or new item. I also can’t stop be amazed how little we eat out and don’t even care about it. I would rather eat my quinoa than a steak, and save money and health for travel.
Let me know if you have any questions and have a great week! I’m off to do a 30 minute HIIT to burn off the cakes and wine. 🙂