It’s been a bit of an adjustment getting back into the swing of real life after vacationing in Hawaii last week. I am so insanely thankful for that trip. I haven’t taken more than a day or two off from work in almost two years. This trip made me realize that is way too long for me! Unplugging and unwinding for 10 days was simply incredible.
In other news, fall is in full swing up here in the northeast and I couldn’t be happier. Give me all the fall food! Here’s a roundup of some meals and snacks I’ve eaten over the past couple weeks before we left for our trip. I hope these posts inspire you on your own journey with food. I’d love to hear what meals and snacks you’re loving lately in the comments!
Speaking of fall food… I was “that girl” who bought all kinds of pumpkin things on a random trip to Trader Joe’s a couple weeks ago. Needless to say, for breakfast I ate a lot of toast with pumpkin cream cheese. Bagels would have been better, but I’m trying to use up what we have in our freezer because it’s overly full. In addition to the toast, I had a carton of Siggi’s 4% vanilla yogurt to sneak in some satiating protein.
More toast! Do you remember cinnamon toast from childhood? My mom would smear butter on a slice of toasted Wonder bread and then sprinkle a mixture of cinnamon and sugar on top. I lived off that stuff. This is a more “sophisticated” version because I used Iggy’s sourdough toast – which is my favorite local bread here in Boston. I also scrambled some eggs with spinach for a little bit of extra protein and veggies.
Sorry, but not really… More toast! I had a couple slices of cinnamon toast + a bowl of full fat, plain greek yogurt that I stirred maple syrup into. I will definitely be doing that again because it was amazingly delicious.
I ate lunch out with a friend one day and she picked the spot. We ended up going to Dig Inn. I love that place for lunch. As the weather gets cooler, I’m not into cold salads as much. Instead, I crave warm lunches like this that fill me up and give me energy for the afternoon. As I’m looking at this bowl of grains, greens, broccoli, chicken and sweet potatoes, I’m realizing I could totally replicate this at home. Maybe I’ll do that for next week…
Another day after I got home from my NP job I ate a late lunch with a friend in the park. We picked up sandwiches from Blunch. I went with “the Giving Tree.” It has smoked turkey breast (I subbed with chicken breast), cheddar cheese, shaved green apple, house-made honey dijon, and greens on multigrain bread. It was super tasty. That being said, I was still hungry afterwards so I had a few squares of chocolate and some grapes when I got home.
I definitely had some random, lazy lunches while Nick was out of town… My appetite was weird and I didn’t know what to make for lunches that week. I ended up with white sweet potatoes (my favorite, they are so good) + scrambled eggs with spinach and parmesan cheese + fruit. It worked.
Another lazy, no frills lunch that week was Trader Joe’s yellow lentil and brown rice spaghetti with spinach, parmesan, olive oil and s+p. I posted about it on instagram and then showed you how I made it on stories. (It’s still in my “food” highlights if you’re interested.) This lentil and brown rice pasta really impressed me! It held up after boiling, wasn’t mushy at all (that’s the worst!) and didn’t have a funny taste. I’d totally buy it again.
I love keeping lentil/bean-based pasta on hand because it has protein built right in. I eat all kinds of pasta – white, wheat, brown rice, lentil, whatever. If it tastes good, I’m into it. But there’s a time and a place for certain pastas. I wouldn’t eat whole wheat mac and cheese because that doesn’t taste good to me. And I think white pasta tastes awesome with homemade meat sauce.
And another easy lunch. I eat lunches like this when I need something quick to throw together and eat while I’m working. I know, I know… It’s not ideal to work and eat but sometimes, it happens. This time I had some hummus, triscuits, carrots, cottage cheese and an apple. I’m sure I rounded out this meal with some chocolate. Nick brought home two HUGE bars of milk chocolate with toffee almonds from Norway and I’m going through them at a respectable pace.
I’m not sure if this is breakfast or lunch….so let’s call it brunch! We went out to The Friendly Toast with friends after church a couple weeks ago. I’ve been wanting to go to this restaurant forever, but it’s always packed. The verdict? It was well worth the wait. I totally recommend going if you’re in Boston. We went to the one in Cambridge and I ordered the Costa Rican – black beans, salsa, provolone cheese & corn salsa, topped with two scrambled eggs, sour cream & scallions + home fries & fried plantains. It was really good.
We went to a friend’s house for dinner one night and they made this incredible salmon – it was all in the glaze! Plus rice pilaf and asparagus. I definitely went back for more salmon.
I picked up Cava for dinner with a girlfriend one night. A location just opened near my apartment and I’m really happy about it because this place is really good and they don’t skimp on portions. I don’t even remember what was in this bowl. It was some combination of rice, veggies, about three kinds of hummus, chicken, feta and other really good things.
These yogurts were on sale at the grocery store and they looked fun so I picked up a few to try. I liked this flavor the most because I love muesli. The other flavors I tried were the vanilla with cacao nibs + coconut and the vanilla with almonds + dried cherries. Those were really good too.
Here I just combined the last bit of two different kinds of cereal. And I ate out of a mug because food just tastes better that way. This was brown rice cereal and Kashi Heart to Heart – I think. I’m really into cereal these days.
I also had some grapes. Typically, I don’t buy grapes because they are $$$ but these were on mega sale at the grocery store so I bought a big bag. I could have eaten the whole bag in one sitting, but I’ve done that before – even though all those grapes taste good in the moment, I end up with a mega bellyache afterwards.
I made a double batch of these cookie dough energy bites last month and I love having a stash of food like this in the freezer. They make for a great, quick snack. And there are no dates in the recipe! Don’t get me wrong, I love dates, but not having to buy dates or clean up after using dates is a bonus in my book.
My bedtime ice cream snack included chocolate chip cookies with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce. Always a good food choice. The cookies were just break ‘n bake.
The same friends that made us that delicious glazed salmon made these bomb brownies and paired them with sea salt gelato. YES. I was plenty satisfied with one brownie so I left the second. Three years ago, I never would have been able to leave food like a brownie behind with zero desire to eat it. Intuitive eating, with time and patience, is indeed a beautiful thing.
Share your favorite food in the comments below. I’d love to know what you’ve been eating lately!
Genevieve Miller says
I feel like we are breakfast kindred spirits haha and I know you also have a love for delicious, doughy pancake recipes so I thought I would share my absolute favorite with you (aside from my family’s famous pumpkin pancakes of course):
My husband and I have been making a big batch of these on Sunday mornings after church and then freezing the rest for breakfast throughout the week. I love warming them up and eating them with a big spoonful of full-fat plain Greek yogurt and cinnamon on top!
I’ve seen this recipe – glad you enjoy it and thanks for sharing!!
Maple syrup in full-fat yogurt is sooo good! And my go-to lunch when I don’t know what to have is a veggie scramble with sourdough toast. I can eat eggs for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They are probably my favorite source of protein! I just made a couple loaves of sourdough cinnamon-swirl bread, so that toasted with a thick smear of peanut butter might also be in my future…
I could totally eat eggs any time of day too- they are so versatile! Oh lordy, that bread sounds like HEAVEN
I like when you mention how much of the food you ate like when you said you left a brownie because you were satisfied after one. I love learning the thoughts in intuitive eating! Also I’ve said it before, I am right there with you with cinnamon toast! Yum! I literally bought all these pumpkin at the grocery store the other week as well. I got pumpkin bagels, whole wheat and seed pumpkin bread, salted caramel cream cheese to top them, pumpkin spice greek yogurt. I love it all! haha one practice I learned from you that I did today was had two slices of toast but with different toppings because I couldn’t decide! Peanut butter and banana on one and an egg over easy on the other.
Glad the inside peak is helpful for you Bre! And I love that savory + sweet toast combo – sounds fab 🙂
Cinnamon toast! Oh the nostalgia. My mom had a separate shaker with cinnamon/sugar mixed, and I’m pretty sure we just sprinkled it on buttered white Wonder bread.
yes!! sometimes you didn’t even take the time to toast the bread!
We had a cinnamon sugar shaker too, with permanent residence by the toaster. Bringing back good memories haha 🙂
Karen Hovie says
I so remember cinnamon toast as a kid! When I was sick, my mom would even cut the crust off and cut it into triangles! At any rate…snacks of late have been honey crisp apples with peanut butter!
YES to no crust!
oh man honey crisp are the absolute best
These posts are my favorite, Robyn. Everything looks so delicious + well balanced.
If you have more of the Norwegian chocolate left, you have to chill it in the fridge and enjoy it cold with a glass of milk. If the packaging is yellow it is the best milk choc in the world 🙂
xo from Maren,
I agree, these are my favourite posts too 🙂
The chocolate is delicious so I will have to try that!! Glad you enjoyed the post 🙂
I love the Friendly Toast! It is one of my Boston favorites and I include it on all my friend’s lists for when they visit. We used to always go super early on the weekends before the brunch crowd (right when they opened) and it usually worked out! I miss Cambridge (and all of Boston!)
Early bird gets the worm – totally will have to follow in your footsteps with getting there early!
I always love your posts Robyn! Its nice to see different ideas for how to make balanced meals.
I have never liked the taste of Cinnamon or pumpkin, so the fall is my least favorite food season by far. Bleh. I would always dread when my grandma used to make cinnamon toast because I would just pick around the bread. I love having oatmeal in the mornings made savory though (https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1017989-savory-oatmeal-with-greens-and-yogurt) or toast with roasted garlic, hummus, tomatoes, avocado, etc.
Generally speaking I’m super into the salty/fatty carbs over the sweet ones just by personal preference, so my favorite thing right now is roasted pumpkin seeds, home roasted potatoes with lots of oil and salt, all the warm pastas, cornbread + chili, and I’ve been chasing my dinners with jalapeno or dill pickle potato chips!
Also I know you’re not posting about your pregnancy, which I respect, but I’m generally curious as to what your thoughts are on how society sells nutrition to pregnant women. Other than just intuitive eating, do you think supplements are necessary for pregnancy or is this just another scare tactic?
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All your toast looks so divine! I love having different kinds of bread in the freezer so I always have plenty of exciting toast options! I am totally into yogurt lately too – especially with the Fuji apples I picked last weekend! Thanks for another inspiring eats post =)
I’m SO with you on the “everything tastes better in a mug”! I have been loving cereal and milk in a mug recently, too. Also, what kind of yogurt brand is that? I’ve never seen that before, but it looks yummy! I like that it comes with toppings, too!
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