April is rollin’ by in the blink of an eye. Soon we’ll be sweltering in steamy days at the pool. Super excited! This Lately features the meals leading up to our big Easter weekend. It was a great week of meals, and I’m thankful that half of the time I could get out in some natural light for brighter, better photos!
Hellllllllo oatmeal!! Oatmeal and I are still in love, but I don’t make it as much because it takes just that much longer to make than all of our other breakfast favorites (eggs + toast // yogurt bowl // cereal // smoothie). It’s a sad excuse, but when I have a toddler saying EAT EAT EAT at my feet, time is of the essence! But it’s still one of my favorite breakfasts – hearty and customizable – and I had it three times this week!
Day 1 – whipped banana oats mixed with oat bran topped with yogurt, jam and Barney Butter.
Day 2 – same mix with just Barney Butter plopped inside and cranberries mixed in.
When I do make oatmeal these days it’s a huge portion so I can reheat it in a second the next day. Here was a leftover batch – heated just to the point of warmth – and mixed with yogurt (a 2014 creation!) I also stirred in some grapefruit (weird but good!) and sunbutter on top. It’s kind of like overnight oats with a warm twist.
Next up: leftover bacon, cheese and spinach frittata with toast + coffee. LOOK AT ME EATING VEGETABLES AT BREAKFAST!!
And lastly – scrambled eggs with cinnamon raisin toast + butter and cantaloupe.
S/S: I had back-to-back soccer games last weekend, and boy did that tire me out!!
M: My legs needed a full day of rest, so all we did on Monday was walk to the gym for Mazen’s first swimming lesson! I would have loved to soak in the hot tub a bit too… He loved the pool and is great at jumping off the side into my arms. Not so great at being dunked, but hopefully he’ll get better at that with time.
T: Small group with Erin. We worked on our chipper workout from last week and completed all of the time/number requirements. I finished early and was assigned some crazy exercises – like walking around the track with a kettle bell upside down and my arm at a right angle. HARD STUFF!
W: Wednesday was athletic conditioning. Class was a bit easier than usual thanks to a different combo of exercises. Or maybe it just felt easy. There’s really nothing easy about that class! But the time flew by and we didn’t do any major sprinting or running.
TH: After a really hard week (starting with my soccer games) I was thankful for a day of easy cardio. I read my magazine on the elliptical for a while and walked there and back adding 1.5 miles to the day.
F: Friday morning Mazen woke up sick, so I had to cancel training with Erin. Larbs and I had grand plans for afternoon exercise during naptime but showers became a higher priority. Instead we walked downtown and back twice, so that was something.
S: Athletic conditioning, Blaise style. Blaise won’t let you stop for a second and requires 100% effort at all times (or you get called out in front of the class!) so class was hard. I left tired all over.
Here’s a happy lunch – a classic quesadilla and salad! I stuffed the ‘dilla with some sharp cheddar cheese and used a frozen regular white tortilla from Whole Foods I had leftover from a recipe. For the salad I used leftover frozen peas and carrots and tossed them with some chopped romaine and an olive oil/honey/apple cider vinegar dressing.
Next up: leftover Kale + Farro soup. This was so amazing for lunch!
Day 3 – easy peasy leftover beef stir fry!
And finally, a salad topped with leftover farro, cheese and hot smoked salmon. Remember Oak River Salmon? The business is coming to life, and I was asked to test the shipping process. Not only did the salmon arrive safe and sound, but it tasted just as good as last time! I love having this for lunch.
Cook Smarts to the rescue…
Orange Sesame Beef Stir-Fry. This was great – I loved the sauce! Served over rice.
Chicken Curry with Cauliflower and Green Beans and Rice. LOVED the cauliflower in the curry! It soaked up all the delicious juices! Never want to make curry without it.
We skipped a Cook Smarts day to have some leftovers in the fridge – hamburgers from our party and salads with honey almonds and cheese. Half a burger for me – they were pretty big as a whole.
And finally…Cook Smarts Orzo salad with made-from-scratch beans, feta and broccoli. Served with Larbs and Karen and some celebratory white wine!
Happy Cooking, Happy Eating!