Happy last day of August!
I probably shouldn't be celebrating that considering I went back to work this week, but, even though starting school again is stressful and overwhelming, I love what I do. In any case, I've been sharing recent recaps of life events, but I thought it might be fun to share a recent recap of food. Ready?
For a while there, our food was basically whatever was convenient and at times that meant take out or microwave dinners but, when we finally got into our house, I was happy to be able to buy new groceries (even if I still wasn't really cooking anything). This breakfast became an obsession. Yogurt + granola + summer blueberries on our porch for the win!
Continuing with the go-to theme, we know I love chia pudding and I don't know whose brilliant idea it was to add peanut / almond butter and jelly to the equation but mad props to them. Loving it.
Can I brag for a second? We have the sweetest new neighbors. They brought over this pumpkin bread which is THE BEST pumpkin bread I've ever had. Seriously--and I've had great pumpkin bread. It could be that we hadn't had homemade food in a while or that it came at a time when we were basically out of groceries but I think it was mostly that it was perfectly seasoned and had nuts AND chocolate chips in it. SO GOOD. Thank you new neighbors!
In a recent recap post, I talked about having BBQ chicken taco cups and the obsession with slow cooker BBQ chicken continued. We had these bowls with quinoa, BBQ chicken, and veggies for many nights during and after our renovation week. Low prep and high flavor for the win! Plus, they're so versatile--you could use the chicken in bowls like this, on top of nachos, with some eggs, in a burrito, or on a salad.
Avocado toast + all the fruit -- dream breakfast! Still digging the convenience factor but obsessed with summer fruit and produce too.
Speaking of summer produce, every year I am obsessed with cherry tomatoes. I can't even. They are SO. GOOD. Obviously I added some of the dairy free pesto with some pasta (you could also do zoodles!) and it was a dream dinner.
Now that we finally have a functional kitchen again, I've been upping my smoothie game to smoothie bowls again. And, BREAKING NEWS: I've gotten David to enjoy green smoothies. Usually when I make smoothies he says they're not sweet enough--like he basically wants a fruit milkshake. The few times I have been able to convince him to try a green smoothie I've made he's like "I can taste the spinach." So, I have no idea what made me think I should make him a smoothie bowl but I did and he LOVED IT. He even said "good job" after he ate it, which on the David food compliment scale is basically the top. WIN. Moral of the story: make a smoothie into a smoothie bowl (toppings always win) and never give up.
I am LOVING peaches right now. Even if it means I have to put up with the fruit flies (WHY?), I will keep them on my counter. Current fave snack that you will not be able to get me to shut up about? Peach + almond butter. It is THE BEST snack.
Since I can't help myself, we had a ton of peaches lying around and ripening too quickly in the (HOLY HOT) summer heat so I had to use up a bunch fast. On the less healthy side, I wanted a cake and this paleo caramelized peach upside down cake was calling my name. I couldn't resist. I mean, look at it.
Other things I love? TACOS. Tacos for life. I LOVE mango salsa. It's so easy and fresh. I cheated and bought the pre-cut kind in the grocery store because a) lazy and b) I hate cutting mangoes. #firstworldproblems. I added fresh lime zest to this batch and it was a really good decision.
Last but not least, I'm finally back in the salad groove. While we were moving and functional kitchen-less, it was hard to make salads and find the time to prep the ingredients. Now that we're settled, I'm finally getting back into the routine and loving it. I've noticed that after a while I start to crave healthy food and when I finally find my way back to it, I remember why I love it and wonder why I thought I'd be happier eating junk. This salad was everything.
So, that's what we've been eating lately. Hopefully it gave you some good ideas, especially during back to school when it can be hard to find food inspiration. Even though most of us think fall when we think back to school, there's still plenty more summer so take advantage of all of the wonderful produce and warm days--fall and pumpkin spice will be here before we know it!