Let’s start with dinner first and work our way backward, since lunches were all some form of leftovers from dinner. Usually my meals are all over the place, but this week there was a lot of repetition.
First – and this is the meal that spawned the lunches – we made pineapple stir-fry over brown rice.
We kept things very simple which I think was a major improvement over stir-fries we’ve made in the past. Pineapple, broccoli, and straw mushrooms with baked tofu (400* for 40+ minutes, drizzled in honey and soy sauce) in a quick sauce of pineapple juice, chili garlic sauce, soy sauce, and corn starch.
Usually I get sick of our stir-fries after the first few bites, but this dinner I enjoyed the whole way through.
One night I made easy eggs. I don’t remember what Adam ate, but definitely not this; he’s not the biggest
Korn corn fan.
2 large eggs scrambled in evoo with corn (Trader Joe’s frozen fire-roasted corn, that I adore by the way. Cooked with a little sugar and Sriracha), dried basil from my grandma’s garden(!!), and shredded parmesan.
Eggs are so nice for dinner.
The husband got all of the leftovers and I was very jealous.
Last night we got all fancy and shared a cheese board for dinner.
We did minneola,
Pink Crisp apple,
and of course, cheese.
The cheese guy at Whole Foods was so helpful to us. Plus he let the husband have a million samples, so Adam was basically in love. We decided to go with one hard and one soft. A 3 year aged Gouda,
and a Soignon goat brie.
Both were fantastic. This meal was so much fun!
I have two lunches to share this week, both stir-fried rice. I know that on Monday I drank a third sugary iced coffee in leu of lunch, but I cannot for the life of me remember what I ate on the fourth day?! Whenever we would discuss food recalls in class I always thought it was silly that people had such a hard time completing them, but now that I’ve stopped daily blogging it has become much harder to recall my meals!
First up, a traditional.
Leftover brown rice with pineapple, peas, carrots, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and 1 large egg.
The pineapple got sort of caramelized and was fabulous.
Next, fried rice that was a bit out of the box.
Leftover brown rice, corn, spinach, chili garlic sauce, soy sauce, rice, vinegar, and 1 large egg.
I really thought that this iteration was going to be amazing but somehow the flavor ended up being pretty dull.
A friend had some good news to share early this week, and we celebrated with beer and bubble tea (of course). The beer was that nougat beer I keep prattling on about, so I’ll just show you a picture of my gorgeous tea.
Strawberry black tea with boba and lychee jelly from Hanco’s.
Another afternoon, the family took a walk to get ices.
I went with a sour cherry and cola water ice.
Not as good as the strawberry-cola combo I had the last time.
Now evening treats. The froyo place near our Whole Foods gives a discount if you bring a receipt from the Starbucks next door and that’s what spawned this idea – the sort-of affogato.
A little bit of vanilla froyo topped with a drizzle of fudge sauce and a solo shot of espresso.
Finally, caramel corn.
I cannot stop eating this, so I guess it’s time to give you the recipe. It is too simple.
Caramel Corn, serves 1 – 2
- 1 Tbsp butter
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp sweetened condensed milk
- 4 – 6 cups (popped) popcorn
- salt, to your tastes
Heat the butter and brown sugar in a saucepan over medium heat, until melted. Stir in SCM and continue to cook until thickened, 40 – 75 more seconds. Drizzle over prepared popcorn and salt to your tastes.
I’ve made this recipe in larger batches and you can too; all you have to do is keep the ratios the same while increasing as needed. The leftover caramel corn stores great in a sealed container on the counter for up to 5 days.
Like lunch, these pictures are all pretty similar. In fact, the base of these three breakfasts stayed the same the whole week!
Overnight oats: 1/4 cup dry oats, 1 Tbsp chia seeds, and 3/4 cup vanilla almond milk; stored in the fridge overnight in an almost-empty nut butter jar (~1 serving left). Topped with blueberries before serving.
The only thing that changed was the jars. Barney Butter Crunchy Almond Butter.
All delicious, but the last was my favorite because that’s my favorite butter. I’ve got to get working on more jars!
So there you have it; lots of eggs, rice, corn, and oatmeal. Which food made a lot of repeat visits on your plates this week?