So it’s been awhile since my last post, huh? My two-week illness (a cold and then the flu) turned into a three week plague extravaganza complete with conjunctivitis, gastroenteritis, and a two-day stay at the hospital. Yippee. I didn’t really feel like myself again until just a couple of days ago.
Now I’m back in action, and I even have a week’s worth of meals to share…
I was still recovering on Monday so I started my week off with mint sparkling water cut with Sprite.
I’m usually not a clear soda (or non-diet soda) fan but the day I got home from the hospital I swear it was the best thing I’ve ever tasted. I didn’t even want diet coke that week, which says a lot about how sick I felt.
The real clue that I was basically dying is this – this small iced latte was my first cup of coffee in more than a week.
I also had a glass of kefir.
Maple was such a fun find.
By the next day I was fully ready for my lifeblood again. Nonfat caramelized honey (<–yum) iced latte with extra espresso. Sipped while grocery shopping.
I worked Saturday/Sunday which thankfully meant I had Wednesday off.
And yesterday I had a yummy Kevita kombucha.
Lavender melon. Kevita is a little more refreshing – and less sour and yeasty – than other brands of kombucha.
Packed lunches were my old standbys. Oatmeal.
Oats with chia seeds, strawberry shortcake m&m’s, and Justin’s chocolate hazelnut butter. Plus a piñata apple on the side.
And yogurt bowls, with blueberries and blackberries. 2% Fage with maple pecan granola, chia seeds, and more pecans.
Vanilla bean with Heritage Flakes.
Plus truffles from a coworker for dessert. With a side of Easter themed nails.
Wednesday at home I made an Easter-inspired spread.
Egg salad with potato chips, and warm carrot slaw (sautéed shredded carrots tossed with golden raisins, walnuts, mayo, and stone-ground mustard).
Monday night I took the dog on an extra-long walk after work… and then laid down on the couch in my coat for more than an hour! I was too tired to cook anything, but hungry enough to go back and reheat a second plate of leftover pizza.
Plus baby carrots.
We try to always keep them on hand because they are perfect for distracting the dog while he gets his nails clipped.
Tuesday I managed to cook dinner and try a blog product sample (two birds with one stone). Popkoff’s sent me some free coupons for their new line “farm to freezer” frozen Russian dumplings.
The farmer’s cheese Pelmeni were fantastic – they cooked in under 10 minutes and were perfectly tender yet chewy. Plus, you have to love the short ingredient list: “Farmer’s Cheese, Wheat Flour, Water, Egg, Sour Cream, Salt, Sugar.” We kept things simple and tossed them with sautéed mushrooms and cabbage and low-fat sour cream.
Topped with a sprinkle of smoked paprika. I have two more freebie coupons and I would purchase the dumplings with my own money so this is a meal you’ll likely see again.
Wednesday was the warmest of the season (68!) and we made the most of it by taking the dog on a long walk – in sandals and t-shirts – for water ice. My strawberry and cola cup hit the spot.
Then we did fish taco night for dinner. We need to make tacos more often, Adam and I were both raving about this meal.
Toasted taco shells / sautéed onions and bell pepper / shredded cheese / roasted tomatillo salsa / mahi mahi cubes sautéed with lime, cilantro, and green onions / dollops of sour cream.
Yesterday I ate a guava and cheese empanada on the train.
Dinner part deux was TJ’s frozen gnocchi with eggplant and zucchini.
10/10. We relied a lot of frozen foods to get through this week but the quality of our meals didn’t suffer any.
I hope everyone is feeling well for the weekend!