Big life update – I have a job. I joined a medical team for nutrition support (at the same hospital that Adam will be working at!). It’s a fantastic learning opportunity but life has definitely been pretty crazy recently. Actually, I interviewed for and was offered the position during my notice period at my last job, so things have been pretty crazy for the last month. Also I started work the day after we moved. Whew!
Big food updates – here were the highlights the past week…
Coffee combo = espresso from For Five with skim milk and ice.
Rule Breaker Snacks sent me some cookie samples to try. Their bean-based treats all have chickpeas as the first ingredient. The concept is actually really neat, their snacks are all vegan, gluten-free, kosher, and peanut-free -as well as free from the top 8 allergens – so they are a great option for a kid’s lunchbox (or to pack to eat at a hospital!).
The P’nutter chocolate chip blondie only got a 7/10 from us because the flavor that was similar to peanut but not actually peanut threw us a bit and we found there to be somewhat of a baking soda aftertaste. If you were someone with a peanut allergy you definitely may feel differently though.
But the birthday cake blondie was a 10/10! Truly, rating it just as a cookie and not a “healthy” cookie, I loved it. It just tasted like a really yummy sugar cookie. The sprinkles were super fun and didn’t have a chalky taste. And the texture of both bars was perfection – chewy without being crumbly. You would have no idea that either flavor was bean-based.
I get subsidized meals at the hospital cafeteria so I mostly will be eating lunches there and will have less to share on that front, though this week I did eat three (incredible!) lunches at my desk and was able to take a picture. Salad with marinated mushrooms, chickpea salad, celery, grapes, and honey mustard dressing.
Salad with mushrooms, salmon, banana peppers, and blue cheese dressing.
Turkey burger with cheddar, blue cheese, red onion, and pickles. Plus pita chips.
We finally got ourselves some pans and to celebrate I made some reeeeeally good dinners. Key note – I put Trader Joe’s low-fat sour cream in everything we ate this week and everything was fantastic so I think I will start keeping sour cream in stock more often.
Esquites – loosely following this recipe – aka the best dish I’ve ever made. I swapped serrano for jalopeno and used half mayo and half sour cream.
With baked shrimp and cabbage. I marinated the shrimp with evoo, paprika, cumin, lemon juice, and tomato paste and baked it on top of shredded cabbage.
A hot take (<– that’s a pun!) on my black eyed pea salad. Sauteed red, orange, yellow, and green bell pepper and green onions / salt, pepper, smoked paprika / BEP / turkey bacon / cubes of cheddar / mayo and sour cream / topped with Cholula.
Stroganoff-ish turkey. With tons of sauteed mushrooms and roasted heirloom cherry tomatoes.
One night we had a tasty meal out at Mono Loco. Fresh grapefruit mojito with Cruzan rum!
And I got nachos with pinto beans and crazy good roasted chicken.
Snack highlights this week were ice cream! Whole Food’s vegan peanut butter chocolate bar(!!) topped with cardamom ice cream and strawberry sprinkles.
Scoops of tres leches and cream cheese from La Flor Michoacana.
Have a great weekend!