Happy Friday! These past two days have been good, in ways both related to food and not. I met with one of my professors the other day to talk about my options after graduation. We talked about teaching in programs akin to Teach for America, or teaching English abroad (We both agreed it’s too bad – for my purposes – that Ireland is an English-speaking country; otherwise I’d be there in a heartbeat). I think that grad school is my ultimate goal; I would love to be a professor; a large part of that is because I’ve had such good ones (particularly in English) here. Either way, I left feeling optimstic rather than anxiety-ridden, which is sometimes the case when I think about what I’ll do after I graduate.
But back to the eats! The past two days have been full of good ones. Let’s look at them head-to-head. There were breakfasts:
In Thursday’s mix: 1/2 cup oats; 1/2 cup milk; 1/2 cup water; pinch of salt; pinch of cinnamon. Ideally I’d do this on the stovetop, but for time’s sake, I popped it in the microwave for two and a half minutes. I spooned some Greek yogurt and organic strawberries on top. Usually I drizzle this with honey, but I was out, so I substituted brown sugar. Surprisingly good!
Today was even better, though:
In the yogurt mess: Chobani 0% Fat Greek yogurt, Kashi GoLean Crunch, Strawberries, and 1/2 banana. Again, no honey, so I used a little brown sugar to sweeten. I’ve been on a major PB&J kick lately (but how could I not? So classic…). On the other half, I did another tried-and-true combo: PB and banana.
The winner? Friday. There’s really no beating PB&J.
Yesterday’s lunch was kind of a big deal. It was the first time I’ve had chicken in at least six months (What can I say? It’s a dirty bird). My roommate Lauren is also learning to cook, and Wednesday night she baked a Parmesan/breadcrumb encrusted chicken. She’s a sweetheart and saved me some, too! Being the salad girl I am, I threw it over a bed of mixed greens.
I dressed the salad in my signature, (lemon juice, EVOO, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper) adding artichoke hearts, roasted red pepper, and feta. On the side, an English muffin – one half with butta, one with PB&J (I know, I know, not exactly ground-breaking).
Lunch today was better, but I think that was more due to my hunger levels. I ate breakfast around nine this morning and didn’t get back home until 2:30. I was starving, so I knew I needed to make something quick. In comes my newest favorite meal:
I found this recipe in a Cooking Light cookbook over the summer. I’ve adjusted it slightly. It’s really, really easy and delicious. Here’s the recipe:
Black bean and goat cheese dip:
- Drizzle olive oil
- 1/2 white cooking onion, chopped
- 1/2 C black beans
- 1/4 C salsa
- 1 oz goat cheese
1. Heat up a saute pan to medium heat. Once it’s hot, pour in a little olive oil. Add onion; stirring occasionally until translucent.
2. Add black beans and salsa. Once the mixture reaches a boil, turn it down to simmer; let it be for 5 minutes.
3. Remove from heat. Stir in goat cheese. Serve over chips, or inside quesadillas.
Today I got to do one of my favorite things – grocery shopping. Lauren and I borrowed a car and went to Meijer. I got so much stuff:
You can’t really see them, but I bought a box of Kashi TLC Pumpkin-Pecan bars that I’ve heard good things about. Those are probably what I’m most excited to eat; well, those and the squash.
I just realized I’ve moved away from the Thursday v. Friday theme, but that’s ok, because I forgot to take pictures of dinner last night (the key player was a big piece of pumpkin cake). Tonight’s dinner, though, was a delight.
In the salad – tomatoes, garbanzos, feta, and my signature dressing, all over mixed greens. I roasted the acorn squash the same way I did on Tuesday (microwaved first, then butter + brown sugar in the broiler for a few minutes). The apples were the best part. I sauteed them in butter and brown sugar. They tasted sort of like apple pie filling; I think they’d be great over vanilla ice cream.
And then there’s my favorite part of the day (eating-wise). Dessert!
Even better: Jackie’s blog debut. Hey girl!
Well, that’s everything. I’ve got quite a bit of work this weekend, but tonight I’m going out (obviously).
Oh, I started Mrs. Dalloway this morning. From the opening sentence alone, I know I’m in for a game-changer: “Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself.”
And that’s that! Have a good Friday night,