Ahhh what a beautiful morning. I set my alarm for 6am instead of 7am thinking it would give me a nice sense of peace and calm in the morning and boy was I right. The sun is already up (have I mentioned how much I love summer?), coffee is brewing, and I have plennnnnty of time to get you a quality post (something that’s been lacking the past few days).
As I went to bed last night, storms surrounded the apartment and lightning was flashing back and forth all around the skyline. It was one of the most beautiful things I’ve seen in awhile. Isn’t it funny how cozy storms are when you’re inside and all set for the night? But the minute rain strikes during the day I curse the gods. Perspective is a funny thing, isn’t it?
Since I haven’t shared my eats lately I’m going to share a few different meals for my WIAW. I’ve just been making so many yummy things that it would be a shame not to share with my favorite bloggers 🙂
I really think Pooh is onto something. I knew he was my childhood hero for a reason 🙂 Yesterday’s breakfast was a Mexican breakfast burrito complete with two eggs, cheddar cheese, black beans and salsa, all stuffed into a La Tortilla Factory tortilla. So much protein in such a compact breakfast…that gets me excited.
And since I didn’t share pictures from this past weekend I have to show you the brunch I made for Zain and me on Sunday. Eggs, hash browns, and homemade pancakes. I woke up bright and early (10am lol) Sunday morning, biked to Trader Joe’s, got the supplies (and the flowers) and made a nice meal just because. It put me in an amazing mood all day just to have spent some time cooking.
Am I the only one who almost always forgets to snap a picture of my lunch? I’m so good about breakfast, dinner and snacks, but whenever lunch rolls around I’m just like GET IN MA BELLY. This lunch is an exception, though, because it’s a $15 DOLLAR SALAD. It pains me to buy it but sometimes I just crave it. It’s the signature chopped salad from Freshii and includes basically everything but the kitchen sink: field greens, edamame, sunflower seeds, goat cheese, walnuts, dried cranberries, avocado, broccoli, egg whites, salmon and balsamic vinaigrette. Eating this salad is the equivalent of climbing Mount Everest, in my opinion. So rewarding.
My favorite lunch this weekend came in the form of what else but a TUNA MELT 🙂 Very few foods get me as happy as a big, gooey tuna melt. Zain and I biked to visit our new apartment in Lincoln Park and found this little diner right next to our new place and decided to stop in. It’s already been decided that this will be our new place after church on Sundays.
And equally as exciting, look what’s next door…
Guys…I’m so excited for how many cool food places there are by our new place! Molly’s Cupcakes is just one of the many options including a Hawaiian fast food place, an empanada cafe, and a Korean BBQ place. My WIAW’s are gonna get so exciting so stay tuned!
I’ve made some great snack discoveries lately (most not so healthy so bear with me). I realize that it looks like I’ve basically been diving head first into the sugar pool all week but I promise I’ve spread it out (not that any of you all judge anyway, you beautiful bloggy saints. You just get me).
Did you know that m&ms come in MEGA size now? Just what I needed….my favorite candy in mega size. Sigh. Thank god one pieces are back in style because food is just getting way too good.
Someone was grillling at the Bachelorette viewing party on Monday. One thing led to another and I tried a turkey burger for the first time. Where have these been all my life?! I must have sounded like a crazy person going around the room asking WHO BOUGHT THESE and WHERE CAN I FIND THEM? (Especially considering I only knew three people there. Oh well I’m proud to be “turkey burger girl” if that’s what came out of it). Of course I was too busy scarfing it down to take a picture but I found one online – they’re from Whole Foods!
So many amazing grilling opportunities this summer.
Dinner last night came after a fun run along the lake right before the storm hit. It was really cool watching the sky turn gray and even made me run a little faster praying to sweet baby Jesus that I didn’t ruin my iPhone. (Excuse the selfie but I just got these new Lululemon shorts and had to make sure you approve).
Oh right you want to see dinner pics, not my face.
Dinner post-run was baked chicken Parmesan with a side of green beans. I doubled up on the green beans post-picture – I’ve been back to loving veggies lately so I get as many as possible.
Well if you made it all the way to the bottom of this post, you are truly a gem. I hope you all have a wonderful day! Chicago is currently being consumed by fog so it should be an interesting walk to work. Happy Wednesday!
- Do you watch The Bachelorette? Who’s your pick? I LOVE the farmer!
- Have you ever had a turkey burger? What do you think?
- Do you live next to any cool food places that tempt you all day every day?
- What did you have for dinner last night? Inspire me!