I don’t know about you, but I can’t believe it’s Wednesday already. I feel like I’ve been doing a lot of work-related What I Ate Wednesday posts lately, but this week’s installment actually features some meals with friends, family and not consisting entirely of items purchased from Trader Joe’s (gasp).

IMG 7830 300x300 - What I Ate Wednesday #184Saturday started early and ended late. Breakfast and lunch were fairly standard desk-meal items: pumpkin cheesecake dip with cereal for crunch and a warm kale salad later on that had leftover grass-fed steak from the farmer’s market (!) and miso-tahini dressing. I munched on an apple for lunch “dessert” and to give me some carbs to balance out the meal. I made the mistake (if a genius one) of taking a two-hour nap after my shift so I could make it through a coffee date and late dinner with a friend visiting from out of town. Because I always wake up ravenous after long naps, a Greek yogurt mess was basically inevitable. Between Point A and Point B of my evening plans, I had a glass of wine at a Hells Kitchen wine bar and chatted with the bartender about puppies. It was kind of a perfect evening.

Sunday I had brunch plans (aka lunch where you top things with eggs and can drink booze if you like) with the fam, but of course woke up early and hungry. I made a bowl of savory oats with leftover roasted veggies and egg whites to tide me over after a little gym & laundry action. By the time my parents, sister, and I met up with my cousin and his wife at Barrio47, though, I was freaking starving again. I ordered the shakshuka and was not disappointed. I’d never had it with burratta cheese in it, and it was fan-f***ing-tastic. Instead of booze, we all had coffee drinks.
IMG 7831 300x300 - What I Ate Wednesday #184I was pleasantly surprised at how long my meal held me over, but I was more than ready to dig into a bowl of (more) leftover roasted veggies with pumpkin-spice roasted chickpeas (toss chickpeas with pumpkin pie spice & a teaspoon of olive oil, bake until crispy) over parsnip puree. It held me over pretty well through an event, though I definitely was ready to eat a little something before bed. Once again: a sliced banana with peanut butter. It’s just too easy…

What’s your favorite brunch dish? 

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