Happy What I Ate Wednesday. How’s your week going? Somehow we’re zeroing in on the end of March…what the what? After staying over at my parents’ house Sunday night to get a little extra Q.T. with the fam and a certain bichon frise, I’m smack dab in the middle of a hectic (in a good way) week.

Eli and his grandpa

Eli and his grandpa

I took the day off photographing food on Easter Sunday, but how about we take a look at Good Friday? Since I’m technically Catholic, you could probably say I did it all wrong this year. I actually thought it was Thursday most of the day, and then I dropped my keys down an elevator shaft right before I had to leave to get to an event, so the last thing on my mind was the things my grandmother would have wanted me to do (aka fasting, not eating meat) in observation of the holiday. I like to hope that, with all the meat-free meals I eat the rest of the year, that the powers that be would understand. I honestly didn’t even remember until I had ordered braised beef short-ribs while out for a late dinner with some friends. Whoops.

So, anyway, here’s what this dietitian ate on Good Friday.

Breakfast: Savory oatmeal. I was on a food jag with it over the past week, mostly variations on this recipe with whatever leftover vegetables I had on hand. Finding new ways to present repetitions of the same meal on social media is not easy. Does anyone else ever wonder why the f*** they bother? I dressed this bowl up with some leftover roasted cauliflower, eggplant, and caramelized onion, plus a little babaganoush, tahini, and goat cheese.

desk breakfast
Lunch: Salad — this had arugula, chicken, radish, and a little avocado; side of line edits…

arugula salad and line edits

…and sweet potato with a teaspoon each of peanut butter and raspberry jelly for “dessert.” I like to have some kind of complex carb with lunch, and this was a great way to enjoy that.

PB and J Sweet Potato
Snack: Plain Greek yogurt with cocoa powder and coconut flour, topped with blackberries before running out the door to an event (unpictured because I was shaky-hungry and in a rush)

Dinner at Bell, Book & Candle with a few friends: We shared an order of fried oysters and salad to start. For my main, I ordered the beef short ribs and brussels sprouts. They kindly left off the chestnut polenta (hello, allergy person), so it ended up being a perfect portion of meat and vegetable. This photo is terrible, but the meal totally hit the spot after a mostly-vegetarian week.

Bell Book & Candle Shortribs

We also shared a bourbon flight between 3 people. It was a fun way to try a bunch of different things without committing to a whole drink or committing to getting drunk in attempting to sample a variety. My favorite of the bunch was the West of Kentucky (bourbon from California?). The Larceny was the close second.

Bell, Book & Candle bourbon flight

Bedtime Snack: I was surprisingly hungry when I got home. Maybe all that getting lost in the West Village? I’ve been living in this city way too long to have an excuse, but that part of town always confuses me. Before bed, to calm the hanger-pangs, I had a sliced banana with a spoonful of non-fat ricotta and a drizzle of maple syrup.

Do you follow fasting/food rules for religious holidays? Do you ever get lost in your hometown?  

To see more WIAW, check out founder Jenn’s blog Peas & Crayons.


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