Weekly Eats {Lots of Dining Out}

Last week was a bit different in terms of meal planning and my usual eats.  For starters, I only needed to plan for one since Tim was away on a business trip.  Also, I had plans on both Wednesday and Thursday that involved dinner out.  Finally, between the holiday weekend last weekend and not being sure when Tim’s flight would get in Friday, well, let’s just say it wasn’t my most model week of meal planning.

But that’s ok, and I’ll share my eats with you anyways!  As always, these are just the highlights and I do not post everything that I eat.

Last Week’s Eats

Breakfasts

I am definitely not a toast every day kind of girl, but I definitely enjoyed multiple toast breakfasts last week.  Between the new bread I’ve been buying from Trader Joe’s and the homemade peanut butter from my foodie penpal, I just couldn’t help it.  Topped with sliced banana (and usually chia seeds) is my favorite way to eat toast.

Toast with peanut butter

Lunches

For the workweek last week, I had a repeat lunch plan!  More cucumber and black-eyed pea salad.

Cucumber and Black Eyed Pea Salad

Dinners

Sunday
Tim and I decided to take advantage of a Sunday with no work in the morning.  We ventured over to Allston and enjoyed a Mexican themed night at Lonestar Taco Bar.  You guys may remember Lonestar from this post when I went out for Cinco de Mayo MUGaritas with the gym ladies last year, or maybe from this post where I talked about a baking disaster due to said mugarita’s hangover.  Ha!  Tim had yet to go there, so off we went.  No mugs this time around, but I did enjoy a couple prickly pear margs (their frozen special of the day).  We also had a few kinds of tacos and some chips with guac.

Lone Star Taco Bar

Monday
After our kayaking adventures, we fired up the grill!  Skewered up some steak tips from The Meat House with mushrooms, yellow and orange bell peppers, and red onion.  Along with corn on the cob and some baked sweet potato fries, it was a fun summer kick off meal!

Kabobs

Memorial Day BBQ

Tuesday
I kept things simple with a grilled chicken salad.

Grilled Chicken Salad

Wednesday
Went out to eat with Papou and Auntie Paula at Jerry Remy’s.  Appetizer = summer berry salad.  Entree = turkey burger sans bun.  Side = sweet potato fries.

Jerry Remy's Berry Salad

Jerry Remy's Turkey Burger

Thursday
The original plan of girls night of four dwindled down to girls night of two!  After consulting our “list” of Boston restaurants to try, Slesh and I decided to eat at Temple Bar in Cambridge.  I have driven by this place a thousand times, but have never gone in.  I liked a lot!  We started off with the most delicious vegetarian appetizer.  It was a whole board of vegetarian sample items: Parmesan crusted amaranth cakes, romesco, white bean salad, eggplant purée, pickled mushrooms, and pita chips.  Loved!  For a meal I ordered the duck and beet salad.  And topped it all off with some white wine sangria.  Was definitely some much-needed catch up time.

Temple Bar

Friday
I mentioned this morning that Tim was heading in from DC on Friday night and I had to head to my parents’ house.  We timed it so that he could join me for the ride, and we stopped for a pizza at Flatbreads in Bedford on the way home.  This pizza was seriously amazing:  smoked free-range pork shoulder with homemade organic chipotle BBQ sauce, organic red onions, fresh pineapple, and lots of cheese.

Flatbreads Pizza

Saturday
Leftover pizza from the night before!  On Saturday I also enjoyed some fun food at Ashley’s bridal shower, including the most delicious cupcakes I’ve ever had in my LIFE.  No exaggeration.

Ashley's shower

This Week’s Eats

Here’s this week’s plan:

Lunches

  • Monday and Tuesday:  Leftover pasta salad from our Sunday picnic
  • Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday:  Strawberry and avocado kale salad

Dinners

  • Sunday:  Leftover picnic sandwiches
  • Monday:  Grilled shrimp skewers
  • Tuesday:  Turkey tacos
  • Wednesday:  Turkey tacos
  • Thursday:  Zucchini boats
  • Friday:  Zucchini boats
  • Saturday:  Leftovers, throw together, tbd!

I’m also planning to incorporate some green smoothies into my life this week, bake some Lean Green Bean sweet potato brownies and prep some Fitnessista breakfast cookies!  Tim and I are definitely trying to be a bit more mindful this week about how much we spend on dinners out (nevermind how much splurging I’ve been doing), but sometimes life just happens and not everything can go according to plan.  (Right?!)

What about you guys?  Do you have weeks where you end up going out to eat more than you should?  Or just don’t feel like cooking?  How do you get back on track from too many dinners out?

Weekend Recap and Weekly Workouts

This weekend definitely went by too quickly.  Don’t they all?

Friday night was somewhat shot since Tim was flying in from a business trip in DC, and I had to shoot home to pick something up from my parents’ house.  We managed to time it so Tim could come with me and we could grab a pizza at Flatbreads before heading back to our apartment where we pretty much fell asleep immediately.  Wah wuh.

Saturday included an early morning workout, Ashley’s bridal shower, and then some serious couch time.  I just needed to SIT.  Ashley looked so pretty at her shower and everything was wonderful.  I didn’t know anybody there (seriously not one other person!) but everyone was so nice and welcoming.  AND it seemed like many of them are F&F readers, which was kind of awesome and unexpected.

Here are a couple of pictures I snapped:

Ashley's Shower

Ashley's Shower

Finally on Sunday Tim and I ventured up to Gloucester/Rockport for a fun little day trip / date day.  Recap post coming soon!

For now, let’s dive into weekly workouts.

Weekly Workouts

Last Week’s Workouts

Sunday
Rest day

Monday
I squeezed in an early morning Memorial Day workout: 30 minutes on the elliptical followed by 15 minutes of core strength work.  The rest of the day was spent kayaking at Cochituate State Park.  Kayaking is a no joke upper body burner!

Kayak

Tuesday
15 minutes of sprints on the spin bike, then taught my animal theme class.

Train Like an Animal Workout

Wednesday
Active rest — walked with Sheila at lunch in Southcoast for Walking Wednesdays

Thursday
Taught my 6am class.  We focused on lower body tabata for the first half of class since last week we focused on upper body tabata.  We were still able to do a short upper body and cardio circuit toward the end though.  Sweaty!

Friday
Traffic was awful, so I decided to take advantage of the gym at work instead of sitting in a bumper to bumper mess on the Mass Pike to get to the Y.  I did 30 minutes of cardio on the elliptical, and then 20 minutes of core and balance work.  By the end?  Highway was clear.  For the win.

Friday Workout

Saturday
Forced myself to wake up at 8 to get my sweat on before Ashley’s bridal shower.  I did this workout that Jen posted last week and that I included in last week’s Friday Favorites.  I adjusted a couple of things, but it was a good one.  I especially love squat jumps onto the bosu.  Thank you, Jen!

Workout equipment

This Week’s Workouts

Here’s what’s on the agenda for this week:

  • Sunday:  Rest day
  • Monday:  Cardio workout TBD
  • Tuesday:  Subbing outdoor bootcamp and teaching Interval
  • Wednesday:  Active rest / light cardio
  • Thursday:  Teaching Interval
  • Friday:  Signed up for 6am class at Studio Empower
  • Saturday:  Morning workout TBD

Of course it’s subject to change and I can be easily persuaded by workout buddies. 🙂

How were your workouts last week?  Do they change at all with the change of season and weather?  Anyone rock outdoor workouts more often?  What’s up for the week ahead – anyone trying anything new?

Time to tackle the week ahead!