Birthday Week Eats

Birthday week last week was full with lots of yummy things!

We started off the week on Sunday at SOWA Open Market.  You can read about our full experience in this post.

SOWA Open Market

We decided to put some of our SOWA farmer’s market goods to good use on Sunday night when we got home.  We made farro and veggie stuffed pattypan squash for dinner!  This recipe was our own creation, and I’ll be sharing it with you guys later this week.

Farro & Veggie Stuffed Pattypan Squash

For lunch on Monday & Tuesday, I threw together a bunch of random things using the leftover farro mixture from the pattypans.  I forgot how much I *love* edamame.

Farro Salad

For dinner on Monday and Tuesday, we whipped up a batch of grilled nicoise shrimp salad.  We liked it so much the week before that we just had to make it again.

Grilled Shrimp Nicoise Salad

An extra treat on Tuesday included this giant soft pretzel at the Red Sox game!  It’s pretty much impossible to eat healthy at Fenway, but when I’m there and hungry my go to choice is a pretzel.  I just really like them.  They also remind me of the times Katrina and I would go shopping at the Natick Mall and have zero luck.  A huge pretzel from Auntie Anne’s would always cheer us up!

Red Sox Pretzel

Lunch on Wednesday and Thursday was another repeat – southwestern sweet potato salad.  Obsessed.  As much as I hate summer winding down, I am beyond psyched for the amount of meals I can make with pumpkin and sweet potato again.  Woot!

Southwestern Sweet Potato Salad

Wednesday night dinner was pasta style!  Eggplant over wheat noodles with tomato sauce.  I inhaled this after my last CrossFit class!

Eggplant & Pasta

Thursday night dinner was out with Slesh at Playmakers on Moody Street.  We got $3 quesadillas and our first Shipyard Pumpkin Ales of the season.  Normally I like to wait until after Labor Day, but Thursday was chilly and the Shipyard tap was just speaking to us. 😉

Playmakers Quesadilla

Tim and I had the day off on Friday, so we decided to grab sandwiches from Whole Foods and have a little picnic at the Fresh Pond Reservoir before walking the three mile loop.  I got an apricot glazed turkey with arugula and goat cheese on an onion focaccia bread.

Whole Foods Turkey

Friday night before my birthday celebration with friends, Tim and I met Slesh at Four Burger to grab some food.  I got the turkey burger with caramelized onions and mushrooms and gouda, on no bun, with a side salad.  In retrospect, I should have ordered the bun.  Maybe even some fries.  That probably would have helped my severe hangover ailments on Saturday morning!

Four Burger Turkey Burger

My drink of choice on Friday night were Julius Echters.  Don’t mind the recycled picture from another post, but I didn’t snap any brew pics on Friday.

Julius Echter

Because of said beers, on Saturday I couldn’t stop eating junk all day long.  It happens, you guys!  I don’t know how I used to go out ALL the time <— spoken like a true 28 year old.  Anyways, I managed to feel better by dinnertime, thank God!  Tim planned a special dinner for me at Towne Stove and Spirits on Boylston Street.  I’ll recap in my birthday post later on, but my meal was DELICIOUS.  We ordered the ricotta and lemon ravioli for an appetizer, and I ordered the swordfish steak for my meal.  And we split sides of asparagus and roasted mushrooms.  It was to die for!

Towne Stove & Spirits

This week’s meal plan looks like this:

  • Sunday:  Homemade pizza night
  • Monday:  Steak with leftover sides from Towne
  • Tuesday: Salad with barley and fruit
  • Wednesday:  Peach and basil ravioli with seafood
  • Thursday:  Birthday dinner out with my family
  • Friday:  TBD before Ashley & Bret’s wedding eve beach bonfire
  • Saturday:  Wedding dinner!

And for lunches, quinoas and salad with barley and fruit.  Pretty typical.

Questions for you!  Do you usually order food at baseball games?  What’s the best dinner out you’ve had lately?  Anything yummy on the meal plan for this week?

Catch you later, friends!

Scenes from the Weekend + Weekly Workouts

And we’re back to another Monday morning.

In case you missed any of my weekend posts:

Oh, and here are some scenes from my weekend:

Red Sox Game…

 

Beer bucket + the most amazing quesadilla ever at The Lower Depths

A delicious and much-needed iced french vanilla non-fat and no-sugar latte from Treats.  Never tried this place before, I liked!

 

Corpbasics fundraiser for Reach Out at the Y on Saturday afternoon…

 

Fun new shorts from Old Navy!  Love, love, love!

 

Dinner + Snacks + Wine + Friends + Tim’s deck + Tim’s grill….

Beach day of fun!  Constitution Beach near Logan Airport was surprisingly nice…

Finishing “Catching Fire” finally of the Hunger Games series…

 

And finally, new boxers.  With ICE CREAM on them.  Enough said.

 

Pretty solid weekend if you ask me!

Let’s kick off this week with my usual recap of last week’s workouts and a plan for this week’s:

Last Week’s Workouts

Last week I still modified a lot of my usual workouts for my hip, but I think I was able to get in a good amount of exercise all things considering…

  • Sunday:  Off
  • Monday:  20 minutes steady cardio on the elliptical + 20 minutes Core Strength
  • Tuesday:  20 minutes steady cardio on the spin bike + taught Circuit (did all upper body + abs, modified legs + cardio)
  • Wednesday:  My “How to Pass 35 Minutes on the Elliptical” Workout + these ab moves + lots of stretching/foam rolling
  • Thursday:  Taught Circuit class, did most of the workout!
  • Friday:  Off — treated myself to a sports massage
  • Saturday:  2 hour CBC session for the Y fundraiser — Cutz, Kix, and Floor Work!

This Week’s Workouts

  • Sunday:  Off
  • Monday:  Some type of cardio + 20 minutes Core Strength
  • Tuesday:  How the hip feels will determine whether I go to Kix versus do cardio of my own.  Either way, I’m teaching Circuit (maybe outside this week?)
  • Wednesday:  Off or TBD
  • Thursday:  Teaching Circuit
  • Friday:  Hour of Power yoga at Prana
  • Saturday:  Off or TBD

How were your weekends?  How were your workouts last week?  Plans for workouts this week?

Enjoy your Monday!

Beantown Birthday Adventures

Tim’s Two Seven Day of Fun!

In summary, we…

…slept in to an impressive 8am!!

…whipped up some strawberry whole wheat pancakes for breakfast with the whole wheat pancake mix I won from a giveaway over on A Better Bag of Groceries.  They were yummy!

…walked ALL over the city, mainly along The Freedom Trail.  That was our physical activity for the day – the trail itself is 2.5 miles long, nevermind all the random little detours we took when I would get distracted by something and the walking to and from the trains.  Oh, that also doesn’t include going up and down the 294 steps of the Bunker Hill Monument.  I was panting by the end of those!

…indulged during a fun lunch in the North End at Ristorante Limoncello.  I ordered a Caprese Salad and the Haddock Puttanesca, and Tim got the Antipasto and Veal Saltimbocca.  Oh and I forgot to mention the loaf of bread I think we also ate?

…also indulged in homemade birthday cupcakes that I whipped up as part of Tim’s present.  Recipe coming soon!

…went to the Red Sox game at night, the other part of Tim’s present.  Even though we lost, we had a ton of fun!  Enjoyed a couple of beers and ate some gross Fenway food.  Seriously.  I got a slice of pizza that left me feeling gross, and some mock nachos.  Neither of which were even close to being worth it.  But the cupcakes were.  Why I didn’t go with a Fenway Frank is beyond me.  Oof.  #baddecisions

Was a great little day, and MUCH needed day off!!

When’s the last time you had a “day of fun?”

Hope everyone’s enjoying their night!  I’m hitting the hay early tonight — I barely got any sleep last night, and I’m subbing the 6am spin class in the morning.  See some of you then?!