Weekend Recap: The best cauliflower recipe + how I lost my car keys.

Happy Monday!

I hope you all had a great weekend. Mine was pretty lowkey, which is usually how I like it.

I started my Friday off right with a Starbucks breakfast of champions. I’m obsessed with the cinnamon almondmilk macchiato.

A friend and I attempted to visit an Irish restaurant for lunch to celebrate St. Patty’s, but everywhere we went was smash packed, so we ended up at ABV Social – not Irish, but their steak salad hit the spot. We also split one of their soft pretzels and beer cheese – sorta Irish, right?


I visited Trader Joes after work to stock up on some much needed produce.

Dinner was simple but delicious – pan seared salmon, chopped spinach, and truffle pureed cauliflower. I get asked a lot about this cauliflower, so here is the recipe (it’s so easy).

Truffle Pureed Cauliflower


Ingredients

1 large head of caulifower 2 cups chicken broth 4 cloves of garlic 4-6 oz cream cheese 2 tsp truffle oil (optional)

Directions

In a large covered pot, steam the cauliflower with the chicken broth and garlic cloves for about 20 minutes, or until soft. Place the cauliflower and garlic cloves (not the broth) in a food processor and pulse a few times. Add in 4 ounces of the cream cheese and puree until smooth. Add an additional 2 ounces of cream cheese if desired. Drizzle in the truffle oil as you pulse and add salt and pepper to taste.

Then it was bubble bath time with my favorite bath salts. I’m not actually sure if they help with my soreness but they sure do smell nice. 

Banjo doesn’t know how he feels about the bubble situation. 

Saturday morning I made myself some coffee and breakfast – scrambled eggs/egg whites with spinach, sundried tomato chicken sausage, and strawberries.

Then it was off to my first day volunteering at the local cat shelter. I did my orientation the week before so I was really excited to get started! I’m a total cat person and just love having the opportunity to give love and attention to so many of these precious little bebes.

Grabbed a green juice at Whole Foods on the way home. I can’t remember what all went into this, but they added cayenne and I really liked the little kick.

I found a new (to me) running/biking trail near my apartment and I was so excited it was finally “warm” enough to try it out. And by warm I mean 35 degrees. I left all my stuff in my car and pocketed my car key like I always do, but when I got to the end of my run, I reached into my pocket and – NO KEY. 

I didn’t panic at first because I figured it would be easy to find on the paved trail. But after I retraced my steps 3 times, I finally gave up and called my cousin to come get me. Thankfully there was a spare car key at my dad’s house (although it was kind of an ordeal finding a key to get in there, since mine was locked in the car and he’s in Cali). I’m glad it all worked out but I don’t think I’ll be back to that trail any time soon. On the bright side, I got a killer run in with the key searching. 😉

Definitely needed a cappuccino to warm up after being stuck outside for so long.

By the time I got home I was too hungry to make anything so I heated up an Amy’s frozen entree and wolfed it down in about 3 seconds.

Then my cousin and I went to see Beauty and the Beast. It was really cute! And surprisingly true to the original. I also loved last year’s Cinderella so it’s safe to say I’m on board with these Disney reboots. I really want them to do Pocahontas next. Although I guess they kinda did that already with Avatar…

Dinner was some turkey meatballs, followed by the best nightcap.

Sunday morning brunch with a friend at Fuzzy’s. I had an egg white veggie omelet and it was delicious. 

I spent the rest of my Sunday rewatching Game of Thrones while cleaning up and doing some meal prep for the week. I’m going to make an effort to have healthy meals more easily accessible during the week. I actually found all this cooking very relaxing.

I made roasted zucchini, squash, and tomatoes, baked pesto chicken tenders, and some more cauliflower.


The best evening snack.

And the best little buddy.

Hope you all had a great weekend!

Questions for you:

Did you celebrate St. Patty’s?

Have you ever lost your car keys?

Do you do any weekend meal prep? Do you enjoy it?

Weekend Recap: Beauty shopping + let’s talk about intuitive eating.

Happy Monday!

It’s been a while since we last caught up so I have a long weekend recap for you. It was a good one!

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I stayed up way too late on Thursday at a happy hour so I hit the snooze button a few too many times on Friday morning. This is why I rarely drink anymore – I loooove me some wine every now and then but for the most part drinking always leaves me feeling like garbage the next day. Not worth it! The tacos, on the other hand, were 100% worth it.

There was tons of coffee to power through the morning.

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Stopped at Blaze for lunch with some coworkers for a loaded veggie pizza – mozzarella, zucchini, mushrooms, artichokes, tomatoes, and spinach.It was pretty good but it got really soggy so I may have overdone it on the toppings..

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After work I swung by the mall to pick up a birthday gift for my sister (she turns 18 this month, when did she stop being 11??) I also grabbed a few things for myself while I was there ;). This Lush lip balm smells just like skittles.

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I got home and made myself some dinner – mahi mahi burgers and sauteed cruciferous crunch from Trader Joes, topped with Thai sweet chili sauce. I tried to keep it a little lighter after my pizza and tacos. 🙂

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I finally got one of those tea brewing kits so that I could make my precious Teavana at home. I picked up some of their Winterberry tea and it is so so good. I don’t know how I waited this long to get this.

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My cousin surprised me on her way back from the airport (she has been in Jersey for the past 5 million years aka a week and it was awful). We caught up on all the important happenings and attempted to watch Sausage Party. I will admit I’m kind an asshole about movies but this one really was the worst.

Saturday morning I had some coffee with my favorite creamer ever (it’s seasonal and probably expired by now but I’m taking my chances) and then made breakfast for my cousin and me.

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Did a little shopping at Ulta. That store is so dangerous. I know nothing about makeup and just stick with the basics but every time I go in there I have to fight the urge to buy crazy lipstick and fake eyelashes and contouring sets because the packaging is so pretty and the ladies make it look so easy and omg how can I go back to a life without cheekbones now?!

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My cousin headed home in the afternoon and I headed to the gym finally. I did my C25K run on the treadmill and then I also did a strength workout, focusing on abs and arms:

Circuit 1:
1 minute plank
30 crunches
30 russian twists
30 leg lifts
30 bicycle crunches (each side)

Circuit 2:
15 bicep curls
15 squat shoulder presses
15 weighted step-ups (each side)
15 tricep dips
15 push-ups

Repeated each circuit twice.

Dinner was grilled barbecue chicken and salad, and then I spent the evening hanging out with a friend and doing some cleaning.

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Sunday morning breakfast quinoa with almond milk, toasted coconut and vanilla beans. Topped with almond butter, banana, blueberries, and hemp hearts.

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I was crazy sore from Saturday, so I took the day off running and went for a walk instead. 3.5 miles in the park while listening to The Name of the Wind on Audible.

The family got together to celebrate my sisters birthday at the Cheesecake Factory. She and I both pick it every year for our bday dinner and it never gets old. Actually one year I picked a steakhouse because I thought I should class it up a bit or something, and we all regretted it. Lesson learned. 😉

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I ordered the pasta carbonara which was a weird choice for me because I never order pasta (I love pasta but it just seems like a boring thing to get at restaurants). It was amazing and I polished it off with some carrot cake cheesecake.

Not that you guys probably care about what I order or why, I did just want to take a second to mention that I have been following the guidelines of Intuitive Eating (I also love this book) for the past several months and it has been working extremely well for my mental and physical health. Last year I would’ve gone to that dinner, ordered something as low in calories as possible and then probably ended up scarfing down half my sister’s cheesecake anyway and feeling like a failure. Now I order whatever I want most and just eat until I’m comfortably full. So it’s just something I would encourage you to look into if you are currently struggling with the diet cycle or calorie counting and looking to make a change. 🙂

Came home and caught up on Big Little Lies (I loooved the book.) So far I’m liking it, even though the characters aren’t quite right but that’s always gonna happen. Are you guys watching? Did you read the book? Let’s discuss!

Hope you all had a great weekend!