No Groceries, No Problem

I came back from Wisconsin on Sunday and was in a sad state of affairs after a weekend of fun and friends. I went from a house full of awesome ladies, an endless supply of Halloween candy, non-stop entertainment, and eating other people’s delicious cooking…to my quiet apartment with sparse groceries and sore quads. 
I did some laundry, foam rolled, recapped the weekend for my husband, and then began to mess around on Facebook with all my new found blogger buddies. Time well spent…obviously. Later that night we went to Prasino for dinner and I was a little let down. 
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Good, but not great.  I love the concept of a green restaurant that caters to special diets, but I wanted to see more seasonal specials. I DID have a glass of Organic Prosecco that may of changed my mind about organic wines…so not all was lost. 
Monday’s meals were all about using up the contents of the refrigerator AND trying to eat healthier after a really indulgent weekend (aka 3 dozen small parcels of sour patch kids and non-stop cheese & wine). I had 5 billion things on my TO-DO list, and it was rainy, so grocery shopping was not going to happen. 
Breakfast: Runny Egg. Trader Joe’s California Style Protein Bread (nice stats, we keep it in the freezer). Laughing Cow cheese wedge. Sriracha. 
Breakfast II: last of the 0% Fage, pumpkin pie spice, stevia…..stir, eat. tastes like holiday pudding. 
Lunch: pick out all the gross pieces of the lettuce bag, use remaining pieces. yellow bell pepper. red onion. snow peas. chopped pecans. dressing made of chipotle hummus, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, lemon, stevia. After the salad I dipped pretzels in that dressing….why are 10 pretzels a serving size? 

After lunch this happened…
Then this happened.
My MIL got me a certificate to the Trump Spa and I held off on using it until after the half marathon. I had a 60 minute massage and it was just what I needed. I asked my masseuse to spend some extra time on my quads and feet and I walked out of there feeling like a million bucks. 
Dinner: When I got home, I threw together supper for one. My husband was at a school event, so I just had to feed myself. This translates to eat a random of combination of foods that sounds good. 

Appetizer:  peppers + hummus

I wanted some warm comfort food, so oat bran sounded really appealing. Vitacost was kind enough to let me try some of their products, and I selected some fancy almond butter. Bloggers seem to go nuts for this Barney Butter, so I wanted to see what all the hoopla was about. 

I liked the chunky texture and that there was no stirring required. This is very delicious, but I may have a hard time shelling out almost 7 dollars for this small container.  I plopped a tablespoon on my oatbran and dinner was served.  No the fanciest dinner, but it was exactly what I was feeling like. 

About an hour later, someone came home hungry…. and apparently PotBelly was closed.

My husband loved a creamy pea pasta, so I tend to keep all the ingredients on hand for a quick meal…

That’s as gourmet as it gets around here for 10PM dinner. 

 Breakfast for dinner? Are you a fan? I could do this several times a week and live happily ever after. Breakfast foods are my favorite. 

What is your favorite brand of nut butter? I am not really into peanut butter, but I have been enjoying trying different almond butters. I’m scared to commit to some of the flavored ones. 

Have you ever had organic wine? Did you like it? I haven’t been impressed until the other night. 

  • Kelly Janowski

    Trader Joe’s used to carry my favorite peanut butter, but they stopped making it. Now, I eat the Costco brand of organic/natural peanut butter and it is divine. Just roasted organic peanuts and sea salt. Yum.

  • Erin @ Loop Looks

    At first I was like, “Whoa! You guys went all the way to La Grange for dinner??” But then I realized Prasino now has a city location. Duh.

  • Amy B @ Second City Randomness

    I often have to pick the gross pieces of lettuce out of the bag, too. Ah the glamorous life.

    When it comes to nut butter and the likes, I often just hit TJ’s. I had a sample of Barney Butter once and really had no idea what the big deal was. Lots of bloggers dance on the ceiling over it. Big whoop.

  • Lindsay

    For not having a lot of groceries your salad looks delicious!

    My favorite non-flavored “nut” butter is sunflower seed butter. It’s salty + sweet which is a must for me, some of the flavored ones are just too sweet.

    Also, post-race massages are so amazing. Good for you for indulging :).

  • Lindsey

    I also love a creamy pea pasta. Would you share the recipe??

  • Meghan

    I felt the same way about Prasino – I think it’s trying too hard to be too many things!

  • Katie

    I usually just buy my almond butter from Trader Joe’s, tastes good to me and costs half as much!

  • Katie @ Livehalffull

    I love breakfast for dinner! Also, I would much rather go out to breakfast than dinner. So delish.

  • Cait the Arty Runnerchick

    oh my gosh, have to say u are one lucky girl for going to the Trump spa! i’ll just sit here and be jealous/happy for u. jk. glad u have fun! :)

  • Alexandria

    That creamy pea pasta looks so good, do share the recipe! :)