Today marks week #2.
Here's a look at the meals.
I would like to formally apologize for formerly sticking up my nose at Noodles & Company. My husband often suggests going there, and my response is a crinkled nose and a, "Why?" I used to associate this place with low quality college food, but after a delicious meal last week, I'm now a fan.
I had the Thai Curry soup with tofu and it was amazing. I love Thai soups with lots of spice and flavor and this fits the bill perfectly. My husband also went with an Asian dish and ordered Bangkok Curry with tofu.
I don't mean to brag, but the meal you are about to see was phenomenal.
Spanakopita! This was a staple in my home growing up and it has been way too long since I made it. My mom never makes this from a recipe, so I just went off memory. I originally bought 'light' feta from Trader Joe's, but after one taste, I was not impressed. I quickly picked up some local Wisconsin feta to ensure this meal was amazing. Sometimes low fat is not worth it. I loved this meal and I already want to make it again.
Big Star! It's such a small world! My husband ended up running into one of our friend from college and we met him for drinks at big star. I got a grapefruit based tequila drink that wasn't my favorite, but the food was great!
Avoiding meat really limited our options on the menu, but we were pretty full from the chips and guac and split some fried plantains and a golden beet tostada. Both were incredible. We stopped for froyo on the way home and it was pretty disappointing.
Typical creamy pasta with peas. I just make it vegetarian by omitting the pancetta.
I had a big eggplant to use, so I made a cumin spiced eggplant and onion saute and also quick Italian eggplant rolls. I roasted the eggplant sliced to make the pliable and then filled them with a mixture of cottage cheese, parsley, garlic, and Parmesan cheese that I mixed together in my Vitamix. I also used the pasta sauce that I got from Costco.
I also made a strawberry vinaigrette that I love so much I want to eat it with a spoon.
Speaking of salads, I need to address this tub of Organic baby greens that I got at Costco. No matter how many salads we eat, I cannot seem to make a dent in the tub of greens.
I have been eating AT LEAST one salad a day (and I can put away some salad) since I purchased it last Monday and it is still full as ever.
What's the deal? Does this stuff magically regenerate in the night? For reference, we typically go through two bags of lettuce/arugula/baby greens without trying.
Have you ever had Spanakopita?
What chain restaurant surprises you with amazing food? I also really enjoy Panera, especially their soups!