I’m savoring my last bit of “retirement” before I start my new job in August! You know, sleeping in, working out mid-morning, eating a leisurely breakfast, making smoothie bowls for lunch, and taking “Eleanor” breaks during chores and errands to give my girl a backstretch and chin scratch.
With this time off, I’ve also had the time to stroll the grocery for new finds and create a some recipes that you should know about. Here are five foodie favorites for Friday! (See what I did there? ;-)) (Are you now thinking I’ve had too much time off and need to get back to work? Michael, that question is rhetorical and not for you. :-* kiss kiss.)
Breakfast: Egg whites, one egg cooked medium, asparagus, mini heirloom tomatoes, fresh basil, salt & pepper. Holy moly. (Oatmeal on the side, because well, oatmeal er’day.)
Elderflower tea: This stuff is gold. Naturally sweet, non-caffeinated, and perfect warm or chilled.
Popcorn with truffle oil & grated parmesan: I’ve been on a big popcorn kick lately! Michael doesn’t seem to mind when I bring a big bowl of stove-popped popcorn, cooked in coconut oil and topped with a drizzle (heh, ok few globs) of truffle oil and grated parmesan throughout the bowl. You should see us battle for the extra cheesy pieces. Ain’t pretty.
Giant green smoothie bowls: These beauties are made with 1 cup of Califia Farms toasted coconut almond milk, 1/2 frozen banana, lots of handfuls of kale & spinach, wheatgrass powder, Orgain organic protein powder (found at Costco!), fresh mint, and a few handfuls of ice. Blend, bowl, toppings galore. #healthyfroyofix
CAVA: This is probably our favorite new restaurant we’ve discovered since moving here! Imagine a Mediterranean version of Chipotle. Greens, grains, lentils, pita bread, hummus galore, chicken or lamb, quinoa, feta, olives, mint, pickled vegetables, extra sauce…ALL IN ONE BOWL. The CAVA experience isn’t over. They have these fresh juices that are SO SO SO good. Some creations include strawberry mint, apple cardamon, lavender lemonade, carrot ginger…mmmhmm. For those not in the DC area, sorry, truly sorry. As of now they’re only around here (and in the DC airports) and one soon premiering in NYC, but I have a feeling the chain is going to be nationwide because they are THAT good. Danny & Kaitlyn, double date to CAVA when y’all get up here!
With that, what are some of your favorite foodie finds that I need to know about?