Weekly Eats

We ate out A LOT this week. Mostly because of being busy and away from home…and partly because it’s hard to say “no” to friends who want to go out! Here is our week in food:

Sunday

Lunch: Sat on the outdoor patio at Dockside. Fish tacos for me!

Dinner: Navy bean soup cooked with a ham bone that I acquired from Travis’ grandfather. When we visited him last week a ham was being baked and I asked if I could have the bone to make soup. The answer was yes…as long as I brought them the leftovers!

Monday

Lunch: Had an unexpected trip to the doctor and was there from 11am to 1:30pm. We were starving when we left there so out to lunch it was! We went to Toast and both had the special of the day: fish tacos! 2 days in a row! Very good food and fast service!

Dinner: Orange and soy glazed baby back ribs served with steamed cauliflower sprinkled with nutritional yeast and some roasted asparagus.

orange soy glazed ribs

Tuesday

Lunch: Visited my sister Angela and she made taquitos for lunch!

Dinner: Leftover ribs served with peas and pine nut couscous.

Wednesday

Lunch: Leftovers

Dinner: Grilled flank steak with cilantro chimichurri. Then I mixed a bunch of lacinato kale, a 14 ounce can diced tomatoes and some leftover navy beans to make a delicious side dish!

flank steak and Cilantro Chimichurri

Thursday

Lunch: Was out on business with Travis and we had an early 11am lunch at Cafe Caturra. My choice was the tarragon tuna salad sandwich with a side salad (instead of chips).

Dinner: We got stuck out in the southside waiting for our car to be ready (it got an inspection, a recalled part replaced, 4 new tires and a detail) so we headed to Sushi-O for happy hour appetizers which ended up being all I wanted that night.

Friday

I had a meeting with a friend and financial planner in the morning at Urban Farmhouse and enjoyed a chai latte and a slice of banana bread. The latte was SO frothy!

Lunch: Chicken and spinach wrap from Ellwood Thompson’s

Dinner: This is kinda weird…we never do this…why am I making disclaimers?…we made flank steak again tonight…maybe it was so we could eat more chimichurri…I don’t know. But it was good and so were the roasted brussel sprouts!

Saturday

Lunch: Leftovers

Dinner: Out to eat with 5 of our friends at Portico

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Weekly Eats

What I did and what I ate:

Sunday

Lunch: Salmon cakes and fried eggs

Dinner: Roasted chicken served with lima beans and corn.

Monday

Lunch: Guacamole with tortilla chips. Leftover lima beans and corn.

Dinner: Yesterday was my youngest brother, Isaac’s, 21st birthday and he came over for dinner along with my Mom and my other brother Ben. (I missed my 2 sisters!!! **insert scream here**) We made  Homemade pizza. One vegetarian version with spinach, sliced asparagus, sliced shallots and mozz cheese. One with spinach, crumbled italian sausage, sliced shallots and mozz cheese. For dessert: buckwheat brownies with walnuts and semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Tuesday

Lunch: Quinoa salad with pinto beans, 1 zucchini diced and lightly sauteed, 1 teaspoon cumin and 1 teaspoon chili powder . Served with a dallop of leftover guacamole and a few sprinkles of cheese.

Quinoa salad with guacamole

Dinner: Spaghetti with turkey meatballs and a homemade tomato sauce: diced tomatoes, tons of garlic, shallots. Broccoli on the side.

Wednesday

Lunch: Out to eat

Dinner: Out to eat (again!) at Haiku.

Thursday

Lunch: Leftover quinoa from Tuesday.

Went to visit my friend Dana and her adorable twins Sarah and Leah!

Me and the Holt girls

Dinner: Collard greens and roasted shrimp with grits!

collards, grits and shrimp

Friday

Lunch: Went grocery shopping at Whole Foods and got the salad bar for lunch.

Dinner: Whole roasted red snapper (I did the Asian version)! Steamed broccoli and cauliflower sprinkled with nutritional yeast. Leftover grits.

Saturday

Lunch: We decided to take off to Virginia Beach for a night trip. It’s only about an hour and a half drive from where we live! Stopped at Doc Taylor’s as soon as we got into town and I had a $2 bloody mary and a grilled veggie wrap! Well ok…2 – $2 bloody marys! A great little spot!

Dinner: Enjoyed a big bowl of shrimp pho and some raw oysters at Tautog’s. Then we went by our friends house and around 10pm went out to Abbey Road for some music.

me in va beach

Tri Tip Pull-Apart BBQ

I haven’t made this roast since back in January which is totally weird because it is awesome-ness! It’s super easy to put together and the leftovers are amazing!

Cover it in spices and sear on both sides:

tri tip searing in a dutch oven

Here’s the roast after adding the stock, tomatoes, onions and garlic:

bbq tri tip roast

We served it up with shallot and garlic green beans and steamed cauliflower sprinkled with nutritional yeast (which is delicious and if you have never tried it do it tonight!!)

dinner

Here’s your close up!

bbq tri tip roast

Tri Tip Tacos

  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 1/2 lbs tri-tip roast (I purchased 2 small ones from Trader Joes that equaled this weight)
  • 14 ounce can tomatoes and green chilies (I used Muir Glen fire roasted diced tomatoes with green chilies)
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup beef or chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoon molasses
  • 1/4 cup smoky BBQ sauce (I used Trader Joes)
  • toppings include: shredded cheese, salsa, pickled jalapenos, sour cream, lettuce, limes, cilantro, red onion, avocado

Method

  • In a small bowl, combine the salt, paprika, cumin, pepper, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper.
  • Liberally season the tri-tip roast with the spices and let it sit for 15 minutes.
  • Place the roast into a heated dutch oven that has been drizzled with EVOO. Sear on both sides. Add onions and garlic when you flip it to the second side. Cover it with the diced tomatoes, beef stock, molasses and bbq sauce.
  • Bring mixture to a low boil, partially cover it and lower the heat to med-low for 2 1/2 hours. At this point I uncovered the pan and let it keep cooking for another 30 minutes or so while I prepped the veggies. Shred meat with 2 forks right in the sauce. Good with or without the bun!

Pan seared Salmon

Dinner tonight was delicious for many reasons! Mostly because I had a very long day and wanted something nice AND easy to make.

This morning I made smoothies, drove my son to school and then dropped my brother off at the community college he attends (his car is out of commission). Worked out, showered and was sitting in my spanish class all before 11am.

After spanish class I had a group project meeting from 12:30pm- 4pm in the library and another class from 4-6:40pm.

Busy day!

Seared salmon

My favorite way to cook salmon is to simply salt and pepper both sides, get a non stick skillet very hot and add some sprays of an organic extra virgin olive oil spray. Sear both sides of the salmon at the medium-high heat to get a nice crust on the outside and a medium well temp inside. Tonight we ate it with steamed broccoli and cauliflower sprinkled with nutritional yeast and some pine nut cous cous!

P.S. It’s finals time so tomorrow will be just as busy 🙂