This Week’s Eats: July 20th-26th

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts! I guess I stopped doing them since, although I typically like to spice up what I’m eating on a regular basis and try new things, the past few weeks I’ve pretty much been eating the same things as far as breakfast and lunch go. And while I’m sure everyone loves bacon, eggs, and smoothies, no one wants to see pictures of that over and over again!

This week is also the first week I’ve gotten back on top of my Sunday meal prep game. I’ve been letting that fall to the wayside in favor of lazing it up on the couch and having Netflix marathons. Oops. But I’ve definitely realized how much easier and less stressful getting ready for work is during the week when I have all my lunches prepped, so I’m not letting that fall to the wayside anymore!

Breakfasts

Poached Eggs with CrabJumbo Lump Crab & Poached Eggs on a Multigrain English Muffin
I ate this for breakfast 3 times this week. So much for spicing up my meals, but it was too delicious not to eat over and over again! I simply topped a toasted english muffin with jumbo lump crab spiced with old bay and a poached egg.

Greek Yogurt BowlGreek Yogurt Bowl
2% Plain Greek Yogurt topped with frozen mixed berries and berry granola

Lunches

Chicken Sausage & Sweet Potato + Chicken Salad & CauliflowerChicken Sausage + Sweet Potatoes and Chicken Salad + Spicy Cauliflower

Meal 1: Chicken Sausage + Sweet Potatoes & Spinach
We followed this recipe, but substituted sweet potatoes for the red potatoes.

Meal 2: Chicken Salad + Spicy Cauliflower
For the chicken salad, we grilled the chicken breast, then shredded it up. Once it was shredded, we combine it with a little mayo, mashed avocado, dijon mustard, salt & pepper. We followed this recipe from Eat, Live, Run for the cauliflower.

Dinners

Sweet Potato Burger BowlSweet Potato & Burger Bowl
This dinner is the stuff dreams are made of. We followed the same recipe we used for my Sweet Potato Sliders, but with a few variations. We cubed the sweet potatoes instead of slicing them, topped the burger with guacamole instead of mashed potato, and then topped everything with a poached egg. SO amazing.

Grilled PIzzaGrilled Pizza
Ever since I discovered the ways of grilled pizza, I can’t get enough. I think I eat this at least once a week. I use the Trader Joe’s Whole Wheat Pizza Dough typically. Once I roll out the pizza dough, I spray it with olive oil, then cook the sprayed side for about 60-90 seconds on medium heat, then I spray the uncooked side and flip it over. From there, I add the toppings and reduced the heat to low and close the lid. Once everything is nice and melted, I remove it from the grill.

Coconut Milk Mahi Mahi + Grilled ZucchiniMahi Mahi with a Coconut Milk Glaze & Grilled Zucchini
We made the mahi mahi and coconut milk sauce the same way we did in this post. For the grilled zucchini, we sliced the zucchini vertically in half, sprayed it with olive oil, and sprinkled it with salt & pepper. Once it was prepped, we placed it on the grill on medium heat until each side had a slight char to it and a fork could pierce it easily.

Aside from a few banana smoothies and leftovers, this pretty much sums up what I’ve been shoving into my mouth this week! Hope you all have a great day!

Tell me something delicious you guys ate this week!

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I Got a New Bike!

I guess the title of this post pretty much gives away the surprise, huh? Well, in either case, I got a new bike! I got a new bike! I’m pretty darn excited if you couldn’t tell already.
New BikeIf you read my recap on the Baldcypress Challenge, you may remember my issues with the hybrid bike I had during that race. Apparently, hybrid bikes aren’t made for speed (go figure) so I was SIGNIFICANTLY slower than a lot of the other participants. This was, of course, a huge blow to my self-esteem at the time and I spent a lot of the race getting down on myself. After talking to Ed, my sister, and Luis, I realized a lot of the issue lied in my bike and that if I wanted to continue to cycle as part of my workouts/training, then I needed to get a new one.

While I do want to continue to bike as part of my workouts since I’ve been really enjoying it, I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a bike since I’m not sure if this is just a fleeting infatuation or something I will be interested in long term. Enter Craigslist. Ed spent some time scouring Craigslist to see if there were any viable options or “fixer-uppers” we could rehab and, luckily, we found a good entry level road bike the first day! The woman selling it said she had only used it a few times because it was too big for her and she didn’t feel comfortable riding on it. Since she was a few inches shorter than me, it fit my height pretty well and we scored it for only $90 (it was listed as $100, but Ed negotiated the price down)! Major score!
New Bike HandlesAfter some minor adjustments like tweaking the handles/brakes and getting new pink hand wraps (yes, the pink hand wraps were NECESSARY), she was up and ready to go! It is truly amazing how much faster this bike is than the hybrid. While this is by no means a top of the line bike, it still blows the hybrid out of the water. I couldn’t believe the difference in speed the first time I rode it.

With increased speed and riding frequency comes increased risk for falling though and I have learned this the hard way! On Saturday, Ed and I went out for a quick 15-20 minute bike ride before he left for work. On the way back to my house, I looked down for 2-3 seconds at my watch and by the time I looked up, I was heading right into the back of a parked truck! My life flashed before my eyes and I had just enough time to turn my bike so I wouldn’t slam into the back of the truck. While I did manage to avert the truck, I turned too abruptly and fell (very roughly) to the ground. I may or may not have sobbed like a baby for a good 20-30 minutes while Ed cleaned out my wounds. I’m tough, I swear. As painful as the wounds were, I’m very lucky that I didn’t hurt myself more and I learned a valuable lesson early on in my riding adventures – keep your eyes on the road!
Bike woundLike the tough cookie that I am, I was up and riding the very same day though. No parked cars or bleeding wounds can stop me! Yesterday, Ed and I did a 15 mile bike ride in the morning before work and I’m really enjoying using biking as a cross-training tool for running. It gives my knees a nice break and perfectly accents my weekly interval training and long runs. Woot!

 

Now the only question is, what do I name my bike? Suggestions? I want to name it something fun/clever!

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Weekend Snapshots

Friday night 6 miler
Friday 6 milerWound from my first bike wipeout :(
BIke wipeout woundA walk with friends fueled by Krispy Kreme donuts
Corrina & DonutSummer Ale Festival at the Philadelphia Zoo
Me at ZooSummer Ale FestivalGorilla at ZooAng, Ed, & me at Summer Ale FestivalUnderground Donuts (the top left was a Captain Crunch donut – SO yummy!)
Underground donutsSunday morning breakfast in bed courtesy of Ed (Crab Eggs Benedict w/ strawberries & coffee)
Sunday Breakfast in BedTrip to the Dog Park
Dog Park Sunday

Tell me what fun things you guys did this weekend!

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