Happy Hump Day!
Breakfast: I started my day around 7am with coffee and overnight oats. I was going for a “Lemon-berry cheesecake” feel on this one, so I mixed a tub of Chobani Greek Yogurt, instant oats, and added some fresh lemon juice, a tiny bit of lemon zest, and some cinnamon. In the morning. I tossed in some strawberries and blueberries. I didn’t add any sweetener to balance out the lemon, which may have been a mistake. The oats were kind of tart…but definitely a good breakfast to power me through a long run on a hot morning!
Lunch: After my run, I came home, showered, and made this BLT Salad via The Londoner for lunch at 11:30. It was so simple and delicious! Just some grape tomatoes, bacon, and feta on a bed of spring mix and chopped romaine. I added some grilled chicken to mine for extra protein. I really don’t love the sharp acidity of grape and cherry tomatoes, so I broiled mine from about 10 minutes with a splash of olive oil. It really cuts the acid and makes them more palatable, in my opinion. For a dressing, I just whipped up some Fast and Easy Marinade, but it would really taste great with any dressing you like.
Snack: Around 3, I took a break from cleaning and snacked on a few pretzel thins with pepperoni and cheddar cheese.
Snack, again: At 5, Hubs called to let me know he was running late. So I grabbed an apple to hold me over until dinner…not pictured.
Dinner: Friday night = pizza night for us! I had been dying to try this Sausage, Manchego, and Pepper Pizza recipe from Cooking Light. Since I couldn’t find manchego cheese at the store, we opted for some smoked gouda paired with Alfresco Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage. I used this recipe on half the pizza, and I also made half a traditional pepperoni pizza. I definitely failed to account for marinara sauce, so it was topped with tomato slices, mozzarella and fontina cheese, pepperoni, and basil. It took about 20 minutes start-to-finish to assemble and bake, and both halves were equally good!
Hubs and I finished about half the pizza while watching The Lady in Gold–which is a fantastic movie! He likes action; I prefer drama and romance. So when it’s my turn to pick a movie, Hubs usually ends up a little bored. Not this time! The Lady In Gold is based on the true story of Maria Altmann, a Jewish American who fled Austria in the late 1930s. The subject of the painting The Lady in Gold was her aunt Adele, and the painting was stolen from her family home by the Nazis at the outbreak of World War II. Over the years, The Lady in Gold became an iconic Austrian masterpiece and was housed in the Austrian state gallery. In 2000, Maria Altmann sued the Austrian government for ownership of the painting, and won after 6 years navigating through US and international courts. The story is incredible, and drifts between the present-day struggle and Maria’s adolescence in Austria.
There you have it–my Friday in food.
What’s you favorite Friday night treat? Do you have a go-to pizza recipe, or do you like to try new combinations?