My RD Bestie Danielle Omar tagged me in “What I Ate Wednesday” #WIAW, last week. Never one to avoid a challenge, I decided that despite the fact that I knew it wasn’t going to be a typical day, I was in. It wasn’t going to be typical because I was in the midwest visiting my dear cousins after their Dad and my most awesome godfather and “Uncle Jim” passed away on April 14th. My Uncle Jim was an amazing man, a rockstar to anyone who knew him. He was a chef, and his (grown) children are pretty much all foodies. It kind of runs in our family. They’re passionate about food, about flavor and at this precious time, about celebrating a great life. And celebrating we were. So here goes….
I stopped putting cream or milk in my coffee a couple of months ago, and haven’t look back. So here is ONE of my (unfortunately, several?) cups, in all of her black, spirit-lifting glory.
I am a fruit eater. Always have been. I love fruit, especially for breakfast. I am completely happy with just fruit, but my stomach is not happy with me 60 minutes later, so I added a hefty tablespoon of peanut butter to my cantaloupe and blackberries. I probably ate a bit more cantaloupe than is picture here.
I’ve heard an egg called “Nature’s Most Perfect Food.” At the very least, I think it makes a perfect snack. And yes, I love a little “good” salt and (a lot?) of pepper on mine. For a delicious, intense “taste treat” drizzle 1/8-1/4 teaspoon truffle oil on it. You’ll thank me.
Had I gone to the gym or to a hot yoga class that morning (sadly, none exists in Rockford, IL) I would have wanted a bigger salad than this, but I didn’t. This included about 1/2 of a chopped up grilled chicken breast from the night before, some avocado, radish, yellow pepper, lots of Romaine lettuce and, with a couple of rice crackers and a lemony vinaigrette made for a perfect lunch.
I have 7 cousins from this family, all of whom were back in town for the memorial service. Many of them were gathering with their old friends from elementary and high school, so I offered to make the appetizer spread for my eldest cousin “Josie’s” high school girlfriend gathering. On the menu: sugar snap peas and tzatziki yogurt dip and peel-and-eat shrimp (was happy to find “Product of the U.S.”) with cocktail sauce – extra horseradish. This was a first “small plate” and can attest to having eaten another “boat” and a couple more pieces of shrimp.
Although it was two days after Cinco de Mayo, I was still feeling inspired by these Mexican Boats I pulled from aforementioned RD Bestie Danielle Omar’s Pinterest board. These little gems were a hit: filling, yet nutritious. Inside the Romaine leaves was a combination of sweet potato, black beans, corn, tomatoes, cilantro, scallions (only because I hate red onion) all tossed in a cilantro-lime vinaigrette. Yum.
No, Bonterra Savignon Blanc is not Mexican as I wasn’t going for an entire Cinco Redux. and no, I don’t only drink organic wine. I just happened to like this wine, and was in the mood for something white and crisp.
The Piece de resistance was the Spicy Maple Cashew popcorn for “dessert.” This is almost scarily good. Be careful, that salty, spicy, sweet combo makes for a very very difficult time managing portion size. I didn’t eat the whole bowl, but for the 7 women at the party (and dear Frank who strolled in later;) I did end up making two bowls. Overall, I think my Uncle Jim would be proud of his goddaughter. 🙂