I am loving your responses to yesterday’s Monday Man-Day post! Sounds like most guys that drink coffee stick to black.
Last night my family went out to dinner for my Dad’s birthday. The restaurant, which we had been to before, is called Niche and is very well-respected in St. Louis. It’s the type of place that only has about four choices for entrees, but they each have unique ingredients and are well prepared. Yesterday at work I checked the menu online to see what my vegetarian options would be and I noticed it said that Mondays featured a special “Comfort Food” menu.
*uh oh*. Comfort food doesn’t bode well for a healthy-eating vegetarian. I decided to call the restaurant and see what was up. It was a good thing I did because there were only two options that night – a chicken and a beef. But the chef was more than willing to prepare a dish for me, which was greatly appreciated. I don’t often call restaurants ahead of time because it makes me feel like a picky, obsessive eater, but in the situation it was definitely beneficial. I ended up with one of the most delicious meals I’ve had in a while!
My main course was absolutely perfect. The chef used the ingredients that come on the side of the usual entrees and prepared me a mixture of farro, greens, morel mushrooms, green beans, radishes, and chimichurri sauce. It was so freaking delicious! They had asked if I would prefer lasagna, but I let them know that this is exactly what I would have wanted to order had it been on the menu. Maybe they’ll put it on there 🙂
And dessert wasn’t an issue. I went with homemade vanilla ice cream and an insanely rich chocolate sauce.
I ate every bite of this meal and left perfectly satisfied but not stuffed. I am so impressed with Niche’s willingness to accommodate me and cannot say enough good things about the service, ingredients, and taste of everything I ate.
- Have you ever called a restaurant ahead of time to make sure you can get the meal you want?
Now that I know how easy it is and how much better it can make my dining experience, I may do it more often.
This morning I was up and at ’em for 6am spin class. I love getting in a leg work out along with my cardio. I generally ride about 18 miles in one class…no idea how that compares to others.
After I was sufficiently sweaty, I completed a full body weights work out. I made up my own circuits of upper body and lower body exercises and completed 3 sets of each. So glad I’m incorporating more strength into my routine now! I’m trying to gradually start upping my weight so I really push myself.
This striped top might be my favorite purchase from the J.Crew Outlet. I love how simple and classic it is!
I opened a can of pumpkin for my pumpkin pie smoothie on Sunday, so now I’ve got to use it up. Today I make pumpkin overnight oats using the following:
- 1/3 cup raw oats (not quick cooking)
- 1 container Oikos 0% plain Greek Yogurt
- ~1/2 cup Libby’s pumpkin
- 1 heaping tsp Chia Seeds
- pumpkin pie spice, stevia, splash vanilla
- water to thin
I mixed that all up and then topped it with 1/2 banana and a spoonful of almond butter before placing it in the fridge to thicken.
mmm I was kind of bummed about having to use pumpkin all week, but now I remember how good it is! I am just trying to figure out if I like the almond butter and pumpkin combo…not sure about it yet.
Have a great Tuesday everyone!!