Happy Friday! How is it the last Friday in July already? That means there’s only one month left of summer and I’m not ready for it to end. I always say that and then, in September, I’m actually ready for it to end. I’m not a fan of the fact that places are already starting to sell pumpkin shit, though. Seriously? I can’t get excited about pumpkin when it’s 95 degrees outside!
Anyone have fun weekend plans? I don’t really have any as of yet, which I’m ok with. It’s finally raining after several weeks without it. Our cucumbers and tomatoes have died, despite constant feeding/watering. Our grass was literally crunchy under our feet and Riley hasn’t had to mow the lawn in over two weeks. To say the rain is welcome would be an understatement! I plan on hunkering down, cracking a window, and hanging out at home this weekend.
Since it’s Friday, it’s time to get into the things I’ve been loving this week. Feel free to share yours below!
I just bought a bottle of this stuff at Trader Joe’s and I loooove it. I don’t drink kombucha that often because it’s super expensive, but I enjoy most of the ones I try. This one tasted like a fizzy apple cider. So good!
(slightly) cooler weather
It finally dropped below 90 degrees on Wednesday and it was glorious! I was only in the office for a little while on Wednesday since I was volunteering with two of my co-workers at the local Food Bank. We’ve had several members of our team go every Wednesday for the past two months and it’s been so fun. We plan to make it a summer tradition and hopefully help out with some of their events throughout the year.
Fun tips I’ve leared for anyone who wants to donate food:
- No canned green beans! Seriously, everyone and their brother donates canned green beans. They have plenty.
- Consider proteins more than sides. Everyone donates a crap-ton of pasta and rice-roni, but there isn’t any protein to serve it with. Canned tuna/chicken, beans, etc. are in short supply.
- Please donate new food, not half-eaten packages. Yeah, I thought that one was obvious, too, until I started sorting through the bins.
- Check the expiration dates before you toss old food from your pantry. The food banks can’t take stuff that’s too old.
After volunteering, we were too sweaty to go back to the office (darn!), so I headed home to hang out with the pets. It was pleasantly warm and breezy and we all hung out outside for a while.
It was so nice to sit outside on my swing and not be sweating the instant I stepped outside. After barre class, I took Bella for a walk and, for once, she wasn’t panting after 5 minutes. As much as I love summer, this one has really tested that love.
It’s a thing I’m trying. I’m actually trying to limit my meat consumption a bit more than that, mostly for ethical and environmental reasons than anything. I don’t see myself going full vegetarian any time soon, but I figure the less meat I buy overall from the big companies, the more I can afford to buy from local farms instead. Quality over quantity, right?
Monday was pretty easy, thanks to some overnight oats from Quaker (so good!), avocado toast for lunch/brunch, and a Mediterranean grain bowl from Zoe’s Kitchen for dinner. My goal right now is to have at least one completely meatless day a week and make 2/3 of my meals meatless the rest of the time. Breakfast and lunch are really easy for me, but dinners might be a bit tougher. Any advice is welcome.
Banza Chickpea Pasta
I’ve tried a lot of “alternative” pastas and, to be honest, most of them suck. We tried that black bean pasta from Trader Joe’s? So gross. Lentil pasta? Gross. I am a purist when it comes to my Italian food, so I had pretty much thrown in the towel on making pasta better for you. On a whim, I picked up some of the Banza chickpea pasta from Target (though it’s currently on sale at Thrive Market) and crossed my fingers. You guys, it tasted almost just like regular pasta! Enough so that Riley approved and would eat it again. He is my barometer for “alternative” food items. If he likes it, anyone would like it.
It’s way more expensive than typical pasta, but it’s a great substitute if you want to add some more nutritional value to your meal. It has 14g of protein per serving, 8g of fiber, and 30% of your daily iron intake. Not too shabby!
That’s all I’ve got for today. Hope you all have a great weekend and I’ll see you on Monday!
Do you eat meat? If so, how often?
What are your weekend plans?
What are your thoughts on alternative pastas?