Thanksgiving Holiday Recap

November 30, 2015

Happy Monday everyone!

I hope your day is going well, and that the Thanksgiving holiday has left you feeling rested and recharged to take on the week ahead. I am still riding the holiday weekend high, and wanted to share with you some photos from the last few days.

Tuesday

My final desk lunch before the long weekend. Kale, quinoa, bell pepper, roasted brussels sprouts, curried chickpeas, & golden raisins plus hardboiled eggs and a persimmon. It did not disappoint!

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Tuesday evening my group of girlfriends from college had a Friendsgiving dinner party. Our spread included a quinoa salad, turkey clubs, roasted brussel sprouts, sweet potato casserole, mac n’ cheese, and green bean casserole.

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I brought the quinoa salad, which was made using this recipe from Brittany’s blog, Eating Bird Food. It was so delicious, I am going to have to make it again soon to pack for lunch!

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My plate.

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I ended up going back for seconds of the quinoa, obviously. 🙂

Wednesday

Wednesday morning was my kind of perfect. No alarm + oatmeal + pumpkin spice peanut butter + blog reading… I was one happy Bailee.

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The rest of the day consisted of blogging, a noon Pure Barre class, and some errands. I put together a lunch after Pure Barre which featured some leftover quinoa salad which I topped with curried chickpeas.

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I rounded out the meal with a chocolate blueberry smoothie with cacao nibs, coconut, and granola. I love these random two-part lunches. It’s all I seem to crave when I’m able to eat at home!

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I ate dinner at home later in the evening before heading over to my parents’ house in order to use up some remaining produce. It featured roasted butternut squash, roasted red peppers/tomatoes/broccoli, and two dippy eggs. All drizzled in tahini.

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Thursday (Thanksgiving!)

My Thanksgiving contribution was obviously breakfast. I whipped up a batch of Spiced Pear Baked Oatmeal which totally hit the spot. I enjoyed mine with Trader Joe’s creamy almond butter and a side of coffee.

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After lounging and blogging, I hit the gym for my own little 3.5 mile “Turkey Trot” and swung by Kroger for some last minute necessities. Once I got home, I whipped up a quick lunch that included hummus toast with spinach, tomato, and egg, plus more tomato, another egg, and avocado.

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I also sipped on this drink I picked up at Kroger. I love these probiotic drinks by Kevita, and could not say no when I saw this flavor. I’m a sucker for anything ginger.

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The rest of the afternoon was spent hanging out/catching up with with my younger brother and watching The Mindy Project. We ate an early dinner around 5pm, and it was everything I had been dreaming it would be.

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I piled my plate high with sautéed yellow squash, roasted brussels sprouts, the best stuffing on the planet, cranberry relish, and sweet potato casserole. The stuffing and sweet potato casserole definitely stole the show. Comfort food at it’s finest!

Friday

Friday I got a little creative at breakfast time. I wanted a smoothie bowl, but my parents did not have any granola that was to my liking. Since smoothie bowls just aren’t the same without toppings, I improvised by topping my berry smoothie with leftover pear baked oatmeal and almond butter. The end result was quite fantastic and artistic-looking.

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I headed out to get an emissions test after breakfast, and then headed back home to my apartment. I snacked on a Square Bar in progress.

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These seriously taste like candy bars… It’s kind of absurd.

The rest of the day consisted of a some Christmas shopping, a trip to Three Taverns Brewery in Decatur, and dinner at Taqueria del Sol.

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Taqueria del Sol is hands down my favorite place to eat mexican food. If you find yourself in Atlanta or Athens, please go and order a salsa trio, guacamole, and veggie bean tacos ASAP.

Saturday

I was up bright and early on Saturday to get ready for the UGA vs. Georgia Tech football game. I graduated from UGA, but my best friend/roommate and boyfriend went to Georgia Tech, so this game is a fun one for us.

I always make sure to eat a good breakfast on game days since 1. you’re on your feet all day and 2. meal times are always up in the air. This morning I made some egg white oatmeal with frozen berries and Wild Friends pumpkin spice peanut butter.

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I also always pack snacks before I head out for reason #2 I mentioned above. Even my game day snacks were UGA themed.

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We broke for lunch around halftime and headed to Moe’s for something quick. I ordered a burrito bowl with rice, black beans, tofu, veggies, pico de gallo, lettuce, cilantro, and guacamole. Plus all the salsa for drizzling.

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After lunch, we headed back to our tailgate spot to finish watching the game (UGA won!) and have a little post-game photo shoot.

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Dawgs on top! No hard feelings here. 😉

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I can’t help but crack up at Blake and I’s faces looking at all these photos. It was such a fun day!

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We hungout with some friends for a few hours after the game, then headed back home. I whipped up an easy dinner with sautéed kale, shredded carrot, and red onion, “Cheesy” Quinoa, and a Hilary’s veggie burger with tahini. Plus some vino to celebrate the big W.

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Sunday

Sunday was filled with all my usual activities. Grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s/Whole Foods, laundry, meal-prepping, and 4:15pm Pure Barre.

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After grocery shopping I lunched on another two-parter that included some avocado toast and a smoothie.

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The boys enjoyed some Zaxby’s to “carboload” for some all day football watching. They seriously crack me up. 🙂

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I ended up prepping 3 recipes for this week, all from Queen Alexis at Hummusapien. When in doubt for what to cook, I head to Alexis’s blog to find a recipe. She never ever ever disappoints!

This week’s lineup includes Vegan Broccoli Cheeze Chickpea BurgersFall Superfood Salad, and a recipe based off of hers for Peppermint Chocolate No-Bake Bites.

Dinner included one of the chickpea burgers, roasted brussels sprouts, sweet potato rounds, and a dippy egg. Plus all the hot sauce.

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This was my second time making these chickpea burgers and I love them! I highly suggest making some if you’re looking for a delicious meatless main.

And that brings us to today!

Now it’s your turn.

What were some of the highlights of your holiday weekend?

XO – Bailee

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