Hey guys! Hope you had a fun/restful/exciting/rejuvenating/insert your choice of adjective weekend.
Friday night I worked late and was craving a night of relaxation. I cooked this really fun salad from my favorite Vietnamese cookbook, Pleasures of the Vietnamese Table. I collect authentic cookbooks from all the countries we visit, and this is one of my favorites. The salad I made was with grilled shrimp over a citrus and herb salad with a fish sauce and lime dressing. Super bright and refreshing! Then we watched Lost City of Z, which I highly recommend. Charlie Hunnam was fantastic in it. I actually didn't recognize him until we were about a third of the way through - I love it when actors can transform like that.
Saturday we drove up to Charlotte to go shopping at IKEA. We were on the lookout for a new couch and outdoor furniture, plus I wanted to pick up some of their inexpensive nonstick pans. We registered for good nonstick pans at our wedding five years ago, and even though we took really good care of them, they got scratched up SO quickly. Calphalon...not a fan. Anyway, now we're going to just use their cheap nonstick ones and slowly add in more durable pans that aren't nonstick. Any recommendations? Leave a comment!
Before we hit up IKEA, we met up with my friend Rachel, an amazing artist and eating disorder therapist, her husband, and my intern, Alexa, for lunch in Charlotte. Rachel and I technically met through instagram, and then a week later in real life through my office mate, an eating disorder therapist Rachel did a rotation under. I love when life basically shoves the kind of people you need in it right in your face! And y'all, Alexa makes me so happy for the future of dietetics. She just gets it. So excited to see what she's going to bring to this world.
We grabbed a beer and lunch at Sycamore Brewing. They had the Gyro Twins truck there so I got the falafel pita with green tahini sauce, and the hubs and I split some Greek fries. Y'all, that falafel was perfection. I've been snacking on Trader Joe's frozen falafel lately, and I kinda forgot how perfectly light and crispy the real thing is.
After we made it out of IKEA with our new white couch (what were we thinking with our dogs????), outdoor furniture, and about 3,000 things we didn't need but it was only $2, we made our way back to Columbia. While Scott stayed home and put together everything, I went out to grab wine with my friends Rebekah and Julia at Lula Drake. That's one way to avoid the classic couples fight over IKEA furniture ;) Since Rebekah has her hands full with a one year old, it was SO great to catch up.
Sunday we just had a lazy day at the house, breaking in our new comfy couch with a major GoT binge with my caramelized onion, prosciutto and fig flatbread. That season finale y'all.
Anyway, today I'm sharing this recipe for pasta frittata with baby bella mushrooms and broccoli rabe over on Healthy Aperture for my monthly Food Rx column. It's one of my favorite ways to use up leftovers at the end of the week. Head on over there to snag to recipe!