WIAW - May edition + Memorial Day Weekend eats

It feels like forever since I ate a full day's worth of *homemade* food. My goal is to eat a little healthier so I was super proud of my menu plan last Wednesday. Read below for my meals plus stick around for some Memorial Day Weekend eats.

Breakfast

I felt motivated this day and spent some extra time packing my breakfast and lunch. 

Yoplait apparently has french yogurt with fruit in fancy glass containers so I threw it into my lunchbox with toppings. This combo of mango yogurt plus strawberries and granola was a perfect little pick-me-up that kept me full for 3 hours. BTW, there was another breakfast option that day...

Krispie Kreme donuts at work! Free food is hard to turn down but I opted to enjoy my amped up yogurt. What would you have chosen?

Lunch

My friend Stephanie (Migraine Relief Recipes) offered fresh kale and swiss chard from her abundant garden which I could not turn down. I found this kale apple quinoa salad recipe (from Cooking Classy) and added some leftover chicken from Luna Grill.

I packed the separate ingredients then threw them together for lunch with freshly cut apples. The lemon honey vinaigrette was one of the best parts!

Dinner

I'm almost through a big work deadline and hubby Dennis offered to make dinner. A Sprouts recently opened up in our neighborhood and we've been shopping there like crazy! One of our finds are these pre-packed meals that you cook yourself. I think the price point is excellent and the amount of veggies to meat is well balanced.

This is the uncooked version of the Thai Chicken pre-packed meal. It's approximately 4.99 per pound and this kit was around $8 total. So much cheaper than Blue Apron I believe.

Dennis did a great job preparing this dish. The vegetables were crisp soft and the dark meat chicken was moist and flavored well. Not only that, the convenience factor of all-in-one yet fresh was the biggest draw for me. I'll be visiting Sprouts often now that it's so close!

Memorial Day Weekend

Even though I worked a few hours over the weekend, I was still able to try out a couple of new restaurants in our free time.

I've always wanted to stop by Cardamom Cafe and ordered their Monte Cristo. The bread is soft and fluffy and the cheese is delightful. I love how it is served with fresh fruit (or potatoes if you prefer). I also picked up a starter sourdough from owner Joanne (she was also part of the group from my first trip to Mexico).

Next was Single Fin Kitchen for some fresh seafood. This gorgeous dish is the Salmon 360 with three different salmon variations. They are located in the food court of Atlas Market in Poway. We'll have our full review up in about two weeks.

I won tickets to the Memorial Day weekend pig roast at Curadero. It included all you can eat tacos with delicious carnitas, toppings plus rice and beans. Latitude 33 offered a choice of three beers and I was drawn to the taste of their Mango IPA (typically I'm not an IPA fan). Drink and eat whatever is yummy!

We visited Tostadas to use up one of my Taco Mania giftcards. I was really pleased with the generous portion of fish in the salmon tostada. We've also tasted their menu during a food and drink pairing

Last of all, Dennis and I popped into Gen Korean BBQ which is the newest Korean spot in Mira Mesa. Our friends were in town so it was a perfect time to try it out with a variety of meats. Hope everyone had a fabulous holiday week! Don't forget to check out Laura's post for the full linkup to What I Ate Wednesday (via Peas & Crayons)

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Faye's picture
Submitted by Faye (not verified) on Thu, 05/31/2018 - 9:21am

My sister and cousin are obsessed with the chocolate glazed donuts at Krispy. You have good discipline to turn down free donuts at work. The pre packaged chicken at Sprouts looks tasty- I can't wait to visit that new location. I miss Tostadas - your pic makes me want to visit them this week.

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Submitted by lynn on Thu, 05/31/2018 - 10:57am

i'm not much of a donut person so it was rather easy to say no. plus, the yogurt breakfast was super tasty with the mangos and strawberries! dennis told me i forgot to mention we stopped by west coast tavern also. seems like a busy weekend!

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Submitted by Sharon (not verified) on Fri, 06/01/2018 - 10:53am

Gorgeous! Your food looks gorgeous ❤️

lynn's picture
Submitted by lynn on Fri, 06/01/2018 - 11:26pm

I need more of these healthy eats in my life! Eat the rainbow!

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Submitted by Ina (not verified) on Fri, 06/01/2018 - 12:50pm

All delicious looking food, except the Krispie Kreme Donuts, we don't have it here.

lynn's picture
Submitted by lynn on Fri, 06/01/2018 - 11:28pm

Aww ya'll missed out on free donuts for national donut day then! I'm sure your city has its own popular chain for donuts though! Eat well!

Patrick's picture
Submitted by Patrick (not verified) on Fri, 06/01/2018 - 4:46pm

I’ve never had s Krispy cream donut! I used to own a coffee shop and made way to many everyday, now I hate them. All of your food looks amazing!

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Submitted by lynn on Fri, 06/01/2018 - 11:30pm

omg, two things i don't typically get.. donuts and coffee! it must have been interesting working at a coffee shop and seeing people in various states of conciousness! ;)

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Submitted by Tricia (not verified) on Fri, 06/01/2018 - 6:54pm

All your food looks delicious. I probably wouldn’t have turned down one of those donuts. They look better than any I’ve eaten recently. I know what you mean though, my coworkers are currently obsessed with cake donuts from a local place and I don’t like cake donuts so it’s been easy for me to turn down lately.

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Submitted by lynn on Fri, 06/01/2018 - 11:32pm

a cake donut sounds like something i'd want to at least try once to see if i like it haha! but i prefer to save my calories for items i really want.

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Submitted by Autumn Boyle (not verified) on Fri, 06/01/2018 - 7:00pm

Your pictures are so beautiful! This is a solid weekend of meals. YUM.

lynn's picture
Submitted by lynn on Fri, 06/01/2018 - 11:33pm

every day/week should be this solid haha! thanks for stopping by autumn! :)

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Submitted by Soo (not verified) on Sat, 06/02/2018 - 5:07pm

Lucky! Those carnitas tacos look great! I would eat a lot of those tacos if it was all you can eat. :-)

lynn's picture
Submitted by lynn on Tue, 06/05/2018 - 8:06pm

there were two flavors available at the event so an extra option was good!

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Submitted by Laura @ Sprint ... (not verified) on Sat, 06/02/2018 - 5:57pm

There's not much I wouldn't do for a Krispy Kreme doughnut. I walk past one 3-4 times a week and the smell is absolutely intoxicating.

lynn's picture
Submitted by lynn on Tue, 06/05/2018 - 8:06pm

omg. that sweet fried smell... =D

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Submitted by Rebecca (not verified) on Sat, 06/02/2018 - 8:28pm

Wow! Some great ideas for weekend meals. Looks great!

lynn's picture
Submitted by lynn on Tue, 06/05/2018 - 8:07pm

we're always trying new things... not always successful but we're looking for keepers!

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Submitted by caninecologne (not verified) on Tue, 06/05/2018 - 10:15pm

Great job to Dennis! It's nice having healthy food and saving $$$ at home. I'll have to take Bert and TC to the Korean BBQ place in the near future. I didn't take advantage of the free donut on June 1 at Krispy Kreme. I had too many things going on, but man, was I tempted. I recently tried their blueberry fritter and it was so good!

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Submitted by lynn on Thu, 06/14/2018 - 11:56am

shhhh i'm not really into donuts so it was much easier to turn down! we ate with friends at Gen KBBQ and decided not to bombard them with requests for food pictures. maybe we'll revisit during lunch with a camera haha.

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