Feast Your Eyes! A Tour of Food From the Past Few Weeks

Feast Your Eyes! A Tour of Food From the Past Few Weeks | THE REAL LIFE | food, recipes, meals, vegetarian, whole foods, cooking, healthy eating, fitness, eating

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I think it’s safe to say I eat well. But you haven’t seen half of it, because it’s been a busy past few weeks here at The Real Life:

  • working a full-time job, and it’s event season!
  • spending a week in Jackson Hole, Wyoming
  • training for and then running the Colfax Half Marathon
  • going to ~20 hours of Grease rehearsal a week
  • trying to blog regularly
  • …and maintaining a healthy life balance… or something like it.

In all the hustle and bustle, a lot of truly delicious culinary creations have gone unrecognized. Here, we have food-photo overload. Enjoy!

Mushroom and herb polenta from Ottolenghi's Plenty | THE REAL LIFE | food, recipes, meals, vegetarian, whole foods, cooking, healthy eating, fitness

Mushroom and Herb Polenta from Yotam Ottolenghi’s Plenty.

Spicy Baja Black Bean Burger from Smash Burger | THE REAL LIFE | food, recipes, meals, vegetarian, whole foods, cooking, healthy eating, fitness

A Spicy Baja Black Bean Smash Burger! I had a free entree coupon. 🙂

Broccoli and zucchini fritters | THE REAL LIFE | food, recipes, meals, vegetarian, whole foods, cooking, healthy eating, fitness, eating

My man’s delicious Broccoli and Zucchini Fritters! We made this multiple times, and swapped out yellow squash for the zucchini to change things up.

String bean salad | THE REAL LIFE | food, recipes, meals, vegetarian, whole foods, cooking, healthy eating, fitness, eating

Ottolenghi’s Green Bean Salad with Mustard Seeds and Tarragon

Salmon with blacked leeks and asparagus with a mustard sauce and a homemade aioli | THE REAL LIFE | food, recipes, meals, vegetarian, whole foods, cooking, healthy eating, fitness, eating

Salmon and blackened leeks and asparagus, with a mustard sauce and a homemade aioli.

Homemade bread on a cast iron skillet | THE REAL LIFE | food, recipes, meals, vegetarian, whole foods, cooking, healthy eating, fitness, eating

Homemade bread baked in a cast-iron skillet.

Homemade bread on the cooling rack | THE REAL LIFE | food, recipes, meals, vegetarian, whole foods, cooking, baking, healthy eating, fitness, eating

A second loaf on the cooling rack (we really dig bread).

Fried Egg atop broccoli and zucchini fritter with arugula, garlic/lemon Greek yogurt sauce, and a toasted piece of homemade bread | THE REAL LIFE | food, recipes, meals, vegetarian, whole foods, cooking, healthy eating, fitness, eating

All my favorite things: Another fritter atop toasted homemade bread, with a garlic & lemon Greek yogurt sauce, arugula, topped off with a running fried egg and Cholula.

Broccoli and zucchini fritte on homemade bread that with a fried egg and Cholula | THE REAL LIFE | food, recipes, meals, vegetarian, whole foods, cooking, healthy eating, fitness, eating

The toast cut down the center. Yum!

Banana and Justin's Hazelnut Butter on a tortilla | THE REAL LIFE | food, recipes, meals, vegetarian, whole foods, cooking, healthy eating, fitness, eating

A “Bananrito” on the go, from work to rehearsal.

Triple Chocolate Mousse cake from Whole Foods, devoured | THE REAL LIFE | food, recipes, meals, vegetarian, whole foods, cooking, healthy eating, fitness, eating

A Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake from Whole Foods … devoured.

Fritter atop homemade bread toast with a dollop of garlic/lemon Greek Yogurt and more bread, butter, and wine! | THE REAL LIFE | food, recipes, meals, vegetarian, whole foods, cooking, healthy eating, fitness, eating

Yet another fritter, this time with yellow squash, once again with arugula and toasted homemade bread, with a dollop of the garlic & lemon Greek yogurt sauce. Also, in the background there is a bowl of more toasted bread, butter, and wine. Yep.

Girl Boss coffee mug at work | THE REAL LIFE | food, recipes, meals, vegetarian, whole foods, cooking, healthy eating, fitness, eating

All the coffee at work to keep up.

Fried egg, toast, shaved parmesan, veggie side | THE REAL LIFE | food, recipes, meals, vegetarian, whole foods, cooking, healthy eating, fitness, eating

Another egg/toast variation, from the Man Chef: A hole cut out of the toast to crack an egg in, and then fried! On top is some avocado, shaved parmesan, and Cholula. On the side, an asparagus/spinach/mushroom/garlic medley. Just something we whipped up!

Apple muffins | THE REAL LIFE | food, recipes, meals, vegetarian, whole foods, cooking, healthy eating, fitness, eating

The man baked apple muffins while I was at rehearsal one weekend, and they were cinnamon-y and delicious!

E.leaven Food Company catering in Jackson Hole, Wyoming | THE REAL LIFE | food, recipes, meals, vegetarian, whole foods, cooking, healthy eating, fitness, eating

Cucumber/salmon/dill finger foods at our event in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, catered by E.leaven Food Company.

Caesar salad topped off with an anchovy from Trio Restaurant in Jackson Hole, Wyoming | THE REAL LIFE | food, recipes, meals, vegetarian, whole foods, cooking, healthy eating, fitness, eating

A Caesar salad before the two delicious pizzas Sarah and I ate from Trio Restaurant in Jackson Hole. I wasn’t brave enough to try the anchovy. Next time!

Fresh baked Bread from Persephone Bakery in Jackson Hole, Wyoming | THE REAL LIFE | food, recipes, meals, vegetarian, whole foods, cooking, healthy eating, fitness, eating

I snagged a loaf of fresh baked bread from Persephone Bakery so that the man could give it a try. (It was my hands-down favorite spot in Jackson Hole; I went there a total of 4 times in 4 days!)

Persephone Bakery fresh baked bread and Wyoming Wild Huckleberry jam from Jackson Hole | THE REAL LIFE | food, recipes, meals, vegetarian, whole foods, cooking, healthy eating, fitness, eating

I also picked up some Wyoming Wild Huckleberry jam (ironically made in Montana, but whatever) from the Jackson Mercantile to accompany the bread!

Fruit salad | THE REAL LIFE | food, recipes, meals, vegetarian, whole foods, cooking, healthy eating, fitness, eating

A giant fruit salad I made to celebrate the (short-lived) nice Spring weather.

Fruit salad for quick meals on the go | THE REAL LIFE | food, recipes, meals, vegetarian, whole foods, cooking, healthy eating, fitness, eating

All packed up and ready for quick snacks on the go!

Falafel burgers with sweet potato fries | THE REAL LIFE | food, recipes, meals, vegetarian, whole foods, cooking, healthy eating, fitness, eating

A round of our Falafel Burgers and Sweet Potato Fries, plus spicy ketchup and a tahini sauce. This was eaten on my lap on the couch because #tired.

French toast with hazelnut and peanut butter topped with powdered sugar and maple syrup | THE REAL LIFE | food, recipes, meals, vegetarian, whole foods, cooking, healthy eating, fitness, eating

Persephone Bread French Toast, topped with Justin’s Hazelnut Butter, peanut butter, powdered sugar, and maple syrup. A Saturday brunch done right!

Caprese | THE REAL LIFE | food, recipes, meals, vegetarian, whole foods, cooking, healthy eating, fitness, eating

A take on a Caprese salad at the Colorado Restaurant Association’s Industry Spotlight Awards.

Garden medley | THE REAL LIFE | food, recipes, meals, vegetarian, whole foods, cooking, healthy eating, fitness, eating

A Garden Medley at the Colorado Restaurant Association’s Industry Spotlight Awards. (That’s a butter-dipped radish!)

Shrimp with dill sauce | THE REAL LIFE | food, recipes, meals, vegetarian, whole foods, cooking, healthy eating, fitness, eating

Shrimp at the Colorado Restaurant Association’s Industry Spotlight Awards.

Flourless chocolate cake with a marshmallow frosting and a shot of Amaretto | THE REAL LIFE | food, recipes, meals, vegetarian, whole foods, cooking, healthy eating, fitness, eating

Also from the Industry Spotlight Awards: a Flourless Chocolate Cake with a roasted marshmallow topping and a shot of Amaretto!

Delicious salad, potatoes, rice, and bread from the Denver Design District's May Market | THE REAL LIFE | food, recipes, meals, vegetarian, whole foods, cooking, healthy eating, fitness, eating

I attended the Denver Design District‘s May Market Spring Launch, where they served this delicious spread: a spring salad with edible flowers, potatoes and herbs, rice, spinach quiches, and—be still my heart!—baskets of bread.

Kalot Superfood Fruit & Almond Butter with blueberries, cinnamon, and walnuts | THE REAL LIFE | food, recipes, meals, vegetarian, whole foods, cooking, healthy eating, fitness, eating

I tried a new almond butter for my attempt at recreating the Rendezvous smoothie I had in Jackson Hole. Kalot Superfood’s Fruit & Almond Butter is made with whole foods and without added sugar—it’s nutritious and tastes similar to Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter? Lord, have mercy. (Kalot has a long list of other nut butters I am itching to try.)

Banana, dates, almond milk, almond butter protein-packed smoothie! | THE REAL LIFE | food, recipes, meals, vegetarian, whole foods, cooking, healthy eating, fitness, eating

The Banana-Date-Almond Milk-Almond Butter-Chia Seed Smoothie in all its glory!

Carb loading toast | THE REAL LIFE | food, recipes, meals, vegetarian, whole foods, cooking, healthy eating, fitness, eating

Second breakfast on Race Day Eve: toast with butter. Nom!

Carb-loading the night before the half marathon race | THE REAL LIFE | food, recipes, meals, vegetarian, whole foods, cooking, healthy eating, fitness, eating

Organic pasta and marinara with more toast and butter, the night before the Colfax Half Marathon. Carb-loading never tasted so good!

Cookie from McDonald's | THE REAL LIFE | food, recipes, meals, vegetarian, whole foods, cooking, healthy eating, fitness, eating

What better way to coax yourself off the floor and to a 5-hour dance rehearsal after a half marathon than with a McDonald’s cookie? (No regrets. Their cookies are BOMB.)

That’s still only a fraction of what I’ve eaten lately. It’s apparent I don’t starve.

WHICH LOOKS THE MOST DELICIOUS?

 

 

 

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13 thoughts on “Feast Your Eyes! A Tour of Food From the Past Few Weeks

    • The Real Life says:

      I’m not one who glorifies busy-ness… so I’m not sure how this all happened! lol But rehearsal is canceled for tonight and I plan to veg out on the couch for a solid 3 hours or so. 🙂 And yes, glad we’ve connected! Happy blogging!

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