I worked through the morning, ate lunch, worked some more and then finally decided that a workout just isn’t happening today. If I don’t make it to the gym or take Sadie for a run before noon, a rest day will more than likely take the place of a workout.
Rest days are important, too!
Lunch today revolved around one thing: Caesar dressing.
I bought this Bolthouse Farms yogurt-based Caesar-Parmigiano salad dressing a little while ago and when I tried it, I was instantly smitten!
I usually prefer vinaigrette dressings to creamy dressings, but something about the parmesan flavor of this Caesar dressing called to me. It ended up being a great impulse buy, Yes, it was the dressing that motivated me to eat a salad for lunch today!
Today’s salad included:
- Spring mix
- Red pepper
- 2 MorningStar Farms spicy black bean burgers
- Caesar dressing
Friendsgiving Menu Planning
Now the pressure is on to have good food for our friends to enjoy!
As we watched a DVRed episode of New Girl last night, I grabbed a pad of paper and began jotting down menu ideas.
(I love how turkey didn’t enter my head right away. A girl needs her sweet potato casserole and stuffing!)
So far we’re planning to make the following dishes:
- Sweet potato casserole
- Pioneer Woman’s mashed potatoes
- Peas (I like to stir them into my mashed potatoes. I get it from my dad.)
- My mom’s homemade stuffing (Hands down my favorite dish of Thanksgiving!)
- Cranberry sauce
- Bubbee’s glazed carrots (Ryan’s favorite!)
- Roasted Brussels sprouts
- Green beans with caramelized onions and slivered almonds
- Diane’s pineapple souffle (I need to get this recipe from my mother-in-law and share it with you guys because it is unreal.)
Am I forgetting anything major?
I am also hoping for your help when it comes to dessert!
Neither Ryan nor I have any strong associations with fabulous Thanksgiving desserts. (Remember the year of the ice bath pumpkin mousse!?) When I think of Thanksgiving dessert, I think of pumpkin pie and apple pie, but I feel like you guys might have some fun suggestions for slightly more decadent and creative sweet treats. (No Cherpumple, please!)
Right now the only dessert I have in mind is the pecan cake with caramel mousse and brown sugar topping that I saw in the latest issue of Cooking Light magazine.
Suggestions (and links!) are welcome!
Question of the Afternoon
- What is your all-time favorite Thanksgiving dish? Favorite Thanksgiving dessert?
For me, it’s all about the stuffing! As for desserts, I’ll go with pumpkin pie a la mode… with extra whipped cream.