The Weekend

by Holly on March 18, 2012

in dinner,randomness,recipes,weekend

It was a top notch weekend.

Think sunny skies. Eighty degree weather. Sleeping in. Watching Parks & Recreation. Peanut butter + banana stuffed French toast. Friends. BBQs (with beer-braised brats, salad + Magic Hat brews). Shorts + sandals. Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. Green beer. Karaokeing to Ironic by Alanis Morissette. Chatting with this lady. Brunch. POTATO BREAKFAST NACHOS. Crossword puzzles. Bike riding around Lake Monona. Playing on swings at the park. Laughing. Orange creamsicle gelato. Bumming. Naps. Tan lines. Phone chats with my mom + best friend.

To say it was a good weekend would be an understatement.

Although, to be clear, it had its slight downsides.

Like quitting my 13 mile marathon training run at mile 8 because I was keeled over in pain by a cramp that would not cease. Thank you cab driver Mario for turning on the AC full blast, getting me the five miles home and offering to stop at a gas station to buy me water. You’re a real gem.

And not being drunk enough to want Taco Bell with my friends at 1am on Saturday night. Your chalupas, tacos and cinnamon twists smelled so good.

I was nearly attacked by a cat. ‘Nuff said.

Annndddd stubbing my big right toe on a doorframe, gushing blood and having to have someone wrap my poor appendage up with gauze, bandaids, more gauze and tape. This happened just mere hours ago. It was after I skinned my left knee. Yes, I am a klutz.

But who cares about that stuff? I can make it all up next weekend. I have a 20 mile run this upcoming Saturday, which will leave me plenty of calories burned to scarf my face with Taco Bell if I so choose…that is if my right big toe recovers from its near beheading. We’ll see.

Plus, I also tried this Garlic Gold Balsamic Vinaigrette this weekend! Mmmm good.

Did I mention I ate orange creamsicle gelato too? Because it was AMAZING.

Something about Sunday night dinner seems so fitting for cooking yet another un-recipe. One with lots of vegetables. A bit of protein. And always a carb. A dish that will make you feel like you are rectifying the copious amounts of beer, lemon cake + BBQ potato chips you ate over the weekend (or wait, is that just me?). A plate that is as healthy as it is delicious.

It’s nothing fancy or time-consuming or complicated.

Just REAL food. Slightly seasoned. Tossed together. With cheese added.

Because really, after cheese, what else do you need?

Asparagus, Tomato & Mozzarella Panzanella
Prep time: 30 minutes

asparagus, trimmed & cut into 1-inch pieces
olive oil
pita bread
garlic powder
fresh spinach
cherry or grape tomatoes
ciliegine or baby mozzarella balls
fresh basil, chiffonade
Garlic Gold Balsamic Vinaigrette or your favorite vinaigrette

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Drizzle asparagus spears in a thin coat of olive oil and season with salt. Roast for approximately 20 minutes until slightly browned but still crisp. Cut pita bread into triangles. Brush with olive oil and season with garlic powder. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until pita bread is crunchy and slightly browned.

To serve, toss spinach, tomatoes, mozzarella, basil and roasted asparagus in balsamic vinaigrette. Sprinkle with sea salt and serve with garlic pita chips.

Makes 4 salads

What is the best thing YOU ate this weekend? I’m going to go with the potato nachos or orange creamsicle gelato. Remember, sharing is caring!


Britta March 18, 2012 at 11:12 pm

As a UW grad and being from the area-ish (north of Sun Prairie) I have to tell you how much I LOVE reading your posts about food and fun in Madison. I wish I was hanging at Lake Monona in the sun!

The un-recipe looks fab – I’m starring this post to feature it in a warm weather dinner soon :)

MacKensie Gibson March 18, 2012 at 11:26 pm

Mine was a goat cheese pizza with pine nuts, mushrooms and spinach… AMAZING. So glad you had a great weekend.

Bronwyn March 19, 2012 at 12:12 am

In all honesty? Brown rice, peas with melted cheddar cheese. It was the perfect lunch.

Robyn @ Blueberries and Oats March 19, 2012 at 12:17 am

Holly, I have to say it: I love love this un-recipe. Seriously. Thank you for the inspiration. I have been in a cooking rut and this simple food is exactly what I needed.

The best thing I ate this weekend was a Red Robin Blue Ribbon Burger with a Gardenburger patty, lettuce wrapper, and sweet potato fries! It was heaven!

Kathryn March 19, 2012 at 4:48 am

It sounds like such a perfect weekend, I’m so envious of your sunshine and warm weather!

Lauren March 19, 2012 at 6:01 am

I’ve always wondered about Garlic Gold’s Balsamic versions. The salad looks incredible! You know I’m all about fantastic salads. :)

Amy March 19, 2012 at 6:53 am

ditto on the Sunday night dinners! the best thing i ate all weekend, three words: chocolate snack cake (well really, it should be ten words: chocolate breakfast-second breakfast-lunch-snack-ice cream sundae cake).

Hillary March 19, 2012 at 6:56 am

I had the same brunch on Saturday and Sunday morning: blueberry pancakes and scrambled eggs. I’m pretty sure I could eat this meal every day for the rest of my life and be happy.

And I’d also like to mention that it’s not even 8am and you already have me craving mozzarella cheese. Thanks for that!

Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon March 19, 2012 at 7:09 am

Magic Hat represent! (I live in VT)

Erica March 19, 2012 at 7:26 am

I’m coming to visit you. I need you to plan to cook for me, take me out for Orange creamsicle gelato and some of those cheese ma-doodle things I’ve seen you eat. Sound good? Cool. I don’t eat too much exciting this weekend. I was home taking care of the peanut for most of it!

Bethany March 19, 2012 at 10:51 am

I worked all weekend… but I made green eggs and ham for my consumers. And when I say green I mean the eggs looked like what I imagine nuclear waste product to look like… but they LOVED it!

P.S. Doritos Locos Taco from Taco Bell is a life changer!

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table March 19, 2012 at 10:55 am

I have thought about calling a cab on runs more than once. You probably found the nicest cabbie ever though… with my luck he’d be a smelly slow driving cabbie. LOL!

Best thing I ate… tough choice! It was probably Sunday brunch tofu scramble with the ATL blogga’ ladies. :)

Mackenzie March 19, 2012 at 11:11 am

all praise mario the cab driver. your weekend looks lovely and you, just as lovely. YOU RUN DAT MARATHON TRAINING! YOU RUN IT (literally).

Katie @ Peace Love & Oats March 19, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Sounds like an amazing weekend! And that’s lucky you had someone to pick you up, I’m always worried on my long-runs because the only way home is walking or running!

Hayley March 19, 2012 at 1:22 pm

That looks like a salad from the Great Dane! Mmmm I’ll definitely re-create this!

Kelly @ No Sugar Sweet Life March 19, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Citrus Kale Salad… so spring-y and fresh!

Linds March 19, 2012 at 1:27 pm

I need the recipe for the potato breakfast nachos. STAT.

Megan (Braise the Roof) March 19, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Dang, you DID have a klutzy weekend. Don’t worry, I literally just ran into the fridge in the break room and spilled water all over the place. Whoops. I think the best thing that I consumed this weekend was a big cheeseburger on a patio (while wearing shorts!) yesterday. It was amazing.

Sarah March 19, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Hmmm…I’m not sure I ate anything that would have me raving BUT I did attend a make-your-own pizza night with friends. (My favorite combo was pesto, baby bella mushrooms, spinach, and mozzarella.) The food and the company hit the spot.

Maren March 19, 2012 at 8:47 pm

ooo I need to try that Garlic Gold vinaigrette! I made some sweet potato chips this weekend and they were delicious!

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List March 19, 2012 at 8:48 pm can make this salad for me in about a month! ok?

Jordan Lynn (Ciao Cow) March 20, 2012 at 7:45 am

I was reading this in class and *almost* laughed out loud when I read about you nearly being attacked by a cat. That sounds so unpleasant – glad you avoided that. :) The best thing I had this weekend was scrambled eggs with sautéed mushrooms from my favorite French restaurant. Perfect weekend breakfast!

Courtney March 20, 2012 at 12:08 pm

“Like quitting my 13 mile marathon training run at mile 8 because I was keeled over in pain by a cramp that would not cease. Thank you cab driver Mario for turning on the AC full blast, getting me the five miles home and offering to stop at a gas station to buy me water. You’re a real gem.”

Thank the heavens I am not the only one who has had to call a cab to pick me up mid-workout to get me home!!!!!!!!!!!!! Been there and totally feel ya on that!! No that un-recipe looks delish!!

Sally Ann March 20, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Thanks for all the effort you’ve put into this blog. It’s appreciated! I’ve passed along the Versatile Blogger Award to YOU! Congrats and keep up the great work!

Annie @ Naturally Sweet Recipes March 20, 2012 at 6:41 pm

I seriously love parks and rec. :) And that recipe looks amazing!!!

Lauren @ The Climbing Chef March 20, 2012 at 7:10 pm

I made really good tomato soup for my boyfriend and me on Sunday… it was raining/storming so we stayed in all day and nursed hangovers :) I planned on eating this soup all week but we ate it ALL on Sunday…. OPPS!! ;)

amanda March 22, 2012 at 8:00 pm

you, my dear, present your food SOOOOO nicely! i’m always highly impressed! another highly impressing thing about this post…that 20 mile run you speak of. go get em, tiger. rawr.

Christine @ Savoury Traveller March 23, 2012 at 2:40 pm

After cheese, what DO you need, SERIOUSLY? I went on a rather long and passionate speech the other night while making tomato soup and grilled cheese about how I would choose cheese if there was only one food I could eat for the rest of my life with a)no health consequence and b)all variations of said food allowed. The husband was more leaning toward pork. Silly man.

The best thing I ate over the weekend was post-half-marathon thai food for dinner on Sunday night. Mmmmm.

mallory March 27, 2012 at 10:49 pm

so i’m a bit behind on this post… as well as all things internet…. but best food from the weekend? authentic cuban. i die.
come to phoenix and try out the billions of delicious restaurants with me? we never did get bunky’s, and i feel like we could find an adequate substitute here.

also, i cringed at the toe-stubbing comment. maybe because i’m picturing 10x more blood and 2x more broken toe bones than there probably were…. but still – almost nothing worse!

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