I spent a large part of this weekend relaxing in my home which gave me the perfect opportunity to cook some meals (even though it was 80 degrees with no AC...). I've put together a breakfast, lunch, and dinner that I enjoyed and hope you take some inspiration for your own kitchen.
My breakfast really varies depending on how much time I have. Sometimes its just overnight oats I prepare the night before or if I have more time, our favorite banana protein pancakes (linked here). On Friday, I was working from home and had a little bit of extra time to spare. I've been on a hard boiled egg kick recently and made two eggs, toasted two slices of some sour dough bread, and brewed some Peet's coffee in my french press.
To make the perfect soft boiled (but not runny yolk) eggs, salt and boil a small pot of water. When it come to a boil, place the eggs gently into the water using a slotted spoon, so they don't crack, and set your timer for 7 minutes. They'll come out with the yolk perfectly soft. If you want a true hard boil, 9 minutes will do the trick.
I've been making a conscious effort to eat a larger lunch, a snack around 4pm, and a light dinner at 7pm to try and optimize my "waking" hours based on my chronotype (refer to this book). After my workout on Sunday, I pan fried a chicken breast, some wild rice, and my favorite mini broccoli from Trader Joe's. This meal takes about 40 minutes to prepare (thank you wild rice) but kept me full through to my afternoon snack.
To make a succulent chicken breast, I remove the breast from its packaging and pat it down using paper towel. I'll generously season both sides of the chicken with salt, pepper, and thyme before placing it in a cast iron pan on medium heat. You can choose to cook the chicken in oil or butter based on preference but be sure to reapply to the pan as it cooks down. I'll cook the breast for 7 minutes a side and then will let it sit for 5 minutes on my plate before cutting into it. This allows for even juice distribution back into the meat after it concentrates in the center during cooking.
Even though it was 80 degrees in San Francisco on Sunday night, I was determined to make myself dinner. I was on the hunt for a summer salad recipe which turned into a farfalle pasta with pan fried garlic, asparagus, and tomatoes that I topped with some bacon and parmigiano-reggiano cheese. This meal is by no means difficult to prepare and was very filling. It also made enough for a few meals of leftovers.
In terms of my serving wear, I've collected a few pieces over the years that I love using. The marble slab I have is from Target (!!!) and is gorgeous. The wooden accent gives it a bit of an eclectic look. The wooden serving tray I have was a gift over 5 years ago from Indigo! in Toronto but I've linked a similar one below. I like to keep my dishes simple and just have the standard white set (that most people have) from Ikea. They're also easy to replace if an accident happens.
I hope you enjoyed this series and I look forward to making another one in the near future!
As always, thanks for stopping by!