Yesterday was my birthday, and today I’m just older.
I had one of the best days ever, mostly due to Cj and his talent for spoiling me, but first, Monday’s eats.
I don’t remember what breakfast was, but I sure as heck remember lunch.
A spinach and greens salad topped with bacon, a hard egg, avocado, broccoli, and my favorite mustard balsamic vinaigrette.
I’ve been trying to eliminate all sugar from my diet (though in a few minutes it doesn’t seem like it), so I finally stopped using my beloved hot & sweet mustard from TJ’s and switched to regular spicy deli mustard. Still good, but damn I like the sugar.
Luckily for my blood sugar levels dinner was sugar-free as well. I finally got myself to cook up a whole chicken.
I used a recipe from one of Ina’s cookbooks (love that woman) for “Jeffery’s Roast Chicken”. It’s a whole chicken stuffed with lemons and garlic, then surrounded by lemons and onions. Drizzled with salt, pepper, and olive oil, the chicken was ready for roasting.
IT TOOK FOREVER!!!! It’s hard waiting 90 minutes for a bird to cook, but it was well worth it.
The chicken was super juicy and full of lemony flavor. The lemons were ridiculously soft and delicious to eat. The chicken skin even got nice and crispy.
On the side we had some roasted carrots and parsnips.
One of the best things about cooking a whole chicken is the abundance of leftovers. Lemon chicken for dayyyyys.
My birthday breakfast was something sweet. Though I wanted a huge stack of pancakes, I went with a protein shake. Chocolate protein powder, chocolate almond milk, frozen banana, and some strawberries. So good, and gone so quick I didn’t snap a picture.
I was tempted to splurge for lunch. All morning I was thinking about my favorite falafels, giant burritos, veggie burgers, and huge teriyaki chicken sandwiches. Somehow I played it smart and went with carnitas and guacamole.
One bite and I loved my decision. This is sooo good, I love Q’doba.
Good thing I went paleo for lunch, because dinner was definitely a faileo. I had one of my FAVORITE all time local meals.
To die for. I went with the smaller portion because Lord knows I would have downed the entire thing no matter the size.
Cj even got all up close and personal with my meal…
He went with the Hamburger Steak Plate, which was two 1/4 pound burgers on rice, smothered in hawaiian gravy and grilled onions.
Wow, this was amazing as well. We’ve seen versions of this meal on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, so it was fun to “try” it.
After a yummy dinner, we went in search of a yummy dessert. The Divine Cupcake won out.
The organic and vegan cupcakery is divine (duh) so we couldn’t hold back. We left with a gluten free vanilla cherry bomb, a banana’s foster, a banana peanut butter, and a chai cupcake.
We saved the cupcakes for home, and hit up Target first. My favorite store ever, CJ offered me a birthday shopping trip.
I left with the cutest tank ever, a trashy magazine, some essie polish…
… and some cute flowers for the bedroom.
I would have thought the shopping, dinner, and dessert was a big enough gift, but not true in Cj’s mind. He doesn’t seem to understand the concept of modest gift giving. I’m not complaining.
and my dream Leopard Print Sperry’s !!!!!
I die!! He definitely outdid himself this birthday, and I couldn’t be more grateful for him and the gifts.
And now back to sugar-free reality….