Despite not having the actual evidence, on Friday afternoon I casually mentioned to Ben, why don’t we go for a run to Flour in Central Square and grab lunch tomorrow? To my complete SHOCK, he said yes. By Saturday morning I thought for sure he would have changed his mind or realized he was in a deep psychosis when he agreed to this act, but once again I was pleasantly surprised by his approval. So Saturday we had a nice run over to Flour Bakery & Cafe for our inaugural visit. Sadly Ben would NOT agree to me taking his picture running for proof and I knew with my lack of finesse there was no way I could pull off taking this picture without him noticing and then refusing to run with me ever again. So be it, but he really did, I swear!
We were pretty excited to check out Flour for the first time, I can’t believe I had gone this long without! Obviously I am in total agreement with this…
But I did manage to eat my lunch before dessert. (Believe me dessert was very quickly following, so quick in fact that I didn’t take a picture, oops!)
I ordered their homemade Raspberry seltzer with a Smoked Turkey sandwich with Vermont Cheddar and Cranberry Chutney on the most amazing bread ever.
My picture does not do the bread justice, but I seriously kept “studying” it because it had the perfect softness and springiness (is that a word?) I have ever found in a sandwich bread. Ben obviously thought I was weird. Finished with a Chunky Lola cookie. Delicious!
For dinner Saturday night I decided to make a meal I had put off from the week where my laziness led to ordering Chinese food delivery. Can never get enough Crab Rangoons! It had been long enough since I had last cooked from Heidi Swanson’s Super Natural Every Day. So far I’ve made her Kale Salad several times and also the Black Bean Salad. This time I decided to try out the Little Quinoa Patties. Ben was very suspicious as he figured this meant, oh great, another no meat meal, but he thoroughly enjoyed these. They are really easy and tasty and if you ever had leftover quinoa that you don’t know what to do with this is a perfect solution (although just as easy to make the quinoa in order to enjoy anytime which is what I did).
I was also able to assure Ben that he would have his ” animal protein requirement” fulfilled with crisped pancetta and sautéed brussel sprouts. I LOVE brussel sprouts!
Tonight I was super excited to try out another recipe from Oh She Glows for Butternut Squash Mac ‘n Cheeze. I was also really hopeful that Ben would love this meal and not even know that there was not in fact any cheese in this recipe and I would announce it to him once he was finished.
Well apparently I was just a little too sure of myself, because about five minutes into the meal (after agreeing his enjoyment of it may I add) he asked the question: “Is there actually any cheese in this?”. No, no there’s not. FAIL
But I would like to say the sauce on its own without the addition of the butternut squash did taste very cheesy to me. Either way we both did really like this recipe. If you are scared by nutritional yeast, don’t be! It is a good source of protein that is naturally low in fat and sodium and adds a cheesy and nutty taste.
We ended our meal with quite possibly the most unnatural food ever, but these caught Ben’s attention in Target earlier so we had to try it. I’m happy whenever he actually wants to eat something sweet, makes me feel a teeny bit better about my insatiable sweet tooth.
It’s a fruity pebble rice crispy treat of course! And on that note, remind me to avoid any other weird unnatural food dyes for the rest of the week, I’m sure one of these provides more than enough!