This post is gonna be a bit all over the place, but stay with me.
This week has FLOWN by. Normally, I sit here thinking, where is Friday? But this week has been jam packed. On a personal note, we had 3 wedding planning meetings, and I’m excited for all the things we have planned! I feel like the concept we have is really coming together and its nice to tell the professionals that we’re meeting with what we have in mind.
Aaron and I also had a professionally exciting week, so we celebrated with homemade surf and turf!
I made lobster tails, garlic and thyme seared lamb chops, seared scallops (I gave Aaron more), and sautéed balsamic brussels sprouts. SO good.
This may have been my first time cooking lobster tails, so I was a bit nervous. All I did was steam them- no seasoning, not even butter (I accidentally exploded the glass dipping container when I tried to melt the butter in the microwave, so it wasn’t from lack of trying to have butter…side note, I heated the butter in the dish for a minute! I can’t believe it exploded! The last time I did that was when I was a little kid and tried to melt chocolate chips in a plastic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle bowl and didn’t realize I should mix the chocolate chips and therefore burnt the hell out of them…ok that was a big digression…anyways…). The lobster tails were my favorite part of the meal and they were just steamed! So good.
Why did I have such a good work week? Two reasons. I’m about to get all nutrition-nerd on ya!
First, we were able to introduce a food waste reduction project to our seniors centers, which has been in the works for several months now. It feels good to have the project finally on the ground and running!
Speaking of food waste, did you know that Americans discard about 40% of all food, from farm to table? That equates to $165 billion wasted and about 20 pounds of food per person per month. Think of how many people that could feed! As a nutritionist working with food security, food waste has been on the forefront of my brain for a while. You can ask Aaron, I always get sad whenever a vegetable goes bad in our fridge or we forget to eat a leftover. Anyways, it has been really exciting to work on this project and feel like maybe we can make a difference! I’ll keep you posted on how this goes!
I am also excited about a second program- this week and last week, we implemented salad bars into our wellness centers! In addition to their plated hot meal, we can now offer about 250-300 seniors a day a self-serve salad bar, complete with lots of fresh vegetables, cut fresh fruit, cottage cheese, and the works.
So far, this program has been a huge success. Many of our centers have reported running out of items on the buffet due to high demand (beets have been surprisingly popular!), and the first site where we started the buffet has reported that more people are attending our congregate meals, including both entirely new people and people who used to come but stopped! It is super rewarding and exciting to see how well received the salad bar has been in our sites. I even got a round of applause at a site today from the seniors
It was great to see that our seniors really do want to eat fruits and vegetables, even though I expect to continue receiving requests for fried chicken!
Finally, I got an email that I won a $20 gift card to Abe’s Market! Have you heard of it? They sell lots of wholesome, health conscious items, so definitely worth a try. I found it on a blog a few months ago and it looks interesting, but I’ve never purchased anything. If you have visited the site, any recommendations of what I should try?
Anywho, I’m ready for the weekend! Today is my birthday so I’m excited to celebrate this weekend! Aaron gave me one of my presents last night and I was OVER THE MOON: a Le Creuset braiser! I have wanted one FOREVER.
I have no idea what I’m gonna make yet, so send over you suggestions soon!
Hope you all have a great weekend!