What to Choose…

This just in: Roasted eggplant in pasta is ah-maze-ing!

I love veggies that pick up the flavors of whatever you throw at them.

The roasted eggplant in my lunchtime noodle bowl really meshed with the cheesy flavors of the Parmesan and Laughing Cow light original Swiss cheese.

Eggplant + Spinach + Noodles + Cheese

Parmesan Cheese

It was a cheesy, creamy noodle bowl with the added nutritional punch of eggplant and steamed spinach.


I thought I might miss my beloved marinara sauce when I was throwing all the ingredients together, but the two cheeses were strong and definitely didn’t make me miss my favorite red sauce. I will surely be making this noodle bowl again in the future!

Snack Time

Snack time today was worthy of a mention.

Blueberry Bliss Luna Bar

Blueberry + Oats

The blueberry bliss Luna bar arrived in the goodie bag from Janetha yesterday and I knew it would make the perfect snack around 10:30 this morning.

Blueberry Bliss

The taste actually reminded me a lot of blueberry Nutri-Grain bars, but the texture was different. It was yummy!

Dinner Plans

Tonight I am meeting up with some of my girlfriends at Season’s 52, my favorite restaurant on the planet!

We’re celebrating my birthday since I haven’t seen any of them since I turned the big 2-5.

If it’s available online, I like to check out a restaurant’s menu ahead of time and have a few yummy dishes in mind before I arrive for a meal.

Several dishes are currently calling to me…

Of the following entrees, which would you choose?

  1. Caramelized Sea Scallops grilled and served with roasted asparagus and sundried tomato pearl pasta
  2. Grilled Boneless Rainbow Trout with parsley new potatoes, fresh roasted vegetables and broiled lemon
  3. Spring Market Vegetable Plate with cranberry almond tabbouleh, fennel, plum tomatoes and grilled tofu
  4. Garlic Chicken Flatbread with balsamic red onions, roasted red peppers and Mozzarella cheese

I’m leaning toward the scallops at the moment…

56 Responses

  1. i’d definitely pick the Spring Market Vegetable Plate!!

    have fun tonight πŸ™‚

  2. I second the scallops! The sides sound the best πŸ™‚ They really need to open a Seasons 52 in Tallahassee!

  3. As a vegetarian, obviously #3 would be for me…BUT, if I still ate meat, I’d be ALL over number 1 or 2!

    Have a fun dinner!

  4. The sea scallops! Those sound absolutely fantastic.

  5. Scallops 100 percent!

    How do you roast your eggplant??

    • Chop it up, spray with cooking spray & sprinkle w/ garlic salt. Roast in the oven at 415 degrees for approx. 25 min., flipping halfway through.

  6. Definitely scallops…though I tend to choose those anytime they’re on a menu, so I’m partial. Asparagus is perfect right now, too! πŸ˜€

  7. Aww have a fun birthday dinner with your friends!

  8. I went to Seasons 52 for my birthday lunch with my boyfriend yesterday! One just opened outside of Philly, where I live, and I knew I had to try it!! We split the Artichoke/Goat Cheese flatbread (weekly special) and I got the Tuna crunch salad. Our server also highly recommended the scallops, so I’d go with them!!

  9. Oooh the sea scallops look wonderful. I love anything with sundried tomatoes! Eggplant is wonderful, although it’s been a bit too pricey lately. Hopefully it will come into season and I’ll be able to start incorporating more into our meals.

  10. Scallops or Trout, you can make the other two at home!

  11. I vote for garlic chicken flatbread! I dont like seafood though so that limits my
    choices haha.

  12. get the scallops! they had me at “caramelized…” πŸ™‚

  13. I would choose the flatbread! It sounds pretty tasty!
    Have fun tonight πŸ™‚

  14. OMG SCALLOPS!!! Those sound amazing! Have a great time with your girls!

  15. Scallops definitely!

    If they have the buffalo steak as a special, I have to tell you that I really enjoyed that meal when I was there. I’d really recommend it if you like buffalo. It came with the most delicious ancho chile sauce and a really tasty avocado salsa on the side.

    Have fun!

  16. I’d go with the trout. The scallops dish sounds great, but I have a hard time getting past their texture. Sounds like a fun evening. And you totally inspired my dinner. I have two eggplant in the fridge I’m going to eat with pasta tonight.

  17. Caramelized Sea Scallops grilled and served with roasted asparagus and sundried tomato pearl pasta <–PICK THAT!! I just had it @ Seasons 52 & LOVED it- the scallops were perfect!! Also, when I was there, they had 'eggplant parmesan flatbread' as an appetizer & I HIGHLY recommend that as well if it's still there- it was one of the specials on the side πŸ™‚
    Have a great time at dinner πŸ™‚

  18. Scallops!!!

  19. The caramelized Sea Scallops!!! I haven them almost every time, they are soooooo yummy!!!! And make sure you get lots of mini-indulgences (my favorite part of the meal) Have fun with all the girls tonight!!!

  20. Oh gosh they ALL sound good – seafood always wins for me though πŸ˜‰ so I vote scallops as well!

    Just make sure you save room for birthday dessert!

    Happy Thursday, Julie!


  21. The rainbow trout dish looks like pure awesomeness! That’s what I’d be hitting up…

    And I always look at the menu beforehand (if I can). This only screws me over when I have my heart set on something and the menu has changed… then I get all flustered because I have to start all over… I’m weird like that.

  22. I would go with the scallops or the flatbread!!! Makes me hungry thinking about it. Have fun!

  23. I’m a scallop lover, so I would pick the first meal! πŸ™‚

  24. Oh the scallops…yum! Can I come too?

  25. I have never tried scallops although that dish does sound good! The flatbread sounds right up my alley! Have fun!

  26. I just had a luna bar for a snack today too!!! I had the chocolate peppermint stick and it was soooooo great! Cant find the blueberry anywhere!!! Also..I would def choose the scallops! πŸ™‚

  27. Scallops for sure!! One of my favorite foods, and if this is your favorite restaurant I’m sure they do them well!

  28. That garlic chicken flatbread sounds mighty tasty to me!

  29. I would definitely pick #3! I’ve had both the fall and winter versions and they were awesome!! πŸ™‚

    I want to try that luna bar out, but can’t find it anywhere!!

  30. Scallops for sure. Those sound delish!! Have a blast tonight. Girl’s nights out are the best!

  31. I ALWAYS check out restaurant menus online! It’s so helpful…otherwise, I’d be sitting staring at the menu for 20 minutes holding everybody up!
    I say go for the Garlic Chicken Flatbread…the roasted red peppers sealed the deal! YUMM!

  32. Go for the scallops. My boyfriend and I were at Seasons a couple weeks ago for a date night, and he got the scallops and I got the trout. I was not impressed by my dish (the best trout I’ve had is at Bonefish in Altamonte), but his was DELICIOUS.

    Have fun, Seasons is one of my favorite restaurants! I tried to get my boyfriend to go there for HIS birthday (today) … but he wanted steak so we’re going to Outback instead πŸ˜‰

  33. OOO trout or scallops! but it all sounds AMAZING! i wana try that place so badly!

  34. Scallops!!
    Maybe someone else will have one of the others so you can have a little sample.

    Have a great time:)

  35. i vote garlic chicken flatbread!!!

  36. I had scallops tonight – they were awesome! i absolutley love your blog and always get some great inspiration from it. I just wanted to say that you are truly one of the prettiest girls ive ever seen and just from reading your blog it seems you have a stunning personality to match! Keep up the great blog πŸ™‚

  37. I had the Vegetable Plate the last time I was there and IT IS AMAZING!!! I dream about it!

  38. Julie,

    I love reading your blog!! Just recently came across it πŸ™‚ I’m also going crazy looking through your wedding planning process. It sounds so fun! I wish you both the best, and look forward to reading more about it!!

  39. Scallops!

  40. Hi Julie – I am a new reader and looking back on some of your posts I saw you are running the Chicago Rock and Roll 1/2 this year. I am as well and it will be my first half! So nervous but SO excited!

  41. I’m probably late but scallops all the way!

  42. i just clicked to that restaurant and they are opening one in schaumburg…omg i’m so excited! i just looked at the menu too…cedar planked salmon – of course that is not one of your options, haha.

    i would go for scallops. when i eat out, i order things that i can’t make and seafood is definitely something i dont cook often. have fun girly!

    • i used to live in palatine & emailed all of my friends from palatine when i saw that! πŸ™‚

  43. Scallops! Or the trout…can’t decide. But I’m a seafood gal so those are right up my alley!

  44. I LOVE Luna Bars! In fact, I just finished eating a Toasted Nuts ‘N Cranberry Luna Bar…it’s my favorite flavor! πŸ™‚

  45. Mmmm, tough choices, but I am thinking that Market Veggie Platter is sounding amazing. Probably because its so rare to find something like that on any menu around here. I swear, tofu doesn’t exists in PA! πŸ™‚

    Have fun tonight.

  46. I love cheese.
    I hate making decisions.
    Let me know the best way to solve problems! I can’t decide on anything haha

  47. Scallops or Trout. Have a fun evening. πŸ™‚

  48. I just wanted to say that I just started reading your blog about a month and a half ago and now am addicted. I am a 25 year old 4th grade teacher in Texas getting married July 31st. Your eating habits are so similar to mine, very healthy yet with wiggle room. I recently lost 45 lbs and have begun eating this way. Thanks for being an inspiration and keeping me on track:-)

    • what a nice comment. thank you taryn! also, i’m a lil’ jealous you get to teach 4th graders! what a fun age!

      • It is fun most of the time…especially on game days like today!! We finished state testing yesterday! WOOHOO!! Time to celebrate!

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