Foodie Friday

Today was the inaugural Foodie Friday at my work.

What is Foodie Friday?

Allow me to elaborate for ya! 😉

Last week, a few of the women I work with and I decided to take turns making new homemade treats for the office to enjoy every Friday. The idea for Foodie Friday surfaced when we were talking about how excited we all get for office birthday goodies. We figured why not make office treats a weekly occurrence?

I signed up for the first Foodie Friday and after much debate settled on a recipe I thought would be a crowd pleaser.

Peanut butter pretzel truffles, a la Jessica!

I jotted down the recipe that Jessica followed from EatingWell.com and doubled it to make the truffles.

Follow Me to Deliciousness

In my truffles I used crunchy peanut butter and Rold Gold honey wheat braided pretzel twists because they’re my all-time favorite pretzels. They’re salty, slightly sweet and 100 percent addicting. I definitely ate a couple of servings while making the truffles.

PB & The PB Gremlin (Can You Spot Her?)

Best Pretzels Everrr

I combined the peanut butter with the chopped pretzels and placed them in the freezer to chill for a bit.

PB 'n' Pretz

After dipping the peanut butter/pretzel mixture in melted milk chocolate, I placed the truffles in the freezer overnight (they’re sweating off the cold in the pictures below 😉 ).

Sweatin' Truffles

A Peek Inside

PB & Chocolate: A Match Made in Heaven

These truffles taste so much like Reese’s peanut butter cups to me!

I popped one in my mouth as a breakfast appetizer and will be having one for dessert after lunch today as well.

Recipe success!

A platter of these truffles and Oreo balls would be one heck of a contribution to any party. Something to keep in mind for Memorial Day weekend! 😀

Reese’s Triumphs All

First of all, I want to say thank you to all of you who commented on my last post about all-inclusive vacations. You definitely gave me some things to think about and I appreciate all the recommendations as well! I’ve already visited a handful of websites from the places you mentioned and I wanna go on a tropical vacation NOW. 😉 Waiting more than six months is no fun!

Dinner

Dinner tonight was super simple. When I eat a big salad, I usually eat one for lunch. I prefer hot, more indulgent-tasting dinners for the most part. Buuuut, tonight I changed it up a bit and had a big salad for dinner.

Beef Tenderloin Salad

My salad included:

  • Beef tenderloin
  • Spinach
  • Arugula
  • Carrots
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Cucumber
  • Olive oil + balsamic vinegar

Dinner

The salad was good, but I’m not gonna lie… Dessert was much better. ;)For Easter Ryan gave me the biggest Reese’s egg I’ve ever seen. 

Giant Reese's Egg

 Since dinner was on the lighter side, I had my fair share of this bad boy…

Ohhhh Yum

Chocolate + Peanut Butter = Heaven

Anyone else pumped that tomorrow is Friiiiday!?

Tackling Turnips

(Side note: I love alliteration and I apologize that so many of my post titles reflect my abnormal love for it since I know it’s totally cheesy! 🙂 ) 

Tonight I tackled turnips! 

I purchased a bunch of turnips at the grocery store at the beginning of the week and put off making them until tonight because I was highly intimidated! What does a turnip even taste like!? 

I read about different preparation techniques and decided I’d try roasting them since I typically like any veggie roasted. 

Since the weather was once again beyond gorgeous, I took the opportunity to peel and chop the turnips in the backyard while psycho dog ran around with her various stuffed pig toys. 

Hiii!

Got the Pig!

I always knew Sadie was a veggie lover (broccoli is her favorite), but she shocked me once again by loving the turnip peels! She couldn’t get enough! 

Before long, I had a big Tupperware container full of turnip “fries.” 

*Note the Turnip Mooch at the Bottom Right*

I then tossed the turnip fries in olive oil, salt, pepper and chili powder and cooked them in the oven at 415 degrees for 20 minutes before flipping them and cooking them for an additional 15 minutes. 

Turnip Fries

I served the turnip fries along with a big squirt of ketchup. 

Ready for Dippin'

With Ketchup

The fries were pretty darn good! They reminded me a bit of potatoes but with the texture of butternut squash fries. When I dipped them in ketchup they reminded me of the extra-greasy, flimsy French fries. Mmm! 

Of course the fries weren’t substantial enough for a dinner, so I prepped my third bowl of spaghetti squash in two days. 

Dinner Bowl

Veggie Overload

As good as the turnip fries and spaghetti squash bowl were, dessert was even better! 

Reese's Egg

Reese’s eggs are even better than Reese’s peanut butter cups. I think they have extra peanut butter and that’s always a good thing. 😀

Time to pack for Easter weekend at my parents’ and Ryan’s family’s house!

Deconstructed Tacos

…Also known as taco salad! 😀

I always look forward to taco night for two reasons:

  1. Tacos are delicious
  2. Taco leftovers make for an awesome taco salad for lunch

Right after I licked my plate clean finished dinner last night, I used the remaining lean ground beef taco meat, salsa and shredded lettuce to make today’s taco salad.

Taco Salad + Salsa

I added two large handfuls of frozen corn kernels to the salad to thaw overnight.

Note: Frozen corn is surprisingly delicious straight outta the bag!

Thursday's Lunch

I closed the Tupperware lid on this bad boy and shook it up until the salsa coated every last inch of lettuce.

Tossed Up

Darn good eatin’.

Wanna know what else was darn good eatin’?

My dessert.

Enter, Reeses peanut butter cups!

Reese's

A coworker and I split a pack of this chocolate + peanut butter deliciousness and I enjoyed every last bite!

My PB Cup

I’ve been eyin’ Reese’s since I saw the Easter Reese’s eggs on the shelves at the grocery store this week.

I ❤ Easter candy!

What’s your favorite Easter candy?

I can’t get enough of those Cadbury mini eggs. They’re the best!

My mom loves Peeps… but she likes them a little stale and removes them from their packaging for a day before eating them. 🙂