I’m usually a breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner kind of gal, but some days I find myself snacking all day long instead, especially when I have leftovers in the fridge. So though it’s not typical of my WIAW posts, I figured I’d show you what those days look like, un-styled food pictures and all.
First, coffee. I’ve worked my way up to drinking half a cup before feeling too jittery or buzzed. Caffeine seriously does a number on me, but holding that warm, fragrant cup just feels so good some mornings!
And because not every breakfast can be beautiful, here’s my egg and tomato mess with hot sauce.
Then the snacks just kept coming…
Leftover grilled veggies and my vitalizer strip.
Banana, peanut butter and cacao nibs shared with Hailey. Speaking of, tomorrow is a BIG Munchkin Meals post with a pretty sweet giveaway, so please link up and stop by for a chance to win!
And apples and olives while I made dinner for David and Hailey.
Why dinner for just them? Because The Olive Garden reached out to me asking if I’d like to come try out their new menu, which just went through a big evolution. A night out with a friend sipping wine and tasting food? That was a no brainer. Sign me up!
After handing both girls off to David (super dad!), I picked up my friend Alison and we were off! Unable to decide on a wine, they offered a mini tasting for us and that’s an offer you just don’t say no to. It was a tough call but we decided on a smooth chianti.
(No worries, I have a haircut on the books. #momneedsamakeover)
The evening consisted of an 11 course menu tasting and was ridiculously fun. I can’t remember the last time I ate at an Olive Garden, but secretly was hoping salad was going to be served. If I remember one thing, it’s the salad!
They now have new toppers available for the salad and ours was the classic mixture, with the addition of kale, bell peppers, fresh mozzarella, roasted tomatoes and basil. I had to ask for a bit more dressing, then after a good toss, I devoured it. Tasty as ever.
Several of the dishes were on the heavier side. Since creamy sauces and fried appetizers really aren’t my thing, I was so excited to get to try out some of the lighter dishes, too. My favorite dishes of the evening ended up being the Garlic Rosemary Chicken
and the Chicken Abruzzi
BOTH of which are from their Lighter Fare Menu and under 575 calories. The portions were large, too, and you could easily eat half for lunch and save half for later.
We didn’t end up leaving until after 10:000 because we were having such a good time and I have to give a shout out to the staff. They weren’t friendly in the we-have-to-be kind of way, the all were jovial, overly accommodating and seemed to genuinely enjoy what they do. I almost grabbed an application on my way out so I could join in on the fun. It reminded me of my waitressing days in college…. good times, good times.
Are you more into set meals or snacking throughout the day?
Are you an Olive Garden salad fan? (I mean, that dressing!)
Have you ever waited tables? Loved it or hated it?
I really enjoyed being a waitress! Always something new going on and new people to meet!