Sundays are the days that I look forward to most – not just because it’s part of the weekend, but because it’s usually the re-grouping day. It’s the day when my errands happen, groceries are stocked, and the chaos of the last week gets settled so life can be organized. It’s also the day that I spend the most time in the kitchen, and is arguably the most involved dinner of the week.
Last night’s dinner included a grilled flank steak, grilled chicken thighs, roasted cauliflower (seasoned with sea salt and light olive oil), and a salad with kale (marinated for an hour in lemon juice), cucumbers, slivered roasted almonds, and avocado drizzled with olive oil and sea salt.
While I like the therapeutic process of Sunday meal prep, the absolute best part about Sunday dinner is Monday lunch.
I am such a huge kale fan in the summer because I’m on the go so much, and when I’m packing lunch for work it is the ABSOLUTE best and easiest salad to have. I can make a huge salad on sunday, and leave the lemon juice (or lime juice) and olive oil dressing on it, and it just makes the greens softer and more flavorful. Other greens just get soggy and slimy with dressing, or wilt when prepared dry in advance.
Today I threw all the leftovers in together to make a sweet combo lunch for work and it was even better than last night. There’s nothing better than heading into a busy work week prepared with meals and snacks to sustain you, and nothing worse than walking in unprepared and hangry even before the case of the Mondays has sunk in.
This week I’m back in Charlotte after an extended stay back in Charlottesville, and while I’ve got a lot of great things going on this week, it’s hard to watch the HOOS in the College World Series and not miss the homeland. I took this picture walking over to Friday’s after Five last week, and just love the little piece of the city and the huge part of our community culture that it captures, so please, indulge me for a second with this extra boost of Cville love.
In other news, I want to send a big congratulations to my dear friend Tracie Chan on opening MADabolic LKN, in the Huntersville/Lake Norman area north of Charlotte. I absolutely can’t wait to come up an get in on the MADness with her this week, and I hope all of my Lake-living co-workers and friends will check it out too. Better yet, let’s go together, and then get coffee. Maybe on Sunday, my favorite day of the week.