Eggplant Pizza + Latest Trader Joe’s Favorite + Lentil Soup Recipe

Today’s post feels like a quick one but I wanted to say hello and share a few things.  

It rained Sunday night, Monday, and through most of yesterday. I can handle one rainy day but relentless rain that lasts more than one day is just not polite. I need fresh air! I like to go for a walk during the workday! And as much as I don’t mind running in some rain, I can’t run in heavy rain!

I can’t wait to get outside this morning to run. I haven’t run since Saturday which is totally fine since I don’t mind doing other workouts but by yesterday, I definitely had that itch inside like it was time to run. It should be a little warmer and sunny again this morning so I’m excited.

We did take out from The Cheesecake Factory over the weekend. My son and I both had the Barbeque Ranch Chicken Salad only I order this salad without the chicken. It’s all about the fried onion strings when it comes to this salad anyway. Those onions really tie everything together.

bbq ranch salad

Side note not related to food, Stoney Clover has yet again launched new face masks. If you still need face masks to add to your mask collection, check the new colors out here. I love their masks because they are comfortable, pretty, and have beads on the straps.

Another night, another slice of pizza. I ventured back to the eggplant slice the other evening for dinner. I last had this eggplant slice at the start of the summer. It’s a good one even though it looks like half of the eggplant was falling off of the pizza. I eat this kind of pizza with a knife and fork anyway.

eggplant pizza

One of my latest favorites from Trader Joe’s is the holiday vegetable hash. Have you tried it? I mean, obviously you can buy the vegetables and seasonings to make the holiday vegetable hash yourself but let’s be real, who really wants to do all that cleaning and chopping work when you get just get a container of it all cut up for you?

trader joes holiday vegetable hash

I have been adding this holiday vegetable hash to EVERYTHING. Sure, it’s great for soups and stuffings (it smells like stuffing when you cook it!) but I actually like to saute it to then add to salads. It’s also great cooked with chickpeas or lentils over some rice. I think it goes with everything! I told my son to use it with eggs. There really are so many options and the flavors are so terrific.

Speaking of soups and looking at the Trader Joe’s mirepoix chopped vegetable mix, my friend Lisa’s chunky lentil soup recipe is so easy and delicious. You can check it out here if you want to make it.

lentil soup

One more thing before I go today! I wanted to tell you what I eat for lunch when work is so busy these days. Like lately, when I’m in a hundred directions around lunchtime, I’m not even overly hungry or interested in my big salad bowls. However, I will never be the person who skips a meal or “forgets to eat lunch.” I don’t even understand what that means. So instead, lately I find myself toasting cinnamon raisin Ezekiel bread and topping it with mashed chickpeas and avocado plus a sprinkle of everything but the bagel sesame seasoning. It’s quick, easy, and super satisfying.

Here’s a post I once wrote that shares various Ways To Use Trader Joe’s Everything But The Bagel Sesame Seasoning.

Enjoy the rest of the week!

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