One of my best friends of almost 30 years visited over the weekend. I’ve known her since elementary school, we went to high school together and lived together after college and although I haven’t seen her in 5 years, it felt like it had only been months. Whenever my we get together it is nothing but good ol’ belly laughs, smart-ass jokes and great conversations. Don’t you love that about good friends? We went on a nice run, got pedicures and otherwise just caught up over good food and drinks.
Once you have kids you know that it’s much more enjoyable to hang out at home versus trying to keep everyone happy a restaurant, but we still wanted to show her around a little. We decided to take her to our favorite pizza place, Vic’s Pizza in Olympia.
If you are ever in the Seattle/Olympia area you must come here. We love their sausage pizza which has flat sliced sausage (like pepperoni) instead of ground. It is delicious. Then we usually get half veggie.
On Sunday night we decided to cook in and enjoy this fabulous weather we’ve been having. We enjoyed homemade margaritas, football and good food! We had to bring a taste of Texas to our Texas girlfriend so we went with barbecue- smoked ribs, coleslaw, beans & baked mac and cheese.
We’ve made these ribs several times now and they are fantastic. I especially love making them because apart from making the spice rub, I can hand over the job to my husband. If you have a smoker you’ve got to try these. They are restaurant quality (even better)- so delicious. We had so much leftover food (including salads and chicken) that I skipped meal planning for the week.
Of course red meat, including ribs, should be eaten in moderation so I am filing this under my splurge-worthy category. The USDA’s food guide pyramid recommends 5-6 ounces of protein daily but there isn’t a specific recommendation re the amount of red meat to have each week. I recommend keeping red meat (including pork) consumption to two times a week and aim for other lower saturated fat protein options such as certain fish, chicken, turkey, beans, nuts and seeds.
Hope you are still having some lovely grilling weather like we are here in Washington! Have a great rest of the week!
Questions: Anything exciting on your meal plan this week? I am going to do a fruit/veg fast one day this week. Care to join me. It’s from my health challenge which you can join up at any time! Do you have a smoker?
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