Our "Anniversary" Meal + Self Care Tips

Yesterday was our engagement anniversary! Some may say why celebrate when you were engaged, now that you're married?? Because all anniversaries should be celebrated! I love doing something extra to make an anniversary, birthday, holiday, etc. special. It doesn't mean you have to buy a gift or plan an extravagant party. It can be as simple as making a nice meal, opening a bottle of wine, and watching a few episodes of New Girl before bed. 

I've been dying to make Simply Taylor's Spicy Almond Butter Brussel Sprouts from her new cookbook. Josh loves spicy, I love almond butter...these brussels are totally us! They were AMAZING. 

I also did some mid-week meal prep while making our dinner. Mid-week meal prep is a great way to not feel overwhelmed to cook all your food over the weekend. Definitely suggest it! 

Josh has a crazy work schedule and some days he doesn't get to sit down for lunch until 2-3pm...that is not lunch time especially when he goes to work at 5am! I usually pack easy options that don't require him to sit down for too long or that he can bring along to class. As of lately he made a simple request for lunch-chicken, brown rice, veggies. All 3 can be made in large batches and packed in 1 day. All I have to do is add in a few snacks-usually yogurt/cottage cheese with fruit, a smoothie, nuts, or a bar (square bar, KIND, Larabar). I also made hard boiled eggs for a mid-morning snack in the oven.

Preheat oven to 325. Place eggs in a muffin tin. Bake for 30 mins. Place in a bowl of cold, ice water. Let sit for 10 mins and peal. SO EASY. 

The main course was Alexis's Baked Spaghetti with Kale, Mushrooms, and Tofu Ricotta. If you can't tell from the picture, we throughly enjoyed it. It was like lasagna, but so much easier to make. The tofu ricotta I could eat by the spoonful! I don't love tofu, but the combo of tofu + hummus + nutritional yeast was devine. Don't get me wrong I love cheese and ricotta filled lasagna, but this was a wonderful creation. We paired it with avocado toast to scrape the bowls clean. Yum. Yum. Yum. 

It serves 6-8 unless you are Josh and I with a large appetite. Perfect to make and reheat for 2-3 meals during the week. 

While I was cooking I read a few blog posts about self care that I wanted to share. 

How to Create a Self Care Box: I love this idea and will be compiling mine this weekend. I know everyone can use some TLC and this box is an easy reminder of that. 

How to Practice Self-Care and Feel More Energized : Read the whole post! Georgie makes simple statements that really make you think about what you are doing to take care of your mind, body, and soul. She provides a great list of of ideas how to nourish yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally. I will be making my own list, taping it on the fridge, and in my planner.