Perfect Sunday

Yesterday was honestly one of the best weekend days I’ve had in a long, long time. It was the perfect mix of relaxation and productiveness, which started with me sleeping in until 10am, waking up without an alarm and feeling well rested.

I can’t even remember the last time I’d been to a Farmer’s Market, and the Dupont Circle one is just a few blocks from my apartment and is open year-round. I headed out almost immediately upon waking and loved walking around and seeing all the seasonal produce.

Happy Thanksgiving

One of the coolest things I saw was purple cauliflower!

Purple Cauliflower

There are some orange ones thrown in there too. Beautiful right?

I always love the bright colors (and free tastes) available at the Farmer’s Market. So much different than the regular grocery store!

Carrots, Beets, Turnips, and Kohlrabi

Farmer's Market Veggies

Turnips and radishes:

FM Veggies

Another thing I saw was white sweet potatoes, which I’ve never tried (or really noticed) before.

white sweet potatoes

Since I am leaving for Thanksgiving tomorrow night, I really didn’t need too much but did want to grab a few things.

For $16 total, here’s what I walked away with:

Farmer's Market Loot

    • 2 white sweet potatoes
    • 2 regular sweet potatoes
    • 1 delicata squash (my first one ever!)
    • 1 bunch kale
    • 3 mini cucumbers
    • 3 honeycrisp apples
    • 1 bell pepper

I think if they sold bananas at the farmer’s market, I would have done all my shopping there, but instead I made one more pit stop – Whole Foods – for just a few things.

Whole Foods Goods

For $7.47, I ended up with:

    • 3 bananas
    • 1 bag mixed greens
    • Blackberries
    • New-to-me Tofu

Tofu Twin Oaks

I’ve seen Twin Oaks Tofu several times at Whole Foods but always thought it was too expensive. I saw it again today and noticed it was just $2.99 for the block, so I decided to give it a go. I’ll let you know how it is, since I’m having it for dinner tonight! Here’s the plan:

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Sunday Fried egg, refried black beans, corn tortilla, salsa Huge massaged kale salad with almond butter tempeh  Out for dinner
Monday Pumpkin oatmeal with cottage cheese + banana Salad with mixed greens, cucumber, pepper, sunflower seeds, feta, tuna, and balsamic (SO good) Twin Oaks Tofu with roasted sweet potatoes and kale
Tuesday English muffin w/sunbutter and banana Leftover tofu w/veggies over a salad Leftover almond butter tempeh with leftover veggies

After my grocery adventures, I went for a 40 minute run outside (about 4 miles) and the weather was GORGEOUS. I spent the rest of the afternoon planning my Weight Watchers meeting (today I am delivering my first meeting and being critiqued by my Leader Coach + Territory Manager – wish me luck!!!) while doing laundry and watching Lost, before meeting a friend for dinner.

It was really the perfect Sunday.

What’s your ideal weekend day? Do you prefer to relax more or be more productive?

19 Comments on Perfect Sunday

  1. Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel
    November 21, 2011 at 8:32 am (8 years ago)

    OMG FINGERLING SWEET POTATOES! wait, so that’s what they are called over there? im so used to just purple yams or purple skinned sweet potatoes, but i like that they are called “fingerling”.

    oooh italian herb tofu! tres chic 🙂

    btw you are looking more and more gorgeous each time i visit you blog Beth <3

    xoxo

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  2. Liz
    November 21, 2011 at 8:40 am (8 years ago)

    Okay, I am usually “meh” about cauliflower, but purple? AWESOME. I would totally have snatched that up. Oh how I miss Dupont Circle. I used to go to the circle to sit and study for tests.

    I almost bought tofu yesterday, but then when I got to the checkout, it was punctured and leaking, so I didn’t want it anymore. 🙁

    Good luck on your first meeting! I know you will rock it. If I was in DC, I’d totally start going to meetings just so you could be my leader. 😀

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  3. Jennifer
    November 21, 2011 at 8:55 am (8 years ago)

    Good luck on your first meeting – I’m sure you’ll do great!

    I’m having trouble finding silken tofu at WF…do you know where they keep it? I could have asked the other day but was too lazy to hunt someone down LOL.

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    • Valerie @ City|Life|Eats
      November 21, 2011 at 8:37 pm (8 years ago)

      If you shop at the P Street WF, I can attest to the fact they are often out of silken tofu. 🙂

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  4. Heather
    November 21, 2011 at 11:56 am (8 years ago)

    I love purple cauliflower, bought it at Trader Joe’s once and had the prettiest veggie tacos ever!

    I always love a good mix of relaxation and productivity, the best way to go!

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  5. Lisa
    November 21, 2011 at 12:05 pm (8 years ago)

    That purple cauliflower is amazing! How vibrant!

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  6. Donna
    November 21, 2011 at 12:05 pm (8 years ago)

    Crazy! I was visiting DC from Charlottesville this past weekend and our main goal was to hit the Dupont Circle Farmer’s Market. It was great! My friend who I met up with for the weekend is a super blogger from St. Louis… http://www.thecupcakeproject.com
    She was on assignment in DC…you’ll have to see what she comes up with on her pending post…..it’s DC related, that’s all I can tell you. Anyhoo, I had no idea what part of DC you were from but I was keeping my eyes open for spotting you 🙂 The one person I thought was you from the back was near Dupont Circle….hmmmm 🙂 (Don’t worry, I’m not a stalker 🙂 ) We walked and took the metro everywhere and I really really loved DC. We stayed in a homeaway.com house in Columbia Heights which was so fun. AND we ate at a fabulous restaurant, Founding Fathers, which I hope you have been to. SO amazing. My only regret for the weekend was not contacting you to meet up! I love your blog! Next time I come through I”ll give you a heads up!

    Oh, and we were all talking at brunch at Kramer Books (meh) all about that amazing cauliflower! When my friend went back to get some it was all gone!!!

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  7. Rebecca W.
    November 21, 2011 at 2:14 pm (8 years ago)

    Aren’t farmers markets the best? I live in NYC, so I go to the one in Union Square every Monday and they have such an overwhelming selection of the most gorgeous produce! I’ve actually had the white sweet potatoes before, and they’re mildly sweet — nothing like a regular sweet potato — but still yummy. Last week one of the farms had white sweet potatoes, Beauregard sweet potatoes (orange-fleshed and the sweetest they grow — really good!), and Japanese sweet potatoes (purple-skinned with an orange flesh — really, really good!).

    But where I go crazy — and I mean absolutely crazy — is with the apples. I am an apple fiend! I can’t find half of these apples in the grocery store, so I make a point to stock up every week on Empires, Macouns, Crispin (Mutsu), Golden Delicious, Camios…YUM, YUM, YUM!

    And good luck with your first meeting! I’m sure you’re going to knock it out of the park!

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  8. Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning
    November 21, 2011 at 2:22 pm (8 years ago)

    Your fridge probably looks exactly like mine! You will love the squash and sweet potatoes- both are so good. And the Twin Oaks tofu is my absolute favorite. I know it sounds weird, but it tastes great just right out of the package! My favorite thing to do is to mix it with some greek yogurt, chopped up veggies and dill and make it like a “tuna salad.” So crazy good.
    When does that farmers market close for the season? This Saturday was the last for mine and I’m so sad.

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  9. Paige
    November 21, 2011 at 3:01 pm (8 years ago)

    I’m jealous of your abilities to sleep in that late! Sounds like the perfect Sunday indeed 🙂 Nice FM haulage!

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  10. Alice
    November 21, 2011 at 4:51 pm (8 years ago)

    I agree that an awesome weekend day finds the right balance between relaxing and being productive but I prefer it when the productivity is fun (like going to Farmers Markets) rather than housework or something.

    Those purple cauliflower are fabulous! I’ve never seen them before.

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  11. Hilary
    November 21, 2011 at 4:59 pm (8 years ago)

    Farmers’ markets rock my world, as does delicata squash. An ideal weekend day for me is pretty chill, with just a tad of productivity so I don’t feel guilty…but lots of time on the couch, preferably with magazines/tv.

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  12. Megan @ MegGoesNomNom
    November 21, 2011 at 8:50 pm (8 years ago)

    Wow – that purple cauliflower is intense!!! Delicata squash is one of my favorites – you are in for a treat 🙂

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  13. Lyn @ FueledBySalad
    November 21, 2011 at 10:02 pm (8 years ago)

    Those purple and orange cauliflowers look amazing. Just sayin’.

    Hm, my ideal weekend would be waking up around to a nice, steaming bowl of creamy oats, and then heading out for a run afterwards and recovering with a green smoothie! And then meeting up with my friends and lazing around – maybe help my family prepare dinner, at the end of the day. 🙂

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  14. Christine
    November 22, 2011 at 6:32 pm (8 years ago)

    If you want to know why you can’t find bananas at the farmers market, read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. It is an amazing book- I promise you will love it. Mavis made me read it an I’m so happy that I did.

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  15. Jill
    November 29, 2011 at 9:49 am (8 years ago)

    Beautiful farmers’ market pics!!

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