My birthday was on Monday, and with birthdays come dinner celebrations. For someone my size, dinner celebrations almost always produce leftovers: a sandwich-hater’s dream come true. Here’s what I’m eating this week for lunch:
Salmon, steamed broccoli, and green beans from Bonefish Grill (Monday night with friends)
Spinach & arugula salad with goat cheese, pecans, pineapple, craisins, and a citrus vinaigrette from Baker’s Crust (Tuesday night with Andrew’s mom)
Three cheese ravioli with pesto-alfredo sauce from Maggiano’s (Wednesday night with my mom, brother, grandmother, and uncle)
Bowtie aglio with broccolini, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, and parmesan cheese from Maggiano’s (Wednesday night with my family)
I hadn’t been to Maggiano’s in close to ten years, but I’d like to sing their praises for a moment:
1. Anytime we go out to eat, we have to consider Andrew’s gluten and dairy intolerance. We’d heard that Maggiano’s had gluten-free pasta, and we were curious to try it. Not only did they have GF pasta, but a chef came to our table and talked with Andrew directly about how he could tailor each dish to meet his needs. It was far more reassuring than a waiter saying, “Umm, I don’t think that has any bread in it…”
2. Maggiano’s offers a “buy any classic pasta, take another one home for free” deal all the time! $13 buys you two large portions of really good pasta. I can easily make five meals out of my two dishes. You’ll pay more per meal at any fast food restaurant, and the food won’t be nearly as good.
Both pasta dishes were pretty heavy (“pesto-alfredo” means “alfredo with a little basil”) so I am pairing them with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables in hopes of keeping my triglycerides at an appropriate level. 😉
I’ve felt very loved and celebrated on my birthday week… and my sandwich-hating self has been extra content to have so many lunch options!