Today’s post is all about balance when it comes to living with your significant other.
Since Frank and I have been living together for the last 3+ years, it’s safe to say that we truly work well together in the same living environment. Whether its household chores, study time, or cooking breakfast, lunch or dinner, we have learned to find a great balance that works for us. Remember, it’s all about what works for you and maintaining that balance!
Well, this is a food blog, and I think that one of the major things we had to learn early on was what we ate and how much we were eating. When we first moved in together, we basically ate out or ordered take-out just as much as we ate in. It was so easy to order a pizza, rent a movie, enjoy a beer or two, and relax on a random weeknight. The excitement of living together for the first time basically felt like we were having fun date nights and sleepovers without a care in the world! Ah, the good life!
And last but not least, portion sizes. They were a major issue for me because now that we were living together, I was basically eating the same portions as Frank! I’m 5’3 and Frank is 5’10-5’11, he weighs about 45-50 pounds more than me, yet we were basically eating the same things….that doesn’t make sense, does it?
Reality quickly hit us and I was gaining weight while also wasting a ton of money. Those things combined allowed us to realize that though we’re young, we need to be responsible about our living habits and learn to eat out less and instead, make healthy meals at home. I admit, it took a while for us to get in a groove, but today I can happily say that with meal prep, purchasing healthy foods, and only eating out a few times a month, we have maintained a healthy lifestyle and saved (a bit) of money.
Since cooking is my happy place, the excitement of cooking for Frank and having our own date nights at home is the perfect evening in my books. Especially now that we’re focused on our studies and work, it’s a nice break for us to enjoy a romantic meal at home, whether it’s lunch, breakfast or dinner!
So today I’m highlighting this morning’s breakfast (with a Mexican twist) which was delicious and nutritious. While we cooked and ate the same meal together, and used most of the same ingredients, Frank’s meal had some additions to it which I didn’t need. I wanted to do this post to give you an idea of how to enjoy the same meal with your partner without feeling like you’re eating way too much (like me) or you’re not getting all of the nutrition you need (like Frank). Again…BALANCE!
2 pieces of roasted zucchini (leftovers from last night), chopped into smaller pieces
1/2 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup of vegetable quinoa (leftovers from last night – quinoa with asparagus and red pepper)
4 tbsp. fresh store-bought salsa
Cholula hot sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Coat your sauté pan with olive-oil spray
2. Cook your zucchini pieces until they’re heated through
3. Add 5 eggs to the pan over your zucchini and cook until ready to flip (we like ours over easy)
4. Flip the eggs and zucchini (be careful during this step) cooking until it’s just cooked through enough and the egg yolks stay runny (YUM – my favorite way to eat eggs)
5. On Frank’s plate, he added the 1/4 cup of leftover quinoa and vegetables
6. Top the quinoa off with 3 eggs, and then serve the remaining two eggs on the other plate (mine)
7. We then topped Frank’s quinoa and eggs with a few heaping spoonfuls of the beans and topped my eggs with 1 spoonful
8. Evenly distribute the fresh salsa, hot sauce, salt and pepper to taste.
As you can see, Frank (bottom) had the added protein which I didn’t need. He also had one more egg and more beans, too.
We were both full and satisfied by the end of our breakfast, which is exactly what breakfast should do!