|Emily Funcik Nutrition||
Emily Funcik Nutrition
|Emily Funcik Nutrition||
Emily Funcik Nutrition
A couple of weeks ago my husband sent me on a girls’ weekend with 2 of my friends to Asheville, NC.
It. Was. Amazing.
My father-in-law has a house in Asheville where we stayed, and oh my, my his porch is the place to be. Beautiful mountain landscaping, comfy Adirondack chairs, hot tub. Great locally crafted mugs for drinking coffee and tea. The two girls I traveled with co-lead a women’s life-group at our church with me. This is basically a small group of women who get together once per week to read the Bible together, encourage one another, and walk together through the hard things of life. So the company was great. And let’s talk about the food.
We three girls are mamas to a total of 5 little ones 5 years old and younger and I have 1 more on the way, so we were determined to keep our food prep easy and breezy this weekend. On Friday night, we feasted on huge salads topped with all sorts of easy-to-cut-up fruits, vegetables, and nuts, as well as some chicken that my friend, Kati, had cooked before we left Charleston.
Pro salad tip: top your salad well, and you will never get bored. I recommend some combination of colorful vegetable (bell pepper, roasted squash leftovers, carrots, tomatoes), fruit (either dried or fresh), and nuts. Avocados make it better. A homemade vinaigrette takes it to another level. Ok…I’m feeling another blog post coming. Moving on.
Saturday and Sunday mornings we had steel cut oats. I would usually get up and immediately boil some water and throw the oats in. Steel cut oats take about 30 minutes to cook, but the texture and flavor is worth it. I had a nice, quiet sit on the porch while I waited on the oats to cook. We had lots of yummy fresh fruit for topping, as well as a rockin’ mixture of brown sugar and cinnamon. For lunch both days, we ate sandwiches on the go. I raided the Trader Joe’s sandwich fixin’s section(s) before leaving home: good sourdough bread, hummus, herbed turkey breast, smoked gouda sliced cheese, and leftover salad greens from Friday night.
Saturday began and ended with some pretty cool Asheville activities. That morning, we were treated to a glass-blowing class at North Carolina Glass Center in the River Arts District downtown in Asheville. One of my sister-in-laws is a metal artist and blacksmith there, and her friends at a neighboring glass-blowing studio do amazing work. So the three of us traipsed downtown in our flip flops to handle some scary-hot-lava glass. We each made stemless wine glasses with various colors of glass moulded into them. They turned out great! I haven’t stopped using it since I got it home…makes me feel fancy!
That evening we went to the Sierra Nevada Brewery in Mills River, and (if you haven’t already) you should go. This place is beautiful. It was my second time visiting the brewery, but my first time dining in the restaurant on site. The last time I was there, we ate in the outdoor “Beer Garden” area, with yummy sandwiches, beautiful amphitheater, and organic garden. There is even a play area for kids. The outdoor section is really relaxed and outdoorsy- definitely my kind of place.
The indoor restaurant was awesome in a totally different way. All of the dishes are small-plate style, so we got a few things to share and a few things to devour ourselves. My pregnancy craving has been olives this time, so we got a great plate of olives and charcuterie. One of my favorite things was the pretzel and pimiento beer cheese appetizer. Mmmmm…let me wipe the drool off my mouth as I’m typing this. My “main” item was veal meatballs served over polenta cakes- also so delicious. And the great thing about being pregnant at a brewery is I could get the tiniest possible serving of beer and have a little taste without wasting much or paying a fortune! Good all around. Thanks, Sierra Nevada.
On the way home Sunday we stopped in sweet little Saluda, NC for a quick hike and some mountain apples and honey from the farm stand just off the interstate. Oh, the mountains. How I love them. And sweet, juicy, crisp apples are coming into season. I’m determined to make some homemade applesauce and apple butter this year.
Needless to say, girls’ weekend was much needed and much enjoyed. As great as it was to have a weekend away, it was even better to come home and hear my man and man-in-training giggling and laughing and running down to greet me. Shout out to our amazing husbands who kept all the kids alive, fed, and more than happy all weekend! You guys rock!
My name is Emily Funcik, and I am a registered and licensed dietitian in Charleston, SC. I am also a stay-at-home mama, a wife, a foodie, and a dancer. I have a passion for healthy living, entertaining, and a deep-rooted loved of all things delicious.