We all know what it is like to be sitting at your desk and suddenly realize: CRAP! I am having someone over for dinner, aka I have to cook. What the heck am I going to have time to throw together?!
The easy solutions are of course to order pizza, Chinese, Thai or to throw some boxed pasta and jarred sauce together. However, when you want to make a bit of a better showing, or if you just crave a meal that is actually fresh and healthy, it can be fairly difficult. Also, as someone who is trying to continue to eat a low carb diet, it can be a serious struggle to find options that fit the bill.
Well, I should say it WAS a struggle. I recently discovered a restaurant here in Walnut Creek (they have several locations) called Yalla Mediterranean. It's affordable, fast-casual Mediterranean cuisine that is perfect for picking up and taking with you to serve at home. The food is decidedly more fresh than what you typically expect when grabbing takeout.
BONUS: You can order and pay online. No one wants to wait in line between work and making it home...
Last night I had my BFF over, and we enjoyed the several of their signature dishes. We didn't bother with serving dishes, and shared everything. It was a perfect light meal for two, with plenty left over.
- The Yalla Plate with Basmati Rice, Grilled Vegetables (Spiced Lentils are another option), Falafel, Pita bread, and the following sides (which are just some of their options) - Kale + Beet Salad, Medi Kale Salad and Hummus.
The Chopped Salad, topped with Grilled and Seasoned Salmon and Chicken Skewers
Pita with Fire Feta Spread (YUM)
The time I did not spend cooking was utilized to set a fun table. Even though it was just a casual Wednesday night at home with my good friend Paige, it was still fun to dress it up a bit.
Being that we didn't use serving platters, cleanup was a breeze, and we could spend our time catching up, without me dreading the post-dinner cleanup.
I will definitely be grabbing meals from Yalla again, both for myself and for when I have company over.
drew bailey scott
My raison d'etre: Seeking and experiencing that which improves my life in all areas. The purpose of this blog: to share those incredible discoveries with others, hopefully making their lives even better!