• Early Bird Special

    March 28, 2012

    In college, my friend Katey and I often used to hit up the dining hall a little after 5 o’clock for dinner—mostly because we wanted to avoid the crowds, but also because we were old ladies, who enjoyed the early bird special. Nearly a decade later (seriously, how is my 10-year college reunion this May!?), I’m still a big fan of the early bird special.

    Dinner

    On the menu for dinner last night: Make-Your-Own Quesadillas.

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    In the mix: whole wheat tortillas, shredded cheddar cheese.

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    Red and green bell pepper, tomatoes, cabbage, and chicken.

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    I added a little of everything (and a lot of cheese) to my quesadilla.

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    Yummmmmm! I have to admit the cabbage was sort of a weird addition to my quesadilla. I actually ended up picking it out because it just didn’t jive with the other flavors. Oh, well, it was still fun to give it a try!

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    By 5:34 PM, I was sitting down to dinner and Bethenny Ever After. Hooray for the early bird special!

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    After dinner, I enjoyed a piece of toast with sunflower butter and butterscotch chips for dessert.

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    Question of the Day

    What time do you normally eat dinner? Are you a fan of the early bird special?

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    Haleigh March 28, 2012 at 11:55 am

    I don’t think that I could ever eat dinner earlier than 8 pm. I usually have a snack around 4:30-5:00 to hold me over. I like to relax a little bit after I come home, and then start to cook dinner.

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    Brandi @ Faith Fitness and Laughter March 28, 2012 at 11:56 am

    I would love to eat by 5 or 5:30, but it’s mostly after 6 or 7, which I hate, but my job sometimes requires me to work until those times.
    Yummy dinner! :)

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    Colleen @ Culinary Colleen March 28, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    During the weeknights, I like to eat immediately after work. Something about leaving work makes me ravenous!! On the weekends though, I eat absurdly late (9 at the earliest). I should probably come up with a better schedule, right? :)

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    Hillary March 28, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    I could eat dinner at 5 or 5:30 every night, but I usually wait until 6. Whenever I go to FL to visit my grandparents, I am ALL OVER the early bird special!

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    Rachelle March 28, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    My friends and I usually go to the cafeteria about 5:10. This is when there is a break between the 4:30 and 5:30 college student rush :)

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    Maureen March 28, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    We have always had dinner between 5:30 and 6pm, but I am trying to get in the habit of eating a bit later now. When we eat early, I tend to snack after dinner…not good!

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    Ashley @ The North Carolina Cowgirl March 28, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    I always eat dinner around 5:30 everyday. I don’t think I could wait any longer to eat. My days start at 5:30am and I normally eat breakfast around 8, Lunch around 12:30 so by 5:30 I’m starved. It’s funny you bring this topic up too. My b/f and I bicker about dinner time a lot. He thinks I’m the only person in the world that eats early and most “normal” people eat around 7 or so. Ha..he was wrong!

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    Megan @ Weddings and Workouts March 28, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    You eat the yummiest food! When I was growing up we always had dinner at about 5.30 because my Dad was so hungry after work.

    I don’t have it until about 7 – 7.30 now because I go to the gym after work.

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    Angela @ The Chicken Scoop March 28, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Ha! I live in NJ, home of the local diner. My hubs and I used to regularly go for the early bird specials. It was like $10 and their food at the one near us was actually high quality! So we went all the time, around 4:30. Yep, we’re old too.
    ~Ang

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    Lindsay @ The Reluctant Runner March 28, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    My husband and I are like an elderly couple already. We frequently go to dinner around 5pm. Last Friday we went to dinner at one of our favorite restaurants at 7:30 and it was super packed which kind of sucked. We felt really justified for our early bird special habit!

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    Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin March 28, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    I usually eat around 6:30. But if for some reason I have skip my afternoon snack, then I definitely eat an earlier dinner around 5!

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    Sarah S. March 29, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    My husband doesn’t get home from work until 6:30 or 7, and it is a non-negotiable that if he will be eating at this house, we eat as a family (sometimes his work requires him to shmooze other people at dinner). Sadly, because I’m so highly distractable and looney while I make dinner by that time, it can be as late as 7:30 or 8 before we actually sit down. (I much prefer to sit down by 7).

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    Joy March 30, 2012 at 8:28 am

    I’m a huge fan of the early bird special – I can’t eat too much after 5:00 or I’ll pay for it with a night of no sleep and stomach pain

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