A missed workout and a summertime “salad”.

Yesterday’s workout didn’t go as planned.  Actually it didn’t go at all.  My allergies were killing me so I ended up plopping in bed as soon as I walked in my house (I know excuses, excuses…….  so lame)

(Lazy, allergy ridden days = more time with this lil’ stud)

But on a good note, I pulled my lazy butt out of bed around 7:30 last night and prepared a simple yet delicious dinner.  I got the idea from a recipe on the awesome blog skinnytaste.com.  This meal (or side-dish) is basically a bowl full of spinach, a little whole wheat pasta and some other fun ingredients.  So easy, right?  And it’s a much healthier alternative to the usual pasta-filled dinner.  Why do we fill our bowls with pasta when we could fill the majority with spinach?  Don’t get me wrong, I looooove whole wheat pasta but I also know that I feel better when I cut back on carbs in the evening. 

(There’s more pasta hiding under the greens (and sorry for the not-so-great iPhone pictures!))

Summertime “Salad”

In the mix:

  • whole wheat pasta
  • fresh spinach leaves
  • roasted broccoli
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • balsamic vinegar
  • crumbled feta cheese
  • salt and pepper
  • bbq marinated grilled chicken

Directions:

1) For the roasted broccoli: place broccoli florets in a mixing bowl and add about 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil and some salt and pepper.  Mix it up.  Pour the broccoli onto a baking sheet and bake at 375 for about 15-20 minutes or until tender.  Set aside.

2) While broccoli is roasting boil a pot of water, add pasta and cook for 9-10 minutes.

3) In a large bowl, combine the cooked pasta, spinach leaves, roasted broccoli, extra virgin olive oil, a little balsamic vinegar, crumbled feta cheese, and salt and pepper.  I topped my bowl with chopped bbq marinated grilled chicken.  Enjoy!

I included ingredients that I had on hand but the possibilities are endless!  You could also add:

  • roasted brussel sprouts or cauliflower
  • corn on the cob or canned corn
  • grilled asparagus
  • chopped carrots
  • sautéed mushrooms
  • grilled peppers
  • peas!
  • olives
  • crumbled goat cheese or mozzarella cheese
  • chopped ham, salami, proscuitto or other deli meats

And on and on. 🙂

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What are you having for dinner tonight?

Anyone else have crazy allergies right now?

Looking forward to any workouts this week?

Hill Repeats & Mexican Shrimp Salad.

Oh hello! Long time no talk, right?! I lost my blogging motivation for a couple of weeks but I’m backkkk!

I have a half marathon on Sunday and I’m really not ready for it. And I’m not just saying that to be modest. I’m like really not ready to run a half marathon right now. Just like how I took a break from blogging, I also let working-out and running take a back seat while I focused on moving into our new house. So yeah, this race has crept up on me and I now have 3 days to prep myself.

Yesterday afternoon I went out for an easy 20 minute run around my neighborhood….

and then did a bunch of hill repeats to complete my workout. This involved “sprinting” up a long, steady hill as fast as I could go, jogging down the hill and then resting for 1-2 minutes in between each set. And repeat.

Let me tell ya, I was dying! Hills kick my ass every single time!

Dinner

In preparation for Cinco De Mayo I decided to prepare a healthy Mexican salad for dinner last night. I picked a couple of ingredients at Trader Joe’s and got to work. I combined the following ingredients in a bowl and used the greek yogurt guacamole as the dressing. It turned out tasting awesome!!  

Btw wouldn’t that be nice if we celebrated this holiday with a week long festivities??  A week full of corona lights, margarita’s, tortilla chips and guacamole! 🙂

Healthy, Easy Mexican Shrimp Salad!

Ingredients:

  • romaine lettuce
  • canned corn
  • canned black beans
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • Mexican blend shredded cheese
  • cooked, marinated shrimp (I used the frozen Thai Lime Shrimp Skewers from Trader Joe’s)
  • guacamole (I used the Trader Joe’s greek yogurt guac – so friggen good! This definitely stole the show.)

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Before I sign off, I have to show you a pic’ of Rocky from yesterday because a) he begged me and b) it reinforces my belief that I really want to come back as a cat in my next life. Sleep, eat, sleep sounds pretty good to me.

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Anyone else racing this weekend? Or training for a race?

What’d you have for dinner last night?