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?