Salad


Sorry I have been MIA the past two weeks. Things have been kind of whirlwind lately and now I finally get a day to catch my breath!

To get back in my groove, I made another successful salad. I think these are becoming my trademark. I think salads are works of art. The possibilities are endless and tonight I added whatever we had.

  • An almost-bad bag of broccoli
  • A perfectly ripe avocado
  • Baked Chicken Breast
  • Arugula
  • Low-fat smoked Gouda

Yesterday I attended and wine and food fest put on by the Phantom Gourmet. It had amazing wines and some really good local food including Upper Crust pizza, lobster bisque and wedding cake.  I needed a meal that made me feel normal again, as crazy as that sounds.

Avocados are so versatile but especially great on salads. I buy them very firm and within 24-48 hours they are perfect.

Chicken baked at 400 degrees for about 35 minutes.

I have two more waiting for another creation tomorrow.

The perfect add-in.

Yup- I liked it.

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Here are some signs of spring around Boston.

On our windowsill.

I don’t remember ever being so happy to see spring!

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I think I may have a spinach salad obsession. The funny thing is, I don’t normally eat this many salads! The blog just brings in out in me.

Tonight I knew I had to use the chicken breasts I bought this weekend so I browned them in a sauce pan and finished them in the oven. All I knew is that I wanted to try my hand at some kind of sauce. I had in my head that a lemon caper sauce would go well over chicken.

One thing to know about me is that I love onions. When a recipe says to add 1/2 cup, I always tend to double it. So my sauce that was only supposed to have 1/2 cup minced onions turned into 1 cup chopped onions. After sauteing the onions I added 2/3 cup broth and 1 teaspoon lemon juice, brought that to a boil then added some mustard.  I threw in two bay leaves and let it stew for a while. At the end I added a tablespoon of capers. I think I let it simmer for too long because it ended up just being flavored onions! Oops.

Meanwhile, I had planned on cooking down some spinach then maybe making some rice. Well when it all came down to it, throwing down raw spinach was a lot easier than dirtying another pan, so the spinach salad was born.

It was good! I promise to branch out with some different meals soon.

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I am really enjoying playing around with my husband’s nice camera.

An action shot of my after work snack:

I don’t normally use Truvia but we got a whole bunch of samples at work so I like to try them out. It tastes pretty good. I might consider buying it.

White grapefruits are really tasty. I only started liking grapefruit about a year ago. Isn’t it funny how tastes change?

This weekend I am flying solo. My husband is attending a beer festival in Madison, our college town. I was tempted to go but I prefer more low key weekends and we have been doing a lot of traveling lately.

I have been loving my new gym membership! I finally went to a Body Pump class; they are all the rage in the blog world. The last time I went to one of those classes was about three years ago at my local YMCA and I remember never feeling that sore in my life. Well, I definitely had a flashback.

It totally kicked my butt and I loved it! There were mirrors on the wall in front of us and it was quite the sight to see my gangly arms trying to lift those weights. 😀 I was giggling at myself.

I am excited to see how I progress if I continue to go weekly, which is my plan.

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After hitting the gym this morning I decided to make myself a salad.

I am really on a homemade salad kick, I especially love the peanut and dried cranberries. They really add a nice mouthfeel.

This was the star of the show:

I have just started using this canned salmon and I love the alternative to fresh fish. It still has good flavor but is so convenient and the cans last forever. Not to mention that I can always use some more healthy fats in my diet. I just mixed it up with a little light mayo.

I also added one chopped carrot, dried cranberries, peanuts and goat cheese. Plus, my one true love:

Fig balsamic vinegar!

And all together now:

I really wanted to make homemade pizza tonight so I forced myself to use our leftovers from our chicken dinner.

Boy am I glad I did!

I put the leftover lentils on a bed of spinach and added some dried cranberries, peanuts and leftover smoke gouda cheese. I topped it all with a drizzle of fig balsalmic vinegar. It was amazing! I definitely need to rethink leftovers more often.

On another note, I used my husband’s dSLR camera which takes amazing pictures. I swear this looks better on film than it did in real life!

Food can be so pretty.

I ended up going to Bed Bath and Beyond today and got us a new duvet cover which I am really excited about. It’s the small things, right?

Here is our homemade pizza also. What can I say, I love taking photos!

It was some of our best yet. I don’t think this is why, but I learned that you should never scoop flour. Instead, you should spoon it into the measuring cup. The “scooping” compresses it too much, so I learned. Not going to lie, it made a mess to do it that way. Oh well. Have a great night!