This week’s picture comes with a recipe! It’s a 2 for 1 deal!
So last night. Dinner. Go out? No. Smoothie bowl? Been there, done that, more times than I remember…this week. Something healthy? And easy? And using up old groceries? YES.
I had frozen salmon in the freezer and quinoa in the pantry. The spinach and arugula expired a few days ago but what’s in a stamped date? Everything else was added on the fly.
Winner, winner, desperate fridge dinner!
Spinach and Arugula salad base
For the quinoa:
- 1/4 cup quinoa dry, rinsed and drained
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- sliced scallions (about 2 Tbsp)
- fresh parsley (about 2 Tbsp)
- fresh ground garlic salt to taste
For the salmon:
- 4 oz. salmon filet
- 1/2 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 Tbsp dijon mustard
- 1/2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
Boil the quinoa until water has been absorbed, about 15 minutes. When just a little water remains, turn the heat off and let sit, covered, for another 5 minutes or so. Fluff with fork and add remaining ingredients.
While the quinoa is boiling, whisk together the maple syrup, mustard, and vinegar for the salmon glaze. Coat a grill pan with non-stick spray and heat to medium-high before adding the salmon. Cook each side for 4-6 minutes, adding glaze as you flip.
Make a bed with the salad, add the quinoa, and top with the salmon.
Healthy old groceries dinner in under 30 minutes.
As Nike would say, BOOM.
My weekend at home (for my mom’s successful 5k!!!), via Instagram:
Clearly, a good time was had by all.
(Especially Mom! Congratulations on a job well done!!!)
Well…I was planning on using this one as this week’s creative pic just because I love the colors so darn much…not to mention the subject matter (red velvet cake frozen yogurt!!!):
But then this morning…I took this one. And even though we both look like we’re high on something other than endorphins, it brings me so much joy every time I look at it that I can’t not use it as this week’s featured picture:
That right there is my mom…who couldn’t run two blocks just a few months ago…and ran four miles today. FOUR MILES! And we were only supposed to do three!
There are no words for how proud I am of her gumption, determination, and SUCCESS. She is one tough lady. We’re running a 5k together in June and somehow I doubt it will be our last…or our longest.
GO MOM GO! Happy Mother’s Day!
Well y’all…I did it up right food-wise in the South.
Would you expect anything less?
The soul food train started rolling in the right direction with a classic staple:
Stop #1: Southern fried chicken with applesauce, fried okra, and two buttery biscuits from Mama Dips.
I think I can still feel that brick in my stomach…but oh my word…it was so worth it. I’ve been dreaming of that chicken ever since.
Next was straight to Stop #2, Locopops. Because what better to add to a stomach brick than a layer of ice cream?
This one was AMAZING. Mexican Chocolate, you have my heart.
But as for pure, unadulterated love? That goes to Jubala, Stop #3, and home of one of the best cups of coffee I’ve ever had in my coffee-lovin’ life.
But wait, there’s more! They serve food too! This granola yogurt was good, but I think I have to make a trip back just to try one of their pressed sandwiches (oh my word, the PB&J…).
Never one to leave well enough alone, I went back to Locopops because I couldn’t stop thinking about this Pineapple Basil concoction.
It was a good decision.
Which brings us to Stop #4. I think I could do an entire post on A Southern Season, a mecca for fans of all kinds of culinary wonders. Just to prolong the experience, I decided to have lunch at their attached restaurant, Weathervane.
The chicken salad…it was calling out to me. And I’m so glad I answered. It was over-the-top amazing! And sweet potato fries? One can never go wrong with sweet potato fries.
Unpictured Stop #5: Chick-fil-A. And lots of it!
(Regret: I wish I had tried one of their new cookies. But perhaps, along with the milkshake, that would have been a tad overzealous.)
I knew that after an exhilarating three days in the South I’d need some special fuel to drive North on the fourth. So at Stop #6 I ordered a black iced coffee with a shot of espresso from Caribou Coffee. As far as iced coffees go, it was standard. I appreciated the bold assistance offered up by the espresso. The ambiance probably enthralled me more than the coffee.
At Stop #6.5…I ordered up an iced triple tall caramel macchiato from Starbucks with my free birthday coupon! The fact that I drank one iced coffee, four shots of espresso, and over 2 liters of water and only stopped to use a restroom twice in a 12 hour drive is a testament to years of building up bladder endurance. Admissions travel and cross-country road trip – I’m looking at you.
Ok, people…let’s talk about Stop #7. This was clearly the way to go out with a bang: a chicken biscuit from Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen.
Don’t let it’s unassuming looks deceive you…this breakfast beauty packs a wallop like no other and leaves you wanting more! Oh…SO much more! It’s a good thing I stopped here last because otherwise I would have been tempted to have all of my meals between biscuits.
Alas. all good things must come to an end. Sometimes for your gastrointestinal system’s sake.
Which is why I woke up to this on Sunday morning:
Time to pay the