The husband and I spent the last three days in a pool getting SCUBA certified. Next weekend we get to do it all over again. So the thought of planning meals and going to the store was a very tiring one earlier this evening when we got home. I also had the great foresight to pack all my cookbooks last weekend in my packing frenzy. Needless to say, this week is not going to be an exciting culinary adventure.
Wandering around Kroger, I mentally assembled meals and fell back on my go-to lunches: salad. Nothing exciting, but always full of flavor and nutrition.
Strawberry and Edamame Spinach Salad
- 1 c spinach
- 1 c arugula
- 1/4 c black beans
- 1/4 c shelled edamame
- 1/4 c diced strawberries
- 1 T toasted pumpkin seeds
- 1 T raspberry white balsamic vinegar
- 1 T hemp oil
- 1 tsp agave nectar
- Salt and Pepper
- Chiffonade spinach and arugula. Top with beans, edamame, and strawberries.
- Mix vinegar, oil, agave, and salt and pepper, to taste.
- Toss vinaigrette and salad together. Top with pumpkin seeds.
Spinach and strawberries are always a good combo. I added the arugula because I had some from last week I needed to use up. The beans and edamame add a good amount of protein. I had cooked some amaranth to add a grain to the mix, but it ended up as amaranth porridge on accident. The pumpkin seeds add some crunch instead.
It’s going to be a good lunch week!
Whew. What a busy summer! Do not worry – I did not forget about you! I’ve just been too busy to plan and shop and cook and write. And I think this blog is going to change direction a bit. Since meat and most dairy is now gone from my diet, most of my meals are coming from Vegetarian Times and other food blogs that I read rather than my cookbooks. Look for an update to my “about me” page soon to see where Neat and Nutritious is heading!
I finally went back to the farmer’s market this morning. There is SO much great produce available now. Good thing I had a list, or I would have walked away with way more than I needed!
I had company this morning, too! Patty just moved down here this week and was excited to check out the market. It was nice having someone to share that time – makes it more fun than just another errand on the list. Who wants to come with me next week? 🙂
Patty was also kind enough to show me how to use my camera! I had gotten this fancy new camera for Christmas (thanks, husband!) and had no idea how to use it. If you couldn’t tell from my awesome photography so far on this blog.
I think these shots are a little better. Still working on it. Might need some more lessons, Patty!
After the market, I braved the heat and went on a 3 mile run for my 10k training. It was HOT! Post-run fuel needed to be a green monster today for sure. So refreshing!
Strawberry Pineapple Green Monster
- 1 c almond milk
- 1 scoop rice protein powder
- 1 T ground flax-seed
- 2 handfuls spinach
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/4 c frozen strawberries and pineapple
- Add almond milk, protein powder, flax seed, and spinach to blender FIRST. Then add frozen fruit and blend.