Leftovers for Salad

These days I physically feel incapable of standing for more than 5 minutes (36 weeks preggos here!) so lunch has to be easier and faster than ever before. My legs and feet and back literally start throbbing and hurting if I stand any longer than this.

Thankfully I had leftover salmon and sweet potatoes from a dinner my hubster cooked earlier this week so I threw these in with a chopped up Persian cucumber and 1/4 of a beautifully ripe avocado. A little shake of some Extra Virgin Olive Oil, salt, pepper and a final squeeze of lemon drizzle – and DONE.

Delicious, healthy, aesthetically pleasing to the eye. And easy on my digestive system which has been very sensitive these days!

Soup Therapy

Because I’m unable to workout for a few weeks, I am now delving even more of my day’s decompression into the kitchen. There’s something about working with my hands after a day of screens, and something about not needing to say a word but to let stirring and chopping be my vocabulary, that I find so therapeutic.

And perhaps the bubbling of soup is what I found especially therapeutic today after much mental, physical and emotional exhaustion.

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When you’ve got The Chef Show on your mind

my little attempt at “Scarlett’s Pasta”

It snowed quite a bit here in NYC this weekend, so while my hubs was hard at work shoveling out the car, I enjoyed a few episodes of The Chef Show which I had started awhile ago due to my obsession with the movie Chef, but never watched more than the first episode.

I’m not sure what made me decide to pick it up again yesterday but I did, and I found myself basically drooling through each episode and wishing so badly I could reach into the TV and eat everything they were making and/or featuring.

I’m not a “real chef” though (and don’t forget I’m super lazy and only make things that seem easy enough) so most of the things they showed I could only long after – not make for myself.

It wasn’t until I got to Episode 3 where they make Scarlett’s Pasta that I thought (besides OMG I NEED THAT NOW) “Hey – I think I could actually make that!” And funnily enough I only realized now as I’m writing this blog post that there’s an actual recipe link out there! But I didn’t need one as all I needed to do was watch Roy and Jon make that goodness and devour it immediately after. And I knew I was going to make this for dinner the day after (today) because I wouldn’t be able to stop thinking about it until I did.

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30 Min of Yoga = Marination Time

Half Baked Harvest’s Moroccan Lemon Chicken Marinade 👌🏽

A process that’s potentially working itself into a regular routine of mine in our new pandemic normal is food prepping right before a home workout and letting meat marinate for the duration of that workout (usually about 30 min for me).

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My lazy way of meal prepping

Meal prep is not something I excel in or do regularly. It sounds like such a chore so I’m often hurdled by my own false notions of how time consuming it will be.

But it really isn’t as difficult as I imagine. Leftovers + Trader Joe’s + Instant Pot is my new road to success!

This salad took 5 minutes to pull together, was delicious and satisfying, and made me feel good about eating something healthy and bright for lunch. But the 5 minutes it took was enabled by a few tools and things I had done earlier in the week:

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Making Monday better – with Grilled Cheese

grilled sourdough with kale, egg, salami, and cheddar and Colby Jack cheese

The trick to a good Monday can be as simple as a delicious grilled cheese for breakfast. It can be fancy and gourmet while also being completely uncomplicated.

I’m a fan of using whatever is in the fridge – and this time that happened to be:

  • a few slabs of leftover cheese from Trader Joe’s Party Tray Cheese
  • 2 leftover slices of salami from a Christmas party cheeseboard
  • a handful of kale
  • and a fried egg to make it breakfast-y (I cooked this as I unfortunately don’t keep fried eggs handy in the fridge)
  • The one thing you do need (at all times in my opinion) is really good sourdough. My favorite is almost any loaf from Bread Alone.
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