The key to eating healthy delicious meals during the busy work week is planning ahead. I still need to work on this as it’s tough to think about the work week on Sunday but this week we did. Sunday we planned 3 dinners as well as lunches/breakfasts to take to work.
Day 1: Valentine’s Day
We ended up making a special trip to the grocery store for our Monday evening Surf n Turf meal. It was last-minute & special!
Day 2: Pizza
Using left over pizza dough in the freezer we came up with a pretty tasty pizza.
-Homemade Pesto (see below)
-Swiss/Gruyere cheese blend from TJ’s
-Arugula (trying to copy Wine Steals)
I spread tomato paste on half the pizza then pesto on the entire pizza. I wanted to experiment with the tomato paste and pesto together on half. I really liked the combination but the pesto itself was really good too.
Last week my mom brought me spinach. Sunday morning I decided to turn it into pesto. I adapted this recipe with the ingredients I had in the house.
2 cups spinach
1/4 cup walnuts
1/3 cup parmesan
juice & zest of half a lemon
salt & pepper
In magic bullet or other food processing machine mix spinach, walnuts, lemon juice, zest & parmesan. Slowly add olive oil until you get a pesto-like paste. (think peanut butter consistency? maybe) I typically don’t measure the olive oil in something like this because I like to cut back on the amount if possible. Season with salt & pepper and store in refrigerator or use right away.
**Note: If you don’t like lemon flavor in your pesto, cut back on the amount of lemon & zest. I loved the lemon but Todd thought it was a bit much. Just an FYI!
All done sans arugula.
My serving topped with arugula & red chili flakes.
Day 2 & 3 pre-planned meals are coming soon!
I was at the beach a few days ago & now it’s raining. San Diego can’t make up its mind! Tonight after a busy day of work I really wanted/needed to go for a run. When I got home I realized our moat is back! (I will take pictures soon) No in and out privileges unless you are in an automobile. I wasn’t in the mood to deal with the water or drive elsewhere so Todd & I did some P90X.
We tried out the Upper Plus workout thinking it may be easier than the original because we were a little rusty & wanted to ease back into it. Little did we know the Plus series is the advanced version. Oh well, we made the best of it! We also did Ab-Ripper X & XStretch. It was a good little change of pace for me. My upper body will most likely be sore tomorrow.
I like to keep a consistent schedule of 4 days/week running. Looks like I know what’s on my schedule for the next 3 days! Hopefully the rain holds out because my 24hour gym membership is now expired!