My other contribution to our family Easter dinner was broccolini. I was excited to do a vegetable because a lot of times my mom makes a vegetable casserole for big family dinners, and I'm not usually a fan (they tend to contain cheese and cream sauces, which I don't like). She did in fact make a carrot casserole on Sunday, so I was glad to have an alternative veggie to eat with my meal.
I followed this Martha Stewart recipe but used broccolini instead of broccoli rabe, and also increased the amount of ingredients to make sure we had plenty for everyone. I made this once before when I had my parents and grandparents over to my apartment for my mom's birthday in February, and it went over really well, so I was excited to serve it again. I think it was actually more flavorful the first time I made it, probably because I made a smaller batch that time. But it was still good and I would make it again! I especially love the almonds added in.
Since I was at my parents' house over the weekend, I didn't really have time to prep food for this week. Last night I had an evening class, and I was really hungry when I got home and wanted something quick and easy to throw together. I just thought about what sounded good and mixed everything together. I had some cooked couscous in the fridge, so I used that as my base and mixed in broccoli (frozen, which I had steamed in the microwave), frozen spinach, frozen shelled edamame, and some canned black beans (which I had rinsed). I stirred everything up (except for the broccoli), and heated it in the microwave for a few minutes. Then I stirred in the broccoli and sprinkled on some nutritional yeast (adding extra protein and B vitamins, plus great flavor). It came together very quickly and was filled with nutritious ingredients. This is completely customizable depending on what you have on hand - any kind of grain, veggies, and beans could be mixed together.
|Sorry for the blurry picture - Hart of Dixie was starting and I was in a rush!|
My workout today was another repeat of my most recent strength and treadmill routines, with 7 minutes of warm-up on the elliptical and stretching after. I'm definitely a fan of routines and not at all a fan of change, in most aspects of my life. I know it's very important to switch things up while working out (and in other areas, too!), but sometimes I just want to stick with what I know and like. That's one of the reasons I like group exercise classes so much - even if you go to the same classes, the instructors vary the workouts and you do different things all the time. Unfortunately the rec center where I belong does not have unlimited group exercise classes (they're pay-as-you-go), so I do my own thing. It's a little harder for me to change things on my own accord, but I think it's amazing that there are so many great resources online for finding ready-made workout plans. Hopefully by the end of this week I'll have picked out a new workout to try!
Post-gym protein smoothie: 1 cup almond milk, 1/2 T chia seeds, 1 T natural peanut butter, 1 scoop vanilla Sun Warrior protein powder, 1 frozen banana, 6 frozen strawberries, 2 ice cubes.
Well, it's snowing outside :( I knew 80* weather in March meant snow in April. At least these tulips that my mom gave me brought some spring into my apartment.
Hope you're having a great day! Let me know if you have any tips for switching up your workout routine.
Song of the day:
"Little Lovin'" by Lissie.