Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Bring Your Own Veggies

Hey guys!  How's your week going so far?  I can't believe it's almost mid-April - time is flying by for me.

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!
I overdid it on the Easter candy after my lunch yesterday, so I wanted to have a lighter treat last night.  While I was putting my dinner together, I popped a bunch of grapes into the freezer.  When I was ready for dessert, I took the grapes out, and I dipped them into a mixture of Greek yogurt, honey, and granola - it satisfied my sweet tooth while being pretty healthy!

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.


  1. Its suppose to be 70* on Sunday. Can you believe this weather?! I guess that's Cleveland for ya :)

    1. Oh wow, I hadn't heard that! Yay!! Yep, crazy unpredictable Cleveland weather.

  2. awww your mom is so sweet! The tulips are gorgeous!! Boo for snow though!

    AND! Just so you know, you can come over and make broccolini for me any day! that looks wonderful!

    You also have me craving a smoothie, but unfortunately, right now I am too chilly! WARM UP, WEATHER!

    Hope you have a great day!

    1. I love the tulips :) We'll see how long I can keep them alive, though... Haha I was really chilly after I drank that smoothie. I just want it to be summer so much (or even just feel like spring, haha). I'd be happy to make broccolini for you!! And I'd take one of your delicious breakfasts, haha :) Hope you're having a wonderful day!