Does anyone else find preparing for vacation to be a tad bit stressful? I feel like we have been scurrying around all week getting everything ready to go that by the time we are good to go well actually need a vacation!
I wasnt as hungry for breakfast as usual so I split my normal amount of oats with Matt. I ended up having 1/2 the recipe below in a fabulous mix of AB&J oats.
- 1/3 c oats
- 1 banana
- tbsp grape jelly
- tbsp TJs almond butter
- few cashews
At work I had a couple of crackers with a piece of deer sausage – yes, deer! I had never had or even fathomed eating deer prior to moving to Iowa. Some people really dig it, I think its okay but prefer my crackers with cheese!
After leaving work I hurried home to make a tasty lunch of Grilled Cheddar & Pear Sandwiches.
I had my sandwich on WW bread and at top a salad of leftover Romaine & Caesar dressing.
Chocolate Orange Confession
I have a serious love for seasonal candy. Let me explain: Cadbury Eggs & Chocolate Oranges aer two of my favorite candies. Basically, if it only comes out once a year and involves chocolate – I love it. So I buy a few extra or my sister gets some on sale for me after the season is over & I get to enjoy the sweet treats periodically during the year. Case & point for the chocolate orange that Matt & I devoured over 3 days time. The downside? Once candy like this is opened its pretty much impossible to keep myself away from it.
After lunch I had four slivers & then had four more after dinner! Its gone now – luckily!
After dessert I did some things around the house to get ready to leave & headed back to work (drag!). In between work shifts I ended up getting in a decent swim workout.
- 500 Front Crawl
- 6 minutes treading – mostly dolphin kick
- 30 push ups facing wall
- 15 push ups facing water
- 200 kick – alternating sprint & easy
- 15 minutes of reading SuperFreakonomics in the hot tub 🙂
As part of operation clean out the fridge before it all goes bad I made a quick dinner tonight using 5 star ingredients!
Lemon Penne with Asparagus & Feta
- WW Penne
- Feta cheese
- Juice of 1/2 of a lemon
Originally I had planned on not using Feta & instead roasting up some garlic with the asparagus, but we had a garlic casuality earlier this week. While I was cleaning out the fridge I pulled out some condiments (including a new glass jar of minced garlic) that were sort of sticky and needed to be washed & put them in the sink. I forgot they were there and didnt have a change to rinse them down & Matt thought that the jars had gone bad so he washed them out & recycled them! Needless to say our entire house smelled like garlic but there wasnt an ounce in our supper – so I had to improvise!
I began by brining a pot of water to a boil on the stove, and added some of my favorite WW pasta to the pot:
I love Barilla & it can usually be found at a reasonable sale price – but I just realized yesterday that it says made with 51% whole wheat! Should I be concerned?
While the Penne was cooking away, I roasted some asparagus on a cookie sheet for about 10 minutes. I always cut up the asparagus before I roast it if I plan on having it cut up in the dish – its such a pain otherwise! Ive been loving that asparagus has been on sale lately, cant wait until summer!
Once your asparagus & pasta are gone combine them in your pot. Cut 1/2 a lemon and squeeze over mixture.
At this point add some S&P and either feta or roasted garlic (or both!) to the mix.
Mix Mix Mix & Serve – it doesnt get easier than that, friends!
The rest of my day consists of :
- going to class
- going to work
- eating leftover Tortellini Soup – which I need to put a recipe up for
- crossing off a dozen to-do’s
- preparing to take off!
Have a great weekend!