Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Another quick, yummy salad

This was another quick salad I threw together this morning as I was rushing to leave for work. I honestly just threw in some things that I already had on hand that I thought might work together, but it turned out much better than I expected! I'll have to make this again for lunch sometime :)

Baby mixed lettuce, cooked quinoa, avocado, raw pepitas, nectarine, Trader Joe's light champagne vinaigrette, and a generous sprinkling of black pepper

Quick Dinner

So this kind of goes along with my last post... Meals I prepare when I have no time...

For those of you who know me, you know that I have a 30 minute commute north of my house to work every day . Yes, it is a little bit of a long drive but it's manageable. But I've recently taken up becoming a member-in-training for San Diego Taiko (we have a our mod-year review next week and our final audition will be around November!! Wish me luck!). I have Taiko practices 2-3 times a week 30 min SOUTH of my house... If I drive down there directly from work during rush hour, this can sometimes take me an hour and a half to drive... Luckily practices are a little later and I usually have time to make a quick stop at home (which is right in the middle of the drive) to eat and wait out some traffic. I'll usually have only from 30 minutes to 1 hour at home to eat, change, then leave for practice, leaving me with little time to make something filling and healthy.

I had practice on Monday night so I pretty quickly made an open-faced turkey burger on whole wheat! I happened to have frozen turkey burgers to throw on the grill - perfect because you can throw them on the grill and gave me some nice protein so I could last through my practice and workout. I went for an open-faced sandwich so that's one less slice of bread and less carbs - plus it's always prettier to eat with a knife and fork =P . I spread on a nice, thick layer of garlic kalamata olive spread (from Hani's Mediterranean market and a variation of the garlic chili spread I normally buy), threw on some mixed baby lettuce, and topped with the grilled turkey burger. A satisfying, filling, low-carb, and yummy dinner!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Quick meals

Another morning where I have barely any time to have some breakfast and prepare a lunch for myself before work... Luckily I try to make big batches of plain quinoa to store in the fridge and quickly add to almost any food for some complex carbs with lots of nutrients!

This morning I took some of the quinoa, added a splash of milk an some Splenda and warmed it up in the microwave to make a hot cereal. I topped it with a light drizzle of chocolate syrup and some dried cherries because I was craving something sweet. This held me over until about 1pm for lunch with no snacking!

For lunch I had to put together something really fast before I left for work so I grabbed some mixed lettuce greens, more quinoa, some blueberries, and a bottle of trader joe's light champagne vinaigrette (pretty good option for pre-made salad dressing that's low in calories, fat, and sugar) and made this yummy salad! I also grabbed a mango to slice up at work to eat on the side. Yummm.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Hello again!

I've had a ridiculously busy month (and still more to come), but I'm still managing! Luckily I always make sure to keep my fridge stocked with yummy healthy things. Here's what I made in the 2 minutes I had to cook dinner tonight!

Egg beaters with a slice of deli turkey breast, chili powder, chili flakes, guacamole, onions and cilantro (I happened to have it chopped already), all drenched in Tabasco sauce yummmm. Who said eggs are only for breakfast?