Well, today’s the day: I start babysitting full time! I’m so looking forward to hanging out with the kids and getting back into the groove of things. I’ve loved having all of this time off between school and working, buttttt I’m starting to get a bit bored.
That said, I don’t know how much time I’ll have for blogging. Typically, the busier I get, the more I blog (it’s weird), but as of right now, we’ll just have to wait and see. 🙂
I don’t have much to talk about after yesterday’s week in review, so on to the eats!
Thanks again to the lovely Jenn over at Peas and Crayons for hosting!
Here are some of my favorite eats over the last week…
I actually switched it up a bit this week! Six out of seven of the days were Greek yogurt bowls, but on one day I made a smoothie with lots of berries and lots of spinach.
I used leftover fajita chicken and veggies to make a salad. I also threw in some spinach and brown rice for taste and texture. So healthy, light, and delicious!
We still have about half a vat of hummus left from my brother’s open house, so I’ve been working my way through that with carrots and ak-mak crackers. (I don’t have a picture, but it’s super good!).
I’ve also been enjoying rice cakes topped with sunbutter and jelly.
I had two really simple, tasty dinners last week. The first was a bowl of brown rice, veggies, Craisins, and tofu. This always fills me up, which I love, as it reduces the amount of snacking I do later. 😉
The other great dinner was Ina Garten’s Orzo with Roasted Vegetables. I swear, every recipe of that woman’s that I try is so stinkin’ good. I’ve never had a bad result from one of her recipes, but a lot of other chef’s have let me down. Anyway, this one was definitely a winner.
I used organic, whole wheat orzo to make it. I considered using quinoa instead, but really wanted pasta. Totally worth it.
Well, you all might know about the chocolate granola by now…
This makes for such a great yogurt topper!
I also made another batch of my Sea Salted Dark Chocolate. This stuff is great too because I need just one piece to get my chocolate fix.
Workouts June 9-15
Monday: P90X – Kenpo X
Tuesday: 45 minutes elliptical + reps of various exercises
Wednesday: Step Aerobics (I’ve never tried this before!)
Saturday: 30 minutes walking + 30 minutes jogging on treadmill
Because of babysitting, I’ll have to be getting up at 5:20 in the morning to head to the gym. THAT will be interesting. Wish me luck! 😉
Questions for the day:
Do you like to keep busy or are you ok with lots of free time?
What’s your favorite kind of workout?
Have a wonderful Wednesday! 🙂
I love that you made your own sea salted chocolate it looks so delicious 🙂
Thanks! It is, and super easy! 🙂
I love adding craisins to salads! Adds a nice bit of sweetness 🙂
That orzo looks so, so good! I love pasta salads like that (not the typical creamy ones – the ones that involve veggies, herbs, and cheeeese!).
And homemade sea salted chocolate sounds fabulous. Sea salt + dark chocolate is the perfect combination.
I do too! I add them to pretty much any salad I make now.
Yes, I definitely prefer that kind of pasta salad, too. Pasta itself can be kind of heavy, so I love the light sauces. And like you said, lots of cheese. 🙂
Sea salt and dark chocolate is just a perfect match. If only I could find some freeze dried raspberries to toss in, it would be even better!
Am definitely gonna have to check out this chocolate recipe. It sounds incredible!
Good luck w/ babysitting today dear 🙂
I hope you do! It really is so great. Simple, clean, and delicious! 🙂
Thanks! It went really well.
All of this food looks so good! Especially that chocolate, oh my gosh! I have made chocolate with coconut oil before and the texture is SO good! It sort of melts in your mouth, but still feels really substantial. Magic!
Have fun babysitting 😀
Exactly! It really is just amazing chocolate. I prefer it over any store-bought. Let me know if you try the recipe out!
As tough as it will be to get to the gym so early the first week or two, I think you’ll get into a rhythm and it won’t be so bad after a couple weeks. At least that’s how it was for me. Good luck!
I definitely think (hope) that will happen. Thanks!
That orzo sounds amazing! 🙂
It SO was. If only I could cook like Ina Garten… 😉
Oh man, leftover fajitas literally make the best salads!
We almost never have leftovers, so this was a treat! It was so good!
I’m like you in that I get so bored without work or school- there’s only so much I can run! But blogging is definitely on the back burner. Or at least commenting is. It’s hard to strike a balance. I hope you have a good day!
Balance really is difficult. I love blogging but other aspects of my life will have to come first at times! 🙂
People always look at me like I’m crazy when I tell them I like rice cakes, but those suckers make the perfect vehicle for all sorts of other delicious toppings. Nut butter and jam is one of my favorite combinations at the moment, as is nut butter and honey, orrrr just straight up nut butter and spoon 😉
Oooh I never thought about sunbutter and honey! I love that idea! I didn’t understand why people liked rice cakes, either, for a long time, until I realized they actually put things on them… 😉
Good luck with the early wake-up call. Those dinners look great, esp the orzo!
Thanks! It wasn’t so bad after all. 😉
Sea Salted Dark Chocolate! YUM!!!
Definitely one of my favorite recipes ever! 🙂
I am so obsessed with Ina! She can do (cook?) no wrong–her recipes are spectacular, and oh my gosh, her show has GOT to be the most soothing/peaceful thing ever. And I love staying busy–but I definitely have to balance it with free time or I’ll over-extend myself like nobody’s business. Mmm, normally don’t get too excited about smoothie pics, but yours looks delicious!
I totally agree. It’s one of the only shows I can have on in the background that doesn’t stress me out. All the others have annoying hosts and/or obnoxious music. So no, I don’t think she can do – or cook! – wrong!
That is very true; balancing busy with free-time is a must for me, too.
gosh I miss dark chocolate so much. I didn’t realize you were babysitting full time, so cool
Aw. Yeah, it really is a great summer job!
That chocolate looks amazing! And I’m with you on the Barefoot Contessa (minus all the butter/oil she has REALLY good food!).
I tend to keep busy (not entirely by choice but that’s life). My favorite kind of workout is not… but I like yoga when I have the motivation.
Hahaha “my favorite kind of workout is not…” That’s hilarious!
I love salted chocolate! I hope your first day of full time babysitting went well 🙂 I am actually not a fan of quinoa, so I can understand why you went with the orzo…looks great!
I do too! Thanks, it went very well!
I don’t mind quinoa, but sometimes pasta is just necessary. 🙂
Your salted chocolate looks amazing! I have to try that!
I love to stay busy, but I also love to have free time, since it is a rarity these days!
Thanks! I hope you do try it sometime!
I agree – once I get going with my schedule, free time is wonderful because it doesn’t roll around as often. 😉
I love salted chocolate and that photo looks amazing! Your smoothie looks pretty amazing too…and very similar to the ones I drink every morning!
Me too. Now I need to find a way to get caramel in there… 😉
Roasted vegetables are my favorites, I just love them! But salted chocolate sounds good too 🙂
I had actually never tried roasted veggies before (at least, not that many kinds at once). I love them too!
I totally admire your commitment, especially the part about getting up so early. Good luck!
That rice-veggie-tofu bowl looks so yummy.
And I’m better off when I’m busy, because when I have too much free time I just squander it and/or tend to get too lost in my head.
Haha thanks. It actually isn’t as bad as I thought it would be. 🙂
Yes, that’s exactly what I do with too much free time, too!
For some reason my bloglovin is being ridiculous and not showing all of the new posts that are being published… I think I seriously missed 2 or 3 of yours this week alone! Not to mention everyone else’s. Gah. I just thought people had slowed down for the summer. Lol.
Ok, so post – That sea salt dark chocolate still looks wonderful. I bet combining some chunks of that with your no bake cookie… I mean granola 😉 with salty pretzel pieces would make a killer trail mix!
Really?? That’s so weird! I should see if mine is doing that too…
Haha maybe I should have called it no-bake cookie granola instead! 😉 Oh my goodness, that would be incredible. You have some of the best food ideas!
Everything looks so good here. Seriously, I’d take one of everything. I love fresh berries in smoothies and anything from Ina Garten. She’s kind of my hero.
Thanks! 🙂 She is definitely one of my heroes, too.