Hey people! Sorry for the late post today; work was too crazy for me to get this post finalized during my lunch break like I usually do. You see, each day at work I’m supposed to take an hour lunch break since I’m technically there for nine hours but am only allowed to bill for eight. A forced lunch break is a-okay with me, and I usually use that time to catch up on blogs and finalize whatever post I am working on However, on really busy days like today, I have to work through my lunch and can’t get to the blog. Womp wompp. Oh well, that’s what the evenings are for!
Anyway, now I am sitting comfortably on the couch with Jack and we are having a nice evening bonding since Fabio is at the beach with his friends. Jack is great companion, since sometimes I can freak myself out when I’m home alone (anyone else get like that?). Jack has been coming over to sit next to me and is current;y resting his head on my shoulder because he
loves me wants me to throw his tennis ball. This dog never runs out of energy!
My workouts this week have been really good! After not doing Insanity for a while after Memorial Day, I was feeling incredibly sore after starting it up again earlier this week. My calves were soooo tight and my glutes were painful too! I was especially sore in the mornings so my runs with Jack were pretty painful, but we pushed through them! Plus, after completing a few more Insanity workouts my body has readjusted again and my muscles feel fine now. Phew!
I was planning to add in a few afternoon runs to the dog park in addition to my morning workouts, but with this weather I didn’t think it would be good for Jack (heat warnings being what they are…). Instead I settled for taking him on a long leisurely walk around the neighborhood this afternoon, which he seemed to enjoy.
Before Fabio left for his male bonding trip, I cooked us up a dinner that would use up a lot of the veggies we had in the fridge, since I knew I would be eating less by myself for the rest of the week. After looking through the pantry and the fridge, I came up with a delicious orzo salad with chicken sausage and plenty of veggies. This salad recipe is perfect for cleaning out your fridge and pantry because it can be made with whatever you have one hand!
First, I picked a base for my salad. In this case, it was spinach but it could easily have worked with romaine, arugula, spring mix, or whatever greens you have.
Then I picked the protein, which happened to be these delightful chicken sausages made with broccoli that we picked up from an Italian deli in New York.
While the sausages were cooking, I picked an add-in for my salad. I chose to use up the rest of the orzo that we had on hand from the last orzo salad I made.
While the pasta and the sausages were cooking, I assembled the rest of my add-ins. You could include any veggies or flavors you want here, but I chose to use some tomatoes, steamed brussels sprouts, and basil, since that’s what I had available.
The Clean-Out-Your-Pantry Salad
Assemble the following ingredients based on what you have on hand.
Salad Base (pick one or more)
- Spinach leaves
- Mixed greens
Protein (pick one)
- Cooked chicken breast
- Ground turkey
- Chicken or turkey sausage
- Black or red beans
- Almonds, walnuts, or other nuts
- Fat free Greek yogurt
Add-ins (pick one)
- Sunflower seeds
Vegetables (pick one or more)
- Cut fresh asparagus
- Cooked halved baby carrots
- Broccoli or cauliflower florets
- Steamed, halved brussels sprouts
- Quartered mushrooms
- Bell peppers
- Green beans
Flavorings (pick one)
Italian: basil, tomatoes, garlic, balsamic/olive oil dressing
Mexican: salsa, chopped onions, cilantro, cumin
Asian: ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, spicy garlic sauce
Mix everything together in a large bowl and serve! If you’re smart, you’ll make enough to have leftovers for lunch the next day
So tell me, how do you guys use up ingredients in your fridge and pantry? Egg scrambles are another way I like to use up veggies that are on their last legs. These salads are quite tasty though!
Now I’m off to watch some TV, work on a craft project, and hang out with the pup. What the heck do I watch on Wednesdays now that Modern Family is over? When there is no So You Think You Can Dance, America’s Got Talent, or The Bachelorette to watch, I am at a loss. The Choice? Hm. Don’t think so.