Happy Tuesday morning everyone! I hope y’all are having a good one so far 🙂
Last night’s dinner was a real winner in my book! I had 2/3 of a maple-roasted sweet potato and some brown rice risotto with asparagus and peas:
- 1 whole sweet potato (aka yam), peeled and diced into 1/2 inch cubes
- 1 tsp each of olive oil, salt, and pepper
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup
Whisk the syrup, oil, salt, and pepper together. Pour over sweet potato cubes and toss to coat well. Pour onto a single layer on a baking sheet and roast for 20 minutes at 400, turning halfway through. Turn the heat up to broil and broil for 2-3 minutes until you start to see the potatoes caramelize on top. Serve hot (with added goat cheese!)
Easy Spring Risotto
- 3 cups prepared brown rice (I just made my own this past weekend and popped it in the fridge)
- 1 bunch asparagus, tough ends trimmed and cut into fourths
- 1.5 cups frozen peas
- 1 Tbsp butter or olive oil
- 1/2 of a medium onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 Tbsp flour
- 3 cups vegetable stock
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
- 1 Tbsp thyme
- 2 Tbsp goat cheese
- salt & pepper to taste
In a skillet over medium heat saute onions in oil or butter until translucent. Add garlic and saute another 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently to make sure it doesn’t burn. Add asparagus and cook another 2-3 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk together the flour and stock. Add to pan and bring to a simmer, stirring frequently. Add peas and thyme. When the liquid starts to thicken, add the cooked brown rice. Stir together until the sauce can coat the back of a spoon. Take off heat and stir in cheeses, salt, and pepper. Serve immediately!
I really like that risotto recipe since it contains brown rice and doesn’t require 45 minutes of standing over the stove stirring and adding stock the way the traditional risotto does. However, I will say that nothing beats a good traditional risotto…nothing! I also made Nate a piece of salmon that I marinated and cooked with 1 tsp olive oil, 2 tsp maple syrup, 1.5 tsp dijon mustard, and 1 tsp olive oil mayonaise. I just cooked it in a skillet over medium-low heat, covered, for 3 minutes on each side. He said it was really good!
We ate on the couch in front of the TV…oh yes we did! Mainly because we DVR’ed The DaVinci Code and really wanted to watch it. I’ve read the book, but never saw the movie! Honestly it was really good and reflected the book almost verbatim (from what I remember anyway). Definitely an attention getter, though! It was great to just relax though 🙂 After the movie we climbed in bed and passed out!
This morning I got up and did today’s Whittle My Middle workout and the yoga from my HPJ page. This month is coming to a close and I’m noticing a difference! Plus, I can easily slide into the pants, just like I was hoping 🙂 After my workout I showered then whipped up the Green(ish) Monster:
And poured some iced coffee in a tumbler for the road. When I got to work I just poured it into a glass with ice, a Truvia packet, and a little creamer:
So, I just have to say I really enjoyed reading the pep talk that Gina’s pilot gave her (click here and scroll to the bottom of the post). What he said is so true! Many times something that is going to be rewarding has a hard journey to get there. Sometimes brutal honesty is totally necessary, and I felt ready to go after reading the pep talk! It’s just a great reminder that although I’m not in my dream job right now, it’s going to take hard work to get there. It won’t be easy, and it’s probably going to suck a lot at times, but the journey is what makes the ending worth it! Way to go pilot 🙂
What’s a journey you’re on that frustrates you? Or, have you already overcome that and made it to your goal? I’m in the process of losing the weight I gained after I got married, and it really does suck sometimes. But the results I’ve seen so far have totally been worth the journey! On a lighter note, I’m also growing out my hair…and oh.my.word that is a hard one to stick with! The hardest part is dealing with the awkward shoulder-length (which just doesn’t work for me logistically), but it’s awesome because I can ALMOST put it in a braid!!!
What’s your favorite recipe to make with the following list of seasonal Spring veggies? I’m totally open to new options (rhubarb pie, here I come!!!)
- Fiddlehead Ferns
- Mustard Greens