Hey y’all! How’s it going? This really couldn’t be a prettier morning in Boulder 🙂
So yesterday I got a very exciting package in the mail: POM!!! The sweet people from POM contacted me last week about sampling their product, and I really had to control my enthusiasm when I said yes 🙂 Last night Nate and I had fun with the bottles before putting them away!
First of all, thanks to everyone on Twitter who threw out great salmon suggestions yesterday! Honestly I didn’t end up using any of them, but I have a ton of salmon in the freezer, and since we try to eat it a couple times a week I now have a smorgasbord of great recipes to try. I just ended up getting so excited about the POM that I decided to make POM glazed peppery salmon, garlic brown rice, and roasted broccoli 🙂
For the rice I followed Estela’s recipe exactly, but I used sweet short-grain brown rice from the bulk bins at Whole Foods. It still has the husk thing on it and had the most incredible texture! I have a recipe coming up this week with the leftovers and am drooling just thinking about it…
For the broccoli I used the pre-cut veggies from the store. Massage the broccoli florets with 1 Tbsp of olive oil, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp of pepper. Spread on a baking sheet and roast at 375 for 20 minutes, stirring 2-3 times. I like kale chips and all, but roasted broccoli wins my heart 🙂
For the salmon I cracked a TON of black pepper on either side of the salmon and seared each side for about 2 minutes in 1 Tbsp olive oil over medium heat. Take off the heat and cover the pan with a lid…the steam finishes cooking the salmon so it’s not overdone. In a saucepan bring 1 cup of POM juice and 1/8 cup brown sugar to a boil. Turn down the heat a little, but continue to simmer until the liquid is reduced and coats the back of a spoon. Serve immediately by pouring over the salmon (it was great with the broccoli too!)
The POM juice was fantastic! It added a sweet-tart-spicy kick to the salmon, and I’m glad I have some leftover to use on pork or chicken later this week 🙂 Plus I have some fun ideas for drinks and desserts to try with it too! The rest of the night was spent running errands and relaxing with my sweet husband!
This morning I got up early, did some yoga, and made a chocolate peanut butter GM for breakfast. I had to get to Boulder to see LeeAnn for my physical therapy!
Seriously, I don’t know why I didn’t think to let her do stuff to my legs before. She’s a miracle-worker, that one! I now have an assignment to stretch my calf muscles and quads twice daily, in addition to some strengthening exercises. I’ve already noticed a difference, and can’t wait to go on my walk at lunch today! On the way to the office I stopped for some coffee at Panera Bread and picked up a slice of their coffee cake:
So last night I had a dream that I took a pregnancy test! But it was weird because we couldn’t figure out what actually meant “pregnant” and “not pregnant” because the form didn’t have the details on it. I KNOW I’m not pregnant, but that dream freaked me out so badly that I took a pregnancy test anyway. Confirmed: not pregnant. Thank goodness (for now)!
Have you ever had a dream that was so real that you weren’t sure when you woke up what was going on? Do tell!