Hi friends, happy Monday! How was your weekend? It’s a cold and rainy Monday here in Scottsdale. It’s making me feel like curling up under a blanket with a book, or baking a batch of cookies to warm up the kitchen.
I started this morning with a 35 minute swim. I kind of like that as a Monday ritual, especially after my long (6 miles) run Saturday and weight lifting class yesterday. I almost equate swimming with yoga. I find the rhythmic laps and being in the water so calming. I also feel like it is a good gentle-to-my-body kind of exercise. So fun! I’ll tell you what’s not fun though, getting out of the water and going into a freezing cold locker room. What’s with having the a/c on in December?
Now to backtrack to yesterday. After my weightlifting class and before rushing out to spend the afternoon at the zoo, I made a quick lunch. Spring rolls made in collard greens for the “wrap” instead of rice paper, and a bowl of butternut squash soup (Trader Joe’s brand.) I loved using a collard green leaf for the wrap. More vitamins, and none of the fuss of soaking the rice paper. I forgot to photograph, still not used to photographing as much of the eats. It did the trick, as did a super large Honeycrisp (swoon) apple eaten about an hour later.
I love using my special Christmas stems.
On the side I made roasted acorn squash. I keep it pretty simple with just a touch of maple syrup and salt and pepper.
While the squash was roasting, I put together this nice fall salad. Lettuce and arugula from my garden!! Along with persimmon, avocado, and jicama. Topped with my homemade lemon poppy seed dressing.
For the fish, I put a sauce of sake, maple syrup, a bit of miso and fresh grated ginger into the pan. Topped with a little seaweed and black sesame.
Here is my whole fishy-licious plate.
This was such a nice dinner, but we ended up eating in front of the TV. Had to watch the Vikings vs. the Cardinals on Sunday night football. I was actually rooting for both teams. Growing up in MN, I was always a diehard Vikings fan, but I’ve lived in AZ for 13 years now…
Anyhoo, in honor of Meatless Monday, I had my very favorite salad for lunch. And now, I’m off to warm up the kitchen by baking some vegan chocolate chip cookies.
How do you “warm up” and enjoy a cold, rainy day?