Random leftover meals
As I’ve said on this blog many times before, I am not a fan of leftovers! But I think I’m finally coming around to them. With my family’s obsession with cooking big dinners every night, we generate plenty of leftovers in this house, and they definitely come in handy when I need a fast meal for before/during/after work! This is one of my latest favourite creations: baby spinach topped with leftover roasted shrimp and orzo salad, chopped veggies, avocado, cottage cheese, and crumbled endurance crackers.
Lately bike riding has become my go-to workout when I don’t feel like running or lifting weights. I love getting outdoors and exploring different areas of my city – especially when the views are as nice as this:
Yesterday I did a hilly 15 mile ride in the morning – I was a bit scared of the hills I knew I would have to do on the route I chose, but I didn’t find them that hard. Getting better at biking this summer has made me want to pursue it more seriously. I would love to buy a road bike and start doing some longer rides!
Our downtown core in Burlington may be tiny, but it packs in a huge number of amazing restaurants! Paradiso is one of them. I would say it’s a Mediterranean restaurant with a gourmet flair. You won’t find spaghetti and garlic bread on the menu here, but instead you can expect items such as crispy thin crust prosciutto pizza, perfectly cooked fish, and crab ravioli in cream sauce.
Last night I had dinner reservations with my mom and our friends, Mary and Angela. I had to rush over after my shift ended at 8, so when I got there they had already started on the bread. It was a really soft bread – almost cakey- with herbs and sun dried tomatoes. I was starving, so I finished off the remaining 1.5 pieces!
For my entree I got the pan seared trout over a chilled quinoa salad with baby arugula and tomato gazpacho, topped with a chipotle-lime vinaigrette. It was delicious – and a perfect cool dish to have on a hot summer night!
I’m going to be honest with you guys here – I’m not the creative food blogger I appear to be. I’m stuck in a breakfast rut where I’m eating oatmeal with soy nut butter, granola, banana and berries almost every morning! Why change a good thing, right? But this week I decided to switch things up a little. I made my usual oatmeal recipe, but gave it a tropical twist by topping it with banana, mango, pineapple, granola, coconut flakes, and coconut butter. It was like a mini vacation to Hawaii in a bowl!
Have you taken up any new sports or workouts lately?
What’s the last restaurant you visited? What did you order?