Posts tagged ‘salmon’

August 9, 2011

Struggling with motivation

I don’t know what it is about this week, but I am having a lot trouble showing up to my various activities. I reschedule several times a day to push things back and then I just don’t even go. I think my currently messed up sleep schedule has a lot to do with it, I’ve been tired for the first time in several months! I even napped for 3 hours straight yesterday without knowing I even fell asleep in the first place. Beyond that, I just can’t seem to find the motivation. I enjoy all my activities, but they are hard work and to continue doing them requires a significant amount of self-motivation. I have been eating well and the energy is there when I’m awake, but I find myself being lazy. I did absolutely nothing yesterday, at least I climbed for a bit on Monday. Today isn’t starting off so well either because I had planned on going to the early morning MMA workout and Muay Thai class. Instead, I am blogging about my lack of willpower to get out of bed. I think admitting to my laziness this week on my blog is helping me feel obligated to go out and do things today. But obligation is nothing compared to actual motivation!

I even put on workout clothes yesterday, but ended up back in bed instead. My birds were more than happy to have me stay home! In case you were wondering, they’re potty trained.

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Cucumber lemon water

I find juice to be way too sweet now. I drink water and coconut water, not much else. Or water with lemon juice. I only had cucumbers left from last week’s CSA bag and it was definitely time to use them. I actually enjoy cucumber water for its cool, refreshing taste. Yesterday I decided to combine lemon and cucumbers in my water with awesome results. No sugar required and better than lemonade in my opinion!

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Salmon and Cucumber Salad

I’m not a big fan of eating cucumbers. I like the texture, but the flavor doesn’t appeal to me too much. I used to hate them, but now I tolerate them. Since I had to eat my CSA cucumbers, I decided to make a super simple salad. Just slice up some cucumbers and toss in fresh squeezed lemon juice and dill. I actually liked it, much better than cucumbers alone. I should get some lox for an awesome snack pairing as I do love salmon and cucumbers together.

I still have a lot of Copper River salmon in the freezer. Fresh squeezed lemon juice, sea salt, black pepper, tarragon, basil, and minced garlic on top of the filet. Then I broiled it covered in foil until it was done, not sure how long it took since I just kept checking it. I like to keep the skin on the bottom, I find that the salmon doesn’t dry out that way. Plus you get all the good fats out of it!

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Ok, wish me luck in getting things done today! I must get out of this slump! I want to fit in some sort of workout and possibly climb tonight. I also need to volunteer for at least 3 hours and shop for a dress to wear to my friend’s wedding this Friday, as well as a wedding gift. It’s also my CSA bag pick up day! I get way too excited about those, but I love the surprise of what’s inside!

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May 7, 2011

Recent eats and coconut vodka tonics

The past few days were tough as I was overdue to go grocery shopping. This meant I had to dig in the freezer and pantry to make something spontaneously!

Chicken and veggies in homemade marinara sauce

I’ve been making marinara sauce from almost scratch for several years. It’s almost scratch because I do used canned italian stewed tomatoes and canned tomato paste. I might try to make marinara completely from scratch some day since the canned stewed tomatoes list sugar as an ingredient. I loosely follow this recipe, omitting the wine. While the sauce was simmering in one pan, I steamed some veggies in another pan – cauliflower, mushrooms, red bell pepper, and zucchini. Then I added chicken breasts, poured in some marinara sauce, and added some spinach last minute. I don’t even miss pasta!!
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In progress:
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Balsamic salmon salad
We always have wild salmon in our freezer. I seasoned the salmon, rubbed it with minced garlic and cilantro, then put it in a baking pan along with balsamic vinegar and some olive oil. After letting it marinate for half an hour, I broiled it in the oven. Served on mixed greens with tomatoes and balsamic vinegar.
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Typical lazy breakfast
I don’t make scrambles, omelettes, and paleo pancakes very often. I prefer minimal cooking and prep for breakfast. Pan sear all natural chicken apple sausage, cook egg in the same pan afterwards in the sausage fat, slice up a tomato and 1/4 of an avocado. It doesn’t look like much food, but this keeps me full for several hours.
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Coconut vodka tonics
Last night was my friend’s birthday celebration! Though I’m not super strict about staying paleo in social situations, I try to make it as paleo friendly as possible. I went from preferring potato vodkas like Chopin to exclusively drinking Ciroc vodka, which is distilled from grapes. Ciroc is the most paleo friendly liquor I’ve found thus far. I mix it with fresh squeezed grapefruit when available, but otherwise I order vodka tonics with a lime. The bar we were at yesterday only had coconut Ciroc and the drink was surprisingly good! Not at all overwhelmingly sweet like most flavored vodkas, it was just a hint of coconut flavor and very clean tasting. I only had two and was pretty drunk since I have lost my tolerance due to rarely drinking these days.

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Now I’m off to a BBQ!

April 24, 2011

Salmon salad and my perfect steak

Lunch today was a filet of salmon atop a salad of mixed greens, red onions, and avocado. I sprinkled balsamic vinegar on the salad as I ate. I absolutely love Copper River salmon, like the good Pacific Northwesterner I am. I seasoned this one  it with minced garlic, Italian herbs, lemon juice, sea salt, and black pepper and baked it in the oven loosely covered with foil. There’s nothing worse than overcooked salmon, so make sure to keep an eye on it.

Is there anything I love more than all natural, grass-fed beef tenderloin? Probably lots of things, but not today!

How I cook my  steaks (I prefer medium rare):

  1. Buy great steak from a great butcher shop!
  2. Bring steak to room temperature. Season with a little sea salt and fresh ground black pepper.
  3. Put cast-iron skillet in the oven on 500 degree full broil.
  4. Move heated skillet from oven to the stove. Place steak in the middle and sear steak on both sides.
  5. Move to the hot oven for a few minutes. My 5oz tenderloin only needed 3 minutes in the oven today.
  6. Remove from oven, place steak on plate and cover with aluminum foil. Let it rest for at least 5 minutes before eating!
With a side of roasted veggies!
So tender, I could cut it with a fork!