Monday has arrived again!
I mentioned in yesterday’s post that I had today off of work for the President’s Day holiday. I managed to make today a productive one, & checked quite a few items off of my task list:
- 6:00AM spin
- Preparation for the work week ahead
- And now, blogging
After 6:00AM spin, I practically ran into the apartment to get my French toast casserole in the oven. I switched things up a bit this time around, & used a cinnamon-raisin bread which was absolutely delicious.
It was a great way to start the day!
I spent the remainder of the morning work on my to-do list, but took a break to make smoothies for Chris & I. This was my first time incorporating spinach into a smoothie, & what “they” say is true – you really can’t taste it!
Ingredients (for 1 smoothie) included:
- 1 frozen banana, cut into pieces
- 1 c. milk
- 1 heaping tbsp. plain Chobani
- 1 heaping tbsp. cocoa powder
- 1 handful of spinach
Served in a Phillies Tervis, in honor of pitchers & catchers reporting!
Not the prettiest color, but Chris & I both gave it 2 thumbs up! We definitely need to work on incorporating more veggies into our diet, & I have a feeling this may be a new go-to.
The rest of the afternoon was spent working with a sleepy pug by my side. He just loves to lay in the sun, surrounded by his toys!
Before I knew it, dinner time rolled around & I headed into the kitchen!
When I’m meal planning, I always ask Chris if he wants anything in particular for dinner during the week. Yesterday he said “parmesan-crusted chicken.” A rather specific request, but a good suggestion!
I used this recipe from Kraft. I liked it because it didn’t require too much work – no dredging in milk/flour – & also saved us some fat/calories. The recipe suggested serving the chicken alongside of rice & asparagus. We went with brown rice, but I subbed in spinach, sautéed with garlic, since Chris isn’t a big fan of asparagus.
I loved the flavor combinations & the fact that this meal came together quickly.
One thing that I’m determined to work on this week is creating more “complete” meals. I think I’ve got the main dishes down; I feel pretty comfortable in the kitchen, & try something new several nights a week. One thing that I usually forget about though is a side dish. As I mentioned before, I could really work on including more veggies in my diet, & having them as a side with dinner seems like the easiest way to accomplish this goal. When meal planning this week, I was sure to include at least one side dish for every meal (with the exception of one night when we’re having soup).
So tell me, because I really need some advice…
What are your favorite side dishes? Any ideas that go with various main dishes are welcome! Preferably quick & easy, too!