Sunday, April 17, 2016

Food and Workouts Lately

We are loving the long hours of daylight around here! (We could do without the heat wave, but I guess you take what you get.) Terry and Marshall spent some time playing catch in the front yard while I cooked dinner Friday night.

I thought I'd share some recent meals and recipes around here. It's been a while since I've talked a lot about food!

Friday at work we had a catered lunch (special treat!), and I loaded up my plate with salmon, steak, roasted vegetables, pasta, and salad, plus a fudgy brownie for dessert.

Saturday I had to work all day at UCLA Bruin Day! Admitted students visit the campus, and we staff members answer questions for the students and their families. It was a gorgeous day!

And after a great (and much-needed) night of rest, we woke up to a beautiful day this morning, too.

Okay, back to food. We tried out this spinach lasagna last week, and it was incredible. Super easy, perfect to make over the weekend and enjoy throughout the week. Marshall now says, "Yummy!" if he likes a meal, and this one got a yummy every time we ate it.

(No photo of the lasagna, but here's Marshall cooking in his kitchen)

Terry's coworker has a plot in a local community garden and generously gives us some of his vegetables from time to time. We got some Swiss chard recently. If I'm being honest, I don't love Swiss chard, but it's undeniably great nutrition-wise. So I made Swiss chard pancakes (a simplified version, with just eggs, flour, salt, chard, and butter for frying), and we all loved them. A great way to get in our leafy greens, and perfect for any time of day. We have leftovers for tomorrow that we'll eat with salads, and we have more batter for breakfast pancakes and eggs later in the week.

We've enjoyed a few meals out too, including my third-ever time trying Thai food. We're back on the healthy, homemade meals wagon today though, and this week looks tasty!

Tonight's meal was roasted sweet potato, apple, and Brussels sprouts topped with Italian chicken sausage. Marshall gave it a "Yummy!" and even ate the Brussels sprouts!

A few more photos from today at the park:

Checking out the ducks

Practicing his pitching stance

On the workout front, we're squeezing in what we can when we can, resting whenever we need it. Terry is playing a football league with some coworkers, so he's getting a solid hour of cardio on Monday nights. On the weekends we have been going for a jog or long walk at least one of the days, and we're sprinkling in weights and yoga throughout the week. Today we walked to UCLA to tackle Janss Steps a few times (one of us runs the stairs while the other hangs out with Marshall). Marshall climbed ALL the steps! He was a beast!

It was a short weekend, but we made the most of it. Now off we go starting another week! And it's a big one: Terry is turning 30!


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