One of the challenges was being away on Thursday nights. Thursdays are Chris' and mine first night that we can spend more than 1 hour together before I have to hit the hay. I love it - it's like my Friday almost. Chris is very supportive - he loves that I am running and he makes sure to whip home to walk the pups - so that my guilt doesn't eat at me - that they are home alone, as they have been all day and haven't had a good walk. Check. Chris does this great. Another challenge is ensuring that we're eating sensibly and I am not wishing that there was a KFC on the home to pick up the Easter Feaster bucket O chicken. Ok - really I just through that it so that the story had a really good affect. I can't do KFC.
I planned our dinner last night - and next week will even be more organized. I whipped up a chicken caesar salad - and it turned out to be delicious. I feel that it was a great and healthy and light dinner to have after a run. FYI - the run tonight - slow. Slooooowww. My new friend, Deb, wasn't there so I ran a bit on my own and then ran with some women that I confronted when it was a bit dark and I was solo. I am trying so hard to make this year different from last. We ran 9 sets tonight - 1.5 minutes running and 2.5 minutes walking. It felt great - I struggled a bit, but I am comparing myself to last year - and I know that it is different - so that makes me think that it can only get better.
So back to dinner. I don't make a tradition caesar salad. In fact, I have never made from scratch, caesar salad dressing. I do make my own croutons (most of the time) and I do like to add bacon and fresh parmesan cheese, but I think that there are some great dressings out there that are low in calories and don't take up the time of preparing the dressing. I am going to make this my Thursday night dinner - and love it every time.
Non-traditional Caesar Salad
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts - cut into thin strips 1 tsp garlic powder
1 romaine lettuce - chopped into bite size pieces
1 medium yellow pepper - cut into thin strips
1 cup of grape tomatoes - sliced in half
Caesar salad dressing - try Renee's Roasted Garlic with yogurt - so delicious
Croutons - I like to make my own - but I love Marcy's Multigrain Croutons
Parmesan cheese - freshly grated if you have it on hand
In a saute pan - add 1tbsp of olive oil. Add the garlic powder, and saute on medium heat for about 15 minutes until the chicken starts to brown.
Wash and dry the romaine leaves. I washed and dried ours before running tonight. I wrapped it in a lightly dampened paper towel and then put it in a ziploc bag.
Cut the yellow pepper into thinly strips.
Slice grape tomatoes into half. These gems were picked up at the Root Cellar this weekend - and they were delicious. Almost as close to my crop :)
Add everything to a large bowl. Top with the salad dressing. Start out with a small amount and add more if needed. I don't like my salad drenched in dressing.
Top the tossed salad with parmesan cheese and croutons and give the salad another toss.
Serve the salad on to a plate or a bowl and top with warm chicken. And you have a meal fit for Royalty.
Alright friends. I am off tomorrow night with the 'phews. We're going out for dinner - for ribs. Callum's favourite. I am so excited that the weekend is near. Oh so near. Plan something good.