I love four day weeks, don’t they make the weekend come around so much faster? I am out at a workshop, getting trained in Wilson for 3 days so I really don’t feel like it’s a true school week. How is everyone else’s week going?
Yesterday, I woke up and did another killer leg workout with Chris Freytag. I really curse her every time (in the nicest way possible) I do this because it’s so hard. I am VERY thankful it’s only 20 minutes of torture. After work I stopped at the gym since I got out a little early from the workshop and did a quick 35 minutes on the elliptical. I like doing the hills program so I don’t have to think about anything. While I was on the elliptical I was watching Dr.Oz. I think it was a repeat but his show was about the top three dangers in your purse. Two out of the three didn’t really concern me, but one did.
The top 3 were: anti-wrinkle cream, lip gloss and mineral powder. I don’t use wrinkle cream and I rarely wear lip gloss, but I use Bare Minerals every single day. Dr. Oz says that the particles are so small they can get into your lungs and can lead to inflammation later in life. I don’t know if I’ll be changing my makeup any time soon, but I’m going to be more conscious when I apply…I’m not sure how, so if anyone has any ideas let me know. I LOVE Bare Minerals, so until I see a bit more research on that, I’m going to continue using it. To read more about the top 3 dangers click here.
Monday I got this amazing package in the mail! Jess from Healthy Exposures sent me these wonderful items because I shared some bars with her. I can’t wait to break into this food. I plan on trying those bars tomorrow. They are from a local shop near her, how lucky is she?
Unfortunately my pictures won’t be NEARLY as beautiful as Jess’s, but I’ll try if my cameras around when I eat these. Thanks again Jess!
Now for a recipe. Back to my sunny weekend at the Jersey shore….
I hadn’t made or eaten skewers in forever, so like I said, when I saw it in Rachael Ray magazine, I was drooling over them and knew I had to make them.
- asparagus cut into 3 inch pieces
- different color peppers, cut into chunks
- red onion, cut into pieces
- green and yellow squash, cut into circles
- any other vegetable you want
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon honey
- sea salt and pepper
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Stir together to emulsify. Brush the dressing over the skewers generously. (Feel free to sprinkle skewers with salt and pepper.) I also applied the dressing 3 times over a 30 minute period so they were well coated. Grill for about 15 minutes.
Parmesan Yogurt Dressing
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
1 tsp lemon juice
1 garlic clove, minced
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Brush onto skewers generously. Grill for 15 minutes (or however long your grill-master tells you to.)
Since you are only marinating vegetables, you can use these both as a dressing for salad or the skewers after they are cooked. Pick whichever marinade you want and go for it. You can also marinate the veggies in either one of these dressings beforehand, but I didn’t have that much forethought to do that. These dressings/marinades would be great with chicken or fish also on skewers. I really enjoyed the yogurt dressing with the vegetables and even used it on my salad the next day.
Let me know if you give these a try. What is your favorite thing to grill?
Have a great Thursday!