I’m Back!

15 Aug

It feels so good to be home & back to some sort of routine! 🙂 Chris & I had a great time on our honeymoon in Disney, even though the weather was very hot! I definitely plan on re-capping each day of our trip, but I wanted to get back in the swing of things with a “normal” post tonight. (Of course I’m going to do wedding re-cap posts as well, but I want to wait until I have our pictures to share!)

First thing this morning, I headed off to the gym. It’s amazing what a week away can do to you! Not only did I take a week off from exercise, but Chris & I definitely indulged in a lot of foods I’m not used to eating (for every meal anyway!) & so my workout definitely felt like a little bit of a struggle today. Tomorrow it’s back to BodyPump, & I can only imagine what that’s going to be like!

I had quite a few things to do around our apartment (hello, two weeks worth of laundry!) & errands to run, including a trip to the Social Security office to start the name-change process! Soon enough, it was time to start thinking about dinner…

It’s no secret that I love desserts & love to bake; that’s predominately what my blog’s been about up until this point! However, now it’s time for me to “step up my game” & start working on cooking real dinners! When I lived on my own before, I relied heavily on frozen, quick meals, & I don’t want to fall into that trap again. (Hey, they’re great in a pinch, but I don’t want to eat like that every night, or even a few nights a week for that matter.) For the next week or so, you’ll definitely be seeing me experiment with recipes from some of my favorite blogs. I actually looked up a ton of recipes as I was meal planning yesterday! I hope to be able to come up with some more “original” dishes soon, as I become more experienced in the kitchen!

Tonight’s meal was salmon with a quinoa salad side dish!

I saw this recipe on Gabriela’s blog the other day & couldn’t wait to try it out!

First up, however, was the salmon. I purchased a salmon filet at the store yesterday, knowing I’d eat a small portion & leave the rest for Chris! I lightly coated the salmon with extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, oregano, & thyme.

Salmon filet      I let the salmon bake in the oven at 350* for about 20 minutes as I got to work on the side dish!

For those of you who don’t know, quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is a quick-cooking, gluten-free grain. I had read about it a lot in the blog world, but had never tried it before! I found it at my “everyday” grocery store, but tucked away in the health food section!

I had every intention of following Gabriela’s recipe exactly, & I did for the most part, but when I went to cut up my avocado, I realized it wasn’t quite ripe! 😦 I only tried avocado for the first time a few weeks ago, & I guess I need to familiarize myself with it better before cooking with it! Anyway, I decided to forgo the avocado & simply use the watermelon & lime juice!

As I started prep work…

Cup of quinoa!        My new husband cut up some watermelon…

Hi Chris!       And my pug napped…

Stewie    The salmon & watermelon quinoa salad turned out wonderfully! My first meal as a wife was a success! 🙂

Quinoa      Dinner is served!

Side dish       The meal       Fork-full of the good stuff!    Chris commented that he really enjoyed the texture of the salad. Quinoa has a very interesting “consistency” & paired with the watermelon, it was definitely something different & a much-needed change from our greasy food diet of last week!

We invited the pooch up for a family chat after the meal…

King Stewie      Hold me!

If you’ve made it to the end of this post, thanks for reading! I just realized I rambled on quite a bit, but I guess there’s a lot to say after being away for a little while! 🙂

What’s the last new thing that you’ve tried? Quinoa will definitely be making a repeat appearance in our household!


8 Responses to “I’m Back!”

  1. Corinne August 15, 2011 at 9:01 pm #

    I loved this post! It makes me so happy to see your little family together! And how cute that the bot was invited to the table for a family chat. I’m sure he had a lot to say!

  2. Food, Shoes and Booze August 15, 2011 at 9:07 pm #

    I just tried quinoa for the first time recently and I loved it! I’ll have to try the recipe that you made. There are so many options for it and it’s so good for you!

    • forthesakeofcake August 16, 2011 at 8:24 am #

      This was my first time trying it too & it was so good & easy to make!

  3. Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine August 15, 2011 at 9:48 pm #

    I love the addition of salmon to this!! I think it actually sounds better than avocado 🙂

  4. Eileen Klang August 16, 2011 at 9:12 am #

    Erica, I’m assuming the Quinoa was cold. I almost bought some the other day but couldn’t decide between “regular” or red.

    • forthesakeofcake August 16, 2011 at 11:59 am #

      Yep, cold! This was my first time trying it, so I don’t know what the red would be like!

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