Siggi’s

Two for One

Sunday night dinner ended up being just as fabulous as I predicted. 🙂 We started off with a nice spread for appetizers because we didn’t eat anything since breakfast! Our platter had two types of hummus, scallion and roasted red pepper, plus goat cheese, cucumbers (fresh from our farm share!) and flatbreads:

We polished everything except a little bit of the goat cheese and some of the hummus. We had gone to Whole Foods during the day and I did some shopping for lunch and other random things I needed and Wil went in search of dinner. I love that he loves to cook because it makes my Sunday nights a lot easier and more delicious.

He found sockeye salmon, which is wild salmon that actually swims upstream, so its less fatty than Atlantic Salmon and really flavorful. He did a dry rub on the salmon with some different spices, which is a great way to get tons of flavor into anything you cook without having to think ahead and marinate it. Basically, you mix together the spices that you want to use, and you literally rub them onto your fish, chicken, steak, etc, and then when you cook it, the spices form a crust on the protein and lock in all the flavor. I requested no oil in the meal since I had been eating heavier than normal during my time in Minneapolis, so he just baked the fish, and it turned out incredible.

He served the salmon over a succotash with potatoes, yellow tomatoes, red onions, okra, and corn which he cooked in veggie stock. He also made a little peach chutney at the last minute because the spice mix was.. pretty spicy, so he wanted something sweet to help offset it. He just used a fresh peach from our farm share and some vinegar and sauteed it together until the peaches were soft.

It was incredible! I guess just because the veggies were all fresh and organic, but this succotash was to die for. He only used veggie stock to cook it, so it was super healthy, but very flavorful. And the salmon was also very flavorful and perfectly cooked so that it felt apart while I was eating it and basically melted in my mouth. So, so good.

Breakfast today was simple and quick.

A Siggi’s Blueberry (2 pts), a small banana (1.5 pts), and a small peach (.5 pts). I ended up mixing some Fiber One (0 pts) into the yogurt while I was eating it, but unfortunately the Siggi’s blueberry is just not my favorite. It’s a little tart and maybe just not sweet enough for me. I’ve heard good things about their Vanilla flavor, but have yet to try it/find it in the stores. I think I’ll be sticking with Greek yogurt going forward because that’s much more up my alley. The good thing about Siggi’s is it packs a ton of protein – 16g in that little container! This breakfast, though simple, kept me full for hours.

I only ate about 1/2 the salmon on my plate from last night because I had filled up on the hummus and goat cheese, and the piece of salmon was pretty huge.  It worked out great though because I just flaked the leftover salmon and mixed it into leftover succotash for lunch today. I ate it cold so it was sort of like a pasta salad and it was SO good.

There was about 1 cup of succotash (2 pts) and 3.5 oz of salmon (5 pts). I had a side of organic grapes (1pt) which were on sale at Whole Foods.

I love using leftovers to make lunch the next day so you get two meals out of one evening of cooking. There is still a ton of succotash leftover so I have to figure out some other ways to use it up – I’m thinking mixed into eggs, or just straight up because the flavors are so delicious.

In other news, my farm share this week had 4 heads of cabbage!!! I haven’t even begun to use it but I need to think of some different ways to use it so I don’t let it go bad. What is your favorite way to enjoy cabbage? Do you have any recipes I should try? Feel free to link to your recipe in the comments section!!

Siggi’s

Hi! Man, I have been so tired lately even though I’ve been getting plenty of sleep. I think working on the weekends just throws my whole body off because I really need the time to relax and focus on myself and not my job. Luckily I earned a few hours of comp time, so I can take a few hours off one day soon. I’m supposed to go see my sister in Philly this weekend, but I might just stay put it and take it easy, but TBD. I could really use some down time!

For an afternoon snack, I had a new-to-me kind of yogurt.

Siggi’s sent me some coupons to sample their yogurt, so I picked up a few containers of it at Whole Foods. According to their site, “Skyr is the traditional yogurt of Iceland. It is made by incubating skim milk with live active cultures. The whey, the water naturally found in milk, is then strained away to make for a much thicker, creamier, concentrated yogurt. So to make just one cup of skyr, with all that water going out, you need 3 – 4 times the amount of milk required to make a regular cup of yogurt. As a result of this process skyr comes out with 2-3 times the protein count of standard yogurt.”

So it’s a thick yogurt, similar to a Greek style and still nonfat and creamy. The Whole Foods by me carried it in Plain, Blueberry, Pomegranate & Passion Fruit, and Orange and Ginger. I picked up one each of the last two and will try the other one tomorrow.

When I first dove into the yogurt I was a little disappointed because I was expecting it to be like Greek yogurt where the flavor is at the bottom and you mix it into the yogurt. This was pre-mixed so the whole yogurt was flavored. Once I got over that, it was really good. I mentioned I wanted to have a more substantial afternoon snack, so I mixed in two sliced up kiwis and a crushed Weetabix biscuit.

And that really made the yogurt! The yogurt is smooth since its premixed so the mix-ins really gave it a nice texture. And, it worked! It kept me full for a few hours, so I came home and worked out and felt great during the workout.

I did intervals again today which were killer! I did 20 minutes of jogging for 2 minutes at 5.5mph then sprinting at 7.5mph for 2 minutes. I’ve heard doing intervals can really help with your speed, so I want to find another 5k to run soon and see if I can shave a few seconds off my time. After I did the intervals, I decided to do a little yoga, and I found “Less is More Yoga” on ExerciseTV on Demand. It focused on cardio so the poses kept moving to keep your heart rate up. I really enjoyed the workout and think this is my favorite yoga so far that I’ve found on demand! It was challenging and my heart was definitely beating fast, but I felt like I could keep up which is hard for me since I’m so new to yoga!

After that, I was hungry. I had some grand plans to make a big dinner but just wasn’t feeling it, so my boyfriend offered to make us eggs and grits. He did my eggs sunny side up and served them over ~2/3 of a cup of grits.

He also made some frozen broccoli and we grated some parmesan over everything.

I love when the yolks are runny in eggs and how it oozes all over when you break them with your fork.

It made the grits taste so creamy even though there was no butter in them, just water and salt. Mmmm. Eggs make the best quick meal.

What’s your favorite way to have your eggs? I love to have a poached egg over salads or in soup or on an egg sandwich with cheese!