Recipes, Workouts

Summer Time!

I am finally getting back into a routine. I went through the new stage with the boyfriend where we were eating take-out a lot and going out, which is fun but it was killing my waist line and all the work I had been doing to get there. When talking with my girlfriends who have serious boyfriends they all claim they went through this phase too and finally had to start to tear themselves away and realize they couldn’t eat the same thing that he was eating because having someone doesn’t make the food less awful for you. Just because he can eat it and look fine doesn’t mean you can too!

Yesterday morning I went into the gym and did the stair master. I wish I could wake up earlier to do longer workouts but baby steps with this.

I then went into work and had my peanut butter cup overnight oats. I forgot the honey this time and it was shocking how much it changed the flavor profile!

Looks so gross but tastes so good! 

Mid morning I had an eye appointment with a new optometrist by my work. He had gotten good reviews on line so I figured I would give him a try since the last lady I went to had reduced my prescription and I had been having a slight difficulty seeing some PowerPoint slides. Peter Violette and his staff were. amazing! I can see perfectly now, no matter the distance and they even took the extra time to dig around my insurance policy to see if I had extra vision insurance. The result was contacts that let me see when I was in the boardroom looking at a PowerPoint and spending around $400 less than I did last visit to my old optometrist.

I knew I wouldn’t have time to grab lunch so I packed it using a ton of leftovers. I hate to see food get thrown out so I frequently do this. It was way too much though and I was full for the rest of the day.

Chicken, spinach, corn bread and couscous surprise 🙂

After work I checked out the Whole Foods in Medford. I don’t like this one as much as the one in Woburn I went to last week because they don’t have a butcher counter, it’s all packaged. It was still a lot nicer than the one by me though. Since I was still feeling a little sick/full I got some potatoes and corn for dinner but also got food for the next three nights.

I know summer is around the corner when fresh corn hits the produce isle. I love fresh corn and sometimes make meals just out of that. Since I was in a summer mood last night everything got thrown on the grill. It was fantastic! The recipe for the foil packet potatoes is below, it was kind of a guess when I mixed all the ingredients but I’m really pleased with the outcome!

Since I had been saying I wanted ice cream for the past few days the boyfriend went out and got me some. The perfect summer ice cream to top off the kick off of grilling season.

Foil Packet Potatoes
Severs Two Large servings or three regular
  • 5-8 small purple or red potatoes
  • 2 TB Olive Oil
  • 1 TB Garlic Paste
  • 2 Dashes of Franks Red Hot
  • 1 TB Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 Sprig of Rosemary
  • Salt and Pepper
Wash and dry potatoes and cut into small bite size pieces. In a large bowl or Tupperware mix put all ingredients and mix until potatoes are fully covered. I like to use the Tupperware so I can shake them, I find it covers it evenly and quickly. Take a large piece of tin foil and put the mixture in the middle then fold over all edges so it is completely sealed. Place on a grill (warmed to about medium if gas or coals out if charcoal) and grill for about 25 to 30 minutes. Before removing carefully open, there will be a lot of steam so watch out, and make sure a fork easily slides through. These can also be done in a oven heated to about 350. 

What normally signifies summer to you?
For me it is farmers markets and beach trips. Some say it is using the grill again but I grew up with my father who would grill year round.