Welcome to my first blog post ever! As of right now, this blog doesn’t even have a real name. The blogger doesn’t own a fancy camera. And I’m a college student with a limited budget. GOOD NEWS! All of these things are subject to change. If you’re willing to hang around for a little bit, keep reading for a recap of my Sunday and a vegetarian recipe adaptation that I created this afternoon.
I woke up around 8am to start studying for midterms this week. I’m an accounting student, so I really don’t have much of a life on weekends. Or weekdays. Or nights. But that’s okay, because it’ll all work out in the end, right? RIGHT?
Ahem. So I woke up and studied until about 2, except for a lunch break that included watching the second episode of the second season of House of Cards. If you’re not a fan of the show, it’s a Netflix original series that just rolled out it’s second season on February 14th. My boyfriend, Bryan (you’ll hear more about him later), and I are pretty hooked on it.
After studying, I headed out for a run. I’m training for a half marathon, and today ended my first week of training. I’m following Hal Higdon’s 12-week novice training program. Today was a 4 mile run, followed by a trip to the grocery store to get ingredients for a Tuscan Salad!
So, I’m not a vegetarian, but I’ve been trying to cook more meals sans meat to benefit both my health and my wallet. Today’s vegetarian recipe was inspired by a salad that I had on Valentine’s Day at a restaurant called Cafe Lulu. YUM – so epic. Here’s my adaptation of the salad:
Tuscan Salad, inspired by Cafe Lulu
1 romaine heart, sliced up
1 handful baby spinach
Red onion slices
2 T Sunflower seeds
1/4 cup reduced fat bleu cheese crumbles (I may or may not have thrown in a few extra creamy chunks) 🙂
10 grapes (optional)
3 T Balsamic Vinaigrette (homemade, recipe to come!)
Directions: Toss ingredients together and enjoy!
Cafe Lulu used gorgonzola and pine nuts because they’re fancy like that, but I used bleu cheese and sunflower seeds to scale back the costs just a bit. If you’re skeptical that this meatless meal is actually epic, this salad would be great with a chicken breast on top if you need some extra protein! I’ll try to take pictures of my food next time, but I completely forgot tonight. I wolfed this salad down like nobody’s business.
The rest of my night will be filled with studying and stress, but I’ll get through it. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!