Cooking Light delivers again

The weather has turned yet again in Boston – it’s super cold and rainy. I thought nice weather was finally here to stay! :( I guess we have to rely on delicious eats to keep us warm and happy, right? 😉

BEST MEAL OF THE DAY

Dinner tonight reminded me of spring. I followed a recipe from Cooking Light for grilled halibut with three-pepper relish, using my cast iron grill pan instead of the real thing. It still worked and dinner was fantastic (I love Cooking Light!)! 😀 I got three smallish halibut fillets at Whole Foods right before coming home, so the fish was amazingly fresh and beautiful. The three-pepper relish was definitely the star of the show, though! The sweetness of the grilled peppers was so well balanced by the sour/briny capers and balsamic vinegar. The garlic was a nice addition too! Actually these peppers reminded me of roasted peppers my mom makes (they are the best!) but with a twist (and a whole lot less oil). Yum yum yum. By the way, I only cooked 3 filles but made 8-servings worth of the pepper relish. I ate at least 1/4 of the batch tonight! And I used a little over a teaspoon of oil for the relish and a little less than a tsp for the fish (total ~2 tsp -> it was plenty!) I also steamed some string beans to bulk up the meal and they worked well with the fish + peppers.

Cooking Light also said this dish begged to be paired with savignon blanc. Who are we to not comply? 😉

Cooking Light halibut with pepper relish + green beans + glass of savignon blanc

Unfortunately the $5 TJ’s wine was no good. Yeah, no surprise there.  The food was awesome though so I didn’t mind.

dinner closeup

[266 calories – I only had a few sips of wine because I didn’t like it]

Since dinner was light, I made a little dessert plate. This kind of put me over the top, fullness wise. Also, I don’t suggest pairing grapes with chocolate covered espressos. They don’t really go. I was feeling random and still ate all of this (+ some unpictured almonds).

grapes + chocolate covered espresso beans + 1 fig + almonds (unpictured)

[248 calories]

OTHER EATS

oats with banana, coco java amazing almonds and dark chocolate dreams peanut butter

[357 calories, including coffee]

orange + Barney Butter

[155 calories]

On my way to work, I realized that I completely forgot to pack lunch!! I packed snacks and got too distracted taking pretty pictures of them. Oops. I had to go to plan B – Au Bon Pain. Their signature sandwiches are delicious but are incredibly unhealthy (due to caloric sauces/spreads they sneak in there). The custom ham + cheddar cheese on whole wheat baguette with dijon mustard and cucumbers, though, is not too bad (calorie wise) and is super delicious. This used to be a staple in my diet in NY (I never used to bring lunch to work when I lived in NYC!). Now it’s a rare treat, but I still enjoy it. I ordered a half sandwich and the tomatoes and snap peas looked good too, so I asked the lady to add those in. This was as delicious as I remembered. I loved it so I guess I wasn’t too upset about my little brainfart this morning 😉

Au Bon Pain - 1/2 ham/cheddar sandwich with dijon mustard, cucumbers, tomatoes and snap peas

[372 calories (I ordered a 1/2 sandwich, but this was quite large – I am counting it as if it was 2/3 of the regular sized sandwich)]

I planned a different snack for mid-afternoon but the second I thought of this combo, I couldn’t get it out of my mind – chobani + a juicy pear + a chocolate pistachioats cookie. Sounds good, right? I’m sorry to say it sounded better that it was since the cookie is not very sweet and the yogurt was kind of tart. Oh well – you win some, you lose some :)

chobani + bosc pear + chocolate pistachioats cookie

[263 calories]

Total calories for the day: 1690 (assuming my sandwich estimate is correct)

WORKOUT

I’m finally feeling a little less sore today but still not 100%. The 10K really did me in on Sunday. I took a pilates class to take it easy on my joints and loved it! I always forget how much I love pilates and how great of a workout it is!! Tomorrow spinning is on the schedule and then I’m back to running (on the treadmill until the weather improves) 😀 I think I’m going to do a 5K in early June, and then a 7.5 mile race at the end of June. I was ready to call off races longer than 5K for a little while (midway through the 10K I really wished it was only a 5K) but I realized that I just need to get more longer runs into my training in order to get mentally comfortable with running for longer periods of time. I’ve only run twice during the last 5 weeks for a distance that’s longer than a 10K so mentally I was kind of done at mile 4 and had to convince myself to keep going.  My brain really needed to catch up with my legs and then it worked out! I’m going to start training for the 7.5 miler and see how it goes. Wanna see my new training schedule? :)

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