We’ll start out with my favorite corny joke from when I was little:
Q: Why did the dog jump in the puddle? (answer at bottom 😉 )
My swim yesterday felt great!
- 800 freestyle
- 2 x 600 pulling (1 with hand paddles)
- 2 x 200 IM
- 100 freestyle
- 2 x 75 pulling fast
- 150 free cool-down
Total: 2800 yards (112 laps for you non-swimming folks 😉 ) in 50 minutes
I felt pretty good, especially considering I’ve only swam once or twice all summer! I had originally planned to do 4 IMs, and another pulling set at the end to get me up to 3400 yards, but I was getting tired & had a massive headache (stupid swim cap!!). Afterwards, I changed into a more “tanable” suit (aka a bikini rather than a one piece speedo!) to lay out and read a bit, during which I finished the book Just Friends.
It was pretty good! Preditable ;-), but good. I would recommend for a fun, chick-lit, “beachy” read! I’m still working on Nineteen Minutes, but have been saving it for when I’m at the gym since it makes the time pass so much faster 😉 I also need to get started on Time Traveler’s Wife sometime soon!
So I have those 2 avocados and 4 ears of corn my mom sent me that were calling to be used. So I decided on some type of avocado and corn salsa. Black beans also seemed like a necessity in this salad/salsa combination. Unfortunately, my ears of corn had gone bad! All slimy and sour smelling. Blech! Luckily I had a can of corn in the cupboard, but fresh would’ve been so much better! I kind of just threw things together, but based it off of this Black Bean Salad recipe.
But basically I just combined:
- 1 can drained corn
- 1 can drained black beans
- Approx 12 oz halved grape tomatoes
- 1/2 chopped red onion
- A couple handfuls chopped cilantro (I love cilantro!!)
- Garlic paste
- Drizzle of lime juice
- 1 whole cubed avocado (which got completely mushy anyways)
- Bunch of salt, pepper & a little bit of cumin
I think it had a bit too much corn in there in proportion to black beans. Ahh well it was TASTY!! But missing bit of spice/salt or something. I’ll probably add more seasonings next time. Now how many ways can I use this Black bean & corn salad/salsa?
For Friday night dinner, I spread some BBQ sauce on a Rudi’s 7 grain & flax tortilla, topped that with the salsa, and then sprinkled it with goat cheese to make a “pizza”. Fresh out of the oven:
OH MAN OH MAN good!!! I wish it had more goat cheese, but I’m almost out, and didn’t want to use it all! I must say, I could really get the wrap flavor in this (especially in the crispy end crust), and it was good! I really like the taste of this tortilla/wrap. Some whole grain tortillas can have a weird taste (such as the La Tortilla brand), but I could really taste the unique flax flavor in these. Yum!
Saturday morning I threw the corn salsa into my 2 egg white, 1 egg omelette:
Topped with a bit of Mexican 2% cheese & ketchup (of course). I need carbs in the morning, so I also had 2 leftover blueberry pancakes on the side topped with a bit of PB & syrup. I was just a bit too full after this monstrous baby!
Or you can use it as a plain salsa/dip, as I did for my tonight’s dinner! It was the perfect combination with Food Should Taste Good sweet potato chips 🙂 I also opened up my box of Mary’s Crackers (in Caraway flavor) to try out. Yum…these crackers are delicious!!
I also had another brie + tomato + basil toast:
All together (along with a spinach salad topped with feta & TJ’s Peanut Asian dressing):
Any other suggestions on ways to use up the rest of this salad/salsa dish?
On my way to work today I hit up Costco where I got an exciting sample (well, to me!). Besides sampling a piece of a delicious veggie burger, a small piece of chocolate chip cookie, some Kashi honey sunshine cereal…I got to try a small bite of the Bear Naked granola bars! I’ve never seen these around! New?
Mmmmm this was really really good. Really sweet and gooey 🙂
I also quickly stopped at Trader’s where (ironically) their sample was a Roasted Corn & Tomato salsa! haha. It literally tasted almost exactly like mine. They had little recipe cards, so I picked one up, which read:
- 1/2 jar TJ’s tomatoless corn salsa
- 16 oz cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
- 1 small avocado (optional)
- 1 can black beans, drained (optional)
- 2 cloves garlic (optional)
Pretty much the same thing as mine! Were Trader’s & I on the same page, or what?! They recommended using it on top of meat.
Other afternoon snacks included a butt-load of fruit! This plate:
+ 4 apricots & probs 8 oz of bluebs (ugh I don’t like that word – bluebs. Remind me never to say it again). Also a couple handfuls of cereal. And some cottage cheese. I get snacky at work.
After dinner I showed some self control overdid it on the froyo a bit. I ended up eating a whole pint of my self-serve froyo I had stored in the freezer when I was still overly full from dinner. It wasn’t a “binge”, but was definitely un-needed when I went back for seconds when I wasn’t even hungry for firsts. But I could’ve done much worse and devoured the second container I have outside, so I guess that’s good?
In workout news, my boss recently bought the P90X fitness program, and was talking to me about it the other day. She’s had the DVDs lying out recently, so I tried one out today (while the kiddies were napping!). I’ve heard other great things about these DVDs, and MY GOODNESS it was hard!! I did the Chest, Arms & Shoulders DVD, and holy mackeroly. It was ridiculous! I thought I was relatively strong and in good shape, but I had to take so many breaks and my arms were literally shaking for a while afterwards. I also finished off with the 15 minute ab ripper. I’m seriously considering buying these DVDs, as I’ve been doing the same strength routine for years (yes, talk about a plateau), and this definitely breaks you out of a plateau. Anyone else heard anything about these DVDs or tried them out yourself? Downfall is they’re pretty expensive. But you DO get 13 DVDs!
I hope you’re all having a wonderful end to your weekends!!
A: He was a hot dog!