Saturday, January 7, 2012

A Simple Supper for One on a Quiet Evening...

This morning it was sunny and warm again, and now it's snowing...  I kind of hope it snows all night and all day tomorrow.  Because of the snow, we didn't drive to Grand Lake for the sleigh ride I've started dreaming about...  Funny, though, while it's cold and snowy now, the resort said that their trails are actually a little sparse of snow at the moment because of the mild winter we've had so far.  Hopefully we'll be able to head up there soon, though.

Last night, Jamie went out to watch a football game with some friends.  I could have gone, too - the girls were having dinner together while the guys watched the game- but I still felt kind of blah and icky and tired.  So tired that when I took a shower after work, I started to rinse the conditioner out of my hair, when I realized that I hadn't put conditioner in it, and in fact, hadn't even washed it yet.  I must have been distracted, thinking about a world in which legs are always smooth and shaving is a thing of the past.  Also, I'd just gotten my copy of the second book in The Hunger Games series, and couldn't wait to start reading it.

We were going to make Margherita pizza, but with Jamie going out, we decided to wait to make that tonight.  And I really didn't feel like cooking anyway.  Yes, even I get burned out sometimes and need a night off of cooking.

Salad, strawberries and a leftover muffin sounded just right to me.  The salad was fresh and simple and quick to make - thinly sliced zucchini, squash and asparagus, on a bed of greens, and a little boiled potato to give it more substance.  A non-fat lemon yogurt dressing drizzled over the vegetables added a bright, creamy touch.

Speaking of lemon and yogurt, I just tried for the first time the Lemon-flavored non-fat Chobani Greek yogurt, and fell in love with it!  I think I'll be buying a lot of that, now.

And the strawberries, soaked in a little honey and balsamic vinegar, topped with some goat cheese, were sweet and delicious.  Even though it's not strawberry season, I eat them whenever I feel like it.  And the sight of those bright red strawberries on a pale blue plate just made me feel better.

Guess what?  I even went to the grocery store without a stitch of makeup on and in my PJs (although I did have a winter coat over the PJs...).  Because, just sometimes, you have to not care what others think.  As long as no one nominates me for What Not to Wear...

Squash, zucchini, Asparagus and Potato Salad with Lemon Yogurt Dressing
printable recipe

  • 1 cup greens (spinach, watercress, chopped romaine, etc...)
  • 1/3 zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 yellow squash, thinly sliced
  • 4-6 stalks asparagus, ends trimmed, thinly sliced on the bias
  • 2 white mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 small red potato, boiled until tender and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 3 tablespoons non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • salt and pepper
Arrange all the vegetables on a plate.  Sprinkle basil over the vegetables.  In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt, lemon juice and honey.  Drizzle over the vegetables.  Season with the lemon zest, salt and pepper.

Serves 1, if eaten as a meal, or 2 servings, if eaten on the side.

1 comment :

  1. Your salad is beautiful. It certainly makes me forget about the snow and cold we are facing today.


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