Is August just about the craziest month of the year? I would have to say… yes!
Between how busy work is, trying to find a new house (we have to move at month’s end), getting Mack ready for Kindergarten when we aren’t even sure where he’ll be attending school AND training for a triathlon – life has been a little bit hectic.
Okay, a lot-a-bit-hectic.
So hectic in fact, that my creativity has waned and I found myself cooking less and less, coming home to chow down on chips and salsa, yogurt or whatever other odds and ends we had around the house.
Since I know this type of eating is neither sustainable nor enjoyable, I pulled out some of my stand-by favorite cook books to spark a little dinner creativity. I picked out three meals to make this week (with lots of leftovers) and so far, so good, we’re back to eating healthy.
Looking to schnazz up your dinner routine too?
Curried Chicken Salad (via Lemon Poppy Cake with a few changes)
Prep Time: 15 min Cook Time: NONE! Serves: 4-6
- 1 Whole Roasted Chicken (from the supermarket deli)
- 1 Cup Greek Yogurt (as always, I used Chobani)
- 3-4 tsp Curry Powder
- 1 Tbsp Lime Juice
- 3 tsp Honey
- 1/2 tsp Ground Ginger Root
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
- 1/8 tsp Red Chili Powder (use Cayenne instead for more heat)
- 1/2 bunch Green Onions, chopped
- 1 Red Bell Pepper, sliced
- 1 Cup Red Grapes, cut in half
- Remove the skin, bones and any fatty sections from the chicken. Set aside.
- Using your hands, divide the chicken meat into bite size pieces.
- Combine Greek yogurt, curry powder, lime juice, honey, ginger root, salt, pepper and red chili powder.
- Add chicken, veggies and grapes to the curry yogurt mix.
- Combine thoroughly and refrigerate before serving.
Can serve by itself or in sandwich form.
I love this because it gets better the next day and the next so it’s a great option for taking leftovers to work.
By the way, how is tri training?
Good! I have 24 days before the big race and I’m feeling pretty good about the whole thing.
I’ve gotten much better about putting in my swim practice and I feel more confident each day. Right now my swim routine looks something like this:
350 yds kick with paddle board –> 350 yds swim with hand paddles and a pull buoy –> (50 yds swim w/30 second rest) x 7 = 350 yds swim –> 1050 total yards
I’m really focusing on steady breathing, strong kicks from my hips and perfectly pointed elbows and fingertips as I come through my stroke.
I have cut back on biking because I feel most confident in that section of the race and I felt that I was telling myself “I did a good workout today” when I had a bike route but would then slack on the swimming and running for the week. Less biking means more time to focus on swimming and running which both need improvement.
One things for sure, watching all the Olympic track and swimming stars has really inspired me to get out and put in my miles.
What inspires you? Do the Olympics get you off the couch as well?