Flavors of Fall Salad

Posted: October 3, 2011 in fit tips, recipes, salads, weekly meal plans

I hate Mondays…but I kinda like Mondays. Only from a nutritional standpoint.  They’re the day you get back on track. I can assure you that no amazingly fun event is going to pop up on a Monday and derail my pre-planned meals. Although I did have a good 10 minutes on the couch watching Top Chef: Just Desserts eating Honey Nut Chex.  That was fun!

Here’s a look at our meal planning for the week:
Monday – Flavors of fall salad
Tuesday – Surprise dinner out. I’m getting my hair done, so Kyle takes me out to dinner. Last time – seasons 52
Wednesday – Roasted chicken with asparagus
Thursday- Greek chicken wraps
Friday- Healthy pizza night with salad

Full body workouts are scheduled for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  I’m going to do an interval run on Thursday and hopefully 6 miles on Saturday.
There’s a 10 mile race in a month that I’m thinking of signing up for. Thoughts? Nobody wants to run with me, so it’s me and my cheerleader but I like having a race goal. November 6, Sunday, 10 miles, Clermont.

Tonight’s salad was inspired by all the wonderful fall flavors that I keep seeing on TV and in blogs.  And if you’re thinking that is has pumpkin…..then you’re wrong!  Shocked? I almost bought pumpkin seeds for it, but we’re on a budget and I already had pecans.

Flavors of Fall Salad:

  • Rotisserie chicken shredded
  • Fresh Express spring mix (BOGO at Publix)
  • Roasted butternut squash cubes (I roasted them at 400 for 20 minutes)
  • Craisins
  • Gorgonzola cheese
  • Beets
  • Asparagus (yes, it’s a spring veggie, but the best veggie you can eat nutritionally)
  • Balsamic vinaigrette 
Butternut squash is a great winter squash. It’s relatively low in calories and very high in Vitamin A (298% of DV) and carotene, which is an antioxidants.  It also has high levels of Vitamin C, Manganese (helps metabolize proteins and fats), and calcium.  I cooked mine for only 20 minutes, because I wanted to retain some crunch in my salad.  I would typically roast it about 35 minutes.

There were no sprints tonight.  Kyle and I played some serious football in the park yesterday…apparently I “tweaked” my knee on one of my routes.  So I’m taking it easy. I’m no Michael Irvin.

Polie was crying all through dinner!
Take time this Monday to focus on your fitness goals for this week.  If you have clear goals, even if they’re small, you’re more likely to achieve success.  How about running 4 miles or getting 3 workouts in?  My goal is my 6 miles on Saturday with hard workouts all week.

What’s your mini goal for the week?

Love and autumn bounty, 
Carissa & Kyle

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