Sheesh, it’s been a while since my last post. Work has been incredibly stressful lately, leaving me exhausted by the time that I arrive home. Because a large aspect of what I do everyday is write…. the last thing I usually want to do when I get home.. is write. But hey, weekends are for blogging and I’m here, now! Working a full time professional job, no matter how stressful, does have the beautiful benefit of weekends off. Since 16, I’ve held jobs that required me to work most weekends, and so simply having TWO. DAYS. OFF. (in a row!!) is glorious. And now that’s finally warming up outside? YES!
Despite being able to sleep in on the weekend, I’ve always been an early riser, so I was awake by 6:30. I’m usually left feeling really frustrated by this, because…. I’m usually still very tired. But this morning was to beautiful. The sun was shining, the birds were chirping. If this sounds very… cliche and picturesque… that’s because it truly way! Because it was predicted to be so beautiful today, my boyfriend and I planned to head out for a hike, so I knew I would need a filling breakfast. And so I woke up, ran to the grocery store and came home to make THIS:
A slice of whole wheat toast topped with spinach, mushrooms, and garlic sautéed in coconut oil, further topped with a poached egg, sided by sautéed asparagus. Everything was further topped with a sprinkle of feta cheese, because cheese makes everything better, amiright?
In the afternoon we hit some locals trails for a really loooong hike with our dog, Kona, and our friend, Tyler. I’m a really big fan of being outdoors. If I don’t get in some time outside every day aside from simply walking to a from my car, I tend to get really depressed. So after a long winter, this hike really hit the spot. It was definitely a lot for Kona, but she’s pretty active with us and really seemed to enjoy it. SO MANY DOGS on the trails. Thus, all the better! DOGS ❤
After about 5 hours of hiking, we came home starving and… craving salmon. So we stopped at the grocery store, picked up some ingredients and ended up with this fantastic little thing:
Teriyaki glazed sockeye salmon, cranberry/carrot brown rice, and balsamic roasted green beans.
This meal really was perfection. It was light enough to not feel bloated, but filling enough to keep you going after hours of pretty strenuous hiking. We’ve been trying to perfect a teriyaki recipe for quite some time now, and I think… dun, dun, na, na! This may be it. Without further adieu…. here’s my….
Teriyaki Glazed Salmon!
1 lb of salmon (plenty left over!)
fresh orange juice (from about 1/2 an orange)
(for the glaze)
1/4 cup of honey
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 tbsp sesame oil
Fresh ginger (grate about a 1 inch piece)
1 tsp of chili garlic sauce
2-3 green onions, chopped
Mix the ingredients of the glaze and marinade the salmon for about 10 minutes.
Place the salmon skin-side down on a hot cast iron pan. Cook for about 4 minutes.
Place the cast iron skillet directly into the oven under the broiler for about 2 minutes, or until the fish is cooked
thoroughly and is nice crispy.
Remove fish from skillet, leaving the remaining glaze in the pan. Squeeze the orange juice into the remaining glaze
and place on the stove over low heat. Reduce until the glaze is thickened a bit. This should take about a minute or
Top the salmon with this reduced glaze and sprinkle with sesame seeds a green onion.
It really is a super simply recipe, as you can see! The rice was simply brown rice boiled with a handful of dried cranberries and shredded carrots (really no method to this – just add the carrots during the last few minutes of cooking the rice). To make the green beans, simply preheat the oven to 350 degrees, drizzle green beans with olive oil, balsamic, and some spices (we used onion powered, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper) and roast for about 10 minutes. Easy!
So needless to say, I’m enjoying my weekends off and I’m really excited to see what this summer has in store for all those upcoming weekends. So here are some questions I’ve got for you:
What are YOUR favorite weekend activities?
Are you an early riser? Late riser? Which would you prefer?