Kitchen Queen

It’s almost the end of the weekend 😦 I can’t complain though, I had a pretty nice and relaxing last couple days. I actually spent a lot of it in the kitchen as I finally went grocery shopping after going to a Zumba class yesterday (and bought out the entire store haha). I found a lot of great recipes that I wanted to try and thus bought ingredients for those meals (a lot of cabbage, black beans, and other veggies!). Yesterday, I made two recipes. The first was a recipe for turkey meatballs and the second was for this lemon quinoa cabbage dish. I ate three of the meatballs and froze the rest so that I can incorporate them into meals later on! I also have some leftover quinoa cabbage so I expect to be mixing that with something else also this week πŸ™‚

Today, I made several different dishes. I went to bed pretty early last night and thus was wide awake by 7 am. I first cleaned my room but was in the kitchen by 8 am πŸ™‚ I spent the morning thinking about/preparing my lunches for the week and made a vegetarian taco salad in a Mason Jar. Then I went to this awesome gym class where I bounced around on a mini trampoline for thirty minutes. The class is called rebounding and it was so fun!! I had a trampoline growing up and loved to use it and practice flips. However, no flips for me today! When I came back, it was time for brunch. I had bought ingredients to make Greek Yogurt pancakes and they were sooo good!! I even cut up a banana and caramelized them a bit as one of toppings (in addition to maple syrup and almond butter). It was a most delicious and filling brunch. A couple hours later, I went back to the gym for Zumba and then had a massage that was AMAZING. Seriously, I needed that. I had to many knots in my shoulders and back. It was very very (did I already say very?) relaxing. Then it was back to the kitchen πŸ™‚ I really do love cooking, especially when it’s an activity rather than a something I need to do because otherwise I’ll have nothing to eat. This time, I cooked two chicken breasts with balsamic vinegar, white wine, garlic, salt, pepper, and paprika and used 1.5 of them to make a chicken salad with Greek Yogurt, apples, grapes, and almonds. I used half the chicken salad for my dinner, serving it over a bed of kale, and the other half as the base for one of my salads for lunch this week! I also cut up a bunch of veggies (cucumbers, bell pepper, celery) as snacks for the week. Finally, I made myself a smoothie to go along with my dinner, a cocktail to celebrate the end of the weekend, and some popcorn to eat with my chick flick (yeah I love those). I’ve just finished my movie and am going to read a bit before going to bed. My internal clock is finally adjusting so now I’m usually exhausted by 10 pm (which is a great thing when you have a 5 am wake up call!).

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I promise to put up recipes for all these meals soon! πŸ™‚ Have a wonderful upcoming week!

~ Alessa

2 thoughts on “Kitchen Queen

  1. caramelized bananas are SO good in pancakes! i always crave meatballs. it’s the weirdest thing! sometimes i think i crave them just bc i love pasta sauce, ha! love the salads in a jar. such a cute way to tote them around. and it’s eco friendly! πŸ™‚

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    • I got the idea of caramelized bananas from Grafton Street in Harvard Square! Have you ever been? They make great buttermilk pancakes for brunch πŸ™‚ Haha and I just ate meatballs again tonight. I had saved some of my turkey meatballs in the freezer but also had soy meatballs so I combined them with pasta sauce, broccoli, onions, and pasta for a quick and easy meal. Yes, mason jars are friendly! And it’s just so fun to use them for salads and other meals.

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