I feel like we’re living the Groundhog Day life up in here. Get up, go to work, come home, sleep, do it all over again. The odd excitement is getting to go for a long run, which we did on Saturday morning. We ran the virtual Blue Ridge 10k and had a wee sliver of race day fun. Even though the race was cancelled, Roanoke still came out to support the runners. There were shouts of encouragement from strangers driving by, signs to distract and entertain, and even a stash of water on the way up to the Star on Mill Mountain.
Crossing back over the Walnut Avenue bridge, we heard a band playing below us at Dr. Pepper Park. I later learned they were filming Rock to the Rescue, an ongoing benefit for Downtown businesses who’ve been impacted by the COVID-19 closures. As we approached Elmwood Park, we were surprised by a small group of people waiting to cheer us across the virtual finish line. I love the spirit and tenacity of our little city! We’ll be back next year, Blue Ridge!
I’m diving headlong into another work week, filled with delicious, home-cooked meals:
Healthy Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal – One 8×8 pan will be enough for Mark’s breakfast. If you’re meal prepping for two, double the batch and bake it in a 9×13 pan. I like to add a little extra cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg for good measure.
Lunch will be a bowl of soup and a small side salad. I’m making both of the salads below.
Green Curry of Broccoli Soup – So good!
Zucchini Salad – Like potato salad, only made using zukes. As with all Diet Doctor recipes, scale it for your crowd. I use half of the mayo the recipe calls for, and sub in Greek yogurt for the other half.
Chop Chop Fresh Veggie Salad – This one is a favorite. Crunchy and refreshing!
Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Bacon – New! Serve with a piece of grilled chicken or fish – I subbed Canadian Bacon for *actual* bacon, because that’s what I had on hand, and I was too lazy/tired/sorry to visit another store.
Mason Jar Spinach Salad – Sub Whole Earth sweetener for the sugar, we use Sir Kensington’s mayo.
Teriyaki Salmon – Scale the recipe for your crowd, as written it serves one. If you’re gluten free, substitute tamari or coconut aminos for the soy sauce.
Supreme Pizza Inspired Salad – New! – Because of the pepperoni, this is a once in a while recipe. We like Hormel Natural pepperoni. This salad is best prepared just before serving so the pepperoni and tomatoes stay as fresh as possible.
Watermelon season is finally upon us and I could not be happier about that. Kroger has seedless watermelons on sale and the one we brought home is delish! Wanna know how to select the perfect watermelon? Thump them hard with your fingertips and listen for the one that sounds the most hollow. I usually thump six or seven of them just to be sure. Give it a try!
Watermelon, Popcorn, Veggies and Hummus, Apples, Bananas
Keto Key Lime Pie Jars – These are a tasty way to sneak a little healthy fat into your dessert. For maximum creaminess, make sure the avocado is guac-ready before you make these babies.
I hope you all are staying happy, well and safe. Have a great week!
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