Good morning all!
How are you? Having a good week so far? No complaints here – in fact, it’s been pretty awesome! Lately I’ve been making a point of getting a bunch of little things taken care of on the weekend that I don’t particularly love doing (bill paying, cleaning, errands etc) and since I’m not having to do them during the week now, my time outside of work has been so much more enjoyable. I’ve got some fun plans coming up tonight but you’ll hear more about those in an upcoming post. For now, let’s get to this week’s healthy recipe!
1. Recipe of the Week: Some of my favourite dinners are the ones that aren’t intentionally made for the blog. The ones where I just start slicing and dicing, stir frying and sauteeing, tossing everything into a bowl, and just before I sit down to demolish it all, realize, “Hey, that actually looks really nice!” By no means do all of my meals look pretty, but last week, this one happened to be one of them. It seems zucchini noodles are naturals in front of the camera!
This dish, which I’m calling Warm Seared Scallops over Zucchini Noodles, was the result of finding some Costco scallops in the back of my freezer that I totally forgot I had. ***Angela does food nerd happy dance here.*** Scallops, once thawed only need about 3-4 minutes to cook on the stove and the rest of the recipe requires no cooking at all. We like easy, right?
The ingredients here are so simple – fresh basil and parsley, a little garlic, a slightly sweet white balsamic vinegar – and the end result is absolutely wonderful. Scallops have a really delicate flavour, and I loved how they were still the superstars when paired with the other ingredients.
2. The new Cookies & Cream Quest Bar. I went through a phase last year of intense Quest bar consumption, and shortly after decided to stop buying them because 1) they’re expensive, 2) they seemed to be making me crave sweet things more often than usual, and 3) I wanted to stick to whole food sources for my protein and fiber intake. This attitude of mine hasn’t changed, but late last week they launched a new one and I couldn’t resist.
I found out that one of our local sports nutrition stores had the Cookies & Cream flavour in stock, so immediately after work I bolted over there to pick up a few. (Sorry – this new thing didn’t actually happen yesterday. It was on Friday but I can’t let it go without mentioning!) The price was the main thing preventing me from buying a whole box, so I limited myself to 2 and, as any food blogger would do, Instagrammed my beautiful bars before tearing one open to get a first bite.
No surprises here – it was delicious. A euphoric experience for the taste buds that seems crazy decadent but really isn’t, and in comparison to other protein bars, is pretty clean ingredients-wise. Cookies & Cream has those big chunks in them similar to the White Chocolate Raspberry Quest bars, and a soft texture like the Cookie Dough ones. These were actually almost too sweet for my liking (like White Chocolate Raspberry) but I think I’m more sensitive to sweetness than other people because I don’t tend to consume a lot of sugar. Chocolate Peanut Butter and Cinnamon Roll are still my top 2 faves, but you wouldn’t have to twist my arm to eat one of these!
So tell me…
- Did you try anything new yesterday?
- Have you tried the Cookies & Cream Quest Bar yet? Thoughts?