It’s hard to love Thursdays, being so close to the end of the week (freedom as I know it). So, I’ve decided to make a little list as to what makes this day great, if not better than the rest.
- It’s date night! Joe and I always see each other on Thursdays, and this week, it’s going to be the first time I’ve seen him since last Wednesday (he was riding with a police department last Thursday, so we compromised). It feels like forever since our last visit and I have so much to share with him.
- I’m cooking my (I think our) favorite meal tonight for dinner. It’s this yummy-super delicious orzo dish that we both fell in love with a couple of weeks ago when I made it. I’ll include the recipe below for all of you that would like to enjoy the dish tonight as well.
- I don’t have class! Phew! Double phew! It’s been a long week, with everything coming to an end, the pressure is on to get everything done. I do have a ton to do this weekend, but it’s not anything I am going to worry about on my one day off from school.
- I seem to have mastered my recipe for my favorite morning tea. I’ve always enjoyed my yogi tea because of the daily dose of wisdom. I asked for a glass tea pot that I can steep fresh tea in, so this technique will slightly change, but I’m up for the challenge (and the trips to uncommon grounds for my favorite varieties). I’ve made it a habit the past couple of weeks to start with this green tea with echinasea, seems to warm me up and gets things flushed from my body- little detox I suppose. My secret ingredient: local honey. I know, a lot of people add honey to their tea, but a good whopping spoonful seems to have helped me with my allergies- and is a sweet, natural treat. No sugar, no creamer, just honey.
- Tonight is my first weigh-in. I haven’t worked out nearly as much as I had anticipated, which doesn’t shock me, but my clean eating has been spot on. I can’t wait to see my results this evening. I pinky promise to share the results tomorrow.
- Although I overslept this morning, it sure was bright out! Which leads me to believe it was pretty sunny out at 6am. This means I can start running in the morning and not have it be dark out. Speaking of running, I found a treadmill on craigslist that I am going to go look at this weekend- only $200 and in pretty good shape. Joe offered to pay for a portion of it as my Christmas present, and I more than willingly accepted the offer. No better gift than health, right? I really dislike treadmills but if it gets me running in the evenings when I have time but don’t want to run around Troy alone, it’s def. better than nothing. And will hopefully help me boost my endurance. Lisa did over two months of training on the treadmill because of the winter weather for her first marathon, and that was her fastest race to date.
Ingredients: (I like to make enough for Joe and I, with some leftovers to last me a couple lunches at work)
- 1/2 pound orzo
- 1 pound shrimp (personally I like the big ones that are raw and with the shell- I don’t mind taking the five minutes to de-shell them and save myself some cash for the “inconvenience.” And I have time to be thankfull for those little shrimpies that are giving me nutrients.)
- 2-3 lemons
- feta cheese (the Troy co-op has a great variety of local options)
- olive oil
- salt and pepper
- Preheat your oven at 400 degrees.
- Cook orzo according to package- I like mine a lil al dente. Drain and set aside in bowl to let cool.
- While this is warming up, thaw your shrimpies if they aren’t already and de-shell them. Pat dry with a towel/napkin.
- Toss lightly with olive oil and salt & pepper. I really like to load it up with pepper (sometimes a little red pepper for some spice!)
- Bake on tray for 6-8 minutes DO NOT OVER COOK!
- While the shrimpies are baking, juice the lemons and add with a couple table spoons of olive oil. I love fresh lemons. Add two if you are on the fence, three if you’re in love like me. Little salt and pepper. Mix in with the orzo as well as a good handful or two of scallions. Again, I’m a fan of scallions, so I go for two.
- Add the shrimpies to the mix when out of the oven and mix in the feta! At least a half a cup is needed, I don’t like the feta to overwhelm the dish, so throw some in and try it and add more if needed.
- Now you should let it drop to room temperature. Not a necessity but it allows the lemon juice and all the flavors to mix and jive. Honestly, sometimes Joe and I can’t wait and gobble it up warm. But the leftovers the next day are even more fabulous!
Hope you all enjoy it just as much as we do! And I’m not just speaking about the meal- your Thursday!