resetting your year - salmon quinoa salad

Happy Thursday friends!

If any of you read my last post, then you know that last week wassss not the best. Luckily, this week has been much better.

There was like ONE shitty thing that happened this week. Not so much bad as just absolutely terrifying…

Most days I work from home, and since the weather has been nice I keep our back door open sometimes so Finnigan can go out and chill on the patio (he looooves his patio). Finn is not the quickest of cats, all I’ve really seen him catch is a lizard. So I’m working at my kitchen table, and I hear this flapping noise. And the flapping noise keeps getting closer. And then there’s chirping. And the next thing I know, Finnigan is right next to me with A FREAKIN’ ALIVE BIRD that he’s trying to catch. Just flappin’ around the house nbd!

Now I don’t know how y’all feel about birds, but they really terrify me. Or maybe it’s just having an uninvited animal in your home. Either way, the results were not cute.

This is ACTUAL footage of me. Thank God he chased the bird back out or else I probably would have had to move.

Anyway…this past Sunday I woke up in a total weird mood. I didn’t feel like myself. Have any of you woken up in that kind of funk? I feel like this is usually about the time of year when I realize that my New Year’s resolutions have slowly but surely faded away. I was on such a high the beginning of this year and especially during and after England and I realized that I’ve come far from that girl.

It’s understandable, we get so caught up in other things. I was so stressed out by finding a house, then moving while also starting a new job that I got completely sidetracked of my goals. I haven’t had a day like that in a while where I was like “what just happened?” So this week, I decided to do a little “mini cleanse” to clear my head and get back on track.  Let’s call it “a yellow peach” cleanse.

**Please note, I am not in any way a fitness/health/beauty blogger. I’m still planning on sharing with you my Fried Green Tomatoes cooked in bacon grease one day so don’t think I’m going total health freak on you here. For all I know, my advice could make you fat and unhappy so just keep that in mind, mk?

Step one: Treat yo self. If you have not seen this Parks and Rec episode, do yourself a favor and watch it now. I did little things to treat myself that make me happy. I got a pedicure. I set up an appointment to get a massage and get my hair done. I got the whole Cerave skin care line that I’m super excited about. And the coolest thing I think I did all week was take a voice lesson. I haven’t taken lessons since high school but I used to LOVE them. I met with this really cool jazz musician named Kermit and I sang some blues and jazz standards. Do things you used to do when you were young…you’d be surprised how much fun it still is.

Step two: Get back on track with fitness. I’ve never been an athletic person. I used to always say if you see me running, call the police because something is seriously wrong. I’ve changed a lot since then and I know what workouts are best for me so I’m starting back up. I’ve made it a point to do something active every day, even if it’s just for a brief walk/jog around the neighborhood.

And to top it off, for 3 days don't have:

-meat (except fish)
-any processed food

I also didn’t wear makeup for three days to give my skin a break and drank a TON of water. A track coach once told me that you should be drinking so much water that your pee should be clear and in copious amounts at all times. This same track coach also told me that I run incorrectly…but that’s not the point here.

As one of my good friends said, sometimes you just need to hit the reset button of life. Reset emotionally, physically, and mentally, and get your shit back together. On that note, I’m sharing this REALLY DELICIOUS Salmon Quinoa Salad recipe that is packed full of healthy stuff and will make your mini cleanse even better. 

Quinoa is insanely nutritious. Although sometimes it can be pretty bland, so I'll sometimes use vegetable broth instead of water. Cook the quinoa according to package instructions and set in fridge to cool. Should make 4 servings.

Main salad ingredients include:

-1/2 red bell pepper diced
-1/2 yellow bell pepper diced
-1/2 green bell pepper diced
-1/2 cucumber diced
(this is super similar to my last recipe ingredients if any of you are having deja vu)
-about a handful of cut cherry tomatoes
-cooked salmon

I used leftover salmon from the previous night, if you haven't cooked your salmon yet I suggest baking it at 450F for 12-15 minutes.

Mix these ingredients together and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Mmmm so pretty.

Dressing ingredients:

-juice of half of a lemon
-3 tblsp olive oil
-1 tblsp rice vinegar
-1 small clove minced garlic
-1 tsp dijon mustard
-dash salt and pepper

Whisk together in a bowl.

Prepare your garnishes:

-shredded carrots

If you skip or replace anything on this recipe, please don't let it be the basil. Seriously, it MAKES it.

Mix the quinoa with the salad ingredients and toss with the dressing. Top with your garnishes and enjoy cold :) 

When I was in England in the middle of a giant, random, gorgeous field and I had that moment of "Oh my God, I actually did this"...this song was playing through my headphones. The context of the song isn't as important to me as just how much I remember that moment. Cheesy...I know. Judge me. Check it out here.