Overall the week was good! Progress has been made in my thesis in that I am meeting with my chair next week to get the ball rolling and hopefully I can come up with a topic that will be both interesting and doable. I’m really interested in the coconut water topic, but there are no studies out there that I can find as of yet. This would not be good for me in that I wouldn’t have any suggestions or methods to base my research off of. Any of you with an MS out there have any suggestions for me as I embark on this crazy journey that you wish you would have done differently? I’m still trying to learn the proper protocol for everything, and I can’t believe all the grammatical rules, yikes!
I am sooooorrre today! My muscles are not liking me at the moment, but I tried to win them over with some chia, flax, wheat germ oats love this morning :) Workout week looked something like this . . .
tuesday – hip hop
wednesday – kick box (always makes me sore) I think my HR monitor is freaking out because it has told me twice now I maxed at 222, um cardiac arrest?!
thursday – first jazz class in a long time and I have definitely lost a lot of my technique and my hips were in shock.
friday – spin
I have to say though that since I’ve started cycling, my exercise classes have been feeling a lot easier and I don’t get very winded. Granted I am still sucking air like a girl on my rides trying to keep up with the pros, other things are now feeling easier, just for conditioning. I’ve got my clipless shoes, so now I just have to get the pedals. Why did I decide to start something so pricey, geez! I’m really nervous about this because you are practically locked into the bike and I can just imagine myself falling over while screaming ‘I can’t clip out!!!’ oh dear. positive thoughts.
Many of you around the blog world have been joyously praising the new fall weather coming your way and I’m jealous!!! Please send some out my way! It’s still freaking hot here and I look forward to the days when I can actually do activities outside in the afternoon without dying from heat stroke and bake lovely comforting warm casseroles without heating the house to oblivion. So because of that I have a nice refreshing pasta dish, adapted from my pasta idol Giada, that is great really at any temperature and very refreshing!
Lemony Roasted Chicken & Broccoli Pasta
- about 3 bunches broccoli, trimmed and chopped
- 1/2 box of your favorite long pasta (I usually make fresh fettuccine, but in a crunch we had spaghetti rigati)
- 1 (14-ounce) can reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 cups shredded roasted chicken (from about 1 roasted chicken)
- 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
- 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- Salt, freshly ground black pepper and all-purpose seasoning
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until 4 minutes from al dente, then add broccoli and finish cooking together. Reserve 1/2 cup liquid; drain and rinse with cold water.
Meanwhile, bring the broth and lemon juice to a boil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Boil until the broth reduces a bit. Add the garlic and chicken, simmer on low. Add broccoli and pasta to the chicken broth and stir to combine. Add 1/3-1/2 cup of Parmesan, pine nuts, oil, and lemon zest. Toss to coat, adding some of the reserved cooking liquid, 1/4 cup at a time, to moisten if needed* Season to taste. Sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan and serve.
*note this is a really light sauce so it will seem as if it’s not ‘coming together’ give it time and some good light stirring. The chicken and broccoli will absorb all that lovely juice.
It’s great as a cold salad for leftovers too!
If you couldn’t tell, I’m really looking forward to the extra day this weekend. We don’t have any specific plans, but I do hope to make some progress on my school projects, organization and sanity, along with other house stuff like cleaning and wash. Oh and hopefully a bike ride in there somewhere. Tonight I plan to get together with a good friend for a little bite to eat and some drinks :)
Hope you all have a lovely weekend!