organicgirl balsamic glaze quinoa salad

Hello, loves!

How’s your week going? Mine has been decently quick and super busy, per usual. I did manage to make an amazing Fall salad on Monday night and I’m very excited to share it with you today!

I have been working with organicgirl for several months now and always look  forward to my delivery of greens – they’re all so good. Even better news is that stores in my area are starting to carry the organicgirl brand, which is awesome! I can pick up a clamshell any time I want. :) This months shipment included the two newest products – sweet, buttery, mache blend and super spinach! I knew right away that I wanted to make a fun, filling, Fall salad.

Here’s what I came up with: blog7It turned out pretty freaking good! Here’s what you’ll need:  blog1

  • organicgirl sweet, buttery mache
  • organicgirl super spinach
  • 1 cup, cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/4 balsamic glaze (add more to taste)
  • 1 apple, sliced
  • 1/4 cup feta
  • 1 T balsamic vinaigrette

1.) Cook the quinoa, per package instructions. In the meantime, start preparing the rest of the ingredients. blog2   blog33.) Once the quinoa is done, remove it from the heat and add in the balsamic glaze. blog44.) Assemble the salad. I combined both the mache blend and spinach and topped it with the warm quinoa. Then added the rest of the ingredients on top. blog65.) Serve with a little extra balsamic vinaigrette and enjoy!   blog5

 

I took this salad for lunch the next day and it was just as good. Definitley a keeper!

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Weekend.

Oh, hello there!

How are you? How was your weekend? Mine was so wonderful – from family time, to having friends over for some football and going to the apple orchard – everything was so great!

Here’s how it went down.

FRIDAY 

After work, I went over to my sister’s house to hang out, make dinner and lay low. It was just what I needed. We made Cauliflower mac n’ cheese from Vegetarian Times and it was delicious!

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I was home and in bed early. I let myself sleep in until 9:00, which was amazing! I just didn’t want to get up and since I didn’t have any commitments, I enjoyed staying under the covers!

SATURDAY

Once I got moving, I made some coffee and breakfast and relaxed for a bit before getting in a workout.

blog3Originally, I had planned to go to the gym, but I ended up just doing a ladder circuit workout at home and then going for a short jog outside. It was nice!

blog10After a shower, I started prepping food for the day since we were having people over for the Notre Dame game! We made chicken wings, lots of dips, buffalo chicken flatbread, shrimp and some desserts.

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blog5Can I have more of this right now, please?!

We watched the game and thankfully got an Irish win, so we were happy, and eventually made our way to the bars!

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SUNDAY

Woof.

I certainly didn’t wake up feeling very chipper. Ashley made us eggs and we chilled for a little while.

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Then my mom called and asked if we wanted to go to the apple orchard with her and my dad, so I got up and got ready to head out with them!

blog9It was a nice afternoon walking around the orchard and buying some apple fritters, cider and apple butter!

Afterward, we hit Nick and Jimmy’s for some lunch. I ordered a salad with chicken and snacked on some chips and salsa, too.

The rest of the day was super lazy – I watched the Tigers, blogged, and spent time on the couch – it was great!

Overall, I had a great weekend!

This week brings lots of workout, meal prep and planning and a new organicgirl recipe. :)


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Weekend.

Good Afternoon and Happy Monday!

How was your weekend?! Mine was a nice balance of some relaxing time and some fun time out with the girls!

This week is going to be another crazy one at work, so I’m going to do my best to just stay on top of everything, keep organized and just tackle one thing at a time. I took care of some emails yesterday so that I didn’t have to come in early today. Blah!

Here’s how the weekend looked:

FRIDAY

I met up with my friend, Kayla, for one happy hour drink after work. It was a very long Friday, so I just wanted to get home and plop myself on the couch – and that’s just what I did. I ended up falling asleep around 8:00!!

SATURDAY

I woke up refreshed and well-rested – I needed the eleven hours of sleep, I guess!

I made some breakfast before heading to the gym – I had some MixMyOwn granola and my new favorite almond milk.

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blog20I love how simple it is. It comes in coconut and vanilla, too!

At the gym, I completed 45 minutes of elliptical intervals and called it a day. It certainly felt great to have my workout over with my 10:00 a.m.

After a quick shower, I ran some errands with my mom and Ashley. I’m on the hunt for some new heels! I was unsuccessful, sadly, so I’ll probably refer to my fave website – 6pm.com. :)

After errands, I got ready to head downtown with my friend, Alissa, for a pub crawl. She asked me to join her last minute, but it worked well, because I had plans downtown later in the night anyway!

At 5:00, she dropped me off to Zia’s on the docks where I met up with my other girlfriends for a fun girl’s night! We got a hotel room downtown and just enjoyed the evening – out dancing and having a blast!

blog13Vodka + water + lemons, per usual.

blog14SUNDAY

Ouch.

I woke up pretty rough, but luckily we didn’t need to check out of the hotel until noon – score! I stayed in bed until 11 and then finally got my stuff packed up and ready to head home. We grabbed bagels on the way back, which saved my life!

Later in the day, I enjoyed an hour long walk at a local park – it was nice getting some fresh air! When I got home, I had a delicious fish taco with broccoli slaw and avocado.

blog15While I was in the kitchen, I prepped a big salad for the week and made my eggs for the morning. By 6:00, I was more than ready to hit the couch and not move!

I could’ve totally used one more day to relax and regroup before heading back to work, that’s for sure!

Here’s my workouts I have planned for this week:

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