Thursday, February 18, 2016

Veggin' Out

On a sunny day in February, if it gets into the 40s, you know what I am going to start thinking. I gotta grill something!
I stopped at the store on my way home from work to stock up on some grillable veggies...peppers, onions, zucchini and asparagus are some of our favorites.
As soon as I got home I got to work. So there I was, prepping like a mad woman, knowing the whole time I didn't have to cook because I had already agreed to a "Survivor season premiere pizza" - yes, it is a thing just ask the pizza monster I lovingly refer to as my husband.

While I "manned" the grill, my husband played frisbee with Millie...she loved it. However, she did not love the paw-washing she had to endure before she came in :(  The yard is a muddy mess.
What am I going to do with all those grilled veggies??
Don't worry, I had plans. First up, the other day Mary at Runs to Get Waisted posted a picture of a quinoa salad she made. I have been dreaming of that salad since she posted it last week. I thought the grilled veggies would be perfect. I chopped some of the veggies in bite sized pieces to make a chunky salad like my inspiration salad.

I had some leftover pineapple from our homemade pizza so I chopped a little into the salad. It is pretty tasty as is, but I have some strawberry vinaigrette at work that I am going to try with it tomorrow.
In addition to all the grillable veggies I bought some lettuce and spinach.
 So. while I was at the grill I tossed on a couple of chicken breasts to use in salads.
I chopped the rest of the grilled veggies into smaller pieces to use in my egg muffins. We really like broccoli in our egg muffins so I steamed a batch to add to the grilled veggies.

I used a dozen eggs - keeping only 4 of the yolks. Yes, it trims the calorie count, but we also just like less yolk in the egg muffins.
Poor rejected egg yolks. I feel terrible about wasting them, If I had planned right I could have used the yolks for that Egg Ravioli I've been eyeing. Next time.
 I topped the muffins with a little turkey sausage and a sprinkle of sharp cheddar.
That is some serious veg!!  I am pretty sure I will be having a couple in a wrap for breakfast.
I apologize for featuring the egg muffins again...I just got on a roll with the grilled veggie theme. Overall, I am pretty impressed with myself. I came home from a long day at work and prepared many delicious, healthy meals.

And now it is time to watch Survivor and eat a reasonable portion of that pizza :)   (Morning update: I ate two pieces and was satisfied.)

What are some of your favorite ways to "veg out"?






12 comments:

  1. Oh those muffins look delicious! Can I put a request in for you to make them for us for #LLLRetreat? haha (I'll totally clean the kitchen after!) Looks like that little burst of warm weather was good for you to get some grilling in!

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    1. I will come loaded down with the pre-grilled veggies :) Sounds like we are back to cold this week, but it was fun while it lasted.

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  2. I love your cooking posts! So delicious looking! I have tried egg muffins before but eggs upset my stomach so I have had to give up on them. Ah well.

    And now I have to make the quinoa salad. Thank you for reminding me!

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    1. That stinks about your tummy and eggs. Sometimes they bother me, but I think so many veggies helps me.

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  3. Those muffins look amazing. I never thought of filling mine with broccoli. Such a good idea!!!

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    1. Broccoli is one of our favorites :)

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  4. Those vegetables look so delicious! How did the salad turn out?

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    1. The veggies and quinoa were fantastic. But I didn't love the dressing. I actually ate it plain the next day with some grilled chicken and it was great.

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  5. I love the idea of grilling up a ton of veggies while the weather is good. We grill them all the time to eat with dinner but I never think of adding extras to use later in the week.

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    1. Having all those veggies grilled definitely inspired me. This was the first time I did such a purposeful bunch and I already want to do it again. I usually just throw on a little extra which works well too.

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