Long time no see, WordPress. Things have been… busy, shall we say. We got married, moved, went to Florida for a week, and then I left for two weeks in London to attend a conference and indulge my Anglophilia. Today was my first day of summer teaching, which marks a return to something like normalcy in my daily routine.
London was great, of course. The only downside was that Alex couldn’t join me there, but on the bright side, my dad could! We had a fantastic time exploring the city together, on probably our last father-daughter-only trip. This was my dad’s second visit to London and my fourth or fifth, which meant that we did fewer touristy things and more things off the beaten track. I’m going to write a few posts about the neighborhood we stayed in and the restaurants and pubs that we visited, because there were some really great ones this time! I can’t take credit for all of the “finds;” my friends Reid, Emily, and Zach were in London while we were, and they showed us some excellent restaurants and pubs.
Speaking of traveling, Alex and I have decided to go somewhere for Christmas this year! We went to my family’s place last winter and we’ll see his family next winter, but this year, we’ve had our fill of family for a while and we haven’t gone on a honeymoon. First on our list is Mexico City. We’re enjoying doing some research before we decide.
Aside from teaching five days per week, writing an article, and hopefully beginning my dissertation prospectus, I am committing myself to daily exercise and healthier meals. The past couple of months have been pretty indulgent, and while I haven’t gained much actual weight, I feel different. Squishier. Less healthy.
For me and for you, here are some lunch recipes that I’m making over the next few weeks. Some of these are just good, others are great.
- This superfood salad with lemon vinaigrette is what I’m having for lunch this week. It’s absolutely delicious. I substituted chili-marinated shredded chicken for shrimp, and halved red grapes for the orange segments, since the oranges around here are gross lately.
- Eat Live Run’s Italian tuna salad travels really well because it includes so little mayonnaise. It’s great with whole-grain crackers and some plain greens.
- This shrimp and avocado salad with miso dressing is one of my favorite meals ever. The dressing recipe is amazing, and with baby kale as a base, this salad is super healthy and filling. You could substitute marinated chicken in this one, too.
- A DIY lunch bowl is the concept that most of these salads and meals are based on. It seems stupidly easy, but this post includes some ingredient ideas and an excellent dressing recipe.