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Monday = Mid-Day Workout and Salsa Dinner

Mid-Day Monday Workout 
Ok, so the time change thing really sort of sucks. It was pitch black this morning when Jason's alarm went off at 5 am, at which time I promptly rolled over and dozed back off. It was STILL pitch black as I walked the 3 blocks to my office at 7 am. I know that I'll appreciate the additional sunshine tonight (especially since it is indeed sunny today), but the morning are really going to stink.

Since I didn't get up and do my workout this morning, I decided to do it during my lunch break. I went home and did Cathe's Shock Cardio Athletic Step and then an ab workout. It was nice to get the added boost of energy from a mid-day workout at least.

How is everyone else handling the time change?

Salsa Kind of Dinner
We bought a pineapple the other day so I decided to make a dish I haven't made in ages. It sort of reminds me of spring, probably the salsa aspect. Quorn Cutlets with Pineapple Salsa with Colorful Black Beans and Barley with Tomatoes. The recipe for the salsa is very approximate. It all depends on how much you want to make, how spicy you like your salsa, and whether or not you're a fan of onions.

Pineapple Salsa
Diced pineapple 
Diced red and green bell peppers
Minced jalapeno pepper (1-2 depending on how hot you like it)
Minced red onion 
Fresh orange juice (approximately 2 tbsp)
Lemon juice (to taste)
Salt to taste

Combine all ingredients then set aside in fridge to let flavors meld.

Colorful Black Beans
1/4 - 1/2 diced red bell pepper
1/4 - 1/2 diced green bell pepper
1 tbsp minced garlice
1/2 - 1 minced jalapeno
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 green onion, diced
To taste: salt, pepper, cumin, cilantro, chili powder

In sauce pan, saute bell peppers, jalapeno, and garlic in small amount of olive oil just a couple of minutes. Stir in all ingredients but green onion. Let cook until beans are warmed through then stir in the onions and remove from heat.

Tomato Barley
1 cup barley
2 1/2 cups water or broth
2 green onions, diced
1 tomato seeded and diced
2 tsps minced garlic
To taste: salt, pepper, cumin, cilantro, lemon juice

In sauce pan, cook barely per package directions. Then stir in remaining ingredients. (note, I only used half the barley as I was saving the other half for another dish. If you use all of the barley, you will want to double the tomatoes and onions.)

Serve salsa over Quorn Naked Chik'n Cutlets (or other protein) with beans and barley on the side, or top the barley with the beans.
I love this salsa as it's so fresh. It's easy to make it as spicy or sweet as you like. I think it works really well paired with the black beans and barley.


  1. You are so lucky to live within walking distance of work! I have not been brave enough to test how a mid-way workout would go.

    The recipes look so yummy!

  2. Hi Naomi @ The Tao of Me ! I am very spoiled about living so close to my office. My hubby works right across the street so it's super convenient! Talk about saving on gas!

  3. I LOVE the combination of pineapple and black beans! So summery and fresh!

  4. oh the pineapple salsa looks alot like the mango salsa i posted a couple days ago...yum! ANd w/ the beans, i bet it's great!

  5. Pineapple salsa is one of my favorite things. I can eat it with anything, or just off a spoon. ;-) Another nice looking dinner!

    The time change has thrown me off a little too. I have not felt like exercising in the morning either. I am hoping to get used to the change soon.

    talk to you later,

  6. Pineapple anything is good! Add it with salsa which I think I could eat with anything and youve got yourself a delicious meal! Nice going!

    It's hard to get up in the morning considering the sun doesnt race till about 7:30! I definitely enjoyed my walk with Eddie (my dog) due to the extended daytime though.

  7. ohhh my YUM!!! your pineapple salsa looks fabulous chica!! I LOVE salsa, I can eat it straight from the jar! it has definitely allowed me to survive the winter without in-season tomatoes! I hope youre having a great week girlie! xoxo!

  8. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg I have enough leftover that I think I may use it to top black bean burgers! YUM

    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga I saw your mango recipe and must give that one a try. It looks so refreshing.

    Alicia @ Vegan Epicurean I was eating it out of the bowl too. Gotta make sure it tastes good right! Glad I'm not the only one thrown off with the time change!!

    Lisa @ I'm an Okie I agree with you on pineapple anything! Love it. I just keep trying to remind myself how nice it is to have extended daylight in the evenings.

    Lizzy thanks for stopping by! I'm a salsa nut too. Love it on salads, on my veggie burger, you name it.

  9. So you are my official bicep idol as of this morning i've decided! I have muscular legs and a decent core, but my arms lack any type of definition. So, I'm checking out your workout archives for advice. The whole mid day workout thing is nice sometimes when it gives you that extra push to get through the day. Thanks for the tip!

  10. The mornings have been a bummer with the time change but since I normally get off and it is dark out, it was so nice to have sunshine yesterday! Loved it!
    That meal looks great. I love pineapple in salsa! Soo good!

  11. I like pineapple with ANYTHING...this is perfect!!! :)

  12. Jenna @ Healthy Happy Well I take that as a HUGE compliment!! Let me know if you have any questions!

    Kristen @ Swanky Dietitian it's definitely the mornings that are killer. I know they'll get easier (or I sure hope).

    Thanks Gelareh @ Nutritious Foodie !

    Kelly @ Healthy Living with Kelly totally with you on the pineapple on anything. I could make myself sick eating. I think that was my favorite thing about the last cruise I took come to think of it...

  13. Loving that dinner! Pineapple salsa sounds like the perfect spring/summer side!

  14. Alyson @ Nourished Fitness homemade salsa like that always make me thing of warmer weather. So refreshing really.

  15. This looks delicious! Do you get buy a whole pineapple or already cut up? I've always wanted to try with a whole one, but not sure how to know if it's good or not.

  16. Thanks so much for stopping by Lisa @ Early Morning Run ! We typically buy whole pineapples b/c they're so much cheaper. It seems like I read somewhere that you're supposed to be able to tell by the "eyes" that the larger they are the riper it is. You may double check that one though!! I love your St. Patty's Day run recap BTW!


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