Happy Monday, hope everyone had a great weekend! Tom was away snowboarding with some friends this weekend so I spent some time catching up with friends and checking things off my never-ending to-do list! It was also a great weekend for Oto, he is thoroughly exhausted now. On Saturday we took a long walk at a nearby reservation with some friends and he had fun playing in the dog park with his buddies.
Sometimes he can be a little annoying and bark a lot when he’s playing so I learned that if I just stuff something in his mouth, he plays much better. I found this frisbee at the dog park so that became the “bark stopper” for the day. Yesterday we took him to a Boston Terrier meetup group where he played with 20 something other Bostons. It’s really pretty hilarious because they all act exactly the same. Plus, the owners are much more forgiving when Oto jumps up at their face trying to stick his tongue in their mouth.
Ok, on to this delicious salad now. I don’t know about you but I LOVE roasted vegetables. No, you don’t understand, like I really LOVE them. Almost as much as grilled vegetables. I’d almost rather have a sweet crispy piece of zucchini than chocolate cake (almost).
I roasted off a bunch of veggies last weekend with the intention of adding them to salads throughout the week but I realized I didn’t want to wait, I decided to just whip up some dressing, pour it on, and call it a meal.
You can roast whatever vegetables you have on hand, I used zucchini, peppers, red onions & sweet potatoes (which take a little longer by the way). You could use butternut squash, cauliflower, green beans, mushrooms…whatever your heart desires.
I’ve been slightly obsessing over oranges lately so why not throw that obsession into a dressing? I have to say, it was pretty damn good! The mellow vanilla flavor was the perfect balance to the acidity of the orange juice.
I’m just going to post the recipe for the vinaigrette below, your roasting time will vary based on the vegetables you use. Just toss them in some olive oil, salt & pepper and then roast at 400 F until they are soft & browned.
WHAT MAKES ME HAPPY:
Our boot camp group recently got together and we all made “vision boards” that would help inspire us to reach our fitness & weight loss goals. I made two small boards that I could hang next to my desk to keep me motivated. It may seem a little silly but when I’m getting ready to get up and take my lunch break and I look over and see all these happy, smiling, fit people, it encourages me to make better choices so I can reach my goals. If you’re having a hard time staying motivated, it might be a good thing to try out!