Lately I have been all about keeping my meals simple. This means leftovers, making recipes I am familiar with or that seem easy, and preparing foods on the weekends, like my on-the-go breakfasts. I think that I am getting to the point in training where I don’t have the energy to do anything extra, yet I want to eat everything in sight.
So, here is how a simple Monday looked…through pictures (mostly), because isn’t that the real reason why you are here?
The usual pre-run coffee
Egg scramble (leftover from Sunday’s breakfast)
Blueberry almond breakfast cookies
A jonamac apple from Fresh Market (first time trying these)
Turkey and veggie lasagna (leftovers from Sunday night- also, picture from Sunday night)
Uber LARABAR on my drive home from work
Had Kombucha for the second time ever (and it wasn’t expired!)
Salmon (I followed this recipe), baked potato, green beans
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Brownie
And one random comment…when we were buying our salmon at Fresh Market the other day I just had to take a picture of this:
Seriously?? I feel like this pumpkin thing can be taken a bit too far sometimes. But I’m not a big fan, so maybe it’s just me.
Would you eat pumpkin spiced salmon?
How do you keep your meals simple?
Do you find you have less energy to cook when you are marathon training?
Thanks Arman for hosting WIAW this week!
meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles says
OMG with the pumpkin salmon. It’s enough already! I think it’s all a marketing thing in the stores for the season but it’s getting annoying. I haven’t had kombucha now in a while, I saw it was on sale at Whole Foods. And yes to simple, I never feel like complicated meals.
Kombucha is an expensive habit to keep regularly. And I definitely agree that all the pumpkin stuff is all about the marketing!
Hahaha pumpkin spiced salmon! Now I’ve seen it all 😉 Knowing me I probably WOULD try it… and like it! It’s not such a big thing here in the UK, so may be the novelty would appeal 😉
I was really curious if anyone would like it! I can’t even imagine what it would taste like, but I think I’m turned off by it because I’m not a big fan of pumpkin.
Susie @ SuzLyfe says
The salmon. I can’t even…
Is a jonamac a cross between a johnathon and a macintosh?
I’m not sure, but probably! We read the description on the bag and they sounded good which is why we tried them. It did remind me of a macintosh.
That brownie looks delicious. That is one of my weaknesses when it comes to desserts. Pumpkin spice salmon? I love all things pumpkin so I’d definitely give it a try.
If you ever get the chance to try pumpkin salmon I would love to hear what you think of it!
I have never heard of a Jonomac! Was it good? And pumpkin spiced salmon? No, just no…
This was the first time I heard of it as well! It was good…reminded me of a macintosh.
Pumpkin spiced salmon?! I’m not a big fan of pumpkin spice either. Well, to be honest I’ve never had anything with pumpkin spice so I don’t know for a fact that I’m not a fan, but I don’t really like the smell of it so I don’t think I would like it!
That’s how I feel about pumpkin spice! Although I will use it for baking, but definitely not on fish!!
Michele @ paleorunningmomma says
To the first question, I would not, and now I want to gag! We are definitely on the same page with our approach to meals and our WIAW this week!
Yes- marathon training is tiring so who wants to think too much about cooking? I would love to hear what someone thought of that salmon who actually tried it.
Laura @ This Runner's Recipes says
Pumpkin spice salmon is just too far. I could see maybe ginger on salmon, but not cinnamon, nutmeg, or cloves. I love simple meals – especially anything involving baked potatoes right now as I want all the carbs!
Agreed! Ginger on salmon is good, anything else would probably be too much.
I’m not a squash fan at all and pumpkin falls in line with that. Each year it gets worse and worse, and sorry, pumpkin spice salmon does not sound appetizing at all.
Agreed! It’s fine to like that stuff, but I don’t see the need to put it on salmon.
Jen B. says
Oh dear lord–I LOVE all things pumpkin, but pumpkin spiced salmon is a little too much, and that’s saying a lot coming from someone who embraces their inner Basic White Girl!
Glad you can agree! Just seems like it’s going a bit too far.
BAHA that salmon. I would have to try it. I’m already turning orange with the amount of pumpkin spice I’ve been having, so why not? Keeping it simple is soooo the way to go. On occasion it’s nice to “jazz” things up, but especially when tired or busy, you have your “go to” meals for a reason! And your meals still look so delicious. I really want egg scramble right now.
If you ever try it I would love to know what you think:) And most of the time it’s so much easier to stick with simple meals…who wants to stress out about making complicated recipes all the time?
Oh for crying out loud. I could drop a D in a box, label it as pumpkin spice and make a killing off of it. This is getting ridiculous. 😉
I knew you would agree that this is taking it too far! I’m with ya on trying pumpkin beer, but salmon? NO thanks.
Pumpkin spiced salmon sounds like a big no-no in my opinion. I am definitely at the point in training where I am on total autopilot and just eating the same things because it’s easy, takes no energy, and I know it’s healthy… which means EGGS FOR DINNER! Haha. By the end of the day I’m just spent, and want to sit my butt on the couch 🙂
Exactly! Anytime I try to make a meal that involved more work I instantly regret it.
Alyssa @ Renaissancerunnergirl says
I always eat breakfast foods after a long run because they are so easy to whip up – scramble some eggs and veggies and cheese, pair with turkey or ham and GF toast or a wrap, some fruit after and iced coffee on the side 🙂
Breakfast foods are so perfect post run! As much as I complain about cooking after a tiring run, it really doesn’t take that long to make eggs:)
Rachael @ Catch Me if You Can says
i just gagged a little thinking of pumpkin spiced salmon. although maybe it tastes fantastic, dont some people mix chocolate and avocado and say it tastes really good. personally that sounds nasty but maybe its fantastic. the salmon though, pretty sure thats just gross lol
I agree with you! But considering I don’t love pumpkin I didn’t’ want to be too quick to judge:) But yea, definitely a weird combo.
Lisa @ Lisa the Vegetarian says
I love those uber larabars. They make such a tasty, filling snack!
I just tried them recently and they are so good!
Angie @ Pace with Grace says
Pumpkin spiced salmon… I’m not sure about that. I would try it but don’t think I would spend the $ on it. I keep meals simple by prepping ahead and having protein options to throw into salads through out the week. I also use my crock pot on Sundays to cook a big meal and eat leftovers them through out the week. That PB chocolate chip brownie looks delicious!
Those sound like good strategies! I definitely wouldn’t spend money on the pumpkin spices salmon either.
Annette @ Sweating Through Life says
I agree with you. I love pumpkin spice things…but there has got to be a line. I mean, it’s not good enough to put on EVERYTHING.
I also wish, once again, that I liked seafood. The salmon looks so delicious, but I just don’t like it:(
I am kind of picky about seafood. But salmon is one of the few kinds of fish I like. Just not with pumpkin spice:)
You know it’s Wednesday when you scroll through a blog post filled with tons of awesome looking food and you find yourself drooling over the coffee! Sigh…
I’ve noticed that I don’t feel up to cooking as much when I’m in peak training mode. It’s helpful if my significant other can pick up some of the slack, but mostly I just try to keep the freezer stocked with leftovers that have been pre-portioned for meals. That way I basically have the convenience of eating something packaged but it’s still homemade.
Haha, yes, definitely a Wednesday!
That sounds like a great plan! Its so hard to get motivated to cook when you are already tired.
I have never tried pumpkin spiced salmon. I love all salmon, raw, baked, smoked etc, but I am a little baffled by this one. I love to cook so I make lots and then have leftovers and freeze them. All of these look delicious and healthy. Have a great day
I was baffled when I saw this at the seafood counter! That sounds like a great plan to make extra food and freeze it. I think that would help over my next few weeks of training!
I am a fan of pumpkin/pumpkin spiced flavored things, but it can be taken too far and pumpkin spiced Salmon is one of those things! I would definitely not eat that. That lasagna looks delicious and is making me want to make that soon haha.
Lasagna is one of my favorite meals during marathon training because its filling and there are lots of leftovers!
rachel @ athletic avocado says
that PB chocolate chip brownie looks amazing! i need to try that! and pumpkin spice salmon sounds interesting! i would try it!
If you ever get to try it please let me know what you think:)
Sara @ Oats & Rows says
Wow, pumpkin spiced salmon?? I definitely would try it, but I don’t know about having it as a whole meal. I keep my meals simple by having a fish or meat that’s baked and roasting veggies at the same time. All done at the same time!
I love meals that can all be cooked together! Definitely simplifies things and makes for an easier clean up!
Mmm- I just went back to your breakfast post and I’m drooling! Also, all of these meals look damn yummy too!
Tara @ Running 'N' Reading says
Really?!? Pumpkin-spiced salmon?!? I love salmon and I love pumpkin spice so…I don’t know, but I agree that it has gotten a little wild. I don’t know what it says about me that I’ve just started marathon training and I ALREADY don’t want to cook – ha! I’m so glad that you’re getting close, Lisa!!
All this pumpkin spiced stuff is definitely being taken a bit too far…I don’t think thats something I would ever want to try!