Simplicity at its Best

Well, I thought the storm had passed us for good and even spied a little bit of sun trying to peak out from under a cloud this afternoon…..but then I just heard the familiar pounding on my roof and, of course, it’s pouring once again :(. Hopefully tomorrow will be nicer!

My overnight oats kept me going quite well until I had lunch at 11:30. I think this combo, cold with the yogurt, keeps me full for the longest amount of time. Good to know!

I enjoyed my protein bar today (it was quite filling and I loooooved the texture!!!) but want to get into detail about it and right now I’m rushing off to school so that review will have to wait until tomorrow. I hope yall don’t mind! I have lots to say! 🙂

For dinner, I made one of my simple favorites. Pan seared salmon with roasted brussels sprouts and a sweet potato. With some random grapes in there for good measure.


I used the frozen wild salmon fillets I got last weekend and whole foods. It was easy to defrost in the fridge overnight and quick to cook on the stove! This is a great find because while I love salmon, I rarely buy it because I know I have to eat it that night since its fresh. Frozen is a great option here! I seasoned it lightly with sea salt and pepper and cooked it in 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil in my cast iron for about 4 minutes per side—it had a deliciously yummy exterior and a cool interior—my favorite! I also roasted some sprouts and baked this YAM (i thought it was a sweet potato but it’s actually a yam!) in the microwave for four minutes. Much quicker than the oven! I added about a tsp of earth balance to it so it would be nice and creamy.

This meal was soooooo satisfying! That’s why I love salmon and sweet potatoes. They are just “feel good” food. I always feel wonderful after eating them and know it was a great healthy choice for my body as well. Not to mention how great they taste!!! =)  For a snack later, I’m bringing a granola packet. Who know if it will be a late night or not…I’m going an hour early to get the information I missed from my meeting yesterday and start rolling some truffles!


Have a good night!

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  • Meghan
    August 22, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    Jenna, I didn’t get a chance to comment about the whole migraine thing yet but I too am plagued with the crappy gene for migraines as well as having chronic daily headaches, but that’s besides the point… ANYWHO, I wanted to comment to say that although I’m on preventative medication, I was also prescribed imitrex and in my opinion it does more harm than good, especially for someone with an active lifestyle. You might find the website for a renown headache clinic in NY interesting (NYheadache.com) and from there make sure to check out the drug Migralex which isn’t available but it seems like quite a few doctors and people who they tested it on are singing their praise for it! OK I know I sound like an add and it IS kinda weird that I get more excited about a new migraine medication then say, christmas, but when it’s something that’s so incredibly sucky I think it’s kind of worth it!

    Dinner looks great! I’ve been planning on having a sweet potato and salmon dinner since the beginning of the week, and you’ve finally gotten me to take the salmon out of the freezer and into the fridge to defrost for tomorrow! Thanks!

  • Meghan
    August 22, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    *ad not add

  • polly
    August 22, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    hi jenna! have a nice weekend and I’m sorry you’ll miss the boy. Did you see that guy Bolt win both the 100 and 200 in the Olympics this week? Anyway, Bob Costas said his family said his secret to fast running was because he ate a lot of YAMS. hehee Thought that’d make you smile. Enjoy those yams for your fast gams! hehee

    I love salmon, too.

  • Steph
    August 22, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    ah hopefully the storm will pass soon!
    this is random but i thought i would ask since i trust your opinion! do you ever eat pilaf? do you have any ideas of what to mix in with it/spice it up?

  • Heather
    August 22, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    I just found your blog and I love it! I’m in Florida, too and this weather is ridiculous. I really want to go out for a nice long bike ride but the rain started again. Total bummer! Roasted brussel sprouts are my favorite and they don’t seem to get enough recognition. My parents always ate them frozen and boiled with very little seasoning so I didn’t want to give them a second chance as an adult but I am so glad I did!

  • Danielle
    August 22, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    Dinner looks spectacular… in the simplest way of course :). Those meals are by far my favorite. Have a great night and I hope Faye moves on real soon!

  • VeggieGirl
    August 22, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    Sweet potatoes + brussels sprouts + grapes = three of my “comfort foods” as well 🙂

    Have fun tonight!!

  • Gliding Calm
    August 22, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    exactly my kind of meal! esp with the grapeys. yumo! salmon is so good…leftovers are amazing too…espcially if they are pan-seared and crispy! That’s always how my Mommy would make it!

  • Morgan
    August 23, 2008 at 2:12 am

    Wow, I made salmon and sweet potato fries for a special dinner for my parents tonight! I’m a vegetarian so I wasn’t sure what to make with salmon so I’m happy I got it right!! 🙂

    Those brussel sprouts look SO good. I’m decorating a new apartment right now, and for some reason the colors of brussel sprouts keep popping into my head. MUST satisfy that craving soon!

  • Laura
    August 23, 2008 at 2:48 am

    I was wondering if you guys could help me out! I bought the Amy’s Calif Burgers the other day after debating for awhile and just tried one today. I was super excited, but didn’t really enjoy the taste too much. It was my first meatless burger though and I just thought it was going to taste a lot different. I ate it all and It isn’t the worst taste ever to me but I have 3 left still and they are not cheap where I got them at my HyVee store. So does anybody know how I could eat them, maybe mixed in a stir fry? Any advice would be great!

  • Alicia
    August 23, 2008 at 2:56 am

    I had salmon with potatoes a few nights ago and it was indeed delicious. Will need to try it with sweet potatoes in future.

  • VeggieGirl
    August 23, 2008 at 4:39 pm


    Those burgers are GREAT in stir-fry dishes, pastas, chilis, wraps… as the saying goes, the possibilities are endless! 🙂

  • ModelBehavior
    August 23, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    Since it was brought up…

    is it just me or did anyone else think that Bolt’s show boating after he broke the record was a bit much? I understand he was excited and proud (which he has every right to be) but dude have a little class!

    Maybe it’s just me being biter that it wasn’t an American that won….

  • A.Cook
    August 23, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    I love love looooooove Brussels sprouts and you have just reminded me that I need to buy some ASAP! haha

    Keeping my fingers crossed for you that the crappy weather stops soon!

  • runjess
    August 23, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    Oooh I had salmon last night too. I agree, it makes your body feel good afterwards.