So it gets to bearound 3 in the afternoon and I start daydreaming about dinner. In the days when I stayed at home this stage of the day usually sent me scrounging for snacks. Now, all I have is a yogurt and it just doesn't seem so appealing. And I am NOT going to allow myself to walk down to Starbucks and get one of those yummy creamy strawberry ice cream type things. (I'm not quite enough of a Starbucks junkie to remember what they're called.)
In this way, working a sedentary desk job is helping me LOSE weight. As much as I liked to think I was active when I was a mom at home, I was really spending most of the day ... um, grazing. Though I am not fond of the bovine image that terminology conjures up, it has pretty much become reality.
So here's my dinner daydream today. I can't wait to eat it. It's healthy, and seasonal, too.
Steak salad with grilled summer vegetables, cherries and bleu cheese
Mix in a small bowl:
juice and zest of one lemon
2 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
Brush marinade on:
1/2 a small flank steak (I am guessing it's about 1/2 lb.)
4 small yellow zucchini, halved lengthwise
1 small red onion, halved top to bottom
Grill flank steak on one side. When you turn it, put your veggies on the grill. Cook until steak is done to your taste (I like bloody, DH likes burned; we compromise and eat it slightly pink) and veggies are tender.
Cut it all up and serve on
red leaf lettuce, torn in bite size pieces
1 pt. sweet cherries, pitted and halved
bleu cheese (are you guessing yet that this is a favorite ingredient?)
I also think some nuts or something else crunchy would be good here, but I'm struggling to think of the right type.
I am also going to have to play with a vinaigrette. I am thinking rice vinegar, honey, and a mixture of olive oil and corn oil -- nothing too assertive. We have lots of strong flavors going here already.
I also wish I had some really good bread to go with all this. Like Sally's liquid yeast bread, for example. I have some of the mix. But I can't figure out where you buy a single 12-oz can of beer. Every place I look (Albertson's, Food4Less) just sells packs. Am I just a very naive Mormon girl?
I'm a hungry one, at least.