posted on June 19, 2019
Lindsey’s Meal of the Week
It’s really just more of the same!
A few months ago I wrote about how I eat when I’m traveling, and it turns out I really don’t eat that much differently when I’m at home. My schedule has been pretty intense this month – between working some extra hours during the Iron City Open, traveling back and forth across the state (again), helping out a friend, and ramping up my training, I haven’t had a ton of free time to cook. Luckily, I have two staples that I can turn to in times of need.
The first one is take-out! I’m lucky that I live in Squirrel Hill – there is so much variety in the food here, and plenty of healthy choices! While I don’t always pick out the healthiest things (the burgers at Murray Avenue Grill are secretly some of the best I’ve ever had), my absolute favorite is the grilled chicken hummus meal from Aladdin’s on Forbes. I get it probably once a week at this point. I also add one of their salads to round things out (and since I’m running so much, lots of pita for dipping). It really is as simple as some grilled chicken thighs and veggies on a huge bed of hummus. But it’s affordable, healthy, and means I don’t have to cook OR clean after a long day.
When I don’t feel like ordering take-out (AKA when I’m trying to be better about money), I always keep some quick cooking staples around – namely the same bags of pre-chopped salad I talked about in my last food log, frozen salmon fillets, and fruit. As soon as I walk in the door after work, I throw the salmon in some water to quick defrost, then take my hyper little dog for a walk. When I get back, he gets fed, I cook that salmon up, mix the salad, throw some fruit in a bowl, and sit down to finish whatever work I have left that day.
It’s not the fanciest, but it keeps me going when I don’t have a lot of time for prep. While yes, it would be easy to let my cravings take over when I’m this busy, I know that my training goes WAY better when I’m feeding myself well, and that’s a huge priority in my life. These are just some of the ways I’ve found to make my lifestyle work for me!