I did a lot of soul searching over the weekend. And by that I mean I watched a lot of feel-good movies on Netflix and thought about how amazing my life would be if I were a mystical creature… or Sandra Bullock.
You could say I’ve been in a slump.
For instance, I had the brilliant idea to forgo my usual cup of coffee when I wake and drink a tall glass of cold water before work. You know, mix it up. Give my body a boost of healthy, hydrating fluids to really jump start my day. So for the entirety of last week I skipped coffee until 9am and drank water instead.
It didn’t work.
To be completely honest, I didn’t feel the tiniest bit different. I was at least expecting brighter, more hydrated skin…but not even my skin felt any different! As a nutritionist, it pains me to admit this but drinking water as your initial beverage seems like a waste of prime stomach real estate. Not to say you can’t have both, but to postpone coffee consumption until 9 am was literal torture. Actually, starting my day with coffee seems to be the number one greatest way to wake up and not want to commit murder before noon.
That being said, I needed a slump buster. Something that would rejuvenate my mind, body, and palette from the terrible experience of swearing off my morning coffee. “I promise,” sobs gently “I’ll never stray from you again, coffee.”
So I spent a few greenbacks at Victoria’s Secret, knocked a few things off of my to-do list that had been lingering, and made a batch of this super simple Marinated Greek Salad.
Also, drank a gallon of coffee over the course of the weekend. That’s two days folks. Two.
If you love a recipe where you do minimal work and most of the ingredients come pre-cut and in a can, get excited because this is your lucky day.
Marinated Greek Salad
2 large Cucumbers, diced
1 jar Marinated Artichokes
1 jar Marinated Roasted Red Peppers
1/2 cup Kalamata Olives, pitted
1 cup Golden Grape Tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup Feta, crumbled (more or less depending on your preference)
Add all ingredients into a large mixing bowl, reserving 1/4 cup of the liquid from the artichokes and red peppers. Pour reserved liquid over salad and mix well. Let cool in refrigerator for one hour. Overnight-even better.
IF you forget to purchase the marinated variety of vegetables and need an easy dressing…
1/4 cup Olive Oil
2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar (because I always have it and it’s yum)
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tbsp Lemon Juice
Pinch of Salt
So fresh. So fancy. Consider this slump busted. Until next time!
This looks like something I kinda already make…but I never add roasted red pepper. What a great idea :). I have cherry tomatoes growing like crazy in the garden…I needed a new use for them. This will work! Thanks Liz!
This sounds SO GOOD. I absolutely love that you incorporated artichokes into this!!!! And I feel you on the water thing per usual!
Artichokes are the best!!! I wish I had more recipes for them!!!
I’m so hungry right now!
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Watching Netflix is not being in a slump. That is like a desert for the soul.
Oh, I’m right there with you on that! Only…I was watching a show about teen witches from 2011 that was only one season deep before getting cancelled. This makes me think I’ve become a little desperate. lol 🙂
No, you would be desperate if you were watching The Unauthorized Full House Story, which I happened to watch last night. I didn’t even like the show that the show was about.
I was on the verge. If it weren’t for The Secret Circle, Episode 12, I would have been watching too….
At least that show had the girl from Tommorowland right? I don’t even think the show about Full House had even one famous person in it.
Possibly? And yes, that full house show looked like rock bottom.
And yet so entertaining. It was similar to the one about Saved By the Bell. Just love how they find someone that barely looks like the actor acting about their acting. Something so trainwrecky about it.
Agreed. These are the shows I save for watching while drinking an entire bottle of wine.
Well, when you get to that one, it will be a treat.