I got a lot accomplished today, so I am pretty happy! This morning I snacked on the last of some cottage cheese…
And a serving of Pop Chips. I was kind of snacking out of boredom/ stress, so I was aware enough to choose healthy snacks and watch my portions. But I did feel better after snacking!
Around 3, I decided to take a break from work and go to the Farmer’s Market with Loren. I had been looking forward to it all day. We picked up tons of fruits and veggies that you will be seeing all week. On the way home, we stopped by Damascus Bakery, which sells baked goods (of course) and tons of prepared foods, cheeses, etc. We picked up some hummus, baba ghanoush, and HALUMI CHHEESE!!! I loooove Halumi cheese and have never seen it at a store before. It is a salty cheese that looks a lot like queso fresco, but is a little harder, with a sharper flavor. I’ve only had it at Middle Eastern restaurants, where it is grilled and served with a salad. So, that’s exactly what I decided to make at home!
I sliced the cheese into thin pieces and put it into a pan with some olive oil on high heat. It got nice and golden brown…. perfect! I made a salad of red bell pepper, heirloom tomato, israeli (pickle-sized) cucumbers, and olives. All the veggies were from the farmer’s market. I combined the cheese with the salad, topped it with lemon and balsamic vinegar, and served it alongside 1/2 of a whole wheat pita, some hummus, and a dollop of baba ghanoush. It was a lovely lunch.
The cheese was out-of-this world. And Loren could eat it, too, because it is sheep’s milk cheese!
How pretty is the purplish heirloom tomato??
Damascus Bakery makes the best spreads…. I love their hummus and baba….
After lunch, we digested for a bit and then ended up going to the gym. I know I said I would take the day off, but I was feeling better and just wanted to release some energy after sitting and working at the computer all day. I did 30 minutes on the bike, 10 minutes on the treadmill, and some stretching/ weights.
Now I’m off to shower, get dressed, and meet friends for Indian in the West Village. See you manana for a recap!