Monday, July 28, 2014

Roasted Salmon Tacos with Peach Slaw + Beso del Sol Sangria.

July has been the most hectic summer month! With vacation, visiting family, packing, moving, and work, I have struggled to keep up on the blog + running front. However as of this morning, my kitchen is completely unpacked and all of my belongings are in one place even if that means still stacked in boxes. Happily, tonight I am sharing the first recipe to come out of the new kitchen!

I don't know about you, but there's something about tacos that screams summer to me. I'm excited to share this Summer Food Pairing recipe with Beso del Sol Sangria - roasted salmon tacos with peach slaw, combined with plenty of avocado and crunchy red cabbage. K and I took a short roadtrip to Angelo Caputo's Fresh Market to pick up ingredients for the tacos earlier this evening.


Beso del Sol comes as a "bag in a box" with 3L total. The sangria is expected to stay fresh for up to six weeks after opening. A glass of sangria was just sweet enough to pair with these tacos as a weeknight treat.  I can't wait to try it again this weekend out on the deck!


I also picked up a bag of another new favorite - plantain chips. This was the perfect thing to pair with these tacos!


Roasted Salmon Tacos with Peach Slaw
Yields: 4 servings

Ingredients~
Corn tortillas
3/4 pound salmon {I used wild, fresh Atlantic salmon}
1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 lime {squeezed}
1/4 cup cilantro {lightly chopped}
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

Slaw~
2 white peaches
1/4 cup red cabbage {chopped}
1/4 cup cilantro {lightly chopped}
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
1/8 cup red onion {chopped}
1 avocado
1/2 lime squeezed
1/4 teaspoon salt

How to~
*Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
*Put together the slaw - chop the peaches, cilantro, red onion, and red cabbage. Add lime juice, salt, and red wine vinegar and stir.
*Place salmon in a glass dish, skin side down. Add cilantro, extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder and mix it evenly over the salmon.
*Bake salmon for 16 minutes. Let it set for ~10 minutes and flake with a fork.
*Bake a few tortillas for ~2 minutes to warm them and top each taco with slaw.

{Disclosure: I received a gift card to purchase ingredients and sangria to create a new recipe from Caputo's Fresh Market, as a pairing with Beso del Sol Sangria, and was invited through my membership in Chicago Food Bloggers. All opinions and text are 100% my own. }.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Life Update + Grapefruit Vinaigrette.

There has been a lot of silence on the blog for the past few weeks, both due to vacation and the fact that I have exciting life news to share - K and I bought a house!

We spent our first night hanging out in the yard, celebrating with Island Orchard Cider. It's a historic home in the city with character that was built in 1909. This house is going to need a lot of our love and we have a long list of small projects to start fixing her up. We closed last week, and have been stuck in a whirlwind of paint colors and renovation options ever since we got the keys. Add to this mix the fact that we haven't quite packed our apartment yet - whoops! We are moving less than two miles, but it seems like 200 with the list of things that need to happen before then. The big move is next weekend, so there is not a lot of cooking or running happening right now. But I hope to be back to both very soon!

Until then, I have a vinaigrette recipe to share that I've been holding onto for awhile. In my home state of Iowa, there is a spice shop I love to visit that also sells flavored oils and specialty vinegar - Allspice Culinarium in Des Moines. A few months ago on a trip home, I met my family in Des Moines for dinner and picked up a few spices and a bottle of grapefruit white balsamic vinegar.


This was my first flavored vinegar purchase and it won't be my last! The shop has tastings available of both oils and vinegar, and the grapefruit version is insane. My mom picked up a tangerine vinegar as well and I've heard good reports. I have used this vinaigrette recipe both in a hearty salad {quinoa and roasted chickpeas!} and on a bed of greens. It's perfect for the summer.

Grapefruit Vinaigrette
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 Tablespoon grapefruit white balsamic vinegar
3 teaspoons dijon mustard
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper

It's time to find my paint clothes - have a wonderful Sunday.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Coffee and Cardio - Motivation.

I've been back home from vacation for a few days now, and am still trying to get back on a regular schedule, for sleep and exercise. Jet lag is no joke! This is partially my fault. Instead of sleeping on our flight back, I watched ten (!) episodes of the first season of House of Cards. I'm behind on getting into this show, but now I'm hooked. When else do you have that many uninterrupted hours of time?

Anyways. To fight the jet lag, I went for a 4 mile run this morning, hoping the early morning light gets me back on track {I found this article from Runner's World about jet lag research very interesting}. This morning is also a great time to start what I hope to be a regular post, Coffee and Cardio. Two of my favorite things. I love reading round-up posts on other blogs, and I always find new things to try and websites to check out.

Favorite daily motivation, from Moniquella:

{Image via Cupcakes for Breakfast, found on Pinterest}

A new arm workout challenge to try, from 30 Day Fitness Challenges {I'm going to do this in August!}:


Favorite coffee nicknames, from Lost at E Minor. I think a Miami Vice sounds perfect this morning:

{Image via Lost at E Minor and Pinterest}

One of my Summer Fitness Bucket List goals is to master a five minute plank. Well, let's just say I'm a few minutes away from accomplishing this. Thankfully I found an article on Huffington Post with six different types of planks to try in a quick, five minute workout:

{Image via Huffington Post, and Pinterest}

Have a great Friday!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Travel Workouts + Chicago Challenge Discount

Ciao, Guten Tag, and Hello!

I am in Zurich, Switzerland this weekend visiting friends, traveling to Germany today to see family. K and I spent the past week in Italy, visiting Rome, Cinque Terre, and Florence. We also stopped for a few hours in Pisa for a picnic on the lawn of the famous Leaning Tower. Below is a view from Fiosole, during a bike tour of the Tuscan hillside. Italy is such a beautiful country!


We celebrated our first wedding anniversary last Sunday in Vernazza, a small village on the Italian Riviera in Cinque Terre, with pastries, a long hike, delicious food, and wine. We also spent a few hours in a rainstorm, but that's another story. By far my favorite view of the Cinque Terre villages comes from Manarola, often cited as the "most photogenic" in the area. This photo was taken in a garden overlook on a trail winding around the village, not long before sunset.


On NBC Chicago's Stride blog earlier this week, I wrote about planning for fitness on vacation. In keeping with that theme, I'm sharing my travel workouts from the past week, including much more exciting locales than my usual neighborhood runs in the city:

Sunday ~ 2 hour hike from Vernazza to Montorosso al Mare in Cinque Terre National Park (a very steep hike in the hills!)

Wednesday ~ 22 mile bike ride in Tuscany, in the hills north of Florence (we completed the Advanced Bike Tour through iBike Italy - I highly recommend this).

Thursday ~ 75 minute run/walk to start our last day in Florence.

I also have a race discount code to share, for a competition event coming up next weekend (Saturday, July 12th) - the Chicago Challenge. This is an urban adventure race, in its fifth year in the city. It's an "Amazing Race" style event on foot, including 3-4 miles across the city and a team competition. Teams include two or more people, participating in a scavenger hunt with 12 clues. There is no set course, as you figure out your best route along the way while solving clues. There are a number of prizes for the top five teams, as well as a prize for "Best Costumes" and "Top Family Team." Your team also has an opportunity to qualify for the national competition event in Las Vegas. Click here for more info about this event.

The code "chicagojogger" will get you $30 off your registration. With this discount, race registration is $25, which us $10 less than any other available discount. (Click on the registration link above for the Eventbrite page including the special discount code).

(I was not compensated for this post and I am not affiliated with the Chicago Challenge. I just want to pass on a deal for an event that looks like a great time!)