Brown Rice Medley with Lemon-Parsley Dijon Vinaigrette
Paul usually works a couple of evenings per month so on those nights I end up cooking for just me. I usually find myself throwing dinner together on a whim. Lately it’s been this avocado pasta or this cous cous salad but I found this brown rice medley at Trader Joe’s and it was calling my name.
I had no idea how to dress it but I have been thinking about this vinaigrette that Paul’s mom makes. It’s so simple but extremely flavorful. So I put my spin on that by adding some soy sauce, green onions and water chestnuts. It turned out really flavorful and full of different textures. I added some chopped walnuts and garnished with a little extra parsley and thoroughly enjoyed my dinner for one!
I tried to talk myself into sleeping in yesterday but then I remembered that I would need to be at work a little later which rules out an evening workout. So I hopped up and made it to the gym. I was not really feeling cardio so I did a 12 minute treadmill walk to warm up that looked like this:
Minutes 1-4 4% incline 4.0 pace
Minutes 5-8 6% incline 4.2 pace
Minutes 9-12 8% incline 4.2 pace
It felt good, got my heart pumping, for a few minutes at least, and started the sweat rolling down my cheeks. After that I followed up with this weight workout:
|Total Body Weights|
|Leg Extension||3 sets of 10; leg extension machine (75#)|
|Walking Lunges||On the indoor track, 3 sets of 10 (each leg)|
|Calf Raises||3 sets of 10 with dumbbells (15#)|
|Overhead Shoulder Press||3 sets of 10 with dumbbells (superset with 1 arm row; 12#)|
|1 Arm Row||3 sets of 10 with dumbbells (superset with overhead shoulder press, 15#)|
|Bridges||2 sets of 10; 2 sets of 15 second hold|
|Chest Press||3 sets of 10 with dumbbells (20#)|
|Single Leg Press||2 sets of 10; leg extension machine (60#)|
|Crunches||Various kinds, 3 sets of 20|
This was a great total body workout and when it was finished I was so glad that I didn’t sleep in!
Question for today:
-What is your favorite thing to cook/eat when you are cooking just for yourself?
Brown Rice Medley with Lemon-Parsley Dijon Vinaigrette Recipe
Yield: 2 servings (as a main dish) - 4 servings (as a side dish)
Juice of 1 lemon
3 Tbs. olive oil
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 Tbs. fresh parsley
Salt and pepper to taste
1 green onion, chopped
1 tsp. soy sauce
1 can water chestnuts (optional, I like the added texture)
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
2 cups cooked rice (I used Trader Joe’s Brown Rice Medley which includes long grain brown rice, black barley and daikon radish seeds)
Cook rice according to package directions.
While the rice cooks, whisk lemon juice, olive oil, Dijon mustard, parsley, green onion and soy sauce in a medium bowl.
Stir into the cooked rice and add water chestnuts and walnuts. Garnish with additional parsley if desired.