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Weighted side crunches and pasta with salmon


Jogged 3 miles again. It would have been boring but I got wrapped up in an episode of Covert Affairs. Anyone else love USA summer TV? Just me?


Today at work I had to say goodbye to 2 friends I’ll call P and G. P is moving to Texas and G’s contract is up. Sad day 😦 We got them this cake- actually this is from P’s birthday earlier this month. Today’s cake was the same one but on a larger scale.

A light, spongy white cake with strawberries inside

I know it looks like I eat dessert a lot, I don’t really. Usually. Possibly. Maybe.

No, seriously, I don’t eat dessert that often. I did have a tiny sliver today though- everything in moderation, right?

Since I’m on the topic of food, here’s what I made for dinner tonight! Another Giada recipe with my minor alterations- a really quick, fresh, and light dinner. I used leftover whole-wheat spaghetti so it was even faster! BTW if the salmon looks overcooked, it wasn’t- I just can’t plate. I missed that day of MasterChef.

Whole-wheat Spaghetti with Lemon, Basil, and Salmon

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Photo Jul 31, 6 35 05 PM
I also had salad and steamed broccoli


  • 1/2 pound whole-wheat spaghetti pasta
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more for seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more for seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 (4-ounce) pieces salmon
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 3 tablespoons capers
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach leaves


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain pasta and transfer to a large bowl. Add the garlic, extra-virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper. Toss to combine.

Meanwhile, warm the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Season the salmon with salt and pepper. Add the fish to the pan and cook until medium-rare, about 2 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of the fish. Remove the salmon from the pan.

In the same pan (turn to low heat), add the spinach with the lemon juice, lemon zest, basil, and capers to wilt the spinach. Turn off heat. Add the spaghetti mixture and toss to combine. Top each mound of pasta with a piece of salmon.

Enjoy! πŸ™‚

Had to end with this. I forgot to mention part of my workout: weighted side crunches.

She makes side crunches so much harder
She makes them so much harder

Happy Hump Day!

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