Go home Mother Nature… You’re Drunk

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Brrrr…. This extreme winter weather is about killing me!  Woke up this morning to -9 degrees with a feels-like temperature of -28.  That’s in Fahrenheit to all my international, folks.  IMG_7220  Not even kidding.  Right now, it is actually warmer in Antarctica than it is Chicago.  It’s a nice 29 degrees Fahrenheit there.  See ya later folks, I’m moving to Antarctica.  Go home, Mother Nature… You’re Drunk.

The temperatures are more than just cold, they are draining.  I used to be able to get outside for a run in the mornings, but when it is this cold (anything lower than 15 degrees I don’t run outside) I don’t even bother – too dangerous for me.  No outside run, means no fresh air, no Vitamin D, no energy.  I’ve been supplementing with my ½ bottles of 5 hour energy pre-workouts, a nice little shot of espresso after my workouts, and a mug of coffee on the way into work.  This is probably waaaaayyyy too much caffeine, but I’m dragging.

Because I’m dragging, and it’s the first full week back to work, I wanted to have some easy meals to be able to fix for us.  The GIANT batch of soup I made this weekend helped with warming me up throughout the week, and Mini Me loves eating soup, but sometimes you just want a little something different.  Different, yet easy.  Enter cobb salad.  To me, it feels a little more like summer when I eat salads.  Don’t ask me why, but cheers me up a bit.  I’m funny like that, I know.

Easy Cobb Salad for Two

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Ingredients:

  • 9 ounces romaine mix (one bag, I used Dole)
  • 2 hardboiled eggs, chopped (I cheated, bought precooked and peeled eggs from Eggland’s Best)
  • 1 ounce blue cheese, crumbled
  • ½ avocado, about three ounces
  • 4 ounces ham, chopped (cheated again, bought the pre chopped stuff)
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons ranch dressing (I like Walden Farms)

Feel free to add other ingredients for your tastes or macros!

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Directions:

Prepare all ingredients.

This took me about two minutes.  I split the bag of lettuce between two bowls.  I used a fancy egg masher (like the one in this little set – Multi Function Kitchen Tool) and easily mashed my eggs.  Measured and crumbled my block of blue cheese (less expensive than the already crumbled cheese).  Sliced my avocado and weighed it to be sure I was getting the right amounts.  I was a little over, so I let Mini snack on some pieces – she loves it and I really can’t blame her.  Weighed and split the ham between the two bowls (chicken would be a good addition for extra protein, too).  Used my kitchen sheers to cut my green onion directly into the salad bowls.   Measured and poured my dressing into the bowls.

Viola!  Yummy salad done and in a hurry.

Sure – I could have done something fancy or taken the time to prep all of the ingredients myself, but if it’s healthy, yummy, and makes us all happy and think of summer (ok maybe that is just me), why not?

Enjoy!

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8 thoughts on “Go home Mother Nature… You’re Drunk

  1. I know this might sounds stupid coming from someone who was born in Cuba and lives in Miami, but I would rather live where is cold than living in this place where you are even sweating after taking a shower lol. Last year around January or February I went to Chicago, and even without proper winter clothes I loved the cold. My hands were turning blue at one point (again, I don’t have proper winter clothes) but I blame it in the fact I was taking pictures all the time.

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    1. Yassel, you are nuts! But I get it! We are lucky to have all 4 seasons. BUT the extreme cold like it is now is just crazy. And… Make room for me – I need a break from the cold – I’m going to crash with you for a few days!!

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    2. I lived in Florida for 10 years and absolutely hated it because of that heat! We moved to NC and now with 4 proper seasons I feel like I can love life again. That whole sweating as soon as you get out of the shower mess sounds like overreacting, but I’ll be damned if it wasn’t the truth!

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  2. While I’m all for the cold and loving winter, I think I’m good in the single digits we get here. That negative, below zero stuff sounds insane. Still though, like Yass said, I’d rather be cold than hot!

    I’ve never had a cobb salad before, can you believe it?! And buying pre-made isn’t cheating, it’s smart! Save that precious time as much as you can.

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