Molly Makes Gwyneth’s Mexican Chopped Salad with Mexican Green Goddess Dressing

“Damn you @gwynethpaltrow and your amazing Mexican Chopped Salad with Mexican Green Goddess Dressing #itsallgood”

But first, a bit about my Monday afternoon/evening.

I didn’t go to Opening Day for the Orioles for the first time in a good long while. That’s totally on me, but it was more of a bummer than I thought it would be. Still, I listened to the game on AM radio (yes, people still do that) and then got home just in time to catch the bottom of the 8 and the rest of the game. A win is a wonderful way to start off the season – good job boys!

I look forward to more of this, as I certainly missed Missy, too:
Adam Jones dog Missy

ANYWAY. SALAD. MY EVENING.

After the game ended, I changed into workout clothes and drove down to Locust Point for some Harris Teetering and then a new-to-me 60 minute class at my current favorite place in the world: Rev Cycle Studio (more on that in a future post). I had to buy the ingredients for my salad, after all: the Mexican Chopped Salad with Mexican Green Goddess Dressing (link to another blog who has the recipe). I was so proud of myself for bringing a cooler so the goods would stay fresh and clean while I was sweating my heart out.

The timing worked perfectly, the workout kicked my butt hard (thanks Jami!) and I was soon on my way back home… to shower then make dinner. At 9:45 p.m.

Why did I share all of this? I needed to underscore how delicious this salad is, and why it is totally worth making, consuming and blogging about in the span of two hours. SO. GOOD.

Now look – I realize the fact that I have to follow a recipe to make a salad gives you a good idea of where my kitchen skills fall on the spectrum, but don’t let that deter you from trying this recipe. It actually did make four servings, so I love that I have extra for future meals.

As far as recipe modifications go… I substituted nonfat Greek yogurt for Vegenaise (because Harris Teeter doesn’t sell it and frankly, I don’t think I could stomach it) and doubled the amount of jalapeno required because SPICY! Other than that, I followed the rest to the letter. (That’s a lie. I also didn’t steam, roast or grill my corn because it was 9:45 p.m. and I was hungry. So I used canned corn. So sue me.)

This will last me a couple of days, but just to tempt you and keep my taste buds ready, you should know that the next salad I will make from It’s All Good is the Japanese Restaurant-Style Salad with Carrot-Ginger Dressing. Hell yeah.

Gwyneth You Slay Me (and Yet I’m Loving “It’s All Good”)

I have subscribed and unsubscribed and subscribed and unsubscribed again from Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP at least a dozen times. Currently, I’m at unsubscribe, but I think a subscribe is right around the corner…

… NOT because I’ve ever been a fan. I fall somewhere between “dislike” and “don’t care” on the Gwyneth meter.

… NOT because of her pretentious choice of words for announcing her divorce.

… NOT because I agree with any of this absurdity she shared with E! News about mothers working 9-5 having it easier than working as an actor on the set. (Though, I have to say that there’s something tacky about hitting a person when they’re down, no matter how right they may be.)

… and certainly NOT because I think it’s noble and highbrow to name your daughter after a fruit. (Although, ok – it’s kinda cute. Until she gets older. This comes from the woman with the eternally childlike name of “Molly,” so I feel qualified to chime in on that point.)

Like most people, I’m probably a little bit envious of Gwyneth. Why else would I spend this much time thinking of reasons why I need to defend my like of her recent book, It’s All Good.? Exactly.

So why would I want to subscribe to GOOP again? Did I suddenly fall into a wealth that would allow for the purchase of $5800 kitchen set?

No… it’s because one of my favorite celebrities – MINDY KALING – instagrammed the following:

Now that we are on a little break between seasons I’m going to start my journey to minor self-improvement. I’m going to cook every recipe in @gwynethpaltow’s excellent healthy & yummy cookbook with Miranda and Marissa, I’m going to try not to wear too much makeup (see raccoon eyes above), I’m going to barre class, I’m going to get down to a 9 minute mile, I’m going to work on my book, I’m going to try to go hiking with BJ and Jeremy and try not to complain once, and I’m going to try to spend time with my dad. Also I’m going to watch 12 Years A Slave and not turn it off out of horror. Also I’m not going to buy any clothes.

Anything Mindy tries, I’ll try too. So I checked GP’s book out of the library (thus saving myself the $$ in case I wasn’t into it), read through it, got totally into it and decided the following:

I, sorta-like Mindy, will embark on a one-week self-improvement journey wherein I make one of her salads AND dressings for dinner each night this week, starting tonight (Monday).

Obviously this self-improvement can/should last beyond one week, but the salads-for-dinner-from-Gwyneth-Paltrow’s-cookbook is just a one-week thing. They all sound so delicious, and will give me the lighter meal my body craves at night time. I’m in a rut, and I need to shake it.

Plus, Mindy instagrammed this, and it looked/sounded super yummy:

So there you have it. My totally-absurd reason behind re-subscribing to GOOP, checking-out Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbook and giving myself a self-imposed salad challenge.

(And you wonder why I don’t blog more? HA!)

Run the Day, or the Day Runs You

At this point in Baltimore’s long, hard winter… I’d settle for any type of running that doesn’t take place on a treadmill.

Hill repeats? YES!
Track workouts? YOU GOT IT!
400s? OKIE DOKIE!
Fartleks? NO PROBLEM.

All the running workouts that make me grumpy and fussy would have me jumping for joy at this point. I just want to run when the roads aren’t dangerous due to ice or snow and the temp is 30 degrees or above.

I love winter, and I love snow even more. But if it lasts any longer, my cold/dead heart will crumble and there will be nothing left for me to thaw come spring.

Spring is coming, right? RIGHT?!? (Even the local TV Weather teams are #OverIt.)