New year, new start. Are you sick of hearing people saying that yet? Wondering if they will even make it into February with their sugar free, alcohol free, fat free, gym filled plans.
Every year my year starts off similar to that, but by the time the summer holidays come around the wine has begun to flow more freely, the 'chips n dips' get consumed at a rate of knots, and the gym membership starts to feel a little lonely. Come September the heat is back on to get the body in shape for Christmas, but there are too many temptations around. There are always temptations around when you have a food blog, but the lead up to Christmas always seems worse as I'm a sucker for desserts favoured with the winter spices of cinnamon and mixed spice.
This year I want things to be different. I don't want to start 2016 exactly the same weight as I was at the start of 2015, 2014, 2013 etc. 2015 is going to be the year I get fit and lose the fat. Towards the end of last year I started going to boot camp once or twice a week but as the evenings drew in the class times became disorganised, and as a result I stopped going. By this time though I had found a love for running (quite hard to believe even for me) and now regularly go 3-4 times per week. I may not be fast at running but my stamina is improving each week, and this week I signed up for a muddy 5k run in the summer.
I'm also trying to get back on track with eating a more paleo friendly diet. I'm not eating clean 100% of the time but most of my meals are heading in the right direction. I do love a good salad, and when I spare a few minutes longer than it takes to make a sandwich, I come up with results like this, making me wonder why I don't do it more often.
This was an amazing tasting salad, and one that I could eat every day. I just need to make sure that I set aside that little bit of extra time each day to put it together.
Bacon, Avocado & Warm Vegetable Salad - serves 1
3 rashers of dry cured streaky bacon
1 red onion, sliced
a few thin slices of aubergine
1/2 courgette, sliced
1 avocado, peeled,stoned & sliced
salad leaves - I used cos and rocket
- Cut the bacon into 2cm pieces
- Heat a non stick frying pan and add the bacon
- Fry until crispy and then add the onion, aubergine and courgette
- Fry until the vegetables are softened
- Remove from the heat and add a splash of balsamic vinegar to the pan
- Arrange your leaves and avocado on the plate with the warm vegetables and bacon on top
- Drizzle with the juices from the pan
- Serve immediately