I love national holidays. You know, the odd Monday off that we get a few times a year to celebrate someone? Well this past Monday was Columbus Day (or should I say Bartolomé Day), and I had the entire day to myself. I cooked everything in sight so that I could coast through the rest of the week, and then went for a bike ride straight up the Hudson River Greenway. It was a gorgeous day and I was SO happy to be able to relax and enjoy it.
First, I made some meatballs in red sauce in the slow cooker – loosely following this recipe. (I just roasted the spaghetti squash. My crockpot isn’t big enough for that guy.)
Next, I roasted my first chicken! I used a recipe from Pioneer Woman that was SUPER easy. It looked like this before I put it in the oven, and I thought I might have blown it…
but it came out looking like this:
It is DELICIOUS (clearly because of all the butter). I’m not going to lie, when I first took that bird (organic, free-range from TJs) out of the bag, I wasn’t so sure about it. Cooking something that looks and feels like an animal is…a little weird. I got over it pretty quickly though, and now that it’s tasty I am super over it.
I also made a paleo chocolate pumpkin bread, using a zucchini bread recipe from Elana’s Pantry and substituting pumpkin for zucchini. It’s pretty good, especially warmed with a little ice cream on top…
In the afternoon, I took advantage of the gorgeous weather and rode north. I haven’t had a chance to take a good long-ish bike ride in a while, so I savored every minute of this ride. From my apartment to the George Washington Bridge and back came out to just short of 26 miles. I was a slow duck- averaging about 13 mph, but given the reality of stopping for lights and pedestrians (constantly in the cross-city sections, and occasionally when riding up the Hudson River Greenway), I’m not upset about it. It was still a workout! Did I mention it was a beautiful day?
What do you do when you find you have an entire day to yourself?