Last night Mal and I had our first date night of 2013. It’s a goal of ours to take turns each month and plan a special night out together. Mal was supposed to take January, but when I stumbled upon a really fun activity that I knew he would love, I asked to switch months and, thankfully, he agreed. I’ll tell ya about it in a minute—dinner first!
Last night’s dinner was pork cutlets with pesto, spinach, and artichokes on top of white rice, and it was SO GOOD! I love meals like this that don’t require a ton of ingredients (just 5 for this one) and turn out well without much effort. This meal came together in no time at all— the rice is what took the longest to cook. This recipe would also work really well with chicken— next time!
Pesto, Spinach & Artichoke Pork (or Chicken)
- 16 ounces pork cutlet or chicken breast
- 2 cups frozen chopped spinach
- 1 14-ounce can quartered artichoke hearts (or approximately 14 ounces of frozen artichokes)
- 3/4 cup store-bought (or homemade) pesto
- 1 cup uncooked rice
- Salt + pepper
- Cook rice and pork/chicken as directed. (I seasoned the cutlets with salt and pepper and cooked them in a skillet with a little bit of olive oil.)
- In a large skillet, combine spinach, artichokes, and pesto; cook for 5-7 minutes, mix frequently.
- Once everything is cooked, top rice with spinach-artichoke mixture and the meat.
Date Night: January
Our first date night of the year was at REI in Hingham. How romantic, right?
When I was looking for places to go rock climbing, I stumbled upon a special class on the REI website called “Zombie Preparedness: Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse.” Check out the description:
Imagine a viral outbreak has occurred wiping out a majority of the local population and other major cities throughout the globe. The fatal virus is to be considered highly contagious and dangerous. Nicknamed the “Zombie Disease,” because those killed by the disease seem to be returning to life and prey upon the living. We are now facing a full fledged attack. Those of us left alive must now ask ourselves, “Where do we go from here? How will we survive and maintain the existence of the human race?” You are invited to attend the Zombie Preparedness Class at REI, where you will learn valuable survival techniques that could save your life. These same techniques could be invaluable in the event of any natural disaster in an urban environment.
Zombies are a hot topic in our house. Mal and I have watched pretty much every Zombie movie ever made and we’re currently obsessed with The Walking Dead television show on AMC. We also have frequent debates and discussions about the best way to kill a zombie, strategies for surviving a zombie apocalypse (i.e. would it make more sense to go North or South?), and other related geekiness topics, so I immediately registered us for the class.
The class was really great—informal, fun, and even a little bit silly at times. Obviously, the class was based on fictional circumstances, so we had some good laughs over the course of the night about things that could possibly happen during a zombie apocalypse.
I’m sure the purpose of the class was to sell REI gear, but it was actually more of a discussion/brainstorm than a sales pitch. The instructor really focused on the strategies needed for surviving a potential zombie apocalypse and only highlighted products when necessary, like when he suggested sharpening certain bike tools that REI sells to use in a zombie attack to break skulls in order to get to the brain.
Mal really enjoyed the class (hooray!) and we spent the rest of the night strategizing and discussing what we had learned. We both agreed that we are definitely more prepared for a zombie apocalypse after attending the class at REI.
After the zombie class, we headed over to Pinkberry for some froyo.
I got salted caramel with almond roco and raspberries, which was amazing! I highly recommend this combo.
Zombies and Pinkberry. Obviously, our first date night of the year was a success!
Question of the Day
During the Zombie Preparedness class, the instructor asked each of us to identify some of our skills that would be especially helpful during a zombie apocalypse, so I ask you…
If there was a zombie apocalypse, what would your special skill(s) be?
Mine: cooking (I’m not afraid to touch bloody meat if we need to eat squirrels or something), sewing and knitting (we might need scarves… or scrunchies?), and chopping wood (I used to help my dad as a kid).