It was kind of a weird weekend in terms of food. Usually I spend a lot of time in the kitchen on the weekends making food for the week, but that was not the case. I have been trying to clean up my eating little by little. I’ve upped my exercise over the past few weeks and with that, my hunger levels have soared. I’ve been focusing on getting in more protein and inadvertently have lowered my intake of carbs. My focus when we went grocery shopping on Saturday was protein, fruit and veggies. We left with a lot of chicken(it was on a really good sale), some beef, and lots of fruit and vegetables. So what was on the menu this weekend? Friday night was pizza night. Instead of bringing home slices, I grabbed a take and bake pizza so there would be leftovers for Brian. I pulled the
This is going to be a little more than a weekend wrap up. Last Wednesday I had the pleasure of having a wonderful meal cooked for me by my friend’s Brock and John. Brock made the cocktails and collaborated with John on flavor combinations while John did most of the cooking. We started with a mixed greens salad, goat cheese and beets prepared two ways. We moved on to scallops, tomatoes and linguine in a moan-worthy white wine sauce. We ended with a pot de creme with mint, fleur de sel and a raspberry reduction pipped to the bottom. Not only was the food out of this world, we had hours of great conversation and laughter. Nearly finished bourbon cocktail: Pot de creme: Thursday night, Brian wanted tomato soup. So, I decided to throw together some ingredients in the Vitamix and this wonderful, creamy tomato soup was born. It has
So, this isn’t an entirely new experience for me. I keep making bagels, because I just haven’t found a recipe that I am head over heels for just yet. I’ve made bread maker bagels. I’ve made asiago cheese bagels. I’ve made heart-shaped blueberry bagels. And now, I’ve made CHOW’s bagel recipe. The bagels are delicious, just a little dense for my liking. I would have liked them to be a little more raised. I even gave them extra rise time. I am excited to have a stash of bagels to go to, though. I’ve been eating them as veggie breakfast sandwiches with some sprouted lentils. Here are some pictures from the process. Does anyone have a bagel recipe that they just love? Share it with me, if you do!
On Friday night, we went over to Dana and Tyler’s place for some homemade pizza. Tyler makes some delicious pizza. He made an appetizer of cheese pizza that we nibbled on while the spinach, mushroom, and garlic and the pepperoni pizza’s cooked. Dana made a really tasty salad that I couldn’t resist having two helpings of. Tyler made some of the best homemade pizza I have ever eaten. So delicious. I think I ate double the amount of pizza I usually do it one sitting. I think part of his pizza making skills come from the authentic pizza making outfit: Look at one of his beauties: After we started to come out of our food coma, we played a really fun game called Wits and Wagers(?). I think it would be a great family game for the holidays. Saturday, I encouraged Brian to trek out in the snow with me
I had never made polenta until the other day. I had been wanting to experiment with cooking it, cooling it and using as a crust for pizza or even “bread for a sandwich”. I made a batch this weekend, using Neverhomemaker’s basic homemade polenta recipe. It was very fast and simple to make. After making it, I lightly oiled a mini pie pan I had and pressed the polenta into it. A perfect disk shape for my impending mini pizzas. Here is their recipe being made by me and the progression of how quickly it thickens: These are great for using as a gluten free crust for pizza or for putting in a bowl of chili!
Does anyone one else have a 3 day weekend this weekend? I’m so excited to have Monday off. Thank you, MLK. One more day to have extra time to make a weekend breakfast. And because it’s an extended weekend, I am giving you an extended edition of the Friday Five. That, and I couldn’t narrow it down to five. I want to eat all of these! For my other savory breakfast lovers out there, these Simple Baked Eggs look divine. I’ve seen a lot of carrot cake themed breakfast items lately. This Morning Glory Oatmeal looked very carrot cake like and delicious. I can just image it with a swirl of warm coconut butter on top! Yum! With your extra time this weekend, it might be nice to make these faux Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Larabars for a nice grab and go breakfast for the upcoming week. This overnight mixed
Last weekend was one of my most productive weekends in the kitchen in months. As a result, we have been eating well all week. What was I busy making? I started off my Saturday morning with something called bulletproof coffee. Other’s call it buttered coffee. Yes, I put grassfed butter in my coffee. I brewed 2 cups of organic coffee, then put it in the blender with 1 tablespoon coconut oil and 1 tablespoon Kerrygold grassfed butter. Blend on high until frothy and creamy like a latte. It is absolutely delicious. It is a high fat treat, but they are healthy fats. I can’t say I will be doing this everyday, but maybe once a week. I also started sprouting lentils on Saturday. It’s so easy and they are absolutely delicious when sprouted! I can’t wait to eat a big salad with them on it for dinner tonight. With my
I have been trying to mix up my breakfast routine a little bit these days. One thing that remains constant is that I need protein for breakfast or I am starving mid morning. In the summer I like refrigerator oats, but I am not a huge fan of hot oatmeal. It always tastes good, but it doesn’t keep me full unless I eat a ton of it, but by then it has become a calorie bomb. I ran across this recipe for chai inspired spiced breakfast quinoa and adapted it. It’s delicious, makes two servings, and keeps you full! Ingredients: 1/2 cup quinoa 1 cup unsweetened almond milk 1 cup water 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes pinch of salt 1 tablespoon honey 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 large egg any additional nuts, flax, chia or fruit as toppings
It’s day 3 of the New Year. How is everyone doing on their resolutions? I’m doing ok. I have had a complete lack of motivation to do much cooking lately. It’s horrible. I make my meal plan, but never want to execute it. Instead, I just throw together something simple and eat that. Not the worst thing, but I need to have a big cooking day. Last night my plan was to make a batch of macro bowls. This is what I ate instead: Don’t get me wrong, it was an incredibly delicious veggie wrap, but the point of making the bowls was that then I would have leftovers to pack for my lunch today. Instead, I scrambled around the kitchen this morning to make something work. I saw this article by Mark Bittman(love him) on sustainable resolutions. I really liked it. We are human and will have hiccups here
I have been struggling to return to healthy eating lately. There are far too many delicious holiday temptations, not to mention more social occasions and drinks. I feel like I am having a good and fairly consistent week this week. I have increased my intake of fruits and vegetables and decreased the crap. I can really feel the difference. Hopefully I can keep this up, but it will be hard with Christmas next week. Last night for dinner I had the opportunity to use my much lusted after GEFU spiralizer. While a bit expensive for a kitchen gadget, I think I will get a lot of use out of it. I spiralized one small zucchini. While I was doing that, I sauteed some mushrooms in about a teaspoon of grass fed butter, salt and pepper. I also heated up a little marinara sauce I had on hand. When the