OH MY GOODNESS. I had forgotten how much better food tastes when you use real ingredients and make it yourself. Seriously, I really need to start finding time to cook for myself more often.
The reason I haven’t posted any recipes in so long is because I haven’t really been cooking much at all – mostly eating microwave food and sandwiches, or using the occasional salad recipe I find on a blog somewhere. But last night I was really craving kale for some reason so I made myself Garlic Parmesan Kale Pasta, which was delicious. And I’ve made myself two really good salads for lunch today and yesterday, so since I’ve had such a good food week I felt obligated to cook dinner. Even though I didn’t get home until almost ten pm. But I am SO glad I did. Because this dish is worth it.
I know, I know. It sounds a little weird. But trust me. IT’S GOOD. Like, really good.
I had another busy weekend full of cooking! This time, though, the results were substantially healthier. Which is good. Cause now that my week of exercise and nutrition break is over (I kicked off the beginning of my return to healthiness with a 6.3 mile run Saturday morning), it’s time to get serious again.
So speaking of getting serious, omelets are a really great healthy breakfast because they’re filling, adjustable in size, easily modified for lots of variations, relatively easy to make, and (depending on what you put in them) very nutritious! I actually almost feel silly giving a recipe because omelets are so easy that really all I probably need to do is say “hey, make an omelette and put this stuff on it.” But alas, I will provide the entire recipe anyway. Here’s mine:
I feel like this is very quickly turning more into a cooking blog than anything else, but alas, I keep making yummy things and I want to share them with the world.
I used to work right across from a CVS, and although it doesn’t sound like CVS would be a good place to grab lunch, they had a pesto caprese sandwich that was delicious and I would run across the street to grab one at least once every two weeks or so. Sadly, since CVS changed their food options and I no longer work near one, it’s been a while since I’ve been able to enjoy that lunch. So, when I found a recipe for homemade pesto, I knew exactly what I was going to use it for (with several modifications to make it healthier). And I’m glad I did!
Many of my friends and family members, or really anyone who knows how often and how far I run, insist that I’m a runner. So when I talk about not having hobbies, it’s not uncommon for someone to say “of course you have a hobby; you run!” And that’s all well and good, except that I do not consider myself to be a runner. I don’t know why that is – it doesn’t matter how far or fast I go, how many days a week, or how I place in races, I just don’t feel like a runner.
Although I still have no idea why I don’t feel like a runner, I did recently figure out why I don’t consider it a hobby. To me, a hobby is something you choose to do in your free time for your own enjoyment. And while I do choose to run in my free time, it’s not like I’m ever in a situation where I’m sitting around my apartment thinking “hm… I don’t have anything to do right now. I’ll go for a run!” It’s much more “ok, training plans says five miles today; let’s go!”
So that got me thinking – what do I do when I find myself sitting around with nothing to get done? Well for starters I rarely find myself sitting around with truly nothing to do. But. One thing I have noticed lately is that I frequently choose to go out of my way to make things at home that I could more easily have bought from a store.
Specifically, homemade raspberry white cheddar mac and cheese in a homemade wheat pretzel bowl. And yes, it was as delicious as it sounds.
Make no mistake, there was nothing low cal about this dinner, but it was reasonably healthy and incredibly yummy, so absolutely worth every last calorie it took. I used whole wheat pasta, made whole wheat bread bowls, and chose recipes for both that used as little butter and oil as possible, so I made it as healthy as I could; there’s just a limit to how few calories you can use with these things, and that limit is relatively high.