Have you noticed that when I come back from just a few days away I am typically more creative with my cooking endeavors? Maybe its just coincidence, or maybe its me craving some really good, healthy food. Anyway, here are some of my new (and old) creations.
I planned on buying a large container of Fage 2% yogurt for the week. But it went up in price to $8/quart and I just couldn’t make myself do that. So over to the milk I went. I got a gallon of organic milk for $6, and went home to make my own greek yogurt. Its a little time consuming, but so very delicious. And I have plenty of whey left over for smoothies.
You’ve heard me talking about the excellent turkey bread that Vicky makes, right? Its a homemade wheat bread with ground turkey, veggies, and cheese rolled up inside and baked. Well the other day at the gym I was asking Vicky when she was going to make turkey bread again. And it occurred to me that I had most of the ingredients at home to make it. So that was first on the slate for Monday morning. I actually had a recipe for Vegetable Stuffed Bread that Vicky had given me a long time ago. That’s what I ended up making, because I forgot to buy some ground turkey. The thing that made it possible for me to make the bread was that I realized I had a bag of Trader Joe’s whole wheat pizza dough in my freezer. I bought the stuff on a whim, and almost let it go bad, but stuck it in the freezer at the last minute. Let me just say that this dough worked great! I was really surprised at how easy it was to work with, and it was very delicious tasting too.
I grated and cooked up a ton of veggies and cheese, and followed the recipe. Rolled it all up and put it in the oven. TA-DA! I was so excited when I took this out and it looked so perfect. And I was even more excited that it tasted so delicious. Next time I might add a little more cheese and a little less vegetables. This loaf makes about 8 nice sized slices at about 200 calories each.
And inside the slice:
It was very easy to make. A little time consuming with all the vegetable shredding and chopping. But in the end I have 7 lunches wrapped and ready for me to take out of the freezer for the days I DON’T feel like cooking (and believe it or not, there are plenty of days like that.) I will try to post my version of this recipe in the next few days.
Lately I’ve been looking for organizational items at the thrift stores. I found this old wooden box and thought it might work for my collection of perle cotton thread. Perfect!
Whether its alive or an inanimate object, SOMEBODY feels the picture is incomplete without her in it.
I’ve been buying glass containers and decorative tin boxes at the thrifts to replace the bags and plastic containers of all the many bulk items I buy. I reorganized the cupboard AGAIN.
Sunday evening I opened a can of pumpkin to try a new recipe that is not worth mentioning. I only needed a tablespoon of pumpkin. So that can of pumpkin has been staring at me every time I open the fridge. This morning I decided to try the pumpkin custard oats again. Between the pumpkin and the egg whites, the oatmeal gets quite voluminous. I topped it with pepitas and some of that homemade granola. Quite satisfying.
But there was still almost a whole can of pumpkin left. I knew it would either go to waste, or I could freeze it, or…I could use it. Looked up that oldie but goodie recipe for Pumpkin Custard . Yumm yumm yumm. this is my favorite way to eat pumpkin. Very satisfying dessert, and I think there’s only about 60 calories per slice. I’ve got a slice waiting for me as soon as I finish writing this.
While I was thumbing through my cookbook , I saw my old recipe for Shrimp and Avocado Fiesta Soup. Hmmm. I see its not in my blog’s recipe index. I’ll have to post that for you, because its very easy to make and VERY tasty. Low in calories too. I was thinking tonight that you could substitute shredded chicken if you didn’t want the shrimp. Or just put some beans in there if you’re in the vegetarian mood. I think I’ll try it with lentils next time.
So the shrimp reminded me: a little seafood talk. That last bag of shrimp I bought (I always buy the pre-cooked frozen shrimp) seems like it is a little overcooked. Not really enjoyable. In fact, I picked out half the shrimp in this bowl. And Sunday night (this is almost laughable) after having that perfect piece of salmon at the seafood restaurant, I decided to try a piece of frozen salmon from the bag I had bought at Walmart. Ummm. No. No way. There is no comparison. Just to say, that if you are someone who thinks they do not like seafood, and you have never had really great FRESH seafood, give it one more try. Pay attention when you are cooking it so you don’t overcook it. I am convinced, once again, that you get what you pay for. As little as I eat meat these days, I will buy myself a single piece of fresh fish once in a while. Of course, the further inland you live, the harder it is to get fresh fish, I suppose. We have one market in town that brings in really good fish, so I will go there.
So today I was all set to go to the gym for my TRX class. I go out to the car, and it is like nightmare deja-vu all over again. Same day, same class I want to go to, same DEAD CAR. After paying over $600 for a new alternator, I was not a happy camper. The worst part was that I would miss my class. In the end, AAA came out and gave me a jump, the mechanics paid for a rental car for me so they can diagnose the problem, and I went to the gym and just did my own workout. Since I’ve gone back, I’ve stuck with the lower weights and higher reps. I set up a circuit of machines and free weights that I want to do, and rotate through them three times. It gives me a really good workout, and also is a little more cardio. I am being super protective of my back, and also, I think its just a good idea to change things up once in a while. Followed that up with a nice 30 minute swim. I’m really getting back into the swimming groove. Its very meditative to me. I only do sidestroke bakc and forth. I might add some more vigorous moves in, but for now its a very good follow-up to my weights workout.
Well, its getting pretty late. Gonna jump in the shower, wash my hair, and sit on the couch and watch something or other on the computer!