Today I went to a brunch at a friend’s house, and then had a couple of chores to do before going home. So by the time I got home I was pretty hungry, and not in the mood to spend any time cooking. I had decided before I got home to try something new. For quite a while I have been thinking about that ‘raw diet’ thing where they spiralize zucchini and use that instead of pasta. Part of me just likes the idea of a new toy. Anyway, I had that good spaghetti sauce in the freezer, and I figured I could try the raw zucchini thing and it would hardly take any time to ‘cook’–just heat up the sauce in the microwave. I don’t have a spiralizer but I realized I could shred the zucchini the long way on my mandolin, and get the same effect. I ended up putting the sauce on the zucchini and putting both in the microwave for a little while, so the zucchini was not really raw.
Now. This is what I recommend. When you are trying something new, especially something that might not at first be as satisfying as what it is substituting for, you should try it when you are hungry and tired. Because I took one bite and thought, ‘oh no, that is too VEGETABLY TASTING. That won’t do at all. I need to toss it and make some real pasta.’ But because I was hungry and tired, I thought, ‘give it another try. You won’t have to do any more work, and you will at least be filled.’ And that is exactly what I did. And sure enough, it tasted good enough. And if I will eat it a few more times, it will become my new norm. And pretty soon I will start to CRAVE the zucchini with the spaghetti sauce. And by the way, that is some darn good spaghetti sauce. So for a nice plate of spaghetti, only about 135 calories!
I made my second batch of yogurt this morning, and left it to incubate while I was gone, and it came out beautifully. After my zucchini spaghetti, I got my second wind, and made a batch of blackberry-pear spread, and then made a batch of ‘apple butter’ for the first time. I looked at some recipes, and called my friend who makes it all the time to get her input. But basically, it is just apples and spices that I cooked and cooked and cooked. I mashed it a bit with a potato masher. So I guess it is not traditional apple butter, but it will be VERY TASTY on top of my oatmeal or yogurt.
All in all, I guess I am doing okay this holiday season. Its funny that I can control myself at home where there is no one watching me, but I can’t seem to control myself at work.
Hope you all are taking time to enjoy the peace and joy that should surround this time of year. Remember…Joy to the World. The Prince of Peace has come. Peace on Earth, Good will to men. And all that jazz, as Schroeder would say.