I started it off at 7 am @ Starbucks, and then a 5 mile walk with a dear friend. Our tradition for "catching up" is to bring our coffee dates "on the go". It was such a beautiful morning in Tucson...about 50 degrees with a gorgeous sunrise.
Then I got home, and decided to take advantage of this day. As I am well aware that everywhere in the Lower 48, except the SW(?!), are dealing with seriously insane weather!! So I opened all the windows, and spent my day cleaning, doing yard work, and meal prepping for the week.
And here is what I came up with!:
1. Kale Salad.
- I told you guys I'm obsessed!
- Except this time I chopped up my kale, and dressed with w/ 2 fresh lemons, 1/4 cup balsalmic vinegar, 3 Tbsp olive oil, garlic, S & P.
- For dinner, I enjoyed with a grilled chicken breast!
2. Anti-inflammatory butternut squash.
- Ew, that sounds rather medicinal. It's delicious. Being the nurse in my circle of friends, I was approached by some of my DTG's (tri-group) about alternative methods of anti-inflammatories because they currently were popping advil prior, after, sometimes during their long rungs. So I whipped up this recipe to share!
- Bake 1 butternut squash @ 400 for 45 minutes (just cut in half, drizzle with olive oil prior to baking). Scoop out the contents, mash it up, and mix in 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, 2 tsp tumeric, & S & P to taste.
- It is delicious! And it has healing benefits!
- I'm off to NM this weekend to check out my husbands new "digs". And his request is I make these protein balls for him.
- These I've posted in the past. 3/4 cup natural PB, 2 scoops protein powder, 1/4 cup raw honey, 3/4 cup oats. Mix well, roll into balls, and eat as a pre/post workout snack!
- I also will have one of these (a small one) in the evenings if I'm craving something "sweet". I figure one of those is better than a cookie!
- 1 can white beans, 1/4 cup olive oil, juice of 2 lemons, bunch of fresh rosemary (or 1 Tbsp), S & P to taste, and maybe a touch of sriracha for a kick! Blend in your food processor & enjoy with vegetables or as a sandwich spread!
- When I make this for parties, I will also make a rosemary oil to drizzle on top - where I just take 1/4 cup O.O., 2 cloves minced garlic, and a few sprigs of rosemary. Heat up, but don't brown garlic, and pour on top of the hummus.
- I make this a lot, especially to use up my rosemary. As rosemary grows like mad in the desert!
It felt good to get busy in my kitchen! I have to admit, I've been doing much better lately about cooking meals and eating real food for dinner when Ryan is gone! My diet has made a shift to 80/20 clean/paleo-ish.....so it's required me to have to try a little harder! (No more cheese, crackers, and wine for dinner....well, maybe once a week :D)
What have you been cooking lately? Do you have a "go to" little something for when you're craving something sweet?