Have the dieting blues? Does eating healthy seem like a never ending tasteless concoction after another? I got you. The same thing happened to me when I first learned my daily ice cream habit might not be as good for me as I hoped it was. I switched completely over to “healthy” food and found myself missing classic dishes like enchiladas, chicken pot pie and waffles. I thought to myself, “This is what life is now. Grilled chicken and steamed veggies for the rest of my days….”
Being an introvert is like being a tortilla. We look simple and straight forward, but really we are deep and complex. Plus, we somehow end up holding everything together in this great big burrito world. Don’t worry, I really am going somewhere here.
When I was young there was this unspoken system. In place for hurts, sickness and sorrow. A system that never needed an explanation. Someone down the road went through something. Perhaps a death in the family, or horrible illness that confined them to stay in. Even for young moms recovering from the birth of their new baby. We knew what to do. Get in the kitchen. Bake up some muffins, toss a salad and cook a chicken pot pie. Food is healing on so many levels.
Embracing chaos. Some might say it’s insanity. Others call it their daily routine. I’ve found it to be similar to riding my favorite roller coaster. ALL DAY. It is exhilarating and slightly nauseating. Lately life has been chaotic. I’ve found myself wishing for simple while simultaneously causing complicated. I’m okay with some areas of my life staying chaotic, but dinners aren’t one of them. Sitting around the table and enjoying a meal together is so important to me. I also love eating real food. If you’ve been here for any length of time you know I have a small fetish for turning classic dishes into healthy ensembles. That’s why today, I proudly bring you gluten free ravioli. Possibly the best thing I did last week. My kids and husband are still raving about it. They want it added to the regular menu, and I completely agree.
I’m not gonna lie. This dish is inspired by where I want to be right now. I’d very much like to be in Hawaii, Jamaica, Bermuda – any tropical island really. Sitting at an outdoor restaurant ordering this island sticky rice as I sip on a piña colada. Looking out at the horizon, watching the waves roll in. No concerns past which swim suit I’ll wear tomorrow. Letting the breeze wash over me and sand stick between my toes.
This week I took on a new challenge. Barbequing dinner. The main, the two sides, all on the BBQ. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t something I avoid. It’s just that whenever we grill outside, my husband is conveniently home and willing to cook. One of those “things” my other half just does and I’ve therefore never tried on my own.
Simply beautiful. This week we are basking in the glory that is vacation. The nine hour drive was well worth the views and relaxation. I’m just sitting down in our little rental house in the calm while the boys play Lincoln Logs (something every parent should bring on vacation) and the 2 year-old is napping due to a full day of exploring beaches and collecting shells. My husband is grilling up some salmon cakes and I’m waiting for the timer to go off on the oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. Sounds pretty rad right?
While I can’t take you all on vacation with me, I can give you our new favorite fish recipe! My dear friend Amelia created this one in her kitchen over the summer and kindly let me share it with you. We fell in love with the combination of fresh seasonings and delicious salmon.
My kids also think anything in the shape of a patty is amazing (they’re not wrong) so this one has been very kids friendly for all 3 of our kiddos. Personally I love these served over brown rice and steamed veggies. My husband likes doing veggie kabobs with them which is fun too.
Question. How long is too long before taking down Christmas decorations? One week, two, a month?? This reminds me of the “no white pants after labor day” debacle. Does anyone really know the answer? Continue reading Butternut Squash Bisque
Looking for the perfect holiday turkey recipe that will bring the family to their knees begging for just one more slice? Whether you’re as dramatic as I am in the kitchen, we all want one thing this Thanksgiving. To enjoy the day with family instead of stressing over the meal. Am I right? Continue reading Citrus & Herb: Thanksgiving Turkey
At this point, summer might not end. We’ve hit the “endless days of summer” mode, but mostly because of the heat; not the quickly arriving school schedules. The next two weeks are projected to be 109° straight on through. I know, not quite the way I wanted to envision my summer either. Northern California has so many perks, but one major downer. The heat is not only long lasting, but incredibly dry.