Guess who’s back in the kitchen?! I know I need variety in my life when it comes to food (I’ve written about it multiple times before, like here and here), but after a while I get lazy and go back to eating my throw-together-in-5-minutes meals. (bad food blogger!) While those are delicious, it gets boring and leaves me unsatisfied after meals.
Which is never good. So, as a part of operation get back on the healthy train, I’ve made it a point to buy some new and different ingredients to make new recipes.
I made a batch of this raw vegan pesto with pumpkin seeds instead of pine nuts or walnuts. It’s an all-time favorite! I’ve made it 3 or 4 times, and without fail it’s always delicious. My very traditional foodie roommate even loved it, and couldn’t tell it had no cheese.
It makes for delicious lunches (yup, on toast…), but the variety? Roasted tomatoes from the whole foods antipasto bar. SO good.
And on wraps with avocado and kale. This was the most delicious lunch I’ve had in a while. (Please excuse the blurriness, I’m finally getting a new camera soon so I won’t have to used my phone for all pictures)
A “health-ified” version of a dish my mom used to make all the time, spaghetti with salmon and cream sauce. Except I used spaghetti squash, added coconut cream and nutritional yeast, with a piece of wild salmon roasted with lemon and dill. Not the same, of course, but the idea was there, and it was delicious.
I tried my hand at marinated chicken (I hate handling raw meat). I used this tandoori-spiced chicken recipe, but made it on a whim, so I didn’t have time to let it marinate for 2 hours, but did it instead for about 30 minutes.
It wasn’t as flavorful as it could have been, but it was still delicious. I served it with crispy roasted cauliflower (olive oil & garlic salt) and a little side salad with some amazing local tomatoes. I saved the leftovers for salads later in the week.
For lunch the next day,
And a quick, easy dinner after a long day of work. With a side of (baked sweet potato) fries. Again excuse the blurriness (cannot wait for new camera!)
Eggs poached in tomato sauce! (or cheater’s shakshuka…)
Served on zucchini noodles with mushrooms and greens. I tried sautéing the noodles to make them a little softer. They had a more pronounced zucchini taste (less neutral), but it went well with this meal.
And then, the next day, I broke the only dinner plate I own. I’m a terrible food blogger, I know, but when you move around as much as I do, and don’t cook for more than one, you only own one plate.
But then I dropped a salt shaker on it, and now I own zero.
So now I eat out of my pie plate, which makes for much less appealing photos. (clear plate = less contrast = uglier food)
But it’s still just as delicious! Julienned sweet potato and mushrooms sautéed in ghee – HOLY YUM – chili lime broiled salmon, greens with tahini-lime sauce. I want that sweet potato again!
And last night’s delicious dinner (well, tonight’s as I’m writing this Monday night) was sautéed curry shrimp over greens, with baked delicata squash “fries”. One of my favorite recipes!
So there you have it, a peak into my kitchen. Variety is the spice of life indeed.
Do you cook the same things over and over? Or do you like to try new recipes?
How many plates do you own? I pretty much have one of everything, except silverware. Single life!