These are the only photos I took today.
My theme for dinners this week was No going to the store. Not for anything. Meaning even if I found a cool recipe I wanted to try out, I had to use what was on hand as a substitute or wait. I’ve gotten into the bad habit of running to the store for that one spice, or sauce, or broth, and then when I’m at the store I end up stocking up on pantry items. Had to get through some of that stuff finally. So tonight’s dinner was spicy thai shrimp stir fry with a side of barley. I successfully used up the rest of our barley, a bag of frozen stir fry veggies, and a bag of sliced peppers. Our fridge, freezer, and pantry are getting lighter!
After dinner I had the sudden urge to go running. Hate when that happens. Also, I love it, because otherwise I would have gone right to sitting at my computer desk, and that burns negative 200 calories thanks to the snacks I bring with me. Speaking of running, I tried on Nike Frees this weekend when we were shopping at Plaza Bonita, and apparently the shoes I’ve had for years are absolutely ridiculous. Who knew? (My husband will say he knew, and that he’s been trying to buy me nice shoes for years. I think I might let him this time.)
One of our “goals” this year is to be more healthy, especially in what we eat. So on December 31st, I spent a good deal of time looking up recipes for all natural or raw foods that we might be able to start incorporating into our diets. This week has been fun to try some new things I wouldn’t even have thought to make- like this carrot ginger soup here. Granted, it was still a little bland for my taste (even after adding cumin, red pepper flakes, oregano, garlic salt, and the green onions topping), but it sure felt healthy going down. Chris liked it just fine though, and he even took a big container of it to work with him the next day. I found that a small bowl was great for dipping organic spiced crackers into, and the soup sure made my lunch box smell nice and spicy!
For anyone wanting to check out more of the healthier recipes I’ve found, here’s my Healthy Recipes pinterest board. So far we’ve also tried the edamame dish and the jazzy pinto beans, both of which weren’t amazing, but still came out tasting okay. We’re just not used to eating non-processed, non-salted down dinners yet. 😦 I do have high hopes for the french lentil soup, though Chris says he’s a little “souped out” right now, so it’ll be awhile before we try that one. (And I have three containers of my spicy chicken noodle in the fridge right now to go through first.) I did try to make my own chicken stock last weekend, with the leftovers from a grocery store Rotisserie chicken and the odds and ends from some carrots, onions, and celery. It smelled amazing in my kitchen that day. So far we’ve only used the broth in the carrot soup, so I’m not sure how much different tasting it is than the boxed kind. I’ll have to try it in my spicy chicken soup to really compare.
Happy eating this new year!
Step five: Microwave for one minute and thirty seconds.
Step six: Put away your roommate’s dishes (and your own red Mickey Mouse bowl) since you’ve got the time.
Step six: Mash the remaining chocolate chip lumps to create a nice, soupy texture.
Step seven: Sneak a picture of your hot husband wrapping the last of your Christmas presents.
Step eight: Toss in some pretzels.
Step nine: Drown pretzels.
Step eleven: Fill cookie sheet with deliciousness.
Step twelve: Put cookie sheet(s) in fridge to set for about an hour.
Step thirteen: Think you could do the same with the butterscotch chips in your pantry.
Step fourteen: Discover that butterscotch chips do not melt well in the microwave. (In fact, they cause said microwave to smoke, and your condo to smell like burnt toast all night.)
Step fifteen: Go down to the garage and find the cute Christmas tins your sister-in-law left when she moved out last November.
Step sixteen: Still waiting for the deliciousness to set in the fridge? Eat leftover sushi. (Don’t worry, it was leftover from like three hours ago.)
Step seventeen: Try the butterscotch again, just for kicks. This time, use the stovetop and watch to make sure bubbling blackness doesn’t happen again.
Step eighteen: Learn butterscotch chips just suck, despite what your husband says, but still make him his own batch of butterscotch pretzels. He’s hot, after all, and what can you do?
Step nineteen: (Not pictured.) Fill Christmas tins with deliciousness. Store in fridge until the 25th.