Category Archives: Health

Self-awareness

Feeding the baby real food has forced me to acknowledge that I don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables. How can I feed her almost exclusively fruits and vegetables, tell her she’s had enough cheese toast and to eat more peas, and then turn around and eat a handful of semi-sweet chocolate chips?

The solution…When she eats, I eat. This involves a lot of sharing. Also, kale under everything is a really good way to add vegetables and a nice flavor to a lot of dishes (think soups, pastas, sauces, etc). Sautéed kale is pretty good on a sandwich too.

So this looked like someone else’s fridge after my trip to Trader Joe’s, and that bag of kale is GONE.

Look at all those vitamins!

Look at all those vitamins!

And in addition to this crap that I got at Russo’s (crap being the best damn sourdough bread on the planet, a baguette, and chocolate cayenne cookies)

Delicious crap I might add.

Delicious crap I might add.

I also got a bunch of kale, tomatoes, strawberries, bananas, a mango, and avocado, lemons, limes, and another basil plant. Not because I killed mine, but because I need more basil.

These ingredients made a fabulous panzanella (sans shrimp) last night.

 

FRESH

FRESH

Then for lunch, I had leftover bolognese over kale, while baby had a piece of that fabulous bread with cheese on it, grapes, and peas. Hungry little bugger! We’ve had some good runs together the last couple days. The first was good because she slept and because I can run 3 miles pushing a jogging stroller without stopping, and the second was a good 2.5 where she was awake and kept looking at me. What’s cuter than that?

 

So very motivating

So very motivating

Starting to believe I can actually do the halfs that I want to run this fall. I’m going to need to be in shape anyway to keep up with this. Might as well get some races in.

Standing for a solid 17 seconds. We took a video.

Standing for a solid 17 seconds.         We took a video.

 

 

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Everything but the kitchen sink, last minute pizza

I had the BEST of intentions for dinner today. I’ve really been trying to eat more vegetables on a daily basis because well, people keep telling me that they’re good for me. But more important at this moment is that I’m not just eating for me and baby needs me to be healthier!!! Something I shouldn’t admit as a 26 year old is that in general, I really hate vegetables. I like them IN stuff, soups, salads that someone else makes, but in general….no. They need to be hidden in cheese. Or ranch.

I was going to make the Real Simple Asparagus pizzas. Get home from work, make the dough, relax a little bit, etc…like I said, best of intentions. Let’s fast forward to what actually happened, shall we?

On the bus on the way home, stuck in unbelievable traffic, I googled “quick pizza dough”, decided that asparagus sounded disgusting, and wondered how I could incorporate nutella into dinner…. And let me share with you what I learned: there is a reason pizza dough is not “quick”, you can choke down roasted asparagus if you try hard enough (hey, it’s better than letting it ruin your pizza), and nutella is a delicious dessert. Despite a floury tasting, thin, anti-crust I had enough items in the fridge to make a pretty interesting semi-white pizza. I might even recommend this combination of ingredients to you all, just, make a better crust.

First I sliced some garlic and laid it on the crust, followed by some slices of small tomatoes that I grabbed on a whim at Whole Foods (they were in this really cute little box!), spoonfuls of ricotta, a sprinkling of mozzarella, some sliced red onion, and grated Parmesan cheese. 10 minutes on a 500 degree pizza stone, some basil from the delightful plant thriving on our patio (thanks Kathleen) and a big handful of arugula dressed with olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper from the original dinner recipe and voila! I shall call it, no produce left behind-pizza!

For anyone who’s counting, that was at LEAST 2 servings of vegetables in one meal.

Responsibility

I feel that blogging about what I’m cooking makes me more conscious of what I’m eating. Sort of a “don’t admit to the people who are actually reading this that you made Kraft macaroni and cheese for dinner”. So on that note, after a very long walk around our hilly neighborhood for exercise, I made my mom’s oven fried chicken for dinner last night. That is one of those dishes that makes you feel like you’re back home. But after spending an ungodly amount of money at Whole Foods on meat this weekend, I decided that it might be time for a turn back to some more vegetarian options. Because that makes sense right? So tonight, a pinterest recipe from twopeasintheirpod.com for Greek Tortellini Salad. Butttttt because I’m a child and hate olives, and also cucumbers, its more of a tomato and cheese tortellini salad with a great dressing. Either way, it’s a nice fresh, vegetable-less dinner on a cold, rainy, not-June evening. An evening made for knitting….hmmmmmmmmm