For the longest time my roommates thought I was a vegetarian. The majority of the meals that I would cook would be meatless. My famous and very easy one pot meals are an example of this. Nothing but pasta, veggies, and sauce.
Well not tonight! I say BRING ON THE MEAT!
There can be no doubt in their minds now that I eat meat. Look! You can even see the steam. I’m already on my second plate so I’m slopping it up pretty quick. I had toast too. Mmmm.
Pasta and meat sauce. A pretty easy dish. Tomorrow? Well, I did pick up some crab meat. Can we say CRAB CAKES!!!
I discovered this bag of crack (might as well be) during my first ever visit to Trader Joe’s many weeks ago. First of all, I was in awe of the entire store. I even took a photo of a bunch of mangoes for my check in on Foursquare. They were just too cute. Second, I didn’t see much junk food. To tell the truth I don’t think I saw ANYTHING that would classify as junk there. I didn’t analyse everything on the shelves but my initial scan had me very satisfied with what I saw.
When I hit the checkout that’s when I saw them. My friend whom I was with saw them first and grabbed a bag. I was intrigued. I picked up the bag and read the ingredients. What?! This bag of goodness is somewhat healthy?! Oh trust and believe I got a bag of my own. I’ve been hooked ever since.
Once I have free reign of a kitchen I’ll be shopping at Trader Joe’s more often for groceries. In the meantime they happen to be supporting my habit by carrying this bag of goodness in their stores. I’ll be paying them a visit towards the end of the week to get my fix.
It’s been my main warm drink of choice as of late. I still partake in the occasional coffee drink…sometimes with a bit of Baileys added. The hot lemon water is a healthy alternative. It’s perfect for me since I do not drink tea. I can’t stand the stuff actually.
I recently bought a manual citrus juicer. This thing has been great. Before this wonderful tool I was squeezing the juice from each cut wedge by hand. I wasn’t getting all of the available juice. Plus it was quite messy.
This drink aides in my hydration which is very important. My dumb butt can forget to drink water sometimes. Trust me…it happens. I just ‘brew’ some hot water in my coffee dispenser and drink the entire 12 cups. Delicious!
This drink was introduced to me by my friend and life coach Shanel Cooper-Sykes (www.shanelcoopersykes.com). Check her out for other delicious tidbits on food and life in general. Did I mention she is an amazing cook? I’ll be picking up her cookbook when it finally hits the bookshelves.
Almonds. A wonderful snack food to have around. These babies are packed with all types of good stuff including anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, proteins and unsaturated fats. When eaten in moderation almonds can promote lower cholesterol levels, prevents heart disease and can help with weight loss.
That’s the key…in moderation. You see I love these little suckers. I have the capability to eat this ENTIRE tub of almonds if I so choose. How lucky I am to have the resolve that I do. Having too many of these may do me more harm then good.
It’s always a good idea to have something like this around the house. Other quick snacks like carrots and celery can be available as well. This will reduce the need for needless snacking on the bad stuff like processed sweets and the like. Oh yes how I like those as well. Lol.
I’m actually trying to make an effort to eat cleaner. This stems from a health issue that I’ve been battling for many, many, many years. I’ll ellaborate further in a future blog post if I choose to share. Besides eating cleaner will put me on a path to a healthier style of living. That’s the goal isn’t it? You damn right it is!
The first Friday of Lent is in the bag! Below you will find what I made for dinner. It turned out pretty good if I do say so myself. The tomato mixture went well with the Salmon and steamed veggies are always a hit. The red vino was an added bonus. 🙂 My choice? A bottle of Signano Chianti Colli Senesi 2001. I love my red Italian vino.
Original recipe compliments of Giada De Laurentiis.
Chef’s note: I used canned diced tomatoes that had jalapenos added.
Lent Friday Dinner
* 4 (5 ounces each) salmon fillets
* 2 teaspoons olive oil plus 2 tablespoons
* Salt and freshly ground black pepper
* 3 tomatoes, chopped, or 1 (14-ounce) can chopped tomatoes, drained
* 2 chopped shallots
* 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
* 1 teaspoon dried oregano
* 1 teaspoon dried thyme
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Sprinkle salmon with 2 teaspoons olive oil, salt, and pepper. Stir the tomatoes, shallots, 2 tablespoons of oil, lemon juice, oregano, thyme, salt and pepper in a medium bowl to blend.
Place a salmon fillet, oiled side down, atop a sheet of foil. Wrap the ends of the foil to form a spiral shape. Spoon the tomato mixture over the salmon. Fold the sides of the foil over the fish and tomato mixture, covering completely; seal the packets closed. Place the foil packet on a heavy large baking sheet. Repeat until all of the salmon have been individually wrapped in foil and placed on the baking sheet. Bake until the salmon is just cooked through, about 25 minutes. Using a large metal spatula, transfer the foil packets to plates and serve.