I'm currently reading Eat, Pray, Love, and "Richard from Texas's" nickname for the author comes to mind as I ponder the accomplishments of the past two days. The word is: Groceries. More to the point, I have gone grocery shopping three times in a 24-hour period. My cupboards were quite bare after being away for a week (and not really cooking for about two weeks prior to that...), and I require the services of no less than three stores to supply me with what I like.
Thanks to my local Key Food (actually, NO thanks, as I am not a fan of that store), Trader Joe's and Whole Foods, my cupboards and fridge are full to brimming with fruits and veggies and I have thoroughly enjoyed my first full day back in the rat race. Well, I enjoyed the healthy, homemade food, at least.
Tonight I adapted a recipe for "Raj's Chickpeas in Tomato Sauce," which my sister passed on to me from The Everything Vegetarian Cookbook by Jay Weinstein.
I halved the recipe and swapped out the second can of chickpeas that it called for in favor of spinach and broccoli slaw (which is just bagged shredded broccoli stalks, for anyone unfamiliar with this "product" - it's found in the fresh produce section, usually among bagged salads). I also adjusted the spices just a little. It's quick, vegetarian and delicious, so here's what I did if you care to try:
- 1 tbsp EVOO
- 3/4 tsp ground cumin
- 3/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
- 85g (maybe 1/2-2/3 cup) frozen chopped onion
- 1 can (15 oz) crushed tomatoes
- 1 can (15 oz) chickpeas, drained
- 50g (maybe 1/4-1/2 cup) frozen chopped spinach
- 6 oz (half bag) broccoli slaw
- dried cilantro (for garnish)
- Heat oil over medium.
- Add onions, spinach and spices. Stir and cook until onions are soft, maybe 5 minutes.
- Add tomatoes, broccoli slaw and chickpeas. Stir to combine well.
- Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until broccoli is tender, 15-20 minutes, or until done to your liking. Stir occasionally in the meantime.
Makes 2 big-arse servings!
This was a good dinner to start the week off because it eased me back into cooking. No chopping or fancy-panties needed, but still clean and homemade. My body must really be craving the detox, because the biggest shocker came after dinner, when all I wanted was fruit and yogurt for dessert! What happened to the daily ice cream of my vacation days?!
Well, even I'm not dumb enough to force chocolate down my own throat, so fruit and yogurt it was. I cut up a canteloupe for the first time in my 26 years of life, and it went well (phew), though I had to phone Mommy for instructions first. Melon is still not one of my favorite fruits, but I am trying really hard to like it because I've read it's very high in potassium, which helps flush out excess sodium, and Lordy knows I've got a little excess everything after all the treats I savored in Disney World! Definitely worth every bite I ate, but that doesn't mean I'm not enjoying a healthy change of pace.
I emptied a small container of Turtle Mountain's Pina Colada flavored coconut yogurt among 1/4 canteloupe's worth of cubes (momma needs a melon baller!), and that certainly sweetened the deal. Plus a little sprinkle of coconut shreds makes the whole thing aesthetically appealing (aka blog-worthy).
I'm behind on catching up on everyone else's blogs, and for that I apologize, but catch-up mode lasts several days, unfortunately.
Ok, I need to pee now. Ready to get my flush on!