In work and life, I kick ass and take names.
At home, I really want to sip on a glass of wine, listen to Billie Holiday and stand at the stove in an apron.
I am not a master chef. While my circle of friends is full of many accomplished cooks, I am a bit simpler. Hence last month's presentation on cooking naked. Note: cooking naked is "cooking simple" - see also: Jamie Oliver's body of work. If you're interested in discussing cooking in the nude, I have a few hard rules to apply to that scenario.
Cooking. I have a vast collection of cookbooks - three dozen all told. They cover desserts, quick cooking, Kentucky-themed dishes. I have an anthology of popular White House dishes and several of Martha's tomes. Hell, I published a cookbook.
The thing is, I love cooking on the fly. I just wish I was more dedicated to the vocation.
Being a single gal, sometimes cooking dinner is the last thing I want to do after a long day at the office and an evening meeting/happy hour/whatever.
Especially when the audience is only me.
I started losing weight a couple months ago and am sticking with my plan (which isn't a hard and fast plan at all, actually), which means eating cereal with skim milk for breakfast, a frozen/packaged meal for lunch and then either a reasonable dinner at home/out or nibbles at an event.
Rewind. Did I just say frozen/packaged meal for lunch?
I realize now this is the weak link in my strategy. Those meals are typically full of all kinds of preservatives and chemicals I can barely pronounce, much less know how they affect my body. And a recent evaluation of several offerings has exposed the completely inadequate proportion of carbs to veggies and protein.
Considering my doctor advises me to dial down my carb intake, this isn't a good thing in my book.
I'm trying something different this week.
Armed with a stocked freezer and a good assortment of dry goods in the pantry, I am making it my mission to cook meals at dinner with the intent of having leftovers for lunch during the week. I'm also not opposed to assembling fresh, healthy meals in the morning.
My goal is flavorful, fresh meals that accomplish my dietary objections, all while reducing my dependence on those ready-to-go packaged soups, frozen meals and other processed foods.
This is the latest facet in my diet reinvention. Breakfast was Step 1; Step 2 was drinking more water.
Hopefully I can make Step 3 a regular part of my routine.
Do you have any quick-healthy-tasty recipes in your back pocket that you think I MUST know about?
I'd love to hear it!
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