The bitter cold continues to force me inside to create delicious and healthy recipes, and I am really excited to tell you guys about this stuffed chicken. Week two of eating healthy has gone pretty good. We had a cheat meal last Saturday, and while I do believe it’s okay to have cheat meals, I think we had ours too soon.
Who said comfort food couldn’t be healthy? And low carb. And under 500 calories. And filled with zucchini noodles and ricotta meatballs. Eat all the baby carrots you want, but sometimes you need a filling, hearty meal, and you don’t have to break your diet or your waistline to get it.
I am officially back from vacation and back on the healthy bandwagon. Dylan and I just spent a long weekend in Charleston for my 33rd birthday, and it was nice because 1) 33 is a pointless age, and 2) the weather was in the high 50s/low 60s in Charleston while it was something like two (2!) degrees at home, with that “feels like -18” nonsense. Noooooo thank you. It was a wonderful romantic getaway and we definitely ate and drank our way through our mini-vacaton, and because of that we were ready to get back home and settle into a routine of healthiness. I thankfully avoided that whole ‘January 1st’ resolution buzz; I am a big fan of jumping on the healthy bandwagon, regardless of what day of the year it is. And I totally understand that January 1 is a logical time to press refresh on goals; I want everyone to succeed, I just want to make sure that my usual elliptical at the gym is still open when I get there is all. But because of my January 9 birthday I tend not to get on any bandwagon on the first of the year because let’s be honest – I’m not eating salmon and baby carrots and pretending that there isn’t a BIG glass of wine (or four) in my near future.
Spiralizing! If you’re not doing it, than it’s time to get on board with this healthy lifestyle! I’ve been spiralizing for almost 2 years now, and it’s opened up my mind to so many healthy alternatives to actual, carby, high-calorie pasta. While I started with zucchini noodles, since then I’ve spiralized so many other foods – sweet potatoes, butternut squash, apples, broccoli stems, parsnips, and kohlrabi. One vegetable that I hadn’t tried and was excited to was an onion. Any short cut I can take with onions is a win in my book. I cry like a baby and end up with puffy eyes that are past ridiculous; all from dicing some damn onions. And I LOVE onion, so not having it in my food is simply not an option.
Confession. I love to cook but I work full-time and don’t always have the time to make the meals I want to make. Right now is a particularly busy time at work for me, so anything I can do to save time and still cook a delicious and healthy meal is a big WIN in my book.
Everyone always goes for the salmon, the tuna, the cod, the mahi, but one commonly overlooked fish that tastes fantastic is tilapia. Light and easy, tilapia is a great fish for those who are a little nervous about seafood, or as those people like to say “I don’t like when it tastes fishy.”
Happy Monday! I hope you all had a nice weekend. I took a little break from cooking this weekend and had a date night on Friday, then went to a friend’s house on Saturday to watch football. Staying true to our routine though we got our grocery shopping done on Saturday morning so we were all prepared for the week. I’ve been feeling very fall-like with food – roasting vegetables, hearty meats – those cozy meals that make you want to curl up and fall asleep reading a good book, so you’ll be getting some new recipes that reflect that mood this week. Who the hell knows what next week holds though; my cravings shift like the wind.