Yesterday was a blur and I just could not sit down long enough to tell you about my current kitchen adventure. Spiralizing. I have had this little gadget for a while but I forget to pull it out. Now that we have launched into an 8 week meal plan to cut more sugar out of our lives, I think I need to find some space on the counter for this gadget. It certainly jazzes up a salad and zucchini or sweet potato “noodles” make a great base for the evening meal.
Spring break is turning out to be busier than I would like but things are getting checked off the list and today will include my first run since forever and a yoga class. Breathe . . . .
I have quite a collection of water bottles. I keep a 20oz cup on my desk at work. And every morning I fill one of my pretty water bottl s to take in the car – a lovely orange HydroFlask, a Mount Ranier bottle that was a gift from my sister, and my newest addition, a Lifefactory glass water bottle. I make every effort to drink 64 or more oz. of water every day. And while I like plain water, I also like to jazz it up a bit. My favorite combo, a slice of lemon, a slice of lime, some fresh orange juice, and a chunk of ginger. As we move into spring I will add some frozen cranberries or blueberries, apple slices, and maybe even cucumber to my water bottles.
How do you make sure to drink your water?
I love my morning coffee. We have a coffee maker that has a timer so the coffee is ready before my feet hit the floor. A hot Cuppa coffee with my morning reading time gets my day off to a great start.
Recently, Kat mentioned that her Moka was a necessary kitchen tool. I had to look it up but when I saw the picture, I remembered bringing a similar coffee gadget home when we cleaned out mom and dad’s house. I believe they bought it on a trip to Italy and it looks like they haven’t made this model since the 60’s. Fun! So, I have investigated how to use this little coffee maker. The knob on top is missing but my husband thinks he can replace it. Can’t wait to give it a try.
I was listening to a podcast this weekend and heard the host say that the average American eats 1.5 servings of veggies a day! I am not sure there is agreement on the number but when I participated in a health challenge a few years ago, we were aiming for 7-9 fruits and veggies a day with the emphasis on veggies. Lately I have been starting the day with a plate of steamed veggies topped with a poached egg, taking a green drink for my mid-morning snack, and making sure that a good portion of my dinner plate is filled with veggies. I have learned how to eat “riced” cauliflower instead of rice and use my spiralizer to substitute squash for pasta. It takes a bit of thinking but I am trying to make it a habit, veggies at very meal.
How many veggies are you eating?
This is the week I have chosen to cut dairy from my diet. Not forever. Maybe a few weeks. I am curious to see if I will notice a difference. I don’t eat a lot of dairy but I do love cheese and lately, I am finding myself grabbing a slice here, a nibble there. It adds up! Last night we were going to order pizza but our usual place (where I can get a good gluten free pizza with lots of veggies) was so busy and we needed a quick meal. I popped into the store and found a dairy free, gluten free option. It tasted much better than it looked (and it didn’t really look like the picture on the package). I don’t plan to use a lot of cheese substitutes in the next few weeks. Instead I am searching my favorite recipes sites for some new dairy free ideas. So far I have this, and this, and this. And I will probably be ordering a coconut latte. Let m know if you have a great dairy free recipe site too.
There are two things in my kitchen that I can’t do without.
My crockpot is used at least twice a week. Some of the recurring items include bone broth, carrot-ginger soup, chili, green chili pork roast, shredded chicken, and beef stew. This is my second crock pot. The first was a wedding gift almost 35 years ago but it didn’t have the lift out crock. I do love the lift out feature but the four cook levels and warming feature make this one my go to for cook ahead. I can set it and not have to worry about over cooking or having it turn off before I get home.
My Ninja blender gets used daily. Every morning I blend up a green drink or protien shake. Some days I might even make both! I used an immersion blender stick for years and had no idea that greens could be blended like this. Those gr n drinks were good but sometimes a bit chewy.
What are your kitchen can’t do withouts?
I have seen this yoghurt but never tried it. Then I heard about the blackberry with Serrano peppers and I knew I knew I needed to try it. It took me a few weeks but it was with the wait. I mixed it with my favorite plain yogurt – such a treat!
I won’t be spending time in my own kitchen today. I will be with dad, helping him get set up in his new apartment. I am looking forward to getting back to some regular meal planning and cooking once dad is settled.
Happy Monday. Hope there is good food in your day.