All right, I have to do some serious laundry, but I will not use that as an excuse to continue to neglect my food posts. Part of my hesitence about posting about my food is that I cook very simply. I'm not a big let's-make-a-multiple-course-meal-with-lots-of-steps kind of cook. I can barely even call myself a cook. Really, I'm happy mixing up some beans and quinoa (maybe toss in some avocado) and calling it a day. I'm pretty picky and I don't like things to touch too much, but I'm constantly working on that (if not to become a healthier person, then at least as a way to set a good example for my child whose eating habits are remarkably like mine).
As far as cooking and baking go, I'm more of a dreamer than anything else. (Okay, so I'm like that with lots o' things. Continual improvement is my everpresent focus.) I love to read cookbooks and blogs and bookmark recipes to try one day. But, I'm very slow about adding to my repertoire.
I am hoping that the Whole Food Kitchen class is going to help a bit with that. At least, I am hoping it will help me to eat more healthfully. I have been noticing different foods' effects on my much more keenly lately. I always thought that I would never have the will power to cut something from my diet, even if it made a difference to my overall health and well-being. I think I don't give myself enough credit, though. I certainly don't eat as much junk as I did when I was younger. I've even very slowly cut my intake of ice cream (gasp! -- but, thank goodness for Ben and Jerry's frozen Greek yogurts). I'm not sure, but I think that I'm having a harder time with dairy than I used to. I might even have been willfully overlooking this because I had convinced myself that ice cream could make me feel better when I was in a downward spiral (which has been often).
So, anyhow, I'm looking to constantly improve my own eating habits and I know that I need lots of support. I'm not so much of a self-helper, I suppose, as a lean-on-community kind of person. (It'd help a whole bunch if I were more of a seek-out-community-and-actually-allow-that-community-to-help-me kind of a person.)
Okay, I didn't mean to make this something of a mind dump, but there you have it. Now, finally, on to the (simple) foods.
I recently bookmarked a recipe for a creamy cornmeal topped with a sunnyside up egg in Everyday with Rachael Ray. Also, the green onion was in the original recipe.
The first time we made it, the only change we made was to use couscous instead of the cornmeal. (We might have added the parmesan, too, but maybe that's in the original recipe. I don't recall.)
We made the same breakfast the next day and added diced homegrown tomatoes that had been gifted to us by generous homeschool friends. (We've had this several times since, too, and I like it with avocado. I had it one morning with a tostada shell as an edible scoop and enjoyed it. Cardo wasn't as fond of the tostada, though.)
I should mention that the eggs were also given to us. Two of the homeschool families have laying chickens and have been fabulous enough to share their eggs with us. So, the below breakfast was ranch-fresh (our friends have ranches, not farms). I was in a rush to get ready for work and scrambled eggs with a bit of cream cheese and a side of sliced tomatoes was perfect...and tasty.
And, just to prove that we eat more than simply eggs around these parts...I made a simple pasta salad (fifty-seven-year-old pasta that's been lurking in our cupboard, Annie's goddess dressing, homegrown tomatoes, cilantro, parmesan. And, bruschetta (which didn't photograph very pleasantly). While in Oregon in August, we picked up some tomato and artichoke bruschetta topping, which is what I used here. We used a rosemary baguette and I, of course, rubbed a good deal of garlic on the bread.
So, as I said, simple meals, using a lot of what we have on hand (we haven't been fabulous about grocery shopping lately). Maybe things will become more thrilling in this next month of Whole Food Kitchen! (Can you tell how much I'm looking forward to this class?)
I'm afraid to even spell-check this. It's taken me an hour to get this put together, mainly because the pictures didn't want to load. (I need to see about saving them in a different size. I want the pictures to be big, but not too big.) I sincerely apologize for any annoying errors in spelling or whatnot. I really, really need to head over to the laundry room.
Also, though, I was thinking about Spunk and Bite the whole time I was stringing along my hyphenated phrases up there. Ah, well.