Monday, November 12, 2012
Day 11, Nov. 11
Today I am thankful for Mexican food.
Seriously. I grew up on the border of Mexico. So many of my tastes lean toward that food culture. And who wouldn't love it?! Well, I guess there are those out there. I mean, I don't like Indian food. So, I guess people can not like Mexican food. Anywho, the cuisine of Mexico is always a staple in my diet. Even if its really, really terrible for you. For example, I love cheese enchiladas. LOVE. THEM. I also love spanish rice, which I suck at making, believe it or not. Albondigas and posole are my staple soups, as well as caldo de pollo. I love homemade tortillas and if not for the extreme effort it takes for me to make them, I'd always only have them homemade! Rolled tacos, mashed potato tacos (papas tacos), and campenchanas are the bomb!!! Carne and pollo asado. Chile rellenos. Chicken machaca. Okay, yeah, I'm stopping here. I ate dinner and this paragraph is making me hungry all over again. I live around the corner from a 24 hour Mexican food joint that makes some AMAZING cheese enchiladas, so I gotta keep myself from going over there!
Carne adobada... get the recipe at my food blog potatoestopeaches.com
Mexican posole (first incarnation for Cinco De Mayo this year)
Homemade cheese enchiladas and my failure/barely edible rice
Chicken machaca burritos
There is an amazing concoction known as a special quesadilla in my hometown. It is a doughy, cheesy deep fried piece of Heaven. I don't have a photo, but trust me. It would be a part of my last meal on earth.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Day 10, Nov. 10th
Today I am thankful for those delicious sweet treats with a nutritional punch: fruits!
One of my roommates once said they didn't like fruit. I thought that was just blasphemy. Like the vegetable, fruit contains fiber, vitamins, some minerals, and lots of cancer fighting antioxidants. Plus, they have those simple sugars making them like portable desserts. I really do love a good piece of ripe, juicy fruit.
I have a fruit bowl in my kitchen. At the moment it is filled with pink lady apples, bosc pears, one satsuma tangerine, and a mango. Just for me. I eat one whole fruit (at least) every day, usually with my lunch. We're in persimmon season, so as soon as I can get myself to a farmer's market, you can bet I'll be feasting on persimmons soon enough! Last week I had a very ripe pineapple, and the week before that a ripe, juicy, surprisingly flavorful seedless watermelon (one of those "personal" sized ones that could still easily feed 4 people!). I grow strawberries in my garden.
Among my favorite fruits are berries of all kinds: strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries. Also, mandarin oranges, grapes, plums, kiwi, and my absolute favorite: PEACHES! (Also all the ones I mentioned in the paragraph above... otherwise they wouldn't even be in my fruit bowl...)
My homemade apple pear butter, thick as jelly!
Strawberry avocado salsa... sounds strange, tastes AMAZING!
Hell yeah, PIE! Okay, so the nutritional benefits of apples and cranberries are totally overshadowed/negated by the butter, sugar, and white flour found in pie...
...which also means the sponge cake and whipped cream negate the benefits of all the fresh berries in this cake I made for my baby brother's wedding. Blast!
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Once again, sorry this one's late. I was so tired yesterday after practicum. 7 hours of meetings regarding weight variance for the various residents at the facility and then I came home and immediately had to start cooking dinner- ribs! Tonight I'll post my Day 10.
Day 9, Nov. 9th
Today I am thankful for the wonderful world of VEGETABLES.
And really, who wouldn't be thankful for these little powerhouses of nutrition? WORD. Even the lowly potato, who always gets such a bad rap, is packed with fiber, vitamins like C, minerals like iron, protein, and has no fat or cholesterol. Poor potato! Among my absolutely favorites to eat are beets, actual carrots (not those bleached, flavorless "baby" carrots), asparagus, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, collard greens, bell peppers, sweet corn, sugar snap peas, and my #1 favorite of all time: the white, starchy, super delicious, always appropriate, versatile POTATO! *Applause*
I get lots of dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and antioxidants from these little beasts. They keep me feeling full and they make sure my body is healthy and working correctly. They taste delicious. You can do a number of things with them. They go with every meal! The humble, under-eaten veggie is really a thing of beauty to be thankful for!
Every Thanksgiving and Christmas I do roasted veggies for dinner (for about 25 people)- red onions or pearl onions, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, beets, carrots, corn, zucchini, Brussels sprouts- tossed with a bit of olive oil and sprinkled with dried herbs.
Roasted broccoli tossed with olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, parmesan cheese, and pepper.
Southwestern Corn Salad (see my blog at potatoestopeaches.com for the recipe)
The artichoke that didn't stand a chance...
Kitty enjoys the remains of my green salad.
Thursday, November 08, 2012
Day 8, Nov. 8
Today I am thankful that I have the internet.
For reals. There are some countries in this world that don't have internet, don't allow their citizens to access certain websites, or have the worst internet speed ever. I'm extremely lucky that I have freedom to access anything I want all at the touch of a keyboard. I can do homework, research recipes, be part of a fabulous online health/weight loss community, watch television, read stories/articles/books/magazines, and more. The possibilities are endless. I can scarcely remember a time before the internet was so widespread. I'm grateful to have the internet.
Researching Master's Degree programs in Nutrition!
Thursday, November 08, 2012
Day 7, Nov. 7th
Today I am thankful that I know how to cook delicious, healthy meals.
I always feel so much better when I know what is in my food. Processed foods (aka junk), fast food, even restaurant food... if I eat too much of any of those, I can feel it. My body is more sluggish. My digestive system derps. My immune system takes a dive. Since I've been cooking at home more, I can control what goes into my food and I can eat a meal knowing it is healthy, wholesome, nutritious, and the tastiest thing I could ever put in my mouth! I enjoy trying new ingredients, different cuisines, vegetarian dishes, and elaborate feasts.
Tonight I made Mexican posole with pork sirloin (very lean cut of pork) and low sodium chicken broth. I had plenty of fresh fixin's to mix in: cabbage, radishes, green onions, cilantro, avocado, and lime wedges. As well as rice, tostada shells, and a dollop of sour cream.
I've done vegan lentil chili (low cal, fat, high protein!), my own tortellini with part skim ricotta cheese, grilled pizza on whole wheat dough and weighed down with tons of veggies, lemon chicken saltimbocca with whole wheat pasta, trussed up chickens, and I make my own marinara and BBQ sauce! I am grateful to be able to do what I need to do in the kitchen to keep me nourished and healthy.
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