Sunday, January 20, 2013
Have you ever read a cookbook or fancy food magazine and thought "Someday I'll do that." and then turn around and just make something easy out of a box? That's been the story of my life for a long time, but it turns out Someday has finally arrived. I ordered the Sparkpeople Cookbook and I have never been more pleased. I'm enjoying the hell out of the recipes, and they're surprisingly easy to make.
Yesterday I made a Tomato and Feta Cheese Frittata for breakfast, using shallots for the first time ever. Then I made Herb-Roasted Turkey, Baked Lemon-Spiced Rice, steamed brussel sprouts, Spring Cupcakes with Citrus Frosting, Ranch Dressing from fat-free yogurt (so much better than Hidden Valley, which had always been my go to condiment, I'm so excited to find a healthy recipe and delighted that it tastes better than the original.) and then I used the turkey bones to make a batch of stock that I can use for other recipes, knowing there's no sodium added.
I'm really proud of myself, not only for making healthy choices and spending all of the time cooking yesterday, but because I'm trying so many new foods. I used to be very meat and potatoes, and I shied away from unfamiliar foods, but when I joined Sparkpeople I told myself that I would make a conscious effort to find new healthy foods and meals that I enjoyed and incorporate them into our meals. I never eat out on lunch anymore, in fact, if we eat out at all, it's because of a social occurrence.
Everything tasted amazing, and I've got leftovers portioned out into different recipes and meals to make it stretch. I've also been a beast this week about working a lot of exercise into my day, especially since I've quit smoking. Now that I'm not beelining for the smoking area, I use my breaks to take a walk on the lovely walking paths my company has built, I've also been doing a yoga video every night before bed, and some time on the Wii Fit in the morning.