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17 January 2010 @ 06:56 pm
Had I made any New Year's resolutions, one of them would certainly have been to be more mindful of food. Not only what and how much I'm eating, but how much I let go to waste. I've been plumbing the depths of the freezer, using up leftovers, keeping track of what I've got on hand (there's a forthcoming post dedicated to my pantry). Menu planning plays a big part here. Lest I find myself overwhelmed and therefore violently disinclined to continue what should be a sensible course, I'm limiting that planning to three dinners at a time. Twice a week I plan meatless meals, though I'll likely up this to three by summer/farmer's market season.

Monday: Don fends for himself. With my new schedule, I teach a 6:15 class (can't eat for at least two hours before that), man the desk until 9 and am up again to teach the 8 a.m. the next morning. If I have my act together, I'll take something to eat once I'm done teaching. Maybe a light club salad, or that avocado and chickpea concoction I've been wanting to try.

Tuesday: rösti casserole with baked eggs*. I have those fresh, organic eggs, after all, and it would be a crying shame to let them go to waste. Salad (greens, apples, almonds, raisins, red onions) and creamy balsamic dressing on the side.

Wednesday: Swordfish burgers with lemon vinaigrette on mixed greens. Perhaps multigrain toasts and hummus on the side. I was going to do these with salmon, but when I was last at the grocery store, they announced a swordfish special on the overhead. Clearly this meal was fated to be.

Thursday: I've got leftover pinto beans. Maybe I'll brown up some ground turkey and make something Mexican. I'm torn between enchiladas and chimicangas. Whatever I make, I'll do a chopped salad and this rice (only brown) as a side dish.


Feel free to share your suggestions, tips and recipes! Words of encouragement are, of course, always welcome.

It might also be worth nothing that I spend FAR too much time reading food blogs. yeesh.

x-posted to my heretofore unused dreamwidth account
pheylanpheylan on January 18th, 2010 12:12 am (UTC)
You sure this is healthy cooking?
It all sounds so yummy! I'm thinking I need to copy some of these recipes and make puppy dog eyes at Pookie to cook them. I'm sure you're getting good use on the new kitchen.
Kelladyjoust on January 18th, 2010 12:31 am (UTC)
Re: You sure this is healthy cooking?
Most of it is. Keep an eye on how much cheese and sour cream you use on the mexican dishes and, of course, mind your portions and lo! yummy food that's good for you!
rabu-rabu-zura?kiarasayre on January 18th, 2010 12:18 am (UTC)
Coconut rice stir-fried with veggies and stir-fry sauce (and, optionally, meat) makes for DELICIOUSNESS. I'd imagine you could control how much oil goes into it to make it healthier, too.
Kelladyjoust on January 18th, 2010 12:34 am (UTC)
Since I've never had coconut rice, I'm going to ply you with questions. Is it sweet? How prevalent is the coconut flavour?

rabu-rabu-zura?kiarasayre on January 18th, 2010 12:48 am (UTC)
It's not that sweet at all. The way I do it (using one cup of water and one cup coconut milk to boil a cup of rice) just leaves this very nice coconut undertone, and if you think it tastes too coconutty/not coconutty enough, you can just mess with the water-to-coconut-rice ratio. :)
Kelladyjoust on January 18th, 2010 03:59 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'll definitely give this a go. Stir fry is so easy, and adding a different flavor into the mix keeps it from growing stale.
kitmfkitmf on January 18th, 2010 06:51 pm (UTC)
Can I come over for dinner?
Kelladyjoust on January 20th, 2010 03:40 am (UTC)
Any time!
Annephloxyloxy on January 18th, 2010 08:27 pm (UTC)
If you keep making posts like these, you will inspire me to eat/cook better. No pressure, though!

The food sounds yummy. This reminds me that it's 9:30pm, and I haven't had dinner yet. HMM.
Kelladyjoust on January 20th, 2010 03:33 am (UTC)
Yay! I will use my obsession with food to do GOOD, not EVIL!

Made the rösti tonight, and it was delicious.
Aifacat: NOMaifacat on January 18th, 2010 10:10 pm (UTC)
I'm doing a similar thing. I've long since removed anything *super* bad for me from the cupboards, but I realized I was hoarding more than using what I had in there (and in the freezer). So except for stuff like milk, bread and fresh produce, I'm attempting for as long as I can to only cook with what I have on-hand.

So far so good!

Oh, and speaking as a person on a low-cholesterol/low-fat diet - I am THRILLED that Kraft now has shredded non-fat cheeses! Whoo!!! And they taste GOOD, even. Already used the mozzerella for a pasta bake that I very much enjoyed.
Kel: biting kittyladyjoust on January 20th, 2010 03:40 am (UTC)
I've got bananas that have gone very brown and buttermilk that needs to be used, so I'm going to make chocolate chip banana bread tomorrow - and then hand it over to Don to take to his office. :)

I do like the challenge of putting meals together with what's on hand. Please continue to share your tips and successes!
harpiegirl4: saladfaceharpiegirl4 on January 19th, 2010 04:42 pm (UTC)
Extremely Yummy and Surprisingly Filling Winter Slow-Cooker Soup

*1/2 package of bacon (I use turkey bacon), diced
*3 cans Great Northern Beans, rinsed and drained
* 1 can diced tomatoes
* 2 tsp garlic
* 1 large onion, chopped
* 4 large carrots, sliced (or a package of frozen sliced carrots)
* 3 boxes of chicken stock (lowfat or nonfat/low sodium for the healthier version)
* 1 sprig fresh rosemary
* pepper to taste

Cook the bacon till crispy. Drain on paper towels.

Throw everything in the crockpot. Cook it on low for 8 hours. Leave house and go on with your day.

Come home, lift crockpot lid and take a big sniff. Rosemary soupy heaven! Serve over toasted French bread.
Kel: green and growing thingsladyjoust on January 20th, 2010 03:37 am (UTC)
Re: Extremely Yummy and Surprisingly Filling Winter Slow-Cooker Soup
1. I love bean and bacon soup.

2. I love my slow cooker.


Thanks, dear!
Chad Dylan Cooper just stole my yogurt!faded_lilac on January 22nd, 2010 11:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the chimichanga link. I made them last night with some Spanish rice and they were delicious!

My favorite healthy meal is stir-fry! Obviously any vegetables work, but I like to use broccoli, green peppers, sprouts, and some pineapple cooked in some olive oil, soy sauce, and a little bit of honey.
Kelladyjoust on January 24th, 2010 04:51 am (UTC)
I made the enchiladas, and they were great for dinner AND leftovers the next day. I made the lime cilantro brown rice, which was also quite tasty. Will try the chimichangas next.

Oh, and I do love stir fry, though I've never thought to use honey; I've always been a brown sugar kind of girl.