Ten days have flown by (I wrote this on June 11, even though the posting date says June 6) :-(.
I started my 60-day dine-in challenge on Tuesday, June 1. Since then, my husband cooked me breakfast, we went to a potluck dinner picnic in the park with another couple, and I cooked the rest of the time. I’m surprised that I’m not already bored with my cooking and this undertaking, but frankly … I’m not!
In fact, I’m quite energized by the idea of not eating commercially prepared food for 60 days and finding creative ways to make easy, healthy, and tasty food. I feel better—maybe because I’m eating food made with less salt, fat, and sugar and with fresher, healthier ingredients?
A few of the dishes that I’ve prepared since the beginning of the challenge:
- Romanesco Squash Stuffed With Grains (wheat berries/rye berries/oat groats), soy crumbles (like Good Ground), Chiles, and Veggies
- Spinach and Black Bean Chilaquiles (based on a recipe by Cathy Erway)
- Main Course Salad with nuts, tofu, beans, homemade corn chips, sweet peppers, fresh herbs, fresh veggies, and fresh lettuce
- Steamed Chopped Cauliflower With Olives, Capers, Olive Oil, Lemon Juice, and Parsley
- Veggie Burger Sandwiches with 2 salads: Tomato and Cucumber Salad With Basil and Cilantro and Fresh Fava Beans and Asparagus Salad With Parsley
My nightstand is filled with the first pile of many motivating food-related books from the library: The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters, Cooking School Secrets for Real-World Cooks by Linda Carucci, and The Gourmet Vegetarian Slow Cooker by Lynn Alley. That’s in case I find myself lacking inspiration from the fresh produce itself, from chatting with fellow farmers’ market shoppers, or from food-related blogs.
What have you been cooking lately? Curious minds want to know …