Well it’s been a bit since I’ve written…perhaps a bit since I’ve had much to write about fitness-wise, but along with the runs and the rain and getting back into the groove of training, I’ve been enjoying some good eats! So buckle up: it’s time for a bumpy ride through some delicious and healthy meals!
#1. Fun Pizza Twists!
If you’re ever having people over, any do-it-yourself or bring-a-topping is a fun theme for dinner and almost always guarantees a success because people are making their own food to their own liking. Enter pizza: a forever-crowd pleaser and healthy food when eaten with loads of veggies and in moderation. I like to eat a big spinach salad alongside a piece of pizza to get good greens in and not go back for thirds or fourths on the doughy goodness!
Mikey and I went to the Farmer’s Market recently at the end of the day and therefore made out with tons of extras that some of the farmers were practically giving away! It was great – less selection but lots of generosity. 😉 After returning home with a huge bag of fresh zucchinis, I wondered what I could do with it besides bake and make stir frys. Then I found this: Cheesy Zucchini Pizza.
Oh man was this ever a hit! It’s not your usual pizza, and I must say that the guys that night, while still finishing off both pizzas, enjoyed the more meaty option, but the taste was unique and the flavor delightful. Click on the link for the recipe…it’s a good one that I will be repeating again! 🙂
This summer, we bought our first BBQ. It rocks, we love it, we treat it like it’s portable even though it’s steel and super heavy, and it makes our life way less transient…but man can it cook! The other night, we freaked out a bit and worried that we wouldn’t have many more summer nights to enjoy this monster of a cooker (summer nights…what summer nights?! have we even had any of those here in Calgary?!), so we bought some shrimp (organic!), looked up a random BBQ marinade on the internet (Mikey’s job), and skewered lots of veggies for grilling. Man, oh man was it delicious!
So although there’s no recipe, this is a simple encouragement to find ways to be creative with your vegetables. If you don’t like some veggies cooked, maybe you’ll like them raw – or grilled! – or sauteed! – or steamed! Grilled zucchini is delish…Most of us don’t get enough vegetables, so the more creative and varied you can be with them and their consumption the better. Get your veggie on!
#3. Chilled Avocado Soup
Mikey created this meal fully on his own (I love to cook for him, but this night I was stacked with client prep and he graciously took the reigns!), and it was searched online = again, no recipe. We should have written this one down because I loved it! Avocados provide so much goodness for our bodies, and because they are a “real food,” our bodies know exactly how to break them down (as compared to chemically, low-cal, sugar-free “food-like items”). Don’t be afraid of their calorie count or fat content – avocados are fully of healthy fats and when eaten in moderation (1/2 an avocado cut up on a salad or mixed in with some eggs) they are super beneficial.
I think the recipe he used (minus the heavy cream; milk works too and is a bit lighter) can be found here. I loved it – not too intense on any flavor and quite light for a meal (served with some multigrain toast and peppers and cilantro atop the soup). Um, um, good!
Sorry readers – no recipe here again! But homemade sushi falls into the category of recent fun eats, so I thought I’d throw in a few pics from our friend’s b-day party over the weekend. Jess is a party-planner extraordinaire and a great cook to top it off. It was a fun night, and if you’ve never rolled your own sushi, I suggest you buy a few little bamboo mats, invite some friends over, and figure it out as you go!
…and there you have it! not much on the recipe front but I hope you’ve been inspired to eat well and have fun doing it – that’s a big part to us living well! Eating should be done slowly: enjoy the process, engage in conversation if you’re with others, and take your time – savor your bites so there’s no need to go back for seconds like when you tear into a meal on the go and are left feeling either a.) sick or b.) unsatisfied.
Any of you try any fun food concoctions lately? Got any old stand-by recipes (“healthy” or not!)? I’d love to hear about them! Eat well and be well, friends!