Monday, August 22, 2011

A Day Off

by Meghann on August 22, 2011

I took a much needed day off today. I slept in, ignored responsibilities, watched trashy tv, and napped.

It was fabulous.

It was needed.

Lunch came before I had a chance to hit up the grocery store.

Good thing I had a Bird’s Eye Steamfresh Risotto (courtesy of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program) in the freezer.

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Only 4 minutes in the microwave and topped it off with some cashews and raisins.

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I <3 cashews.

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Blog reading.

Napping.

Trashy TV.

Momentarily forgetting all responsibilities.

Snack eating.

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Grocery shopping.

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(Loved using the new Healthy Living Summit bags! ๐Ÿ™‚ )

I was able to sit-in on the later half of the ‘Building a Better Recipe’ session at Healthy Living Summit. You think the session would have inspired me to start getting serious with writing recipes (especially since she used mine as an example of a bad recipe – oops) , but it didn’t – it sort of had the opposite effect.

When I cook, I don’t cook based on recipes – I throw things together and hope it works out. The recipes I do provide on the blog are at request of readers and are more of my notes on what I did. Yes, I should probably step it up and give clear cut directions on what I did, but most of the time it’s just by a feeling and taste that I go by, so solid directions are hard to provide.

So, when you come to my blog I promise you’ll find great meal ideas and delicious food, but I can’t promise recipes to go with them because those recipes probably don’t exist. I’m still mulling all of these thoughts in my head and will probably come back to it later on, but these are the thoughts I’ve had up until now.

Let’s use tonight’s meal as an example of a ‘meal idea’ instead of a recipe.

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My ‘idea’ was for roasted veggie tacos.

I chopped a sweet potato, radishes, and a red onion and roasted it all in the oven for 20 minutes at 415. Then, I added a can of black beans and roasted diced tomatoes and roasted it all for a few more minutes. The veggies went in two corn tortillas with some fresh mozzarella.

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I probably could had done all of that in a pan on the stovetop instead of on a baking sheet in the onion, but I think the oven gives everything more of a carmelized, roasted flavor.

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I broke into the ice cream for dessert.

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+ Evan’s Peanut Puppy Chow! ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m going to continue my laziness in the morning, then it’s time to get back to work. I have some post conference surveys and e-mails I need to get out after all. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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