It’s another day, another week! How was your weekend? My weekend flew by and I can’t believe it’s already back to Monday. Philip and I had a productive weekend, but not the most eventful one. I guess cleaning, laundry, and groceries have to get done at some point during the week, right?
Before I go any farther, though, I must share with you my new favorite treat. It’s just enough sweetness to cure my after-dinner-something-sweet need, but nothing over the top. I don’t know what made me try it, but I’m so glad the idea came to my head! First, have you heard of the Blue Diamond flavored almonds? They’re Part 1 of my treat combo. I love the butter toffee kind and, although I always look longingly at them while I pass them by at the grocery store (because I can be just as happy with plain almonds for a much cheaper price…that’s what I tell myself), I finally caved (with Philip’s encouragement) and grabbed one.
What’s a better meal to celebrate being half way through the week than with some simple, no-mess, no-fuss tacos? Growing up, my mom would often ask me what I wanted for meals for the upcoming week when she was preparing her grocery list and menu planning for the week. The chances were high that I would say tacos (or macaroni and cheese…from the Blue Box, of course). For some reason, I just loved her tacos with all the toppings piled high, the taco sauce poured on, and juices dripping down my hands as I bit into it. Once I picked up my taco to eat, I didn’t set it back down until I had eaten the last bite for fear it’d all fall apart. I’m not the only one out there who did that, right? ….right?!
I know, I know. You’re probably thinking kale was so last year…am I right?
Well, you are right; kale was indeed the fad “super food” in 2013 along with quinoa and pomegranates. I mean, honestly, how many of you had even tried kale before 2 years ago or pronounced quinoa “kwin-o-a” up until last year? (If you still don’t know how to pronounce it, it’s like this: keen-wa.)
I think that’s the awesome thing about these “fad” foods…it gets people trying them! I don’t know who starts these fads, but I thank them. As a dietitian, I love hearing from people the new, healthy foods they’re adding to meals or trying for the first time. Plus, as more fad foods come in year after year, they keep getting put into our growing repertoire of nutritious foods to use in our cooking. The first step is just branching out and trying them. How great is it when you have the confidence to cook with kale, quinoa, or any other new food you used to be scared of?
Even though kale might not be in the spotlight anymore, it doesn’t mean its nutritional benefits end after the year is up. Plus, have you ever had kale sprouts?! I didn’t think so. [Spotlight shifts to the before neglected step-sibling of the cruciferous family]
This time of year when everything seems to be dull, dreary, or dead, I feel like it’s my duty in the kitchen to add some freshness and pizazz to my cooking; it’s the least I can do!
That’s exactly what I did with my Honey-Lime Chicken Enchiladas.
Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you all had a restful and relaxing weekend. Philip and I sure did and it was great. Now that I’ve been working full time, I adore the weekend and the time it gives me to rest up from the week. We kept it pretty low key around here, but I’m okay with that. Besides, it gave me lots of time to cook some things up in the kitchen…you’ll be seeing my works up here soon!
But first, I wanted to share another recipe of mine that is literally tagged as a “favorite” in my recipe app. It’s right up there with my Homemade Cinnamon Granola (I don’t make 4 batches at a time, but I do make it biweekly, on average).
Who needs a little help when it comes to eating their vegetables? (Raising hand now!) It can be tough to get the recommended daily amount of about 2–3 cups of vegetables in, but it’s so important to get all that colorful goodness into our day to help with overall health and to stave off chronic diseases. If you’re anything like me, I do better when I can dip my raw veggies into something…peanut butter (that’s a given), veggie dip, or possibly my favorite—my Easy Spiced-Up Hummus.
I don’t know about you, but I’m getting
a little very tired of the cold and snowy weather we’ve been having this winter (although I’m super excited it’s finally gotten above freezing this week! Woohoo!). You would think that since I’ve grown up in the Midwest my whole life, I’d be immune to these snowy, cold winters. Nope. It gets me every time. Don’t get me wrong, I love the snow and I love the Midwest, but sometimes it just drags on a little more than I’d like (especially, I’ve been realizing, in Wisconsin). If winter could start wrapping things up once February hit, I’d be perfectly content.
But, since that obviously isn’t the case, I’ve been making warm, comforting soups to get me through the winter—Chicken Noodle Soup with Homemade Egg Noodles being one of them! Of all the comfort foods, I think soups and stews reign supreme. I think it’s the instant warmth you feel as it goes down your throat and then just seems to permeate warmth through your whole body.
What better way to start off this blog about food than with breakfast! As you may or may not have heard, breakfast is so important to squeeze into your day—whether that’s a warm breakfast of eggs and toast or just a quick banana and yogurt on your way out the door, it’s something your body needs to get a jump start on the day. Ideally, a breakfast would include protein, carbs, and fat like any other meal of the day (along with fiber to keep you satisfied all morning), but if you’re not used to having something in the morning, starting with almost anything is better than nothing. To be honest, growing up, I definitely had my fair share of cold mac & cheese or pizza in the morning. :) I’m telling ya, there’s no such thing as “breakfast food”!
To be honest, this blog just kind of happened, if that’s possible. I think I started tossing the idea around before I even realized it myself. I love reading food blogs and have slowly been following more and more over the years. Then I started asking friends about their blogging experience (just out of curiosity, of course! Which was true in the beginning…). I started to then really think about the blogging world—How does it all work? How do the “big timers” get paid? How is advertising involved? I’d casually ask Philip, my husband, the ins and outs of blogs, behind the scenes tech stuff. I kept asking myself, Why do I want to know these things? Do I really want to start a blog?
Hi, I’m Kara and this is my food/life/nutrition resource blog. And my first post, to boot! Oh, and I’m a Registered Dietitian (RD), AKA a nutrition expert. Dr. Oz gots nothing over me.
What’s that you say? If this is a food blog, then where are the delicious pictures of food where I tell you it’s the best thing you’ll ever eat and command you to get in the kitchen right now to make? Don’t worry, it’s coming and chances are I’ll probably say that. But first, I wanted to take a few posts to introduce myself and the blog. You know, get to know each other a little bit more.