I know it’s been a while, but I exist, and I still care about this wonderful little corner of the world known as CW-land in my head.
Since I’ve gotten a smartphone, I’ve noticed a rising trend in my blog posts….
….they stop existing.
That’s not to say I don’t still cook a ton. I actually cook more than I did during the summer. Way more! But instead of taking out my big, bulky camera to take pictures, I instead take out my phone, pull up Instagram, take picture, apply filter, and post to the world what I’m eating. Often decked out with doodles.
The doodles! I tend to put Sriracha on everything I eat. It’s delicious and makes everything taste better for some scientific reason that’s hard to explain. So since I was already smothering my food in it, I decided a few weeks ago that I’d have a little fun with it. In the form of smileys. Hearts. Words. I’ve gotten a lot of “likes” on them, and some comments. Mostly in the form of “You’re crazy.”
But food is a form of therapy for me. Even if I don’t write up a post about the specific details of the recipes I make, simply being in the kitchen by myself with music on, chopping really healthy foods and participating in the act of creating something delicious is helping me tremendously during this time.
And the doodles are the finishing touches. A way of my food saying, “Congrats, Megan! You’ve created something wonderful again. I’m happy. You’re happy. And now spread this joy to others so they might feel it, too!”
So that’s what I do!
Working with a body and mind that has rejected me for so long is frustrating (frustrating is sort of an understatement, but we’ll just leave it at that.) Anyway, it’s hard work trying to get it to cooperate with me. But eating the right foods is definitely a great helper for getting there. And like I said, is a great motivator for keeping my happy fuels running.
So what have I been eating since the last update? Actually, a lot of meals from my archives (which is another reason why I haven’t been posting too many new recipes lately!)
Pictured above: Wraps
These have been my go-to lunch lately. I usually get sick of eating the same thing over and over again, but I vary the wraps up, because you can literally put anything in it. I put veggies, lean meat, tuna, avocado. Mmmm Avocado…so good.
Pictured above: Cheesy pasta bake
I don’t usually eat pasta, and I only had it once since the last post. I was running low on food and had an abundant amount of frozen veggies and pasta. So what did I do? Cook them all up, throw them in a casserole dish, top with cheese, and bake it. Not really a recipe, but a great Friday night meal for binging on Netflix (couugghhhh…House of Cards)
Mexican Chicken Skillet Dinner
Skillet dinners are very very very very helpful for the people who are short on time and/or fatigued by the end of the day. My Whip it up Wednesday meals are becoming incredibly handy like this chicken skillet dinner — protein and veggies all in one dish. Add grains and carbs if desired!
If you want Italian and are looking for a way to eliminate carbs, bake up this fool-proof incredibly simple eggplant parm. It’s one of my mom’s go-to’s. We used to have this usually as a side dish, because it’s all veggies. But you can make it the main meal easily by adding a big salad with it and/or (garlic) bread. So. Much. Yum.
Crockpot Freezer Meals!!!
My sister-in-law and my brother are expecting their first child any day now. So I got together with my other sister-in-law one afternoon and together we made 15 freezer meals in 3 1/2 hours — for $150 dollars!!!! I walked away with 5 of them, and already made one of them this week >> Sausage and Peppers (pictured below)
Freezer meals are amazing. They save money. They are time savers. They taste great. They’re healthy. And they’re easy to put together. I honestly have no idea why I don’t put a bunch together every single month!!
So although I don’t have any groundbreaking new recipes to share with you, there is a lovely comfort in preparing the tried and true. Thank you, CW archives
And thanks, readers, for sticking with me!
‘Til next time…