I’ve come to a realization. I’m horrible at writing about food. I love cooking, I love sharing recipes, but I’m horrible at explaining the food I create. Every night at dinner time Angelo asks that dreaded question, “What’s for dinner?” and I usually reply with “Whatever I’ve put together”. I rarely have a name for my dinners and when I say things like “zucchini boats” I get the side-eye. Now I just read off the list of ingredients, so they can decide for themselves what it is. Lately it’s been real simple eats..meats and veggies.
The other day I set out to steam Bok Choy and it ended up being pan-grilled and I sat there for close to 3 minutes thinking of the words “pan grilled”. I’m either going completely crazy or I need to read some cook books because good grief.
You know those food descriptions that read “The cheese cascades over a mountain of warm garlic buttered sea prawns”. Sounds delicious but those words don’t flow easily for me. My immediate description would read “Garlic Butter Shrimp topped with cheese”. This is my weakness and I am set out to strengthen it. But then I think, is it so bad to be simple person? After all, I do set out to make easy and simple recipes for people like myself! Sometimes I think people’s description for their food is WAY better than it actually is. Maybe it’s all a mind game and my descriptions keep your expectations low, so you are pleasantly surprised when you make the recipe. HAHA
In all attempts to eat cleaner, shed weight, and build muscle, I’ve gone kind of paleo, as you might of noticed by my recent eats in Instagram. I’m using the paleo methods as a base for my eating; more vegetables and proteins, low carbs, minimal to no sugar, etc. Trust me when I say I miss eating a burger with a bun, I miss some good pasta, and I miss dessert. (I could really go for a huge brownie right now.) I usually eat a couple squares of dark chocolate for dessert now. Sometimes it’s enough, sometimes it’s not. I know this is how I need to eat for a couple months (or 20) to fit back in my non-maternity wardrobe. When I do fit back in my wardrobe, I will continue to eat this way 80% of the time. I want no life without indulgent desserts and bread with butter, but it’s all about moderation. And right now it’s FIT time.
Continuing with meals using mainly vegetables and protein, I’ve stuffed some zucchini boats! These zucchini boats were absolutely perfect for a healthy and filling dinner. Major keys when eating clean. I used onions, red peppers, black beans, ground chicken to create a tasty filling for the hollowed out zucchini. Sometimes I can’t find ground chicken at the grocery store, so any ground meat will make a tasty filling.
Sprinkle some hot sauce on them and you’ve got yourself a flavorful meal on a plate!