At the risk of being way too early for this, I honestly can’t help myself. Today was our first cool morning of the year, the first vestige of the oncoming Fall season. Oh, I know. You’re not ready for summer to be over yet, please Damaris, don’t talk about it. Oh, but I can’t help it! My heart is swelling with the thought of smoky air and a kaleidoscopic world of multicolor leaves. To think that I will soon be able to decorate the house with glass pumpkins and cute scarecrows, to know that our Fall vegetables will bloom in the garden… it is magical. So, here is my daring entrance into the Fall season, even though it seems the rest of the world is not quite as fond of it as I am.
My husband and I have been making an effort in the last year to continue our course toward habitually eating well. Mind you, I refuse to put anything in my mouth that I will not absolutely relish. I am a mere 5’2″ and I just don’t have the calories to waste. Here is one of my favorite creations – the Trickster Treat Double Chocolate Muffins. Why “Trickster,” you ask? Well, if I could ask you to make this recipe blindfolded, try it, and then tell me what you thought was in it – boy, would you be tricked. To prevent some major potential fire hazards, I’ll just spoil the trick.
This recipe has no oil, no butter, and is made with whole wheat flour, flax seed meal, and bran flakes. I promise – one of these, and you will be full for a good, long while. But here’s the real trick – these are tastier than a lot of the regular chocolate muffins I’ve had. You’re welcome.
It’s raining outside. And as the sun goes down in a long, white stretch across the sky outside my window, I can’t help but think that this is what peace looks like. There is some inexplicable thing about the sky and the rain that makes them seem to exude life. Or maybe they do actually exude life. I’m not sure I’ll ever know, but I’m pretty content to just sit here and watch. The thing is, life is just so exciting if we learn to explore new things.
This week has been a project for me. I’ve been challenged to limit my carbs to one meal per day, either breakfast or lunch. If you have any idea how much I cherish dinner, the one time day I actually have time to make a proper meal, you know this is a significant sacrifice for me. Well, at least, that’s what I thought, too. I spent most of Monday dreading dinner-time, sad that I would be missing out on a normal meal.
You see, it’s hard for me to think that any meal without carbs could be worth eating. It’s a mindset that has been proven wrong over and over again, but I have a hard time believing it each time. Anyway, as the day progressed, I thought of some of the things I enjoy the most that would be easy to make and would somehow disprove my skepticism. Cuban “picadillo” is a ground beef dish that I’ve made for many friends of many different backgrounds – and it always goes over well. The best part about it is that it goes together so quickly, but that you still end up with a meal that looks like it took hours of laborious effort. Typically, picadillo is served over white rice. But, in this low carb variation, the meat is combined with steamed napa cabbage, where the picadillo’s tasty sauce happily complements the flavor of the vegetable. I promise you, this is one dinner you won’t soon forget.
I’ve been thinking a lot about gratitude this week – thanks to some very wise friends of mine. Apart from amazing people, rockin music, and extraordinary books – I have to say hobbies make the top 5 in my gratitude list. Nothing makes my day quite as much as coming up with a stellar recipe and sharing it with you guys. Something about it feels like art – like expressing a little bit of my heart in some creative way can make this world a little better. Alright, enough with the mushy thoughts. Let’s get on to the mushy (is that a bad adjective?) food.
There’s nothing quite like a kickboxing workout to kick your healthy eating habits into gear. So, courtesy of my workout today (and of the ladies at Her Heart), I bring you the most savory salmon patties ever – Wellness Wednesday style. Now, if you aren’t from the South, odds are you’ve never heard of “salmon patties.” Well, let me introduce you to something you’ll never forget. Traditionally, they are a delicious form of croquette held together with bread crumbs and eggs, and fried. This version, however, is very light, using very little oil and bread and a lot of flavor. These patties are incredibly tender and pair very well with green vegetables or starches like baked potatoes.
If you’re looking for a healthy meal option that will set your flavor-lovin-tastebuds in a frenzy and make you feel like you’ve had a calorie-dense meal (without actually having one), these Teriyaki Salmon Patties are definitely the way to go. Enjoy!
Today I decided on a new life mission. It’s based on a comment I’ve heard way too many times, in as many variations as you can possibly imagine. “Everything that is delicious is unhealthy.” I can see you nodding at the screen in agreement. And I’m not here to tell you you’re wrong. I’m here to show you you’re wrong. No, I don’t mean I’m going to create something “healthy and edible” – I am going to create meals that are so delicious you will completely forget that they are “healthy” to begin with. And so this life’s mission will be called “Wellness Wednesdays.”
Welcome to the very first one! Can I just say – this recipe is tried-and-tested, roomie-approved, carb-lover-approved, and will definitely be one to store in the recipe book for the ages. And, can you say this with me? It is LOW-CARB, FULL OF VEGGIES, AND DELICIOUS. Yeah, that’s right. I said it. Healthy AND Delicious. Put briefly, it is a deliciously moist and seasoned chicken burger over a bed of spinach, topped with a mango jalapeno topping.
I decided to experiment with a lean meat that, in all honesty, I normally don’t enjoy. Chicken breast. It’s almost unbelievable to me that these burgers are made of chicken breast. I also did not even notice the spinach, even though I ate a good amount of it. It was all tied together so well by the mango topping that I just got thoroughly tied up in enjoying my dinner. By the end of it, I was happy, satisfied, and incredibly full. It was simply perfect. I hope you all enjoy this as much as I did!