I have a confession– I have a really wasteful habit when it comes to groceries. What usually happens is I purchase things with lots of ambition and I have all these ideas of dishes I will make with the grains, vegetables, fruit and herbs I buy. In reality, I usually made 2 big meals and the rest of the time I default to salads and smoothies. I know this about myself. With what is left, I feel bored and uninspired. Some things spoil, and others sit around in my pantry till they call to me again.
Can you relate, or am I alone on this?
This past Sunday I was looking online at my grocery list to have them delivered, and realized, there was nothing I had to have– I just wanted new food. Instead of clicking purchase and having my groceries delivered, I challenged myself. What was already in my fridge that I could make and enjoy? I needed to find a way to repurpose what I had and turn it into an all new meal to keep my attention.
I needed something with protein, fiber and a good balance of color and variety. I remembered I had veggies leftover from a stir fry I made, half a bag of noodles, an opened jar of tomato sauce, a can of kidney beans and yogurt cheese.
I grabbed an oven safe container and got to work on what turned out to be an effortlessly delicious meal. I’ll buy groceries later when I’ve actually run low on food. In the long run this will save me loads of money and help me be more disciplined about my consumption.
1.5 cups dry pasta
1.5 cups cooked veggies. I used lightly steamed broccoli and frozen peas
1/2 can or 8 oz of cooked beans (use more if you like)
1 cup tomato sauce
1 cup shredded cheese
2 tbsp fresh basil ribbons
1 tsp dried oregano
Salt to taste if desired
Set pasta to boil and cook to al dente. Noodles should be firm.
Mix cooked pasta with veggies, beans tomato sauce, oregano, basil, and 1/2 cup cheese
Add casserole mixture to baking dish and cover with 1/2 cup cheese.
Bake uncovered for 15-20 minutes till cheese has melted.
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Lately I’ve been feeling like I’ve been dragging my feet with keeping my flare ups in check. About 2 years ago, I found out that I had a laundry list of foods of which I was highly reactive to and it’s been a journey.
When inflammation happens anywhere in the body, it is sort of like an alarm. Lately there has been a lot of medicine that reduces inflammation, but I am interested in understanding why it is there in the first place. I know certain foods, lack of sleep, and even emotionally tough times can cause my body to react poorly. As a result, I am implementing more mindful eating.
I’ve made a goal of eating at least 2 raw meals per day to boost my energy, reduce inflammation, and keep my metabolism boosted. I intend to share all the recipes I create with you. The first is spirilized cucumber noodles with creamy avocado pesto that is sooo to die for! If you do not have a spirilizer yet, it’s worth the purchase, but you can also use a julienne peeler to get a similar effect.
2 large cucumbers
4-5 basil leaves
1-2 cloves of garlic
1 tablespoon aged balsamic vinegar
3-4 tablespoons grapeseed oil
sea salt as needed
Spirilize 2 cups of cucumber per serving.
To a food processor add avocado, basil, garlic, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, a pinch of sea salt, and slowly add grapeseed oil until mixture is smooth.