Summer tends to throw these food rut things at me. Maybe it’s the more frequent access to the fridge and thus the more incessant snacking that does it. Or it could be the darn hot hot heat making its contribution to wacky appetites. Whatever it is, the past little while has been quite food rutted and I haven’t been enjoying nearly anything I’ve been eating. How unfun is that?
Well, this past week I’ve started to chip away at this silly rut and the fun of food has started to make a comeback.
One tried and true method to kicking the food rut to the curb is digging into the million mile deep pile of blogland recipes and giving them life. I save recipes at a rate 10x(+add about three zeros to that) that at which I actually make them. I put a dust speck-sized dent in the pile though during my still ongoing food rut breakup this week.
It all started with a waffle.
Okay so this isn’t even remotely a recipe (most especially since the waffle was of the boxed variety – Red Berry!) but it was blog-inspired. My waffles are typically topped with banana, yogurt, maple syrup… that kinda jazz. THIS one was topped with laughing cow paired with raspberry jam, a combo that has seen many people’s stomachs, but never my own. Until now. Take that food rut.
Feeling oh-so-inspired already, that same fated day of waffle wonder had me also whipping up a smaller version of raw chocolate cake. (I may have squeezed a ridic amount of walnutty oil out of the ball of chocolate wonder before containering it. It was messy business.)
And this snack plate, although seemingly innocent and a weakling in the battle against the food rut, hides its strength in those sushi rolls, which came from COSTCO. My first try of Costco sushi? Definitely strong enough to dent up the food rut.
And speaking of Costco, it continued its role in detrutifying my palate with its Kirkland brand marinated chicken skewers. From grill to stomach, summer meals are looking up.
Come to think of it, new food products are always good to break up the everyday food monotony (thanks Captain Obvious?).
Like the moment when I finally broke into my first bag of Kay’s Naturals White Cheddar Cheese Kruncheeze which I received a little while ago but was saving for the right circumstances (such as the current food rut). OH MY. I am so glad I still have four various bags of this stuff left and yet so sad that I have yet to see it around here. SO addicting.
Or the moment when I discovered my first 100 calorie sandwich thins here in Canada (technically they’re 110 but who’s counting).
Or the moment when I arrived home late evening after a day trip out of town (which was yesterday) and hadn’t had much feeding, so the belly required some instant gratification. The old and nearly expired stash of frozen Lean Cuisines came to the rescue, and I was highly satisfied with a box of chicken and vegetable pasta doused in plenty of Frank’s Hot Sauce.
But I digress. Because the blogland recipes are where it’s really at.
Like Janetha’s all star protein smoothie, the one that almost killed my Bullet. Definitely had to whip this one up in two rounds.
A slight trouble to the Bullet but a super treat to the belly, this was very worth the blending issues. And yeah, it’s sitting on my floor.
Having taken an accidental break from kale for the past long while, I reintroduced it back into my life in the form of a massaged kale salad.
Masseuse partner in crime and massaging oil of choice was Mr. Newman and his light balsamic vinaigrette, followed by plenty of avocado and a good squeeze of lemon.
Carrots, tomatoes and nooch rounded out the bowl. I’ve been slacking on my veggie consumption lately so this packed a mighty punch. Repeats will happen!
Or there’s always the oldies but goodies (And simultaneously uglies, huge apologies for how completely nasty this looks). But that would be one mad delicious enchilada inspired by an old Jenna recipe.
Mine was stuffed with a mixture of fat free sour cream and salsa, chopped cooked chicken, spinach and diced tomatoes, and topped with green enchilada sauce (The rest of the fam’s also had shredded cheese in and on theirs), then baked at 375 for ~30 minutes. These are always instantly devoured despite their horrific appearance and messy nature.
And then we arrive at today, where the food rut breakup is still going strong.
At breakfast, we have cookie dough.
Julie knows what she’s doing. I do not. I overflowed my bowl of cooking wheat bran and instant oats (all out of OAT BRAN!) many many many times. Next cookie dough round I stovetop it.
But after cleaning up the mess, transferring to a new bowl, freezing for about 20 minutes and mixing all up with plain yogurt, mighty maple and SF jam, breakfast got owned in an epic way.
At lunch, we have butternut squash
lasagna …not so lasagna.
I followed the recipe very basically (but reduced to like 1/5th)
1. Pour jarred pasta sauce into the bottom of a small dish.
2. Cook chopped onions in pan with balsamic vinaigrette, then wilt some spinach in there.
3. Mix shredded mozzarella cheese, ricotta, cottage cheese, salt+pepper and dried oregano in a bowl.
4. Cook diced butternut squash in the microwave for 5 minutes.
5. Layer cheese mix, then spinach and onion, then squash, then more sauce, and top with feta.
6. Bake at 375 for about 35 minutes.
7. Oh, and measure nothing. Apparently. I just threw bits of what I had together.
Good thing I made a mini version because I may have devoured most of this today.
And then, on a similar but slightly different note, if you want to break out of an exercise rut… try a SPIN CLASS. Which is what I did for the first time ever today. I’m not a member of a gym but my friend is and there was some online thing to sign up for a free 3 day pass. I did, but apparently they phone you the next day to set it up. I didn’t know this and hadn’t set mine up yet but I got to do the class free anyway. Sweeeet deal.
It was toughish, but ain’t no thang for my thunder thighs.
But if you’re going to be super smart like me and drink a giant Iced Coffee Smoothie prespin (1 cup cold coffee, 1/2 cup skim and almond milk, stevia, xanthan and guar, 10g chocolate protein powder, 4 frozen strawberries, and mucho ICE) then make sure to empty your bladder at least 3x before hopping on the bike.
And to put an end to it all – watermelon. Because it’s summer and thus a necessity.
Here’s to a Food Rut Free week!