Today is my first day in my commitment to myself to stop eating restaurant food at lunch. Had fun making and eating this paleo TV dinner style lunch of cauliflower rice w/ Tony’s sautéed in avocado oil, creamy Dijon chicken (unsweetened coconut milk!) and no sugar added stewed cinnamon apples(only ingredients are local apple, water, and cinnamon to taste. Comes in at around 550 calories. Perfect! #bringyourlunch#paleo#emeals
Welcome to Frank Oidtmann, Organist of the Protestant Seminary in Tübingen, Germany practising for his recital tomorrow. Come and hear him play music by Dupre, Bach and Dienel at 1.10pm. Free entry! #cathedralmusic#bringyourlunch#lunchtimerecital
Thank you @traderjoes for a quick throw together lunch. Frozen zucchini noodles, frozen meatballs, jarred marinara sauce, handful of olives... thrown together and heated up for lunch 👌🍝 #easylunch#quickstaples
@budgetbytes to the rescue yet again--I'm back on the #sundaymealprep train! These sweet chilli chicken sitrfry bowls with coconut rice (which I made with bone broth to up the protein) are SO. FRIKKIN. GOOD. It took all my willpower not to eat one of my lunches for dinner tonight! (Instead, dinner was gnocchi with spinach, walnuts, and browned butter sage sauce--the recipe called for butternut squash ravioli, but I couldn't find any that was gluten-free. Still pretty darn good ). #adulting#homecooking#glutenfree#mealprep#bringyourlunch#yum#foodie#eatcleantraindirty
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Hatch chili baked chicken, black beans, bell peppers and a hatch brown rice/cauliflower rice mix. 460 calories.
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We have plenty of shady picnic tables at Winterpast Farm Petting Zoo in Wake Forest NC!
HENRY (the cutest) puppy turns 1 on Thursday Oct 11 and the farm will be open 10-5 for visits (rain rain stay away!!) Bring HENRY a tennis ball for his birthday!
The Farmers Daughter will be home from AppState on Fall Break Thurs-Sun! Winterpast Farm will be open for visits on Saturday Oct 13 from 10-5 and Sunday Oct 14 from 12-5.
PLEASE read the entire “Your Visit” section at www.winterpast.org which will explain in great detail how you can schedule a visit, how to find our VERY well marked entrance (and how NOT to turn down Farmer Mary’s neighbors private road just because your GPS says to!!!!!!!), how to “park at a pig”, our admission price and a list of food you can bring to feed the animals.
Thank you for supporting a small local farm family animal rescue.
Please text only between 8am and 10pm to set up your visit. Farmer Mary will simply NOT return any texts made at other times. She has been woken up way too many times lately with texts about farm visits and pet rentals and birthday parties at 2:30am, 5am, and midnight!! #winterpastfarm#pettingzoo#wakeforest#farmermary#farmher#ncag#feedinganimals#picnic#eatoutdoors#picnictables#bringyourlunch#ncfarm#farmfun#rooster#redplaid#supportlocalsmallfarms#getoutside#ncoutdoors#trianglefamily#triangleoutdoors#raleighmoms#durhammoms#wakeforestnc
Don't throw out your greens! We buy spinach or greens every week for salads etc. Some weeks they last great, other weeks they wilt faster. Catch them before they get slimy and freeze in a ziplock for smoothies or to saute later! 🥗 Luckily I am ok with cooked spinach. I had to use up a container that was still in great shape this weekend, so I wilted with olive oil, salt, and pepper. 🍽 A great side!
Let’s talk about lunch. Five days out of the week I eat in my lunch in my car out of a plastic container. I throughly enjoy those 30 minutes and here’s my advice on how you can too.
1. Always bring your lunch, so you can enjoy every minute possible instead of having to wait for your lunch to be ready.
2. Pack something you’ll look forward too. I’m not the least bit tempted to buy lunch when I have a yummy nourishing sandwich filled with avocado, spinach, beets, hummus, and smoked salmon in my lunchbox 🤤
3. Only bring what you have time to eat so you don’t have to rush trying to eat and you can really enjoy your meal.
4. Make your lunch the night before. No excuses. No one has enough time in the morning to make lunch.
5. Eat your lunch away from you desk/work environment. I work in a coffee shop so although they’re tables and chairs for me to eat at in the lobby I really use my lunch to decompress. I eat in my car with the windows down and enjoy the fresh air and alone time. .
Those are my best tips for now! Thinking about doing a healthy lunch series/ebook for my website launch? Would you be interested? Comment below and let never know!! Happy Tuesday 🧡🧡🧡
I’m ready for soup season. This tomato basil soup is my jam, and it’s only 76 calories per serving. I added 2 small chicken and veggie wraps (145 calories each), 2 low calorie banana chocolate chip muffins (125 calories each), some apple cider vinaigrette (15 calories), and a sparkling water. 594 calories covering breakfast and lunch. I’ll probably sneak in an apple to for a late snack.
I love to cook. That’s probably pretty obvious at this point. I also love sharing about how much I love to cook with everyone I meet. 🤷♀️
It’s more than just a relaxing or fun thing to do when I have time. Over the years I’ve really come to understand cooking as a way to practice self-care and self-love as well as a way that I can show love to others. ♥️
Cooking is self-care for me not just because I happen to enjoy it, but because it’s healthy (I am in charge of the ingredients and amounts), it’s economical, (home cooking is more cost-effective), plus, it’s satisfying, and more than in the full-tummy kind of way. Cooking is truly another creative outlet for me.
The biggest complaints I hear about cooking from others is that it’s too time consuming, they’re unfamiliar/uncomfortable with different methods of cooking or ingredients, and/or they don’t want to deal with a messy kitchen.
I can totally identify with all of these reasons. Certain meals do take a while to prepare. It can feel overwhelming to try and learn the difference between braising and blanching or rhubarbs and radishes. And honestly, until I became more efficient in the kitchen and got into the habit of cleaning as I go, my kitchen was always a mess after dinner. It’s easy to see why ordering takeout is so enticing.
BUT, like everything else, cooking is simply another skill to learn and love. It just takes a little time, patience, and desire to do both.
I’ll be sharing more of how I came to enjoy cooking so much over the next few posts, but I’m interested to know - what’s your relationship to cooking? I always like asking people if they like to cook. 😊
Are you all about it? Still learning to love it? Do you avoid it at all costs? Do you stick to the same few meals? Is pouring cereal your kind of cooking? 😉
FWIW, I was all over the place when I started and had to eat some pretty weird tasting food at first, but it was mostly because I refused to follow a recipe. Once I got the hang of things, I was much more comfortable going off book...
⬆️ Couscous pilaf with roasted veggies and maple mustard vinaigrette. (Vinaigrette recipe in bio!)