Let me tell you guys something: these past few weeks have changed me. I’m a completely different person. I don’t even know who I am anymore. It all happened when I got bit. (You’re thinking I’m going to turn this into a vampire joke but I’m not. #Cullenprobs) Bit by the cooking bug, that is. (This intro is so corny, I totally feel like Phil from Modern Family.) It’s true though, I have been a cooking ninja the last two weeks, it’s almost scared me.
Christian and I had so much fun eating and drinking (for a party of five) over the 4th of July weekend that I think we both individually decided NO MORE, although clearly I still indulge every now and then. It’s a good thing we both wanted this health kick though because there is nothing worse than when only one of you wants to eat healthy and the other has to starve to death because “there’s nothing to eat in this house!”I think one of the biggest “tricks” to eating healthy is to have as much of the healthy food prepped and ready to eat as you can, because you know when 5p rolls around and I’m starving, if there’s nothing ready I’m goin’ straight for the bag of chips. (The other “trick” to eating healthy is to get rid of said bag of chips. Dang it.) The first thing I’ve been doing after a grocery run is cleaning and prepping all the food: washing grapes and taking them off the stems, cleaning and cutting up all of the veggies that are to be snacked on. This way, it’s all ready.
Things can get interesting when one of you (hi, me) has been a Pescatarian for 15+ years and the other (hi, not me) has decided to dip their toes into the vegan pool. (I’m sorry, I will never be able to give up cheese so he’s on his own with this one but I’m proud of his dedication to something he wants to do!) Fortunately, Pinterest is the most amazing resource for not only vegetarian recipes, but vegan recipes as well.
So, with all of that being said, I thought I’d share some of the recipes I tried over the past few weeks (& loved):
Baked Banana Chips. Oh yeah. These were obviously good. Did anyone else grow up eating banana chips?! I also made Apple Chips- both make for a crunchy, healthy afternoon snack!
Check out this Cucumber Mint Lemon Vodka Cocktail – a refreshing, summer beverage 😉
You can find all of the dishes currently on my radar over at my Eat / Drink Pinterest page!
Have a great weekend!