It’s that time of year when I really only crave chocolate, candy and yummy cocktails. I think it’s because it’s the holidays! And, those are the things that definitely make everything seem very merry to me. So, I counteract with healthy dinners. Last night I wanted something light but still had some protein (and I had a huge request NOT to make a vegetarian meal again for awhile . . . this one is close, but I win on a technicality (fish). The video you will see is a dinner for one — I made about 6 filets and I used 3/4 C of water, about a pint of tomatoes, an entire clam-shell of arugula & spinach, a whole lemon, 3 T of butter and 3 T of capers.
I didn’t have one of those fish spatulas, so my fish completely fell apart. I put it all on a white platter and it actually looked really delicious 🙂 Make this, it’s nice and light and super fast.
Well, if you live close to the studio, chances are you eat at Vert Kitchen. Vert is an amaze organic fresh and delicious lunch spot — owned by wonderful Noah Stevens . . . if you live in Denver, you HAVE to come check it out. But, avoid on the weekends, the line is ridic.
For those of you who need to eat from home, or bring a lunch to work, what do you eat? In general, eating a healthy, satisfying lunch is pretty difficult unless you plan for it. When I go to Whole Foods on Sundays, I make sure I have lunch ideas on my list. I say ideas because sometimes when I get there, I’m inspired by things that are in season or may be featured in the store that day (this is their job after all). P.S. Have I told you how much I love WF? It is my happy place. I know everyone who works there and if there is anything you want to try, all you have to do is ask. They will sample just about anything for you.
Things to have on hand at home for a good lunch:
- Salad Materials (i.e.; lettuces, tomatoes, carrots, celery, olives, peppers, and the like)
- hummus (or learn how to make it – great Martha recipe)
- eggs (not just for breakfast anymore)
- deli meat
What’s great is if you can have all of these things washed and at the ready so you can just toss into a bowl.
RULE #1: Don’t eat standing up in the kitchen. This leads to overeating and just grabbing foods at the random which leads to consuming too many calories and a stomach ache. Make yourself a plate, fill a water glass, and sit down: much more civilized and will actually satiate you.
Here is a great recipe I ran across this weekend — use this as inspiration and add the things you like.
I am ALL about this stew . . . and I love that there are olives!
2 1/2 weeks until my Steamboat retreat! I have about 20 girls coming – yes! I’m currently n the middle of planning our hikes/bike excursions/massages/the chef/drinking — lots to do still to make the trip perfect fun!
I’m currently obsessed with this salad. I love all the fresh herbs and what that does to the flavor — and I just soak it in lemon juice. The salty feta is perfect with this — and you could definitely add quinoa to make it stick to your ribs. Great way to use up all of those summer veggies before they go bad . . . . ahhhh, summer! I will miss you!
I’m getting all crazy on you and making Mondays, “Music Mondays”. The m’s just go together, don’t they? I am in the middle of getting my Best of Hot Mamas playlist together — and this is in the running. It’s a late entry, and has a lot of competition. Tell me what you think!
Hope you had a great Turkey day!