Heinrich’s Healed!

Today my studly VW fixing husband fixed our bus today. Turns out our electronic ignition was burning out. He replaced it and now he’s running great. I’m excited to take him on our vacation, only 20 days to go. In other news my sis and I took my nephews to the Holi celebration, also known as the festival of colors the Hindu festival of spring. Ian, the older one, was a little overwhelmed about people tossing color at him. Phin was pretty chill about the whole thing. We tossed some colors, danced and chanted “hare krishna”  and tossed some more colors. A good time was had by all and I’m still blowing purple snot out of my nose (TMI, I know). It was a little bittersweet because I had always hoped to take my own children to activities like that. One of the things I looked forward to the most was exposing my kids to culture and new experiences, but I’m glad I can be that kind of auntie too.

Recipes as promised

As I sit down to write this post I am now regretting the fact that I have no photos. Most food blogs feature glossy photos of delicious meals but since this isn’t a food blog, guess you’re going to have to use your imagination. Also a disclaimer, my recipes don’t measure out herbs and spices. I add them til it tastes good, I like big strong flavors while others like more subdued flavors. When following a recipe for the first time I usually double the spices and go from there, so I will leave the amount of spices up to you. Also I rarely add salt while cooking, I just add it after until I like how it tastes so my recipes don’t include salt.

My biggest pet peeve when looking up mediterranean diet recipes online most include meat or a ton of other animal products. Those recipes violate the basic tenets of the mediterranean diet. The diet should consist of mostly plant material with limited dairy and seafood 3 times a week (or more).

My all time favorite food: Lentil and sweet potato soup

2 sweet potatoes (peeled and chopped)

2 carrots (peeled and chopped)

1-2 onions (we use 2 because my husband looooves onions)

1.5 cups of lentils

Olive oil

Garlic (we use the pre minced kind to save time)

Yellow curry powder (2 parts for every 1 part of ginger) to taste

Ginger powder (1 part for every 2 parts of yellow curry) to taste

Broth (I use veggie) 6-8 cups

Plain yogurt or greek yogurt

Saute onion, garlic, and spices in olive oil, add broth sweet potatoes, carrots, and lentils. Bring to a boil and simmer until everything is cooked. Add more spices if desired for taste. Blend together in a blender or use a hand blender. Serve and add 2 healthy dollops of plain yogurt, drizzle with additional olive oil, sprinkle with fresh ground pepper and salt. This soup is divine, to me it tastes like health. I serve it with a side salad and naan (my husband loves fresh made naan)

Roasted corn and quinoa salad

1 package of frozen corn

1 can of black beans rinsed and drained

one red pepper, chopped

one mango cut up (optional)

A hand full or so of chopped red onion

2 cups of cooked quinoa

1/3 cup of olive oil and 1/3 cup of lime juice for dressing

Cumin and garlic to taste.

Heat your oven to about 425 degrees. Spread out bag of corn on sheet and spray with a little olive oil and salt. Roast until corn starts to blacken a bit.

Add all ingredients and toss together. Salad tastes better if left to chill in the fridge for a day. Serve with greens.

Stuffed Bell Peppers

4-6 bell peppers (I like to use a bunch of different colors) Cut in half and roasted (425) for 10 min

Filling

1 cup cooked quinoa (I cook in the rice cooker with mushroom broth)

1 can of red beans

1/2 chopped white onion

Mix all together, add in 1/4 cup of olive oil

Add thyme, oregano, basil and balsamic vinegar to taste.

Fill the peppers and return to the oven for another 10 min

Top with feta cheese and salt to taste.  Serve with greens.

Thoughts on the Mediterranean Diet and Crazy Dogs

So Jack and I have been doing the Mediterranean Diet for a few weeks and I must say that I can feel a big difference. I feel that my energy levels have gone way up and they are more even through out the day. After wracking my brains I’ve decided that the increase in fat is the key. Before I ate a diet either low in fat or high in animal fat, when I was being bad, but the increase in healthy fats had made a big difference. My increase in wine intake (woot, woot) has helped curb my sugar cravings. I’m working on a post with my favorite recipes done Mediterranean diet style. A sneak peak…mashed avocado with olive oil on toast for breakfast is my husbands favorite!

School is moving a long. Next week I’m going to be working on my first literature search and APA formatted paper in 10 years… I’m a little nervous.

Lastly I’ve been dealing with high maintenance dogs. Willow, the neurotic one had a mental breakdown Sunday night. She was panicking and obsessively licking things (last time this happened she ate her weight in dryer sheets and needed surgery) so I ended up staying up with her all night to make sure she didn’t eat anything bad. Poor baby, I’m not sure what set her off but she is doing better. I am thinking about starting her on an anti-anxiety med but I hate pills. However since they don’t have talk therapy for dogs I might have to consider it. Sleepless nights and I don’t mix. Honestly it gave me second thoughts about procreation but the jury’s still out on that one. Sometimes I wish I had a clear answer.

Nothing really exciting is happening…

Things are moving along pretty good. I’ m almost finished with my first class. I think my speedy progress can be attributed to 2 factors. One, it’s not really a graduate level class, it’s a class they use for the whole nursing school with a slight focus on masters prepared nurses to make it specific so the material isn’t that challenging and since I’ve been a nurse 10 years I know a lot of this stuff already. The second factor is that I spent 2 weeks before I officially started classes working on the class off and on to get a little ahead. I looked ahead at my next class and the difficulty definitely goes up a notch or too.

The husband and I decided to follow the Mediterranean Diet plan. All the hype in the New England Journal of Medicine convinced us. Our diet is mostly along those lines anyway but we need to decrease our dairy and increase the fish in a major way. Also the diet recommends 4 tablespoons of olive oil per day, 1/4 cup of nuts per day, and at least 7 glasses of wine a week. That’s right at least. This is my kind of diet.

We’ve been discussing all the plans we have for this summer and fall and so far they don’t include any baby making stuff. I ran out of birth control and have been too lazy to see my doc for more but I have zero hope of anything happening. I just take the birth control to regulate my wacky hormones. I really go back and forth about the idea of just packing it in all together and living child free. Life would certainly be simpler and I do have my nephews who need me. Right now the pendulum has definitely swung in the child free direction. Who knows?