When cooking is not your thing

 

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Cooking is not my thing, I mean I really dislike doing it.  When I was not watching my weight it was easy, just eat whatever is handy, or order delivery, anything to not have to think about what to eat.  Now that I am trying to eat better and feel better, I have to think about what I eat, I have to put ingredients together in my head that will be healthy and filling.

I am going to share some of the things that I keep in my house, that keep me happy and out of the kitchen, well at least I am not in the kitchen for very long.  By no means is this list meant for everyone, but maybe it will spur you to find a few of your favorite things for your kitchen.  I would also like to state that not all of these things are healthy and natural, but they are not awful either and fit into my eating plan.

So, here goes –

  • White Corn tortillas – these are tasty, not a lot of calories, and keep for a very long time.  You can have them with breakfast, lunch or dinner
  • Jennie-O Turkey sticks – White breast turkey, 25 calories, cut them up in a salad.  Yummy!
  • Reduced fat string cheese – grab and go
  • Spring Mix and baby spinach – hundreds of things you can throw in it for a quick meal
  • A mix of Chard, Kale, and spinach or other greens for smoothies.  (Invest in a smoothie blender, I have a Ninja, totally worth it!)
  • Oscar Mayer Natural Turkey Breast – Tasty, low cal, and easy with just about anything
  • Pico de Gallo – everything already cut up and ready for you!  I do not have to cut onions, or peppers, or tomatoes.  Heaven!
  • Grated Romano Cheese – or Parmesan – whatever you like.  Delicious on salads, over meats, obviously with pasta.
  • Pasta – good go to in a pinch and just about everything I listed here can be added to pasta to make it better!
  • Bananas –  I love bananas 🙂  Pick another fruit if you do not like these, keeping any fruit on hand is good for a quick snack.
  • Rice Cakes
  • PB2 – for my rice cakes.  If you have not tried this powdered PB I recommend that you do.
  • Coffee –  I love coffee, more than I love bananas, it is a necessity.
  • Tuna – I always have a few pouches of tuna on hand.
  • Frozen Berries – they do not go bad and are great for smoothies

I keep a lot of other things also, spices, etc to use when making these, but looking at this list, I could make a weeks worth of meals and spend very little time in the kitchen.  Also, only using my stove top, never having to turn on my oven!

That is it.  Nothing new, or earth shattering here, but if, like me, you are cooking adverse, maybe you could think of some things to do with these ingredients.  I promise, just a few minutes from the kitchen to hiking, or shopping, or watching TV; anything other than cooking.

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Get Outside

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I mentioned yesterday that I started hiking; this picture is from one of our local trails, one of my favorites when I need an easy hike to take the puppy or just relax.

My hiking so far has been local, fortunately we have a lot of options in the area, and I can take an easy hike or be challenged, depending on how adventurous I am feeling.

I am by no means an experienced or exciting hiker, but I do enjoy getting outside, and I highly recommend it to anyone who is not currently doing it regularly.

Go hike, take the dog for a walk, go downtown and see the sights, really whatever gets you outside.  I promise, you will be glad that you did. 🙂

The Only Thing Constant is Change

The title of the contribution today is attributed to a Greek Philosopher, Heraclitus.  He is known for his philosophy that everything is constantly in flux, like the flow of a river.  I do not know much about Heraclitus, but I do agree with the idea that change is constant.

I work in an industry where change is necessary to stay ahead of competition, to keep our customers happy, and to stay relevant.  If you are a parent, change is certainly constant in your life; in the blink of an eye your children grow, they change from a dependent child, to an independent adult before you know it.

I could go on and I am sure you could each come up with examples of change.  But by the time we do that, things will have changed, so I will leave it at that and change the topic to me, and my absence from this blog.

It has been about a year and a half since I posted on this blog, and the last post was really just a lame re-post of an earlier entry, so technically it has been almost two years since I have posted an actual entry.

It is going to take more than one entry to go over the last two years of my life, but here are a few highlights –

  • One of my daughters got married
  • One of my daughters got engaged
  • I purchased a home
  • I have started and stopped and started running more than once over the past two years
  • I started hiking, that has been great
  • I got a new puppy
  • Weddings are expensive

That is all for today, I just wanted to get my rhythm back, and keep it light for today.  I am hoping to have enough to say from the past two years and from the day-to-day.

I should, after all, things constantly change :).