I often refer to myself as a “Domestic Goddess” as to denote my complete inability to run a household. I don’t know how people do it, honestly. Clean house, dinner on the table, and biceps? I’m lucky to get 1 out of 3. One of my goals for the new year was to cook more and try out new recipes. Cooking has been pretty cathartic to me in the past, urging me to try new and different foods, and challenging me outside of my ED comfort zone. Pinterest is a MECCA for easy, healthy recipes, and I have lots of ideas pinned on my “domestic goddess” board for anyone that’s interested. I’ve made like a third of the recipes I have pinned…but they look pretty!
From a young age, my parents always taught my brother and I to try different combinations of flavors and not be afraid of the kitchen. I remember my dad coming home after a long day and throwing whatever was in the fridge into a frying pan, add a couple eggs and call it dinner. My mom is a leftover genius and is always able to throw together a last minute dinner that tastes really yummy! Recently these ideas have manifested in my life in the form of crock-pot experimentation. I have a love/hate relationship with my crock pot. I like stews and soups…but I don’t like mushy food that all tastes the same. What I’ve learned about crock pot cooking is that ingredients that hold their integrity are important. Starchy vegetables have revolutionized my crock-potting (butternut squash, sweet potatoes, etc). The trick is picking flavors you like and adding a few new/different flavors to mix it up! Here is a “stew” I made this weekend:
Turkey Sausage, Butternut Squash, White Bean, Quinoa Stew
1 Medium Butternut Squash, peeled and cubed
1 Large can diced tomatoes
1 15 oz can white beans (cannellini beans)
1 package Turkey sausage, cut into .5 inch pieces
1 T Mrs. Dash Salt-Free Seasoning
.5 cup frozen peas
1 cup dry Quinoa
1 cup water
Cook on high for 4 hours. Add quinoa and peas during last hour.
Easy peasy! I had all the ingredients at home, so it was even easy-peasier!
This morning Chris and I did a bootcamp style workout. Chris has plans of just doing cardio on a machine, but I convinced him to do my style of cardio and he was happy he did! This workout really gets your heart pumping and your face sweating (among other parts of your body).
That’s it for me! Have any favorite crock pot recipes? Leave it in the comments!