A better name for Wild Wednesdays is actually Make-Your-Own Wednesdays. I’ve pretty much mastered the art of deconstructing dishes to accommodate everyone’s individual preferences. (Don’t ask how I got to the place of being this, um, accommodating, ‘cuz believe me, it reflects neither my nature nor my values – I’m more of an old-school “if I did the work to make it, you pay me the courtesy of eating it” sort of grrrl. Except for Cooper – he can eat anything he wants, awww.) Anyhow, last night’s version was make-your-own pasta: a pan of spicy tomato sauce (tomato sauce simmered with lots of garlic, olive oil, and red pepper flakes), a pulled-apart rotisserie chicken, a pan of sauteed vegetables (this time cauliflower, onions, red bell pepper, more red pepper flakes, and currants), freshly grated Parm, and a big ol’ pot of pasta. Build away! Good stuff.
Oh man, I’m feeling SO much better now that I’m back to my usual routine. Funny, it took blowing up like a water balloon on vacation to slap me out of my winter rut – I’ve definitely re-upped my fresh vegetable and fruit intake (roasted, sauteed, grilled, salads, smoothies – any way I can think to include them), and reduced my refined carbohydrate consumption, and voila (shocker), I look less puffy and feel more energetic for it. I’m not where I want to be, but at least I feel “on track” and healthier, you know?
Of course more daylight truly deserves the credit for my new-found motivation – the sun packs some punch these days, bam-bam, yes! It’s so damn irritating that my body longs for stillness and comforty, carby foods (preferably accompanied by Hope Creamery butter and a nice Pinot Noir, sigh) in the depths of deep, dark winter. It’s so…cliche. It’s so…beyond my discipline. Disappointing. Anyhow, I’m glad to be past the worst of it and moving on into spring. Welcome sunlight! (Bouncing off April snow? We’ll take it!) Welcome vegetables! Let the depuffing continue!