Monday, November 15, 2010

Eat like me. You know you want to.


On Sunday evening, usually I prepare something delicious to share with my co-workers the next day. I call this Treat Monday. However, I had a long Sunday and didn't feel like making anything other than dinner. So, Treat Monday will become Treat Wednesday this week.

The best new recipe we tried was the butternut squash with candied ginger and cilantro. So freaking good!! The texture of the ginger is perfect with the squash, and the flavors of sweet and spicy and savory are a big, big hit.

Sunday was spent with my dad, sister and step-mom in northwest Missouri. My sister made chili (so good!) and a key lime pie (so, so good!) and I brought some homemade cornbread that had diced mild jalapeƱos, a little shredded cheddar and a few shakes of Penzey's Arizona Dreaming seasoning. If you have a Penzey's store in your area, make sure to sign up for the catalog - every couple of months, they send a coupon for a free jar of spice. Last month, it was a full jar of Arizona Dreaming, and I love it. It's great on chicken, fish, in couscous, and in cornbread :)

Tonight we took a cooking break and went to Chipotle for dinner. Frank and I order one burrito, then split it. I put my half in a bowl and give him the skin. We get a chicken fajita burrito with mild salsa and lettuce, then get corn salsa, sour cream and some guacamole on the side. That way, we get portion control for the fattiest parts of the meal. It's filling and delicious. I can't imagine eating an entire one of those things, especially one loaded with sour cream and cheese. I think my stomach would burst. That's not to say that there wasn't a time when I could eat a whole burrito by myself. Not now, though.

It's surprising what you can do without, and what you really need, when you make up your mind to live just a little more reasonably.

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