Holiday detox– sort of.
Although I’m a huge proponent of eating everything in moderation, it’s pretty easy to stray big time, meal-wise, when you’re away from home. While I LOVED every single bite of food I took in Denver (and still regret some the bites I left on various plates), I learned the hard way that one really can eat too many burritos (and falafel balls, bowls of frozen yogurt, and brownies)–which is probably why, somewhere between Memphis, TN and Philadelphia, MS, I developed an intense craving for vegetables not covered in butter, sugar, and marshmallows (although Beth, if you happen to be reading this, your sweet potatoes really are the best I’ve ever had).
I wanted broccoli. And tangerines. And kale.
So we stopped at Walmart, stocked up on produce, and successfully completed the last hour of our road trip (with no temper tantrums or diaper changes to speak of). When we arrived back at home, Dmitri and I quickly determined that we needed to eat immediately, as neither of us could muster the strength to deal with the suitcases and pile of new toys that were taking over our dining room. I immediately went to work creating pasta/veggie/chicken bowls for both of us. While the chicken and whole wheat penne were pretty tasty, however, it was the kale– sauteed in the chicken pan with olive oil, garlic, onion, and chili flakes– that stole the show.
Today, I’m a woman obsessed. I can’t stop thinking about green vgetables, and I’ve been poring over kale recipes. Next up? This one, which comes highly recommended from my mom: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/16/dining/161rrex.html.
While I’m not really making resolutions for 2011, I have to admit that it does feel good to start the year with a few really tasty, healthy meals.
Followed, of course, by a few chocolate covered Peppermint Joe Joes.