So, last Monday's post brought a lot of great suggestions, and I was motivated enough to try several last week. Although, I wish there was not the issue of distance, because it sounds like I could do some meal sharing with both Debby and Biz...too bad we all live so far away from each other!
I think that along with my food doldrums, I am also dealing with my C.R.S. (Can't Remember Shi... er, Stuff), because the suggestions for roasted vegetables? Oh yeah, I used to do that, and I used to like it. Same for smoothies...and a lot of the ideas that were in the comments/emails. Back when my kids were little, I used to keep a running list of meals, because obviously this C.R.S. goes way back for me. So that was the first thing I did on Monday morning when I started reading the comments - I pulled out a notepad and started writing down your ideas. For me, it really is out of sight, out of mind...and this list will be front and center from now on.
I made a chicken orzo soup:
Just started simmering; hadn't added the orzo yet. Best part is that you add fresh lemon juice right before serving and oh man, does that ever make the flavors pop!
And Jeff wanted to make some muffin-tin frittata thing that he saw the contestants cook on The Biggest Loser:
Sauteing the onions and mushrooms; getting ready to add some turkey breakfast sausage...
Out of the oven and very proud of his concoction! These tasted great; I think next time we'll add some broccoli or maybe spinach to them.
I also roasted some carrots, but the light was too bad when they came out of the oven to get a decent picture. I was pleased - these meals were a good start on the road to more well-balanced eating. My goal for this week is to make something in the crock-pot (using liners for easy clean up, what a great suggestion), and we'll eat off of that for at least a couple meals.
Another idea that several people came up with was doing an at-home spa, with the suggestion of bringing in food. I also got an offer to fly out for a friend-spa, but some things are a little up in the air right now with some stuff and I can't commit to that, even if I could scrape up the money for an airplane ticket (settle down, life). While I think a week is more than I need for an at-home spa, I scheduled a massage for Wednesday, so I'll make that day my "me" day. By then my legs should be ready to be pampered after running a half marathon yesterday, and I'll bring in a nice salad or something equally healthy and indulgent for lunch. It's not the total immersion experience that I'd truly like, but it's better than what I'm doing now, and I know it will be nice.
Thanks again for all the great suggestions - I'm feeling a lot better about this.