It’s National Barbecue Month, folks! In North Carolina, that means pulled pork, so I think National Grill Month or Cook Out Month would fit better That age-old debate…
Anyways, I’m becoming quite the grillmaster since I boldly pushed the ignition button yesterday. I had to get dinner started early tonight before the husband got home from work because my sister needed to eat early. So I basically grilled the whole dinner myself – including using the side burner, which was kind of scary too but cool!
Sweet potato fries and AmyLu Apple Gouda Chicken Sausage.
My plate, complete with “hot dog”, fries and greens.
The trick to grilling sweet potatoes is to cook them 90% of the way before you add them (or the outside will burn before the are tender). This was 2 medium potatoes and I sliced them and microwaved for about 9 minutes. They were perfectly steamed and then went on the grill for about 10 minutes or so to get some good char.
We have a lot of bread so I skipped buns and just used normal bread.
We sauteed some of the CSA kale with a big chopped date and drizzled it with maple syrup. Mmmm! Nothing like greens with maple!
Dinner tasted great and I was actually too full to have dessert right away. A while back I would have just eaten it anyways for the taste but I decided I would enjoy it more if I got a little hungry and waited about 45 minutes.
Then I had my scone in the hammock! It was like a chocolate chip biscuit.
Lunch held me over until about 5:15, including a walk to the grocery store to buy a (mom, don’t look!) Mother’s Day card. I could have probably waited for dinner, but I decided it would be better not to sit down starving, so I made a little snack pack of trail mix, Kashis, graham sticks, and Kashi H2H.
Tomorrow I embark on a journey to Hillsborough before I fly to Baltimore on Saturday morning with my mom to visit my grandparents! My grandfather is turning 90 (!!) on Mother’s Day! Can’t wait to see him and my grandmother. They are moving out of the house my mother grew up in this summer. It’s so sad – I’ve been going there my whole life. But I may come home with some goodies for my house
Here’s my sister and me with my grandfather a year ago at my wedding
I’ve got a whole week of meals out coming up – it will be quite a challenge! Four dinners in a row. But eating healthy does get so much easier each time I go to a restaurant.
Like the beach, I’ll be blogging from Maryland, but will have to save questions + comments again for when I get back (The comments are the most time consuming part of the blog, and I need to spend some time with my grandparents!) Thanks for understanding
Jenna ask me for an update on how my “countless” days have been going. Well, GREAT! While I do feel a certain loyalty to calorie counting because it got me where I am, I do find not counting to be quite fun. Really more refreshing than anything. Since I read SuperFoods HealthStyle well over a year ago, my attitude toward food changed from weight loss to health. But now more than ever, I feel that food is more than just good taste and calories (and it probably helps that I just finished reading In Defense of Food). Calorie counting was never bothersome for me – I was very happy doing it – but I do feel happier towards food now.
I will say: I have been counting very generally. I will do a quick tally: “200 for hot dog + bread, 100 for fries + ketchup, 50 for greens + sauce. Ok I’m done.” More of a mental check to see if I’m on the right track, but as you might guess, I usually am. I think that will go away with time, and I think it’s a very natural habit for me at this point. And probably not a bad idea in general.