While I was studying today I did some prep work for the week in the kitchen, or rather my stove-top did the cooking for me 😉
I always tell people if you can just take a few hours out of the weekend to cook some of the time intensive stuff it makes the weekdays so much more pleasant. I cooked (on the left) a bunch of brown rice for dinner (raisins in the bottom one!) and 5 servings of oatmeal just for fun. Sometimes I do enjoy a break from cleaning the pot everyday! For those of you who may not have been reading this summer, I had to leave the house at 7am I pre-cooked my oats just as normal in a big bulk pot and then packaged them in containers. That’s how you turn stove-top into "instant oatmeal." You just need a little milk to rehydrate I still think fresh oats are best, but since the husband is going to be gone 3/5 days this week, I thought it would be nice to have breakfast already made.
So I set out to make steel cut oats (1 cup oats, 3 cups water, boil, cover, simmer for 30 minutes) but for some reason I decided to add an extra CUP of water….and then realized I meant for it to be MILK so I added that too!! I suddenly had oatmeal soup. So I brainstormed ways to fix it, including draining it, but I decided I needed something to absorb the liquid: oats!! So I added a cup of rolled oats and 5 minutes later had the perfect combo. This could become a regular recipe.
When I cook things in bulk I use my food scale to portion it all out. Just subtract the weight of the food from the weight of the pot (which you should have pre-weighed) and then divide by the servings. Makes it easier to get them all even, since my eyeballs are horrible at the job.
So that was the kitchen prep!
I got a good chunk of studying done and then had snunch at 5:00!
A cup of our leftover potato soup , which is JUST like mashed potatoes and divine –
I also had a half-eaten end piece of bread and some crackers –
And then I went back for more crackers and hummus – just because. AND had a handful of crackers more that I didn’t photograph…
Food For Thought
I’ve been having a lot of trouble recently stopping eating. I haven’t been listening to my body at all these days, and I really haven’t felt that in control of my eating since my trip to Boston. You may not have noticed in my blog commentary and think my thoughts are irrational based on what I’ve been eating, but it’s not about what or how much I’ve been eating, but my state of mind .
I love this passage from Fit From Within that a long time ago that always stuck with me:
The rationale behind three meals a day is simple: if you start to eat only three times, you have to stop only three times, and stopping is the problem ….This doesn’t mean there can never be an exception, that you will never have afternoon tea or an after-theater snack…Nothing that you eat rationally and out of choice rather than compulsion will interfere with the fit-from-within process. Nevertheless, I highly recommend that, unless you have a medical condition that requires you to eat more often, you stick with three meals a day most of the time.
If you do, there will be several waking hours during which you will have nothing in your mouth. This is good. This is when you learn to focus on your inner life and your outer world instead of food. It’s also when you come to know at a visceral level that, although food and water and air are indispensable for maintaining your body, the essential individual that you are is sustained by something else, something more.
Eating three meals a day is both a discipline and a gift. In the beginning, it might take all the fortitude you’ve got to get form one meal to the next without picking up something to eat. Call in your inner resources, understanding friends, or something else that inspires you. Learn the difference between what it feels like to be hungry and to think you’re hungry because you’re used to eating often.
In conclusion, I think…..I am bored . Despite all the studying, I need some mentally fulfilling activity in my life that I choose. So my solution is to really, seriously devote time to reading fiction each day. I use the lame excuse that I should be studying if I have time to read, but really, you can only study so much. I LOVE to read, but it’s one of the first things to go when I’m busy. So I’m going to make the time. Get me off of the computer!!
I made a favorite dinner of ours tonight: Happy Herbivore’s Red Lentil Dal and Saag . The only change I made was to omit the onion (and I used curry power instead of plain tumeric. And I used kale for our greens). Both are excellent, filling, flavorful, healthy recipes. If you haven’t cooked with garam masala before, you must go buy some. It’s like cinnamon meets savory spices. The third dish was just Lundberg Short Grain Brown Rice (my FAVORITE) with raisins and garam masala .
I also had a bite of this jalapeno corn muffin the husband brought home from EarthFare.
I am off to take a bubble bath and assess my "to read" pile.