Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant

I love blogging about all the wonderful, fabulous meals I’ve been enjoying. Certainly, the life of a food blogger is not lacking in treats. I’ve chronicled most of it – I eat pizza, pasta, cookies, CHOCOLATE, fudge, and always, dessert (and these examples are just from the last month or so). Go through my archives and you’ll see more indulgences – and a lot more chocolate.

This does not mean though, that I only eat rich, sinful foods all the time. In fact, most of the time, I eat very simple, nutritious meals. When I wrote about my favorite food books a few months ago, I mentioned Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant by Jenni Ferrari-Adler. So now I want to share some of my normal and usual meals – when I’m away from my camera, when I’m not dining out with my friends, when it’s just me, alone in the kitchen:

oatmeal with chopped apples and dark chocolate almond butter

green monster smoothie - with frozen banana, spinach, strawberries and a scoop of either peanut butter or chocolate protein powder

avocado and cheese sandwich

green bean fries

turkey breast and sauteed spinach

shrimp salad (sometimes I substitute tuna)

baked salmon, steamed broccoli and brown rice

homemade Caesar salad with lots of anchovies (the dressing is just Dijon mustard, olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, Parmesan, and black pepper)

steamed broccoli with a fried egg - which I end up dousing with ketchup and sriracha

trail mix (I make my own with walnuts, dried cranberries and dark chocolate chips)

roasted butternut squash with cinnamon and brown sugar

I also eat a lot of fruit, roasted veggies, hummus, cheese, eggs, baked tofu, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and Greek yogurt. Yes, they’re all very delicious, though not particularly exciting. But I’m happy with all my meals, both treats and everyday ones. I like having a balance of both, and that balance is something I always strive for in all aspects of my life.

I’ve written a couple of posts about my goal to lose weight the right way, and I’m proud to say I’m still on the right track. I started seeing an awesome personal trainer – holla at Jenn from Wellbridge – and I can feel myself getting stronger and healthier each month (yay). But even before I trained with Jenn, I’ve always worked out.  I try to break a sweat about 5-6 times a week by running, bikram, kickboxing, Zumba, spinning, weight training, etc. I love the endorphin rush I get from exercise (tell me the truth, has there ever been a moment when you regretted working out?) and the exhilarating feeling afterwards.

It took me a long time, but nowadays, no food is “off limits” anymore. I eat rich, luxurious foods without feeling guilty – not just because I know that my portions are reasonable, but because I ENJOY it. And I like them as much as my simple, boring meals. Food is meant to be enjoyed, not feared nor taken for granted. It has always been one of my passions, and I’m happy that I’m able to to share my appreciation for food and culinary adventures though this blog – whether they’re from restaurants, events or vacations, or from my own kitchen, with an eggplant or none.

What’s your favorite meal to eat when you’re alone?


14 Responses to “Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant”

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    Michelle posted October 19, 2010 at 7:24 am

    This is a great post! I think as a food blogger we are all very conscious of staying healthy. I’m curious to hear about your personal trainer experience. I promised myself that I’ll start working with one the minute we set the date for the wedding…and that’s going to happen hopefully by the end of the month!

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    MelissaNibbles posted October 19, 2010 at 8:10 am

    Great post! I think food bloggers tend to eat healthy just because they have such a high respect for food and enjoy eating whole foods not processed junk. I need to make green bean fries!

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    Emily posted October 19, 2010 at 8:18 am

    Great post! I agree, all foods in moderation – none should be off limits. When I am husband-less in the kitchen, I like to make easy, comforting meals… like pasta and chicken sausage with veggies. PS – isn’t making caesar salad’s at home super easy?!

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    Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries posted October 19, 2010 at 11:10 am

    I completely agree with this way of thinking. Food is beautiful!!

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    christina posted October 19, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    that shrimp salad looks so good. i also douse my eggs with ketchup – need to try sriracha next! so good. i like your eating style!

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    blackbookkitchendiaries posted October 19, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    this is a lovely post. i think we have the same taste buds:)

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    beth q posted October 19, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    Great post! My favorite alone meal is homemade miso soup w/ veggies and ramen!

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    Daisy posted October 20, 2010 at 10:18 am

    It was fun to see the healthy foods you eat. The dishes look beautiful!

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    LizLivingVegan posted October 20, 2010 at 10:37 am

    I definitely agree that it’s good to indulge! Life is too short to not enjoy your food! (Of course, as a vegan, I guess there are a lot of things that are sort of “off limits”… haha) My favorite thing to eat when I’m alone?? Hm probably a giant bowl of peanut butter puffins. I can crunch away :)

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    Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun posted October 20, 2010 at 11:39 am

    This is so similar to my approach. I really do eat a lot of healthy, simple meals…although based on my blog you would think I always eat out and sweets since those things tend to be featured more often. LOL

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    Dana posted October 20, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    I can totally relate to you! Sometimes I feel that based on my blog, people think I am sitting around eating cookies and treats all the time! Most of my meals are simple, nutritions, and non-blog photo worthy. Glad to see I’m not alone!

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    Nicole @ Making Good Choices posted October 20, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    I’m laughing because these dinners are basically the same thing that I eat when I’m home alone or even when I want to make a quick dinner for my husband and I. Great minds think alike!

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    Leashieloo posted October 21, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    I’ll do something like boil up some new potatoes, drizzle some garlic olive oil, salt/pepper, and have them with a side of bread and butter. Just total randomness! I love the Eggplant story, have you read Laurie Colwin’s food books? BEST food writing ever!

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    Baking Serendipity posted October 22, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    I love this post…it gives so much insight into you. :) Your trail mix looks fantastic! And I’m alone in my kitchen right now, totally wanting an avocado and cheese sandwich…looks delicious!

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