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?


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