Archive for ‘Wellness’

April 21, 2011

The Power of Roasted Veggies

It seems like I’ve been writing lines like the following quite a lot lately…

I came home tonight acting like a complete monster. Once again, I had let myself tip over the edge and was wayyyyy past hangry.

I needed a dinner plan that was effortless, fast, and filling. Comforting and delicious wouldn’t be so bad, either.

Trader Joe’s must make 90-second precooked brown rice for moments exactly like this.

Anyone else get a tingle from your head down to your toes looking at such a beautifully-balanced meal? (Supah freak….)

(Rick James? No? Just me who sings that song on a regular basis?)

Remember these chicken sausages? I threw two in the freezer last week knowing that a night would come when I needed to put something together lickety-split. This bad boy defrosted in the mic in 2 minutes and was ready to be set right into the sizzle hot pan.

Roasted veggies may be the next best thing to grilled ones. Add balsamic vinegar into the mix and this girl’s in paradise.

I roasted half of a red bell pepper, a quarter of an onion that was sitting at the bottom of the veggie drawer, and about a cup of green beans (Trader Joe’s Grade A frozen, defrosted slightly). I tossed the veggies onto a large baking sheet and coated them with about a teaspoon of olive oil and a large drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Roasted at 375* for about 25 minutes, tossing at about minute 15 to ensure even cooking.

I just about died over the scent of caramalizing balsamic vinegar spreading throughout my apartment. In fact, I even stood over by our food pantry where the scent was strongest just to bask in all of its richly sweet glory. No joke, you could put this stuff on ice cream. It’s that good.

Oh, the sausages, rice, and brocc were tasty, too =) But c’mon, it isn’t fair to ask anyone to compete with a specimen as fine as this…

I’m starting to see a bit of an unpleasnt pattern forming with my hunger levels. Over the past year or so I’ve become significantly more physically active; running, spinning, cycling, strength training, walking, and whatever else comes up on nearly a daily basis. Even though I try to keep my super intense workouts to a minimum of once or twice per week, sometimes my hunger just gets ahead of me. When I find myself with an insatiable appetite many days in a row, I know something’s out of whack. I’m making adjustments in my workout routine and trying to eat much more earlier in the day so that dinner doesn’t turn into Templeton at the fair.

I don’t think I’ve ever made a Charlotte’s Web reference before. I’m a little proud =)

Hopefully, this will be the last post for a while that begins with me ripping off unsuspecting commuters’ limbs  and glaring at babies on my way home to the dinner table.

I figured cookies were in order given my crazy hunger these last few days. Peanut butter cookie post to come!

Goodnight, all. TGIF in 2.5 hours!

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