I have a love-hate relationship with salads. Do I always want to choose a salad at lunch or dinner? No. Do I usually end up enjoying them? Yes. And I especially enjoy them when they have a lot of extra crunch and both sweet and savory flavors all mixed in, like this honey-roasted almond and honey crisp apple salad. Whenever I whip this recipe up for lunch, I'm always satisfied afterward. In fact, because of the combo flavor palette I even look forward to it!
Mark and I just got back from a hike in Valley Forge National Historic Park. Today was quite literally a perfect summer day here in the Philly the area. Sunny, not too cloudy, almost no humidity and a high of about 75. We couldn't let a day like that pass by without spending most of it outside. Plus, we just genuinely love Valley Forge and there are so many great trails to explore there. Today we hiked about 3 miles on the Mount Joy trails. Could I ask for a better summer Sunday? Nope, don't think so. In addition to exploring new things here in Philly, we've also been exploring new recipes. One of them being this slow-cooker eggplant and cauliflower vegetable curry recipe.
Mark and I finally got a slow-cooker. As anyone with a slow-cooker knows (or anyone who's even heard about slow-cookers knows), it's a game-changer in terms of easily putting together a meal of substantial size. Basically, you just throw your ingredients into this big tub, turn it on and a few hours later your meal is ready. Honestly, I'm mad this thing wasn't a part of my life sooner because that's about as much effort as I'm ever willing to put into preparing a meal. My only beef with it is that it's not a fast-cooker. If it could all be that easy and you could have your food ready within minutes, well that my friends would be an ultimate dream come true for me.
Oatmeal for breakfast after a run is great. But ... protein oats for breakfast after a run is without a doubt even better. What is protein oats? It's simply a bowl of oatmeal, but mixed with protein powder! Why is this better than plain old oatmeal? Because after a run it's not only imperative that you replenish your carbohydrate stores (that's where the oats come in), but also that you supply your muscles with the protein they need to rebuild and repair themselves
I know I'm definitely not the first person to ever say this, in fact, I'm probably about the millionth, but there's something about fall and winter and the holiday season that makes me crave soup. Groundbreaking statement, I know! It's not just any soup that I crave, though, and definitely not the kind that comes in a can. No, when this time of the year rolls around I'm craving, hearty, flavorful, veggie-filled soups that literally have the ability to warm your soul.
Like bacon, cereal or pancakes, scrambled eggs (at least to me) are a quintessential breakfast food. I'm gonna go out on a limb here and guess that most of you would agree. Maybe, like for me, they're not your favorite breakfast dish, but still, you can admit they're a breakfast staple. And (as you'll soon learn from both Leslie Knope and Ron Swanson) breakfast is absolutely, most definitely the most important meal of the day.
Just ask Mark: usually when I eat on my own, I will put as little effort as possible into compiling a meal. Making something like lemon pepper chicken? That sounds like waaaaay too much work to me. (It's actually not, though, as you will soon find out!)