Tuesday, October 02, 2012

The spice of life

I made it myself!

Coming back from a holiday is always a bit of a love/hate thing. Living out of a suitcase becomes a drag after a while, so it's good to be back home with space and storage and all my stuff. I love being able to turn on a tap whenever I want a drink - or just to brush my teeth. We do take our clean water supply for granted most of the time. And of course I missed my boys.

But having to do everything for yourself after being waited on for two and a half weeks is a bit of a downer. Want a meal, a drink, the bed made, your washing done? Just lift the phone or wave a hand and voila! Your wish is granted. I could use a bit of that around here. I don't suppose I could train the kids to do it....? No, probably not.

I am enjoying preparing my own meals again though. I can eat whatever I want, whenever I want and know exactly what's in my food. Before we left for our trip, I'd made an effort to get out of my boring food rut and had started trying some new recipes as well as trotting out some old favourites. I was really enjoying coming up with a variety of tasty, healthy meals. I'm pleased to have jumped right back on that particular wagon.

Nothing drives me off the healthy eating path faster than boredom. I remember spending several weeks some years back eating nothing but chicken and salad, fish and salad, steak and salad. *yawn* I don't know how I lasted that long, but I soon found myself craving pizza, cake, chocolate - anything but bloody protein and salad.

So in the interests of staying on track, I've set myself a little October challenge: I've pledged to try a new recipe at least once a week. The cooking class we took in Vietnam was amazing and we bought the restaurant's recipe book so we can explore the cuisine further. As well as Vietnamese feasts, I'm aiming to up my veggie consumption by finding new ways to use fresh produce - other than salad.

This week's effort? A lasagne that featured a couple of layers of pasta, alternated with a layer of grilled eggplant and a layer of grilled zucchini slices. I'm really happy with how it turned out, and I'll share the recipe as soon as I get a chance to write it up. And when I remember to take a photo before shovelling it into my gob.

Got any great healthy recipes to share? Link 'em up in the comments!

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