Things have been quiet around here – I had bronchitis, then my husband was quite sick and then he passed it back to me. So lots of quiet time. Time for reading, some crocheting, watching movies and EATING! Nothing has seemed to hamper our appetites. Bob picked us up some delicious, homemade New England clam chowder from a local farm stand.
So creamy and delicious, filled with lots of clams and potatoes. On another evening, I found some shrimp in the freezer and made a quick stir fry.
Just some peppers, garlic and broccoli with red pepper flakes and teriyaki sauce (and a squirt of agave.)
I cooked some Thai noodles, which only take about 2 minutes, and stirred them into the veggies.
Yum! It only took about 15 minutes and was so delicious. We’ve also been eating lots of oatmeal around here. Tastes so good with nuts and raisons or fresh berries. It works for me for both breakfast or dinner.
Just like pancakes!
I whipped up a big bowl of gluten free pancake batter, and made some for breakfast and then froze the rest for a quick weekend breakfast.
When I got tired of standing at the stove, I put the remaining batter in a freezer bag for another day.
And, of course there was a quick and easy pizza. I cheated with ready-made crust and just added sauce and mozzarella.
And, Halos, those tiny, sweet, seedless tangerines – I’m hooked on these! Soooo delicious.
I even tried out the crock pot, something I haven’t used in a couple of years.
You can tell it’s ancient, but it still works. I just put in an onion and some garlic and put my salt and peppered little roast on top and added some beef broth and bay leaves. The house smelled good all day.
I made some mashed potatoes in the morning so they just needed to be heated up at dinner-time and steamed some carrots quickly. It was so good. Definitely one of those stick-to-your-ribs kind of meals.
And, then there was the seafood dinner. A piece of flounder, some shrimp and a baked clam along with spinach and mashed rutabaga – oh, my.
That was one of my favorites.
I admit to having a VERY hearty appetite lately. Even as I sit here writing this, I’m thinking about the leftover eggplant parmigiana in the fridge. Luckily, we’ve been eating lots of salads and fruits too and passing on sweets. Now that’s a hardship, considering the sweet tooth I have, but I’ve found the longer I go without sugar, the easier it is not to eat it. I do confess, to eating my fair share of chocolate on Valentine’s Day. But that’s just one day – I enjoyed every bite of it but today is a new day.
How about you? Do you find yourself spending more time in the kitchen this time of year or eating more than usual? Or is it just me.
Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead!