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Well, seeing as we had our fill of meats and cheeses this weekend, I’m thinking of going veggies and legumes for the next few days. Tonight, it’s just a basic salad. I’m thinking of mushroom and spinach burritos for tomorrow, and a beans and tomato type of thing the next day. I meant to make some rice for that last one, hmmm. I’ll do that tomorrow night, seeing as the mushrooms and spinach are prepped and ready to go.

Basic salad ingredients at The Food Groove:

  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Green Onions
  • Cucumbers
  • Artichoke Hearts
  • A bit of cubed Smoked Gouda that was sitting around

Even when one is a bit meat and cheesed out, there’s still room for a lil bit of cheese.  🙂


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I am thoroughly and happily enjoying strawberries this season, more so than usual, and strawberries in particular. I like fruits, mind you, but I would never really get too excited over them. Except for blueberries… Blueberries I can get excited over at times. Perhaps it’s because I’m not a big sweets-fan, as a general rule. Even though fruit isn’t super-sweet, I don’t know…

Anyway, I am enjoying fresh strawberries very much right now. Unadulterated, simple strawberry slices. I also enjoy coming home with a new batch, cleaning them, cutting off the stems and slicing them into mouth-popable bites. I’ve become quite adept again at using the ol’ paring knife. 😉 And I really have no inclination to cook or bake or mix anything else with them. Just give me some fresh strawberries, all on their own, and call me good!

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I’ve done some cooking prep type of things. Little things, but they will save time later on… Onion is chopped, asparagus is rinsed and drying, brown rice is cooked and cooling, shrimp are peeled and deveined… I actually forgot how time-consuming the task of peeling shrimp can be. And how useful my paring knife is for those times! The cat was very interested in what I was doing also… sticking her nose in the bag of shells, continuously walking over my arms as I was working in the sink, and being a kitchen-nuisance, in general.

And I’m now putting together my menu ideas for the next several days. It’s been a few weeks since I’ve had an actual menu eeked out in my head, and it’s time to get back on track with that. It’s so much easier to come home and have an idea of what’s going on in the kitchen for the evening. Much better than “What do you feel like for dinner?”, and really having nothing to work with, idea-wise. Even better too when I can have some items prepped and ready-to-go a day or two beforehand. So, off to finish menu planning… and fold some laundry too. It’s a domestic kind of day. 😉

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Which, this evening, will take the form of Brown Rice and Veggies. I can feel my body hollering for some whole grains and veggies. I’ve had quite a bit of meat the past few days, more so than I usually do. I’ve been a vegetarian in the past, but nowadays, I do recognize that my body can use some meat protein now and again. It can be overdone however, and now is one of those times.

So, last night I made some brown rice, and this morning I steamed some brocolli, all in preparation. Then I cooked up some more veggies this evening and tossed it all together… Along with some sliced omeletted eggs, and voila… Whole Grain and Veggies with Eggs for dinner. It was just what I needed…

  • Brown Rice
  • Garlic
  • Fresh Ginger
  • Mushrooms
  • Brocolli
  • Onions
  • Olive Oil
  • Sesame Oil
  • Soy Sauce
  • Eggs, Omelette-Style, then sliced
  • Parmesan Cheese, shredded

I tend to call these types of dishes a Rice Mish-Mosh… sort of tossing in whatever might be on hand, with just a bit of sesame oil and/or soy sauce.  Enough for a bit of flavor, but not so much as to call it a stir fry really.  Then I add some eggs and a touch of cheese for a slightly creamier consistency.  It turns out pretty tasty and is usually just what I need.

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  • Ham (Delicious!)
  • Scrambled Egg and Ham Casserole
  • Veggie Casserole
  • Biscuits and Sausage Gravy
  • Cinnamon Rolls (Delicious!)
  • Fruit Salad

It was all a lovely brunch… And sometimes there is something to other people cooking and baking and not having to do anything oneself.  😉  We just had leftover ham and cheese sandwiches for dinner, and I find myself a bit stuffed once again.  We ended up with ham, cinnamon rolls and fruit as leftovers for our own fridge.  I’m looking forward to the fruit too… that, like salad, is something I adore… and even more so when someone else does the rinsing and cutting and preparation of it all.  🙂

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Technically, as of March 10th. That’s when I wrote my first not-so-exciting-post on here. There are definitely things I’d like to improve, things I’d like to enhance, things I’d like to improve on with my camera… And for the past week, I’ve been feeling under the weather. So, although the thoughts are running around in my head, I’ve yet to put them down on the blog, yet.

I really was hoping to do that sooner rather than later. But a cold, D.’s cold, and a freaking crazier-than-usual week at work has pushed that all off until this weekend. When I do hope to put some more words down here…

Tonight, we went back to a favorite dish, more geared to the summertime but it always seems to taste good. Here’s an older pic of what we had. Quite simple and quite yummy… Lentils, tomatoes, olive oil, green onions and feta, with a bit of seasonings all wrapped in a wrap!

This is a super-duper close-up of our dinner this evening…

It really is a summertime type of meal, but it was a nice tease right about now… And that picture does not at all do justice to the deliciousness of it. I’ll have to get a new one once we’ve got really yummy tomatoes and more freshness to go into it. 😉

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I got nuttin’. Though I had been eating more nuts as a snack at work… We got two yummy bags for Christmas, full of hazelnuts, almonds, macadamia nuts, cashews, walnuts and more! They were very tasty, but unfortunately, they are gone now. I’ve been cutting down on my snacking in general lately. I think probably because I am exercising and doing some yoga on a semi-regular basis. And when I do snack, I tend to want something on the healthier side. So, I’ll call that going in the right direction.

As for meals this week, we’ve been finishing off a batch of macaroni and cheese from Sunday, along with some ham. Nothing super exciting, really. But the macaroni and cheese did turn out very good… the previous batch was too thick. Too much flour I think, as well as too much cheddar (as if there is such a thing!) 😉 Anyway, that’s the scoop here. As for nuts, I’ve got nuttin’. 😉 I’ll have to find some soon… they were good to have on hand.

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