So this weekend rather than barbecues and beach time like every other American, I stayed in and continued to improve my cooking repertoire. I know – I am becoming THAT person. It’s crazy, who ever would have thought…but here I am cooking away every night with no recollection of the last time I ordered take out.
On Saturday I decided I had too many random things in my fridge that were about to go bad and that it was time to just trust my instincts and try my hand at making something on the fly. The thing that made the most sense – a pasta salad – of course. This was my stash of ingredients that needed to be used:
serious amount of ingredients
The general truth about pasta salads is that you can literally use anything you want so I used what I had – cucumber, celery, red pepper, dill, cilantro, red onion, green onion, mozzarella, a nectarine, baby broccoli, and I think that’s it…it was a lot. Hence the serious amount of prep work:
Never in my life have I done this much chopping for a meal
For the dressing I used greek yogurt, salt, pepper, and some balsamic. I didn’t have enough greek yogurt in my fridge so I supplemented it with a bit of reduced fat mayo and the result was actually quite good. And look – I used a whisk!
I made dressing with a whisk! And it was actually good.
Once it all came together this was what I had in the fridge for the long weekend to eat for lunch and it was a beautiful sight to behold:
Isn’t it pretty??
And the final presentation with a little parm on top:
I also took this weekend as an opportunity to experiment with a couple more fish recipes. The first was a baked white fish with pine nut, parmesan, and basil pesto crust.
the mixing of the basil pesto, finely chopped pine nuts, garlic, and parm
Put the mixture on top of the fish to create the “crust” and it’s ready for the oven
and voila! another super easy fish dish!
This one was just as easy as the peppers and onions dish and just as tasty. Definitely a go to as far as easy healthy dishes are concerned. For the full recipe go here. I also tried the baked white fish with sour cream, dill, and parm. It was super easy but not as tasty. I’ll probably just stick with the peppers recipe and the basil recipe for now. But if you want the other recipe you can find it here.
So that was my weekend. Beyond a general interest in eating healthier, the process of cooking has become a bit of a catharsis. I’ve discovered that it gives me something to focus on to starve off the sadness and the depression that are looming over me with this breakup. While I’m managing to keep my head above water for the most part, the waves of pain are crippling when they come, so the more new recipes and distractions the better.
Ironically enough, in my fit of cooking this weekend, the movie Julie and Julia came on and it was exactly what I needed. I think I might have to buy it now, along with Julia Child’s cookbook.
Let the cooking spree continue.