Today is my last day home recovering from my surgery before I go back to work tomorrow, so I had a lunchbox all planned to share with you, one that I had brought to work in late December and had saved for last week or this week. However, as I was making a late afternoon snack of kale and cranberry smoothie created by Wendy of Celiacs in the House, it occurred to me that everything I had snacked on today, as well as my lunch, made up a pretty terrific lunchbox. More importantly, I still more of all of those foods in the fridge. So I poured my smoothie into a jar instead of a glass and set up a little dramatic reenactment. Here are lunch and two snacks:
- Half a recipe of kale and cranberry smoothie
- Vegetarian Chili from The Spunky Coconut Cookbook
- A Quinoa Almond Muffin, also from the The Spunky Coconut Cookbook(I used small duck eggs from the farmer’s market instead of chicken eggs and the recipe came together beautifully)
- Funa (aka fake tuna salad) from, you guessed it, The Spunky Coconut Cookbook
- Brown Rice Snaps
So yes, today’s (reenacted) lunchbox was very much inspired by Kelly and The Spunky Coconut Cookbook. This last week, I thought about about things I wanted to change this year (I ordered a planner today as I slowly ease into the New Year!) but one thing was something I had decided on already back around the holidays. Specifically, I needed to do something about my cookbook-and-food-blog ADD. There are always so many recipes I want to try and I get over-ambitious and sometimes Sunday nights turn into 3 hour cooking marathons just because I add yet another dish. And yes, many things get left undone because of said cooking marathons – like folding the laundry, writing emails to people, sleep, blogging.
In an effort to simplify, I decided that for new-to-me recipes, I need to stick to one or two cookbooks or food blogs at a time – though “at a time” is the part I am still deciding on. I do not want to get stuck with arbitrary times – i.e. one week only, or one month – or get stuck with one book at a time, so instead, I picked The Spunky Coconut Cookbook and a couple others and decided to see how I felt after reading and picking recipes. The only requirement is that I stick to a particular book per meal-planning session – whether it is for the week, or for a weekend, all new recipes have to come from the same book – I tried it yesterday, and it sure made the marathon more organized and ever so slightly shorter. And the recipes The Spunky Coconut Cookbook are delicious!
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