What a week, I’m so glad I’m taking tomorrow off! It won’t be entirely relaxing though, I have a list of errands and tasks to do at home like wrap gifts, meal plan, shop. Though I’m not looking forward to the errand part so much, holiday road madness is in full force! Why does something so joyous as the holidays have to turn everyone into complete bat-poopy insane drivers? I had to slam on my brakes so hard last week when someone cut me off my car’s oil light flickered and I was really thankful I just had my brakes checked. But jeez, that shattered my nerves for the rest of the night. When I worked at a supermarket during high school, I used to enjoy watching all the fender benders in the parking lot over the holidays … not that I find that entertaining anymore. :-) But literally we could sit on the benches in front of the store and watch 5 or so during break.
Anyway, I’ve been battling a little cold over the last few days eating into my sleep and not helping stress. So my theme for lunch was easy, raw and healthy. Fresh chopped veggies with artichoke spinach hummus.
The hummus was store-bought, but very interesting and tasty. Kind of a mix between hummus and a creamy spinach dip and very good. My mind is already turning on how I can recreate this with fresher ingredients and even more flavor, so stay tuned. :-)
After another long day at work with a stuffed head and dealing with post office lines after, I was in no mood to think for dinner. But I did know I was craving something hot and filling. Again I started throwing ingredients into the blender – tomatoes, basil, garlic, red pepper, lemon juice, oregano and water ending up with a marinara soup base.
I poured that into a soup pot and dumped in some lentils and a minuscule amount of quinoa I had left in the pantry that I otherwise wouldn’t know what to do with.
Then I started chopping up veggies that I needed to use up – celery, zucchini, leeks, and dumped them into the pot. Then I found a half used bag of frozen spinach in the freezer, so into the pot it went.
I let the mess simmer for 30 minutes while I pulled off some manic kitchen cleaning and ended up with a loaded marinara stew. Yup, another stew this week. But a delicious one loaded with goodies.
I admit it, I read US Weekly. A little celebrity snark is a guilty pleasure of mine. But the latest issue has got me rethinking that.
In the last few months, the teen moms of MTV have been featured on the covers a lot which I couldn’t care less about since I don’t watch the show. But this latest issue disturbed me highlighting all the drama like it’s a glamorous Real Housewives show. This is a sign that I shouldn’t renew the subscription I think. What do you think? Do you watch the show?