>On the menu

>Today as I was driving to work for the last time until who knows when, I realized that in a few short weeks I will be cooking. And not just on Sundays for the week, but several times a week. Not only will I be cooking, but planning meals and shopping. This is very exciting because I will be able to cook for two people. It means that leftovers won’t go as far, but I will be able to share my budding culinary prowess with someone special.


I got the new issue of Women’s Health in the mail this week. I never used to be one to care for the recipes in magazines. That was boring stuff. Well, not anymore. I found this delicious-looking recipe for tropical guacamole.


Tropical Guac
Avocados are rich in healthy, belly-trimming monounsaturated fats. Because this dip is bulked up with fruit, it has fewer calories per scoop than traditional guacamole. 

1/2 avocado, pitted, peeled, and chopped
1/8 tsp salt
2 Tbsp chopped red onion
1 1/2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
2 tsp chopped jalapeno
2 tsp fresh lime juice
1/4 cup chopped pineapple
1/4 cup chopped mango
1/4 cup chopped cantaloupe

Mash avocado and salt together with a fork. Gently stir in onion, cilantro, jalapeno, and lime juice. Fold in pineapple, mango, and cantaloupe. 



Yum. I love guacamole and I love fruit. This sounds like a plan. I will probably ditch the jalapeno, though. I like spicy things, but sparingly. Like, as a twice a year thing.


I also have a steak in the freezer I can thaw and make kabobs with yellow squash, cherry tomatoes, onion, pepper. I’m sure you’re wondering where this girl is gonna grill. That would be the George Foreman grill/griddle combo my parents gave us from their camping stuff.


I’m going to make tuna salad. What’s tuna salad without Miracle Whip and sweet relish? Gotta buy some crackers or pita chips to go with that. Maybe I’ll make my own…


For breakfast, I’m going to get some bagels to make them with peanut butter, bananas, and strawberries. Sounds delicious.


Needless to say, my husband will be spoiled most evenings with these sorts of foods… I’m sure he’s thankful that I’ve taught myself how to cook over the past two years.


I’ll need lots of healthy, filling options because sometimes I like to workout twice a day. Today I went to BodyFlow, and this afternoon I’ll be going on a run with Tim. Tomorrow morning, I’m planning on getting my butt out of bed at 5:00 to go to BodyPump, and Saturday is my long run with Gabi. We’re shooting for seven miles, eight if we feel good.


Bring on the summer! I’d better enjoy the rain while I can… there’s no water in the desert. 😉

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