>New summer food ideas

>Last week when I went to the store, I filled up about half of my cart with produce. I should have thought through my week to realize that I wouldn’t be home a whole lot to cook, but thankfully most of it was still good today.

I had two bananas that were very very ripe and wanted to bake with them. So I found this recipe online for banana muffins. Instead of the 1.5 cups of flour, I put in .5 cup almond flour, .5 cup of my oatmeal mix and .5 cups of white whole wheat flour. I also added one finely chopped apple and used two bananas instead of three. Very yummy with real butter to top it off! To make them even healthier, I could have replaced the butter with a mix of water and ground flax seed, and the sugar with Splenda. But I’m a huge fan of real butter and real sugar. The best part is that you can have one.. or two three… and not feel horribly guilty.

Here’s what I made for lunch. I tried a version this recipe for tropical guacamole. I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out… I had one avocado, a little salt, juice from a lime, pineapple and watermelon. Interesting combo, to say the least. I used the peas to dip. Overall, not a huge fan of the guac.

I had some leftover steak from the kabobs Leah and I made on Wednesday, so I cut that up and put it over some spinach (my salad mix had already gone bad) and tomato. I’m usually not a picky person, but for some reason I have a problem with the texture of the meat and the veggies together. It was still tasty, though. Maybe next time I’ll eat it separately.

I love tomato so I had the other half of the one in the salad.

The weird thing with butter in it over to the left is called a Butter Bell… it keeps the butter fresh at room temperature for a very long time. I don’t use margarine anymore; only butter.

And of course, I had to wash this all down with a big glass of (decaf) tea.

I always like to try new things in the kitchen; I get bored easily with the same recipes prepared the same ways. I also like to use leftovers and any food I already have because I love grocery shopping, but only like to do it twice a month.

Enjoy the day! It’s a hot one. I think I’ll bum around inside, finishing up some cleaning and laundry and maybe taking a nap.

Check it out…

 El Paso, TX Weather Forecast

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Pretty similar, if you ask me (except for the rain…)

>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. 😉