Truth is, I haven't posted any recipes or updates on our fabulous CSA box lately, because I have not been doing much cooking. While it is no secret that I love to cook, what I have realized over the past 6 weeks is that I moreso love sharing a meal, and subsequently my cooking, with others. Cooking to me is a way to express my creativity and while I can talk to myself or our dog about how much I love this pasta dish or this chicken breast, it's not like we can have a conversation about the flavor, components, texture, or what I should change if I cook it again.
I grew up in a household where my mom, dad, sister, and I ate dinner together every night. This has honestly made a lasting impression on who I am today, and it is a tradition that I will uphold with my own family one day, someday. During this intensive study time, Lash has been packing both lunch and dinner to take the library with him... it is quite the site to see him all loaded up every morning!
While at first I relished in having no (self-inflicted) pressure to cook a meal every night, my diet has been all over the place. Sometimes I have just veggies for dinner, sometimes cheese and crackers (and wine), sometimes whatever random leftovers or sushi place is on the way home from work. It has led to some suprisingly wonky supper times around here... and a weight gain of all things!
I've tried to be more conscious of my solo decisions, and found the perfect balance tonight- quinoa and kale salad with toasted coconut with edamame and mushrooms sauteed with soy chile glaze - meatless (yet full of protein), affordable, yet tons of flavor. I would totally recommend this as a light, and clean, meal.
I hope to get my inspiration back in the kitchen soon. I think I will. Just needed a siesta.