Now that the RD exam is done and behind me, I finally have FREE time to explore new hobbies and revisit some interests that haven’t gotten much attention lately.
One of those interests is cooking. Cooking for the past few months has been more about convenience and less about experimentation. Many a day has ended with a quick and easy egg-centered dinner, wolfed down in minutes so I could rush off to study. Since the exam ended on Saturday, I have thought so many times to myself… I get to cook again, oh the things I could make!
In honor of my culinary excitement, I ventured off to Trader Joe’s today for a major food haul. The nearest TJ’s to me is 40min away, so when I go, I make it count. My cart was filled to the brim when I was done, some highlights of my loot:
- Individually wrapped goat cheese medallions
- Lobster ravioli
- Vanilla and chocolate organic hemp protein powders
Lots of delicious meals ahead.
Speaking of delicious meal, lunch was pretty fantastic..
Salad w/ grilled chicken, chopped apple, reduced fat cheddar cheese, walnuts, craisins, and red bell pepper over a bed of romaine w/ balsamic dressing. Used half the apple in the salad and the other half was eaten for dessert with Peanut Butter & Co Cinnamon Raisin Swirl peanut butter.
This afternoon, I got busy in the kitchen making waffles. I was waist deep in waffle ingredients for hours today. Made two delicious varieties. No pictures yet. They’re going to look much better when I jazz them up with some toppings! (Cinnamon Raisin Swirl, you will be seen again) Though I will share with you some of the amazing ingredients involved:
- oat bran
- ground flax seed
- protein powder (brown rice and hemp)
- cocoa powder
I love making batches of waffles, freezing them, and reheating in the toaster oven. I think they taste best that way, and smothering them in extraordinary toppings doesn’t hurt. Stay tuned for when these babies make their debut later this week!
Within an hour of finishing the waffles, I was back at work in the kitchen making dinner. Tonight’s dinner was inspired by broccoli slaw, which has been sitting in my fridge for days and desperately needed to be eaten. I don’t know why, but the first idea that came to mind was shrimp fried rice. Odd, since I’ve never eaten the dish, let alone tried making it!
I started with white onion and broccoli slaw cooking on the stove with sesame oil. Once the onions were nicely caramelized, I added frozen peas. Simultaneously, I popped an instant multi-grain medley cup in the microwave. Next in the pan was fully cooked shrimp and two tablespoons of egg whites. When the whites were fully cooked, I brought it all together by mixing in the grains and tossing in low-sodium tamari.
It’s not the most colorful dish, and the picture isn’t the best, but it was really tasty.. and an excellent use of that slaw!
And a bonus picture of last night’s dinner: Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad complete with grilled romaine lettuce. Paired with a glass of wine, it felt like gourmet dining at home.
Back to work in the morning after four days off. Thankfully, I’ll have waffles motivating me to get out of bed.