Let me tell you what I have planned for the weekend. I’m going to go on a long run assuming the weather stays decent. I’m shooting for five miles outside which is the longest run I’ve tried since my ACL injury. Fingers crossed.
Then I’m going to immediately counteract the health benefits of said run by making some excellent game day snacks (wings for sure), having a few beers, and watching football all weekend. Obviously, living in Denver, the Broncos game is of most importance against the San Diego Chargers.
I actually was at the San Diego game a few weeks ago and the Chargers dominated. This will be a much harder game for them, but I have my concerns as a Broncos fan!
I’m in the mood for some spicy stuff this weekend, but I’ll let you guys pick the thing.
How to Eat Half a Donut- Ok. So I’ve never eaten half a donut, but I get the idea. It is good to learn how to moderate and Darya is the best at explaining how to get that kind of control. (@ Summer Tomato)
Maison Castro Sandwiches – Good lord these sandwiches look wonderful. There’s not really a recipe in this post, but you can kind of get the idea. I guess the first step would be finding really good bread. (@ David Lebovitz)
One of my goals of 2014 is to experiment with a few new cuisines. You guys picked Korean last week in a close poll and, to be honest, I was a bit intimidated. But I tried to start simple with the classic Korean dish called bibimbap, which just means “mixed rice.”
As you might guess, the dish is completely flexible. You can put almost anything in and on it with one exception. It seemed like every recipe I found during my research used one ingredient that I’d never heard of and definitely couldn’t find in the supermarket.
It’s call gochujang paste. It’s spicy, savory, and definitely worth the work to find it if you want to make this dish authentic.
Frequently, when I’m hosting a party or bringing food to a party, I face a big road block. Basically, I want to make something delicious, but I also want to talk to people, relax, and enjoy my night. That last thing I want is to spend my entire night huddled in the kitchen while everyone else is having a blast.
That’s a quick way to learning how to resent cooking.
Making flatbreads (or essentially mini-pizzas) for a party is probably going to win over many friends, but you have to be careful or you’ll find yourself over the stove all night long.
For example, if you wanted to make these asparagus flatbreads, your party crew will love you, but you might not see them for a while because those are best served right out of the oven.
But, the flatbreads in this post are awesome because you can make all the breads in advance and then all you have to do is slice and serve them!
This time of year grapefruits are one of the healthiest and best things you can eat for breakfast. I wouldn’t go so far as to go on the grapefruit diet or anything, but regularly eating in-season grapefruits is a great way to start the day.
I still remember as a child when my mom used to slice open a big fat grapefruit and cut each individual segment so it was easy to spoon out of the membrane. I remember thinking that it looked like a ton of work!
Of course, it really just takes a few seconds assuming you aren’t a five year old. And if you are a five year old then please don’t play with serrated knives.
While grapefruits are perfectly delicious on their own with maybe a pinch of salt or sugar, quickly broiling them just ups the flavors. The quick heat makes them even more juicy and also gives you the opportunity to add on some spices.
I’ve actually made a plain broiled grapefruit on Macheesmo before but I like this spiced version more, hence the update.
I’m not sure if you knew this or not (sarcasm) but Colorado became the first state to sell legal, recreational marijuana on Wednesday. You probably know this though if you’ve been exposed to any media at all over the last few days.
Here’s the thing: I really like that I live in the state that is blazing the trail on legalized marijuana. I think if the tax predictions are true and it’s able to be regulated effectively and people act responsibly, many states will follow.
That said, I hope that it doesn’t become all Colorado is about. There are a lot of amazing activities to do in Colorado and, to be honest, the whole legal weed thing is not even in my top 10 best things about CO list.
If you are reading this and happen to be in Colorado, support the new industry if that’s your thing. If you choose to do so, please do so responsibly. The world is seriously watching.
Whether or not you live in Colorado, please don’t let the constant weed coverage give you the impression that it’s all Colorado is about. There is still snow in the mountains, beautiful hiking and trails, and lots of friendly outgoing people.
One of my resolutions this year is to try out some new cuisines that are a bit outside of my comfort zone. I might as well not waste time on that. I thought I would let you guys pick one for me to try out next week!
Black Eyed Pea Salad- Traditionally, black eyed peas are prepared with pork in a rich stew. This is a nice twist on the classic featuring kale and quinoa. Looks really good and refreshing. (@ Summer Tomato)
Beet and Citrus Salad- Great winter veggies and fruits smashed together in a colorful salad. This is definitely going to be on my dinner table within the next week or two. (@ Simply Recipes)
This Week’s Meal Plan
This week’s meal plan is the second part of a multi-part series on healthy 2014 eating!
You can sign up now for Macheesmo Meals and get a free week to try out this plan and the others (there are now around 20 total) and see if you like them!
In the Macheesmo Meal plans over the next few weeks, I’m focusing on really healthy, cleansing recipes to kick off 2014 right. That said, I did eat chicken and waffles yesterday so I’m a bit behind and need to play some catch up with the whole healthy eating thing.
Minestrone soup is a classic healthy Italian soup that I tend to adjust depending on the season. If I’m making it in the summer, I’ll use really fresh summer veggies like green beans and maybe ramps. In the winter though, I make it a bit more hearty with red potatoes and kale.
Minestrone typically has some sort of pasta as a base as well and I chose macaroni for this version just because I like the way macaroni minestrone sounds. Am I right? Macaroni minestrone.
I really enjoy making new year’s resolutions. I know that they are kind of kitschy and it’s quite likely that I won’t accomplish everything on my list, but I find that it helps me at least start the year off right.
This year, instead of thinking about my list as resolutions, I’m mentally thinking about it as things I will do. Of course, I could fall short of things on the list still, but I think by stating it like this it made me be more focused and less flighty about my items.
So here is my list! Be sure to share your list in the comments!