The Frozen Gourmet.
I have been so busy showing you recipes and fun farm food that I haven’t told you one thing about this week! And let me tell you, it has definitely been one of those weeks. I have a huge school project due tomorrow, family issues at home, and our big trip to DC this weekend all weighing on my mind. The absolute LAST thing I wanted to do when I got home late from work at 6:30pm was think about exercising. Just as I considered blowing it off altogether, a little Tweet came across my screen telling me that Celeste was teaching the 7:15pm hot vinyasa yoga class tonight, and within five minutes I was in my yoga pants and back in my car heading to the studio.
When I got home from work I was feeling sort of down and sad, and I knew I didn’t have it in me to push myself to do a hard workout. So instead of giving up, I looked for someone else to push me. And push me she DID! I felt so much better the minute I hit the mat. Yoga leaves me feeling peaceful and relaxed in a way that nothing else does. I left the studio feeling refreshed and ready to face the rest of my week.
Dinner tonight was LATE (after 9pm!) and super simple. Since I’m not an every-meal-every-day food blogger, there’s a lot of stuff I eat that you guys don’t see. And so often I am left wonderful, nice comments from people complimenting my culinary ability. I thought tonight, just for fun, I would show you a completely non-gourmet or creative dish – just a few simple frozen ingredients, thrown together very quickly to create an easy, healthy dinner.
The fact is, there is NOT always time for chopping lots of fresh vegetables, making sauces from scratch, and devoting hours of your evening to your dinner. But that doesn’t mean that an easy healthy dinner is out of the question. Instead of heading to the fast food drive through, it is MUCH cheaper and easier to just head to your own freezer. Tonight’s dinner – veggie burgers with Asian stir-fried vegetables – nothing to it.
I heated up my wok and tossed in a bag of frozen broccoli, one bag of frozen stir-fry vegetables, and a handful of frozen edamame and corn.
Once the excess water was cooked out, I tossed it all in a bit of soy sauce, and added freshly diced avocado at the very end.
Meanwhile, I heated up two of my very favorite vegetable masala burgers from Trader Joe’s…
Nothing special, but still tasty and healthy, and in the end that’s all that matters, right?
Our original plan for tomorrow was to work a half day and then drive to Charlottesville to spend the evening with the now-departed Kath and Matt! But issues finding a dog-sitter left us here in Charlotte Thursday night – so sad to not see our friends. :( I’m working on training the dogs to take on a little more responsibility and not be quite so dependent, but until that happens, we’re in charge. :)
The upside to not leaving until Friday though is that Casey found super cheap last minute flights for Friday morning, so now we get to fly instead of drive – SO much better! And the cherry on top of the trip is that my wonderful and fabulous little sister is also flying in and meeting us there to help us search for our new home!! Sarah has the rare ability to keep me calm and anxiety free – not always an easy task. Crossing my fingers that we find a wonderful place to be our next home…
Off to bed – goodnight! :)