dinner

Lentils and Cauliflower with Mustard Lemon Dressing

Today marked the end of the semester for me. No more finals, no more projects, I am finally done. To say I am excited is an understatement. While this semester wasn’t the hardest, it definitely seemed to linger on. I’m finding that the farther into my degree I get, the more it seems to drag.

But the good thing? I only have one more semester left. One more semester!

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Barley with Mushroom Gravy

So ten years later I finally write up another post. Hello again everyone.

For the few of you that are wondering why I haven’t posted in a couple of weeks, I’ll just say, life happens. Between school and work and all of the other various little things that need to be done sometimes you need a little break from everything.

So what have I been doing with that time? Being lazy of course. Procrastinating as usual. But I did accomplish one thing on my bucket list, so I wasn’t completely lazy.

With one week in between classes, me and my brother, along with a good friend, decided to go to Colorado and climb Mt. Elbert, the tallest mountain in the rockies. Was it a challenge? Uh, yeah. Did I struggle? Every. Single. Step of the way. Did I almost fall off the mountain and die? I’m pretty sure. But did we make it? YES! The only question that matters, was yes we made it to the top. Through the snow and icy rocks we trudged on and defeated that mountain.

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Swiss Macaroni and Cheese

Mac and cheese. Is there any other more comforting food in this world? Anything that sticks to your ribs in the best of ways leaving you feeling filled and content with life?

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Shredded Beef with Caramelized Onion Mashed Potatoes

It really doesn’t get much better than a piece of meat that’s been slow cooking for hours. Whoever said that roast beef was bad either ate some that wasn’t cooked right or is an complete idiot.

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Cauliflower Puree

So did anyone watch the X-Games here in Austin this past weekend?

I had the amazing opportunity to actually go to the X-Games and be a photographer which was probably one of the coolest experiences. I’ll write more about that later on in a recap post, but the X-Games is indeed insane. 

I mean look at Tom Schaar. He’s 14 and he won gold in the mens big air. I just can’t get over that.

The tricks these athletes can do are incredible and the fact that most, if not all, of these guys are so humble is inspiring. Every single one of them were so nice and really cheered each other on. It’s something great to see when watching sports competitions.

Now to the food. This puree was first meant to be sort of like cauliflower alfredo but due to the fact that I probably didn’t put in nearly enough liquid it turned out to be more like a puree than anything. The flavor was great though and it’s an awesome nutrition packed alternative to the regular old mashed potatoes.

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Brussel Sprouts Salad With Mustard Lemon Dressing

I don’t know about you guys but I’m still in the whole brussel sprouts craze. I think I’ve been stuck in it for about, oh, a good 5 years now? I just can’t get enough of them. Even after eating so many that I thought I would be sick, I still somehow manage to love this odd little earth shaped veggie.

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Chicken and Spinach Bread Pudding

So for one of my classes last semester we had a final practical. Make shrimp bisque, risotto, hollandaise, beurre blanc, and one “mystery box” dish. Basically just use whatever ingredients we still had and make something. This bread pudding is based off of one of those mystery box dishes.

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Steak and Potato Pie Pockets

 This recipe really isn’t much of a recipe…. I like to call it more of put what you got into a pie crust and enjoy. I think that’s a better fitted name.

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Cauliflower with Coconut Milk Curry

This is a little bit like one of my previous recipes, the coconut cauliflower curry. In fact it’s very similar, I just love this recipe.

This is one of those recipes that if you are trying to eat healthier but don’t want to feel deprived, you’ll be fine with this one. While yes, coconut milk is very calorie dense, coconut milk also is very filling. I got so full from just a few pieces of cauliflower because of the coconut milk coating my stomach. It’s perfect. And of course we all know how great cauliflower is for us, so why not get it in our diets somehow?

Enjoy!

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