Like many, every single year I fall victim to the overindulgence that comes with the holidays, which, I won't lie, I all too thoroughly enjoy. And every single new year I impose the same painful resolution to end the madness, to eat better and get back on that healthy track. And for the most part I shape up, but sometimes I need a good kick in the butt, which is just about the time my husband rolls through the door with bags of chips or cookies or something to cause me to break out in a sweat and mutter not nice words under my breath (why me?!) as my self-control is tested yet again.
Needless to say, it's a constant battle for me, not just to aim to be a healthier version of me, but to help my family be healthier as well. After all, I am the personal chef and grocery shopper, so that responsibility falls on me, as it does most women in my experience. Add to that the feat of finding meals that everybody likes, and the task is downright daunting - and honestly I'm just so over cooking! As a matter of fact, for those who know me well know that, at this point in my life, the one thing that will never fail to get me excited is dining out. To have someone wait on me, ask me what I'd like to eat/drink, someone to cook for me, and then someone to bring it to me is just absolute heaven! Add dessert to that and I'm yours forever! HA! But since dining out is the rarity, I find myself all too often in the kitchen scratching my head over how I can get the healthiest meal for myself while also appeasing the gods (aka the hungry mouths waiting for dinner). So, once in a while, I actually end up making two meals, one for myself and one for the rest of my family. But I aim for an easy recipe and I'll make a lot of it so that I can section it off and save it for leftovers. I'm sticking to my goal, I'm eating a tasty meal, I've appeased the gods, everyone is happy - it's a win-win!
And since I KNOW I'm not the only mom out there with struggles like this, I wanted to share a favorite recipe of mine that a friend actually shared with me! It's super easy, very forgiving, makes a TON, and is great for leftovers (actually even tastes better the second time around). Save it for leftovers in the fridge, or section it off and freeze it for a quick lunch OR dinner. Again, such a forgiving recipe - I've never made it the same way twice. As a matter of fact, the picture I took is of my latest batch where I used some frozen veggies from our summer harvest (squash, zucchini, tomatoes), some leftovers (steamed peppers and onions), peas, carrots, and even homemade vegetable broth, which is also super easy to do (start freezing those veggie scraps)! So give it a try when you have some time and let me know what you think or what alterations you made that turned out fabulous! I hope you love it as much as I do!
6 cups vegetable stock
1 medium onion, diced
1 cup celery, diced
1 cup cauliflower floretts
1 cup green beans, cut into about 1 inch pieces
2 cups shredded cabbage
1 medium zucchini, diced (about 2 cups)
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 cups baby spinach
salt (to taste)
pepper (to taste)
1. Combine all ingredients, except the spinach, in a soup pot and bring to a boil.
2. Reduce to a simmer and cook covered for 20 minutes. Add a little salt and pepper if desired.
3. Stir in the spinach and cook for another minute.
4. Remove from heat and serve.*
*Garnish with some Parmesan Cheese if you're like me and enjoy cheese! And if you want to try making your own broth, check out Pinterest for a ton of amazing recipes, or feel free to email me, I'll send you the one I used!