Today was a pretty good day. I got a long night of restful sleep, worked in the kitchen with my mom making DELICIOUS 30/10 soup and salad dressings, and dove into a very interesting and provoking magazine called Mindful while lounging on the dock at the lake in the sun. We capped off the evening with a mouth watering dinner of steak, Dungeness Crab, green salad, and asparagus. I am now enjoying a great cup of tea, blogging as my mom points out new decorating tips from another great magazine. Today I also ate 100% on plan but experienced some hunger and some big time cravings for chocolate…massive quantities of chocolate.
First things first: the SOUP! This soup is AMAZING, DELICIOUS, and 100% ON-PLAN! It is 30/10 Zucchini Bisque Soup. We made three batches and it yielded 7 quarts of soup plus enough for both of us to enjoy a small bowl at lunch! It is SUPER easy to make and only requires 7 ingredients!
Zucchini Bisque Soup
- 2 1/2 pounds of zucchini
- 1/2 sweet onion, chunked
- 1 leek, rough chopped
- 4 cloves of garlic, pealed.
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1-2 teaspoons of kosher salt.
- 2 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable broth- sugar free of course
- Heat oven to 400 degrees. Find a big bowl and dump the olive oil in. Peal the garlic-no need to chop- and throw that into the bowl. Cut the ends off of the zucchini, and cut the remainder into 1/2 inch slices. Dump into the bowl with the olive oil. Rough chop the half onion and dump into the bowl. Trim the leak up so only the good part is left then slice length-wise (hotdog) so you have two halves. Then rough cut the two halves into smaller pieces and dump into the bowl! Sprinkle the salt over everything and give it a good mix. Drop it all on a cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. When done cooking dump half of this steaming goodness into a Vitamix or food processor, add half of the broth and blend up!!! Repeat for the second half and BOOM…Zucchini Bisque! We poured it into mason jars that we will freeze for the long winter months ahead.
This soup is SO delicious…it hits all of my mouth pleasure sensors. It is creamy, salty, aromatic, garlicky, leeky, BRIGHT GREEN and warming. I am going to try it with some cauliflower breadsticks soon for a complete and filling meal. I an not a good cook not do I enjoy cooking so when mom makes it with me first I feel better about it all. I also just found out today that 30/10 in Renton offers cooking classes 2 or 3 times a month so I am SO going to that as soon as I have a free Saturday in my life!
30/10 “Best Salad Dressing” Lorified!– thats my moms name…she added some things to make it super awesome.
- 3/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup FRESH lemon juice
- 1/4 cup yellow mustard- sugar free
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 2-3 drops liquid Stevia
- 1/4 sweet onion, chopped
- Dash of Cumin
- Dash of Paprika
- Throw all ingredients into the Vitamix/blender and let it do its thing for about a minute! Season to taste. I am going to add some garlic next time just to see what that will taste like!
- This makes about 1 1/2 cups of dressing that will keep for about 2 weeks in the fridge.
So as you can see it was a VERY productive day in the kitchen! I am heading into next week with some yummy soup and salad dressing and that already lowers my stress level 🙂
Tomorrow the Hawks take the field for their first football game of the season. I am READY! I have my outfit laid out…my nails are ready to go…and my food game plan is locked in! The game is a 10am so breakfast will be the game time meal. I am going to have GF pancakes tomorrow and some fried eggs. Mom brought some Walden Farms syrup which I have never actually had on pancakes…and there products are very hit and miss so I am hoping this will be a WIN just like the HAWKS game tomorrow! The rest of the day will be 100% on plan.
Today was a somewhat difficult food day. It was 100% on plan but a difficult day none the less. 100% on plan days are the most difficult days because you have to confront the reasons behind the hunger and that just gets old and hard. I am having MAJOR cravings for chocolate (my aunt is visiting…I really hate her) and I was hungry most of the day today. I am hungry now just writing…I get is because I was writing about food. See…that is all it takes for your stomach to convince your brain that you need food. A friend of mine who is also doing 30/10 discovered their cooking classes and attended one today. She said it was AWESOME and is going to be a big help for her along her journey. Like me, cooking is not her forte but we both know that to stay healthy we have to learn to make delicious food at home. And that is a challenge for me. I don’t enjoy cooking…I am not good at it…and I don’t have a lot of time to cook. I like quick and easy…green salad with chicken griller strips. Quick. Easy. My mom pointed out today that my generation are not cooks. We don’t spend much time if any in the kitchen making things from scratch. She and my grandma make everything from scratch…they also spend hours a day in the kitchen making these delicious meals for their small armies. Like today…we spend hours in the kitchen. I hit my wall during the salad dressing. Now…I can take 15 hours one day and make sugar cookies no problem. But cooking…oh man…now way. I recognize now that I have to get comfortable in the kitchen. I have to come up with some good go-to’s and not be so afraid to experiment. I LOVE the idea of meal planing but find it hard to stick to. I tend to come home on said night to be uninspired by the days meal plan and end of making something totally different or going out. That just cannot happen anymore. So some changes coming in my kitchen. I wonder how my kitchen will react…
I have more things floating in my brain related to the struggle but I am tired and tired of thinking today. David gave me an interesting homework assignment that I need to finish before Wednesday. I have to write “letters” to two fucktards that hurt my heart and I don’t want to do it. I am not mailing them just writing them and sharing them with David. Can’t I just call them fucktards and move on? Davids answer was no…this is the only way we can find out if they have something to do with my addiction. Fucking fucktards…looking back I am so THANKFUL that both of those relationship did not work out but as David pointed out…they were still traumatic. “And really- they taught you some valuable lessons.” said David. I then flipped David off and scheduled my next Wednesday session with him. There also was a very interesting article in Mindful about being addicted to busy and that article really spoke to my busyness gene. It made me think about the impacts of being busy in a way I have never though of before. So tomorrow…or Monday I will be writing about that. But not tonight. I don’t want to think about the fucktards and I don’t want to think about being busy. I want to think about finishing my tea, reading a bit of my book and going to bed.