Thursday, January 6, 2011

Today's Post is Brought to You by the Color Green

A terrible night's sleep left me feeling worse for wear this morning. One of my hospice patients passed away near the end of my shift and left me feeling so unsettled that I tossed and turned all night. You'd think it would get easier after 17 years. It doesn't.

On a positive note, a few days of juicing and eating healthfully, my clothes are fitting just how they are supposed to. It's amazing how a little bloat can make one feel like a sausage ready to burst out of the casing. I don't know how I carried an extra 100 pounds on this frame for all those years.

I got to Trader Joe's and did a textbook healthful shopping. The produce section, which can be hit or miss at my shop, was bursting with colorful goodness. I was surprised when I got home how much green there was. A few of my goodies included Brussels, broccoli, all manner of salad greens including romaine hearts, baby spinach and mache (lamb's lettuce), jalapenos, avocados, frozen petite peas (Rob's favorite), baby Persian cucumbers, broccoli slaw to pile on sandwiches, and jasmine green tea.

As much as I love and crave sweets, there are times when I just crave greens. Today was one of those times. I made us green juice then made myself a big honking green salad for lunch.

The way I photographed it does not do justice to the magnitude of this salad. Half a bag of baby spinach, half a bag of romaine hearts, slices of Persian cucumber, a small avocado, 3 ounces of salmon, a tablespoon of shredded cheddar and 1 ounce of Trader Joe's Champagne Pear vinaigrette. It was crunchy, creamy, tangy, full of fiber and flavor, just delicious.

After lunch I hit the kitchen to make tomorrow's 4-bean 5 alarm chili, which started with 6 plump jalapenos diced up...

I learned my lesson and wore surgical gloves for that prep work. Here's what it looked like as I set the whole pot to simmer...

Mmmm! Grass fed beef, black beans, white beans, pinto beans and baked beans with red peppers and jalapenos, garlic, onions, tomatoes and all manner of spices.

Then I got going on tonight's collard greens, spicy, garlicky and glazed with some balsamic vinegar. They came out sweet, tender and yes, spicy and garlicky. I'll be serving them with grilled chicken brushed with a bit of BBQ sauce.

It's been a green day for me and I'm feeling better already.

So, greens... how do you like yours?


  1. You are quite the food porn lady. Love the pics!!

    Last night, I made a "stew" with two big boxes of baby spinach, sweet potatoes, chickpeas and diced tomatoes, seasoned with curry, cumin and cinnamon and served on a bed of brown rice. Lots of fibre, lots of iron, protein too and very yummy.

    P.S. I think I'm about to give in and buy a Garmin GPS watch. I found one on sale!

  2. Your stew sounds delish, I love curried spices make everything better. Let me know how you like the watch.

  3. I'm sorry that happened :(. You care a lot about your patients, and as hard as it is to deal with those kinds of situations, I'm sure you make a big difference in their lives every day. Caring can be as hard as it is rewarding.

    And re: the veggies, I've been wrap-crazy lately (huge baby greens wraps) or I've been spiking everything with spinach--I made a really great chili and it had a ton of it. I love my slowcooker!

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