Breakfast: Eggs, Coffee, and …Salad?

Salad for breakfast was an unappealing idea to me until recently. That might be because salad for any meal is unappealing to me in general.

When it comes to raw or cooked veggies, I always tend to prefer cooked. I love them roasted, grilled, sautéed but don’t usually extend the same affection toward them when raw.

But beautiful vibrant photos of breakfast salads have been appearing in all the magazines I love and the notion has been making its way into my heart, so I’ve been waiting for an opportunity of a slow Sunday to attempt this for myself and Dan.

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when you don’t have the ingredients, or even the tools…make it anyway

I woke up earlier than usual for a Saturday morning due to the fact I needed to pee.

Instead of returning to bed, I decided to take breakfast duties upon myself (usually my hubs makes pancakes or waffles on weekends – yes, he’s a good one) and change things up a bit today.

I’ve had Pioneer Woman’s Sunday Fritatta recipe pinned in my Pinterest for years and thought today was the day I was finally going to make it. I quickly looked through the recipe and figured although I was missing many of the ingredients and I didn’t have an oven safe skillet – I was still going to make this because I had what I deemed were the essentials, and I was determined to have fritatta for breakfast.

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Rule #1: Add color to your plate

So of course I had to make this Rule #1 as it was the rule that named this blog after all.  But, listen to this rule please.  It will change your life.  It will make you smile. It will cause your tummy to grumble with longing and then to be filled with happiness.  Colors do that for you.

On a more serious note, adding color to your plate (no fake colors please), means adding variety which generally makes a dish more exciting.  It also most likely involves including veggies, which we all know are good for your health and range from a beautiful spectrum of hues. Green has always been my favorite color, and I try to incorporate it into my meals everyday.  When cooked right, vegetables and roots can really brighten any plate with vibrancy and flavor.

What colors will you splash your plate with today?

Today I actually COOKED Lunch

lunch in 20(ish)min

Today I prepped and cooked lunch – yes COOKED – during my workday (which was very busy) in between meetings in about 20-25 minutes and amazed myself.

I thought up the idea this morning as my husband complained of how small the salmon portions are from Amazon Fresh – so I thought to myself: He has a point – maybe they’d be better as lunch instead of dinner. I also perhaps felt guilty about the indulgent massive burger and onion rings I had last night from Bareburger simply because I gave into my craving after taking a walk outdoors and breathing in a whiff of someone’s grilling.

In any case, my own success with this lunch has now inspired me to perhaps make this less of an anomaly and to share how it can be done! Here’s how I did it:

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Change the Cheese, Add some Meat – It’s Yours

Ever make the same dish in a span of two weeks because it was that damn good? Well, I generally don’t as I’m usually a stickler for variety and avoiding recent repetition, but this dish was THAT DAMN GOOD.

Featured here is my rendition of Bon Appetit’s Spicy Baked Pasta with Cheddar and Broccoli Rabe. I am 150% sure that if you do follow the recipe step by step, you won’t be any less pleased than I was with my version. But you know me, I don’t like following rules in the kitchen 😬 Also, when I first browsed the recipe, my immediate reaction was “But where’s the meat?” And nothing was going to stop me from adding The Meat (except perhaps coronavirus which thankfully has not yet affected my meat intake).

So here’s what I followed and here’s what I changed.

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Making Real Simple’s Pistachio Pesto Risotto My Own

Many friends have been asking good questions during this time of global pandemic such as “What can I be doing right now?” despite the restrictions before them. I reflected on my not-so-recent-anymore goal (see my last post July 2019) of committing to making something new once a week and realized I had basically achieved that goal only once since then. (Judge me – but I’ve already confessed I’m horrible with these “commitments”) So what better time than now to reawaken that goal?

One new and fun thing I’ve been doing since this crisis hit is reading and flipping through magazines – physical ones. Previously I had several ones I’d subscribed to digitally but right before the virus hit, I had received a gift of 4 print magazine subscriptions for a year and I thought “why not?” I have been especially thankful for them these days because it’s allowed me to enjoy images of delicious drool-worthy food without being on an electronic device.

Well, eventually the images look delicious enough to tempt one to attempt making them. And so I decided to try. Both risotto and pesto were things I’d always wondered how on earth one makes, and this was my chance to make both in one shot! And boy was it so much easier than I ever could have imagined!

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Be a Copycat

It’s been more than a year since I’ve posted anything and when my card was recently hit with the yearly WordPress renewal fee, I was reminded of my bane – never seeing any commitment through that I make.

I also realized that although I’ve been cooking my way through life all along, my routine had become less interesting and uninspired.

I started looking through screenshots of beautiful food photography I had saved in the past and missed the days when I’d meal plan on Sundays for the whole week. While that may have been a naive notion a few years ago, I still found myself yearning to have an element of that in this present life. So, I’ve decided to make this notion more attainable for myself and pick just one “new” thing to try making once a week, instead of for every single meal.

I therefore begin with what seems easiest to me: copying.

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