Why it that the second the temps drop, I want to stuff my face with pasta? Am I the only one who feels that way? Last year I gained a lot of weight over the winter and as I'm still fighting to get it off, this year I have been trying as hard as I can to at least include a good amount of vegetables every meal. On the days that the temps have been above 50, I have even forced a salad upon myself. The downside is that I have been adding cheese to everything.
Speaking of weight gain, I tell my sisters all the time that as they'll hit weight hazards as they age. One of the perks of being a much older sister means you get to freak out your siblings with stuff like this. It's all normal and part of the aging process, but I like to tell it to them like a scary story told at a slumber party. When I hit 20, it seemed like my hips got wider, even though I was the same weight I had been in high school. In my mid 20's I had to start using weights to my workouts to stay fit and watch what I ate to not gain weight (this was brought to my attention after a horrible year of weight gain followed by 2 years to get back to normal). In my early 30's I found that the amount of cardio I did had to increase to stay the same size. In my mid 30's all hell has started breaking out. I have to work HARD to not gain weight. I have to really watch what I eat all of the time now. Remember when Adam Sandler said in Big Daddy the thing about having a milkshake and his ass jiggles for a week...I have hit that age. It sucks.
Since the whole getting rid of the microwave experiment, I realized I was going through olive oil at an alarming rate. In my quest to be more aware of what I'm eating, I started looking around and discovered my new favorite thing in the world...that pretty much anything you can cook in oil, you can cook in vegetable broth. It was a life changing discovery. There are still things that I always reach for the oil for, such as sautéed spinach and roasted sweet potatoes...but for nearly everything else...broth it is! On colder days, I'm a bit heavier handed with the broth and everything has a wonderful warm soup feel...it's pretty amazing on a cold day.
I am also guilty of falling into food ruts, so the last month or so, I have been bringing home new veggies to mix in with the normal bounty of my produce drawer. Green beans were in heavy rotation for a few weeks, and peppers and mushrooms are more current add in. Although that's pretty obvious as they are included in almost every meal here.
How have you been dealing with the crazy cold temps and comfort cooking this season? Have any great recipes to share? I know my friend Clare shared a Zucchini Soup recipe the other that I am dying to try! She eats paleo, which intrigues me but also seems like it has too many rules.