at home: Joanna Gaines recipe for no bake pumpkin cheesecake. It was good and very easy – I’d substitute fresh whipped cream for the cool whip and be forewarned that it’s super filling so small portions are your friend. Kyle made awesome black bean soup and tacos the other night – harkening back to his days at Cactus Blue Mexican restaurant in Lehigh Valley.
out and about: Casbah’s brunch menu polenta offering is to die for – Creamy Polenta, Paul Bunyan maple sugar & cinnamon, dried fruit, toasted almonds. I didn’t even know polenta could taste like hot, hearty oatmeal – delicious! Nicky’s Thai Kitchen Tom Kha soup with vegetables. Huge portion. Massively satisfying. Mad Mex shrimp, spinach and mushroom quesadilla. Meanwhile, Kyle noshed on the seasonal Gobblerito.
Following our pseudo eating rampage; I’m reading The Athlete’s Fix. I intend to start checking in with myself on how foods affect me. The author, Pip Taylor, advocates a “base elimination diet” focused on healthy foods that are the least likely to cause allergies or sensitivities. Going from there you can experiment with some that may be problem foods for others but not for you. She is a professional athlete and dietitian so she seems to take a balanced, scientific approach with the reader’s optimal health in mind.
I never want to be a crazed calorie-counter but books like hers are a good reminder for me to get back to basics, eat my veggies, and forego processed foods as much as possible.