Good Morning Everyone! Yes I realize it is a bit of an early morning here, but the house is unbearably hot. The house is stiflingly hot due to the fact that the AC stopped working! I feel like I am back in Indianapolis in my un air-conditioned ancient apartment! Since my room was an inferno I spent most of the night tossing and turning because I could not get comfortable. Not only do I not sleep well when its hot but my eating habits change completely. I only want food that is fresh (well thats not out of the ordinary for me). I guess a better way to put it would be I only want food that is not piping hot this means I usually eat lots of salad, yogurt, veggies, hummus and tons of fruit! The heat even made me change my pretty set in stone breakfast routine. While I still had oatmeal today, decided I would be better off (and much cooler) if I at overnight oats or cold oats.
In my mix:
1/3 Cup Multigrain Oats
1/2 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
1 Tablespoon Yogurt (I used Organic Brown Cow Maple flavored)
1 Huge Cup of Fresh Sliced Strawberries
1/2 Teaspoon Almond Butter (not in picture)
1 Tablespoon Granola (not in picture)
What I did was mix together my oats, almond milk and yogurt. I let the oat mixture sit in the fridge over night. This morning upon waking up I topped my oats with the strawberries almond butter and granola!
Yuuum! Don't get me wrong I still prefer hot oats to cold oats, but a hot breakfast was out of the question!
Aren't these roses pretty? My mom cut them off her rose bushes in the front yard!
I know a little random and off topic but I just had to share them with you.
Any way dinner was much of the same thing last night. Neither my parents or I wanted anything we had to stand in a hot kitchen and make. Solution you grill, and make a fresh Puttanesca! The only cooking that really needed to do last night was boil water for the brown rice, and grill up the chicken (added bonus my dad grilled up lots of chicken to use in Fajitas tonight)! I came across this recipe in one of the weekly Mayo Clinic News letters. This is a gluten free recipe (not that I eat a gluten free diet) and the news letter also gave information on a gluten free diet. The article simply stated in bold letters should you go gluten-free? That caught my eye as the big trend now is to switch to a gluten free diet whether you need to or not. For people with Celiac Disease gluten free is a way of life. For others going gluten free is a choice and some celebrities have been raving about the health benefits of a gluten free diet. Anyways this article went on to say that some gluten free foods lack important nutrients that or body needs. On top of that if you are a healthy adult and you go gluten free what doctors like to call good bacteria begins to decrease in your digestive system while the bad bacteria increases! YIKES! Who knew? I certainly didn't! But thats enough of my rambling you need to chose a diet that soots you and your body best! Now on to the recipe!
Fresh Puttanesca with Brown Rice
The Mayo Clinic
**Note-I left out the Capers (not a fan!), and since my mom is not a huge tomato person I used 2 cups tomatoes 2 cups red pepper. This substitution was in place of the 4 cups of tomatoes originally called for!
What you need:
2 Cups Tomatoes (I used grape tomatoes, bigger tomatoes just aren't looking that good!)
2 Cups Chopped Red Pepper
4 Green Olives Pitted and Sliced
4 Kalamata Olives Pitted and Sliced
1 Tablespoon Minced Garlic
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1/4 Cup Chopped Fresh Basil
1 Tablespoon Fresh Minced Parsley
1/8 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes (I used cayenne pepper, and added a bit much!)
3 Cups Cooked Brown Rice
Here is what you do:
Before you even start chopping up your tomatoes and red pepper get the water boiling for the rice! Cook your rice according to the directions on the package!
Then Cut your tomatoes,
Chop your red pepper and add them to the tomatoes,
Slice both kinds of olives, and toss them into the bowl as well!
Now add your cayenne, parsley, garlic, and olive oil. Stir everything to combine.
Chop your fresh basil and sprinkle on top of the tomato and red pepper mixture.
Doesn't that look pretty?
Stir everything to combine, and let the fresh puttanesca sit for 20-30 minutes at room temp. Stir every once in a while, now just wait for the brown rice!
Fresh Puttanesca served over brown rice with grilled chicken!
Yum! I thought that this dish had good flavor. I will be interested to try the puttanesca after it has sat in the fridge all night. My dad thought it needed a bit of salt, I will not disagree. I am wondering if the capers helped add some salty flavor to the dish. However this was a good dinner for a hot night, and especially good since no one wanted to stand over a stove in an already stifling kitchen! Well i think I need to go get ready for church. Enjoy your Sunday, I hope you get a bit more relaxation time in before the work week starts all over again!
See you all later, and remember to live Happily Ever Healthy!
"From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached."
- Franz Kafka
Would you ever consider going Gluten Free?