Wednesday, July 3, 2013

A Simple Meal


This summer has been - well, it's really hard to put into one word what this summer has been so far. It's been
busy
hectic
tiresome
lonely
joyful
gratifying
crazy
profitable
lacking,
but those words don't really paint a good picture.

Here's what a common week looks like for me:

Monday: wake up and freak out, then realize I don't have a farmers' market today, so I can calm down. I run errands, usually to the bank, grocery stores, food distributor, and then back home to bake.
Tuesday: get my shit together and bake.the.entire.day.no.joke.
Wednesday: deliver items to local stores, run last-minute errands, then head to the farmers' market from 1:30-7 (includes set-up and break-down)
Thursday: wake up exhausted from the night before, run last-minute errands, then head to the farmers' market from 12-6:30 (includes set-up and break-down)
Friday: wake up utterly out of it and debate whether I can take the day off or if I have to bake for the next market
Saturday: bake in the morning, then the rest of the day is mine with D
Sunday: wake up early and go to the market from 9-2:30 (includes set-up and break-down), then the rest of the day I either am out of it or able to rally and hang out with friends

I'm tired, a little cranky, and more than ready for this cycle to be over. Alternately, I'd like to find someone to help me in the kitchen so I don't feel the need to bake nearly every day.

Back in the day (oh, you know - just a month and a half ago), I used to love planning my evening meal with D every day. I'd think about it at work, play on Pinterest for a while and really have fun picking out what we'd be eating. Then, this new life started, and all of a sudden, it's all I can do to remember to eat, let alone pick out something hours in advance.

I've grown to love and crave the simple meal. The one that involves hardly any cutting, cooking, or standing, and mostly just eating. In the past month and a half we've also cut down on eating out, so this means nearly every single meal has to fall under this category of "simple". This usually means rice, lentils, and some vegetables all mixed together in some fashion with some vegetable broth. Or something equally as simple, such as oatmeal, or apples and peanut butter (yes, that is sometimes the extent of my meal!).

I'm thrilled to be doing what I love, and even more ecstatic that I have a loving boyfriend who can support both of us so that I can do what I love, but I'm also excited for the day when I can delegate tasks to someone else and have a bit of my life back. In the meantime, I'll enjoy my simple meals and the few spare moments that give me a little break from all the crazy.

A Simple Meal (aka Sauteed Greens, Rice, and Avocado Toast)

Ingredients:
greens (I like collard)
olive oil
rice
gluten-free baguette (I buy mine from New Cascadia)
avocado
salt and pepper

Method:

  1. Cook rice in a rice cooker or with these fantastic steps. Set aside. 
  2. Saute greens in a little bit of olive oil on medium high until limp. Season with salt and pepper. 
  3. Place cooked rice in a bowl, then spoon greens over them. 
  4. Slice a gluten-free baguette and smash a quarter of an avocado on top of each slice. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.
  5. Eat.

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