First things first: let’s talk food
Food is a great place to start – for any reason! Don’t you think? Feast your eyes on this beauty of a recipe for Creamy Garlic Parmesan Chicken and Potatoes. Does that not look cramazing (crazy-amazing, just made that up)? This is what I meal-prepped today. Y’all know I’m all about some one-pan meal deliciousness up in here. Once again, Pinterest saves the day by providing me this golden nugget from The Kitchen Magpie. Full disclosure: I don’t know her, but I love her. Her recipe! Ahem.
This recipe sounds particularly appealing at the moment because it has all the components of a cool-weather comfort dish. It’s been really difficult to believe it’s fall in Alabama… yesterday I went to an Octoberfest event and it was 90F. Part of me chose this recipe to try to play a little make-believe with how the season SHOULD feel this time of year, instead of how it actually is. If only cooking food for cool weather could conjure up the same…
As far as the recipe details, I’d normally choose one or the other when it comes to meat versus dairy. My body operates better with less of each of those food groups. To each their own. However, the cheese in this recipe is used as more of a flavor accent than as a main ingredient, and it’s hard to pass up some nutty, fresh-grated parmesan deliciousness. The creamy sauce is just to die for. Plus, I added extra spinach to boost the fiber content. Chef’s note: the scent of the fresh garlic simmering in melted butter is the stuff dreams are made of. Dally not and make this yourself, and you’ll be glad you did.
The importance of wellness + healthy living
Why have I written about food and cooking more lately? Because I really freaking love it. Living a healthy lifestyle is important to me for a number of reasons. I want my body to keep its mobility, I want to promote my longevity and prevent disease in my later years, I want to be strong, and since I lost 20lbs and have kept it off for three years, I want to continue maintaining my current weight. Notice weight was last on the list? Being healthy and nurturing wellness is not just about what you weigh. There are about a thousand factors to true wellness. However, if you’ve spent any amount of time searching online for healthy eating or exercise programs, you know there is a lot out there really driving home the idea of ‘calories in and calories out’. As if your body were a transactional machine. For me, that notion just does not work. Our bodies do not understand numbers. I lost weight and have kept it off, happily, without counting a single calorie. Ever. I’m not kidding. It can be done, and I am proof of that possibility. Now, I want to use what I’ve learned to help others.
New wheels in motion
An idea came to me last week when I was having a hard time with feelings of resistance, and doing some deep thought work to learn more about them. After some real reflection, I believe this resistance was due to taking steps in a direction I don’t really want to go. Hey, it’s part of learning! You won’t know what you like or not if you don’t get out there and try it out – I accept that. But I made a deal with myself when I started building my freelance writing business that I would not allow my creativity to become an obligation. We have enough obligations in our lives, don’t we? Creativity, the energy that propels us to produce something from nothing, fueled from a place of passion does not need to wind up in our pile of obligations. If nothing was standing in your way, what would you pursue? I’ve considered and believe I have my answer. Now it’s time to get to work.
Things to come
In the coming weeks as I feel out this new endeavor, I’ll be putting solid plans together and framework in place before making any announcements. This needs to be done right, and for me, that means doing some work behind the scenes. But don’t worry. As soon as this project is ready, you’ll be the first to know.
Hope you have an amazing week!