So it has been over two months since my last vacation… Which naturally means I have travel fever! My friends and co-workers are currently traveling in or are going to: Japan, India, Thailand and the Philippines. Notice a trend? This has had me craving Asian food!
As the cool weather becomes more common, I find myself wanting to sit and sip my tea slowly. The idea of a big extravagant dinner is not always there. Sometimes it is better for the classics. Roasted chicken reminds me of my childhood. For me, it’s hard to beat a nice crunchy piece of chicken skin.
It is back-to-school time again. For me, that comes as a relief. It means that all the vacationers will be traveling back to their home states and Summit County will get a much needed breath of fresh air. I love shoulder seasons in Summit; it allows you to truly experience what a small county it really is. It also gives me some time to focus on creating fun new recipes, like this one!
Today I have an easy mid-week, HEALTHY Mexican meal for you. I love Mexican food- unfortunately, it is usually not the healthiest. My work is currently having a competition called Green Trek. You log points for different activities and healthy eating. So naturally, I have been trying to eat a bit healthier. And yes, I know I have been obsessing over quinoa bowls lately. That is because they are so easy and you can change up the flavors every time!
This summer has definitely had more rain than usual in the Rockies. Luckily, we finally have had some sunshine! My plants are just as happy about it as I am; especially my basil. I have four basil plants, two opal and two sweet basil, and they have gotten HUGE! I keep them potted indoors, since it is so cold up here at night. They love water and sunshine, but other than that are pretty low maintenance. If you aren’t growing your own herbs, you should try it! It is so easy and nothing beats fresh herbs on your food, especially when they don’t cost almost $5 for a package.
There are few things better than coming home from a long day at work, making a delicious cocktail and sitting out on the porch. With our short summers up here, I try to take advantage of the sunny afternoons as much as possible. With a view like this, who wouldn’t!?
These longer days have been so great! I love getting up after the sun has come up and going to bed when the sun is just finally setting. For the most part, my vegetable garden is loving all the sun, too! Although, we have most definitely still had our fair share of rain here in the Rocky Mountains. I made this recipe on a lazy, rainy day a little while back.
We are back from our adventure to Panama! We spent twice as much money as we had budgeted, but we learned a lot about what we will do for our NEXT trip. This was the first time I have looked forward to returning from a trip. Don’t get me wrong, the trip was amazing… and two and a half weeks off work- awesome! But, for once in my life I have a job that I love and a home that I look forward to coming back to. Most of all, I was excited to cook for myself again. By the end of our two weeks in Panama, we had eaten enough onion rings, fish and chips and tacos for quite some time. I was excited to cook HEALTHY options!
There is something magical about potatoes. For some, they are an unhealthy, white starch- but for a broke twenty-something cook, they are a versatile, affordable delight. I love that you can use potatoes for so many different meals and in so many ways!
Today I have another how-to to share with you all. It is something that used to seem so intimidating to me, but now seems so simple. Not only is it rewarding to be able to break down your own chicken, it is much cheaper than buying pre-cut chicken! I was able to buy whole chickens for less than $5 each at King Soopers! If you want free-range chickens it will be a little more expensive, but still nowhere close to the price of pre-cut pieces. I have also grown to enjoy switching up my typical routine of boneless, skinless breasts. There is so much more to a chicken than that!