Monday, March 12, 2012

Getting Back in the Kitchen

I love to cook...
I was enrolled in Culinary school, I work in the Restaurant Industry, I love food! 
Lately, though, I haven't really been feeling it in the kitchen. 
I used to get in the kitchen to relieve stress but lately I have just been so busy with work and so tired. By the time I get home in the evening, I just want to pour a glass (errr....bottle?!) of wine and sit on my butt and just throw something together for dinner. 
Besides being tired, busy, and stressed, I have just felt so blah lately. I'm not sure if its the winter blues or what...
So, I sat down a few weeks ago and started to really analyze what was making me feel like this. And the results were an obvious domino effect! 
1. Winter Blues--I get lazy, like really lazy, in the winter! All I want to do when its cold and dreary is cuddle up and keep warm. 
Like I've told many people I only like cold and snow in two situations: Christmas Day (only!) and if I'm on a mountain, knowing at the bottom of the hill is a nice toasty lodge, with a Hot Toddy waiting on me! 
2. Tired--Being lazy, just makes me more tired. Work has been exhausting too...I'm talking so busy that I can't be productive because I don't even know where to begin! Of course, I have taken control of this by making sure I make my to-do list everyday and really focusing on completing the tasks that have priority. 
3. Not cooking--As I mentioned, I love to cook to relieve stress, and that obviously has not been happening. So not only I am not doing something I love but I'm not getting the nutrients I need to get out of this funk! 
4. Workouts are Slack--Are you starting to see the domino effect here? Since I'm so tired, being lazy, not eating right, I'm missing out on the activity that helps the most! The best way to get those endorphins flowing, relieve stress and push that funk right back where it came from is to GET MOVING! 

Just because I love a big fluffy waffle and Texas is on my mind!

What I am doing about it you ask? 
In an effort to get back on my A-game, I'm taking small steps to get back to where I need to be. 
1. Get Back in the Kitchen: The past few weeks, I have dedicated Sunday afternoon to grocery shopping and meal planning. Meal planning has always been a great way for me to make sure I'm eating right and spending plenty of time in the kitchen. 
2. Exercising: I started a new workout plan last week and so far its working out nicely! Its a program I can actually complete at the gym in my apartment complex. (I haven't joined a gym because I travel so much for work, it would be a major waste of money!) I am setting a personal goal to hit the at least 3 mornings each week. Hopefully, this will help with the whole not wanting to do when I get home from work and also give me more time in the kitchen after work. And now with the time change the sun is still up when I get home, so I can go on a nice walk with Gary after dinner. 
3. Getting Sleep: I'm cutting back on the booze**, and working on unplugging earlier. I also write my to-do list for the next day, right before I fall asleep. 
**No, I'm not an alcoholic but I do love me some wine! 

Tonight, I whipped up an easy, healthy dinner in less than 30 minutes!

Backed Salmon Packets
1 3oz. Salmon filet
1 cup Broccoli
1 small Shallot (sliced thin)
1/2 tablespoon Olive Oil
1 teaspoon Garlic (minced)
Sprinkle of Oregano, Thyme and fresh Cracked Black Pepper
2 Lemon wedges

Preheat the oven to 350. 
Place the salmon and broccoli in foil. Spread sliced shallot over top. Sprinkle your olive oil, herbs and garlic evenly. Squeeze lemon juice over salmon and broccoli. 
Fold the foil to form a packet and pop in the oven for about 20 minutes.

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