Quick dating update: I have taken a break from the dating website for now. But I’m still getting notifications for new matches and for when a guy wants to “meet” me. I’ve received a few more “hi” or “hey you” type messages and one longer message that basically said, wait a minute, there’s a woman out there with a steady job, who has her shit together, and uses correct grammar and spelling? I’ll take that as a compliment, sir. All that grammar and spelling hammered into my head by my mom all those years paid off. Unfortunately, it’s made me overly aware of bad spelling and grammar that I see in many of the messages I receive on the dating website. Don’t even get me started on the differences between “there,” “their,” and “they’re.”
I’ve also received a few more messages from Mr. Baseball Cap. If you will recall, I decided not to continue seeing him because there wasn’t much spark and he is a conspiracy nut. Well, his recent messages basically asked if I’d give him a second chance and start chatting with him again. I have not responded. I said what I wanted to say previously and that’s the end of that.
So anyways, since I’m taking a dating website break, I decided to blog about food and a little about working out this time. I love food. I really love food. And I enjoy cooking, although I am single and live alone, so cooking for one is not as fun as cooking for someone else. Cooking with someone else is also more fun.
One of my favorite things to cook is pasta. I really like pasta. Yes, I realize it’s really easy to cook a pasta dish, but I don’t care. Don’t judge me. I’m also a runner. I run a lot and currently I’m training for a half marathon that I’ll be running on my birthday this year. Not many people would consider running 13.1 miles a fun thing to do on their birthday, but I think it’s a great idea. So, pasta and other carbs are a good source of energy for runners. I usually eat some sort of pasta dish the night before a race or long run. If I have time, I like to make it myself. It usually consists of some sort of noodle with a tomato based sauce to which I add spices and Italian sausage. Sometimes I will use ground turkey if I feel like something a bit healthier than sausage. But even if I do use sausage, I don’t feel guilty about it because the amount of calories I burn when I run makes up for it.
Along the same lines of pasta is rice. I prefer wild rice, but recently my younger sister introduced me to quinoa. It is a very versatile little grain and seems to be quite healthy (naturally gluten free, for those of you who can’t have gluten). So far I’ve only used the preflavored pouches of quinoa but I did recently get a large bag of plain quinoa that I’m hoping to use in different recipes. The World Wide Web has been a good source for a lot of quinoa recipes. Apparently, it can be used in breakfast meals, dinner meals, and everything in between. I used a garlic flavored quinoa recently as a side dish for some balsamic chicken I made in my crockpot. Quite delish.
Another recent food discovery I’ve made is mashed cauliflower. I love mashed potatoes, but mashed cauliflower is much healthier and has almost the same consistency and flavor as mashed potatoes. The first time I made it, though, I had a bit of a mishap with my blender. I was trying to push the cauliflower slowly down toward the blades of my blender with a fork and accidentally touched the blades with the fork, causing cauliflower to spurt out from under the lid and spray my face, my glasses, my hair, and the cabinets above the blender. Oops. But don’t worry, I still had plenty of mashed cauliflower left in the pitcher of my blender to feed myself and one of my friends and have leftovers. Despite this mishap, I plan to make mashed cauliflower again.
I’ve also recently fallen in love with Greek yogurt. I enjoy the honey flavored Greek yogurt in my smoothies or with some granola as a snack. Plain Greek yogurt can be used in lots of different recipes as a substitute for sour cream, but I haven’t tried that yet. Yogurt is also a good preworkout food that I’ve found is easy on my stomach, especially if I’m going on a run.
I’ve been doing some research on the Paleo diet as well. Not because I think I need to diet, but because I’m interested in the clean eating and healthy cooking aspects of it. Basically, the idea is to cut out processed foods from your diet since early man did not eat processed foods. Unfortunately, that means foods such as sweets, beer, processed grains, and most dairy products are cut out of your diet. That does not sit well with me. I don’t eat many sweets and I don’t drink beer very often (I’m more of a scotch girl), but I love dairy products and cutting them out of my diet would devastate me. So, I’m going for a “modified” Paleo diet that includes dairy products along with the healthy meats, fruits, and veggies (and the occasional scotch). In fact, I went to Whole Foods today (my food mecca) and picked up the ingredients to make smashed red potatoes and baked salmon fillets. While I was there, I also had lunch which included some fantastic seasoned mashed cauliflower and cinnamon flavored gelato.
I ran eight miles yesterday so today is going to be a low key day and I’ll probably end up making those smashed red potatoes and baked salmon fillets. Yesterday’s run was pretty good although there were a few flurries in the air for the first half of my run and I did get some snowflakes in my eyes as I was running. But that didn’t slow me down and I’d gladly take a few snowflakes in the eyes over running on the treadmill any day. I’m giving Mother Nature about a month to get her shit together and start acting like Spring around here. My half marathon is in about a month and I would prefer to run without snow and freezing temps. With all the training I need to do for this half marathon I am definitely not going to have time for the dating website. I’m sure it will keep sending me notifications though and maybe after the half marathon I will be able to pick it back up.