No real rhyme or reason to… today’s post, so, let’s go with a list, shall we?
1. As promised, an update on the mashed cauliflower attempt from last night’s dinner: I baked some chicken sausages (20 minutes at 450 degrees – quickest, cleanest cooking method I’ve found so far, and it tastes just fine to me!) and boiled some cauliflower then mashed it with some plain Greek yogurt.
I boiled the cauliflower for a little more than 15 minutes. I was worried the florets wouldn’t get soft enough to mash with just the serving spoon, so I kept on a-boilin’. It all seemed to mix and mash well, which was good. However, I wasn’t a big fan of the Greek yogurt flavor. Or something. Honestly, I’m not really sure what was off. I generally like healthy veggie substitutions for carb-y dishes (ex: spaghetti squash), so it wasn’t like I was turned off by the cauliflower-ness of it. And, Boyfriend even really liked the dish. I thought it tasted too tangy or buttery. Or something. Which is odd because I only mixed in Greek yogurt, which doesn’t seem like it’d be buttery and I figured it would be the perfect consistency substitute for milk and/or butter. I suppose I would have preferred the mashed cauliflower to taste blander and then season it with just salt and pepper myself. Maybe I just needed to use less yogurt? I’ll probably give it another try in a few weeks or so, but for now, I think B can have dibs on the leftovers. Here’s what the final product looked like, though 🙂
2. After walking Boyfriend to work this morning and taking another quick loop around the block to warm up my bum, I went to pick up a few grocery items.
Gotta say, it was a pretty meh experience all around. I should mention that I’m not much of a fan of Whole Foods and those types of stores because it’s so big and laid out completely differently than how I consider normal grocery stores to be (just gimme a good ol’ Kroger, and I’m a happy camper. Oh, Kroger, how I miss thee…) So, pretty much, I was lost, confused, and overwhelmed the whole time. I grabbed my brussel sprouts, grape tomatoes, baby carrots, Greek yogurts, FiberOne brownies, and high-tailed it outta there. (The employees were super nice and helpful, though!)
3. Fortunately, the beer store was next on my list, so that lifted my spirits quite well 😀 For those of you who are unaware, you don’t buy alcohol at a regular grocery store, gas station, or convenient store in Pennsylvania. Rather, the government regulates the sales of alcohol, so in order to buy alcohol, you go to a beer distributor store or to a wine & spirits store. Very inconvenient, but it’s fun to walk into one of these:
I really don’t know when exactly I became so excitable around beer. I think it’s a sign of my aging. Regardless, there’s been a very noticeable shift in my love for liquor to wine to beer over the past few years as I’ve gotten older. Hangovers are a smidge less painful, I suppose, and it’s easier to order beer when in a group (sharing pitchers, participating in happy hour specials, etc.), and it’s usually cheaper in the long run.
4. As far as exercise today goes, I managed to hobble for a bit on the treadmill – a bit longer and faster than yesterday, though, so yay! Also, I discovered that the elliptical does NOT aggravate my tailbone area, so that was super exciting 🙂 In fact, I’m celebrating right now as I wrap up this post 😀
5. So tell me:
When was a time you were injured or physically hindered from exercising? Did you feel stir-crazy at all?
Has anyone else noticed a change in their drink-of-choice preference over the years?
Does anyone else feel intimidated by the size & vast number of choices found in stores like Wegmans & Whole Foods?