The Most Important Question You Can Ask Yourself Today

This article is beautifully written, and a helpful reminder to me that sometimes my avoidance of going after the things I want is just a fear of the pain that may occur in the process. Unfortunately, life’s not all puppies and rainbows, and a lot of times to reach our goals, some suffering is involved. In a perfect world, we are lucky to just come across the right opportunity at the right time, or are blessed with good genetics, but I think most of us have to work pretty dang hard for the things that we want. Tom Hanks in a League of Their Own said it quite succinctly: “It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great.” Couldn’t have said it better myself. The pain is worth it.

Meatless & Grainless Monday

Lately, I have been trying to limit my intake of grains (mostly gluten-containing grains), as part of a self-study to determine the cause of some bloating issues I have been having lately - I’ll save you the details of that since this is my first post here :). I also eat a lot of vegetables that may also be the culprit, but I am currently not willing to give any of those up, so for now, grains it is.

I’m not sure where I got the recipe for last night’s dinner, but at some point in my many wasted hours on Pinterest, I must have seen a zucchini lasagna recipe that piqued my interest. My creation, however, is likely an amateur version of some great recipe out there. Anyway, using a regular peeler, I basically shaved the zucchini into thin slices lengthwise, and created layers similar to the way you would using regular lasagna noodles. For the sauce, I sauteed onions, red bell peppers, and garlic, then added some organic marinara sauce, and seasoned with basil, oregano, and garlic powder. My husband and I are mostly vegetarian at home, so for protein we added some ricotta cheese to each layer, and topped with mozzarella. For some reason, I tolerate dairy quite well.

I love this dish because I can really get tons of veggies in at one sitting, and do not sacrifice on flavor at all. I would say it’s just as labor-intensive as any conventional lasagna - you just need a little patience with the zucchini.

As a side, my husband cooked up some toaster oven Brussels sprouts, which are finally now available at our local farmers market! This is probably the most exciting thing to have happened to me all week. We like ours slightly overcooked on the outside, and melt-in-your-mouth on the inside.

Success! What are you guys digging at the farmers market right now?

I apologize for not sharing step-by-step recipes for these at present. I will work on that for future posts!