Home, sweet home.
Only here for 22 hours though! Better enjoy the sunshine and flowers and puppies and soft bed while I have the chance.
Oh – and the home cooked meals. Definitely something to love about home.
What is that secret sauce of awesomeness? Well, I’ll give you a hint: it’s two of my favorite foods, combined.
It’s goat cheese + pumpkin!
This dish was super easy to create and tasted positively gourmet. For the sauce, I combined 1/4 cup herbed goat cheese and 1/4 cup canned pumpkin puree in a pot on the stovetop. I heated it on medium high, stirring constantly, until it combined. The, I spread it on top of millet, white beans, roasted broccoli, and topped it all with some honey roasted peanuts <—the ultimate topper. So delicious.
My friend Andrea, a personal coach, and I are hosting a free (yay – love the word FREE!) webinar called “Negative Self-Talk and the Habit of Pleasing Everyone But You: Learn to Love Yourself Full On.” The event is at 7:30 PM EST on Thursday, October 20, and if you have a phone, you can participate. I’ve never done a webinar before but think this will be really fun. Webinar is limited to first 100 people, so be sure to register if you want to join!
Question for the Vegetarians…
I received this comment earlier and thought it would be an interesting discussion. Katie wrote, “Do your vegetarian readers cook meat for their non-veg spouses/partners? I went veg a little over a year ago, and have been cooking strictly veg fare at home. My husband is a pretty adventurous eater and hasn’t said much… until now. He recently asked if I would buy and cook beef for him, and I honestly replied that I’d prefer not to. I’ve always been the cook in our relationship, but the deal has been since going veg that he can cook his own meat (or microwave a Hot Pocket) if he wants that kind of food. I don’t think this is unfair but he was kind of put off by my direct response.”
My opinion? I’ve bought and prepared meat a few times for house guests since going vegetarian – once for an extremely picky friend who doesn’t ‘do’ vegetables and hates all the ‘weird’ food I cook, and one other time for a toddler who only ate chicken nuggets. Because I’m a vegetarian for ‘ethical’ (and I use that term with trepidation) reasons, I don’t really love the idea of supporting the industry with my food dollars or touching and preparing meat – I can understand where Katie is coming from.
If my spouse or partner wanted me to regularly prepare meat… well, I subscribe to the belief that they can turn on an oven and pick up a spatula, too! Everyone woman and man for themselves! After all, if we turn this argument around and assume that the cook is an omnivore and the other spouse is the vegetarian, I would expect the cook to make moderate accommodates (like no chicken broth in the mashed potatoes) but the vegetarian would be on their own for fixin’ an entrée if everyone else is having steak. So – I guess my answer is that, within reason, the cook rules. They make what they want to make – and feel comfortable preparing.
Other posts about going veg, for your reading pleasure!
How does it work in your house when one person has different dietary requests? Any advice for Katie?