I’ll admit, my last blog post was a downer. But I’m just trying to keep it real, guys! I feel like we don’t talk about the bad stuff as often as we should. I’m pretty good at being positive and focusing on the bright side of things, but sometimes, man, I can’t. And that’s where that post came from. I got mine though because I ended up coming down with a really bad cold the day after I posted that and I still haven’t gotten better. Being in that negative dark place can breed bad stuff. And apparently evil cold germs.
I’m always torn between the art of wallowing and letting myself be in a low place (I think there is something therapeutic about it) and pushing through to force myself to be happy (it can be so hard). Maybe its all about a balance between the two.
I tried to do a mental restart last night, despite being sick, by taking the time to make a good dinner while listening to some funny podcasts. I’ve said it before, but there are few things more comforting than a whole roasted chicken. Especially a pasture raised one that you can save the bones of and make soup out of! But that’s another post for another time. I also love the simplicity of rice- all the time but especially when I’m not feeling well. It might not be the most nutrient dense thing in the world, but it’s filling, soul-nourising, and bland- the way all good sick food should be.Last night I pulled myself together after a day of consuming watermelon, banana and coconut milk smoothies, coconut water, and golden tea, to make some real food.
Here’s what’s in my bowl:
- Shredded chicken from a whole roasted chicken- pat dry a whole chicken inside and out, season with sea salt, and cook in the oven at 425 degrees for 75 minutes. let rest for fifteen minutes before cutting into it).
- Eggplant spread- peel, cube, and salt one eggplant. roast it in the oven with the chicken for about 45 minutes. while it’s roasting, roast a whole head of garlic as well. mash the eggplant and garlic together with a fork. mash in the juice of half a lemon, a couple tablespoons of quality olive oil, and a serious pinch of salt. top with toasted sesame seeds.
- White jasmine rice- I cooked some rice on the stove top in chicken broth + salt and added in a tablespoon or two of olive oil when it was almost finished cooking.
- Roasted asparagus- toss with coconut oil and salt and roast in the oven once you pull out the chicken to rest before cutting it. asparagus only takes about 20-25 minutes to roast so it should be done by the time the chicken has rested and been cut.
- Side salad- I tossed arugula with chopped mint, basil, radishes, and cucumbers. I made a dressing of olive oil, apple cider vinegar, honey, salt, and dijon mustard.
Asparagus is one of my favorite vegetables and so I apologize if it seems like I make it a lot. Asparagus, brussels, and broccoli sort of rule my world. Will loves radishes and so I make an effort to slice them for salads whenever I make one.
Don’t like what’s in my bowl?
- The eggplant spread is negotiable. I love it because it’s very summery to me. You could easily buy sometime of other eggplant spread or baba ganoush from a grocery store. I feel like homemade is better- but to each their own! And if you’re not a huge eggplant person, I feel like a dollup of hummus or a red pepper spread of sorts would be delicious too. OR if you’re in the DMV area… perhaps some Cava Crazy Feta?
- Don’t have easy access to a whole pastured chicken? Find the best quality chicken you can- no matter what the cut is, and simply bake it in the oven. You can use any cooked chicken in this recipe. I’m just a super fan of the whole roasted chicken.
- White rice not your jam? Use whatever grain you’d like! Or no grains- cauliflower rice would be a lot more work but it would be awesome in this bowl as well.
- Not an asparagus weirdo like me? Any roasted veggies will do here! Especially brussels or broccoli!
- Don’t like your food touching? Guys. EVERYTHING is better in a bowl. And I promise this whole thang tastes good combined. But if you must… serve it on a plate so none of your food touches one another.
The combination of making something both comforting and easy on the eyes + listening to some of my fave podcasts (a real housewives breakdown podcast, this american life, gilmore guys, OMFG) helped make me feel like my old self again.
I’m going to keep this post short because I’m still feeling sick. I gotta rest and watch a million more episodes of Gilmore Girls.