It’s absolutely crazy how much peanut butter I’ve been going through lately. I’m on my third jar of Teddie in three weeks! I’ll admit that peanut butter isn’t necessarily the healthiest thing in the world, but the all-natural kind that I buy only has 200 calories per serving (2 tablespoons) plus 8 grams of protein and only 1 gram of sugar. Peanut butter does have fat in it, but it’s considered a “healthy fat” so I’m not too concerned. I spread peanut butter all over apples and on rice cakes for a snack between lunch and dinner.
It’s been pretty frustrating lately not to be able to go on walks around the neighborhood with Brent. I used to hate walking, so I definitely took that privilege for advantage. Now that I’m supposed to stay in bed and rest my feet constantly, even walking around the grocery store makes me feel so happy. Today I got so fed up with having to stay behind while Brent went to talk another walk that I decided to go with him. I knew that it might be a bad idea, but I couldn’t stand being cooped up in bed any longer. Even though we only went on a very short walk around the block, I felt so liberated. By the time we got back to Brent’s house, I was feeling the twinge of a muscle spasm in my arch and my heels were aching, but I don’t regret deciding to go for a second.
It doesn’t make sense to me that exercising won’t make my feet better – it actually makes them worse. Shouldn’t exercise make everything better? Now that I’ve been forced to live like an invalid, once my feet get better I don’t think I’ll ever take them for advantage ever again.
The other day, I made this awesome recipe (I got the idea from here). I’ve been trying to make my own original recipes more and more because I want to be seen as a legitimate cook and food blogger. I love being able to share other people’s recipes with you when I see ones that look really good. But it’s my favorite when I create a recipe that I can call my very own. Unfortunately, I forgot the leftovers in Woonsocket when I drove to Brent’s house yesterday so I’ve been craving it all night! I’m going to have to wait two more days until I get to eat this again. Bummer.
The great thing about this recipe is that, while I used regular Orzo pasta, you can easily substitute whole grain orzo, brown rice, couscous, or quinoa to make this dish even healthier!
Warm Orzo Salad with Spicy Broccoli
- 1 cup uncooked orzo pasta (or any grain you want to substitute)
- 1 huge head fresh broccoli, cut into small florets
- 1 large onion, diced
- 1/2 cup non-fat yogurt
- 1/4 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- Salt and pepper
- Olive oil
- Cook orzo pasta according to package directions; drain and set aside.
- While the pasta is cooking, sauté onions and broccoli in olive oil until tender over medium heat (at least 10 minutes).
- When broccoli is done, add spices and salt and pepper; stir to combine. Mix in the yogurt in with the broccoli and remove from heat.
- Combine broccoli mix and orzo together until combined and creamy. Serve hot… Enjoy!