Dinner for One

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I can remember a couple years ago saying to friends “I can’t wait to have a boyfriend so I have someone to make dinner for every night.” Well, little did I know that I would find the boyfriend but he would have a career that means we’re rarely at home for dinner together.

Growing up in my house, dinner was a family affair. Me and my brother would help set the table while our parents made dinner, then we would all sit down together and talk about our day. Nobody was allowed to get up until dinner was over and once cell phones were a thing, they couldn’t be used at the table either. So when I moved out of my dad’s house and went to college, I found the idea of making dinner for myself pretty depressing. And to be honest, in the last 6 years, I haven’t really found a way to hate making dinner for just myself any less so I find myself eating pasta with jar sauce, eggs, and other very easy (and equally as boring) dinners.

But in the last few months, I’ve resolved to get out of my dinner slump. I love to cook, so to not cook just because I’m making it for myself is so sad. Do you guys know the scene in Bridesmaids where Kristen Wiig makes herself just one gorgeous cupcake? Well, it inspired me! It’s time to make myself delicious, nutritious meals whether or not there’s someone to share it with.

This is just one example of how self-care manifests in my life, but I think it’s so important for us all to find the things that make us happy and do them even if they feel frivolous.

Tonight I came home, threw on an apron, turned on my favorite podcast, and got to cooking that delicious meal you see above. Oh – and you wanna know something awesome about not having anyone to share it with? There’s enough leftover for me to take to work for lunch tomorrow! Woot!

To make that bowl of deliciousness above, here’s the recipe.

  • Bacon
  • Onion
  • Garlic (I love the frozen cubes from Trader Joe’s)
  • Brussels Sprouts (Also, love the frozen ones at Trader Joe’s)
  • Quinoa

Boil frozen Brussels sprouts according to package. While that’s happening, sautee three pieces of bacon cut into small pieces. Once that starts cooking, drain some of the extra fat then add in onion and garlic. At this point, the Brussels sprouts should be done. Drain those and quarter them. Add those to the bacon mixture and get the quinoa cooking according to the package. Once the quinoa is done, add it to the bacon mixture and stir all the ingredients together – making sure they’re well combined. I like to turn the temperature up at this point and let it cook all together for 10 minutes so the quinoa really absorbs the flavors of bacon, onion, garlic. Mmmmm.

This is best enjoyed by yourself, with a big glass of wine, and maybe your favorite TV show.

Bon appetit friends!

August ’14

A fellow-Chelsea featured this on her blog today and as someone who loves lists and goal-setting, I obviously fell in love. I really do believe that just putting something down on (digital) paper helps increase the chances of you actually doing it. Plus I love the idea of following the progression of these every month. So here is what I hope my August looks like:

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Eating more veggies, more homemade meals, more fresh baked bread.
Drinking as little coffee as possible, but breaking the habit is rough!
Practicing writing in my blog on a regular basis.
Mastering making breakfast and lunch for the next day every night before bed.
Learning how to navigate personal stuff while still succeeding at work.
Listening “The Voyager” by Jenny Lewis, and the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack. Oh – and the new remix of “Flawless.”
Playing hopefully just playing more in general. But especially in Palm Springs and at our apartment-warming party!
Reading “The Interestings” and “#GirlBoss” before the month is over! I’m determined to read more.
Watching a couple of Keith’s favorite movies and Big Brother (duh).
Walking all around my new neighborhood, falling more and more in love with it.
Wearing my new glasses! That aren’t scratched! And that are just the best! Can you tell I’m SO excited?
Cooking brussel sprouts, bread, and more meat-free meals.
Working a toooon. Nomads arrive on the 13th and things get crazy but in the best way possible.
Wanting a change in season, time to pause for a month, to finally figure out what I want to do with my hair.
Helping people I love figure out how to tackle so cruddy situations they’re currently dealing with.

What about you guys? Do this on your own blogs or comment below and tell me what you’re focusing on this August!