Ok, after a couple more weeks of emotional upheaval, I’m finally getting my groove back. I went for a run this morning, did some yard work, and ran some errands with my favorite National Guardsman that will be leaving me in another week and a half for a 3 week school in the north east. I’m expecting the next few months to be a roller coaster ride to say the least, but I am at least trying to stick with the diet basics and lose that last 5 elusive pounds since the vacation. I made a small bit of progress again this last week, and I’m hoping to keep it going.
We also had a couple of real winners in the new recipe department that E.J. really wants me to share, so here you go:
- Pressure Cooker Ropa Vieja – normally I struggle to enjoy roasts. I’m not sure why, but I just don’t love them the way EJ and my mom do. But this one is absolutely AWESOME. I actually used the alternate slow cooker method instead of the InstantPot, but the meat was tender and the sauce was phenomenal. This could easily have been something from a fancy Cuban restaurant and will definitely be going on the favorites list. I paired it with tostones (fried plantains) and guacamole
- Cajun Salmon with Strawberry Salsa – I had been looking for a savory recipe to use some of the incredibly fragrant strawberries that we’ve been getting in the stores this season. This was a total winner and I plan to make it again.
- Sweet Potato Seafood Chowder – although the heavy sweet potato content means lots of carbs, this was a very tasty version of the classic soup. I practically doubled the seafood that it calls for, just because I like a chunkier chowder, and would highly recommend it.
Hope you all are enjoying the summer!