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28 // Adventures in Cooking, Part 2


I’ve continued my foray into healthy cooking tonight. Since my Mom is out playing Bunko, and my Dad is in North Carolina, the house is empty. Tonight seemed a good a night as any to give a new recipe a whirl. My friend Rachel told me about these pumpkin dumplings, so that’s what I set out to make.

The whole recipe calls for canned pumpkin, flour, nutmeg and eggs. Once I made the dumplings, I had to sauté them in some butter and then I sprinkled them with a bit of shredded mozzarella cheese and sautéed spinach. The spinach was an extra tip that Rachel told me about, and I’m glad she did. It really helped the taste.

All in all, I was pleased with how the dumplings came out. I ate half the batch tonight, and am bringing the rest tomorrow for lunch. I found that putting all the ingredients together helped me clear my head. It’s been a bit of a rough day, and I’m glad the kitchen was there for me to just try things and experiment. Even if I got things wrong, it wouldn’t be the end of the world. It would just be delicious.


22 // Cooking

I don’t usually have the urge to cook, but tonight I did. Ever since I’ve been starting to watch what I eat, I finally figured out that I will have total control over what I’m consuming if I actually prepare it myself. I came across the most wonderful blog, Skinny Taste, and I swear it’s my new favorite thing. This blogger is just a regular woman (mom with kids) who was looking to make healthier meals for her family.

Her recipes are all pretty amazing. Some of them feel out of my skill level, but I decided to tackle one of them tonight. I made a Carmelized Onion, Red Pepper and Zucchini Frittata. And oh man, was it good. And HUGE. And low in calories and everything. My mom helped me  primarily with the chopping of vegetables (she deemed my knife-wielding skills to be inferior to hers … she is right) and it was incredibly easy to put together in the end.

All it consisted of was 4 eggs, 4 egg whites, a red bell pepper, an onion, half a zucchini and some salt and pepper. I’m strangely satisfied after eating it, and I am just so excited to know that this kind of blog and this kind of recipe can help me stay on track. I’ve still got quite a few calories left in my day, so I have a treat waiting in the freezer that I plan on devouring while watching Project Runway.

I like the idea of cooking. I’ve been dabbling in it a little within the last year, and I think I’ll keep going thanks to the Skinny Taste blog.