I've been saying for months that I've lost my cooking mojo. With the stress of last winter, then the craziness of Summer and camp, and now with the beginning of the school year, I just didn't have the energy or desire to come home and cook a meal.
But now, I'm into a rhythm with school again, and I'm into a groove with this whole South Beach Diet thing. In fact, there's a whole new page up in the menu bar up there ^ called South Beach Diet. (I wasn't very creative.) I'll post any recipes or update posts there as well as here on the main page.
I've been searching various recipe blogs, and at the suggestion of a reader, I checked out the blog Kalyn's Kitchen. What a goldmine that site is! There are HUNDREDS of recipes for all three phases of South Beach, and since I'm still in Phase 1, I was fascinated by the array of recipes that are Phase 1 friendly (meaning no sugar, flour, or really carbs of any sort outside of veggies.)
I was intrigued by this recipe for Turkey Chili Verde by Simply Recipes. And I can't leave well enough alone when it comes to recipes, I made a few changes.
- I used lean pork loin instead of turkey
- I didn't have chipotle powder, so I left it out
- I used dry oregano
The ingredients were a brilliant green, and took on each others' colors wonderfully.
Before I knew it, I was chopping, roasting, food processing, dicing… and I felt miraculously like myself. The sting in my eyes while I chopped the onions, the squish of the tomatillos, and the aroma of roasting garlic seemed to slowly repair something that I didn't know was broken.
The result was green, hearty, spicy, and delicious.
The toppings were simple: a lime slice, fresh cilantro, and crumbled queso fresco. Queso fresco doesn't melt for some reason, so it makes a great topping for most dishes. I did wish I had a touch of sour cream since the spice was a little out of control in some bites.
I have another green thing in the fridge… but I'm unsure that I'll share it with you. It's a dessert, and the verdict is still out as its still chilling. I'll let you know tomorrow.
So my dears, I'm happy to say…
My mojo is BACK!