Tonight we tried a totally new food: tomatillos. According to wikipedia, they are related to tomatoes, and have a tart taste. One medium has 11 calories, yet it packs 91 mg. of potassium. That same little fruit contains 4 mg. of vitamin C, 2.4 mg of calcium, 2.38 mg. of folic acid, and 39 IU of vitamin A.. Pretty amazing.
What I made was a tomatillo sauce, making up my own recipe based on one from Cooks.com. I sauteed about half a cup of white onion with two cloves of minced garlic in about a fourth teaspoon of olive oil. Then I added 4 medium diced tomatillos, and pureed in my food processor. I put the mix back into a sauce pan, added some salt(about a 1/8 tsp. and hot sauce to taste, and simmered for about half an hour.
I served the sauce over porkchops that I baked (no oil, just nonstick cooking spray) alongside some sliced mushrooms. I love pork cooked this simple way, with nothing but some salt and black pepper, at 350 for 20 minutes. The result:
So good! The sauce was the perfect amount of sour and sweet – just great!
Do you eat tomatillos? How do you use them?
J (the husband) and I spent all day today out. on a local lake with two of our closest friends, who have a speedboat. J wakeboards, and I was finally brave enough to try tubing, which was incredibly fun.
No exciting food yet today, just a Brown Cow yogurt with a banana for breakfast and some grapes and an apple while on the water. I’m going to cook an early supper, so I’ll post some pictures of that for you
As far as goals go, I’m not thinking in terms of a number, which doesn’t work for me – I become fixated on the scale about all else. Instead, I want to focus on what my body can do:
- October 24, Run the Jill Berhman 5k
- Ice Skate for at least an hour
- April, run the IU Mini Marathon
- May, run the Circle City Mini Marathon
- Summer, be able to water ski!
Thanks for joining me on this journey!
I’m a graduate of Indiana University, where I got a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Master’s in Safety and Ergonomics. I work in indutria engineering, and am slowly working towards a PhD in Biomechanics. I’m in my early twenties, have a big family that I’m very close to, and love to cook.
I met my husband a little over two years ago. He’s a mechanical eningeer, and is in his mid-thirties. We live in Bloomington, IN, in a pretty wonderful little house with our Jack Russell Terrier and Mini Schnauzer.
We got married in March, and since then, I’ve lost a few pounds halfheartedly. I am not a skinny-mini, and never have been: I’m curvy, even when skinny, and don’t want to change that. I just want to be healthy, and be able to do things I never thought I could.
Tomorrow is a new day – I’ve said that so much, and if you’ve struggled with your weight, then you know what I mean. I can’t diet, it doesn’t work. Reading the blogs of some pretty amazing women – Heather at Heather Eats Almond Butter, Jenna at Eat,Run,Live, for some – habe begun to change the way I think about food. I have veggies in my fridge, and a hopefullness in my heart: I’m ready to stop watching them live in a healthy happy style, and ready to try it for myself.
I have one major goal ahead of me: to run a 5K in October. I hate to run, and have not run a solid mile since high school.
I hope to use this blog to share my adventures in becoming a more fit anf healthy person with all of you, one meal at a time.
And in hope of being totally honest, I’ll share my starting weight with you: 196.5. Here’s to a new start.