Like my clothing, my life often resorts to simple patterns of ease and normalcy, when moments are relaxed and things don’t feel rushed or urgent. Lately I’ve been reading more, have seen four current movies (we just saw Super 8 this past weekend), and haven’t had to budget my time as strictly as I did this past winter. It’s nice.
Sunday morning, I had the house to myself and decided to cook myself a hot breakfast; one I ate nearly every day last summer. Nothing fancy, but comforting and delicious and feels just like summer.
PROTEIN BERRY OATS
- 1/4 cup steel-cut oats
- 3/4 cup almond milk
- 1 T chia seeds
- 1/2 t vanilla extract
- pinch salt
- 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1/2 cup berries, fresh or frozen
- 1 T almond butter
Bring oats and milk to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook until liquid is absorbed and oats are tender (about 20 minutes). Add chia seeds and vanilla extract and stir until well-combined. Remove from heat and stir in salt, protein powder and berries. Pour in bowl and garnish with almond butter.
I’ve made myself a Double-Shift Scramble several times this week, and Ari even enjoyed one this morning for breakfast!
Power Salads are back… but I’m not sure they ever really left. Regardless, with all of the food we’ve got stocked in the fridge and pantry, it’s easy to put together a simple, nutritious lunch salad that packs quite the punch. This one- which I nearly replicated today- was particularly delicious:
- 1/2 head lacinato kale, massaged with lemon juice, olive oil & gomasio (sea salt + sesame seed mix)
- artichoke hearts
- 1/2 avocado
- smoked trout (from Trader Joe’s)
- dried cherries
- goat cheese crumbles
I love smoked fish. Lovelovelove. There’s a great fish market in Southampton where we used to go over the summer, and every day they’d have something new and delicious: blue fish, salmon, trout. I love the sweet-smokey flavor combined with creamy goat cheese, ripe avocado, and tart cherries!
Unfortunately, I did have a math test this morning (tests in June just seem cruel) so I spent most of yesterday holed up at the coffee shop with iced coffee. (I broke my no-coffee-after-3 rule (as well as my no-coffee-on-non-work/school-days rule) and paid for it last night while I stared at the ceiling, dead tired, but unable to sleep because my heart was racing.)
Equally important as afternoon studying: the cookie bribe. Fellow students, I know you know what I’m talking about! Once I worked halfway an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie. Good for the morale, good for the soul, good for the pre-calculus!
And a brand-new tradition: margaritas on the rocks with salt. I’m usually a vodka-soda girl at the bar, a wine girl with dinner, and a beer girl at your backyard barbeque. (Yes, we do occasionally have these in New York City.) But lately, I’ve had this indescribable craving for margaritas. Well, I can probably describe it for you just like this: I want tequila, I want lime, and I want salt. After we saw Super 8 on Friday (which is fun and worth seeing, by the way), Ari and I found a new spot to enjoy inexpensive Patron margaritas and people-watch.
I can dig this new tradition.
Week 2: Lentil Chili
Week 7: Curried Parsnip Fries
Week 8: Curried Lentils & Sweet Potatoes
Week 13: Grilled Cheddar-Mushroom Sandwich
Week 15: Green Rice
Week 19: Chopped Kale w/ Hot Pepper Vinegar
Have you slipped back into familiar habits? Or have you found any new traditions you’re excited to see through summer?