Last week Melodie at Breastfeeding Moms Unite referred to me as a “Real Food Blogger” on her awesome post, Why I Think Going to Blog Her ’10 Would Be Like Going Back to High School.
There’s one crowd I really want into. My idea of the “cool crowd” but I’m really not sure if they’d accept me. Other than a choice few like Heather from The Mommypotamus and Alex from A Moderate Life I’m not sure if they accept me now. This would be the “real food” crowd. And I’m pretty sure at least some of them are just putting up with me because I do a good job of linking to their posts every week on my Vegetarian Foodie Fridays. See, I don’t eat meat and they do, so I think that they think (yes, this is so totally high school) I shouldn’t be allowed to hang with them because I’m doing my body a disservice. I disagree but I don’t make a big stink about it. They’re smart and know nutrition and that’s why I like them so much. And then my would-have-been, could-have-been vegan friends who I also think are pretty cool because they don’t eat dead animals don’t want to be my friend either (I’m just guessing) because vegetarians aren’t as pure as vegans – even though they think eating tofu is good for them and I know better.
It seems self-serving to post this (and maybe it is ; – ), but it got me thinking and since I read it I haven’t been able to get one question out of my head: Am I a real food blogger? Unless you consider breastmilk real food, I haven’t blogged about the subject in weeks.
Besides, just a few years ago my M.O. was to slap a hamburger patty on a plate (burned on the outside and raw on the inside, mind you) and call it dinner. I’m not like Jenny at Nourished Kitchen, who posts recipes so tantalizing I am almost always tempted to immediately hop in the car and get the ingredients I need to make it right now.
The truth is, I’d like to be a full-fledged Real Food blogger, but right now life is about finding balance. It’s about agreeing on a name for this baby before my water breaks, getting our house sold, finding a place to live, and relishing these last couple months with Katie before everything changes. So rather than perfect my own recipes, I am content (for now) with savoring recipes dreamed up by others.
Don’t get me wrong, I miss the opportunity to be creative in the kitchen . . . to satisfy my pregnant cravings with gusto and lots and lots of cheese. When I get back into that mode largely depends on when other stuff falls into place. The sooner the better, but for now I’d like to share with you some of my recent recipe obsessions.
Spinach, Caramelized Onions and Chévre Quiche with Potato Crust
I love this recipe from Nourished Kitchen because it takes a nourishing, meatless (aka frugal) meal and makes it easy. Quiches are an elegant step up from our weekly dinner omelette. Because this recipe doesn’t require making a dough crust, it’s simple too! Not to mention delicious. Did I mention we have almost polished off three of these in the past two days?
Just a few quick notes: Don’t worry about buying chévre. Using what you already have will save money and taste just as good. Also, I brushed the potato crust with a little oil to keep it from burning but as you can see it did a little. That’s why I’m adding this pie crust shield to my birthday wishlist.
Cherry Almond Coconut Crêpes
This recipe from Kitchen Stewardship is easy, delicious, beautiful, and grain free, too! I’m tucking this one into my “inexpensive dishes with zazzle” folder for when I really want to impress guests and stay in my budget. Yes, I said zazzle. There are so many variations with this recipe: We’ve used bananas, blueberries, strawberries, coconut milk, maple syrup and more. We’ve even used the crêpes to serve homemade bananas foster.
Baked Oatmeal With Dried Cranberries & Apricots
There are so many reasons I love this recipe from Nourished Kitchen. First, oatmeal is one of the most nourishing, least expensive breakfast foods around. Second, I can make a big batch of these and be done with breakfast for several days. And third, Katie loves them. On the mornings I have these on hand she doesn’t have to wait for me to whip something up and everything seems to go more smoothly. I will say, however, that if buttermilk pancakes and bacon are on the menu she’s more than happy to wait ; – )
There, I blogged about Real Food. I feel better now.