I did something different (for me) a few weeks ago and since then I have decided this will become a monthly tradition for me. I arranged a night (pretty much) all on my own. It was amazing and I felt completely recharged by the end.
I hired a babysitter to come over and I went on an evening run near Utah lake right before the sun went down. I pretty much never run later on in the day and I rarely (if ever) get a babysitter before Brooke is already in bed but that day I just knew I needed to have some time on my own. My run was musicless, watchless, pictureless (for the first time in 5 years maybe?), full of thoughts and stops whenever I felt like walking. I used to place a lot of guilt on myself if I ever felt like I needed time on my own. Asking for babysitting was always really hard for me for some reason but something I’ve learned over the last few years is that time on my own when I need it actually helps me to be a better mom. Taking some time to be by myself without any distractions is healthy. It helps me to be more patient, understanding, loving, excited to get back at it with parenting and I think it is good for Brooke to see me taking care of myself too.
I came home after my run to a 3 year old that was stoked to see me, a straightened up house (I found a gem of a babysitter;) and all of the ingredients I needed to make a delicious meal at home. Brooke hung out on my hip while I did most of the cooking before she went to bed.
On the menu for my recharging night—> Nepalese Chicken Tarkari w/Garlic-Spinach Rice and Spiced Tomato Sauce from Blue Apron. I felt pretty fancy that night even though I was still in my running shoes and eating on the couch.
I ate while watching a documentary (ps documentaries make me suddenly very passionate about topics that I have had zero interests in before watching the documentary) on the couch by myself. This sauce on the chicken was perfection and look at that awesome carbohydrate to protein ratio on that plate for my post-run meal:)
That beautiful box (you can learn more about their recycling program here) is how my meals are delivered to me. It is a refrigerated box that keeps everything perfectly fresh when it is delivered to my doorstep so that even if I am not home when it arrives, everything stays fresh. Everything that they deliver is farm-fresh and in the EXACT right proportions for your meals. It means no waste from unused ingredients and I don’t have to go to the grocery store which makes it my favorite treat for myself:)
I always go for the 2-Person Plan (they also have a Family Plan!) with Blue Apron. Sometimes Brooke joins in on the meals with me or my mom comes over for dinner (she’s always very excited when I get a delivery) or I put the second portion in the fridge for me to eat the next day.
I was stoked to see that I was going to get to try the BBQ-Spiced Salmon & Roasted Sweet Potato Rounds w/Arugula, Apple & Walnut Salad. All of my favorite ingredients in one dish.
Isn’t that salmon just beautiful? I have yet to ever receive any ingredient from Blue Apron that wasn’t high quality and fresh. Not once. And I have made a lot of meals with them. You can read all about their mission of developing sustainable food systems and using high quality ingredients here.
Ever since we moved to our new place we have been eating at home A TON more which I am loving because we end up spending a lot of time together in the kitchen. Brooke asks me questions, tells me stories, helps me mix things and we are eating a lot better at home vs. eating out all of the time.
When I set my plate down on the ground next to the window (the best lighting in our apartment) for a few quick pictures, Brooke thought she was quite hilarious for jumping in on the pic with the food.
I am positive I could live on this meal for dinner for the next year straight. I didn’t want it to end.
I love a plate of food full of bright colors!
The last meal that we made out of this box was the Fresh Fettuccine Pasta w/Porcini Mushroom Bolognese which was the perfect meal the night before one of my long runs.
This was also a meal that Brooke loved! It was filling, the tomato-based sauce was full of flavor and the fresh fettuccine was SO much better than the pasta I usually eat. As I am writing this and looking at this picture I am wishing really badly that another big plate of it would magically appear in front of me right this second.
I came across this little kitchen platter a few months ago and had to grab it. I completely agree that a good meal just makes everything else in life that much better! Blue Apron has a HUGE selection of recipes and they are always adding new delicious dishes to their menu each week. They help me dine well:)
I just need to add ‘RUN WELL’ to the list.
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What are the things that you do to recharge yourself?
Absolute favorite time of the day to go out for a run?
Do you ever get to run by water?
-I run by a river a lot but need to make it out to the lake more often:)
Who does the most cooking in your household?