Do you have any Valentine’s Day rituals or traditions? Remember the days of yonder in elementary school, getting those cheesy cards delivered in class? Or gifting out those chalky Sweethearts candies with little notes on them? (Did anyone ever actually like the taste of those candies?!) At home, my mom would give my brother and me a little present every year for Valentine’s Day. Once, it was a cute stuffed animal gorilla holding a sign that said “I love you.” It is one of those gestures that is so small yet clearly had a profound appreciation for holding in my memory for so many years.
This time of year, I’m all about the idea of a warm, comforting yet healthy bowl of veggies for dinner.
Ok don’t get me wrong, a creamy risotto or cheesy casserole sounds insanely delicious but as it is still January and the memory of all those holiday cookies still haunts me, clean eating trumps the heaviness of those dishes. These days, I’m loving the “macro” or “buddha” bowls. You know the kind – quinoa or rice sidled up with greens and topped with a yummy sauce. They are warm, super filling, loaded up with veggies, and have so many add-in options to choose from. All good things for a healthy winter-time meal!
Well here we are, with holiday season is full swing! It has been fun but boy, has it also been busy. This past week, I had six holiday parties in five days. Eesh.
I always love cooking up something for parties and especially using them as an opportunity to try out a new, festive recipe. But then, sometimes life just gets in the way. Case in point: I was all excited to make these Gingerbread and Cookie Butter Rugelach from Hummingbird High for Saturday’s Hanukkah party. However between the party on Friday night, trying to hit the gym Saturday morning to balance out all of my cookie eating and everything else, the time to bake those Jewish cookies just disappeared.