Finding Balance in “The New Normal”

Floral fun from my walks this week. On the left is an artichoke fully flowered. Never saw that before! Love the vibrant colors here.

As the world opens up, and we are so excited to be going back to work, to restaurants, and retail stores, I feel like we should also embrace some of the wonderful things we discovered about staying home. During quarantine, my walks took the place of the pool for me in that I exercise, I use the walks for meditation, and also as a social outlet enjoying phone visits with friends and family. I learned to sit still without television and/ or devices out in my patio, and to just relax. These are things I want to hold on to, as I ease myself back into the world. I don’t want to be as busy as I used to be, or as harried. Taking things at a slower pace is keeping me more centered and focused. I am adjusting how I organize my time and priorities in order to keep this mindset. Of course I still can’t wait until the pool reopens….

Trader Joe’s Riced Cauliflower Stir Fry was my inspiration for my lunch prep this week. To bulk it up, I added sauteed fresh bok choy and shiitake mushrooms, and the rest of the frozen edamame I had in my freezer to the mix. The basic flavor of the TJ’s cauliflower rice mixture is really good as is, but I wanted to give it a little more oomph, so I added cubes of frozen garlic and frozen ginger to my stir fry, as well as a little coconut aminos. I like Trader Joe’s coconut aminos best. Other brands tend to be a little too sweet for me. Of course you can use soy sauce, low sodium soy sauce, or Tamari sauce as well to achieve that umami flavor. To pair with the veggies I marinated boneless skinless chicken breasts overnight in my husband’s famous teriyaki marinade, and oven roasted them (roasting instructions: https://pin.it/7cFsfZI). Honestly you can’t go wrong with this combo of flavors. And your house will smell amazing. I encourage you to try this recipe. You’re welcome :).

Here is the basic recipe with the changes I made for my meal prep noted:

Spuds Aloha Zesty Hawaiian Marinade; developed by Michael Gronfein

1/2 cup soy sauce (I used TJ’s coconut aminos)

2 tablespoons oil (I used extra virgin olive oil)

1 teaspoon mustard (I used dry mustard)

1/2 teaspoon ginger (I used dry ginger)

2 cloves garlic (I used a teaspoon of granulated garlic)

Pepper (I used a couple of pinches of red chile flakes; sriracha sauce is great in this as well)

Lunch prep is done. Trader Joe’s Riced Cauliflower Stir Fry with bok choy, shiitake mushrooms, and edamame paired with teriyaki marinated oven roasted chicken breast

Make it a great week, my friends. I know we are still going through some very tough times, but as bad as 2020 has been so far, there is light to be found here. We are on the road to real positive social change in our country, as well as a vaccine for Covid 19. Please be good to yourselves.

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