the last few weeks have definitely been a struggle for me nutrition wise.  for a number of reasons....
1) busy busy busy!  i do have time here and there to plan out my weekly menus, BUT i have been finding other stuff to do to fill those time slots.  it all comes down to priorities!  and lately, meal planning hasn't been at the top of my list.  however, after years of practice, i must say it is easier to plan the day before or just throw things together to create a complete dense meal 1-2 hours ahead of time.   i am definitely less stressed when i plan out my whole week ahead of time, but that just hasn't been happening lately.
2) haven't been able to get to the farmers' market as much as i'd like lately....boo, because i love going!  and i love having local veggies at arm's reach!
3) cooking has become a little bit of a chore.....so, instead of letting it get too overwhelming, i have instead deciding to cook when i want and take a break when i want.  like i tell most people who come to me for advice.....try to follow the 90/10 rule.  this rule applies to me personally in a cooking sense for the most part.  since i do eat most of my meals at home and do enjoy cooking most of the time, the 10% breaks (for me) means taking a break from cooking, but not necessarily from eating well all together.  for instance, instead of coming home and cooking for an hour last night after 7 clients at the gym, a trip to the grocery store, a trip to Half Moon to exchange some hiking shoes, and a workout, i instead picked up some pre-made salads at Earthfare....a curry chicken salad and a smoked gouda, spinach, and red pepper pasta salad.  were they as nutrient dense as my meals?, probably not, but that is ok once in a while!   i feel if something is becoming a little overwhelming to you, take a small break, and if that isn't possible, then maybe ask for a little help! 

tuesday night, i made a semi-homemade meal.   frozen breaded tilapia fillets with coconut lime couscous.

8oz processed protein...hey, it could be worse!!!
1 tbsp olive oil
2 small chili peppers, ribs and seeds removed, small dice
i used a yellow banana pepper and a jalapeno.....i was too scared to use the small peppers in the top of the picture!!!


2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup diced mango, fresh or frozen
1/2 cup stock
1/3 cup whole wheat couscous
1/4 cup light coconut milk
juice from one lime
1 tbsp soy sauce

cook protein according to package directions!  for me, it was in oven at 425 for 25 minutes, turning once.
heat medium saucepan over medium heat.  add oil, peppers, and garlic.  saute for 2-3 minutes.  add mango, saute another 2-3 minutes.  then add stock and bring to a boil.  add couscous, stir well, take off heat, cover and let sit for 5 minutes.  fluff up with a fork and divide among two plates.  top with protein.  mix coconut milk, lime juice, and soy sauce in small microwave safe bowl.  heat on high in microwave for a minute.  pour evenly over protein and couscous on both plates.  enjoy!

would this dish be better with fresh pan-fried fish...hell yea, but ya know what, if frozen is what ya got, then frozen is what you should use!!!


i am trying to get psyched and inspired again....mind you, i am not completely on the opposite end of the tracks, i still do enjoy cooking and sharing my ideas with you, but sometimes it just weighs on you a bit and it is hard coming up with new things, ya know?  so......tomorrow night, i am making sushi again.  i have done this twice before.  looks super challenging, but to me is more fun than stressful.  using my remaining salmon in the freezer, i think i may sear it before wrapping it with nori and rice to make a sushi roll aka maki.  got some other goodies to stuff in as well, avocado, yellow pepper, cucumber, and cheese.   another semi-homemade meal tonight.  venison tacos using a premade spice pack and premade corn shells.  i think a spinach salad to go with.  

how do you get back into the groove, whether it be with cooking or something else?  would love to know!