We are almost halfway through January and I still haven’t made concrete resolutions I have for 2015. My subconscious probably thinks I won’t be able to follow-through it since I’ve had many years of high-expectations, plans of exercising regularly, restarting, and losing weight which didn’t happen.
Well, this year, I figured I shouldn’t make resolutions that are too much out of line with my habits. I think I should start with small changes and with a different way of thinking over things. Here are some of my food resolutions.
Less Rice instead of No Rice
I love rice but I’m not fond of it’s effect on me. I get bloated, sleepy, and I get tired easily. When peanutbutter♥ was still in Dubai, I eat rice maybe once a week or twice but since he came home, rice has been a staple at home. There are days when we have rice for breakfast, lunch, and dinner which leaves me in a food coma most afternoons. I know I won’t be able to resist eating it. It won’t be fun sitting at the dining table with peanutbutter♥ and Ykaie and then eating Sinigang and wheat bread while watching them stuff their happy faces with Sinigang and rice.
So I’ll eat less rice and dump all my expectation that I could be back on a no rice diet.
Pasta Once a Week
With all the spaghetti, macaroni, and linguine in the cupboard, I am planning on cooking a pasta dish once week. For variation, experimentation, and to use up all our pasta stocks. Ykaie and I are usually okay with eating just Aglio Olio but peanutbutter♥ is not so fond of it. So I’m re-adjusting my tastes and getting to know what my man likes with his pasta.
Eat Out Less
More often than not, I always ask peanutbutter♥ what he wants for lunch or dinner. When the clock strikes at 9am or 4pm, I realize I still don’t have any idea what we’ll have for our next meal. You’d probably think that as food blogger I always have a delicious dish up my sleeve ready for serving on the table every single meal, every single day. That’s not the case.
Most days, I’m tempted to just say let’s order OR let’s eat out because I’m too tired working around food. (Ironic huh?) The thing is eating out means shelling out more money, something we cannot afford doing on a regular basis. So this year, I promise to work on more homecooked meals and recipes for us. Healthier ones too! ANd if I could getaway with it, those with cheaper or has less ingredients.
Eat Less. Period.
Today I am scheduled for an ultrasound and just in time for it is this humorous thing on the pregnancy widget at the side of my blog. “Time for my Ultrasound and the answer to that nagging question: Do I have a hotdog or a Cheeseburger?“. It was funny and I had the time of my life laughing…. Who knows? I maybe having a cheeseburger! Heehee. It also got me into thinking I really have to cut back on food. Dang, these cravings! I should load up on healthier food.
So there. I maybe adding up a few more resolutions in the upcoming days but that’s it for now.
This easy Spaghetti Alla Carbonara is part of my once a week pasta dish resolution. I don’t like raw egg yolks on my carbonara so I just used all-purpose cream to make it creamy. Ykaie and peanutbutter♥ both loved it. What’s nice about this is that you can cook this in 15 minutes. You can add mushrooms and other ingredients if you like.
Leftovers were eaten immediately for breakfast the next day.
What’s your Carbonara recipe?
- 250g Bacon, chopped
- 1 tbsp cooking oil
- 3 tbsp butter
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 white onion, chopped
- 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 1 cup chicken stock or1 chicken cube 1 cup water
- 3 tbsp Parmesan cheese
- 500 grams spaghetti cooked according to package directions
- 1¼ cup all-purpose cream
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 3 tbsp chopped parsley
- Pan fry bacon in non-stick pan with 1 tbsp cooking oil until brown and lightly toasted. Remove bacon from pan. Set aside.
- Using the same pan and remaining bacon fat, add in butter, garlic, and onions. Cook until onion becomes translucent and fragrant.
- Add all-purpose flour and cook for a minute.
- Pour in stock little by little while mixing continuously to prevent lumps from forming.
- Bring to a boil then pour in all purpose cream. Mix Well.
- Add parmesan cheese.
- Season with salt and pepper and nutmeg. Toss in or pour over cooked pasta.
- Top with crumbled bacon and chopped parsley before serving.