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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Stepping Away from Yummy White Flour Products

Part of my eating lifestyle change is to move away from white flour products, such as white breads, white flour pancakes (which will be terribly difficult; I love, love, love pancakes), and anything else that contains the standard white flour as one of its main ingredient. This move has been easier than I thought it would be as I'm good with whole grains bread. So many different varieties exist, and right now, I'm enjoying a flax seed whole grains bread. I especially like it for breakfast, toasted with vegan "butter" and dipped into my hot decaf coffee. This evening, for dinner, I tried Ezekiel spaghetti noodles topped with an organic sauce full of veggies and soy crumbles. The sauce rocked, thick and tasty. The noodles, well, they didn't rock so much. They were downright gluey (which makes me think I overcooked them), and it was only because of the sauce that I was able to finish my meal. I might give them another try, but as of right now, I'm really thinking the hunt for a yummy whole grains pasta noodle is on.

One thought I had was to make my own noodles. I'm kind of thinking that a normal extension of changing my eating habits is that I will prepare my meals from fresh ingredients. So why not make my own pasta? This could lead to my own breads, my own sauces, etc. Time is definitely a factor I can't overlook, as my schedule come Monday will change significantly. I won't be home all day everyday like I have been for the past three weeks. I'll be waist deep in prepping for classes, attending meetings. and doing all things connected to my job. Around the teaching schedule I've penciled in workouts, writing hours, and family obligations. Is there any time left to prepare healthy, yummy meals? The answer will show itself next week.

This week I have enjoyed fixing my meals, something I'd gotten away from over the past year. Going with the pre-packaged products is just so much easier (especially when others in the family aren't on board with eating more healthfully). But after an egg white omelet with mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, and sharp cheddar cheese, a spinach salad with goat cheese, walnuts, and dried cranberries, and this evenings spaghetti with the organic sauce full of veggies and soy crumbles, I'm ready to commit to using fresh ingredients along with more nutritious products and spending time preparing my meals. Sounds like an adventure.

1 comment:

J said...

I agree, I find pleasure in cooking instead of eating out all the time.
Fresh ingredients make it all taste so much better!