I’ve fallen off the wagon a little bit lately.
I blame being happy and in love in the summertime. (Damn you, awesome new job and stable relationship!) The days are so long and beautiful — I just get caught up in all the fun I’m having, exploring new parts of town and all the exciting restaurants I’ve never tried before. Plus, there are so many potlucks! And you have to try everything, because to do otherwise is both foolish and rude.
There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a good meal, of course. And because I love food as much as I do, I can’t reasonably expect to live my life any other way. What I’ve been forgetting lately is that if you’re gonna do the crime (read: eat the churros), you gotta do the time (ie, run a mile per churro).
If you don’t remember this oh-so-important rule, you won’t love how you feel or look in the morning. That’s where I am right now. It is not a happy place.
I’ve resolved to get myself back on track by reestablishing some good habits — chiefly, exercising regularly and doing my own cooking. Notice the lack of new recipes lately? It’s partially because I’ve been stuffing my face at restaurants instead of making healthy meals at home. Both my waistband and wallet have officially had enough. I’m cracking the whip.
This lemony couscous salad with raisins and white beans was my first step in the right direction. The ingredients are very similar to this salad I made not too long ago, but the flavors are totally different. The lemon juice and red onion make the salad incredibly sharp and bright. Everything in this recipe is good for you — it’s a great blend of protein, healthy fat, and inexpensive ingredients. I think I’m off to a pretty good start. Keep reading for the recipe. Read more… →