Vegetables and fruits and whole grains, oh my!

I suspect that eating healthily is starting to make me grumpy. If I’m eating the same things over and over again, bordom sets in. With eating 4 fruits and 4 servings of vegetables every day, there are only so many times I can tolerate a steady diet of apples and celery. And so I’ve been trying to become more creative with varying my food.

This morning, for instance, I combined my fibre goal and my fruit goal by eating a (light) peanut butter and banana sandwhich on whole grain flax seed bread.

A couple of nights ago, I was trying to figure out what to do with a container of baby spinach that I hade bought over the weekend. A salad would be easiest, but frankly, I’m tired of salad. That’s when I stumbled on this sautéed spinach and garlic recipe on Simply Recipes. I’ve eaten variations of this before, and the recipe was a good reminder. The sautéed spinach was so good that I didn’t even bother added salt to the dish. Didn’t bother taking photos either, as my spinach looked just like the ones on the website. I think I’ll have to buy more spinach soon….

See link for recipe

Ayikarley’s Kitchen

Ayikarley’s Kitchen full spreadThe sister of a friend opened up a brand new catering company here in Edmonton, and I was lucky enough to snag an invite to the launch party. Ayikarley’s Kitchen serves up authentic Ghanaian cooking. The proprietor, Ellen, is building up her list of dishes and has a wonderfully bubbly personality.

Plantains
Plantains look like bananas but are more firm and aren’t as sweet as bananas. They require cooking, and Ayikarley’s Kitchen fried some up to start off the meal. It was hard to resist snacking on these things.
Freshly cooked plantains cooking plantains

Peanut butter soupPeanut butter soup with crab and smoked fish
This was probably my favourite dish of the evening. The soup was light, but filling, and I somehow managed to have a whole catfish head in my serving. Mmmm fish heads are yummy!
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