And so it begins.
Seriously, I knew last semester was too good to be true. Yes, I did have homework, but as expected, I think this semester is going to be much much harder in regards to both in and out of class work. Yay me.
It’s going great though! I’ve been reading some awesome books. I finished Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead before school even started. Right now I’m in the process of reading Frankenstein and The Search for Meaning, both great in their own right. Frankenstein, of course, is a gothic horror novel written by Mary Shelley. (So far it’s not too scary).What you may not know though is that it is also classified as a romantic piece and has beautiful prose that captures you right from Chapter 1.
The Search for Meaning is just what it sounds like- a philosophical investigation into thinking about the meaning of life. The author goes through 8 different “worldviews” or approaches in determining your own personal meaning of life. My Great Ideas class is based on us learning about the 8 different worldviews, and reading literature that corresponds with each of them.
My favorite class as of now may have to be Inquiry into Physics.
Any teacher that references Monty Python to make a point has an A+ in my book!
Other than school, things have been going just alright. Sadly I wasn’t feeling up to posting on Monday, but I sorely missed doing MIMM and reading blogs. Over the weekend I think I may have caught something and felt some ill side effects. I was doing pretty well on GAPS up until that point, but the weekend set me back a bit. Right now I’m trying to add back in some of the things that I had to eliminate, but I’m feeling much better now. I had planned on introducing some of the foods on the next stage of GAPS, but I’m going to wait until the upcoming weekend. I didn’t want to rush anything. Thankfully I was able to try some new vegetables, which you’ll see in my WIAW for this week. There is even a new recipe to share! Big, huge thanks to Jenn at Peas and Crayons.
Now to my recent eats:
Chicken and Vegetable Soup with Carrots and Yellow Squash “Pasta”
Frozen Organic Sweet Peas cooked in broth
Really tasty, but not very exciting, am I right? So, how about a new recipe? I haven’t shared one of those in a while. This is adapted from a recipe that I found on Heart of Cooking, an allergy-free menu planning website. I shared the link and picture on my last Friday Food Finds.
Cauliflower Rice Risotto
Vegan Option, GAPS Diet-Friendly, Allergy-Free, Low Calorie, Paleo
Adapted from Heart of Cooking
Makes 2 Servings
- 1/2 head cauliflower
- 1 cup broth (any kind will work)
- 1/2 cup mashed squash (butternut or acorn)
- 2 tbsp fresh parsley
- salt to taste
- Wash the cauliflower and cut off the fibrous stem. Then pulse in a food processor until chopped up into small, rice-sized pieces.
- Over medium heat add the cauliflower pieces and half of the broth. Cook for about 5 minutes or until the broth is absorbed.
- Add the rest of the broth and cover to simmer for another 5 to 10 minutes.
- Mix in the mashed squash, careful not to mash the cauliflower in the process (it’s supposed to resemble rice, not mashed potatoes!).
- Top with parsley and salt to serve. Refrigerate for at least once hour if you prefer cold risotto like me!
This recipe makes a great side or snack. I had half for supper paired with some crock pot chicken and topped with coconut oil. Later on I ate the rest cold. Fantastic! Now I’m off to read some more Frankenstein, or Life of Pi, or one of the other gazillion books that I have to read. I haven’t decided yet.
SO TELL ME…
What have you been reading lately?
What is your favorite movie to reference?