As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a vegetarian but my partner definitely is not. This means that our dinner selections are generally selected based on my dietary choices. More often than not, he’s perfectly content with eating my vegetarian or vegan concoctions (and likes them!). However, there are times when he’d like to have a little animal protein in his meal.
I find most recipes pretty easy to make veg-friendly (vegetarian/vegan). But over the past five years, his meaty preference has resulted in seeking out recipes and meals that are easy to make His&Hers versions of. What determines their ease?
No extra time required to, essentially, make two meals.
How many ingredients we can both use (aka: affordability).
Accessibility of necessary kitchen tools, for both of us.
Go-To His & Hers Recipes
TACOS. Who doesn’t love tacos? No one in their right mind! They’re super-versatile, easy to prepare and cheap. All qualities we look for. Most of the time, he’ll make a chicken or beef topping, while I prepare lentils, rice or beans for myself. Sometimes we keep things standard with tortillas. Other times we opt for taco “boats” with romaine lettuce leaves in place of the tortillas.
PIZZA. Another super-versatile recipe with endless topping combinations. When we order pizza, my go-to is pineapple or mushroom with banana pepper; his is pepperoni and black olive. Homemade pizza is infinitely cheaper–and probably healthier–than Domino’s and Pizza Hut, and allows you to add as many flavors as you want. When we go for pizza, we make one crust: half with pepperoni, half without.
BURGERS. My go-to recipe: black bean burgers. And he likes those just fine but sometimes wants a real cheeseburger. So, obviously, he gets hamburger and makes that.
I started this renewed foray into blogging at the beginning of the year by setting some goals for the coming months. And although some are going better than others, a few have shifted or altered in some way.
So, how are things going at this mid-point, or so, in the year? I’d say fairly decent. Let’s revisit.
Write more. I think I’ve been pretty successful at this, so far. Sure, there were a few weeks missed here and there, but life does happen sometimes. Overall, I’ve managed to write plenty of posts well in advance or have them ready weekly.
Experience more. Well, this is probably the least successful of them all. We’ve officially been relocated for about a year and I can’t say I’ve experienced much of Colorado…due to funds and my general attitude—it’s kinda been a rough year and half! In addition, we’re now the proud parents of a diabetic fur-baby, which does put some constraints on what I’m able to do and still ensure he’s properly taken care of.
Minimize. According to our lease, we actually live in a smaller apartment than last year. I don’t totally buy it because it feelsmuch roomier and homey, but whatever. We haven’t gotten rid of much more, but we do use most of the items we currently have.
Poetry collection. While I like to consider myself a poet, I’m probably not publication material and that’s okay. However, there is something about self-publishing a chapbook or collection that rubs me the wrong away. That something is called my ego and it would much prefer to be an actual published poet, even if it’s just one poem. This is THE goal that has shifted…I’m working on creating a simple zine template to collect, share and house my poems, perhaps by general theme. This would also allow me to create a few editions and create special editions for the very, very few pieces of flash fiction I’ve written. Once completed, I’d create limited initial runs to share with family and super-close friends. Then, if other people were interested, I could trade them or sell them for a extra-nominal fee. In all honesty, I’m even more excited about this zine incarnation because it’s much more hands-on and creative for me to produce 100% by myself, at the kitchen table.
Natural home efforts. So far, so good. Since moving, I’ve used primarily homemade, natural cleaners around the house. We’ve also cleaned up our diet/eating routines quite a bit! And I’m currently in the process of getting my hair care routine closer to the “no poo method” I had been aiming for before cutting it back into a pixie (for shame!).
Did you set any goals for the year? If so, what are they and how are they coming along for you?
Vegetarianism doesn’t get too much flack in popular media, but does get some in day-to-day life on occasion. Veganism, on the other hand, tends to get the shit end of the stick, as it were, from all angles.
For starters, I’m slightly bummed about not posting for a few weeks. I’d been doing so well since the beginning of the year, even during the few times I felt like I had nothing to blog about, then I stopped to remind myself that things have been hectic lately and it’s okay to not always be 100% on.
We moved to a new place about a month ago, officially, and have been getting situated here. Some family emergencies, all of which threw me for quite the loop, happened. One of which has been my #1 cat-mom fear…Gizmo was diagnosed with diabetes. It’s been a stressful, emotional roller coaster, but things seem to be starting to settle down. Sooo, I wanted to get back to blogging with this silly little experiment.
Bra-free, as it says in the title, is mostly an exaggeration. But for the entire month of June I didn’t wear a single bra with underwire, which is almost as good!
The smell of freshly baked cookies and swimming pools can bring back fond memories of childhood. Other, often less pleasant, odors can trigger memories we’d rather forget. And studies have shown that our sense of smell is more effective for memory recall than sight and sound. One reason for this is that the body simply has more scent receptors than it does for the other senses. But sight, sound, and touch all play a role in our ability to access memories.
We clean with natural, DIY cleaners—from the kitchen to the laundry. And we try to be conscientious about the personal care products we purchase and use. Yet, naturalizing my makeup and beauty routine has been anything but easy or consistent. Why?
As we all strive to lead healthier, happier lives it is sometimes hard to get into a reliable fitness routine (or maybe it’s just me). I’ve tried working out at home, which just winds up getting entirely off-track because I find some chore or other that needs to be done; I tried CrossFit — once — and decided it wasn’t for me, even though the community aspects sound great; I’ve taken yoga and pilates classes, only to never return again even though I do like them. What happens is this: I think I just get bored.
NPR posted a short blog/quiz about education. The takeaways are that play is integral to healthy development, but it’s not just for kids. However, much like the elusive exercise routine, our oh-so-purposeful adult lives don’t allow us much time to play. I took their quiz, and it was spot on!