Let me start by saying that I'm not one of those girls obsessed with staying thin. I don't count every calorie that goes into my mouth; I can't think of anything more cumbersome, or more of a buzz kill unless you're on a diet and trying to lose some weight, which I'm not. I just try to make sure that 5 days a week, I watch it, especially for breakfast and lunch. Friday night and Saturday and Sunday are when I might allow myself extra calories (not all day, but at least at one meal) and cook exciting new dishes or go out to dinner with family, friends, or my fiance.
But generally, I tend to be a good girl during the week for the sake of my figure, and that means I sometimes fall into a rut, especially once July hits. Does anyone else get like this, or am I the only one doing this entire season wrong? I mean, I ADORE the Farmer's Market. I delight in purple potatoes and heirloom tomatoes and gorgeous asparagus stalks and green garlic and summer squash and sweet corn and mango and strawberries and cherries and the 739282828 other items you can find around this time of year. And the seafood is amazing and people are busting out their barbecues and pouring a lot of fine wine.
Yet I find myself growing bored and restless with everything come the 4th of July. For months on end, I regularly wind up grilling chicken with herbs or broiling tilapia or salmon with fruit salsa or lemon and olive oil, and then sauteing or roasting vegetables, or sometimes having wheat pasta with grilled produce and protein. Or I make big salads with various greens and fruit and some grilled/roasted/lightly sauteed prawns. Yawn. It's all delicious from mid-March to late June, and then I hit a wall.
What recipes do you make when you want to:
1) Stay moderately healthy, at least in the sense that you are not drowning yourself in cream and butter and all things fried;
2) Eat something filled with flavor;
3) Fill your plate with a dish that isn't necessarily boring;
4) Say that you cooked something that takes more thought that throwing a steak on the grill and tossing a vinaigrette?
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!