Bonjour Mes Amis! Wow… another full day. Job #1 from 7:30 to 10:30. Job #3 from 11:15 to 7:30. Then I came home and cooked dinner! (That was my playtime for today!) First thing’s first: Caitlin of Healthy Tipping Point has begun an amazing operation called Operation Beautiful. The premise, basically, is to leave love notes to people, including yourself, randomly, to encourage positivity and self-love. Here is my love note to myself. You Are The Picture of Health! I received this compliment the other day at work. It was, by far, the best compliment I have EVER heard. The woman who said this to me had no clue the struggles I have had with my health due to Celiacs Disease. She had no clue how I have struggled to gain weight and maintain that weight. When she said that to me, it felt like I had finally arrived! Ladies and Gentlemen… I AM FINALLY HEALTHY AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!! I am not “skinny”. I am HEALTHY!!! Thank you to that random woman. You made my day!
Now on to todays’ eats:
Breakfast #2: Gluten Free Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, and a Homemade Vegan Fig Newton (I keep my baked goods wrapped, individually in the freezer. They last for months that way!… And yes… I ate a cookie for breakfast!)
Dinner: …. (Keep reading!)
Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomato Risotto
1 cup Arborio Rice
2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 tablespoons Butter or Margarine
1/2 cup Onion, chopped
2 1/2 cups Low Sodium Chicken or Vegetable Stock
1/2 cup White Wine
2 handfuls Spinach, chopped
7 Sun-Dried Tomatoes packed in oil, rinsed and chopped
Salt and Pepper
Over medium high heat, saute onion in oil and butter until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add rice, stirring constantly. Cook about 2 minutes. Add 1 cup of Stock and bring to a boil. Then, reduce heat to medium. Stir until liquid is absorbed. Continue adding liquids 1 cup at a time as it is absorbed by the rice. After the final cup of liquid is halfway absorbed add the spinach and tomatoes. All the while, stir constantly. Once liquid is absorbed, remove from heat and add spices to taste. Plate. Sprinkle with cheese. Serve immediately. ENJOY!
Tomorrow is Father’s Day. I would like to take this time to thank my daddy for raising me to be his little princess. He has never raised his voice at me. He was always at every one of my performances. He has always worked unbelievably long hours so my siblings and I would never have to go without. He taught me, through example, exactly what type of man to look for in a husband. He is my hero, my friend, and the best daddy a girl could ask for. Thank you, Daddy. I love you!
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