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finding my way back. and searching for my groove again (you know, the one that stella got back all that time ago).

yesterday was the eighth day of the never-ending-cold.

and so i awoke. depressed.

no, no, not depressed with a capitol "d", more just off,  down-in-the-dumps, a little... out-of-sorts.

i'd lost my mojo (blogging-mojo included {maybe, most especially my blog-mojo}).

it had been a week of runny noses, scratchy throats, undeniable sinus pressure and a strange sense of nausea coupled with hunger--that was the worst! the inability to identify my own sense of hunger. or lack thereof. and so my eating was all askew.

but after a trip to the minute-clinic and a prescription to combat what i was told was a sinus infection i willed myself to trader joes' knowing that on this, the eighth day, a good dinner was gonna make or break me.

i needed something tasty and healthy but with a little kick.

so while at trader joe's i picked up the mahi mahi fish burgers, their pre-made guacamole, and some produce to fill it all out.

i could live on those mahi burgers alone. i know this would not be a good idea for a myriad of reasons, but i love those things--for the not-so-long-ago-burger-queen anything in the shape of the patty speaks to some deep recess of my soul.

but the mahi patty alone would not suffice.

the bits that make the guac

so i pulled out a frozen trader joe's pre-made guacamole, ran it under some warm water to thaw it out, and chopped grapes, grape tomatoes, and cilantro to my heart's content (all while watching modern family). i really like the guacamole as is, but the chance to add in some more veggies cannot be ignored. veggies and a little squeeze of a lime? yes, please. thickens it up and adds nutritional value.


usually i'll just add the guac on top of the patty and call it a day. but i've been, as i said, down-in-the-dumps. so i sauteed some mushrooms in a little bit of butter for that extra something.

and so it went. mahi mahi patty. sauteed mushrooms. and guac on top.

mahi mahi

and my restorative dinner was made. and devoured.

followed by a massive, levain chocolate-walnut cookie.

i'm sorry that i've lost my blog-mojo. sorry that i've been inconsistent and scattered about this week of creating a new tab--one that focuses on health and feeding the whole body. but i am so grateful and excited by your responses and ideas. and happy to announce that the new tab label will be...drumroll please...FED. isn't it perfect? and simple? and the absolute best play-off of NED? there were so many good suggestions, but tiffany's just seemed so obvious (kind of the way brilliant books are obvious in that that they're genius and you wish you'd thought of them yourself). the FED series will continue, but will be interspersed with regular programming. it will provide recipes, ideas, suggestions, information, products (all through my slightly warped lens of course--and i definitely want to hear from you all). i just want to make it clear that FED will not be about weight loss. it will be about finding our natural body, learning to love the body we have, and being really smart about how we do that--especially in how we talk about it. 


AbbieBabble said...

There is something so wonderful, so comforting, about putting a little bit of effort into feeding yourself, no? It always helps me get rid of the doldrums- especially if I make something as yummy as that Mahi Mahi burger looks!

Deepali said...

Your dinner sounded delicious. I can't believe you went through all that effort when you were under the weather. I've been there with sinus infections, lots of pain for a long time. Hang in there. I love your FED idea. I am pregnant so been working hard on healthy and wholesome recipes right now, even when I have been craving french fries.

Lola said...

It's only 9:45 in the morning here and now I'm starving. Your guac looks delish and now I'll be forced to eat Tex-mex for lunch just to squash the craving. :)

Love the name of your new tab and looking forward to lots of healthy, veggie-filled recipes.

B said...

I love Levain.

Camilla Leila said...

nom nom nom.
glad the cookies came at the perfect time!

i want that mahi mahi burger.
and i hope you feel better soon!!

and i love FED. i really really do.

Ashley said...

Don't apologize for not blogging! You shouldn't feel obligated..especially when you're sick. At least thats my opinion. =)

The mahi mahi burger looks awesome... and guacmole on everything please!! yummmm.

Alex said...

That looks absolutely delicious!!

kara lynn said...

so glad you finally got some medication to help you!

and that burger looks incredibly. with the mushrooms and guacamole. i never would have thought of something so grand. i hope you feel better soon!!

and FED, yes the best idea ever!

chels.e. said...

so - you took the words right out of my mouth. reading the beginning of this post made me wonder if this cold/sick/crap was contagious via internet/blog reading transmission because i feel the same way.
-glad you are feeling a bit better, hopefully i will join you in the recovered state soon.

p.s. i am greatly looking forward to the FED tab.

A Sunday Kind Of Love said...

i know exactly where you are right now! i've had a stomach flu since sunday and last night was the first time i felt like eating something that was not broth,ginger ale, or crackers... but all day today i've just been feeling weird, knowing i need to eat a real, delicious, return me to my eating habits meal! so, i got mexican. yup. and it was gooooooood.
also, i pretty much epically fail at blogging now, so i totally understand a few days of inconsistency :)
p.s. can't wait for the new tab!!!

bubble and squeak said...

I'm impressed. Feel better!

Miss Wendy said...

Looks delicious! I wish I had any motivation to actually make something good when I'm sick. This week I've been living on ice cream and Halls. Not good.

katha said...

Hey there,

this looks like the perfect treat to get over such a week as yours! Hope your day was already way better and that you get a kick out for the rest of it!

And FED is really just perfect and fitting in so many senses. Really curious of the things to come.

Jessica said...

Being from Cali, I'm only recently developing a love for guacamole, but I love you doctor yours up! May have to take a tip...

D&D said...

don't feel like you owe us blog posts every day. you entertain and delight us - but you come first. and so does your health.

so enjoy that avocado and post whenever you feel like it! ;)

Jin said...

I like Trader Joe's sample stations. Tasty way to battle the long lines ^^ Anyway, I'm sorry you're not feeling well. I'm working with Zicam and would like to share with you a coupon for $2 off Zicam Extreme Congestion Relief Nasal Gel. Visit http://bit.ly/aZLzSy for the coupon. :) Hope you feel better soon!

The Many Colours of Happiness said...

Sorry to hear you haven't been feeling well :( The food looks amazing though and I love what you did to the guacamole. Ahh FED, it's the perfect name! These are great segments, it's really important to look after yourself and feel comfortable in your own skin. Hope you feel better soon :) xoxo

C and N said...

this looks good.