And then I started to...and then nope, didn't happen.
Clearly, life with a newborn has put a halt to any form of daily productivity. And since I put it in writing here, I'm trying to just go with it. But sometimes it's difficult to remember my goal to chillax when an entire day goes by with nothing to show for it except a giant pile of puked on/pooped on onesies and a large stack of unread email, but then I remember that I have tons to show for my day. Most importantly a thriving, adorable baby girl and an intact mental state. Boom. Bright side.
But truth time? Dinner stresses me out sometimes. On days like this I feel like my mind is one big blank - foggy and filled with nothing except curiosity of last evening’s Dexter episode and how much sleep I'm going to not get tonight.
And when you live with someone who prefers steak with a side of chicken or chicken with a side of steak, cheese and crackers does not a dinner make.
So I do a little brainstorming (read: scouring old recipes, consulting other food blogs, reading foodie magazines, and basically not being creative) until something fun, easy, and healthy strikes a chord with my brainwaves.
And then I make Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls, a.k.a. traditional stuffed cabbage rolls dumped inside out and shoved into your face with a spoon. I can’t beg you hard enough to make this. Can I?
A) It’s ludicrously simple to pull together. I didn't even take that many pictures of "all" the steps because there's only, like, 2.
B) Lean ground turkey (or ground beef (woa)), tomato-based broth, and chewy, hearty farro which, wait. This should be my C.
C) Farro! Do you guys know about this stuff? It's like barley or brown rice. I get it at Trader Joe's and it cooks up in 10 minutes. 10 minutes! It adds fiberful grains and tons of heartiness to this summer stew. Isn't that so neat?! If you can't find farro, use something else! This meal is what we, in the biz, call versatile.
D) You can eat major amounts of bowls of this because it's so good for you. But I dare you to try that. With the cabbage and farro fiber situation going on, you may not get as far as you think. Challenge extended.
Get it done tonight!
Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls
Adapted from Southern Food
1 lb lean ground turkey (I used 90/10)
1 tbs extra virgin olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 small head of cabbage, chopped
2 14.5-oz cans diced tomatoes
1 8-oz can tomato sauce
1 c fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth
1 c barley, farro, or brown rice
In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the ground turkey and onion, and cook, stirring, until the turkey is broken up and is no longer pink, and the onion is tender. Add the garlic, and continue cooking for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add the salt/pepper and nutmeg, and stir well.