A weekend of no labor.

I’ve been taking it easy since Friday afternoon, when we ended our workday by going to the campus dairy bar. I enjoyed some espresso ice cream. Mmmm.

I felt like a bum for skipping the gym most of last week, but I just couldn’t bring myself to go on Friday, either. So I ran some errands on foot and came home to make a reasonably healthy dinner. Here’s some Turkey Ragout (French = Fancy!) from Clean Eating. I think I’ve talked before about how much I love this magazine, even though I will always associate it with being stuck in the Kansas City airport two days before Christmas, crying because we ran off the road in snow and missed our flight, and I was convinced we weren’t going to make it home for the holidays. The fact that I overcame that is a testament to my love. That love, paired with mentioning it six or eight hundred times a week, resulted in a two-year subscription as a birthday gift. Thanks, Matt!

Anyway, this was good. And, apparently, clean:

It called for turkey breast cutlets, which I’ve never cooked with before, but might try to do more in the future. Mostly because they were so much cheaper than chicken. And all natural! Other than that, mushrooms, tomatoes, zucchini, and lots of spices. It’s thick like a stew. I did some serious internet research and found out that ragout can be paired with noodles, so I decided to throw a grain in there. I made some bulgur because, when it comes to bulgur, our cup (or grain container) runneth over.

Yesterday I went to kickboxing and then I never left the house again. It was a football Saturday and I had a good book and I just couldn’t bear to go out. I know I had dinner, but it must have been really especially unremarkable, because I didn’t even bother to take a picture. I do know that whatever it was, it was just a stop gap between reading and dessert. I got these cookies and cream ice cream bars at the grocery store and I couldn’t wait to try them.

Today we actually did some minor labor, including laundry and spending bundles of gift card money at Target on fun things left on our registry. Then I went to yoga and came home and we made this colorful meal:

This is from Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home, and I loved it. I’ll definitely be trying more recipes from that gem. This was braised fish with artichoke hearts and red peppers. There’s some tilapia under there, it’s just hard to see. It was really rich and tasty but still healthy. Mollie Katzen is pretty much a genius.

And now, it’s time for me to figure out more ways to not do anything.

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