I like to say that I am not vegetarian because I like bacon and not vegan because I like butter. I tried to become vegetarian a few summers ago to level out my hormones. Of course, then we got to France and I craved (and indulged in) steak tartare with reckless abandon.
So I have decided that a more balanced approach towards my tendency to eat vegetarian and vegan is better. I eat what sounds good and I try to eat home foods that are minimally processed.
On Monday, I had a tonsillectomy. Now if you are familiar with getting your tonsils out, this generally involves lots of cold stuff the first few days (ice cream, ice, popsicles, etc.)
Thankfully our new friend and backyard fixer, Wright in the Garden, reminded me of popsicles being a good idea last week. I made watermelon mint popsicles with leftover watermelon from Whole Foods Paradise Valley and mint from our garden.
Stuck it all in a blender and then poured into our popsicle molds as well as ice trays.
I have not used the ice cubes yet, so I think they will be a good addition to some cocktails and mocktails sometime soon.
We also invested in a fair amount of vanilla ice cream. I don’t know why, but this is the only flavor that sounds good. Oh, vanilla milkshakes sound good too.
Today is the first day that I can try “solid foods,” so this morning I whipped up a batch of mashed potatoes.
This is where we really get into my propensity for ruining a perfectly healthy recipe.
I swapped light cream cheese for butter, and not just a little butter, but a whole hunk of butter. I added cream as in whipping cream in with the chicken broth.
The irony is that since swallowing is still shall we say interesting, I have only managed to get down about 1/2 a cup of these amazing mashed potatoes. Guess it is pretty good that I know how to add extra calories to my meals. 🙂
Since I now have people wanting to get tonsillectomy just to enjoy all of this goodness, well…..sorry not sorry.