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Healthy Holidays 2008

What a lovely day… with a twist. The tradition has always been for me to arrive at Mom’s bright and early. This year we did things a little differently; she came to my place! Always a daunting prospect for a bachelor and his pad.  

Too tired last night to do any cleaning, I woke up at the crack of dawn and immediately set to work tidying up the place. I managed well enough that I didn’t have to feel totally embarrassed. Then I took a nap before considering what would be for dinner.

Yes, you heard right: no detailed meal plan, even this late in the game. But, really, that didn’t worry me in the least; I keep the kitchen well stocked and rather enjoy creating on the fly.

Here’s the impromptu meal that resulted, the Chieftains Long Black Veil playing in the background:

  • Black beans with cranberries, sweet onion,
    green peppers, cinnamon, and maple syrup

  • Roasted acorn squash
  • Basmati and wild rices
  • Lightly steamed broccoli

It was delicious and neither of us left any room for dessert.¹

Happily sated, we took a postprandial walk looking at some of the new, still unoccupied houses that’ve gone up in my neighborhood. The thermometer read 41 °F, but the windchill was definitely a factor, cutting right through our optimistic apparel.

1) True to our pact, the only “gift” exchanged—besides, if I may be so sappy, love and conversation—was a 70% cacao bar I gave Mom. (I’d ordered it on the internet, and it turned out to contain dairy. So much for it being a dark chocolate.)

3 Responses to “Healthy Holidays 2008”

  1. River says:

    What a delicious dinner, Erin! Your mama’s a lucky woman :) Those black beans look delicious – never had them with cranberry, but I will try that next time. Yum! Happy New Year

  2. Irit says:

    Erin
    Can I PLEASE invite myself over to your place next year for the holiday dinner! Your pictures made my mouth WATER! Looked better than the traditional stuff we had this year (although for my own sanity I brought a ton of steamed plain brocolli and quinoa and black bean salad that saved me!) the rest of the meal was several casseroles with so much butter ‘n love and sugar I had a few bites and that was all my palet could take.
    So next year I will be abandoning my family for yours if that is ok!
    HAPPY 2009

  3. Erin says:

    Thank you both for your kind words. Irit, I think you might find Christmas-In-July though to be more comfortable here weather-wise. ;)

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