Since I purchased my second bag of these amazing little snack crackers it’s only right that I share one of my latest food finds with you all. It’s another one of those amazing Trader Joe’s products, so my apologies to those of you who don’t have a TJ’s nearby. If you ever have the chance to shop in one it’s well worth the cost of shipping to load up a box of non perishables and ship them back home. You would be amazed at how much you can pack into those flat rate shipping boxes from the post office!
These are salty, crisp and delicious!
Continuing with the Asian theme is this Teriyaki sauce. It can be found at many different stores, TJ’s, Whole Foods, Costco, Asian markets and the regular grocery store. Marinate meat or fish prior to cooking, add it to a stir fry and make your own teriyaki bowls. It’s jam packed with sesame seeds and finger licking good!
This has tons of flavor so a little goes a long way.
Sometimes I crave Indian food but it’s not the most diet friendly cuisine to eat out so if I don’t feel like cooking it myself I go for one of the Amy’s frozen entrees. I recently tried this one and found it to be very satisfying. Amy’s frozen meals are sold at most grocery stores including Walmart as well as Whole Foods and health food stores. Of course Walmart is much cheaper. I recently stocked up on several of Amy’s entrees.
I love that it’s under 400 calories, has tons of flavor and is quick and easy. Now I am on another Indian food kick so on the menu later this week is Indian Mango Dal. I found some great looking ripe mangoes at the market perfect for that recipe.
The weather has cooled off a little here – funny how 87-90 can be considered cooler but when you have had a long stream of triple digit temperatures a drop of 15-20 degrees is significant. With the “cooler” days upon us my food cravings are leaning towards comfort foods and as I was looking through the Nutmeg Notebook recipe archives (just click on the recipe tab at the top of the page and search recipes until your hearts content) I was drawn to some old favorites like;
My enthusiasm for cooking just might be coming back! Clearly I have too much time on my hands and too much time to think about food.
Nutmeg Foot Notes
Yesterday I saw the podiatrist for a follow up to my on going foot problem diagnosed as Capsulitis of the second toe. Going into the appointment I was feeling pretty down about the chronic pain, lack of mobility, having to wear motion control shoes almost every waking moment and just plain tired of it all.
The doc immediately picked up on my mood and when he asked me what course of action I wanted to take next I said surgery! I just want to get this taken care of and resume my normal busy life. He told me that we can’t do surgery yet as we haven’t exhausted all of our other options. We did however discuss the different surgery options available, the length of recovery for each – we are talking 4-6 weeks of non weight bearing, crutches, orthopedic boots, no stair climbing, 6- 12 months of wearing motion control shoes and tons of patience. Okay, okay I Will try the non surgical options first.
The next course of action right now is to try and get the pain under control (the motion control shoes have helped some) and take me from the 8 I had over the weekend (on a scale of 1-10 for pain) and get me back to a 0 so I can function as an active person again. This required getting a cortisone shot in my toe – ouch! Let me just say that I do have a high tolerance for pain but this shot did make me tear up. I also had x -rays taken of my foot every which way you can possibly think of. My own personal foot photo shoot. Too bad they aren’t in color I had the prettiest red nail polish on! The x-ray tech was quite entertaining as well. She had a collection of Mr Potato heads lining the walls in her room. I’m talking hundreds of them in all kinds of costumes. What a pity I didn’t have my own camera with me! Maybe next time.
For now I will continue to ice my foot at least three times a day, wear the motion control shoes almost every waking moment (they don’t go with dresses so the doc has given me permission to find a 1-2 inch platform type rigid sandal- that will also give me an attitude boost), limit my activity and hope the inflammation subsides and with it goes the pain.
This morning the toe is bruised where the shot was given but I do believe it feels a little better already. I am feeling more hopeful about my recovery. Next week I go for a follow up appointment and to find out just how out of whack my metatarsal bones look with the results from the photo shoot!
If you are able to exercise please take advantage of your mobility and don’t sit on the side lines. Go out and walk a mile or two in honor of me and know that I would join you in a heart beat if I could.
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What Fall foods are you looking forward to?