Sunday, February 8, 2015

It's been about a year since I posted anything here. I haven't really been sure what I wanted to do with my little corner of  the internet here. I don't really want it to be all food all the time, but I haven't been sure what else to do with it. I do want to focus on things that make me healthy and happy, but food isn't the only part of that.  I feel like this turned into Shannon's Food Log more than anything else, which isn't really what I intended it to be.

What I'd like this to be is more of Shannon's Life and Food and Crafts and Random Thoughts (and maybe some pictures of my cats). When I thought about starting this blog and what I would call it, I considered several other names before I settled on Healthy, Happy Shannon. I chose this one because it sums up what I aspire to be. All the Whole30 stuff over the last year and a half or so has been part of that, but now I think it's time to focus more on other aspects of it.

Now that I've said all that, though, I am starting another Whole30 on Monday. I don't really meal plan very well, but I have decided on some recipes I'm going to make for next week, and I've bought ingredients and started cooking some of the things that will freeze well for later in the week. My daily meals will be over on Instagram, but I thought I'd list what all I'm making for the week here.

Everything I have planned is from Well Fed and Well Fed 2. Some of them are available online, I'll link to those.  For protein, I'm going with Rogan Josh (with beef instead of lamb -- already made this, and it's tasty, I put it on top of some mashed cauliflower), Meat & Spinach Muffins (I've already made these and been having them for breakfast the last few mornings. I'll probably change the seasonings up next time I make them, but they're ok, and an easy grab-and-go breakfast), Pad Thai, and Oven Fried Salmon Cakes (these freeze well, and I already had the cans of salmon in the pantry, so I'll make them and eat a few this week and freeze some for those days when I burn supper or didn't plan ahead and need to grab something quickly). For veggies, Silky Gingered Zucchini Soup, Crisp Sweet Collards (trying something new -- I've never really had collard greens as an adult, and have been told I didn't like them as a child, so I'm really hoping they're good), Belly Dance Beet Salad (but with roasted garlic instead of raw, since I made it with raw once and found that it was a bit overpowering in some bites), Cumin Roasted CarrotsMashed Cauliflower, and El Minzah Orange Salad.

Anyway, that's what's going on here. I'll try to post regularly, though not daily, and not all food-related. And just for grins, here's a picture of one of my kitties, Cashew, supervising while I work: