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It can be challenging when a person is faced with something you’ve never cooked with before, or a vegetable that you’ve never even heard of before. My husband recently told me about a passage that was written in a professional development book that I thought I would share with all of you today.
It’s a concept that can be applied to all aspects of life. In short, and I’m not quoting, to reach our goals we have to step out of our comfort zone.
This is how I interpret it.
What we seek or desire is just a small step outside of our comfort zone.
I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately as it relates to all aspects in my life. If I want the career advancements I desire, I need to step outside of my comfort zone and do the things that are scary.
For example, I have a phobia of speaking in front of a group of people. Teaching my first cooking class 2 years ago was one of the most frightful things I’ve ever done. To this day I still get a serious case of the nerves before hand (2 months before and everyday until the big day and agonize over the outcome for days), but if I truly want to help people take the steps to healthful eating, this is something I NEED to do.
Though I am far more adventurous than I have ever been in my food choices, I still stretch myself to step outside of my comfort zone and try new things. For example, I didn’t always know how to cook wheat berries. If I hadn’t pushed myself to try something new and scary for ME at the TIME, I would not have ever made this salad. That would have been sad indeed. This is only one of my many food adventures. Sure they don’t always work out fantastic, but I pushed myself to try something new which stretches my imagination as to what is possible.
If I want to body that I desire…
The marriage I desire…
The friendships I desire….
These things WILL require work and my willingness to try something new and most likely will be…
Most often, once you’ve tried it you realize it wasn’t scary at all, like the time I did this.
So, if you’ve been seeing garlic scapes at your market lately and never tried them, I encourage you to take the steps to try a new recipe and a new vegetable that is amazing for your health.
Garlic Scape and Arugula Pesto
Tonight we had Garlic Scape and Arugula Pesto (from mature arugula leaves which can be a bit too spicy for a lot of people when eaten in a green salad), on Kamut pasta with roasted veggies. What a great way of enjoying the seasons bounty without the waste. Left over pesto has been placed in the freezer in small individual containers for fast easy meals all summer long (a batch of pesto take 10 minutes to put together).
Our recipe (no photos) was inspired by Jeanette of Jeanette’s Healthy Living’s recent recipe. Don’t worry about the ingredients so much, they are fairly interchangeable. I subbed out arugula for the chard and cilantro and added half a cup of raw almonds and 1 cup of Grana Padano cheese. Be flexible and adventurous and make up your own fabulous pesto using garlic scape and your favorite spicy greens.
I’d love to hear from any one that has tried a beet green pesto. It’s something I’m excited to try.
I should also mention, I’m on a one week holiday visiting family and I am fortunate enough to get all this bounty from the garden just outside the back door. Thank you Julienne and Tyler for putting all the work and LOVE into making such a beautiful garden that offers so much joy to my taste buds. Two hours after dinner and my tongue is still singing.
What thing or dish are you going to make that’s outside of your cooking comfort zone? Let me know in the comments!
Whole Food Wednesdays
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4. If you’re sharing recipes, the only requirement is that the ingredient list be comprised of real food only, that means non-processed food items. That being said, we are all in different places on our real food journey, some more advanced than others. I invite all of you to share, no matter where you are on your journey, but I ask you to stay mindful when sharing your recipes that this is a whole (real) food blog. This means, no ingredient lists that include edible oil products (velveeta, frozen whip topping), protein powders, ketchup, white flour or white and brown sugar.
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I’m sharing this with Mangia Monday, Monday Mania, My Meatless Monday, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Tasty Tuesday, A Little Birdie Told Me, Fat Tuesday, This Chick Cooks, Cast Party Wednesday, Allergy Free Wednesday, The Tasty Alternative, What’s Cooking Wednesday, Real Food Wednesday, Simple Lives Thursday, Full Plate Thursday, Fight Back Friday, and Foodie Friday.