I’m a little scared by how easily I learned to like (love?) cauliflower. It was basically albino dirt a few months ago and now it is a tasty replacement for rice and pizza crust.  What? The broccoli slaw at Carowinds is raw broccoli and I eat it willingly. Huh?

Now I’m side-eyeing any other veggies I’ve dismissed in the past. I used to hate hate loathe cabbage and now slaw is my go-to topping. I’m a little scared to go down this path because of decades of gag-reflexes and forced eating.

What veg should I try next? Maybe a little brussel sprout action? Perhaps a hit of snap peas? Experiment with some eggplant?

Last night I found instructions to make *the perfect* sweet potato fries. I was intrigued because every attempt ended in burnt ends or flaccid fries. This one had potential, but it wasn’t quite there.

homemade sweet potato fries

Basically you cut the sweet potatoes into 1/4″ matchsticks. Soak them in water for 30 minutes, then dry them out as much as you can between two kitchen towels. Toss them in olive oil, then cornstarch. Bake at 425 for 12 minutes, then flip them and bake again for 12 minutes. When they come out hit them with salt.

The instructions I found said to wait on the salt until they were done to make them as crispy as possible, but you could toss them in seasoning mixtures before baking them. I tossed mine in a Bojangles fry seasoning mix before baking, and that mix was heavy on salt. I think that was the issue. I’ll try again another day. No sense in eating a bunch of potatoes just to perfect a recipe, right?

Lowering my Expectations

Knowing that I won’t get to the gym for the next 2 weeks, I’ve lowered my expectations for what I should see at my weekly weigh-ins. Until September, I’m mainly aiming to not gain any weight.

I’m a little frustrated that my kid is the reason why I can’t go to the gym for these next couple weeks, but I can’t dwell on it or I get mad (mainly at how much you have to sacrifice for your kids and they’ll never know). Taking away most screen use has had a dramatic change on his overall behavior. He’s still 4 and a challenge, but at least now he isn’t having violent tantrums. I’ve enjoyed the better attitudes around the house, and I know two weeks off isn’t all that much time in the grand scheme.