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WIAW: Comfort Food, Cookbooks, and Kale

Thanks to all y’all who put up with my political post on Monday. Again, I won’t make a habit of it, but when something as significant and dangerous happens as has happened in the past week, I don’t believe in keeping my mouth shut.

In the words of Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, “Well-behaved women seldom make history.” And I have no intention of being a well-behaved woman.

But today will be a lighter post, I promise.

You see, I have a problem.

Okay, I have more than one problem. I got ninety-nine problems, and one of them is that I really, really like cookbooks.

Really. It’s a good thing I have a small apartment, or else all my money would disappear at the bookstore, 50% or more of which would be spent on cookbooks.

Another problem is that I still have no computer charger, so I’ve been editing photos on a friend’s computer, and the lighting and tinting on that computer was very different than on my own. Hence the technicolor photo effect. Oops. lol

Anyway, with an Amazon gift card I got back in August for my birthday, I decided to purchase The Low-FODMAP Cookbook by Dianne over at Delicious as it Looks.

And oo. I like it.dscn2325

Not only does it have gorgeous photography, but it has recipes that are exactly in line with what I’ve been craving lately: comfort food. Healthy, low-FODMAP comfort food, to be sure, but comfort food.

For some reason, lately, I have just not wanted anything funky. No baked goods made with beans and coconut flour. No cauliflower crust pizza. No kabocha squash lentil vegan soup. Delicious as that recipe was.

Dianne’s recipes for things like blueberry pancakes, spaghetti with meat sauce, pizza, pork lo mein, and mashed potatoes are just the kinds of things I’ve been craving lately.

I’ve only tried a few recipes so far, but I have ingredients to make more. So excited! I get way too excited for new cookbooks.

On Monday, I started the day off with the second recipe I’ve tried from my new cookbook: peanut butter quinoa overnight oats.dscn2337

Okay, so maybe overnight oats featuring quinoa and chia seeds may not sound like traditional “comfort food”–I kind of associate overnight oats with “weird hippie food blogger” food–and after the first couple bites, I was like, “Oh, yeah. I remember that I don’t actually like cold oats.”

But then I heated it up in the microwave and it was so good! Like a big, healthy peanut butter cookie for breakfast.

This one’s likely going to become a staple.

I also had half a grapefruit.dscn2338

Once I got to campus, I was a bit hungry again, so I had a vanilla Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt is definitely a comfort food for me.dscn2346After a morning of translating poetry (I had a draft due that afternoon for class), I heated up some leftovers. It was another recipe from the new cookbook that I had made the night before: maple-marinated salmon with sesame spinach rice.dscn2336I loved the sesame oil in this–just a tablespoon, but it adds so much flavor without adding FODMAPs!

My tummy was a bit queasy after class, so I didn’t eat an afternoon snack, but that meant I was pretty hungry when I got home, so I ate a somewhat early supper: an open-faced “grilled cheese” made with sourdough spelt bread, the last of my farmers’ market tomatoes, and mozzarella. Sourdough spelt bread is one of those rare foods that is not gluten-free but is low-FODMAP.

I also ended up making a lot more kale on the side than I had originally intended. Hence the ginormous pile of kale. But hey, it’s good for me.dscn2351After supper, I also drank some decaf tea and cut up a pineapple to freeze for smoothies, so I ended up nibbling some of that. I can’t help but nibble the fruit off the rind when I cut up pineapple--it’s so sweet and yummy!

I headed to the library after supper to work (I’ve ordered a new computer charger, but it still hasn’t come, so I’m still without a laptop. Gr.)

When I got back, I had some Fair Trade dark chocolate from Trader Joe’s and peppermint tea before bed.

Thanks to Jenn, Arman, and Laura for the ever-popular What I Ate Wednesday link-up!


Do you like cookbooks? Or do you prefer to wing it when you cook?

What comfort food have you been craving lately?


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  1. Cora says:

    Well behaved women seldom make history….. snap SNAP.
    I hear you on the comfort/no weird food thing. I haven’t baked in a few weeks (which is weird for me) and I’ve been having sandwiches for dinner. I just don’t want anything “funky,” as you say.
    I also love cookbooks. I’m too cheap to buy them but always grab them from free/used book sales. You’ve been doing some fabulous cooking! That salmon dinner with sesame rice looks and sounds marvelous. Can I just come over and we can cook together for an entire day?
    That heap of kale…. lol.

    1. Joyce says:

      Yes–come and cook!

  2. Emily says:

    Hmm… So I’m kind of a minimalist, but I love online for an ‘online cookbook.’ I kind of use recipes when I bake and wing it when I cook… 😀

    1. Joyce says:

      Yeah–baking without a recipe can be a risky game.

  3. Haley says:

    Really nice photos! And that salmon looks so good, now I know what I’m making when I get home.

  4. Wow I’ve never seen a Low FODMAP cookbook! So interesting. I loooove flipping through cookbooks haha

    1. Joyce says:

      I have a few low-FODMAP cookbooks, and there are others out there. But yeah, they’re not super-common, since the low-FODMAP diet was really only developed within the last five or so years.

  5. Kimberly says:

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE cookbooks and kind of glad that I don’t have that much space for them! I have a list of new ones I want… maybe for Christmas!

    1. Joyce says:

      Oo hope you get some! I would be thrilled if I got cookbooks for Christmas. 🙂

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