Usually, I am rather unapologetic when I don’t have the time to blog regularly.
This blog is not my full-time job. I mean it when I say life is meant to be lived out in the real world, not in front of a computer. Eating delicious food > blogging about delicious food. Parks and Recreation is one seriously addicting TV show. I am a perfectionist, and so now when I do blog, I like to make sure that when I write a post, it’s a really good/delicious one.
Over the past weeks, the reason I haven’t blogged has nothing to do with any of that. It has to do with one thing and one thing only: I am seemingly incapable of saying no to anyone or anything.
That and I am seemingly incapable of resisting going out to eat.
But that’s another blog post (and a plate of Hell’s Kitchen cornmeal pancakes) for another day.
Remember how I made a New Year’s goal wayyyy back in January to say no more? And remember how I made a Roasted Vegetable Tart I deemed The Tart of No to help me remember that saying no is a good thing? That, in fact, by saying no, we are actually saying yes to ourselves?
I’m smart…just not smart enough to take my own advice.
Because here I type before you today, struggling with the same problem I set out to remedy nearly 12 months ago. Lately, I haven’t been taking care of myself – physically or emotionally – and the effects of my self-neglect are beginning to show. I’ve been suffering from more migraines…I’m perpetually tired…my moods are bit all over the place (I swear, I’m not even PMSing!)…I’ve been breaking out like a pre-pubescent 14-year-old boy…and for some reason, my Christmas-loving self just cannot seem to get my groove on with Jolly Ol’ St. Nick.
And today, I took a sick day.
I think that has only happened one other time in the past two years.
But that IS what is going to happen when you’ve pushed yourself to the very end of your long, long, long rope and you wake up feeling like you got beat up by a ninja on steroids, suffering from a killer migraine headache and with the start of what I am sure is bronchitis.
And tis’ is NOT the season to get sick.
Soooo…in an inaugural act of finally taking my own advice, I called in sick, slept for 11 hours, watched four episodes of Parks and Recreation (Treat Yo’Self!), put on my Glee Christmas album and got out of bed long enough to spend a simple 30 minutes in the kitchen concocting something I’ve wanted to make for over a month now.
The 30 minutes wasn’t much…but I like to think it’s a start.
Spicy Buffalo Hummus
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
1 (15-oz) can garbanzo beans*
1 T tahini
2 T olive oil
2 – 3 T buffalo wing sauce or hot sauce
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 red bell pepper, roughly chopped
1 t garlic powder
salt + pepper, to taste
1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles
pita chips, red bell pepper + celery, for dipping
*deshelled. Simply pinch the garbanzo bean with your fingers, and the skin should peel right off. Peeling the skin ensures for an extra smooth, creamy hummus
In a blender or food processor, blend beans, tahini, olive oil, buffalo sauce, lemon, bell pepper and garlic until smooth. Season to taste. Serve in a bowl, top with blue cheese crumbles and eat with dippers of your choice.
Makes about 1 1/2 cups of hummus
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