Have you heard of Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing? It’s a great read. Inspired by her principles, my hubby and I decided to go through the KonMari process. So far, we’ve discarded 15 30-gallon bags of stuff. I consider myself a minimalist. I do a thorough re-organization pretty frequently, so how on earth did I manage to find so much forgotten stuff? Here’s what I think… there are too many things around the house that have been around so long that they have become invisible. You can look at the same shelf five times before noticing that there is a little figurine sitting in the corner. I am looking forward to finishing and seeing what the end brings.
The reason I’m bringing this up is because I noticed that I kept almost every cookbook I own. These books bring me so much joy and although Marie Kondo specifically said “Don’t start reading your books,” I couldn’t help but start browsing the recipes I never had a chance to cook. Harvest to Heat: Cooking with America’s Best Chefs, Farmers, and Artisans was one of my favorite books. It is a collection of recipes from chefs, farmers and artisans all around the US and I made some of the most delicious recipes from this book. Scallop ceviche was one I haven’t made yet and as expected, it turned out perfect.
I made the ceviche as an appetizer to a ready-made dinner, a free sample sent to me by Luvo. I thought it would be the perfect compliment to Luvo’s chicken chile verde dinner.
I also tried Luvo’s nine-grain pilaf, which was like a stir fry with broccoli and beef. The best thing about these dinner entrees is that they are very low-calorie and nutritiously balanced. Great weeknight options, especially when served with quick appetizers or sides. Luvo also has breakfasts, flatbreads and burritos, most of which you can find at Whole Foods or other health food stores.