Monday, April 4, 2011

Not Doing My Usual Fast Food Thing

[Guest post by hubby.]

It's been four days since wifey and the toddler left to visit Germany. They arrived safely, and everyone is in good spirits considering everything that's been going on. My father-in-law is an admirable gentleman.

Except for an outing to a sit-down restaurant where my brother treated the teenager and me to lunch, I haven't had fast food (besides, the restaurant wasn't really fast food). That's not a big deal for many folks, but it's quite an accomplishment for me as I've eaten so much fast food when left to my own devices.

I put together the dinner pictured above a couple of nights ago - just a simple salad and Trader Joe's pesto flatbread.

The recently delivered CSA box contained familiar goodies:
  • Pink lady apples
  • Gala apples
  • Ruby grapefruits
  • Hass avocados
  • Collard bunch
  • Broccoli
  • Asparagus
  • Red beets
  • Butterball potatoes
  • Leaf lettuce

I've already eaten two apples as well as the bunch of leaf lettuce. For yesterday's dinner, I put together bibim bap ("mixed rice" in Korean), consisting of brown rice, bean sprouts, julienned white radish, boiled sweet potato shoots, boiled spinach, and toasted sesame seeds, all mixed together with some gochujang (red pepper paste) sauce. Those four veggie items came already prepared in one convenient container box from a local Korean grocery store.

For a few minutes, I thought I wasn't going to be able to handle the spiciness from the gochujang, but I was okay. It reminded me of when I first found out how much both wifey and the teenager could handle spicy food years ago. The brief conversation went something like this:

Me: Wow! This [don't remember what the food item was] is really spicy! [I proceeded to pour a glass of milk.]
Teenager: No. It's not spicy at all.
Wifey: Yeah. This really isn't spicy.

I was stunned, in awe, and so humbled. Haha!

Returning to yesterday's dinner, I separated and washed the leaf lettuce from the CSA box.

And I ate the leaves like I did with red leaf lettuce while growing up, by dipping them in gochujang and eating them after every spoonful of bibim bap. The dinner was really good and so much better than, and preferable to, any fast food meal.

The real cool thing about eating healthier these days is that I'm not just eating healthier food for the sake of it; I actually truly enjoy the taste. Such a big difference compared to how it used to be for me.

Oh! It just occurred to me why I had bibim bap for dinner last night. It's wifey's favorite meal.

~Grateful Hubby


  1. "grateful hubby" love it! So glad they arrived safely and that you are eating so well in their absence - yum. That bibim bap looks and sounds awesome!

  2. I'm sure Andrea is very proud of you!

  3. CONGRATS!! Whenever I leave for work I know Nick (my bf of 5 years) eats Chipotle and Subway the whole time. Each time I leave he tries to eat out less, but it's definitely a struggle to stay away form convenience foods. So...good for you!

  4. Such a great post! So glad you're enjoying such yummy, healthy food, even in Andrea's absence!

  5. What a great post!!! Glad you are enjoying some good healthy food while Andrea is gone. Please send my best to her when you talk to her!!! And I look forward to more Hubby posts! Have a great day.

  6. Good for you for eating away from the fast food. My husband gravitates towards drive thru when I can't cook for everyone.

    I'm never happy after a meal like that.

    fresh food is so tasty!

  7. Thank you all for your kind words. Very much appreciated. :)

  8. Looks like you had some great eats!!
    I love the bibim bap..looks excellent!!

  9. I´m soooo jaleous of the beets in the CSA box!!! :)

    And I´m so proud of your meals so far and so very, very grateful that you are my husband!!!

  10. sweet, I am sure that Andrea is very proud of you :-)

  11. I think it's so cool you are posting on her blog!! I don't think my hubby would ever do that!

    Andrea I love your comment. It's so nice get a deeper peek into a caring husband and wife relationship. :-)

  12. Anonymous4/05/2011

    Aw, you're holding down the fort!

    Hehe, I love guys who realize the kitchen is not a scary, forbidding place the moment the wifey steps out.

    Sophia got me into that gochujang stuff, even though my spicy threshold is pretty low. I love to mix it with peanut butter, soy sauce, and almond milk. Then again, maybe my palate's not as weak as I think. When I ate at an authentic Korean place, the lady warned Sophia it was probably too hot for me (it was some glutinous rice dish I can't remember the name of) but I noshed it down just fine.

    But I'm still not getting near any vindaloos.

  13. Thank you all for voicing your support. :)

  14. Anonymous4/05/2011

    The bibim bap is awesome! Great job with the post!

  15. I ADORE this
    I LOVE the fact you will guest post.
    will you come here and chat with my MizFitHusband??

  16. Great post! That is so awesome you put the CSA basket to good use while Andrea is on vacation. Nice work!

  17. Great post... the salad and the rice dish both look very delicious.

  18. Anonymous4/06/2011

    Wow, your meals are impressive!! What a great post! I'm sure my husband would have caved to fast food pretty quickly after I left, but you're off to a great start! I know you'll be glad when Andrea returns :)

  19. I love that you call her "Wifey" cute :) I'll bet you're missing Andrea and the toddler and the great cooking Andrea does...but it looks like you're fairing well :)

  20. That lettuce looks super good!

    What else is in that dish? Looks like noodles? Or really long pieces of rice?

    Congratulations on avoiding fast food!

  21. Big smiles to everyone for your wonderful comments!

    Thank you for asking about the bibim bap ("mixed rice" in Korean). It had brown rice, bean sprouts, white radish, boiled sweet potato shoots, spinach, and toasted sesame seeds. I think I'll go back and include these ingredients in the post.