I’m not one to make note of my injuries. I don’t like to sound like I’m complaining. But I feel I need to come clean, to admit, to explain. And why I’m posting about Injury Food with a recipe for homemade granola.
See, I haven’t posted much of anything new in the past couple weeks because I injured myself. My leg to be specific. Yep, I did it doing the dangerous activity of the gym. A class I take all the time. Exercise movements that I’m very familiar with. In fact, I didn’t even know I hurt myself until the next day when I couldn’t walk. My leg had swollen up too. Stupid Leg!
Well, it’s healing now, but only with lots of elevation and staying off my feet. So, I haven’t been cooking much and really haven’t wanted to take pictures.
But, I thought I would share some of my fun easy meals. And, these meals have been pretty healthy because I can’t exercise, so I need to do something to feel fit. So, I’m calling this Injury Food because it’s great stuff to eat when you might be injured or just watching your health.
I bought a big container of cottage cheese and started doing fun things with it. I topped cucumber rounds with the cottage cheese, chopped tomato, green onions, and black pepper. Don’t like cucumber? Switch it out for zucchini or carrot rounds. Try Greek yogurt instead of cottage cheese or even a small bit of blue cheese.
If you’re vegan they have some lovely vegan yogurts that are delish! Try roasted red peppers out of a jar instead of the tomatoes, or even try shaved carrots on top. This was a great lunch that didn’t require any cooking and it was fun! It would also be a great breakfast if veggies at breakfast don’t scare you.
I love a big ol’ salad! Here I took whatever was in the fridge & cupboard (romaine, zucchini, carrots, avocado, red pepper, almonds, and dried cherries) and tossed it all together.
I’ve found that if a salad doesn’t have some kind of nuts on it, I’m just not satisfied with it. So, don’t forget to toss them on. I like just a splash of white wine vinegar as my dressing.
When I make rice I always make extra for another meal. I was glad it was in there. I cubed up some tofu, any protein will work: chicken, turkey, shrimp, beef, pork, tempeh, whatever.
Oh, or add some nuts like whole almonds in there. I added a little soy sauce and garlic to that as it cooked. I threw in some cooked brown rice and a bunch of veggies and I had dinner in maybe 10 minutes or so. And, it was super yummy.
Here’s that cottage cheese again for breakfast. This time, with banana, blackberry, raspberry, and a drizzle of avocado honey. Yum!
I made a big batch of homemade granola. This is my favorite recipe right now. Easy, no fuss and pretty light on the oil, so not too fattening like some granola. And, it would also be great on that cottage cheese.
I’m happy to say that I’m healing and I’m totally looking forward to getting back into the kitchen to cook up some yummy stuff. But, in the meantime, it’s nice to know that you can still be healthy and light while having a little fun with your Injury Food.
homemade granola Recipe
- 3 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1 cup coarsely chopped nuts*
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar packed
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- heaping 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1/3 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons grapeseed or other mild tasting oil
- Preheat oven to 300°F.
- Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment or Silpat. Mix first 6 ingredients (oats through salt) in large bowl. Stir honey and oil in small saucepan over medium-low heat until smooth. Pour honey mixture over oat mixture; toss. Spread on prepared sheet. Bake until golden, stirring every 10 minutes, about 40 minutes.
- Place sheet on rack. Stir granola breaking up any large chunks; cool.
*Cooks Notes: Any nuts work: cashews, almonds, pecans, hazelnuts, almonds