February 1, 2011

Wants and needs

About two weeks ago, I bought myself a nice little food processor. I had bought one when I first moved into my apartment, but I had picked out the cheapest one and most certainly got what I paid for. The blades weren't very sharp and it didn't hold very much, so I think I used it once before I brought it to Salvation Army.

While I was in Connecticut, I got into the habit of using my mom's KitchenAid food processor to make bean and veggie dips and other healthy snacks to munch on over the holidays, so when I got back to Chicago, I knew I had to invest in one. My mom has the 7-cup capacity one, but since it's just me here with the occasional guest, I went with the 3-cup.

my favorite new toy
Oh my goodness, I can't believe I have lived so long without one. I wonder if my next career move is to write a recipe book for people with no teeth, because I have started processing everything I can get my hands on.
  • I made homemade hummus, which is both unbelievably easy and amazingly good, and I don't ever want buy store-bought again.

  • I made incredible creamed spinach with two cups of steamed spinach and two blue cheese Laughing Cow Lite wedges.

  • My friend Lorelei came over for lunch last Saturday so I processed together a mango, a banana, and some plain yogurt for a faux lassi drink (and then I froze some of it into the most delicious homemade popsicles).
And last night, I mixed up some white beans and salsa to mix up with lettuce for a strange but totally delicious salad.

my stomach wants this again
(I added more beans, I just wanted to show off the blades!)

it's a good thing i'm single, because i friggen love bean dip
So delicious! It would work really well as a dip, but I was ravenous after work and hitting the gym pretty hard, so I just turned it into a gigantic salad. Works for me!

After thinking it over all weekend, I finally made a decision about my 100 pound weight loss reward: I am going to donate $100 to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. I want to thank everyone for their great suggestions - this was the thing that I felt was the most meaningful. With $100, the GCFD can put food on the table for someone for a year - that breaks my heart, and I personally think that's more important right now than a weekend getaway or a night on the town in a fancy new dress. I also decided against buying myself something because as a single person living alone with a full-time job, I am able to buy myself things, and I generally do so, within reason. Exhibit A, this fancy new kitchen gadget. I'm really lucky to be able to have the things that I want, and so I really want to do something to help people who aren't always able to have the things that they need.


Life as a Caterpillar said...

Wonderful post Mary.

Good for you


Jacqui said...

I love my Kitchenaid processor too!

What an amazing way to celebrate your 100 pounds!

Jessica said...

I have a little mini chopper that I love! I think your reward is awesome!

Anonymous said...

I got a high quality processor for Christmas but haven't used it. Thanks for the inspiration!

Amy said...

That's great thatyou decided to go for charity! I didn't realize you had already bought a food processor. I really want a Magic Bullet. My newest appliance (ala Christmas) is the Rice Cooker... that thing is a machine and it makes rice PERFECT. Love it.

jayme @ Losing Half My Weight said...

good job on the figuring out of the reward. i think that's a fantastic idea!

Amanda said...

I hadn't thought about trying to make as many dips and things as snacks, I'll have to try that out so I can add a little more variety in there!

That's a wonderful idea to go for the charity, it's great to give back to something so meaningful.

Ellie said...

Great idea to celebrate your weight loss! I was just thinking about how much I want a food processor, maybe I will use that as a reward for my own weight loss - to promote MORE weightloss!

Anonymous said...

Donating is always a wonderful plan! That's so nice of you!

Anonymous said...

Mary you are an awesome person! Now I must get me one of those food processors. I have always wanted one and you just sold me!

Ann said...

Creamed spinach? I LOVE Laughing Cow blue cheese - maybe I will have to try this? Anyways, your gift is SO generous and I promise it will come back to you - one way or another. You are gonna get some GOOOOOOD fortune, girlfriend. That's what I call... karma. :)

Anonymous said...

I'm still using my Cuisinart food processor that we got as a wedding gift 17 years ago! A quality food processor is obviously a good investment. Great choice on your "reward". Nothing better than feeling good.