Ad LibPosted: April 29, 2011
Life is really good about never going the way we intend it to.
The way I see it, that leaves us with two options: Sulk about the failed plans, or hop on board with a new one. Sometimes, the latter requires a good bit of thinking on your feet.
Luckily, I’m pretty good at ad libbing!
Empty cereal box? No more bananas? Gasp – out of oatmeal?
No sweat: roll with a yogurt mess for breakfast.
Plain chobani, a lemon muffin from Sweet Tomatoes, locally grown strawberries and flax seeds.
So your lunch bag ripped along the seams and spilt your baggies of pistachios, carrots and berries on the sidewalk without you even noticing, and your container of soup spilled when it hit the ground later that morning?
Don’t sweat it. Snag a salad from Eden Fresh.
Even though the menu featured a ton of exotic items like sundried tomatoes and artichoke hearts, I decided to save those options for another visit and instead chose a fairly basic mix of romaine, chickpeas, black olives, onions, tomatoes, carrots and hardboiled eggs.
When the raspberry chipotle tofu dinner that you’d planned since Tuesday night comes out absolutely jack nasty, feel free to pout for a moment…
Photograph it so the next morning you can blog about how much it resembles dog food…
And promptly abandon ship!
So what if I’ve had spicy, fruity tofu on the brain for days now? Impromptu Asian was far more tasty than the marinade fail!
I cooked up a small packed of mei fun (bean noodles – my favorite!) and opened cans of baby corn, water chestnuts and bamboo shoots. In a small pan I melted together a dash of veggie broth, peanut butter, soy sauce and red pepper flakes.
It was tasty, but it still needed more work before becoming a full-on recipe post!
Time to do the work thaaang. EIGHT HOURS TILL THE WEEKEND!
What do you do when things don’t go according to plan?