Coaching Kitchen #130 Treating Yourself

Aesthetics have become much more important to me in the last few years. I think that I started to get those juices going when I began to think about remodeling the kitchen. It was a major remodel that involved knocking out a wall, taking the remaining walls down to the framing, removing the old flooring, and pushing up the ceiling. As it was being built back up, there were decisions to be made regarding flooring, cabinetry, woodwork, hardware, countertop material and design, appliances, paint, lighting, tile, and on and on. I really enjoyed seeing all the materials, textures, colors, and design possibilities.

Now, I am much more aware of and interested in kitchen layouts, materials, combinations, and overall impact. This has stretched into an interest and energy for overall home decorating. To feed this interest, I subscribe to a few home decorating magazines, and once in a while I wander around a furniture or home accents store, taking it all in.

After eying a sleek, salmon-colored, leather chair in the furniture sales brochures for months, I wandered into the showroom this week. The chair is very cool, extremely comfortable, and is now on sale at a very good price. So, in the next week, I am going to close the deal. I think I must feel excitement like the little boy did in the movie, •A Christmas Story,• who is pining over the rifle he has seen in the toy store window, and deeply wants from Santa.

Every once in awhile, it is important to feed our interests, to find ways of moving forward in what we desire, to treat our spirits. It doesn’t need to take the form of something physical, as a toy or a chair. Your treat may come in the form of a cooking lesson or a gourmet meal if your interest and energy lie in experiencing great food. It may be a dancing class if you•ve become interested in movement and sharing that with a significant other. It may be a couple of sessions with a personal trainer or a golf instructor. It may be as simple as carving out time to read a book or go to a movie.

We all spend a great deal of time working, meeting family needs, caring for our homes and yards, or other necessary activity. But, do we focus and spend time on caring for our spirits and desires? Life can take on a much greater and more energized perspective when we take care to nurture our nature, to build ourselves up, and aim for fulfillment.

This week’s recipe is a healthier version of twice-baked potatoes, sans sour cream.

Veggie Twice-Baked Potatoes

3 large potatoes, Yukon Gold are good
3 tablespoons butter
1 small leek or onion, thinly sliced (use only the white and pale green part of the leek only)
1 • cup fresh spinach, coarsely chopped
• cup skim milk
• to • cup Parmesan cheese, shredded and divided in half
• teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons roasted red peppers, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped, or • tablespoon of dried basil
Freshly ground pepper to taste

Pierce the potatoes and microwave for 15 to 20 minutes, until tender when gently squeezed. Let cool slightly. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a medium skillet, add the leeks or onion and saut• 5 to 8 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut the potatoes in half and scoop out the insides leaving a • inch rim of potato in the skins. Mash the potatoes with the milk until smooth. Stir in the leek/onion, half the cheese, spinach, salt and pepper. Lightly fold in the roasted peppers and basil. Fill each potato skin with the potato mixture and place the potatoes on a baking sheet. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top of potatoes. Bake 15 to 25 minutes.

Coaching Inquiries: Do you have a hobby or developing interest? Is there something that you•ve really wanted to get or do? Have you been denying yourself the time or expense to follow through with your desire? How might you feed this interest and allow yourself the time or other resources to indulge it?

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May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.

Kate Kriynovich (
LifeTrek Coaching International
Columbus, OH

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