When it comes to food, I think everyone has habits that they struggle with more than others. Personally, my biggie is listening to my hunger cues and boredom eating. One thing that I do not struggle with, fortunately, is eating poorly when I’m stressed out. It’s a good thing because I’ve been extremely stressed out this past week. I’m not at liberty to talk about the reason behind it, but let’s just say I found out some not so great news recently. (It’s nothing related to my health, don’t worry!)
Instead of eating when I’m stressed out, my natural inclination is to sleep. I think it’s partially because I’m not sleeping well at night. Even though I feel like I’m asleep, my waking thoughts are still present, causing me to toss and turn. So it was no surprise to me when I felt like I was going to fall asleep at my desk around 3pm today. My original plan was to do a 3 mile run after work. I’m running a leg of a marathon relay (5.7 miles) on Sunday so I figured I should probably get in at least two short runs this week. But when the clock hit 5:30 and I could barely keep my eyes open, I knew that I needed sleep.
I fell asleep for an hour. It was a struggle to wake up, but I knew that I couldn’t go to bed for the night at 6pm! I finally dragged my butt out of bed, took Murphy for a short walk and tried to make a healthy dinner.
Dinner was roasted green beans, roasted tofu and socca. This was my first attempt at socca and I can’t tell if I liked it or not. I think I did but it had a slight bitter aftertaste. I’ve never had it before so I don’t know if that’s just what chickpea flour tastes like or if the particular kind of chickpea flour I had was weird. (It was Indian Chickpea flour)
Italian Style Socca
1/4 cup diced tomatoes
1 cup chickpea flour
1 cup warm water
3 tsp olive oil
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp dried basil
1. Using a blender, mix together chickpea flour, water, 1 tsp olive oil, basil and salt. Let sit for several hours or overnight.
2. Add diced tomatoes to flour mixture. Heat remaining oil in deep saucepan over medium heat.
3. Pour mixture in pan and cook for approximately 15 minutes, flipping once firm.
Have you ever had socca? And how do you deal with stress?