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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Foody Photos

Since I have known Mike I have wanted a big, nice camera. Price, experience, and time deterred me from getting one, but finally this year, we bit the bullet and got it! After hours/days/weeks of research, we walked into a store just to ask a few questions and walked out with a beautiful camera. I still have so much to learn and am using anyone or anything as guinea pigs, but I am having so much fun behind the lens.

One of the main reasons why I wanted this new camera was to capture the meals I make. The iPhone is great and all, but after seeing the difference in quality there is no going back. With the hopes of only getting better and knowing that I am by definition an amateur, here are some food pictures (and recipe links) I have snapped so far.  

When it comes to eating Paleo/Whole 30 /eating in general, Mike and I do really well with meals made in bulk. This easy breakfast casserole was 1) easy 2) a hit and 3)re-heat and go. Does it get any better than that? 

This creamy sun-dried tomato pasta was by far one of the best things I have made! I have been pimping it out to everyone. It was extremely quick and the flavors were da bomb. This will definitely be going into my rotation. 

Every week, I put stuffed bell peppers on our meal list, but never end up making them. They are a great lazy meal, but they always get put on the back burner for me. Not this time! It is a great meal for those veggies that need to be used asap. For these stuffed peppers, I used:
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 cubed sweet potato
  • all the spinach we had left- about a cup
  • 1/2 tsp of spices- oregano, basil, cumin- I keep adding until I really taste the flavor

Before I preheated the oven, I cut the tops off the bell peppers and pulled out all the vains and seeds. Once that was done, I set the oven to 350 degrees and placed the peppers on a baking sheet and in the oven. The pre-heating oven it helps the bell peppers soften (about 10 minutes). 

While that is going on, I added the turkey, onion, sweet potato, and tomatoes to a pan and let it all cook on the stove top. Once the meat has browned and the veggies are soft, I add in the spices and spinach and stir for a few more minutes. Then pull out the peppers, fill them with the mixture, add the pepper tops, and place back in the oven for about 10-15 minutes. And then they are ready to serve after that! One of the easiest meals to help you use up those veggies.

It has been really fun taking random pictures. I have found that I am taking at least 10 of the same picture, but something is different in each one. Pretty cool. So much more to learn, including lessons learned from these photos:
  1. eggs are not the prettiest models
  2. clean the fork after you cut into the dish 
  3. lighting is key.. our windowless kitchen does not do the trick
  4. keep playing with it! practice makes perfect
If you have any photography tips or advice I would LOVE to hear from you! Please share!!

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