Doing something that you've never done before can be scary. It can be stressful. It can be daunting. Will you be able to do it? How will it turn out? Will people accept it?
But perception is reality, people. Look at it as doing something new. New is exciting. New is enriching. New is fulfilling.
Doesn't sound so bad now, huh?!? If you open your mind to the doors that can be opened by trying something new you will wonder what took you so long to walk that path. Stepping out of your comfort zone is one of the best ways to grow yourself mentally, emotionally, and physically. Check out this article on stress management and how stepping out of your comfort zone is beneficial to your health. Or this journal entry from CrossFit; the second fitness standard explains how constant variation in exercise is beneficial.
How on earth will you know how something will effect you until you try it? Worst case scenario, if it doesn't work out, at least you will know to never do it again. Better case scenario is that you will gain insight on another way to try it. Best case scenario you see the light at the end of the tunnel and you ain't never turning back!
Thinking about my meals earlier this week I took notice of the food in my kitchen. It included a bunch of parsley (bought for a recipe, had lots left over) and three peppers (good sale I couldn't pass up). I had no clue what to do with them, but I had a strong desire to step out of my comfort zone this week. I started searching the internet until I came up with two TOTALLY different food prep methods that I had never tried before. And thank gosh I did, because I can't wait to do them again!
Tilapia with Parsley Pesto and Roasted Peppers
- Tilapia Filets
- Parsley Pesto
- Roasted Bell Peppers
Make parsley pesto (recipe follows)
Make Roasted Bell Peppers (recipe follows)
Preheat broiler for tilapia
Smother the tops of the tilapia filets with parsley pesto, about 1 tbs per 6oz filet
Broil about 8 minutes or until cooked through (flakes easily)
Serve with roasted bell peppers
- 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
- 1 1/2 tbs olive oil
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
Lightly toast the pine nuts
Put everything in a food processor and process until desired texture
Roasted Bell Peppers
- Bell peppers
Preheat oven to 400°
Spray outside of peppers with olive oil
Place on baking sheet and cook about 20 minutes
Turn the heat to broil and cook about 5 min per side until black
Take out of oven and put in a paper baggie for about 10-15 minutes
Once cool enough to handle, remove stem, skin, and insides from the peppers