Healthy Meal: Protein Pancakes

I often get asked how I recover from a marathon, specifically with regards to food. My answer? I eat what I’m craving… but make it healthy and make sure to get lots of protein. While we were in New Hampshire, Steph’s friend that we stayed with, Pete, put together a gift bag for each of us that included a bottle of real New Hampshire maple syrup. I went to a lot of trouble to get it through security from Portland, {Read More}

Healthy Recipe: Veggie Cream Cheese

Several weeks ago, I ended up with an extra bagel after a breakfast at work, so I wrapped it up and took it home and popped it into the freezer. I rarely eat bagels (too many carbs, too many calories), but I figured it would be good for a pre-race breakfast the day before a marathon. Now, I have a thing about everything bagels: I really only like them with veggie cream cheese. However, while there are plenty of varieties {Read More}

Healthy Meal: Well-Dressed Salmon

After an amazing time at the wedding this weekend – but way too much delicious wedding food and drink – it’s now time for some detox. When most people “detox,” they mean some stupid restrictive diet that ends up with them probably less healthy when they started. My version of detox is far healthier and far more delicious: I just avoid junk food, limit starchy carbs, and load up on the fruits, veggies, and lean proteins. Tonight’s dinner is the {Read More}

Healthy Meal: Brandy and Orange Chicken Breasts Topped with Stuffed Shrimp

You asked for it, and you got it: my meals and recipe modifications are back! After a grueling race yesterday (halfway done with the race report), my muscles are pretty sore and in need of some recovery. Combining that with the fact that I have a ton of frozen proteins I want to start using up, the solution was to use crab, shrimp, and chicken in this recipe from Rachael Ray for Brandy and Orange Chicken Breasts Topped with Stuffed {Read More}

Healthy Meal: Buffalo Chicken and Ranch Dip

Lately, I’ve been DVRing this new show on Lifetime that I heard about: Cook Yourself Thin. It’s basically a cross between Queer Eye and a cooking show: every show they feature one woman who wants to drop a dress size, ask her what her favorite foods are, and then show her how to cook those recipes while cutting the calorie count way down and bumping the nutrition way up. Basically, it’s what I’ve been doing for years with Rachael Ray’s {Read More}

Healthy Meal: West Indies Pepper Pot Soup

This soup has been in my arsenal of recipes to try for a few days – it’s extremely different than anything I’ve made before, and included a vegetable I’ve never cooked with. I’ve had taro root bubble tea, but never tried it in cooking, and I decided I was game for the adventure. When I went to the grocery to buy the taro, it rang up as “malanga,” which I tried to tell the cashier wasn’t the right thing. He {Read More}

Healthy Meal: Chicken Scarpariello

Even though I had chicken for dinner yesterday, I had a craving for it today for lunch. I decided to make a Rachael Ray recipe that’s been sitting in my Food Network Recipe Box for months – Chicken Scarpariello.Instead of 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, I just sprayed the pan with my Misto and that seemed to work out fine. I didn’t have red bell peppers, so I substituted green, and I also didn’t have parsley, so I skipped {Read More}

Healthy Meal: Gumbo Z’Herbes with Red Beans

I knew I wanted soup for lunch. I also knew I wanted to use up the rest of the collard greens in my fridge. Searching on Food Network, I found a yummy-sounding recipe from Gourmet Magazine for Gumbo Z’Herbes with Red Beans. I had no interest in making 10-12 servings of this, so I used the recipe just as a guide for flavors while I made up my own proportions. My directions went as follows: Boil about 4 cups of {Read More}

Healthy Meal: Portuguese Sausage and Greens Soup

For this weight loss challenge to work, I can’t just exercise; I need to make sure I’m eating healthy as well or all those hours spent in the gym will be for naught. I’m trying to stick to a mostly low-carb diet (I’m still eating plenty of fruits and veggies, but avoiding potatoes, grains, etc). For lunch, I pulled up my Food Network Recipe Box and found a soup recipe I had saved in November 2007 (yeah, I’m about as {Read More}

I’m tired

Today I cooked:-Roasted asparagus soup-Maple glazed acorn squash-Cornbread-Sage and lemon stuffed turkey-Cranberry sauce-Apple gravy-Mashed potatoes-Wild rice-Green bean casserole (made the french fried onions from scratch)-Garlic collard greens-Cornbread stuffing (yup, even baked the bread myself)-Caramel pumpkin gingersnap cheesecake (oh, the crust? Not a pre-bought shell – I made it)-Apple crisp All by myself (I literally wouldn’t let my mom set foot in the kitchen to get a glass of water – I got it for her), all from scratch, and everything {Read More}