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mmmm Granola

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

For the June edition of "What's Cookin' good Lookin'" on the At Goal and Maintaining team, I posted that I would make a sparkrecipe that was featured in one of the recent SparkPeople e-mail. I made it yesterday, and it was easy and delicious so here is my review!


This was an easy choice for me, I was low on granola, I had all (or most) of the ingredients on hand, and I love coconut! I've been putting it in just about everything lately.

I pretty much followed the recipe as it is written. I didn't think I had pineapple juice, but then I remembered I had cut up a pineapple the day before, and there was some juice in the bottom of that container! Serendipity, I suppose, and even though it didn't quite make the amount called for in the recipe, I added a bit of water and some frozen apple juice to make up the rest. The only other "substitution" I made was that I didn't have rolled oats, I had a 4 grain rolled cereal mix that I usually use for my granola. I has oats, rye, barley and wheat? I think that's what's in it. I like variety.

It smelled really good while balking, and even better when I took it out of the oven. I did give it a taste (or 3!) when I put it up in my granola container, and it is delicious! If you like coconut and granola, give it a try, it will not disappoint, and it's easy to make. I decided to add some dried cranberries after I put it up, mostly because I had them on hand and also because I like fruit in my granola. I will eat this with kefir, flax seed and fresh fruit (usually berries) for breakfast, that's my go-to breakfast during the week.

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-AMANDA79- 6/7/2014 10:32AM

    Oh my!! I've never made my own granola before. After reading your review, I may just have to give it a try!

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Spicy Lentils with Chorizo

Saturday, May 03, 2014


I made the above recipe last night with a couple of modifications which I will describe in the blog. I found it to be tastier than I expected based on how it smelled as it was cooking (pretty bland!) and that is without looking at the comments on the recipe on the link I posted.

So for the modifications:

I shopped at Trader Joe's for the ingredients that I didn't already have on hand, and could not find chorzio, so I subbed spicy Italian sausage. One link was 3 ounces. I have no idea how that changed the calorie info, but since I'm not tracking it's not a concern for me right now. I had chicken broth when I planned to make this but took it to work and left it there (I had to be on clear liquids for a day, which changed my whole weeks plans, but I digress!), but I had some beef broth in the fridge left from another recipe, so I used that instead. I also had some frozen chipotles in adobo which I used instead of hot pepper sauce.

So that was the base of the recipe. As it was cooking I was noticing that it didn't seem to have a lot of aroma from the ingredients in there, and I thought maybe it needed some spicing up (despite the chiptoles in adobo) so I added some Mexican chile powder and a bunch of cumin. This started to bring out a nice aroma, so I let that simmer a while longer than called for. (and also we weren't ready to eat yet!)

I served with parmesan, but Larry had OD'd on parmesan the night before, so he chose to put feta on his. I was very happy with the result, and he finished his bowl and said it was better than he thought it would be, but he is also not a lentil fan, so that's a win for me!

I packed the leftovers for upcoming lunches for work, and now have a freezer full of quick lunches....

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-AMANDA79- 5/4/2014 8:09AM

    Glad you enjoyed! And way to go on freezing the leftovers emoticon

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ALICIA363 5/3/2014 5:26PM


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La Bamba Casserole

Sunday, October 13, 2013

I made this today, it looks and smells great! I won't taste it until tomorrow at the earliest, since I made it to put up for lunches for work. But I think the ingredients are good, so it must taste great!

This was from a Cooking Light magazine I had from a while back. A couple of years ago I took all my old Cooking Light magazines and pulled out any recipe I thought I might want to try and put them in a binder. For a time after that I was pulling out recipes and making one a week. That fell by the wayside, as I moved on to other recipe sources, first, the SparkPeople cookbook, then other cookbooks I have, sometime on-line recipes, including Spark Recipes, and sometimes Leigh Peele "Body by Eats" recipes. Some of these are great, some OK, some blah...but I do enjoy looking at the recipes and deciding if it's worth a shot! And sometimes the "blah" ones just need some tweaking to make them good or great, usually spices, herbs or some source of flavor boost.


So there is a link to the recipe, the picture looks accurate to how mine looks, and I will say I did make a couple of substitutions, but mostly kept it as is. First I did not use ground turkey, I had roasted a chicken yesterday (from the recipe in "The Cooks Bible" by Christopher Kimball of "America's Test Kitchen" and other places) so I used roasted chicken meat instead, 8 ounces worth of mostly thigh meat, some white meat as well. The other sub I made was I used a can of whole black beans (rinsed) rather than re-fried beans. It was what I had, and I think worked more easily, as spreading re-fried beans onto corn kernels sounds like a difficult thing to do! Oh, I also used a garlic jack cheese instead of cheddar. Other than that, I followed the recipe as is.

If I remember I'll update after I have tried it, but it really looks and smells great!


So I had this for lunch yesterday with the chopped tomato and green onion, as well as some avocado, and it was quite spicy (thanks to the chipotles in adobo I had used for the canned chiles at the bottom) and very delicious! I think this would be good with a dollop of sour cream or greek yogurt as well, but forgot to bring that...maybe next time! I ended up cutting it into 9 servings instead of 6, so the calorie count won't be the same as the original recipe, but since I added avocado, I wanted to cut that back a bit.

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HAKAPES 10/29/2013 7:21AM

    Looks good.

How do you like this Cooking Light Magazine?

It's not really available here in Europe, and the international subscription seems to be multiples of the US price.

What are your favourite cooking books that you would recommend for cooking light and healthy food?

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ADRIENALINE 10/24/2013 7:19PM

    Looks great! I'm going to try it with Rotisserie Chicken and Black Beans. Also like avocado and Greek yogurt too.

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RUTHXG 10/15/2013 9:05PM

    Looks really yummy--& easy to assemble. You have good taste!

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OUTDOOR-FUN 10/15/2013 4:28AM

    Yum!!! emoticon emoticon

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-AMANDA79- 10/13/2013 8:29PM

    That looks like it has a lot of flavor!

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    Terrific. Good for you waiting!

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SETTIMIA 10/13/2013 1:01PM

    thank you for the recipe, seems delicious, must try it.

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THOMS1 10/13/2013 1:01PM

    Sounds good! We often makeover recipes sometimes to give us less sodium and calories and sometimes just to clean out the fridge. Have a great week. emoticon

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

...the number of steps on my fitbit after I finished my run/walk today, and that was a 10 mile run. So this was a go/no go for the marathon I have scheduled in 2 weeks, and I will call it a success! Yes, it was only 10 miles...but I don't want to damage my knee. What I wanted to see was if the run/walk would work for keeping my knee feeling OK, and so far, I say it did. I ended up running a mile, then walking a quarter mile, and so on through the run. It took me an hour and 50 minutes, just under a 12 min mile on average.

I will monitor and see how I feel in the next couple of days, I also found a great youtube video on 3 PT exercises for chondromalacia patella, and I will give those a try, one is a stretch for the quadriceps, one is foam rolling the quad, and the last is a reverse lunge on a slide device.

I should be in taper mode now, so I'm keeping that in mind, and will keep my weekday runs shorter. I do find my knee seems to stiffen the more I sit, so I think some activity is good for the joint.


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OUTDOOR-FUN 9/20/2013 4:24PM

    It sounds wonderful. Glad for you! Rooting for your continued healing and progress. Keep us posted. emoticon emoticon

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    Sounds good all around, teammate. That's terrific how you're looking things up and applying them to your need and making sure you are careful but exercising well.

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LILORITA 9/16/2013 2:25PM

    emoticon Good luck in your runs. I have a similar problem with my knee - stiffening more when I sit, so I am trying to be as active as problem!

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TAICHIDANCER 9/16/2013 6:44AM

    Wishing you ... and your knee ... all the best.

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KELPIE57 9/16/2013 2:21AM

    Keep up thr good work

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MAUIMA 9/15/2013 10:21PM

    Sounds like a plan...something you excel at regularly. Good. Good.

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Saturday blogging

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Just a quick update:

Stayed away from the candy dish all week! emoticon That said, Friday was "Peanut day" so my boss brought in a bunch of peanut snacks....and I LOVE me some peanuts....so I did indulge in some of those.

I ran in to work 2 days last week, Tuesday and Thursday. around 3 miles and 4.5 miles respectively. My knee is OK, a little more stiff after Thursday, so I'll have to keep an eye on it. Friday was massage and sauna day, which was a nice way to end the week!

No ice cream has entered the house (or my mouth) since last weekend! emoticon

I have a bunch of dried mint, if anyone has any ideas of what to do with it. I've been looking up recipes on-line, and have some ideas, but I have a LOT of this stuff. I do like mint tea, and used some in my Teavana infusion tea maker for iced tea. So good!

I also need to figure out when to harvest my basil. I have a bunch of that too. I see pesto in my future!

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ADLINS 9/15/2013 8:26PM

    Awesome on the chocolate and the ice cream. I like peanuts as well, so probably would have partaken as well.

I was going to suggest tea with mint, but you've already thought of that.

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SNOWSNAKE 9/15/2013 2:43PM

    Kudos to you--will power Yes!! I am NOT a nut-nut, so those are never around unless its a trailmix on a hike perhaps, but not usually. This "no sweet" thing Ive started is more challenging than I thought, but knowing how sugar reacts in our brain... how addictive it is in our system.... I want to just get past that point where I feel that urge at emoticon sometime each day... Like each evening asking DH..."do we have any ice cream?" I know Im avoiding it, but I still ask!!! Whats with that ??? Powerful stuff, ***SNOW***

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MAUIMA 9/14/2013 3:17PM

    Kay- Good for you with the ice cream. Nuts are quite tempting for me too, so I have to manage.
So the knee was stiff...hmmm...
Swelling internally? Does it recover completely after a period of time? Glad you are keeping mindful.

Pesto...yum. Freezing some??

Tea sounds yummy. Mint pairs well with so many things. It'll keep till a hard freeze yes? Maybe netted, even longer?

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2DAWN4 9/14/2013 1:27PM

    I have a hard time resisting nuts of any kind. So I would have indulge in a few!

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LOSE4LIFE47 9/14/2013 1:20PM

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