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.
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....
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.
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.
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Just a quick update:
Stayed away from the candy dish all week! 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!
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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