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My new favorite funky vegetable -- romanesco!

Saturday, December 01, 2012



I've noticed this in the produce section of my grocery store for a while now. I added it to my list this morning because I was feeling curious. I love most vegetables, so I figured the probability was high I would like it. Well, they had 3 or 4 this morning and they looked a little lame so I didn't buy it. But I stopped by the indoor grower's market and found a beautiful head (that's why I had to take a picture of it)!

I cut the bottom leaves/stem away and washed it, then blanched it (put in boiling water, then into ice water). I read online blanching helps to maintain the pretty color (it otherwise turns a olive green color when you cook it). Then I cut it into pieces -- really cute, they actually look like little Christmas trees) and I steamed it in the microwave for 4 mins/15 secs. I drizzled a little EVOO and measured a cup and YUM-O! And it's only 5g carb for a cup! This is a Diabetic's dream!

It's kind of a cross between broccoli and cauliflower, but definitely more like cauliflower. It originated in Italy around the 16th century so that makes me wonder if maybe it's more popular in Europe.

It was a nice alternative ... and I'll definitely buy it again!

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NASFKAB 12/4/2012 11:42PM

  interesting must try it

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JOYCECAIN 12/3/2012 11:31AM

    It is funny looking. I have never hearheard of it. I will have to try it out sometime.

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JLLOVETT 12/3/2012 11:24AM

    I'm gonna try it if I can find it!


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KANDOLAKER 12/2/2012 8:45AM

    Great new info! Thanks so much for sharing!! Kathy

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MIRAGE727 12/2/2012 8:45AM

    Wow, how fascinating and fun! I think trying new fruits & veggies are so much fun and healthy. I also admire the fact that you are so embracing the lifestyle, Bella! Stay strong!
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GOLDTAG1 12/2/2012 8:34AM

  I have never seen it here in Virginia. I would like to try it though, and will look for it when I travel. Sounds delicious.

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SEABREEZE64 12/2/2012 8:23AM

    Interesting. I don't think I've ever seen one in the grocery store that is near me. I will keep looking!!!

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CSAGIRL 12/2/2012 7:28AM

    I thought I'd seen everything! This looks and sounds wonderful. Thanks for the tip!

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BLUE42DOWN 12/1/2012 11:24PM

    I've been watching out for some, with no luck, for some time now. It was brought to my attention because it is a fractal form - making it kind of a geek's veggie too. (Fractal form meaning that it has a similar repetition of a pattern/shape at multiple sizes scaling up and down.)

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DEBBYFROMMT 12/1/2012 8:57PM

    Hmm, never heard of it and never saw it. I will keep my eyes open, but this time of year we don't get very many good fresh vegetables. emoticon

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KEEPITSIMPLE_ 12/1/2012 7:56PM

    Wow! It looks like my succulent! Very interesting, I'll try to find it. I've never seen anything like it. Thank you for sharing, what an interesting experiment.

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GOPINTOS 12/1/2012 7:16PM

    OMG!! Thank you for sharing. I am sure I would LOVE this!! I will be on the lookout for it. I probably have seen it but didnt know what it was or what to do with it.

Thanks!

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GOLDENRODGIRL 12/1/2012 6:36PM

    Ooh, I love it! It's also great roasted.

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SPARKABELLA13 12/1/2012 6:18PM

    I live in Pennsylvania. I saw several heads in the grocery store this morning (Wegmans) and then saw it again at the indoor grower's market. Wegmans has a huge produce dept. and probably the best around here. I think it might also be available frozen (when I tracked it, a list came up). It really is delicious. If you like broccoli and/or cauliflower, you would probably like it.

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CATTUTT 12/1/2012 6:04PM

    Can I ask where you are from? {If it's written somewhere obvious, overlook me. lol} I'm just curious what part of the country you were able to find it in. It looks interesting, but I've never seen it in a store.

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NOMORENOMORE 12/1/2012 5:20PM

    Never heard of this! Gotta try me some. emoticon

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JILLITA55 12/1/2012 4:58PM

    I WILL TRY IT!

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Monday Cardio Blast!

Monday, November 26, 2012

After struggling with a sore throat and congestion the past few days, I think I'm over it (never did really get a full blown cold). I've been off work the past 5 days and decided to get my Monday rolling in the right direction. I left before 5 a.m. for the gym this morning.

Arc Trainer
30:00
229 cal
Avg HR 141 (includes warm up & cool down)
Max HR 159

Elliptical Trainer
25:00
205 cal
Avg HR 146 (includes warm up & cool down)
Max HR 155

I feel great. I'm actually awake, on my second cup of coffee and ready to hit the shower and return to work with a spark smile!

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KSCRAP363 11/29/2012 9:13PM

    You ROCK!!! Hope you are still feeling well!!

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DEBBYFROMMT 11/26/2012 11:33AM

    Wow! Excellent!

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Thanks, Sweat and Turkey

Thursday, November 22, 2012

I feel blessed for so many reasons. I choose to think of the positives, when it reality it would be easy to focus on the fact I've lost 3 family members between this holiday and Christmas.

First stop this morning is 8:00 Mass with my 82-year-old mom. It's a tradition. We make it a point to count our blessings and thank God.

Next stop is Planet Fitness. I was so thrilled to learn they would be open from 7 a.m. until Noon today (although I do feel bad for whoever gets stuck working). I had a HUGE workout yesterday, so today will be 30-40 mins or so of cardio and some upper body strength training. Since my mom is cooking today, I have the flexibility to be able to go -- and although I have no plan to overindulge at the dinner table, I want to stay motivated and on track with working out at a time of year when it's so easy to get caught up in the crazy.

Third item on my agenda -- a wonderful meal with my mom, my daughter and her boyfriend. We've lost a few people we love who normally joined us around the table and my brother is out of town celebrating with his grown children. Our table may be small, but it promises to be filled with a wonderful meal and many blessings.

Wishing you a very blessed Thanksgiving! I encourage you to join me in counting our blessings!

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WEBEZE 11/23/2012 3:29AM

    emoticon Hope your Thanksgiving was awesome. I ate more than usual but not as much as I used to. Hubby and I went for a 3 mile walk afterward. My holiday table has also shrunk much over the last several years. We are down from 12 to 4. Having some family members who drifted away and some who have passed away. I am very thankful for the ones that I still have.

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MIRAGE727 11/22/2012 6:50PM

    I'm just thankful that you have embraced all the good in a healthy lifestyle! Life will get better and better I assure you. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to make an effort to help and for the inspiration you've given me!
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DEL-AND-COMPANY 11/22/2012 2:26PM

  Happy Thanksgiving!

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DEBBYFROMMT 11/22/2012 10:17AM

    Planet Fitness - LOVE IT! That's like Planet Hollywood, or Liquid Planet (ok a coffee/beer/wine big calorie place in Missoula)

Have a WONDERFUL Thanksiving!

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PYNETREE 11/22/2012 8:18AM

    Have a Blessed Thanksgiving, focus on the things you are Thankful for. emoticon

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KSCRAP363 11/22/2012 7:51AM

    When I count my blessings, I include you friend!!! My sisters and I will also have a smaller number around the table today due to the loss of our parents this time last year. We have invited our three cousins who are also without their parents.

I, too, am planning on trying to get some cardio in this a.m. It will be a challenge as I have been fighting a bad head cold all week and it has started to move down into my chest. I'm grateful that I'm feeling a bit better so far this a.m. so I'm gonna give it a go! Hope you enjoy your workout!!!

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Cardio & Core (YOWZA!) - 11/21/2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Cybex Arc Trainer
50:00
381 cal
Avg HR 141
Max HR 157

5 mins @ resistance 15 (warm up)
5 mins @ resistance 20
5 mins @ resistance 25
5 mins @ resistance 30
5 mins @ resistance 35
5 mins @ resistance 40
5 mins @ resistance 30
5 mins @ resistance 25
5 mins @ resistance 20
5 mins @ resistance 15 (cool down)

crunches; 3 sets/35
vertical cruches w/ 5 lb dumbbells; 3 sets/35
crunches w/ legs on ball; 3 sets/35
bicycle crunches; 3 sets/35
reverse crunches; 3 sets/35
crunches on ball; 3 sets/35
back extensions on ball; 3 sets/15

3 planks @ 30 seconds ea.

modified pushups; 3 sets/15
squats w/ 8 lb dumbbells; 3 sets/30
forward lunges with 5 lb dumbbells; 3 sets/10
lateral lunges w/ 8 lb dumbbells; 3 sets/15
transverse lunges w/ 5 lb dumbbells; 3 sets/10

s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g !!!!!



  
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MAKINANIMPACT 11/21/2012 11:42PM

    nice!


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DLDMIL 11/21/2012 2:05PM

    Wow!!!! emoticon

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Light Cardio Workout - 11/20/2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Elliptical 35:39
231 cal
Avg HR 129
Max HR 157

5 mins @ resistance 1 (warm up)
5 mins @ resistance 5
5 mins @ resistance 10
5 mins @ resistance 15
5 mins @ resistance 10
5 mins @ resistance 5
5 mins @ resistance 1 (cool down)

  
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JOHNMARTINMILES 11/21/2012 1:50PM

    A light cardio workout is so much better than no cardio workout

Adopt an attitude of gratitude, give thanks and make today a great day!

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