Friday Food Porn

Today I thought I’d share what I’ve been eating this week (thanks Judy for the inspiration!). Please be advised that my photography skills are quite lacking, but I assure you, the food is delicious :)

The vegetable fairies visit me at work often this time of year! And thanks to them I was able to create the following meals :)

The vegetable fairies visit me at work often this time of year, and thanks to them I was able to create this week’s meals :)


 

Pattypan squash stuffed with brown rice, straw mushrooms, red pepper, cilantro, garlic, soy sauce, hoisin, ginger and garlic.

Pattypan squash stuffed with brown rice, straw mushrooms, red pepper, cilantro, garlic, soy sauce, hoisin, ginger and garlic. Recipe coming soon!


 

Spicy Baked Falafel Burgers (see my Recipe page for the recipe!)

Spicy Baked Falafel Burgers (see my Recipe page for the recipe!)


 

Spicy Zucchini and Black Bean burger with sliced tomato and guacamole.

Spicy Zucchini and Black Bean burger with sliced tomato and guacamole.

The recipe for these Spicy Zucchini and Black Bean burgers can be found HERE.


 

And of course no week is complete without a batch of my Black Bean Sriracha Pasta (see Recipe page for recipe!)

And of course no week is complete without a batch of my Black Bean Sriracha Pasta (see Recipe page for recipe!)


This week’s training has been going right along as scheduled. Tomorrow I’ll be up at (or before) the crack of dawn so I can get my 22-mile run done before it hits 100 degrees! Then I have an 8-mile recovery run planned for Sunday and I’ll be back after that to post the week in training recap. Have a great weekend!


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Spicy Baked Falafel Burgers

As promised, I’m skipping Wordless Wednesday this week so I can share this yummy recipe :)

Note: These picture are terrible. Please don’t let them deter you from trying this recipe. They came out fantastic!

Spicy Baked Falafel “Burgers”

Served on a whole wheat sandwich thin with sliced tomato, onion and hummus. With a side of pretzel thins.

Served on a whole wheat sandwich thin with sliced tomato, onion and hummus. With a side of pretzel thins.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp Tahini
  • 2 (15oz) cans of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • handful of cilantro
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 Tbsp chickpea flour
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp Liquid Smoke
  • 1 Tbsp Sriracha
  • 1 tsp Chipotle (or any hot/spicy) chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp coriander

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Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400* F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. Put all ingredients in food processor and blend/pulse until well combined
  3. Transfer to a large mixing bowl, then form into 6-8 patties.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes, then flip gently and bake for another 10-15 minutes.
  5. Serve with your choice of bun/wrap and toppings/condiments.
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Served in a wrap with spinach, tomato, hummus, and extra Sriracha

 

Note: I made 6 burgers but they are so huge that next time I think I’ll make 8 instead.

Here’s the nutritional info per burger if you make 6: 218 calories, 3g fat, 39.5g carbs (7.8g fiber, 1.2g sugar) and 8.9g protein

And per burger if you make 8: 163.5 calories, 2.3g fat, 29.6g carbs (5.8g fiber, .9g sugar) and 6.7g protein

Vegan Taco Bake

Trust me, this tastes much better than it looks :)

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Served with fresh salsa, guacamole and Red Hot Blue chips. PLEASE ignore my finger. I know I desperately need to get my nails done!

Vegan Taco Bake 

  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 1 bunch (about 6) scallions, chopped (remove bulb, use both white and green parts)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 poblano peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 package Lightlife Smart Ground (Mexican-style)
  • 1 Tbsp taco seasoning (or 1 tsp cumin + 1 tsp coriander + 1 tsp chili powder)
  • 1 (4oz) can chopped ripe olives
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 cup corn grits (Polenta), prepared (see below)
  • Chopped cilantro to garnish (optional)
 
Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 375* Fahrenheit
  2. Spray a large frying pan with PAM (or whatever cooking spray) or a splash of veggie broth and put on high heat. Saute the onion, scallions, garlic, peppers, and garlic until they start to brown.
  3. Add the ground “beef,” taco seasoning, broth, and olives.
  4. Stir to combine, then reduce heat to low and let simmer while making the polenta:
  5. Bring 3 cups water (and a pinch of salt) to a boil. Once boiling, slowly pour in the corn grits, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium-low and continuously stir/whisk for about 5 -10 minutes, until it thickens up.
  6. Add the polenta to the “beef” mixture and stir it all together.
  7. Pour into a (PAM/cooking spray- sprayed) 9×13 casserole dish, garnish with cilantro, and bake for about 30 minutes.
  8. Serve!

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Note: I originally cut this into 8 servings but they seemed a little small, so after re-portioning I ended up with 7 servings. My suggestion is if you’re eating this as a meal by itself, to make 6 servings. If you are going to add stuff (salsa, guacamole, wrap/chips, salad, etc) or want smaller portions, go with 8. Either way, it’s pretty healthy and low-fat :)

Here’s the nutrition info (per serving) with 7 servings: 188 calories, 1.2g fat, 33.6g carbs (4g fiber, 2g sugar) and 12g protein.

New Recipe: Southwestern Quinoa and Black Bean Casserole, and I made my Running Goal!

Before I get to the recipe, I wanted to share that I made my running goal for the month! 100.56 miles to be exact. I ran twice yesterday so I wouldn’t have such a long run today. Breaking the 13.1 miles apart like that definitely helped!

I ran 3.7 miles at lunch yesterday (in the Newton Fates): a 5 minute warm up, then 3 repeats of 3×3 hills, followed by a 10 minute tempo run and a quick cool down. After I got home and took Lucy for her walk, I jumped on my treadmill and did another 3.5 miles (in the Saucony Fastwitch 6s): 3 minute warm-up followed by 1:2 (run:jog) intervals. Then today I ran 7.01 miles (Brooks PureFlow 2s) doing 1:30/2:00 (run/jog) intervals.

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I’m feeling pretty good about my running, and starting to gain a little confidence about marathon training beginning (in 9 days!!). I’m also looking forward to slowing back down for my longer runs. I’m perfectly happy running anywhere from 9 – 12 minute miles at any given time ;)


Today’s recipe is a deliciously spicy “Beans, Greens, and Grains” (thanks Matt for that label!) healthy concoction.

Southwestern Quinoa and Black Bean Casserole

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil (or use non-stick cooking spray or a splash of veggie broth) for sauteing
  • 1 Red Onion, chopped
  • 1 heaping Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 Jalapeno pepper, diced
  • 1 Poblano pepper, diced
  • 1 cup Vegetable broth
  • 1 can (15-oz) black beans – drained, rinsed, mashed
  • 1 cup dry quinoa (I use pre-rinsed)
  • 1 can (15-oz) Fire-roasted diced tomatoes (not drained)
  • 1 Tbsp (Hot Mexican) chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne pepper
  • 2 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast (optional)
  • 1 bunch scallions (approx 6), chopped – both white and green parts
  • 1 can (4-oz) sliced black olives, chopped
  • handful of fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika

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Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350* Fahrenheit
  2. Saute the onions, garlic, jalapeno and poblano pepper for about 5 minutes until starts browning
  3. Add the broth, beans, quinoa, tomatoes, cumin, chili powder, and cayenne pepper. Give a good stir.
  4. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for about 20 minutes.
  5. Pour into a non-stick cooking spray-ed 9 x 13 casserole dish
  6. Sprinkle the nutritional yeast on top, then the scallions, olives, and cilantro. Then sprinkle the paprika over it.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes.
  8. Serve!

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Note: You could also wait until you take it out of the oven before adding the scallions and olives. Personally, I like them a little crispy!

I cut this into 6 servings, with the following nutritional info per serving: Calories: 280, Fat: 6 grams, Carbs: 45 grams (Fiber 10 grams, Sugar 5 grams), Protein: 12 grams

I topped mine with guacamole and tortilla chips. Yummy!


Today is the last day of the January #writeandrun31 challenge. Other than the 3 days I had to miss because of the concussion, I ran every day in January (I actually started my #runstreak on November 23rd), and I think I’ve only missed 3 or 4 days of blogging. This challenge has been amazing! I’ve made some new friends and discovered some new blogs, and I’d like to especially thank Matt Frazier of No Meat Athlete, and Christine Frazier (his sister) for putting this together. I’ll be continuing on into February, though I do plan on taking a rest day or two before marathon training starts (in 9 days!!!).

Meatless Monday (the Tuesday edition) – Vegan Veggie Mac -n- Cheese

Happy Meatless Monday Tuesday! My Mac -n- Cheese is adapted from this recipe by Isa Chandra. Had I known it was going to taste so good I would have taken pictures of the process, instead of just the final product. I admit I was skeptical, but Wow! It’s really, really yummy!

Vegan Veggie Mac -n- Cheese

Vegan Veggie Mac -n- Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 12oz pasta of your choice. I used Barilla Veggie Pasta – Elbows (hence the Veggie in the recipe name)
  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight, then drained
  • 1 bunch (approximately 6) scallions – both white and green parts, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth/stock
  • 1 Tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp Chipotle chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast
  • 2 Tbsp chopped cilantro (for garnish, optional)

Directions:

  1. Saute the scallions and garlic (I used vegetable spray) for about 5 minutes, then put in food processor.
  2. Add the cashews, veggie broth/stock, cornstarch, cumin, chili powder, and nutritional yeast to the food processor. Blend until smooth.
  3. Cook the pasta as per package instructions. Drain, then leave pasta in colander but return pot to stove and pour the “cheese sauce” in it.
  4. Heat over medium-low, stirring constantly until it thickens (should only take a minute or so), then pour the pasta back in and mix it all together.
  5. Top with fresh cilantro (optional) before serving.

Makes 6 (heaping 1 cup) servings with the following nutritional info, per serving:

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mEatless Monday – Hot Cocoa Cookies (Vegan)

I named these Hot Cocoa cookies because that’s what they smelled like coming out of the oven. And they taste like it too :) Enjoy!

Hot Cocoa Cookies

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 Ingredients:

  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 2/3 cup (unsweetened) cocoa powder
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 2 Tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (I’m sure any non-dairy milk would work)
  • 2/3 cup non-dairy chocolate chips

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine all dry ingredients (from the flour to the baking powder)
  3. Make a well in the center and add in the wet ingredients (from the maple syrup to the milk)
  4. Mix it all together, then stir in the chocolate chips.
  5. Drop tablespoons of the dough onto parchment-lined cookie sheets and bake for about 13 minutes.

Makes about 30 cookies.

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I don’t have nutritional info on these yet as this was a new experiment. I’ll come back and update once I enter the recipe at Sparkpeople.com. But just in case you couldn’t already tell, they are absolutely, in no way, healthy ;)

*Note: if your dough is too dry, add more milk. If too wet, add more almond flour. I had to keep adding more of each to get it just right so maybe start with 1/4 cup almond flour and 1/2 cup of the milk.

Meatless Monday – Fiesta Corn (and a C25k update!)

Hope everyone had a nice weekend. I took it easy on Saturday-  caught up on my DVR’d shows from the week, and then spent a few hours in the kitchen, making a couple of my regular recipes (Black Bean and Sriracha Pasta, and BBQ Black Bean and Quinoa burgers), and testing out a couple new ones. One was just “meh,” but the other, a side dish I’m calling Fiesta Corn, came out really good!

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Fiesta Corn

  • 4 cups corn (I used a combination of sweet white and sweet yellow, frozen but thawed)
  • 1 Tbsp Earth Balance buttery spread, divided
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 cup roasted red pepper, chopped
  • 4 oz diced green chilies
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat Vegenaise
  • 1 tsp Mrs. Dash extra spicy seasoning blend
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Melt 1/2 the Tbsp of Earth Balance in a large skillet then saute the corn until it starts to brown. Then pour the corn into a large mixing bowl.
  3. Melt the other 1/2 Tbsp of Earth Balance and saute the onion, garlic, and jalapeno until it all starts to brown. Then add it to the bowl of corn.
  4. Add the roasted red peppers, green chilies, Vegenaise, and spices. Stir to combine.
  5. Pour into PAM-sprayed (or parchment lined) baking dish and bake for about 20 minutes.
  6. Serve!

I portioned this into 4 servings with the following nutritional info:

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My running is also going really well! This last week was Week 5 of C25k:

  • Day 1 (Wednesday 11/12/14): 3.25 miles in 31:08
  • Day 2 (Thursday 11/13/14): 3.33 miles in 31:00
  • Day 3 (Friday 11/14/14): 3.37 miles in 30:00

And for my long run yesterday I did all 3 days of week 5 consecutively, and then added a couple minutes at the end to hit 10 miles (1:36:49). All running this week was done via treadmill, in Brooks PureFlow 2.

I’m happy to report that I’m back down to 117.8 as of this morning! I have been adamant about tracking everything that goes into my mouth for about 2 weeks now, and it’s definitely been helping! I was going back and forth between My Fitness Pal and SparkPeople, but have once again decided that SparkPeople works best for me, especially since all my “regular” foods are already saved there.

And that’s about it from this end. Have a great week everyone!