Sunday, February 26, 2012

Count the ways...

I apologize for leaving you in suspense for one week after that cliff-hanger in the last post. I'm sure you all were waiting (im)patiently on the edge of your seats for the conclusion of how I used that huge chunk of goat cheese I purchased.

Fortunately for you goat cheese lovers, I've been using it all week. Fortunately for me, I still have more than half of it left to finish! Let's count the ways the goat cheese has found its way in my meals this week:

1. Polenta.

I based this idea off of something I saw in Vegetarian Times magazine. The polenta I used was square shaped, because when I went to the store, the regular polenta was all out. (Strange...I didn't know it was that popular). So I ended up buying this:

(The box is misleading, because the polenta really is no different from the cylindrically packaged polenta. It's just in a square shaped box).

What I did for this dish: I sauteed green peppers, garlic, and mushrooms in olive oil (seasoned with salt/pepper) and transferred it to a baking dish. In a separate skillet, I cooked the polenta. Then I placed the polenta on the veggies, topped the polenta with goat cheese, and baked everything for about 15 minutes.

2. Eggs.

Can I just make a quick announcement? How come I was never informed that eggs could be cooked in a microwave? My life changed this week because I had a couple of my dinners come together in about 2 minutes with this microwaved egg trick. Above picture: tortilla + microwaved egg + salsa + goat cheese.

I attempted to make a spinach and bell pepper omelette with goat cheese. Apparently I was a little overzealous with the amount of veggies...because the egg did not all. So I had a nice plate of spinach, bell pepper, and goat cheese scrambled eggs! 

3. Pizza.

Sometime last week, the idea of goat cheese popped into my mind. I made it a reality today. Best decision ever. I found these awesome pre-made whole wheat pizza crusts:

I think this thin crust made all the was so crispy. The other toppings included spinach, olives, and mushrooms. (Still obsessed with spinach if it was not evident enough).

Since I still have lots of goat cheese left, tell me: what is your favorite way to incorporate goat cheese in your meals? Any recipes to share?

Sunday, February 19, 2012

The one with the phone pictures.

(TFG has been pretty bad about taking her camera around these days).

I have some good news! Remember when I posted about Vibrams? I got some good feedback regarding ways to eliminate the blister problem. One suggestion I was given was to put deodorant on my feet.

I tried it today, and it worked quite well! Half marathon, here I come? (Just kidding).

My post-run meal today consisted of this:

A gigantic veggie burger and sweet potato fries. This veggie burger contained not only veggies, but also almonds and hemp seeds! Anything with hemp seeds is a friend of mine.

In other news, I somehow almost went an entire week without photographing my lunch. I remembered on Friday, mid-consumption. Better late than never!

As un-photogenic as this looks, this concoction was tasty and filling. I used my pressure cooker to cook a combination of beans, and then added them to a skillet with olive oil, okra, and corn. Seasonings included salt, pepper, and garlic powder. I had some leftover TJ's wild rice blend which paired quite well with the bean combination.

I've been eating waffles way too often. The good news is that my waffle maker was not a wasted purchase. The bad news is that I'm eating too many waffles. But, they are whole wheat! So, I can't complain.

(And now that I've found this website, I'll be using my waffle maker even more!).

I've been sent some very interesting recipes in the past week, and unfortunately, the majority of them involve appliances I still do not possess, including a real blender. Yes, it's true... I have lived without a real blender/food processor for the past 6 months, which is why you haven't seen those good ol' pop'ums in so long. I foresee a blender purchase in the near future...

I was planning on sharing a recipe today but instead I'm going to leave you with a cliffhanger. Guess what I bought today for said recipe?

One can never, ever go wrong with goat cheese.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Appliance of the week.

So...I bought a new kitchen appliance this week. It might seem like it was unnecessary, but I assure you, it was definitely not.

I put it to use the minute it arrived.

Raspberry waffle! With almond butter and maple syrup.

This is going to be my new weekend breakfast tradition. I am so excited.

In other news, remember the time I bought tomatillos at the farmer's market? I picked those up to make some tomatillo salsa. So very refreshing! And very easy to make.

1. Chop the tomatillos.

2. Add cilantro, water, salt, lemon juice from 1/2 lemon, garlic (3 cloves).

3. Blend.

What better way to eat tomatillo salsa than with some enchiladas? I hadn't made enchiladas in months. It was about time. I decided to get back into the enchilada making gradually with simple pinto bean and spinach enchiladas.

I took these for lunch everyday this past week and it never got old. Especially with the tomatillo salsa and a side of guacamole.

Lastly, I have to share this because it is awesome:

Best gift ever. And now I have yet another source for meal ideas!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Blast from the past.

It has been a rainy and gloomy weekend. Best weather to spend lots and lots of time in the kitchen! I especially spent some quality time with the newest addition to my kitchen:

Pressure cooker! With which I can cook beans and lentils in no time. I had some technical difficulties getting acquainted with it, but I eventually figured it out. And now I will never have to buy canned beans again. Quite exciting.

Today I thought I'd compile what I've been enjoying lately. There are some items that are definitely a blast from the past that I had completely forgotten about, and now I am re-obsessed. Let us begin!

Potatoes. This is a surprise for everyone, I realize, because I never was the biggest fan or proponent of potato consumption. But last week, I bought a couple of potatoes and lightly fried them on the skillet. I am never looking back. So crispy and delicious. And potatoes do contain nutrients, which is a plus. 

Eggs. This makes for the easiest dinner preparation ever. In the above picture, I used egg whites and made a pseudo omelette with cheese and placed it on a wheat tortilla. Post-picture I poured salsa over it. I usually eat my eggs with a side of some kind of veggie. Lately, I make a huge bowl of salad on Sunday and eat some each day. This makes the weekday dinner preparation even easier!

Eggplant. I couldn't think of anything creative to do with my eggplant, and I wanted something similar to eggplant parmesan without it being too time consuming. So all I did was cook the eggplant on a skillet with some olive oil and salt, and then mixed in a small can of tomato sauce, and for seasonings added black pepper and oregano. I could have used cheese, but instead I topped it with nutritional yeast and ate it with some quinoa (which I also topped with nutritional yeast).

Banana and almond butter. I used to eat this combination frequently and forgot about it, until one day when I wanted something sweet and had nothing sweet to eat. So, I improvised. I spread some almond butter on the banana and stuck chocolate chips inside it, and then microwaved it. It was a very good idea, I must say.

Green smoothies. I completely forgot about these until recently, and I really don't know why. This particular glass included: almond milk + 1/2 frozen banana + 1 cup spinach + frozen raspberries + ice. It gave me a brain freeze but it was so worth it. And I promise, spinach does not have a taste when it's blended with banana!

Brunch. I went to a brunch buffet and realized how much I love waffles. Oh, and that's butter on the waffle, which made it one thousand times better. 

In other news, here is a fun fact that I heard from the instructor of Body Pump class today: the average person eats 3000 calories during the Super Bowl.  

I'm skeptical about how true this is, but Super Bowl foods are notorious for being pretty calorific... stay healthy!!