Category Archives: Just Food….and Maybe Some Drink

Trials and tribulations of sustanance

Tis the Season to Be In Love With Your Food

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And so it begins……..the season of all things fresh and delicious!

I love our farmer’s market, but due to garage sale prep and sale itself, I have not made it to the big one.  Our local neighborhood farmer’s market is unfortunately hosted on a Taekwondo night, so I’ve missed that one too.  Big Poo.  Hyvee’s produce is the next best thing and wowsers did I lose my mind stocking up!  Everything was so fresh I just couldn’t bear to leave one little fruit or veggie behind!  I think the checker at the market thought I was a vegetarian on crack!  Now, don’t mind the sneaky little vodka bottle hiding in the background – he will meet his maker with the blender and the fruit later on!  So, 2 hours later, I have a frig/freezer stocked with fresh sliced wonderful goodness.  The 6 year old covets cantaloupe so she may OD.  Or puke.  Wonder how awesome that would be coming back up?  Anyway, I got so involved with chopping and slicing that I neglected to photograph the veggies.  Here’s that rundown…….broccoli, romaine and lots of it, fresh spinach, green and yellow squash, avocados, mushrooms, cucumbers, carrots, sweet snow peas, broccoli coleslaw, cauliflower, celery, asparagus and sun-dried tomatoes.  Do those count because as much as I want to like fresh toms, I just can’t and don’t.

This week’s lunches have consisted of all things salad so far, each day being different from the previous.  Variety with the same thing!  Huh……I’m currently in love with my food choices and feel so excited about them.  When my friend visited Italy last year, she struggled finding the words to describe the food there, but explained it simply as “I wanted to make out with my food every day.”  I kinda get it now.  Yah, it’s not Italy but there’s just nothing better than filling your belly with fresh goodness.  I still want pastries frequently, so it hasn’t really helped there, but having all this in the house is a great distraction.

So dinners………well, how much fun am I having with those!  Veggie stir fry that my kids won’t eat (yay me!), baked and grilled chicken, couscous, chicken salad with avocado, tuna salad with cucumbers and steamed carrots.  And it’s only Wednesday!   Snacks have been almonds or celery with laughing cow wedge or yes, fruit.  Duh.

And of course breakfast, which I still struggle with……banana with raspberries = my favorite and a small dollop of peanut butter.  It works until about 10am and then there’s a much-needed snack.  I’m still working on the breakfast thing for summer since nothing warm sounds good.  I love my peanut butter so I have to be mindful or half the jar will be ingested before the next breath arrives.

Next up……smoothies.  Stay tuned!!  What kinds of deliciousness have you created that left your mouth-watering enough to want to make out with your food???  Help a girl out with more ideas!  *hugs*  M

Pot of Gold St. Pat’s Soup

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YUMMY POT OF GOLD SOUP

A pinch of sugar and salt makes this butternut soup a savory St. Pat’s Day soup.  Add a batch of Irish soda bread and oh yummy day!!!

 

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 medium apples
  • 2 medium butternut squashes (about 3 pounds)
  • 1 cup apple juice or cider
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • Salt and pepper

 

 

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat. Add the chopped onion and saute until soft and translucent. Remove the onion from the heat.
  2. Now set your kids to work peeling the apples while you peel, seed, and chop the squash. Core and chop the peeled apples.
  3. Add the apples, squash, juice or cider, and chicken stock to the onions and bring to a boil. Then lower the heat and simmer partially covered for 25 minutes.
  4. Add the brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and salt and pepper. Puree the soup, reheat, and serve. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

I Love Me Some Veggies!

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Funny thing about fitness…….I think the body knows when it’s time to change gears and fuel up differently.  All of a sudden, without any real forethought, my brain is much more interested in healthier foods.  Not like I would completely kick the fresh baked cookies out of my kitchen, but I’m not in there scrounging around for something sweet that leads me down a stupid path of regret these days.

Made delicious burritos for the kiddos per their request, but the heaviness of that just didn’t sound appealing, so I opted for a quick whip up of stir fry veggies MoJo style.

Super quick and easy…….any veggies will do of course but here are my picks:

Fresh mushrooms, yellow squash, broccoli and sun dried tomatoes all sliced nice and thick so they don’t get weird and squishy.  Toss in a frying pan with a bit of extra virgin olive oil, Janies Mix It Up Salt (my fave), Emeril’s Essence and a few sprinkles of Mrs. Dash.  I usually like my veggies a little firmer than the average bear, so I don’t really saute them too long, maybe 5-8 minutes.  Add just enough chicken broth to coat the bottom of the pan and then simmer for another 2-3  minutes just so the broth flavors your veggies nicely and then throw in a giant handful of fresh baby spinach leaves.  Cover just until the spinach is to your desired consistency and voila!  Drain off the juices and serve piping hot and Yummmo – doesn’t that smell so tasty!?!

Sorry I’m not really super technical on creating recipes with exact measurements or proper cooking protocol because I tend to fly by the seat of my pants in the kitchen.  Sometimes it ends up not so good, but saute some veggies really quickly with a bit of chicken broth this weekend and see how it goes!!  Play around with spices too.  I would love to hear about your veggies blends to give me more ideas!!  My next mixture is going to involve Soba noodles and possibly a bit of fruit flavored oil – ooooo, delish!!

P.S.  And sorry again, no pic….I ate it too quick and forgot!  Will remember my manners next time!!  Have fun in your kitchen!!

The Ayurvedic Diet: Eating for Your Body Type

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See what I mean – totally interesting stuff he comes out with!!  This is pretty straight forward and simple information for anyone to understand, so there’s nothing wacky about his suggestions.  Take a look………

The Ayurvedic Diet: Eating for Your Body Type | The Dr. Oz Show.

Fat Burning Egg and Cheese Muffin

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Okay I’m going to let you all in on the dealio that’s been in the closet for too long.  I’m coming out!!  I have a secret crush on Dr. Oz’s brain.  I’m in love with his knowledge and fascinated with the stuff he comes up with.  Overwhelming, but awesome.

Now, for those who know me, making poached eggs for weekday breakfasts is NOT going to happen, but I love the idea of this for lunch or even part of dinner.  Remember the days when mom would make pancakes for dinner and we all thought is was so cool having breakfast for dinner??  Yah, I do it for my kids only my pancakes have chocolate chips in them and if I eat that at dinnertime, I might as well simply rub it directly on my ass and thighs because that’s where it’s gonna land!  So here’s my new breakfast dinner idea maybe with a little salad………

Egg and Cheese Muffin | The Dr. Oz Show.

MoJo’s Nummy Cardio Shake

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Oh how I love this after a nice sweaty workout.  It’s so much fun to toss a bunch of stuff together in the blender and get a frothy surprise.  Here’s our current household fave…….

2 ripe bananas

1 scoop protein powder (I used whey vanilla flavored)

2 TBSP Benefiber powder (not necessary – no flavor, but hey why not!!)

3 TBSP natural peanut butter (or almond butter)

1 non fat vanilla yogurt (we like Yoplait)  SO CREAMY

1- 2 cups Vanilla Almond Milk (We use Silk)

BLEND AND ENJOY!!!

This amount serves 2 people or 1 large glass, but it’s pretty heavy.  You could substitute all over the place with this, but we just like the sweet thickness of this combo.  I’ve used skim milk in place of the almond and the shake is just runnier, so if you use skim and like it less sweet, try Greek yogurt in place of regular for some added thickness.

 

Mango-Ginger Smoothie

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Mango-Ginger Refresher

2 cups frozen mango

1 cup frozen raspberries

1 banana

1/4 cup chopped ginger

squeeze of lime

Yogurt – plain

You will need a pretty decent blender to chop and handle frozen berries – I learned this the hard way!

BLEND & ENJOY!!

Mango-Ginger Deliciousness