Two Lives, One Lifestyle

PB Banana Goodness by Katie
October 15, 2010, 2:39 pm
Filed under: Dessert, Katie, Snacks

I know the frozen banana custard thing has been out there in blog land for awhile but it still amazes me that something so good and creamy can come out of frozen bananas.   The other day I added a big scoop of peanut butter into the food processor with one chopped up frozen banana and I had to remind myself that I was eating a pretty balanced snack.

I’m not one to shun a real ice cream indulgence considering I’m pretty much a connoisseur having worked in the industry* for 3 years, but sometimes you want something just a little better for you.  If you haven’t given this a try to, it’s a bandwagon I fully support jumping on- even though I have a slight allergy to raw bananas (I finally realized why I don’t love plain bananas after 24 years).

*By industry I mean I scooped ice cream and dished up glorious sundae creations.

Apple A Day by Katie
October 11, 2010, 6:09 pm
Filed under: Apple, Baking, Dessert, Katie

I have a lot of apples, approximately 100.

Apples with yogurt and crunchy cereal things.

A pie I promised to some Boston friends and forgot… so I guess I will have to return to Boston.

Applesauce. Way more applesauce than anyone with a full set of teeth needs.  Feel free to stop by my freezer for a container or 8.

A Great Lake by Katie
September 14, 2010, 6:12 pm
Filed under: Dessert, Home, Ice cream, Katie, Rochester

Yup, I’m still in Rochester and that’s a pretty nice looking beach.  In the spirit of focusing on the here and now rather than worrying about the future, staying in the moment instead of missing CO, enjoying the detour as part of the destination, etc., I took some time to enjoy a Rochester view of Lake Ontario.  It was the perfect day for a walk- 70s, sunny, cool breeze- and a favorite local custard place might have been across the street from a park..

Vanilla and pumpkin custard on a beach on a gorgeous fall day- I don’t think I’ve ever appreciated that about Rochester before.  Also, if you’ve never had frozen custard before you should come visit.  It might look like softserve but it is so much better.  The only comparable thing I’ve had is ice cream in Norway. Yeah, so um visit Norway or Rochester ASAP.

Seeing a Great Lake for the first time confuses a lot of people. WHOA I can’t see Canada?!?!  Nope.

When I worked as a hostess at a restaurant on the lake so many people asked if they could sit “somewhere with a view of the ocean.”  The nice hostess voice said “Of course!” while on the inside I said something more like “Are you effing joking?? You either traveled here or live here and you’re a grown adult. How do you not know that you are hundreds of miles from the ocean right now? This is a freaking lake!”

So yes back to my original point, way to go Ro-cha-cha.

Banana Oatmeal Cookies by Katie
May 14, 2010, 4:00 pm
Filed under: Baking, Cookies, Dessert, Katie

Packing to move is not fun- you know how you start looking around like “oh it won’t be so bad!” and then the night before you’re like “what IS this stuff? why did I keep every magazine I’ve bought in 2 years!?”  For once, I’m ahead of the game and started packing about 3 weeks before I move for this reason.

One night my brain was bleeding from reading about Markov Chain Statistical Methods for Biological Applications so I needed a more mindless activity- going through all my magazines to tear out all the recipes I want to make someday.

I’m attempting to slowly eat everything in my kitchen rather than hauling it around with me (I’ll be a bit of a nomad for the next month) and the extra brown banana on my counter and an excessive amount of oats beckned as soon as I ripped “Banana-Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies” out of Cooking Light, July 2009.

Banana-Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 1 medium ripe banana, mashed
  • 1/2 c. packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 c. softened butter
  • 1/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  • 5.6 oz. (1 1/4 c.) all-purpose flour (I used 1 c. white, 1/4 c. wheat)
  • 2 c. oats
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 c. semisweet chocolate chips (exactly the amount I had left in the bag!)

Using a mixer on medium speed, beat together the first 5 ingredients in a large bowl until smooth, then add the egg.  In a different bowl, mix the dry ingredients and then add the dry mixture to the banana mixture.  Drop onto a cookie sheet, spacing batter 2 inches apart, and bake for 18 minutes (um, set the timer for less than this… or maybe that’s just at altitude) at 350°F.   Makes about 12 cookies, or more if you can’t make consistent cookie shapes…

The banana helps add sweetness (so less added sugar) and keeps the cookies very moist, but just a touch of banana flavor.  They are a bit dense and not my favorite cookie, but still pretty tasty.  I’ve been refueling with one or two after my runs this week.

Just wanted to through a running respite in there for everyone who started reading for the food ;).

Why You So Obsessed With Me? by Katie
May 5, 2010, 10:01 pm
Filed under: Breakfast, Dessert, Eggs, Katie

Last Saturday I had a perfect egg sandwich at Masterpiece Deli and everyday since, I’ve been obsessed with trying to match it.

  • Step 1-  Pat of real butter in the pan (a little bit goes a long way)
  • Step 2- Add some diced veggies or spinach (optional)
  • Step 3- Two eggs (keep those yolks! nutrients people!)
  • Step 4- Pop whole wheat roll/bread/English Muffin in the toaster
  • Step 5- Flip eggs, add slivers of thinly sliced cheese (again a little goes a long way!)
  • Step 6- Remove bun, top with eggs, and enjoy

If you’re thinking- uh what?  Eggs in butter with cheese? I don’t think so.  But use some real butter and full fat cheese, and the amounts you use are so small compared to the flavor it brings.  And that fat will keep you full.   I haven’t been reaching for a mid-morning snack all week.   I’ve been having huge salads with lunch and dinner so I’m not worried about getting my veggies.

Other obsession: homemade fruit on the bottom yogurt.

Just take a scoop of frozen fruit, top with plain/ Greek yogurt, and pack it up for later.  The frozen fruit works well because it gets so juicy when it thaws.

This is one of those things that is so simple (and cheap if you buy a bulk bag of fruit and bulk tub of yogurt), I don’t know why I’ve been buying the mini containers of it at the store.  It’s been my afternoon “sweet” this week.

Back to work, just wanted to show some of my repetitive but delicious eating habits when my schedule is busy!

What Do You Crave? by Katie
April 29, 2010, 12:18 am
Filed under: Cravings, Dessert, Dinner, Katie, Salad, Speed Work

Tuesday Night

If you worked at a grocery store and I made the following purchases (and only these), what would you guess I had for dinner last night?


With a pack of corn tortillas, deli counter chicken labeled “fajita seasoned,” and pico, I headed to the register and the check-out guy was really talkative.  He brought up how he hadn’t had dinner yet (it was 8 PM) and I said something like “Well you can probably guess what I’m eating!”  No; no he could not.

So what’ll it be?


Tacos of course.  Or maybe they’re fajitas?

I guess I could have been making a mini quesadilla.  In any case, maybe I just scared the guy by being so friendly.


Chicken with peppers and onions, cooked frozen corn, pico, and Greek yogurt on top of warmed corn tortillas.  It took about 10 minutes to put it all together, which was great for 8:30 PM.  Easy but messy.

Running- Speed Work

Last night, I went to a Team in Training track practice and we ran 8 x 800 repetitions.  They aren’t a full out sprint but definitely not at a marathon pace, or a pace where conversation is possible.  I’m not familiar with track terms too but that’s about a half a mile, or two laps.  I did mine in around 3:55 each, almost all in negative splits (faster each of the 8 times).  I’m not sure what my time “means” or if it’s “good” so if any of your speedster trackstars out there have input, I’d be happy to hear it.

Wednesday & Cravings

Today equaled 14 hours at my school computer running simulations over and over and over.  You should see how much food I pack in the AM!  I’m on a really good kick right now so I’m going to go do more work (big time presentation tomorrow and Friday… as in I will either be told I need to make a LOT of changes or that I can go ahead and finish writing my thesis) while I wait for my sweet potato to bake.

When I finally left at 9:15, I debated rewarding my hard work with some ice cream… or maybe carrot cake…ooh!  As I drove from school to home (Whole Foods is one itty bitty turn into a parking lot along my drive), I tried to figure out what sounded most delicious.


Suddenly I thought of spinach… what?


After I thought about it more, at that moment, a big, fresh salad sounded AMAZING.  It sounded more appealing than ice cream.  Maybe I’ve been working too long!

I ended up not getting anything because I have enough food at home but I started to think of all sorts of vegetables and how good it all sounded.  Instead of shrugging it off due to exhaustion and crazy grad student mindset, I pondered cravings.  In this case, I wanted something rewarding to eat so my mind immediately went to sweets.  But then a quick flash of spinach and I realized that I couldn’t decide because it wasn’t what I was craving.

I think I assume that after a long day or a bad day or a tough workout I will crave ice cream or cake or cheese because I LOVE those foods. I make an impulse purchase and reward myself without considering what I really even want.  Those foods always still taste fantastic but maybe I’m not always listening to my body.  Does this make sense? Basically, we have certain indulgences we love so we assume we crave them all the time but maybe we don’t, maybe it’s just our conscious mind rather than a subconscious craving.  Like I said, it’s been a long day of repeating “FOCUS! FOCUS! FOCUS!” out loud to myself…


Nutty Fries And ShroomY Burgers by Katie
April 21, 2010, 11:19 pm
Filed under: Burger, Dessert, Dinner, Katie, Mushrooms, Run

I’d seen parsnip fries on a few blogs and didn’t think much of it but when I saw the parsnips that Angela of Oh She Glows made…. they went to the top of my list.  I bought 2 parsnips (the checker-outter lady had to ask me what they were) and prepared to be impressed.

Parsnips sort of look like white carrots- though some are the size of carrots that ate too many cookies.  Check out the size difference.


So what did Angela do that intrigued me so?  Coated the parsnips in almond butter and peanut butter. There are few things that don’t taste better with nut butter.

For both parsnips, I first melted (microwaved for 20 seconds) a heaping TBSP of almond butter + 1/2 TBSP olive oil.  I tossed the sliced parsnips with this mixture until it was all coated.


I left out the peanut butter because I forgot it in my desk drawer. Yes, my desk at work.  The fries baked at 400* for about 15 minutes before I tested one.

They were a bit smooshy still so I hit them with the broiler. Oops, make sure you watch them in the broiler! A few got extra crisp.


The final product, with a little drizzle of honey because honey and nuts go together like milk and cookies.


I have to be honest though.  I don’t know if I like parsnips!  I’m not the biggest carrot fan and the taste of parsnip is basically the taste of carrot I don’t like, magnified.  Sorry about that description- vegetable flavor is tough to put into words.  However, the crispy nut butter coating?! Genius.  I will absolutely try this on sweet potatoes.

For some green, I cooked 2 zucchinis with some chopped tomato and a drizzle of Italian dressing.  There was probably about a 1/2 TBSP of dressing and it coated everything well without being greasy.


While I cooked it started to thunderstorm.  It really doesn’t rain much here and sometimes I miss it! It’s hard to justify staying cozy inside watching a movie (or Law & Order SVU) with a glass of wine when it’s sunny outside. I opened the sliding door to let in the fresh rain air and listen to thunder.


The most delicious and easiest part of dinner was a simple Portobello burger.  Portobello mushroom cooked in a splash of olive oil and balsamic, onions sautéed in the same, and creamy goat cheese.  Yum yum yum- SO easy and simple too.


This morning I decided to switch my workouts to the AM instead of the afternoon and I loved having my evening free to enjoy cooking and eating!  Breakfast is always the same anyway, so why not give myself more time to make dinner?

My runs this week have varied between 20 to 30 minutes, as an active recovery week.  My belly is still really sore, I can’t lie down on my stomach and after sitting for a long time I feel pain.  Not good! So the “active recovery” is a reasonable way to keep myself in shape while not getting inured.

Now I’m off to watch Law and Order SVU, drink some wine, and eat some of this chocolate.


Do you like to work out in the morning or afternoon better? Or does switching it up help fight boredom and monotony?