Two Lives, One Lifestyle


Roasted Veggie Tacos by Katie
July 22, 2010, 12:03 pm
Filed under: Katie, Lunch, Mushrooms

Why do they sell tortillas in packs of approximately 1 billion?  The more authentic, delicious varieties at least- not the low carb blah-blah ones. I’ve made fish tacos, chicken tacos, veggie tacos, egg tacos, you name it.

I had a bunch of leftover roasted veggies (balsamic, olive oil, S+P) and only a million tortillas leftover so voila.  First, mashed up some avocado to add some fat for staying power.

And then topped it off with warmed up vegetables- cherry tomatoes, zucchini, mushrooms, onions, and peppers.  They weren’t that oily in reality but they sure are shiny!

After the picture, I topped it with a dab of Greek yogurt in place of sour cream.  Definitely more delicious than a side salad for getting those vegetables in.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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



No Such Thing as Leftover Sushi by Katie
March 23, 2010, 12:05 am
Filed under: Breakfast, Dinner, Eggs, Frozen yogurt, Katie, Lift, Mushrooms, Protein shake, Run, Snacks

Once John awoke from his slumber on Sunday morning/afternoon, we went house hunting.  SIKE!  We did walk around the Highlands neighborhood and go through a few open houses though- it’s fun to see what’s out there.

After lots of walking, we were both ready for some food (though it was my snack time and his lunch time).   This is John’s post flip omelet- he is a good flipper.

His cooking skills are a work in progress so he told me his strategy is to get really good at one thing and then learn one more thing, and on and on.

I made a Greek yogurt, banana, & peanut butter snack.

Peanut butter tastes so sweet compared to the tart yogurt (and there is no sugar in the PB).

For dinner, we tried to get sushi again.  I started with a seaweed salad and not sure what the issue was but I could not manage more than 3 bites of the rolls.  I felt so nauseous and full and in pain.  It sounds pathetic but all I wanted to do was get in bed.

Well, after a yogurt + frozen blueberries + granola breakfast (and some Irish soda bread I munched in the car), I got a phone call that might explain my issues.  My gall bladder is broken :(.

By broken I mean it isn’t pumping out bile to digest foods as it should.  The recommendation is for surgery.  With my thesis defense and marathon coming up, this is kind of a bummer but life doesn’t always happen how we plan it now does it?

[I had a turkey sandwich + Cold Stone Tart ‘n Tangy yogurt for lunch but my camera was forgotten.  Impressed with the yogurt!]

After work, I fit in a quick run before it got dark- my legs were feeling heavy!

  • Mile 1: 9:40
  • Mile 2: 9:28
  • Mile 3: 9:10

Glad I pushed a bit for those negative splits. I made a green monster right after with this Terra’s Whey protein sample that was on sale.  The flavor enticed me…

I wish I had tried it just by itself for comparison but I wasn’t a huge fan of it in the monster.  Maybe it was the somewhat weird flavor combo- almond milk + banana + spinach + bourbon vanilla?  It was very sweet too.

For awhile, I was staying right on track with the Fitnessista’s Intro to Iron plan but ever since I was home last weekend, I fell off the bandwagon.  I jumped back on tonight!

  • Overhead press: 3 x 15 with 12-lb dumbbells
  • Dips: 3 x 12
  • Stability Ball Push Ups:  3 x 15
  • Lateral Raises: 3 x 15 with 8-lb dumbells
  • Cable Tricep Extension: 0- cause some guys are machine hoggers

In the ~2 weeks of slacking, I noticed my arms were not as firm.  That’s sadly fast but also great motivation!

I tried to eat the sushi from last night for dinner.  Um.  Don’t do that.  The rice was dried out and crunchy and the eel wasn’t sweet and soft anymore but more like dead eel on the beach.

Instead- whole wheat penne with mushrooms and tomato sauteed with garlic and a splash of red wine.

Oh and parmesan on top of course.

The less than normal appetite (seriously, that is way less food than usual) is bothering me but hopefully this gall bladder is the culprit. Nothing sounds all that appealing.  Every time I think of food, I start to think of how much pain I’ll be in afterwards and it’s a real buzz kill! I like food!  Anyone out there ever had gall bladder symptoms or surgery and have some good tips??



Mushroom And Cream Cheese Burgers by Katie
March 3, 2010, 11:26 pm
Filed under: Breakfast, Burger, Cookies, Dinner, Green Monster, Katie, Lunch, Mushrooms, Original Recipe, Run

It was just your standard day over here-

Oats for breakfast (1/4 c oats + 1/2 banana + 3/4 c unsweetened vanilla almond milk + handful of frozen blubies + coconut + PB blob)

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Leftovers for lunch- beans, peppers, potatoes, brown rice.  Topped with guac and salsa come lunchtime.

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Lunch and snacks- I actually didn’t eat my snacks cause someone so graciously placed a bag of Smartfood right next to me.  Needless to say, I ate at least a serving or two.

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The weather has been unbelievable and perfecto for running.  Heather asked why we exercise today and I thought about how my reasons for exercising have varied over the years.  I’ve viewed running as a way to get in shape for sports, a way to keep myself relaxed and sane, and as a way to burn calories, sometimes one reason greatly outweighing the others.  Head over to Heather’s Dish to dish about why you exercise.

Along the same vein, training for the marathon has been changing the way I think of running.  I’m all about my pace and heart rate and rarely look at calories.  I’m thinking of food as fuel more than anything else, which is leading to some of the most balanced eating I’ve ever done.  For example, after a run, I think about what I should eat for my body. Not what I should (or shouldn’t) eat for weight-loss; not what would immediately taste delicious (aka French fries and ice cream).  I eat when I’m hungry and try to eat something balanced cause half of the time, I’m going to run within a few hours or I just ran.  Have your views of food ever varied due to training, or maybe due to something like pregnancy?  I’d think that would be another time in life that the food quality would really be front and center.

Speaking of running, today was a 30 minute run, and I went with negative splits.

  • Mile 1– 9:55
  • Mile 2– 9:48
  • Mile 3– 9:34
  • Last 0.2– 8:19 (I have the need for speed)

Tangent off. 😉

After my run, I drank a green monster (bunch of spinach + vanilla almond milk + 1/2 a frozen banana) and caught up on my Tweets.  The important things.

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The last time Kelli visited (last MAY?!), I ate a mushroom-cream cheese burger that was to die for.  I’m sort of embarrassed to say that this burger has been on my mind since then and this was my first attempt to recreate it.  A girl can dream [about food] for 9 months right?

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I started sauteeing a bit of onion and garlic in olive oil, and then added about a cup of these frozen mixed mushrooms + 2 fresh button mushrooms.  I added a splash of soy sauce and then remembered Kelli’s burger- and added some steak sauce! I added probably 1 Tbsp of each.  After the shrooms were good and cooked, I tossed them into the food processor with 1 TBSP of cream cheese and a few crackers.

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I sprinkled in a teeny bit of this gouda.  Lots of grocery stores have these mini cheese samples, and are perfect for sampling, especially when you cook for one.

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After grinding it all together, I made a patty and fried it in a bit of butter.  Meanwhile, there was some garlic broccoli cooking (olive oil, garlic, and broc until it’s bright green).

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The finished product, with a couple goat cheese crumbles.  Looks close to a real burger, no?

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The insides- even more beef-like.

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Huhg jass pile of broccoli.

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And the sweet potato fries that inspired it all.  Thought process- I want sweet tater fries, what goes with fries? Burger! I have no meat. Mushrooms!

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Now, I’m going to relax with a GS Cookie (Samoa) or two and some Malbec. 🙂



Bowls of Goodness by Katie
February 16, 2010, 10:20 pm
Filed under: Beer, Breakfast, Chili, Dinner, Green Monster, Katie, Lunch, Mushrooms, Run

Good bowl #1: Why so blue?

  • 1/4 c. oats
  • 1 c. water
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 c. blueberries
  • 1 egg white
  • blobs of Greek yogurt
  • sprinkle of granola

I got to work bright and early at 7 AM, I love being the first one there! Peace and quiet to accomplish tons of work.

Good bowl #2: Leftovers make the best lunches.

I let lunch digest and then decided to take a work break and run OUTSIDE.  Since my route is pretty darn gorgeous, I brought my camera on it’s first run.  I saw a fox!

A nice running path, about 1.5 miles away.

To the left..

To the right…

Uh-oh! Then I deviated and had something from a glass.

Good pint glass #1: Green Monster, enjoyed while tennis-ball rolling my calves. Thanks for the Tweet tip, Heather!

  • Bunches of spinach
  • 1/2 a banana
  • 1/2 packet of Jay Robb chocolate whey protein powder
  • 3/4 c almond milk + some water
  • Couple a ice cubes

Good bowl #3: Frozen chili souped up (chilied up?) with more beans, a bit of tomato paste, and ancho chipotle chilies.  Topped with avocado and Greek yoyo.

I didn’t originally like this chili very much but I let the update version simmer for an hour and it thickened up so well.  SPICY!

Good pint glass #2: Frambozen, a winter-only New Belgium treat.  Fab complement to the chili!

Good plate #1 and only of the day: Goat cheese and mushroom quesadilla.  This was pretty itty-bitty as far as ‘dillas go but with the chili, I didn’t need much. It also looks terrible..

Also enjoyed- last dough ball from Ashley!

I’m working on a run time fun time post, see ya tomorrow!



Meatless Monday Quickie Veggie Stir Fry by Katie
February 16, 2010, 12:12 am
Filed under: Breakfast, Dinner, Katie, Lift, Lunch, Mushrooms, Run, Snacks

Well hello! One advantage of using the blackberry for photos was flexibility of posting at any computer.   I’ll try to make up for fewer posts with better pictures and better content ;).

I woke up looking forward to my leftover pancakes!  To add staying power, I topped it with some banana slices and peanut butter before microwaving and everything got nice and melty!  No syrup necessary… okay, little bit of syrup.

When Jorge asked me what I was doing for lunch, I didn’t even realize it was noon- hooray for Monday morning flyin’ by and a stick to the ribs breakky.   I had brought a frozen Kashi delight but the microwave was broken!  Not going to lie, getting out of the office sounded great too.  Going somewhere off campus for lunch means a decent 10-15 minute walk and it feels good to stretch out and have come real, live human friend interaction.  Love the blogs and the twittering [and the work?] but need some face-to-face time.

We went to Cilantro Grille and I ordered 2 fish tacos- seasoned fishies, avocado, shredded cabbage, mango chunks, red onion, sprinkle of cheese.  Very delicious.

Pre-taco time, I had some of this totally fresh pico that Jorge ordered.  It looks like Heather’s bruschetta! The salsa tastes almost as good- some cilantro instead of basil, and probs less oil + more vinegar?

It came with rice and black beans, which I covered in mango/ scotch bonnet hot saucey.  I like this little place because everything is SO fresh and they make it when you order it.  The portions are perfect and leave me satisfied without feeling like I’m going to pass out in a food coma on my desk.  Last but not least, the prices are completely reasonable.

This meal held me over well too! Around 5:30, I ate a bit of leftover Ashley’s fruit and nut quinoa and it powered me through an effortless run! Seriously, the 30 minutes at a 10 minute mile felt effortless.  I suppose this is a great thing!  Throughout the run, I focused on how my foot was landing- I’m trying to reduce my heel striking and improve my technique.  It felt fine during the run and cool down walk but after I stepped off the treadmill, my calves were soooo tense as in even standing hurt.  Lots of stretching made it all better.

On Saturday, when I was being a high-energy, endorphin-addict spaz, I did a random arm workout.  My little cheat sheet was forgotten and I ran around doing whatever piqued my interest.  Today, I got back on track with the Fitnessista Iron Intro Plan, Day 1.

  • Overhead press: 3 x 15 with 12.5-lb dumbbells
  • Dips: 3 x 12
  • Stability Ball Push Ups:  3 x 15
  • Planks: 4 x 30 seconds
  • Lateral Raises: 3 x 15 with 5-lb dumbells
  • Cable Tricep Extension: 3 x 15 with 20 lbs

After the gym, I hit up the grocery store for some essentials and saved a  TON of money with coups, like ten bucks. No joke!

I came home and felt like a big bowl of stir-fried veggies, as they were missing from my life all weekend.

Broccoli + cauliflower + onion + mushrooms + peas + tomato + pineapple, cooked with a few shakes of soy sauce, a couple TBSPs of peanut sauce, and sriracha.  I let it all simmer together on low heat while cooking brown rice.  Meanwhile, since I was starving, I had 2 leftover bruschetta (sadly it’s all gone) and a sliver of the Dominoes my roommate and company ordered.  They concur that the new and improved version really is improved.

I’m going to drink tons of water now so I don’t feel too salty from the quick stir-fry.

Some chocolate might happen from the care package my dad and stepmom sent.  I was probably most excited for the hair ties: my thick hair and sweaty mess workouts cause me to stretch them out and break them constantly.



Lovely Monday by Kelli
February 15, 2010, 8:22 pm
Filed under: Elliptical, Holidays, Kelli, Marathon, Mushrooms, P90X, Spinning

Hey all 🙂  I hope you had a wonderful Presidents day!  For those of you who had the day off, I hope you made the most of it!

I started out the morning with one of my egg and spinach breakfast burritos!  Yum!  I had a very busy day ahead of me and knew I would need the energy!

I also went grocery shopping this AM (which was awesome because there was NO ONE in the grocery store on a Monday morning!).  Today was a cross train day for the marathon training so I did the Core Synergistics P90X DVD and went to a noon time spin class at my gym.  This DVD is still so hard!  I have done it at least 5 times now and each time it still challenges me!  Yay!  The spin class was also awesome because it was very empty!  Apparently not a  lot of people had off today!  The class was only 40 minutes long so I went to my apartment gym afterward for some elliptical action.  I was psyched because there was a “16 and Pregnant” marathon on MTV (and no I am not too old to enjoy the fine, fine MTV reality show) which helped my workout fly by.  Things unfortunately got awkward when Farrah was giving birth and an older gentleman walked in to get on the treadmill.  Me+ older man stranger+ TV birth scene with a 16 year old= AWKWARD!  I had no idea what to do.  So I hopped off the elliptical, gave him the remote, and headed home.  Horrible!

After I headed home I made a pancake!  I decided to make something I wouldn’t normally have time to make at lunch!  At pancake with a little blueberry jam and walnuts.  Too die for 🙂

The rest of the afternoon was awesome and relaxing.  Facial and a few hours spent at Barnes and Noble proved to be a winning combination.

For dinner I made this recipe from Cooking Light.  It turned out amazing!  The beef was flavorful, the sauce was perfect, and the mushrooms were the perfect touch.  I added some roasted red potatoes and green beans and you have a great Monday night meal 🙂

I hope everyone had a wonderful Monday!!!