Two Lives, One Lifestyle

New England Crab Salad by Kelli
August 8, 2010, 8:26 am
Filed under: Food, Kelli, Lunch, Original Recipe

Hi all!  Yesterday was one of the greatest “weekend-y” days I have had in a long time.  I slept in, went to a fantastic Bikram yoga class, browsed Whole Foods (aka: Whole Paycheck) and came home for a lovely lunch.  I was craving something light and sweet.  I love how summer turns those heavy and creamy cravings from winter into cravings for salads, fresh fruit, and crisp veggies!

I decided to make a New England classic, crab salad!


8 oz crab meat (lump or claw.  I used claw for the simple fact that is was cheaper)

1/2 chopped mango

1 and 1/2 Tbsp light mayo

“Squirt” of honey mustard

1/2 cup finely chopped green onion

1/3 cup finely chopped celery.

Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix until they are evenly blended.  Place a generous portion on a New England style hot dog bun (ie: one without the sides!  I made one out of a loaf of delicious whole wheat bread I had just bought at Whole Paycheck).  Sit on your back porch with a large glass of white wine (it is Saturday afterall) and enjoy!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!!!

Tomatoes and Rice by Katie
July 21, 2010, 6:01 pm
Filed under: Cravings, Dinner, Family, Grilling, Katie, Original Recipe

Simple, straightforward name for a simple dish.  This was my all-time, hands-down, ultimate favorite dish growing up.  I still love it, though I find it tough to decide on a single favorite now.  Outside of my family, I don’t know anyone or anywhere that eats this so let me know if you have because we are probably soul mates.

The steps are simple enough: find good tomatoes and dice them.

Then cover the tomatoes in Italian Dressing and refrigerate.

To make it “perfect” use Wegmans Parmesan Italian Dressing.  But of course with Wegmans far away from me, I can’t always achieve perfection.

The Newman’s Own just did not have enough zesty flavor for tomatoes and rice, though I like it in a salad context.

While the tomatoes marinate and chill, make white rice.  Another key to tomatoes and rice is white rice.  I prefer brown rice for just about anything else except this.  It’s the childhood favoritism coming out.

Finally, cover the hot white fluffy rice with the cold marinated tomatoes.  Enjoy.

To really live it up, have some grilled zucchini on the side.  This was my requested birthday dinner for many years (until I discovered Mexican food and margaritas).

The zucchini was marinated in ground pepper, salt, balsamic vinegar (nice caramelizing), and a really small touch of oil.

What would your “birthday meal” from childhood be?

Hola Amigo’s by Kelli
March 4, 2010, 9:25 pm
Filed under: Dinner, Food, Green Monster, Kelli, Original Recipe, Run, Workout

Hey all!  I hope you had a great day!  I didn’t get to post this morning due to the fact that I decided to accidently hit the “off” button instead of the “snooze” button on the alarm.  20 minutes past when I was supposed to get up I woke up with a start and ran around the apartment like a crazy woman trying to get ready for work!  I showered, blew my hair dry, put on make up, made and ate breakfast, and put together a lunch in exactly 20 minutes flat.  OMG.  I made it to work on time though 🙂

Unfortunately I did not take a picture of my breakfast (a standard green monster) or my lunch (left overs from last night in a whole wheat pita) or my snack (fresh strawberries).  So this will unfortunately be a very boring food post on this food blog 🙂

When I got home from work I se to work on my chicken tacos that I had planned for tonight!  I cooked ground chicken with some Ortega taco spices.  Then put it on a whole wheat tortilla and with some melted cheddar, avocado, fresh diced tomatoes, and some plain yogurt.

I had 2 🙂 Then 2 hours later I ran 4 miles 🙂  And did a back and chest workouts 🙂 Which included chin up!

Wow I look creepy.  And yes I use a chair to assist me because I cannot do a chin up  by myself.  Don’t judge:)

And I am off to watch The Office Baby come!!!  OMG!

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)


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


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.


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.


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?


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.


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.


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).


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


The insides- even more beef-like.


Huhg jass pile of broccoli.


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!


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

Baby Bay Scallops by Kelli
March 3, 2010, 8:04 pm
Filed under: Dinner, Food, Kelli, Lunch, Original Recipe, Wine

Hey all! I hope you had a happy hump day! Mine was crazy busy and ended with an hour long conversation on the phone trying to convince someone that I was right and they were wrong. GRR. I won in the end 🙂 woo woo!

Before the argument I enjoyed the exact same lunch as yesterday!  I added some avocado and Laughing Cow cheese.  AMAZING.

After work I came home to make some scallop bean burgers! I combined the following in the food processor:

  • 1 can organic red kidney beans
  • 1.5 cups baby bay scallops
  • 5-6 whole wheat crushed crackers
  • 2 Tbsp A1 steak sauce

I whipped all the ingredients into submission before forming them into patties.

The patty’s of bean and scallop

The sprouts to be roasted

The creepster enjoying a glass of chilled white wine while dinner was cooking.

I baked everything at 375* for 25 minutes.

The finished product. I put one of the patty’s on some whole wheat bread with avocado and laughing cow cheese. OMG taste explosion in my mouth. The taste was awesome. I think the A1 really pulled it all together.

For dessert I enjoyed some fudge tracks ice cream with 2 cherries 🙂 I heart cherries.

I am off to have a nice relaxing evening with the hubby 🙂

Black Bean Potato Skillet by Katie
March 2, 2010, 10:42 pm
Filed under: Breakfast, Cookies, Dessert, Dinner, Katie, Original Recipe, Run, Snacks

Breakfast was an old standby- spinach and such with eggs + laughing cow.  Can’t forget the perfect complements of ketchup and toast with Heather’s Strawbs jam.


After an amazingly productive morning (withOUT coffee for the first time in weeks- no headache either!), I was about to pull out some pasta but I was tempted with an invite to Choice City Deli.  Only my favorite lunch option in the FoCo.  The walk there is about 15 minutes and the day was perfect for a nice long walk-  50’s and sunshine! All I could think about was running later.

Unfortunately, there is no picture of lunch- but it would be well-worth recreating at home.  Portobella mushroom + grilled pineapple + artichokes + teriyaki sauce + provolone.

The run was on a recreational paved trail, with some diversions onto the dirt paths where it wasn’t too muddy.


Look ma, no heels!  All the dirtiness is concentrated on the frontal areas, which my calves are really noticing.  My pace today was much more in line with marathon training- ~10:15 for the whole thing, with HR under 170.

I ate some PB toast while I started prepping dinner- black bean potato skillet (2-3 portions).

First, I started making brown rice since it takes forever and a day.  Meanwhile, I chopped fingerling potatoes and tossed them into a pan with a touch of olive oil.  I let those cook over medium while I chopped half of each pepper and a onion quarter



I ended up letting the veggies sautee for about 10 minutes and adding in half a chopped tomato too.



I found these local beans at the grocery store tonight and based my dinner around them.


After the veggies were a bit softened, I added the black beans.  I drained off most of the liquid and then rinsed the can with water, adding that back to the pan.  I turned down the heat and let it all simmer away while the rice finished.


Final product- brown rice, topped with bean, potato, veggie mixture, topped with salsa, topped with guac, topped with a spoonful of Greek yogurt!


Kinda like my own personal Chipotle bowl.  Which, it just so happens, was what I had in mind before I hit up the grocery store.

Oh, and guess who was cleverly planted outside of the grocery store??  Girl Scouts!  Um, does anyone else not like thin mints, cause I have yet to find anyone else.  I’ll take a somoa please or a lemon whatever it’s called now, x2.


The night is young, so my willpower will be battling these once-a-year yummies for awhile longer.

What’s your favorite GS cookie?? It’s fine if it’s a 3 way tie ;).

Breakfast for Dinner; Dessert for Breakfast by Katie
February 10, 2010, 10:17 am
Filed under: Baking, Breakfast, Dinner, Eggs, Katie, Original Recipe

By the time my Green Monster digested and I was hungry again, it was going on 8 PM and I had a cover letter to finish.  As much as I would have rather spent time in the kitchen, I do need to find a job! I went with a simple 2 egg, spinach, tomato, onion, and Laughing Cow omelet alongside an English muffin with jam.  If you’ve been reading along, that’s 3 or 4 servings of spinach yesterday!

This morning, my thoughts were all about the blueberries again.  Yesterday I said the oatmeal was reminiscent of blueberry crisp, so I used that as inspiration and made blueberry crisp oats.

First, I cooked the following over medium heat:

  • 1/4 cup oats (I usually use 1/3 but planned on other add-ins)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 c. blueberries (I said I used 1 c. yesterday?? Lies, definitely more like 1/2)

I didn’t even need cinnamon or vanilla with the fruit sugars.  The blueberries added a purple hue to the oats.

The cooked oat and fruit mixture went into an oven-safe bowl and I topped it with about a tablespoon or two of granola and a few pinches of brown sugar, sprinkled around evenly.   I popped it under the broiler for about 5 minutes or less, checking it every so often so it was ‘crisped’ and not burned.  The end product:

Maybe it’s not as sugary as the dessert kind but this worked for breakfast.  I didn’t want the bowl to end and ate it very slowly to savor the crispy top.  I want to experiment and make the top crispier, but that might necessitate more sugar than I want to add in breakfast.

Time to work!  I skipped coffee today and I’m definitely noticing it (it’s been daily for a few weeks now),  a trip to the campus coffee shop might be in my near future.  Or maybe I should go to bed earlier tonight and just give myself the sleep I really need!

Enjoy your Wednesday!