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!

Ingredients:

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!!!

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The Key to a Salad You Actually Want to Eat by Katie
July 23, 2010, 10:12 am
Filed under: Katie, Lunch, Nutrition, Salad

The key?  Use just as many toppings as lettuce.  This salad base had spinach and romaine.  Toppings included: tomatoes, cucumber, sundried tomatoes, celery, roasted red pepper, chopped hard-boiled egg, and a bit of crumbly blue cheese (between the red pepper and blue cheese my mom is probably shocked and proud). Oh and a little bit of dressing.

If there isn’t enough toppings, it gets boring. If there isn’t enough protein or fat, it isn’t filling.   Poor salad and it’s bad rap.

The other night, I ordered a salad at a restaurant that had strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, goat cheese, toasted slivered almonds, and grilled shrimp.  Berries and goat cheese cannot ever be wrong.

[After I ordered this salad I told John that I’m like a bear. He gave a blank stare. I explained: I eat hearty foods in the winter and gain a little weight and then in the summer I eat lighter and shed a little weight.  That’s like a bear, no?]

What’s your ideal salad?  What animal are you like?



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.



HEAT WAVE! by Kelli
July 7, 2010, 6:48 am
Filed under: Biking, Breakfast, Eggs, Food, Kelli, Lunch, Workout

If you live anywhere from Washington D.C. to Boston on the east coast you KNOW what I am talking about!  The Hartford area is seeing temperatures we have no seen in about 10 years!

Yes, that says 80*.  At 6:30 this morning.  Last night our bedroom got so hot the Husband actually slept in the basement since it was cooler!  Because of the extreme heat I do not think I will be cooking a lot this week.  Meals will consist of Green Monsters, sandwiches, and cool salads.

This morning, however, I did decide to cook.  I woke up STARVING and decided on an egg white omelet.

My breakfast consisted of

1 Egg

2 Egg Whites

1/2 green pepper

White onion

1 cup spinach

2 Tbsp shredded cheese

Oh man, this made my kitchen HOT!  At the same time I was making some mushrooms to put in a veggie wrap for lunch

I packed up all the ingredients so I can put together the wrap at my desk:

Portobello mushrooms

Green Pepper

Artichoke Hearts

Sprouts

Avocado

Hummus

Should be a good day 🙂  I am off to work!  I am enjoying a bikram class after work today.  Although, with this heat I could probably just do some poses in my backyard and get the same effect!



All Things Green by Kelli
June 28, 2010, 10:14 pm
Filed under: Food, Kale chips, Kelli, Lunch, Spinning, Workout

Hey all!  I hope you had a wonderful Monday!  Mine flew by, per usual, in a whirlwind of emails, phone calls, and stress.  No worries though, it was the good kind of stress.  The kind that makes you really motivated to get everything done 🙂  After work I went to my 6:30 spinning class and hit the grocery store.  After texting with Katie I decided something tonight while grocery shopping.  I am going to make this week MEATLESS.  I honestly feel like my digestive track could use a break, and there are also lots of vegetarian recipes I would like to try.  So there we go, this week will be without meat (for me at least.  I don’t think I could ever convince the husband to give up his BEEF!).  At the grocery store I loaded up on tempeh, fresh whole grain bread, beans, and lots of veggies.  My cart was very GREEN!

I came home to something else that was green…

My dining room!  The husband got the first coat of the light green paint done tonight while I was at work, spinning, and grocery shopping!  This man moves at lightning speed.  He also go the entire section of brown wood paneling in the living room painted.  Just so you can appreciate what a difference painting brown paneling has made, here is another before picture:

BEFORE

(Picture taken when the previous owners were still living here)

AFTER

(This isn’t really an “AFTER” picture.  It’s more like “at the first rest stop on a long decorating journey.”)

I love the beige that we picked out!  It made the room a lot brighter!!  Needless to say, I was very impressed with the husbands progress.  I wanted to jump in and help but I had wanted to start making moves in the kitchen.  I had some plans for more green…

KALE CHIPS!   I have never made these before and am really impressed with how crunchy and delicious they turned out!  I used Kath’s recipe and am in love.  I only ended up using about 1/3 of the kale tonight, so I am looking forward to using the rest tomorrow night!

While these were baking I made two black bean quesadillas.  One for dinner tonight, and one to put in the fridge to take for lunch tomorrow.  I found the recipe in this magazine over the weekend.

Easily the best impulse purchase ever.  This magazine has so many great recipes in it and I cannot wait to try them all!!  Please excuse the mess behind the mag.  With this many re-decorating projects going on at once organization is no where in sight!

Well I am off to bed.  I am waking up early for a workout in AM in my new home gym 🙂 .



It’s The Thesis’ Fault! by Katie
June 17, 2010, 11:44 pm
Filed under: Katie, Lunch, Motivation, Nutrition, Salad, Wine

Well, well, well look what the cat dragged in.  I’m here! Promise!  So Kelli and I are both having a big, milestone-y month leaving our poor blog in the dust.  Both of us ran our first marathon, Kelli bought her first house and I’m defending my first master’s thesis next week (hope it’s my only one).  Aw, look at us getting all growed up.

My computer has become a thesis addict, forgoing any normal blog/twitter/facebook activity.  It took John’s much nicer, newer, faster computer down with it.

This evening at 6 PM I handed over my first draft!  Thesis 1.0 is in the house!  I’m giving myself a break for the evening but I’ll be back at it tomorrow: editing, improving, and doing some last minute statistics (which is the best part of science….no).   I promptly sighed a sigh, drove the hour back to Denver, ate Chipotle, and poured a glass of wine.

It’s not a sparkling variety per se but has a bit of fizzy to it.  I like it for a schweaty summer night.

In terms of the thesis-ing, it’s the best I’ve ever planned for and handled anything close to this magnitude.  There have been no nights later than midnight (though I have been up at 5 or 6), no tears, no breakdowns, and no panic modes.  When I started regretting the extra day in San Diego and playing shoulda woulda coulda, I stopped myself and thought some positive thoughts about how it was in the past and anxiety over it now would not help the past. This is big for me… ask any of my closest friends or mom.   Let’s see how the next week goes before I toot my horn too much.

Last Saturday, I prepared for the week, went to the farmer’s market, and got good-for-me snacky food ready.

In.Love. All Coloradans, try it now!

I’ve been sticking with lots of vegetables and light meals/lots of snacks to keep myself from getting post-lunch sleepiness.  Plus, I just like to graze all day when I’m working at “home” (John and I are house- and dog-sitting for some friends this week).

Local greens, local tomato, local goat cheese!  Plus some Italian dressing and turkey.

Hm, maybe sticking to all these nice, healthy eats has something to do with my focus and low stress levels?  Maybe!

I think these two and their relaxed attitudes have helped me out too.

Now I’m going to go relax on the couch like this and go to bed EARLY!



Cauliflower Power Curry by Katie
March 30, 2010, 11:57 pm
Filed under: Breakfast, Dinner, Katie, Lunch, Snacks, Speed Work, Wine

At breakfast I was rollin’, rollin’, rollin’ down the almond butter river… letting the AB melt on the hot oats makes it last longer as it spreads over more oats.  More bites with AB equals yummier oats.

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Some coffee helped me buzz through a bunch of work and then I rolled on over to Chipotle for lunch.

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Pile of guacamole equals fats, albeit healthy fats, but the gall bladder doesn’t discriminate.  Right now that means pain (although any emotion makes me cry, I have a high physical pain tolerance) and some stomach troubles.  Post-surgery my body will have to adjust to digesting foods with fats and it’s suggested to do this trial (and hopefully not error) at home and um, near the loo.

After running a bunch of errands and cleaning, I ate some PBJ toast and eventually made my way to track practice!

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Track included:

  • Mile warmup @ 9:10/mile pace
  • 3 x 800 (aka 0.5 mile) @ 7/mile pace
    • Side note: didn’t know I had that in me!
  • Tempo mile @ 8:50/mile pace
  • Mile cooldown @ 10:00/mile pace

I should have done more of the 800s but missed the group heading out to warm-up and had to do that first. Still pretty happy with my speeds!

A cucumber + balsamic simple salad helped tide me over ‘till dinner warmed up.

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Way before track practice (love saying that… I feel 10 years younger. OMG, was I really in high school 10 years ago??? Crazy.), I started prepping this cauliflower Indian dish I saw on What’s For Dinner a week ago.  It is VERY fast for me to make a recipe so close to seeing it but  I just couldn’t wait!

A few substitutions were made.  Instead of 3 white potatoes, I used 2 Russet and 1 sweet potato.  Something about sweet potatoes and Indian spices just works.

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I did start off with a whole onion as the recipe calls for.

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There was a delicious picture of spices and a complex list in Mara’s version but in a “I’m moving in 2 months so I should use what I have” type of logic, I went with red curry paste (substitution #2).  Totally not the same flavor as aloo gobi though, which doesn’t contain curry powder.  Plus this curry is Thai and not Indian… so it was a poor substitution and a completely different flavor.

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Coconut milk, tomatoes, and onions swimming around together.

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A head of cauliflower, a drained & rinsed can of garbanzo beans, 2 Russet potatoes, and 1 sweet potato later.

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Much later (definitely over an hour), after simmering away and absorbing curry.

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While my “substitution” might have turned this into a different dish altogether, it was still flavorful and delicious.. thanks for the inspiration Mara!

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Unfortunately, after having a few too many bites to “test” it, I wasn’t very hungry once the rice was ready (not that I even needed rice).  I did enjoy a small bowl with some wine on the side.

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To bed with me!