Salad Habits

September 29th, 2011 | Posted by Alison Spath in Healthy Habits - (5 Comments)

There are plenty of good reasons to eat a salad – but I know that if I don’t make salad eating easy, it’s less likely to happen.

I went a stretch of days without eating a salad (gasp!) and it took me a second to realize it was because I’d fallen behind on food prep.

Salad Prep

I’m all caught up now though!  A bunch of greens have been torn up and washed and are ready to go – now I’ve got a couple days worth of leafy handfuls to throw into large bowls and then doll up for quick and healthy meals.

I See Blue Circles

September 28th, 2011 | Posted by Alison Spath in Breakfast - (2 Comments)

My kids love frozen blueberries.

Frozen Blueberries

Both of them. Even the little one.

They snack on them straight from the freezer and then force me to look at their blue stained lips for about three hours until the color wears off, or until I can’t take it anymore and pin them to the ground for a spit bath with my saliva wetted thumb.

I haven’t bought frozen blueberries for a few months now because of the overabundance of summer fruit we were getting from the CSA share. They asked me to buy frozen blueberries, but I just couldn’t bring myself to buy FROZEN fruit with three pounds of fresh peaches in the fridge.

Yoga at Home

September 27th, 2011 | Posted by Alison Spath in Fitness - (8 Comments)

With all this extra mileage from last minute marathon training, I’ve been trying to get back into the groove with a more regular yoga practice.

Increased mileage –> greater risk of injury –> more yoga to help offset the additional time and distance on my legs and feet.

I really fell in love with yoga at the beginning of the year when I started getting to yoga classes on a regular basis.  I was going a few days a week and absolutely noticed a difference in myself – both physically and emotionally.

Zucchini Oatmeal Breakfast Cakes

September 26th, 2011 | Posted by Alison Spath in Breakfast - (9 Comments)

I seem to be on a pancake kick recently – but ’tis the season for warm breakfasts after all! Let’s roll with it.

After I spied a small zucchini hanging out in the fridge this morning and feeling very much in the mood for something substantial after an early morning bike ride, I decide to whip up some zucchini pancakes today. Zucchini is awesome for it’s ability to taste like nothing in baked goods, while quite generously giving you a serving of vegetables at the same time.

Zucchini Pancake Ingredients

Not Another Cookie Recipe

September 24th, 2011 | Posted by Alison Spath in Short or Sweet - (4 Comments)

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

-Chinese Proverb

That’s great, but we’re not going to talk about fish today.  We’re going to talk about cookies.

One of the best things that happens when you learn how to cook is learning out how to get along without a recipe.

If you make something a couple of times, soon you begin to understand what ingredients and steps are most important.  Make something a bunch of times and soon you begin to see the variety of ways you might be able change it up.  Make something a couple of dozen times and soon you start see cooking from a whole new perspective.

Kale Chips

September 22nd, 2011 | Posted by Alison Spath in Vegetable Lovin' - (3 Comments)

Today at CSA pick up we were told, “We have TONS of Kale – don’t be shy!”

CSA Kale

Well you’re in luck!  I am not shy.

So ummm, yeah.  After I saw just how much kale I actually brought home, I then saw two options -

Option A: move through a serious amount of kale in short order or

Option B: figure out how I was going to get the fridge door shut.

I went with Option A and officially added kale to tonight’s dinner menu.  One of the things that’s so awesome about kale is the same thing that’s awesome about spinach -  it reduces down to practically nothing upon cooking.

Dinner Time Secrets

September 21st, 2011 | Posted by Alison Spath in Dinner Time - (9 Comments)

I don’t think I’ve made it a secret that I’m a Dinner Planning drop out.  Tonight was one of those nights where I found myself slapping together whatever ingredients I had on hand in an attempt to turn those ingredients into a meal.

I do have other secrets though.  If you listen carefully, I’ll whisper some to you while I slap together this post.

So what do we have here?  A small spaghetti squash, sweet potatoes three and four, the de facto garlic and onion, plus a bunch of canned stuff.

Sweet Potato Curry Ingredients

Have you ever listened to someone go completely overboard when they talk about their love of spinach?

I have. I’m sure I’ve done it myself. I’ve probably done it right here on this very Internet.

Oh I just LOOOOVE spinach!  I put it in smoothies! I wear spinach in my hair! On purpose!

Spinach is sooooo good for you that I can’t help but use tons of exclamation points and extra vowels when I write about it!!!!  I love spinach so much that we go for long walks on the beach and write romantic poems and naughty limericks to each other.

First Things First:

Do you know who Miranda Kerr is?

Miranda Kerr Loves Coconut Oil

I didn’t – but I do now! An article just surfaced about this Victoria’s Secret model, wife of Orlando Bloom, new mother and coconut oil lover.

I will not go a day without coconut oil. I personally take four tablespoons per day, either on my salads, in my cooking or in my cups of green tea.

Rock on girlfriend! NOW I’ll remember who you are! You’re that chick who digs coconut oil! Orlando Bloom, Schmorlando Schoom.

Sweet Potato Sunday

September 18th, 2011 | Posted by Alison Spath in Lunch - (6 Comments)

One potato, two potato, three potato, four…

One Potato Two Potato Three Potato Four

I’ve been staring at these sweet potatoes on my shelf for over a week now and finally decided today was the day to do something with them.

Well, two of them anyway.

Only Used Two

Sweet Potato Pancakes

2 Sweet Potatoes, shredded (you can peel them or simply scrub them and slice off any questionable spots)
1/2 c flour
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 c apple sauce (or a couple tablespoons of some other sweetener like agave or even sugar if desired)
2 – 3 Tbsp canola oil
dash of salt
dash of cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
(optional chili powder if you like them spicy!)