Showing posts with label Healthy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Healthy. Show all posts

Monday, January 6, 2014

on being home.

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after spending 3 wonderful weeks of holidays, holiday parties, traveling to see family, having visitors, lots of eating, lots of drinking, lots of being "on the go".... we're finally home. and back to normal life.

even though that scene above is what we were greeted with when we got off the train from newark airport (after coming from sunny and warm florida), there was a comforting feeling of being home.  ...and i couldn't have cared less that it was cold, icy, and just plain gross outside.

the new year started last wednesday, but we've hardly had a chance to kick it off on the right foot until today.  mr p is going to try to eat healthier, i'm starting the whole living 28-day challenge (the one from 2012 is the best one i think!!), and we're both going to commit to working out on a regular basis.  the last 3 weeks have been ROUGH on us as far as going to kickboxing or the gym, but we're anxious to get back into it. 

i know, i know... it's "so cliché" to say you're going to "start the new year by getting healthy", but hey.. any excuse to want to change your life for the better is a good excuse, right? right.  i'll never knock on anyone for making new years resolutions to get healthier or shed those extra pounds... at least they are trying, right?

now that we're going to be at home for a while (at least a few weeks anyways), we filled the fridge with healthy veggies and fruit, lean meat for mr p, and healthy nuts. plus, almost the entire stash of holiday goodies have made their way inside our bellies, so there's not too much temptation of sweets and chocolate, there's only motivation for eating healthy because i know that it WAS there ONE day, and it's certainly not burned off of my body yet considering how much i ate and how little i worked out, haha.

happy new year everyone! here's for a healthy start to 2014!

cheers.
jenn

Friday, April 26, 2013

cooking but no baking

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despite the unfortunate situation that i'm living away from home during the week, i have to admit that i've got it pretty good here.  i recently moved into a basement apartment (not so awesome) in one of the coolest neighborhoods in boston (SO awesome).  though i have a whole foods pretty close (hellloooo endless islands of delicious prepared food!) i want to cook my own food for 90% of the time. 

the bad part is that i only have a 2-burner cooktop (goodbye healthy, foil-pouch, baked fish), and i only have a limited stock of spices/herbs because i'm starting from scratch (though i might snag some from our fuller containers at home so i don't have to buy SO many more spices)

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(mr p bakes salt-and-peppered salmon on top of sugar snap peas, puts lemon slices on top, wraps it in a foil pouch and bakes at 350-375 for about 20 minutes... it's one of my new favorite SUPER healthy meals!)
 
i realize that pinterest and google can and will be my best friends in finding healthy, cooking-but-no-baking, limited-ingredient meals, but does anyone else have any good ideas?
 
in the meantime, i'll settle for some chunky white bean soup and asian chicken noodle salad 
 
let me know if you have any great ideas!
 
thanks, readers :)
 


Thursday, March 21, 2013

profanity is a good thing?

...well... i wouldn't quite say that...
 
but...
 
if you're going to use profanity, it might as well be used to grab attention for something good instead of, well, anything else.
 

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so, thanks, thug kitchen, for doing just that!
 
 
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i just can't get enough of it! this blog is relatively new, and i'm SO looking forward to seeing what other mother fucking healthy things they have to say.  i'm gonna go eat some swiss chard now (oh wait, i'm living in a hotel, and finding a way to eat swiss chard without a kitchen, knife, or cutting board is rather difficult. maybe mr p can make me something with it this weekend :P)
 
cheers!

Friday, January 11, 2013

looks are deceiving

does anyone remember this stuff?
 

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no?
am i the only one that ate this stuff?
am i the only one that had a mother that bought it for us without even asking because she thought it was funny and cheap entertainment?
 
anyways... my point is, this stuff is just regular old ketchup with a TON of food dye.
and tastes exactly the same!!!
 
the same is true for those nasty-looking green smoothies everyone is raving about right now. i know they look like someone clipped all of the grass in their back yard and put it in a blender, but i'm here to tell you that's not the case!
 
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spinach is the culprit...
...and adds zero "green" flavors to your otherwise delicious fruity smoothie. only about a handful of spinach will turn your mango (or any other lightly-colored fruit) smoothie to a green machine.  i actually made a mostly-blueberry and banana smoothie and it took 3 big handfuls to turn it into looking that awful green baby poop color (don't recommend THAT much spinach, because now it has a tiny tiny tiny hint of green flavor, but still tastes mostly like blueberries and bananas)
 
but spinach is just so good for you, and why not add it in when you don't even have to taste it??
don't wanna see it either? toss just ONE handful of spinach into a blueberry smoothie, i promise it will still end up being purple...
 
so, looks are deceiving.
green smoothies can actually taste like your normal smoothie!
go try it, and tell me what you think ;)
 
i'm actually eating 2 of these bad boys today, a weekend of pizza-making & girls-night-out dancing and drinking is in store, so a good healthy boost will do my body good before i make it hate me by the time sunday comes around ;)
 
what's your secret powerhouse ingredient?
 
cheers to the weekend!!
 
 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

first world problems: balsamic vinegar dilemma

we shall call the summer of 2012 "the summer of balsamic vinegars"


because 'tis the summer of mr p and i acquiring more balsamics at each food event we attended.  recently we discovered that we enjoy either balsamic and olive oil (or even JUST balsamic vinegar!) as salad dressing.  no need to worry about the mustard, the sugar, the salt and pepper, the lemon juice, the garlic.... that's way too complicated (but tastes good too when we have a chance to whip it up)

we first slimmed the recipe down to balsamic vinegar and olive oil.  we quickly realized that balsamic vinegar by itself is ALMOST as satisfying as it is mixed with oil.  on a small salad, it doesn't make a big difference, larger salads need the extra boost of richness from the oil.

so, last night i had a dilemma: which balsamic vinegar to use for dressing on my dinner salad??
(this is why mr p shouldn't leave me by myself!! i fret over the simplest things!)

i realize this is a rather silly situation.  it's a feat for some people just to stock ONE kind of balsamic vinegar in their cupboards.

i've just come to accept that fact that some people buy designer shoes and handbags, while mr p and i buy specialty vinegars, oils, cured meats, and cheeses (at least it's something we BOTH get to enjoy, right? right.)



so... fig.  i chose fig-infused balsamic vinegar.
it was chosen over black walnut, pomegranate, mango, and extra aged.

mr p left me for LA with a fridge full of fruits and veggies, so i suppose i will get to try a salad with each of the rest of the vinegars by the time he gets back... if i can eat a salad that many times in a row and NOT opt for the entire blueberry pie he ALSO left me :P

cheers!

Monday, July 23, 2012

keeping it local

brick oven pizza with the neighbor
block party with other local friends
pig roast
buffalo calamari with more local friends
watermelon gin and tonic
peach gin and tonic
mango gin and tonic with even MORE local friends
(mega hangover)
ikea trip
new full-length mirror
new flatware
massive amount of veggie lasagna
sichuan dinner with, yes, even more local friends
ice cream with sprinkles

white wine mussels, powerhouse pizza 

margherita pizza, powerhouse pizza (ha, they totally forgot the basil... good, but it was definitely just sauce and cheese) 


veggie omelet, courtesy of the roomie 

lucky 7 block party! 

lucky 7 block party!  (ha.. notice all the water under the grill... kiddos in the blow-up kiddie pool thought it was fun to lean on the side and let out all the water..)

lucky 7 block party! 

lucky 7 block party!  

lucky 7 block party! (only $8 for all this food AND a grilled ear of corn!)

lucky 7 block party! (oh, hey friends!)


drinks at sage in williamsburg, brooklyn (thanks for the pics, sarah! this was obviously not taken by my trusty point-and-shoot camera)

drinks at sage in williamsburg, brooklyn (thanks for the pics, sarah! this was obviously not taken by my trusty point-and-shoot camera)

note to mr p on the breakfast i surprise-made for him friday morning :D

mega-veggie-laZAGna-making station sunday afternoon 

torico's ice cream after dinner with friends at grand sichuan  (can you guess who had all the sprinkles!?!?!?!?) 

new full-length mirror... definitely some rearranging to do... and we need to find a new place for the chevron fabric frames :/


successful weekend NOT going away? mission: accomplished

laundry will have to wait yet another day... i think i can deal, though. 
this beautiful place we live in has just too many fun things that are more important!!

cheers, readers :)


p.s.  the little man is getting SO big! can't wait to see him in october!!!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

green chicken tacos

these tacos were ah-mazing.  

and totally not mexican at all.  well.. except for the whole corn tortilla thing.  and the salsa thing.

but the rest was totally a "whatever we had in the fridge" sort of thing that turned out super delicious!  and pretty ;)

mr p has been on this kick where he cooks chicken breasts in the crock pot in chicken broth and lots of herbs, then when it's done in the morning, we have insta-pulled chicken! ...for sammiches, salads, and... lately... tacos!

we've been adding spinach, plain greek yogurt, chopped onions, pickled jalapenos, and salsa we bought from a local guy, JC Hot Sauce at the craft fair.

hope you enjoy as much as we do!  we had it two nights in a row... so far ;)


Green Chicken Tacos

shredded/pulled chicken breast
yellow corn tortillas
plain greek yogurt (chobani is best! it's super thick almost like sour cream)
fresh spinach, chopped
yellow onion, chopped
pickled jalapenos
green salsa (JC Hot Sauce Jalapeno Onion is our green salsa of choice)

heat/toast tortillas under broiler until they begin to JUST turn brown, flip and repeat on the flip side (they shouldn't crack when you fold them into a taco, that's TOO crispy!).  smear yogurt on one side of the tortilla, add some fresh spinach, chicken, onions, jalapenos, and top with green salsa.  put on as much as you like of all things, but remember not to put TOO much or you won't be able to fold the taco without spilling!!  mr p also likes to use 2 tortillas like they do at our favorite mexican place in philly!

mr p's tacos: double tortillas and some bright green el yucateco

my tacos:  spinach on the bottom, 1 tortilla, and JC Hot Sauce

we know it's a little unorthodox to put yogurt and spinach on a TACO, but hey, we like to mix it up a bit and occasionally NOT use a recipe ;)

cheers!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

more than "just" lemonade

lemonade. 

it's simple.  lemon juice, sugar, water.

but what about when you add more things to it??
(what? what do you mean MORE things? who needs THAT?)

but it can be BETTER. just trust me on this one.

mr p and i ventured to a craft fair a few blocks from our house and stumbled upon lizzmonade on yet another ridiculously HOT saturday.





freshly chopped, mulled to order, and served. mango, pineapple lemonade with a hint of mint.

totally. hit. the spot.

for a grand total of $4.50.
(lizzmonade, we love you, but... we can't afford to buy your delicious lemonade ANY time we want it)

the solution?

make it at home! we ALWAYS have the ingredients anyways!





More Than Just Lemonade
(makes 1 glass of lemonade)

juice of 1 1/2 lemons (or limes, but lemons are better)
1/3 cup mango chunks (or ANY fruit really)
few mint leaves
agave nectar (or other sweetner of choice, to taste)
water (to taste)

toss mango chunks and mint leaves in a cup or mortar, and mull with pestle (or bottom of a smaller glass that fits inside the bigger glass)
squeeze lemon juice into glass, taste, add agave to taste, add water to taste

done!

be sure to put the lemon juice in AFTER you mull the mango with mint.  my pictures show me using an immersion blender because i forgot to do this and was splashing lemon juice in my face! bad news bears!

but it tasted SO good... and was SUPER CHEAP!

lemme breakitdown:
mangos: 4 lbs for $10 at BJ's, and i bet we only used 3oz or LESS! lets assume 3 oz, which is $0.50
mint: free (plant on the fire escape)
lemons: 3 for $1, used 1.5, so $0.50
agave: used so little it was practically free

i made a mango mint lemonade for the grand total of (drumroll please....)
$1.00
bazinga
(ha, you better click on the link.  if you know where bazinga comes from, you will get a guaranteed laugh)

(ok a little more than $1 practically speaking, because we had to buy and plant the mint, and we had to buy the agave, so maybe the unaccountables add up to $0.10, big deal)

so, lizzmonade, thanks for introducing us to the wonderful world of adding OTHER things to lemonade.  we will be sure to patronize you when we are extremely parched and stroll past your food stand again.  until then, we will be making fancy lemonades at home!
(possibly adding some adult beverages to them soon for a mojito-like refreshment?)

cheers!