Athlete’s Plate – 1/20/2011

AP Pic1 Athlete’s Plate – 1/20/2011
I would like to thank Rita Barry of Fitblogger for designing the logo for The Athlete’s Plate.  The gold wings represent quite a bit to me.  They represent the gold wings for Boston as well as the headdress that the Greeks wore when they won the Gold Medals as well as the winner of Kona.
Fitblogger was also kind of enough to post my menus on a weekly basis.  Thank you very much to Rita.
In addition to a new logo I have also created a new Facebook page for The Athlete’s Plate.  Click here and be taken to the Facebook page.  Here I will be posting more often on all things related to diet and nutrition and also the menu from the week will be there as well.
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Now onto this week’s menu.  Last week’s menu was designed for CAUTION: Redhead Running.   This menu has become the number one post of all time here at Life Of An Aspiring Triathlete.  As of right now that menu has been viewed 338 times and leads the menu for SUAR by 5 page views.
Red nominated Sarah from Running Into The Sun.  I wasn’t following Sarah before the nomination but I this is why I went to the nominee platform.  I get to find new bloggers and learn more stories.
The first thing I noticed about Sarah’s blog was the header.  Right there in the middle of the NYC Marathon is Sarah with a SMILE!!!!  I have a saying that everybody should run with a smile because you never know where the cameras might be and it also helps you through the tough miles.  Sarah smiles and there is a great pic being taken.
Here are a few things I found out about Sarah and some of them might actually be included in the menu:
1- The woman is a runner and is a fast runner.  How fast?  How about a 3:45 marathon time in 2009
2- She is a foodie at heart and has a food blog (Una Buona Forchetta) that I hope she will update more often now.
3- She likes the movie Ratatouille and that happens to be one of my favorites as well.
4- She sings Opera.
5- Office Space is one of her favorite movies.
6- Started her blog back in March of 2007.
7- Has 381 posts since she started.
Breakfast: Kitty Litter Granola
(she loves her cats)
pearapplegranola Athlete’s Plate – 1/20/2011
(pic courtesy of tomatointribeca.wordpress.com)


Ingredients: 1 bosc pear, 1 pink lady apple, 1c rolled oats, 2tbs flax seeds, 1/3c dried cranberries, 1/3c dried blueberries, 1/3c raisins, 1/4c almonds, 2tbs honey, 2tsp cinnamon, 2tbs pumpkin seeds, 1/2c cereal (CheeriO’s), 1 cup of greek yogurt
Servings: depends on how you plan on eating eat.

Directions:
1- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2- Dice pear and apple and put into a bowl.
3- In same bowl add in all ingredients except for dried fruit, and yogurt.  Mix well.
4- Spray baking pan with non-stick spray and spread mixture evenly.
5- Bake for 1 hours.  Stir mixture halfway through cooking process.
6- After baking remove from oven and let cool.  Once down to room temp add in dried fruit and mix well.
7- Once ready spoon over the greek yogurt and you are readty to roll.

I would eat this after a workout as the protein in the greek yogurt will help you in recovery.

AM Snack – Peanut Butter Patties
(she loves the Girl Scout Cookie version)
vitatoppb Athlete’s Plate – 1/20/2011
(pic courtesy of Playground Kitchen)


Ingredients: 1 Fudgy Peanut Butter VitaTop, 1tbs peanut butter, 1/2 banana
Servings: 1
Directions:
1- Heat up VitaTop according to directions and cut in half.
2- Spread peanut butter on one slice of the VitaTop.
3- Slice banana and place slices on top of peanut butter.
4- Place other half and form a ‘cookie’
I was turned onto VitaTops by Hungry Girl and it is a great product.  I had been making these with thin whole wheat sandwich bread and this is much better.
Lunch – Black Bean Burger on Run for the ‘rolls’ and Sweet Potato Fries
(she claims to have gained weight possibly from a black bean burger in 2007)
(Run for the Rolls is a 1-mile run she truly enjoys)
blackbeanburger Athlete’s Plate – 1/20/2011
(pic courtesy of Behind The Skillet)



Ingredients: 1 can black beans (rinsed and drained), 1 can garbanzo beans (rinsed and drained), 4 garlic cloves, 1/2c mushsrooms (chopped), 1/2c whole wheat pancake mix, 2 sweet potatoes, 1 head of bib lettuce, 2 roma tomatoes, 1 1/2″ thick red onion slice, mustard, olive oil
Servings: 4
Directions:
1- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
2- Cut sweet potatoes into half so you end up with 4 halves.
3- Take 3 of the halves and cut length wise into fry style
4- Sprinkle with pepper and place on baking dish (spray with cooking spray) and into oven for 25-30 minutes.

5- In food processor add in beans and garlic.  Begin blending and slowly adding oil until well blended.

6- Cut 1 of the sweet potatoes in half and then shred.  Wrap in paper towels and squeeze to get rid of excess water.
7- Add shredded sweet potatoes, mushrooms and pancake mix to black bean mixture.  Mix well in bowl.
8- Divide up mixture into 4′s and then form patties and set aside.
9- Put 1tbs of olive oil into frying pan and when hot add in black bean patties.  Put stove top on medium-low heat.
10- Once patties begin to set flip to cook on other side.
11- While patties and potatoes are cooking assemble bib lettuce with tomatoe, onion and mustard inside one side.
12- Once patties are done cooking place on side of bib lettuce with the other ingredients then top with other piece of bib lettuce.
13- Take fries out of oven and place next to burger and enjoy
PM Snack – Towpath Trail Mix
(a 20 mile trail she runs when in the Cleveland area)
towpathtrail Athlete’s Plate – 1/20/2011
(pic courtesy of wfcblog)
Ingredients: 1/4c chocolate candies, 1/4c raisins, 1/4c dried cranberries, 1/4c dried blueberries, 1/4c dried pomegranete, 1/4c dry roasted almonds, 1/4c dry no-salt peanuts, 1/4c pecans, 2tbs flax seed, 1/4c pumpkin seeds
Servings: 1
Directions:
1- Mix all together and eat.
Dinner – Pizza and Beer
(she is a beer aficionado and loves pizza)



blackbeanpizza Athlete’s Plate – 1/20/2011
(pic courtesy of Me)

Ingredients: 1 can black beans (rinsed and drained), 1 can garbanzo beans (rinsed and drained), 4 cloves garlic, 1 roma tomatoe, 1/2c mushrooms (sliced), 1/4 yellow squash sliced, 1/4 zucchinni sliced, 1/4 red pepper, 1/4 green pepper (pepper just need to be cut from entire pepper and only need one side), 1/2″ thick red onion slice, vegan mozerrella cheese, 1 boboli whole wheat crust, olive oil
Servings: 8 slices
Directions:
1- Preheat oven to 450 degrees and place pizza stone in oven so it heats up with oven.
2- Place all the vegetables (except tomatoes) on a panini maker and grill.  If you don’t have a panini press then use grill pan.  No grill pan then add 1tbs olive oil to non-stick pan and cook all veggies until soft.
3- While veggies cook place beans and garlic in food processor and blend.  While blending add in olive oil to create a black bean hummus (paste)
4- Spread black bean paste on crust and drizzle olive oil on top.
5- Cut up veggies and mix.  Once mixed place over top of the black bean paste.
6- Top with tomatoes.
7- Top with vegan cheese
8- Take pizza stone out of oven and place pizza on top.
8- Place in oven for 15-20 minutes
9- Remove from oven with cheese melted and use pizza cutter to cut into 8 slices.
10- Serve with your favorite beer.

Dessert – Key Lime Pie Smoothie
(she also loves ice cream)
(recipe adapted from Hungry Girl)

KeyLimePieSmoothies Athlete’s Plate – 1/20/2011

Ingredients: 1c Vanilla HoneyMilk, 1/2c lime sorbet, 4tbs fresh pineapple chunks (canned is ok as well), 2tbs sugar free vanilla syrup, 3 k ey limes juiced, 10-12 ice cubes, homemade granola from up top, Whipped HoneyMilk, 2tbs sugar substitute
Servings: 2
Directions:
Create the Whipped Cream-
1- Get two glass bowls with the smaller one having ice in it.
2- Place 1/2c HoneyMilk into top bowl with 2tbs sugar substitute (I used Splenda with Fiber)
3- Start to whip on low and gradually increase speed until peaks are formed.  Will take longer than using heavy cream because there is not as much fat in HoneyMilk.
Create the Smoothie-
1- Place all the remaining ingredients except for granola in blender
2- Blend until all ingredients are thoroughly combined

Pour smoothie into glass, top with whipped HoneyMilk and then top with granola.

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Sarah – I hope you enjoyed the menu in your honor.  If you create any of the dishes please post pictures and your thougths on Facebook and leave comments here.

Your blog is great and keep up the running.  You are an inspiration to many.

Lastly, it is your turn to nominate another blogger.  If you can email me by Monday I would greatly appreciate it.

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Comments

  1. Kovas says:

    Ratatouille is one of my favorites as well – ooh la la!

  2. misszippy says:

    Awesome menu! And I really like the new logo–she did a great job for you.

  3. Morgan says:

    Love the new logo!!! They also make me think of the wings on Hermes feet…

    Sarah's plate looks delish! Will def be making some of this soon! The Athlete's plate is fast becoming on of my favorite weekly features because you always whip up such great dishes that are healthy! Rock on Jason! :)

  4. Jen says:

    I love the logo!! Congrats on such a cool look and thanks for the great recipes :)

  5. ShutUpandRun says:

    great logo and i,m proud to say i now like you on FB although i would like you anywhere.

    loving the menu, especially the key lime smoothie. am not liking that i got edged out by the redhead, good thing she is as cool as she is. :)

  6. lindsay says:

    Nice hookup on the logo! Looks great. Any meal/snack with m&m's or honeymilk is one for me;)

  7. Big Daddy Diesel says:

    MMMMMMMMM doesnt help I am starving

    THere is that magical honeymilk again

  8. Sun Runner says:

    Thank you so much…how did you know I love black beans?? I WILL make each and every one of these and put them on my food blog, starting with the granola, since I have been aching to try making my own granola.

    Never fear…I have someone in mind for your next feature. :)

  9. Jason says:

    I can't believe the pic of the smoothies wasn't up there. Now it is so you can see what I consumed in about 3 minutes last night.

  10. JenniferLeah says:

    Looks yummy–gotta try those blk bean burgers (post intense workout though, gotta stick with Joe's plan!!)
    We just love sweet tater fries in this house :)

    I gotta try some of this honey milk you keeep talkin' bout!!

  11. Matty B. says:

    I can't tell you how impressed I am with your online presence, Jason. From Twitter, to amazing recipe and reflection posts to Facebook. You're everywhere and it's clearly playing to your advantage.

    I hope all is well in the Big D!

  12. Jill says:

    That's the best looking menu ever! YUM!
    And I love the logo, very fitting!

  13. Johann says:

    Fantastic as always! The logo is a winner.

  14. Rita @ Fitblogger says:

    Wow! Thanks for the shout out Jason, it was my pleasure to try and spiff it up a bit for ya :)

  15. Caratunk Girl says:

    I have got to try this honey milk!!

    Love the logo. I love Athlete's Plate. Looks awesome as always!!

    I like you on FB, and in real life too! :)

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