Athlete’s Plate – December 23, 2010

Athlete’s Plate – December 23, 2010
This week the Athlete’s Plate is dedicated to Marlene over at Mission to a(nother) Marathon.  Beth from Shut Up and Run nominated her and I am glad that she did.  I had not been following Marlene so it led me to stalk follow another blog.  It is choc(olate) full of great inspiration, pictures and stories.
Here is what I was able to find out about Marlene while perusing her blog:
1- From Canada
2- Began her running career essentially in 2007 and has since been pounding the pavement to the tune of (at last count) 35 races which include 4 marathons.
3- Has lost 12.2 lbs since November 1st but she isn’t counting.
4- Her husband runs as well
5- Has 491 followers (go say something nice to her now so she nominates you.)
6- Doesn’t run in your normal running gear all the time (M&Ms, Colored Stockings)
She is an inspiration to all of us.  Go check out her blog and start following.
Breakfast – Tim Horton’s Hears A Who! Green Eggs and Canadian Bacon (Ham) — Dr Seuss 
Ingredients: 1/3c Egg Substitute, 2 tbs Salsa Verde, Handful of spinach, Vegan Cheese, Whole Wheat Tortilla, 1 slice Canadian Bacon (not shown in pic)
Servings – 1
1- Heat up tortilla in microwave for 20 seconds to get it soft.
2- Place spinach on top of tortilla
3- Cook egg substitute in non-stick pan
4- Place egg in middle of tortilla
5- Top with vegan cheese
6- Top with Salsa Verde
7- Place in microwave for 20 seconds so cheese melts.  Anything longer and the spinach will let out a lot of water so even if the cheese isn’t fully melted it will still taste great.
Serve with coffee and away you go.
AM Snack – Bathroom Changing Crunchy Oatmeal Bars
(recipe courtesy of
Ingredients: 3 1/2 cups regular oats, uncooked, 1/2 cup flaked coconut, 1/2 cup sliced almonds, 1/2 cup wheat germ, 1/4 cup coarsely chopped cashews, 1/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans, 1/4 cup sesame seeds,

1/4 cup sunflower seeds, 1/2 cup honey, 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar, 1/4 cup vegetable oil, 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Servings – 30
1-Combine first 8 ingredients in large bowl; stir well, and set aside.
2-Combine honey, brown sugar and oil in a small saucepan; cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves and mixture is thoroughly heated. Remove from heat; add peanut butter and vanilla extract, stirring until peanut butter melts. Pour honey mixture over oats mixture; stir well. Mixture will be dry at first; continue stirring until moist.
3-Press mixture into a greased 15 x 10-inch jellyroll pan, using greased fingertips. Press mixture flat with the back of a wide metal spatula. Bake at 250 degrees F for 1 hour and 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cut into bars while warm. Let cool completely in pan.
4-Remove bars from pan. Store in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week.

Lunch – Festivus Mulligatawny Soup (Seinfeld reference)
(Recipe courtesy of

Ingredients – 1 large sweet onion, finely chopped , 2 tablespoons butter, 1/4 teaspoon cayenne, 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, 1 whole dried chili, 1 teaspoon turmeric, 1 tablespoon coriander, 4 cups vegetable stock (store bought is ok), 1 large carrot, finely sliced, 1 large new potato, rinsed unpeeled, & cubed, 1 large green pepper, finely chopped, 2 -3 plum tomatoes, chopped, 1 stalk celery, finely sliced, 1 can coconut milk (398ml), 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, minced, 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, minced,  

Servings – 6 to 8
Directions –
1- In a large pot over medium heat sauté onions in melted butter until soft and translucent but not caramelized.
2 -Add seasonings to onions; continue to sauté for 2 to 3 minutes till they are well incorporated.
3 -Stir in Vegetable stock, then add vegetables and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.
4 – Stir in coconut milk and cook for a further 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool several minutes. Remove whole dried chili. Using a hand blender blend well, while a allowing some variance in texture to remain.
5 – Stir in lemon juice, parsley, and cilantro, and let stand for 1 hour or so to allow the flavors to mature.
6 – Reheat gently and then serve. Preferably with warm Nan or pita.


PM Snack – Pretty In Pinto Bean Pink Quesadillas

Ingredients– 2 whole wheat tortillas, black & pinto bean spread, vegan cheese, spinach, mushrooms, avocado
Servings – 1
1- Create spread by draining and washing 1 can of black beans and pinto beans
2- Place beans in food processor and blend with olive oil added until you reach your desired consistency
3- Place spread on both tortillas
4- Place spinach on bottom tortilla
5- Place mushrooms on top of spinach
6- Place vegan cheese on top of mushrooms
7- Place other tortilla on top with spread side down
8- Place on panini press that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray
9- Cut avocado in 1/2 and remove pit.
10- Using 1/2 of the avocado smash with fork
11- Cut the other 1/2 of the avocado into slices
12 – Cook quesadilla until tortilla gets crunchy (maybe 2 minutes)
13- Spread mashed avocado on top of quesadilla and cut into 4s

Dinner – Grilled Chicken with Quinoa and Dried Fruit
(go to this link for reference)

Photo courtesy of Little Stomaks

Ingredients – 4 oz chicken breast, 1 cup of quinoa (will create more than 1 serving – close to 4), 1/4 cup of dried fruit
Servings – 1
Directions –
1- Grill your chicken after putting salt and pepper to taste.  Can’t grill then heat up oven to 350 degrees and bake.
2 While your chicken is cooking place quinoa in pot with 1 1/2 cups of water and bring to a boil then turn down to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes.
3- Remove quinoa from heat and let sit with lid on for 5 minutes
4- Add dried fruit to quinoa and mix and fluff
5- Make sure chicken is cooked all the way through and plate.

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  1. Marlene says:

    I had no idea! This is fantastic. Thank you so much! I always love your "athletes plates" and this is such a hoot! You rock!

    Looking forward to stalking you in the future. ;)

    I'm suddenly HUNGRY. So when should I expect you to show up and prepare my meals? :D

    Happy Holidays!!!!!!!!

    P.S. THANKS SUAR for the nomination!!!! I always knew you loved Beavers! I mean, Canadians!!!

  2. Teamarcia says:

    If I can lose 12.2 lbs eating like that I am all over it! Hilarious!

  3. ShutUpandRun says:

    Just awesome. And creative as always. I do love beavers and I think Marlene is one of the best!!

  4. Her Name is Rio says:

    Marlene led me over here…very very cool! :)

  5. Karen R says:

    The quinoa and chicken looks yummy! Thanks for posting these recipes!

  6. Stacie says:

    Congrats Marlene!!! You've hit the big time :) I LOVE this.

    Great job, Jason!!! You rock.

  7. Jen says:

    The recipes look great! Thanks.

  8. Aimee says:

    Yum! Those recipes look great!

  9. Laura says:

    Love this! Glad I found you via Marlene…a fellow Canuck.

  10. lindsay says:

    these are awesome. you should be a chef for a living. :) i told marlene why she should pick me so we'll see if she does the right thing…

  11. She said I need a goal says:

    I need to go through all these Athlete's Plate entries and make up a food list! Congrats to Marklene and now I'm off to stalk another blog. yay!

  12. Jason says:

    Thank you to all the new followers. It is truly appreciated and I hope I can entertain you.

    Marlene/Lindsay – you have me thinking of becoming a personal travelling cook. I have to talk to the wife about that.

    She Said – I am going to compile the recipes into an e-book so hold off on going through them all. I'll get you a copy.

  13. Raegun says:

    As a Canadian, I am loving the Tim's reference. I can't wait to try some of these recipes.

  14. DRog says:

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  15. Caroline says:

    Merry Christmas! thanks for stopping by my blog and for you comment!
    Joyeux Noel

  16. One Crazy Penguin says:

    This may be my favorite that you've done yet. Looks delish!

    Merry Christmas!

  17. Quinton J says:

    Merry Christmas Bro! Another one knocked out of the park.
    You and the fam have fun over the holidays!

  18. Amanda - RunToTheFinish says:

    i love marlene and this is a great meal plan!

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