Athlete’s Plate – December 30, 2010

Athlete’s Plate – December 30, 2010
This is the last Athlete’s Plate of 2010 and it is perfect to end the year with a menu dedicated to Lindsay from Chasing the Kenyans.  If you have not been to her blog, go but not until you are done reading all of my posts, then go as fast as you can.  Lindsay is an extremely funny person.  She is creative in an artsy way.  She can draw, she can rap, she makes videos, she can move boxes from cubicle to cubicle.  But most of all she can run.  That name (Chasing the Kenyans) is no joke.  Lindsay is fast and determined.  Don’t believe me?  How about the fact that she grades herself every month based on her workouts.  That is really holding yourself accountable.
So, Lindsay, my fellow HoneyMilk drinker this menu is just for you.  I hope you enjoy it and I hope that J makes the dishes for you.  I also hope that your Dad can get through another season of rooting for the Mets and if he needs a shoulder to cry on he can have mine.
Breakfast – KENYAN Ugali Breakfast

Ugali is essentially a polenta cake made with cornmeal, water and milk.  Ugali is typically served as a side dish to meat and vegetables This is my version of Ugali.

Ingredients: 1/6c of cornmeal for polenta, 1/2 cup of HoneyMilk, 1tbs Paremesan Cheese, 1 slice of whole wheat toast, spinach, 1 slice of tomato, 1 egg, balsamic vinegar, 1tbs olive oil, cooking spray
Servings – 1
1- To make the Ugali bring the HoneyMilk to a boil, slowly stir in the cornmeal and parmesan cheese.  Continue to stir until it all combines together.  It will be slightly grainy, but will be creamier than just water.
2- Remove Ugali from the heat, form into a cake and set aside.
3- Spray a pan with the cooking spray and cook your egg.  I made it over hard so that the yolk wouldn’t dribble everywhere, but make it to your liking.
4- Toast the 1 slice of Whole Wheat Bread
5- Heat the olive oil in a pan and once hot add the polenta cake and cook so that the cake holds together.
6- I used a can but you can use a cookie cutter or some other device to cut the bread, cut the polenta cake and egg.
7- Now stack.  Bread, Polenta Cake, Spinach, Tomatoe, Egg
8- Drizzle with balsamic vinegar
9- Serve with coffee, tea or a glass of HoneyMilk.

AM Snack – Frugal Fitness Bars
(This comes from Lindsay’s use of 50 cent sneakers and $12 sweatpants)

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Ingredients – 1 mashed banana, 1 1/2 cups dry oatmeal, 1 tbls ground sunflower seeds or flax seed, 1 tbls whole wheat flour, 4 scoops vanilla protein powder, 3/4 cup peanut butter, 1/4 cup olive oil, melted, 1/4 cup raisins, 1/4 cup Vanilla HoneyMilk, 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Servings – 12
Directions –
1- Mix all ingredients together in bowl. Pour into 9×12 Baking Pan
2-Place the pan in the freezer for at least 2 hours and store in baggie.
3-Thaw slightly before serving.

Another alternative is to pour into a muffin pan and then you won’t have to cut them.

Lunch – Creative Couscous and Veggies
(Samples of Lindsay’s creativity can be found here and here)
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Ingredients – 1 zuchinni, 1 yellow squash, 1 eggplant, 1 green pepper, 1 red pepper, 1 onion, cooking spray, 1c water, 3/4c uncooked couscous, 1tsp hot pepper sauce, chopped fresh cilantro, 3/4c cherry tomatoes halved
Servings – 4
Directions –
1- Cut vegetables (not tomatoes) lengthwise and grill or roast or saute
2- Once cooked, cut vegetables into bit size pieces
3- Bring water to boil
4- Stir in couscous and then add hot pepper sauce, salt, pepper
5- Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes then fluff with a fork
6- Add in cilantro and tomatoes and vegetables
7- Serve and enjoy
(Hopefully after today Lindsay’s diet will include more than M&Ms)
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Ingredients – 2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats, 1 cup whole wheat flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 3/4 cup shredded coconut, 4 oz applesauce, 2 1/2 tbsp flaxseed, 1/4 cup honey, 1/3 cup packed brown sugar, 2 oz chopped pecans, 2 oz slivered almonds.
Servings – 24
Directions –
1- Preheat oven to 325 F. Lightly grease one 9×13 inch pan.

2- In a mixing bowl combine the oats, flour, baking soda, vanilla, applesauce, flaxseed, honey and brown sugar. Stir in nuts and coconut.
3- Lightly press mixture into the prepared pan. Bake at 325 F for about 20 minutes.
4- Let cool for 10 minutes, then cut into bars.
5- Let bars cool completely in pan before removing or serving.

Dinner – FIRETRUCK Roasted Tomato/Sweet Potato Fries with Polenta/Mushroom Burger

Ingredients – 1 portabella mushroom, 1 polenta cake (see recipe above), 1/2 sweet potato, 5 round slices of yellow squash, 1/4 onion sliced in length pices, 1 clove garlic, 1/2 can of fire roasted tomatos, spinach, 1 tomatoe slice, 1/2 avocado, handful of olives, 1tbs olive oil
Servings – 1
Directions –
1- Mince garlic, cut onion into long slices, cut sweet potatoe into chuncky fries, slice yellow squash into 5 rounds
2- Heat olive oil in saute pan.  Once hot add onion and sweet potatoe
3- After 5 minutes add in yellow squash and garlic.  Cover and let cook for 5 more minutes
4- Add in 1/2 can of fireroasted tomatoes and cover and cook for 5-10 minutes until sweet potato is soft
5- Grill portabella mushroom until it is soft but firm.
6- Saute your polenta cake so that it browns on both sides.
7- Place mushroom on plate and top with polenta cake
8- Place sweet potato fries on side
9- Finish with a small spinach salad of spinach, tomato, avocado and olives

Lindsay – I hope you enjoy the menu.  And don’t forget you need to nominate somebody for the next edition.  Please email me on Monday with that name.  For those of you looking for a menu for me to create for you leave me the most glowing message of my blog and menu then go to Lindsay’s and do the same.  Yes bribes work, but more than money (maybe not) we want to be buttered up.

Thank you for reading.
Athlete’s Plate announcement:

I have decided to create a book of recipes from this past quarter of 2010.  It will include only my recipes and not those that I borrowed from other sites.  I will post once the book is ready for you to get, and I will do this each quarter with recipes so that you don’t have to scroll through the blog to find your favorite recipes.

One thing I ask is that if you make a recipe let me know how it came out for you.  What you liked, didn’t like, etc?  And if you change it in anyway let me know.  I love experimenting with food and from your ideas I can get more creative.

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  1. She said I need a goal says:

    I love the Athlete's Plate series. So many yummy ideas for my upcoming training season. You should check out '' for some great free recipes.

  2. Jen says:

    Thanks for another bunch of tasty looking recipes!

  3. DRog says:

    Im ready for that lunch item right about now post-swim…looks great!


  4. Kovas Palubinskas says:

    That couscous dish looks good. (No glowing messages as I'm fearful of the radiation.)

  5. Karen says:

    Awesome! Yes, hopefully now Lindsay can have more than m&;s in her diet.

  6. ShutUpandRun says:

    Will I become frugal if I eat the FFB? Nice job on honoring Lindsay.

    PS: I'll buy your cookbook.

  7. Jason says:

    SUA – you may become frugal b/c you will have all the energy in the world and you might walk/run everywhere instead of using the car. Thus not spending money on gas, and the money you save on gas you can use to buy the cookbook.

    I am looking at getting it out around the 15th of January — you know when most people get paid.

  8. Jill says:

    YAY Lindsay!!!!

  9. lindsay says:

    lol. i'm surprised m&m's were only incorporated into one dish.

    i gotta throw up a post tomorrow so people send me bribes!

  10. Jason says:

    I have been waiting all day for you. Were you moving cubicles again?

    Well, I wanted to expand your selections beyond M&Ms since they are everywhere on your blog. One of the biggest tags. Plus I had to eliminate beans from the dishes. At one point I thought wheat was out but found out that it could be included.

    Hope you enjoy and I will not put up a new post until well after you post that you are taking bribes for nominees.

  11. lindsay says:

    oh no, i haven't had to move since before thanksgiving. i read this earlier but was unable to comment. well i was able, but commenting via phone is annoying and i was being lazy.

    you are too thoughtful with the mets consolation and watching out for beans. you could have listed them as optional like nuts often are – can't have those either. what would you recommend subbing for PB in my frugal fitness bars? i can't believe you dug up whatever post i mentioned my 50cent shoes on. i am assuming it won't be an issue to not-include the nuts in the eMineM power bars.

    as for my 50cent shoes, it's random but i found them at the goodwill 3-4 years ago. they were in great shape for goodwill products and i have no shame, i'm frugal afterall right? anyway they still look fine (to me) but josh thought i needed to replace them so he got me new shoes for christmas. i'm too sentimental – i can't bring myself to part with them! it's sad, really. haha.

  12. Jason says:

    I hear ya on the phone thing. It's a pain.

    As for replacing nuts there is a product called soy nut butter. I don't believe there are nuts in that so you can use that instead.

    And I have to tell you I think I read just about every post. I believe at one point I saw a post dated 2008. It was crazy (would have said nuts but can't) because I was looking at everything and trying to get it all in.

    Also, I believe that HoneyMilk is going to show the Kenyan Ugali Breakfast on their site and they should be able to tie us in together.

    OK, one more thing. I found the shoes mentioned more than once and then for some reason I went to the home page and the sweats were listed so it was an easy combo.

    I am glad that the shoes brought back memories for you. That is kind of the point of these menus. Dig deep and bring back memories for people.

    I might need your dad's shoulder too as I am already dreading the season. I hope Josh did not spend more than $1 on the new shoes for you otherwise we can't use frugal anymore.

  13. lindsay says:

    hahaha. (i love that we are having this random convo in your comments). that's awesome of AHM. we are going to be so famous… ok so can i be more difficult and say i am also allergic to soy? :) i know, now you're thinking DANG IT why did marlene nominate her-so annoying. guess i'll just have to sub regular butter – that's healthy right? ;) did i tell you i tried making granola-ish bars w/ AHM once and it didn't turn out right? i feel like i did. honeymilk is not = sweetened condensed milk, FYI. and man digging back to '08 posts. i hope you didn't fall asleep…

  14. Jason says:

    Seriously allergic to soy? What do you replace soy with? Air? I am at a loss right now with that one.

    And I just laughed so hard I almost pee'd at the thought of substituting sweetened condensed milk with AHM. That is hilarious.

  15. Mamarunsbarefoot says:

    YUM,YUM!!! Thank you for sharing these recipes!!

  16. Amber says:

    Okay Jason. I just found you though Lindsay. Are you married? If not I will gladly disown my boyfriend.
    Cook for me anytime. FIRETRUCK Roasted Tomato/Sweet Potato Fries with Polenta/Mushroom Burger = Me in love.

    Drooling on my keyboard,

  17. B.o.B. says:

    I want everything you posted. I guess I need to get a chef at home. LOL!

  18. lindsay says:

    LOL i am laughing at amber's comment. i hope you break the news to her gently…

  19. Jason says:

    Lindsay – obviously Amber didn't read my newest post before this, but we can't hold that against her. She gets bonus points for not only being a willing participant in dumping her BF but also looking for me to cook for her. That has to count for something in the nomination process.

    B.o.B. — there will be a cookbook coming out in a couple of weeks with a bunch of recipes. I am also investigating the whole travelling cook business… you never know.

    Amber – I will email you privately and let you know about my marital status……LOL!!!!!

  20. Terri says:

    What a great menu – love the ugali! Clearly I need to google HoneyMilk – I'm seeing the name dropped all over the place! :)

  21. Terri says:

    Ok, so I just tried the ugali, but being in a lazy mood (out of bread, haven't baked in awhile, sourdough on the kitchen counter will take ALL DAY to become bread) I made it as a porridge that I cooked the egg into. Oh, and because I'm weird I put some leftover greens in there, too. Let me just say – yum! Warm, creamy, flavorful comfort food for brunch on a cold, rainy morning. Thanks for the inspiration!

  22. MCM Mama says:

    I could live on that. And I'm totally making the bars for my kids!

  23. Marlene says:

    Awesome menu for Lindsay!! I hope J is busy in the kitchen.

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