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  • Snack/Dessert Recipes

Last week I was up late at night watching Diners, Drivers and Dives. They were at a BBQ joint and the sandwich they made sounded awesome. They had used pulled pork but being a vegetarian that was not going to happen. I started of thinking about ways I could re-create this sandwich without using tofu or tempeh while also having that sort of shredded pork feel. It dawned on me that spaghetti squash shreds in a similar fashion so that would be the base of the sandiwch. The next question I had to answer was how I was going to develop that burnt en...

  • Snack/Dessert Recipes

Falafel is one of my favorite foods and anytime I can get my hands on it I am going to take advantage. A couple of weeks ago Karen and I were talking about going to one of our favorite Greek restaurants for falafel but I got the idea that we can just make it at home and not have to use chickpeas to make it but rather garbanzo bean flour. I had the flour, the parsley, baking soda and garlic so why not make them at home and instead of busting out the oil just using my trusty waffle maker. Then instead of just having falafel waffles we could make...

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A few weeks ago Karen and I went to a local establishment to have a meal on the patio while the weather was absolutely gorgeous. We have been here plenty of times but this time was different. As we were reading the menu and confirming the appetizer of Hot Chips (fresh made potato chips with a side of habanero ketchup) we saw the item labeled: Tempura Avocado Street Tacos. Just saying the name made me drool. Karen decided to order it and I went with a taco salad knowing full well that she would not finish the plate and I would get at least one ...

  • Snack/Dessert Recipes

As most of you know I am a Brand Ambassador for FlapJacked and have been for some time now. The reason I continue to work with them is that the product tastes great, and I mean that about the Mix and the Muffins. Beyond that they are great people who support me through all of my endeavors regardless of how stupid they may be. One of the other main reasons I love the product as much as I do is that you can be very creative with it. From cookies to crepes to cakes of all shapes and sizes. This recipe is for an individual sized cake that you can ...

  • Dinner Recipes

The last month has been full speed ahead with racing Ironman Florida (race report here) and then Wild Hare 50 (race report here) two weeks later and registered for Isle Du Bois 52k two weeks post Wild Hare 50 had run my body into the ground. Endurance events take a lot out of you both physically and mentally and your immune system is shot. I learned this first hand Saturday into Sunday of this past week. I was feeling sluggish on Saturday but managed to do some running around (in the rain) with my wife but by the end of the day it had become f...

  • Dinner Recipes

Recently I started a burrito kick and it has taken on a life of its own. It is at the point where I am now trying to get #BurritoWednesday trending since it seems that all the other days are taken not to mention the sheer ridiculousness of these hashtags. Also, please do not get me started on National Coffee Day or National Chocolate Day or National Non-GMO Gluten Free Sugar Free Fat Free Peanut Butter Day. The internet is a wonderful thing to have at our finger tips but some days I have to laugh at how days pick up momentum and thus why I am ...

  • Dinner Recipes

Back when I was eating meat I could be found at the nearest bar or in my kitchen devouring wings by the dozens.  Yes, dozens. An afternoon watching football could easily consist of 50 wings, beer and an apple pie to finish the day.  When I made the lifestyle decision to become a vegetarian the one thing I missed the most was chicken wings on a Saturday or Sunday in the fall. That went away fairly fast when I began to use tempeh in my homemade buffalo sauce. As time has gone on I decided that anything and everything could get tossed in...

  • Dinner Recipes

Karen and I have been using Hello Fresh for a few weeks now as a way to make time for each other during hectic work and training schedules. The recipes they provide are terrific and easy to make. The Freekah Sald has become one of our favorites and is one that has been made three times now. If you are unfamiliar with freekah then I suggest you get familiar with it and this recipe is a great way to use the grain. Freekeh has a slightly smoke and nutty flavor that seems pronounced in this dish. Probably because it is paired with the acidity from...

  • Dinner Recipes

Some days getting into the kitchen and chopping, dicing, mincing and everything else that comes with making a meal is relaxing and allows me to exercise my creative gifts. Other days I want to get into and out of the kitchen faster than Andy Potts swim a half-ironman distance of 1.2 miles (which was 24 minutes at the 2015 version of Timberman). The reality is that my weekday evenings are my sanctuary to put my feet up and relax so the long cooking days are Saturday and Sunday. Thursday has also become a day in the kitchen as Karen and I ha...

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I have a tendency to go through waves of eating. By this I mean that I will put my hooks into a certain type of food and not let go for a long time. A lot of the correspondence I have received in the past year has revolved around making waffles. I am still a waffle fiend but as times change and tastes change so do the meals that I prepare. I also love to make things easy in the kitchen. I do not have a lot of time during the week to create elaborate dishes and so I try to keep my cooking to 30 minutes or so. Sometimes that involves prepping be...

  • Breakfast Recipes

Cold Brew Coffee entered my life a bit over a month ago and since then I have become somewhat addicted to coffee being made this way, especially after an intense and tough training session. I have found that cold brew coffee has given me energy faster than I have experienced before. Typically I will combine cold brew coffee with a San Pellegrino-Nuun Hydration combination and my body feel revived within moments. Of course, Starbuck's is what started this cold brew addiction and as anybody knows when Starbuck's is involved that means that you h...

  • Dinner Recipes

Chipotle peppers are a favorite ingredient in my kitchen. I absolutely love the smokey and spicy flavor of the peppers and believe they can bring just about any dish more life. Last night while I was riding my bike on the trainer I started thinking about what to have for dinner and my original thought was to have a TLT (Tempeh, Lettuce, Tomato) sandwich but when I opened the refrigerator it was like when Jules opened the briefcase in Pulp Fiction. The black beans shined like gold and then my mind started running. What goes good with black bean...

  • Lunch Recipes

Taco Tuesday came early at my house yesterday but was disguised at Meatless Monday.  After I posted the picture to Instagram and finished licking the plate I realized that this was a dish that needed to have the recipe posted so that everybody else could enjoy the flavors that I inhaled in approximately 15 seconds.  Thus the reason why I was licking the plate…….I could not get enough of the tacos and may have to create them again for the actual Taco Tuesday. I had a desire to have Sloppy Joe’s after seei...

  • Breakfast Recipes

Restaurant Style French Toast may sound daunting and difficult to make when you first read it but this recipe will make you say:  Restaurant Style French Toast?  Who wants some? The key two making a restaurant style french toast resides in the bread.  You cannot use sliced wonder bread and expect it to have that flavor and texture that you would find at a restaurant or a diner in New Jersey.  The custard is a big part of that flavor as well, but the other component that tends to get skipped is nutmeg.  That is the secr...

  • Breakfast Recipes

The simple breakfast recipe idea came to me while I was working out this morning.  Well, that is not 100%  accurate.  About a week ago I saw a picture on Instagram that featured charred corn in a salsa for a taco.  Since that day I have been thinking about what I wanted to do with the two ears of corn I had.  I kept going back to a black bean and corn salsa to include in a wrap.  I tossed this around idea for a bit, but then realized that had been done and I was not in the right frame of mind for a taco/w...

  • Lunch Recipes

Japanese cuisine for me was non-existent until I tried sushi for the first time which happened about 15 years ago.  Like most people the idea of raw fish was not appealing.  I had not bothered to look into whether or not there was more to sushi and if Japanese cuisine could be enjoyed.  Like the word Kleenex meant tissue or Band-Aid meant adhesive bandage the word sushi meant Japanese cuisine.  As I grew up a bit and started to explore the world of food a bit more I realized that there was more to Japanese cuisine than sushi...

  • Breakfast Recipes

Waffles have been a staple of my diet ever since I realized how their macronutrient composition would aid in recovery from training and racing.  Never mind how great they taste.  I have been known to go on a 30 day streak but like all good things those must come to an end.  As I was going through the off-season and not really training very hard the need for them seemed to diminish.  That was until Rocky Raccoon 50 training started and the ability to recover quickly so that I could get out the door the next day beca...

  • Breakfast Recipes

Gingerbread could very well be my favorite cookie flavor.  If it isn’t number one it certainly ranks right up there with any oatmeal variety, a nut butter flavor or in a pinch a chocolate chip.  Who are we kidding…..if it is a cookie I am game for it.  Anyway, with all the recipes and pictures flying around the interwebs I knew I wanted to participate but I was being ‘held’ back by my #NoSugarSeptember.  I had chosen September as the month to do a second sugar detox and so the idea of gingerbread coo...

  • Breakfast Recipes

Oatmeal is a favorite meal of endurance athletes, but typically it is only eaten for breakfast.  The other notion that is attached to oatmeal is that it is just a lumpy mess that people eat just because it is good for them.  To that they will add all sorts of ‘bad’ food thus removing all the healthy benefits that oatmeal brings.  Last week I had the idea that oatmeal should be something more than just a meal to eat at breakfast or a mushy bowl of “I just need to eat this as quickly as I can.” In the past ...

  • Lunch Recipes

Fall is here, but if you live in Texas (or the South for that matter) you wouldn't know it as the temperatures have decided that it is closer to July 12th than September 12th.  Yesterday, when it was only 96* it felt like a cold wave had moved through.  That being said it is nicer to wake up in the morning and go for a ride or run and have to actually think about whether or not you want to wear arm sleeves.  [Disclosure: I am a cold weather wuss and if it is near 70* that early in the morning I make these decisions.  If it i...

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