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Rice Noodles have become a favorite of mine in the past few weeks.  It could be that rice noodles lead themselves to making Asian inspired dishes and to me those are very fast and easy to make.  Since I am 'surving' overload weeks I need to have foods that I can make really fast but still provide taste and meet my macronutrient needs.  My goals are to get ~65% of my calories from carbohydrates, ~15% from protein and ~20% from fat.  This means that if I eat 2,000 calories on a given day that I am eating 1300 calories (32...

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Recipe of the week is going to be a feature that I try out on the blog.  I get requests on my Instagram feed for recipes and some of them I have turned down and others I have posted.  Why turn down a request for a recipe?  It is because I am working on a project that will require me to keep exclusive recipes and thus sharing all of them will defeat the purpose of the project. That being said I figured by starting a recipe of the week feature I can get recipes out to you for you to try and to comment back on whether or n...

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Acorn squash is slowly going to ‘fall’ out of season (thank you to the Spring that hasn’t really sprung yet) and that saddens me.  There is nothing like an acorn squash that is baked in the oven and then just lightly (OK, heavily) coated in cinnamon with a tablespoon (OK, three tablespoons…..OK, OK the entire jar of homemade nut butter).  While I have them around I am going to use my acorn squash to the best of my ability. Yesterday was a complete recovery day as we enter what I suspect will be the hardest tw...

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#EnduranceFoodies blog carnival for April is launching today.  If you don't know what the #EnduranceFoodies blog carnival is allow me to explain.  It was two months ago that I decided to start this project so that you, my readers, could get to know other #EnduranceFoodies and see more recipes than what I can present to you here. The #EnduranceFoodies are athletes who love to spend as much time in the kitchen as they do training and racing.  Since we all have different tastes and inspirations getting a group of like-minded people ...

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Salad used to be nothing more than some iceberg lettuce and tomato on a plate.  If you were lucky a slice of cucumber and an olive.  Then it was all drowned in olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  The next wave of salad came when people were ordering the BIG SALAD for lunch and that had more ingredients than a Baked Alaska.  After that came the fast food 'restaurants' that decided that they needed to be players in the salad game.  Before we knew it those salads had more calories than the burgers they were selling. Today, a ...

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Tacos are a staple in my diet.  I would venture to guess that I eat tacos at least once a week and they are not always the same which is why I enjoy them so much.  The basic tortilla shell is the same but it is the filling that makes each taco different.  Of course, living in Texas there is an abundant amount of Tex-Mex restaurants where you can get some of the best tasting tacos you have ever had, but I prefer to make mine at home.  Why?  The answers are simple: I make my own tortilla shells and they do not include ...

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Quinoa was one of the first foods I discovered when I decided to live a plant-based lifestyle.  I had no clue what quinoa was but everything I read touted its terrific qualities.  It was high in protein, it was tasty and it was easy to make.  All of these items fell right into my wheelhouse for how I wanted to cook and for what I wanted to feed my body. What I didn't realize at the time was the versatility of quinoa.  At first I made quinoa a side dish to go along with other plant-strong items, but since then it has become t...

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Blog Carnival is back for the second installment and this time the blog carnival is centered on Mediterranean Cuisine.  The topic was chosen long before the report came out that eating a mediterranean diet is better for your health. Essentially the study showed that there was a heart benefit to eating the Mediterranean diet but the downside to the report is there is no cause and effect so it is not 100% full-proof.  The Mediterranean diet has principal aspects that include proportionally high consumption of olive oil,&...

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Nachos are everybody's favorite eats when they are at Mexican restaurants.  Nachos are probably everybody's favorite eats even at home especially during sporting events like the recent Super Bowl or the upcoming March Madness and Opening Day of Baseball. You know those nachos that are dripping with cheese and jalapeños with those salty tortilla chips.  Wait, come back don't run out to buy nachos just yet.  Stay and finish reading and then head over to your kitchen to make homemade nachos because these will blow your mind. ...

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Millet Stuffed Peppers......what could be better?  How about having peas, corn and almonds in those stuffed peppers?  Well, my homemade red gravy would take those stuffed peppers to a whole other level wouldn't they.  Yes they would and with that I was inspired to make these.  Well that, and another creation I saw on the Cooking Channel where the chef (can't remember who) was making arancini and it hit me. Millet is similar to rice in the way you cook it and they have a red gravy and I have some left over from the cauliflowe...

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Quinoa and Black Beans are a match made in heaven like peanut butter and jelly or chocolate and peanut butter so as I was writing out my meal plan for the week I knew I wanted this combination at some point.  As a kid growing up in a Puerto Rican household rice and beans was always available so why not convert the rice to quinoa and keep the black beans right? Not wanting to have just quinoa and black beans I decided to throw in avocado and combine all those ingredients to form a patty.  It was then that I remembered being in Spain an...

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Cream of broccoli soup was never something I ever wanted to eat growing up.  As a matter of fact I'm not sure I want to eat it now but after making this recipe I think it is something that can be a regular part of my diet in the winter or summer.  Before we get to that I want to point out that my only interaction with cream of broccoli soup was when it was poured out of a can as a kid.  That 'stuff' just looked wrong and there was no way it was touching my lips. I was at the grocery store a few days ago picking up some odds and e...

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A Polenta Tower is not exactly the Ahi Tuna Tower but it certainly inspired it.  Back when eating fish was part of my diet I enjoyed eating the Ahi Tower with Karen on a regular basis.  There was something about the avocado, sushi rice, tuna and tomatoes.  All these ingredients worked well together and when I drove by the sushi restaurant in my neighborhood I got a bit inspired.  The polenta tower recipe requires a bit more work than the Ahi Tower but it has the same creaminess and spice that is a calling card of the one mad...

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The fact that I have a chickpea flour flatbread recipe posted today means that is three days in a row with food posts and makes me wonder if this is becoming a food blog as opposed to a triathlon blog?  Either way, this flatbread recipe is so easy to make even a caveman can do it although I am not sure if this is paleo worthy.  Then again I am so confused by paleo I don't know where to start.  This diet is based on what the caveman ate yet I see post after post about paleo cupcakes and brownies and cakes but (and I'm no history e...

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Buffalo tempeh potstickers were one of two items I had on my mind for dinner a few days ago, with the other being the savory greek waffles I posted about yesterday.  On Facebook I posted a question about which to make but I knew deep down I was making the waffles first and the buffalo tempeh potstickers on New Year's Day.  It felt like a good way to ring in the New Year with a spicy kickstart. I have long been a fan of buffalo wings and when I decided to become a vegetarian it was the one thing I thought I would miss the most.  I...

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Savory Greek waffles are easier to make than you might think.  Then again you may not know what to think since the words savory, greek and waffles are describing the same meal but trust me it was good.  When Karen and I drove by the new restaurant in our area I had visions of stuffed grape leaves, olives, spinach, pepperoncini's, sun-dried tomatoes and all things greek including feta.  Since I keep dairy at a minimum I knew that I wasn't going to include feta but that would have been a great topping to these savory waffles. These...

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Buffalo tempeh was one of the first things I made when I chose the vegetarian lifestyle.  When I first started the one item I missed the most was buffalo wings.  It was not unusual to see me scarf down dozen after dozen while watching football and it was NFL Playoff football time when the vegetarian lifestyle began.  I missed wings and so I searched for a recipe and found one.  It was delicious and it taught me that I did not miss the chicken but more of the heat and now when I get that hankering it is easy to appease. All t...

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A recipe for cabbage wraps.....hmmm!  Doesn't sound too interesting but that is ok.  It is not the name of the dish you want to worry yourself with.  It is the taste of these little packets of tasty goodness you want to be concerned with. Last week I was on Pinterest looking for recipes to make now that I have decided to forgo gluten.  I found a sandwich that was avocado and chickpeas and though it sounded great but I have not had any success making homemade wheat-free bread.  What I always have on hand though is a...

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Polenta and Mushrooms go hand in hand like peanut butter and jelly.  Like peanut butter and chocolate.  Like peanut butter and life.  Oh wait, this is about polenta and mushrooms.  Before I go on let me say that I know that this is my 3rd post in a row that is a recipe, but I am a cooking machine right now because training is kicking my ass.  Two weeks ago 23 hours and last week 21 hours.  This week will be in the 20s again and I need to get away from triathlon and training when I can.  Where do I do that? &nb...

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Sweet Potato, Avocado and Red Kidney Bean Burrito.....yup you read that right.  Now wipe the drool from your bottom lip and get prepared to make one of these this weekend.  It is very easy and oh so tasty.  The best part is that is has so few ingredients and they are all pronounceable.  Words like potato, beans, kale, flour and water.  The hardest word is sriracha but you can leave that out if you want and just use tobacco sauce. I will give you some background information on this burrito.  I have been making my ow...

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