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I had made spaghetti squash a few days earlier and I didn't know what to do with it.  I did not want to just re-heat it and toss some veggies onto it.  I didn't feel like having rice with it.  Making it into a pasta dish was not at the top of my list so I decided that I could make a lasagna with it.  A day earlier I had made some gravy for pizza so I had that readily available and there are always vegetables in the refrigerator and so making this was going to be easy. I also wanted it to have a sort of sausage taste to it so...

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Sicilian pizza growing up was just part of what we did as kids.  You could always get a regular slice and fold it in half and have the grease run down your hand, forearm and onto your elbow.  That was glorious and was just a ton of fun to share with your buddies.  BUT, there was always room for a Sicilian slice and preferably the corner. I don't recall when the corner slice came into my life or why but it was the one piece of the Sicilian pie that you wanted.  You would almost get into fist fights with your buddies over this...

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Pizza is by far my favorite food and it is perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even as a snack.  In the last year or so I have dropped cheese from my pizza and while some may think that this is crazy I find that I actually enjoy my pizza even more now.  The cheese does not get in the way of the taste of the vegetables that I am piling high onto my slice.  In addition to that there is a very good chance that the slice will hold up to my standards of not flopping over.  A slice of pizza should be able to be eaten with one...

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 I love carbs and I will not lie.  Carbs give me the energy I need to power through these workouts.  I hear athletes talking about avoiding carbs and it surprises me because I just don't know where they are going to get their energy from if they don't take in carbs.  A solid diet of 60%-65% Carbs, ~15% Protein and 20%-25% Fat is ideal for an endurance athlete. A couple of days ago I came across an article on Active.com talking about the 5 best carbs for athletes and it made me smile.  I didn't care what the carbs where ...

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Asian night dinner used to be a big deal when I was a kid.  My mom and dad would always pick up food from the bullet proof (it's a saying we use in New York) chinese restaurant near Presbyterian Hospital in New York and I could not wait for them to come home.  Usually the meal consisted of an appetizer of fried chicken wings with french fries and hot sauce.  We would quickly jump into dishes of beef and broccoli, dry garlic spareribs, fried rice, chow mein, egg rolls and deep-fried wonton.  If that wasn't enough we always cr...

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[caption id="attachment_6331" align="alignright" width="292"] Source: NY Times[/caption] Superfood, Superfood, Superfood.  This has been all the rage lately and I'll be honest it is downright confusing to me.  Seems that everything has become a superfood, that is outside of the processed stuff at the fast food chains.  If you think about it for a second a smart diet of fruits and vegetables is going to be super.  Your micro and macro nutrients are covered in the meal and thus you will feel super.....or at least I do. This go...

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Chilaquiles are typically made with a salsa verde and eggs.  I decided to change it up a bit last night and make it with a spicy salsa as well as with tofu.  Using tofu instead of eggs makes this a truly vegan meal and it is perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch or brinner (yes that is a meal.....having breakfast for dinner that is.) I find that Mexican cuisine lends itself perfectly to a vegetarian / vegan diet and so I find myself making lots of Mexican style dishes for dinner.  The other cuisine that I find that is perf...

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Pork adobada is a very simple meal and one that I was inspired to make after watching Diners, Drive-In and Dives on Food Network.  Speaking of Triple D.....how is it that Guy Fieri doesn't weight 900 pounds right now?  Have you ever watched the show?  He eats at every restaurant and typically samples 2-3 meals and with 3 restaurants per show we are looking at 6-9 tastings.  I know that he isn't eating the whole thing, at least on camera, but he is also not eating salads.  He has clearly gotten bigger since the show star...

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That's A Wrap......get it?  See what I did there?  I made a wrap and used the old movie production statement to make a STATEMENT..... OK, so I had no intention of posting this recipe today but after I put a picture of this up on Facebook yesterday  friend of mine asked for the recipe to put into the national newsletter that he sends out.  Not wanting to miss the opportunity to really promote this wrap I decided that I would put the recipe up today as well. THAT'S A WRAP Ingredients: 1/2c Whole Wheat Flour, 5 Tbsp Water1/2c...

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Quinoa and Chickpeas are two of my favorite foods.  They are both packed with nutrients and protein and very good for you.  I have had some chickpeas in my fridge for a few days and thought I might make a veggie burger out of them, but didn't think it would be enough.  I knew I had quinoa in the pantry so why not combine two of my favorite foods into a burger.  What could go wrong? As I took them both out along with the food processor, I proceeded to take out the sriracha sauce and other ingredients.  Those other items ...

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Asparagus and Macaroni Salad is interrupting the regularly scheduled story of Ironman Texas today.  I had another post ready to go but then I went to Food Republic and saw this picture on the site and immediately thought.....I need to repost that and let people know about this recipe. This recipe couldn't be any easier than what you see.  For those of us who don't eat cheese I am planning on substituting Nutritional Yeast for the Goat Cheese but seriously this looks so good and I hope you make it and let me know what you thought of it...

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A Taste Of Puerto Rico is a cookbook that my Mom gave me years and years ago.  I think I cracked the spine on that book once.  I felt like I knew how to cook the dishes I wanted, and what I didn't know Mom knew how to make.  When Karen and I went to Puerto Rico at the end of March for the 70.3 San Juan race I was brought back to the kitchen of my mother. The flavors exploded in my mouth and I was determined to re-create everything I ate.  This included mofongo, tofu in criollo sauce, platanos maduros, and arroz con bichuela....

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Grilled cheese on a cold winter's day with tomato soup.  We all remember that don't we.  The way the cheese would be so hot that it would burn the roof of your mouth......the way the bread was sometimes burnt because Mom was focused on 100 other things.  The joys of childhood were just incredible.  I kid, I kid.  Seriously though grilled cheese was a favorite of mine.  Back in the day my grilled cheese was filled with bacon and tomato as well.  It was the tomato that would always slide out and burn your chin b...

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Polenta fries could be my newest addiction.  A quick back story on Polenta.  Karen and I go to a restaurant called Sauce on the Square, located in McKinney, Texas on Valentine's Day.  They have terrific pizza and one day we noticed polenta with balsamic reduction and mushrooms so we ordered it.  It was beyond delicious and I have remade that dish here at the house.  A few weeks ago I decided to make it again and then last night while planning my meals for the day I thought that I should use the polenta and make fries wi...

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As you know I run a feature called the Frugal Grocer and I need to create meals based on what I have in my refrigerator or pantry and nothing else.  I can be found searching the internet for various types of meals and usually go to Food Republic on a daily basis.  From their site Food Republic is founded on the idea that guys everywhere are putting food at the center of their lives like never before. This is the site for men who want to eat and drink well, and to live smart. I originally found a recipe for Rigatoni ai C...

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 Italian tacos don't mean mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce.  Use this recipe to create homemade tortillas and an Italian inspired filling.  Before we get into the recipe for the filling I have to say that I have been looking for garbanzo bean flour for a few weeks now but especially since I made these homemade flour tortillas.  In that recipe I used brown rice flour which worked very well but I felt that the rice flour was too thin to create a GREAT tortilla.  The garbanzo bean flour (or even soy flour) is a li...

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