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  • Breakfast Recipes

French toast is one of those breakfast meals that you may forget about until you actually see it on a menu.  I can understand why French Toast is not something that gets made in the house as often as pancakes, waffles or omelets.  They involve some work as well as some crusty bread and it is may not be typical to purchase French or Italian bread.  Better yet the best French Toast (until this recipe) is made with challah bread.  The eggy bread has a head start on any baguette because of its eggy taste and soft texture. A few...

  • Lunch Recipes

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 ...

  • Lunch Recipes

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...

  • Dinner Recipes

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,&...

  • Breakfast Recipes

When you saw 3 Ps of breakfast were you expecting something more than polenta, pecans and pineapple?   Maybe you were hoping that the 3 Ps were different ingredients or possibly you thought there is no way I would put those together to make a meal. Lucky for you I can have a vivid imagination when it comes to being in the kitchen. When I saw the polenta in mypantry and knew that there were pecans from my  Throw in freshlysliced pineapple in the refrigerator and I went to work on meal planning for a lunch time waff...

  • Breakfast Recipes

Dried Cranberry Pecan Lime Waffles were created on February 20th which was the 10th day of my current 12 day #wafflestreak.  Yes, #wafflestreak is a hashtag I use that was created by FatFluential and one that I take great pride in.  Not all the waffles in the streak are breakfast or brunch.  They aren’t always sweet, but can sometimes be savory or made from vegetables.  The waffles may also be come in the form of polenta as seen here and here. Yesterday ...

  • Breakfast Recipes

Chocolate Pistachio Waffles has been on my meal plan menu for nearly one week now and I wanted desperately to move it up into the week but I also knew that I was going to be riding for three hours and running for 30 minutes and needed something to look forward to.  Then again there was a good chance that waffles were going to be on my menu so I could have scarfed down the chocolate pistachio waffles earlier this week.  Good things come to those who wait…… As I was going through the week I came across the idea of ice cre...

  • Lunch Recipes

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. ...

  • Breakfast Recipes

Sushi was probably my favorite cuisine before becoming a vegetarian.  I just loved the way the creaminess of the rice played off the tanginess of the seafood coupled with the taste of nori.  When I realized that the sushi was so loaded in carbohydrates (not the good kind either) because of all the rice I actually made sushi with quinoa (recipe is here) and that was great because it was also vegetarian friendly in that I only used vegetables and tempeh. Recently I have become enamored with cauliflower and all that you can do with it. &...

  • Breakfast Recipes

 If you miss the 30 minute to 1 hour recovery time frame you may have missed the exit to proper recovery.[/caption] Recovery meals are probably my favorite meal to make and consume, ok inhale.  I love the recovery meal because it provides you something to look forward to and for me it is usually composed of breakfast foods, which usually means waffles.  Not that there is anything wrong with waffles as I am on a 4 day waffle streak right now but variety is the spice of life and there are plenty of other endurance foodies out there...

  • Breakfast Recipes

Chocolate Raspberry Waffles Repeat that to yourself a few times.  Go ahead I'll wait, and I'll help you out too. Chocolate. Raspberry. Waffles. Chocolate. Raspberry. Waffles. Chocolate. Raspberry. Waffles.  Now try to imagine not eating them.  Pretty tough to do isn't it.  Lucky for you there was a request for the recipe on my Instagram account. One thing you will notice about my chocolate raspberry waffles is that they are made with real raspberries and not a raspberry flavored extract.  Why?  Read ...

  • Lunch Recipes

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...

  • Lunch Recipes

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...

  • Lunch Recipes

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...

  • Breakfast Recipes

This weekend I was watching Eat St on the Food Network when they featured a restaurant in NYC.  I cannot for the life of me remember the name of the restaurant of the chef but he made this polenta and egg dish that looked fabulous and it inspired me to created a baked polenta and eggs dish.  I was trying to figure out when I was going to be able to make this because I had already planned out my menu for the weekend but I was ready for some baked polenta and eggs.  Before I forget he also made a beet juice risotto that he deep-fri...

  • Breakfast Recipes

Carrot cake waffles are the second installment in my desire to convert desserts into waffles.  The first forays were the Black Forest Waffles and those were a success so building on that was going to be a challenge.  I started with Apple Pie Waffles that were good but left a little something out so I need to tweak my recipe before I post it.  The carrot cake waffles on the other hand hit the nail on the head. Originally I was going to post a cooking webisode on how to make corn tortillas, but then the carrot cake waffles were mad...

  • Lunch Recipes

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...

  • Breakfast Recipes

Black Forest Cake waffle was inspired by the recovery smoothie I made this past weekend.  I have been mesmerized by this cake for sometime and I am not sure why. Black Forest Cake is essentially nothing more than chocolate and cherries but for some reason when you make it into a cake I lose my mind.  Maybe it is the tartness of the cherries or the sweetness of the chocolate, but either way these flavors work very well together. When I went to bed on Wednesday night I knew that I was making these black forest cake waffles fo...

  • Lunch Recipes

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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