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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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Baked apple pie oatmeal was thought of while writing the blog post from yesterday and having to review THE best oatmeal recipe.  I knew I was going to want oatmeal on Wednesday because of the snow that we received on Christmas Day.  Yes, Christmas Day 2012 was a white Christmas in Dallas.  Then Post Christmas Day became Iced Christmas and the drivers in Dallas were all over the place but with the bitter cold outside I knew I wanted the comfort foods.  For me that is not Mac N Cheese or any of the other comfort foods that mos...

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Mexican cornmeal pancakes are a great addition to the brunch rotation because it is both savory and sweet.  I came up with this notion when I opened the door to my pantry last week and saw the cornmeal sitting there and thought: I haven't used that in a while. I took down the cornmeal and wanted to come up with something that wasn't just a simple corn muffin or corn bread.  I started looking around and it seemed like everything that would go into a taco was jumping out at me.  I grabbed the avocado, the red onion, the jalape&ntil...

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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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Cook Train Eat Race TV is going full steam ahead.  We shot our 3rd webisode this morning after some pool drills.  While swimming all I kept thinking about was eating and I'm sure all you that swim know what I am talking about.  People talk about runner but that is nothing in comparison to the hunger that is created from swimming.  I haven't figured out why people get so hungry from swimming but it happens and this meal will cure that, or if you don't swim it is perfect for a Sunday morning brunch. One of the featured ingredi...

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I set up a YouTube channel for my blog and the channel has videos for Ironman Texas and Ironman Arizona amongst other videos with recipes.  Those videos were still photos put to music and I enjoyed putting them together but I want to take it to the next step.  I am going to expand the Cook Train Eat Race TV selections by shooting and editing a 'cooking show'.  Since I will be doing this on my own there will not be a lot of different camera angles but instead mostly just from behind the stove and with some 'quality' editing a show...

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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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Thanksgiving is all about eating until your pants burst or so I have read.  Ever since I started the endurance lifestyle my calorie consumption has changed quite a bit. In my first marriage Thanksgiving was just a day to eat, eat and eat some more.  After doing Thanksgiving at her family's house, which included dessert we went to my family's house and that including all the trimmings as well.  It is said that the average American will consume 3000 calories in their Thanksgiving meal.  This meant I was consuming 6000 calories...

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Vegan and Gluten Free are the buzz words of the year it would seem.  Everywhere I turn, or research, I see recipes for vegan and gluten-free and it baffles me the things that people call vegan and/or gluten-free.  The perfect example was the gluten-free guacamole recipe I found on Pinterest.  Really?  Are you really labeling guacamole gluten-free?  It makes no sense to me but sure enough these buzz words are everywhere. In all seriousness though I have decided to alter my diet once again.  I had a decent race at Ir...

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The incredible edible egg commercials are coming back.  For those of you too young to remember this was a tagline of the American Egg Board in the late 1970's and lasted until the early 1990's.  Today the American Egg Board is bringing the slogan/tagline back and with that I thought about the numerous ways into which I incorporate eggs into my diet.  I routinely put eggs on top of my dinner as I love the creaminess of the yolk as is spills down into whatever I am eating.  I enjoy Saturday morning breakfasts/brunch that inclu...

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Fig week is here and this is one of those items I can get behind unlike National Deep Fried Oreo Day or National Stick A Hot Needle In Your Eye Day.  Figs are a wonderful flower and even if you cannot get them fresh they are just as tasty dried.  I enjoy using the dried fig to make a homemade version of Fig Bars, but when it comes to having them fresh they cannot be beat.  Similar to the pluot in terms of 'gotta have' for me is the fresh fig but probably because they seem so hard to come by. A quick understanding of figs beyond t...

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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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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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Naan is an leavened, oven-baked flat bread that was created in India but has permeated most of Asia and the Middle East.  I first discovered Naan about two years ago when I was grocery shopping and it looked tasty and cheaper than a whole loaf of bread.  I tried it out and loved it.  I made everything with Naan.  I would put it in the oven and get it very crispy and use it in place of pita for hummus.  I would use it as a vehicle for pizza.  I would spread peanut butter and jelly on it.  There was nothing I wo...

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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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