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  • Breakfast Recipes

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  There is something about getting together with family and friends that doesn't involve gift exchanges that makes it my favorite.  There is no gift better than yours and no feelings of guilt other than I should not have eaten that 5 slice of pumpkin pie.  Lately my love for Thanksgiving has grown because there are no commercials in August telling me to get ready for Christmas shopping.  There is no Black Friday with Thanksgiving.  It is just about sitting around the table and eating ...

  • Lunch Recipes

[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...

  • Athlete's Plate

Awesome eats debuted one week ago and in that time I have gone on a streak.  I am streaking on waffles.  I have made or consumed waffles everyday since Sunday.  That is correct.  I have had waffles as a meal for 5 straight days.  I have scarfed them down in the morning, at lunch and for dinner.  I am in the process of planning to make some savory waffles tomorrow for dinner.  Thanks to some people on Twitter (@distchocolic and @fatfluential) I will be dining on spinach and sun-dried tomato waffles tomorrow. &n...

  • Lunch Recipes

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...

  • Breakfast Recipes

Mexican Waffles?  What could that be?  Well, I'm here to tell you that it could possibly be the best breakfast food I have ever made.  There was sweet and spicy.  There was cool and heat.  Then of course there was the fact that is was perfect for a recovery meal. As you know I love breakfast food and it doesn't matter what time of the day I eat it, as it always tastes great.  After seeing the show The Best Thing I Ever Ate I was inspired to make these waffles, but I couldn't make them in the middle of the week beca...

  • Lunch Recipes

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...

  • Lunch Recipes

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...

  • Athlete's Plate

Yesterday I posted More Sh*t To Avoid which was a follow-up to Sh*t I'm Never Eating Again and one of the comments from Jeff Irvin over at Dangle The Carrot was to do a post on sh*t we can actually eat and that it would be a short post. With that in mind I am posting my dinners from the past week.  This is the foods that I do eat and an interesting thing occurred to me this week while I was following this diet.  I gained weight, and yes a part of that can be attributed to the Ultra-Sherpa'ing I did for Karen during her El Sc...

  • Lunch Recipes

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 ...

  • Lunch Recipes

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...

  • Breakfast Recipes

I am re-posting this recipe as I am about to embark on making some more homemade granola as my stash has run out.  In the throws of peak training for Ironman Arizona and I have become a bottom-less pit so this will be terrific to have around as a healthy alternative to wanting to consume the entire pantry every night.  Enjoy! ==================== Homemade granola is not difficult to make but when you can buy it for relatively cheap you just pick up a box or package.  It is my version of convenience food.  That is until...

  • Lunch Recipes

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....

  • Lunch Recipes

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...

  • Lunch Recipes

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...

  • Lunch Recipes

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...

  • Lunch Recipes

 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...

  • Breakfast Recipes

The last couple of days I have wanted nothing more than oatmeal.  It has kept me feeling full for hours and is just perfect on those chilly mornings that have a swim attached to them.  Yes we are having chilly mornings here in Dallas and I have been swimming four times this week so it has been the perfect meal.  So why not re-post my favorite recipe for the best oatmeal.  Enjoy! ==================== THE best oatmeal recipe….yes that is what I said.  There is nothing that compares to this oatmeal and it doesn&rs...

  • Athlete's Plate

I love Twitter I cannot lie.  I find out so much information on Twitter from friends and how they are doing to conversations regarding GMOs and eating healthy.  It is a treasure trove of information.  The downside is I can find myself glued to HootSuite for hours and have to pull myself away from the laptop to just get grounded. One of the greatest things about Twitter though is that people say and post things that you would never have seen or heard had you not been on Twitter.  The other day I was reading some tweets and ac...

  • Athlete's Plate

I am excited about today's featured athlete on the Athlete's Plate.  This week I am bringing you the photos of the one and only Emily of Run EMZ.  Emily was the first recipient of the old Athlete's Plate and you can see her original menu [HERE] and then compared it to what she ate in one day. I do not need to provide a background on Emily because she has a large following via her blog and Twitter but let me give you some information about her: She has a couple of belt buckles and is not afraid to show them to you. She once ran ...

  • Athlete's Plate

The Athlete's Plate is back to feature another awesome blogger but before I give accolades don't forget that my very own athlete's plate was featured last week in pictures.  To see what I typically eat click [HERE] and then come back to read this menu. This blogger is flat out hilarious.  Every time I see her on Twitter I smile and prepare myself to laugh.  Her sense of humor is spot on and she does not allow life to get in the way of her having a good time.  There are snarky comments.  There are one word tweets.  ...

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