Monday, 21 September 2015 14:22

Recipe: Deconstructed Pasta Carbonara

Some days getting into the kitchen and chopping, dicing, mincing and everything else that comes with making a meal is relaxing and allows me to exercise my creative gifts. Other days I want to get into and out of the kitchen faster than Andy Potts swim a half-ironman distance of 1.2 miles (which was 24 minutes at the 2015 version of Timberman). The reality is that my weekday evenings are my sanctuary to put my feet up and relax so the long cooking days are Saturday and Sunday. Thursday has also become a day in the kitchen as Karen and I have been cooking together on those days.

But, the last thing I want to do after riding the trainer for an hour and running for 15-30 minutes then showering is to start prepping at 7:30pm. I know a lot of people do meal prep and I am all for it but it does not work for me. I listen to my body and eat what I have a craving for and that has a tendency to change on an hourly basis during training. If I had 5 tuppware containers in my fridge already prepped I know that 3 out of the 5 days I would not eat the food because I just did not want to eat that on that day.

This is where keeping it simple and keeping it easy comes into play. One of my favorite dishes is pasta carbonara (vegetarian without the bacon of course.) The creaminess of the egg along with the crunchy texture of the bread crumbs. Add in garlic (OR COURSE!!!!) and some spice in the form of red pepper flakes and the dish as as easy as it is tasty.

The recipe below is for a pasta carbonara but it removes the technical aspect of getting the eggs into the pan without it turning into a scrambled egg and ruining the dish before you had a chance to taste it.

After you have had the opportunity to make this dish I would appreciate your feedback on the ease, complexity, taste, etc. Thanks.

 

Published in Dinner Recipes

Oatmeal is a favorite meal of endurance athletes, but typically it is only eaten for breakfast.  The other notion that is attached to oatmeal is that it is just a lumpy mess that people eat just because it is good for them.  To that they will add all sorts of ‘bad’ food thus removing all the healthy benefits that oatmeal brings.  Last week I had the idea that oatmeal should be something more than just a meal to eat at breakfast or a mushy bowl of “I just need to eat this as quickly as I can.”

In the past I have made pasta using spinach or kalamata olives so as I was thinking about how to make oatmeal a dinner meal the notion that it could be made into a pasta struck me.  Why not get oat flour and use that to make pasta?  Or taking rolled oats and blending them into a flour would work as well.  Once I had that idea in my head it was all about what do I eat with my oatmeal.  Cacao nibs, goji berries, bananas, cinnamon, nutmeg, turmeric, strawberries, nut butter……the possibilities were endless.  It was just about getting into the kitchen.

Yesterday when I got home from my run I wanted to make it but knew it would take some time to make and I was hungry so I made oatmeal waffles and saved the oatmeal past for dinner.  I was in the middle of texting withMandy when I was eating and told her to hold onto her hat for the picture of my dinner.  Her response to the picture and the taste of the food confirmed for me that it was a recipe that I needed to share.

Published in Breakfast Recipes

Incredible Hulk......remember him?  At this point The Incredible Hulk has been reduced to a supporting role in the superhero movies but back when I was a kid The Incredible Hulk, which starred Lou Ferrigno, was a show not to be missed.  I mean who doesn't go into fits of rage when people make you mad and make you want to rip off your shirt, turn green and have your jeans reduced to capris and then after you kick ass have all your clothes return to normal and your regular skin complexion come back as well?  I'd sign up for that. Anyway, this Incredible Hulk Vegan Creamy Pasta Recipe will not have that type of effect on you from the outside, but on the inside your body will thank you immensely.  This has healthy fats in the form of avocado, avoids dairy by using vegan parmesan cheese and coconut milk and is gluten-free with the use of quinoa pasta.  Now if you want to take this Incredible Hulk pasta and add in whole milk, regular parmesan cheese and durum wheat pasta then go for it as the process would be the same.  I toyed with the idea of having this be an Incredible Hulk Carbonara but truth be told it was right after a hard 7 mile run and the faster I got the food in my pie hole the better off I and Karen would have been otherwise I may have said:  You Won't Like Me When I Am Ravenously Hungry! What made this dish perfect for a post run was that the carb:protein ratio was the ideal 4:1 with 19 grams of protein and 77 grams of carbohydrates.  Did I mention that it was vegan?  That's right there are 19 grams of protein in the Incredible Hulk Vegan Creamy Pasta recipe without the use of meat.  It is not hard to get to your requirement of daily protein from vegetables and all you have to do is eat a balanced diet. 

Do You Remember The Show The Incredible Hulk?

Have You Made Creamy Sauce Without Dairy?

 

Published in Lunch Recipes
Sunday, 12 September 2010 16:29

Endurance Corner Quinoa Lasagna

Here is a recipe for a lasagna that is healthy for you in that there are no pasta noodles and the cheese is partially cottage.

Quinoa Lasagna Recipe

I will be making an attempt at this lasagna this week.

Come back for how well this turned out.

The recipe is from Vince Matteo.
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