Morning everyone! How are you all doin?

So before I get into my delicious taco salad from last night I have a serious hair issue. Sunday I did a mud run and got mud all through my hair. I rinsed it at the event, and have washed it 3 times since. My hair STILL feels like straw. I don’t know what to do… any suggestions?

Ok back to the taco salad. I love taco salad. But I don’t love the way rice and tortillas make me feel. BUT I do love the comfort of carbs. (Yep, still dealing with the cravings of mashed potatoes and cake. ) So I thought why not build this taco salad on top of a sweet potato? Here’s how I did it:

Ingredients:
1 medium sweet potato
1 package ground turkey
1 package ground beef
Organic Salsa
2 avocados (for guac- see recipe below)
Lettuce
tomato
Chopped garlic
Salt, pepper, garlic powder
Taco seasoning

I first cooked one medium size sweet potato in the microwave for about 6 minutes and then finished it in the oven, wrapped in foil.

I browned up some ground turkey and ground beef (so that I had lots of leftovers). For the turkey I used some natural taco seasoning, and beef I seasoned with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

I made up a batch of guacamole: 2 avocados, 1 chopped garlic clove, lime juice, salt, pepper, cumin.

And then we build:

In a large bowl I took half of the sweet potato and mashed it up with a fork for my base. I then layered ground turkey and ground beef (about 4-6 ounces) on the sweet potato. About 1/2 cup of guacamole, 1/2 cup salsa, chopped tomato and lettuce.

I’m telling you, this meal was huge. I couldn’t finish it all.

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And the best part is that I have leftovers for today, and enough sweet potato left to make these tuna cakes from It Starts With Food.

Tonight I will be grilling up a bunch of chicken thighs and stir-frying a few packages of frozen veggies for the rest of the week.

Tomorrow I will post an update on the stockpile from Costco and show you how I’m making it last. Have a great rest of your day!

Aaaand I’m broke

August 7, 2012

So the boy and I ran some errands the other day to prep my meals for the week so we took a trip to the Whole Foods. I’ve done some minor shopping at the WF, grabbing a few items here and there, a Kombucha, bar of soap, occasional bottle of wine, etc. But I’ve never done my major grocery shopping there. Until that day. The day Whole Foods drained my bank account.

You might be wondering what all I bought and how much I spent. I bought a ton of food. 90% produce, 5% bulk items, and 5% cool stuff (ie THIS neato bag!!) –> Two awesome things about this bag: #1, its purple. #2, it keeps my goods cold. Love it!

(Did you notice how I totally distracted you from how much I spent…. I’m gonna do it again!!!)
Anyway, I came to Whole Foods prepared with a list of a thousand produce items, with the intention of making a few recipes I found in these cookbooks:

(Raw Food Real World by Matthew Kenney and Sarma Melngailis and RAWvolution by Matt Amsden)

Here is what the menu looked like:

Grilled Salmon–> the easiest most delicious, and versatile salmon you’ll ever make!

Jasmine Rice–> w/ a vege boullion for added flavor!

(Raw) Mango Chutney

(Raw) Corn and Tomato Salad

Green Beans –> boiled in vege broth, lightly salted

And here is the final product!

My plate!

The boy’s dinner!

Turned out pretty darn good, AND I have food for the week (and hopefully the next two weeks…) Btw- white plates make your food look (and some how taste) so much better. I highly recommend getting a set, especially if you like to entertain. Looks pretty fancy huh? I got mine at Khols, Food Network baby.

Oh and I spent $250 at the WF. Toodles!!

Typically my Friday nights consist of the following:

1) Taking my pups for an awesome hike at Fort Funston

2) Getting into my sweats

3) Sometimes cleaning my house: mopping, vacuuming, dusting (you would not believe how dirty my house is with these two boogers) –> NOT TONIGHT THO, weeeeeeeeee!

the dog wouldnt stop chewing on his bone, hence the blurry pic

Harley is much better at taking pictures 🙂

4) Take out or a home made meal, eaten with the bf, while watching SOA, Fast N’ Loud, American Guns, Deadliest Catch… you catch my drift.

Friday nights are chill. Its my time to unwind after the weak, spend some time with the people (and animals) I love, and relax.

Tonight the bf is on his way up to Clear Lake for a camping trip. I’m staying home to attend one of my oldest friends wedding tomorrow. So, since it’s just me and the frogs, I thought I’d make myself a nice little dinner.

Sasha sent out two emails this week with some incredible meal ideas. And after seeing her and her husband tonight for a getting ripped sesh, I was inspired to cook. So I thought I’d combine these two ideas: Heirloom Tomato Salad  by 101 Cookbooks, and Dinner Made Simple by the lovely Sasha Korellis.

Here’s what I had on hand:

4 heirloom tomatoes

Red Quinoa (thanks to Sasha)

Frozen chicken breasts

Fresh red leaf lettuce

Vegetable bouillon

From Sasha’s dinner ideas, I cooked the red quinoa in the vege bouillon and poached the chicken in vege bouillon. Easy peasy.  Because I was hungry, and didn’t want to wait 60 minutes for the tomatoes, I cut them into big chunks, tossed with olive oil and salt, and baked them at 400 instead of 350 for about 25 minutes. They weren’t totally roasted, but damn did they taste good.

So here is what I built in my bowl:

3/4 or so cup of quinoa

3 leaves chopped (of red leaf lettuce)

1/2 chicken breast chopped

half of the roasted tomatoes

Dried basil (fresh would have been better, but I have yet to learn to have fresh herbs on hand)

And here is what it looked like:

Isnt’ super pretty, but you get the gist

I’m off to enjoy the rest of my night and get to bed early…. Tomorrow is going to be a long day and I have a track workout waiting for me 🙂 Nite everyone!

Hi Everyone!
I wanted put out a quick update as today is one week after I finished the raw/vegan cleanse.

I’m still down 7.2lbs and feeling pretty good. I’ve added in some wheat, yeast, and dairy products here and there and the biggest change I’ve noticed are small breakouts on my shoulders and face as well as an upset stomach. Pretty much right after I had a little ice cream last night, my stomach punched me in the face. So, dairy is a no go right now. I’ve also had some beer (last Friday) and as of now, I can’t tell if the yeast in the beer, or the wheat from bread (as they were consumed in the same night) caused an upset stomach and breakouts.

Its much easier for me to stay away from yeast right now. No alcohol, no gluten, etc. Wheat seems to be a little harder to avoid  (hello cupcakes), but I think I’m doing a pretty good job of it.
Here is what my diet looks like this week:

Breakfast: 1-2 hard-boiled  eggs (sprinkled with cumin) , Synnergy or watermelon/chia cooler

Lunch: Salad- romaine, carrots, celery, raw/vegan pate from QueSeRawSeRaw, 1/2 avocado, 1/3 chicken breast, lemon juice

Snacks: plums, oranges, vegan/raw macaroons, healthy fasting tea, watermelon chia cooler, carrots

Dinner: Chai Almond Milk and banana smoothie, grilled veggies and salmon, big salads

Dessert: fudgie macarrons from QueSeRawSeRaw, chocolate “cheesecake” from QueSeRawSeRaw

Its been pretty standard since Monday as I needed to use up some of the produce I had. But I received my Farm Fresh To You delivery yesterday morning and was stoked to find fresh organic lettuce and a cantaloupe!!! (as well as heirloom tomatoes, zucchini, cucumber, lemon, and two plums).

I’m looking for a good tomato soup to make… trying to keep to vegan if possible Anyone have any good recipes?

Look for a new chia cooler tomorrow as well, Cantaloupe! Super excited about this one 🙂

Hope you’re all having a great day!

Macaroon Madness!

July 31, 2012

So I have a new obsession. And it has nothing to do with Frye boots, or Breaking Benjamin, or even my spaztic pups.  This obsession is about raw/vegan, bite-size, close your eyes and savor goodness, macaroons. Ever tried one? You should. Go now and find some, cause I guarantee you will be hooked.

I’ve seen these amazing little snacks all over the blogs I read on a daily basis. The Fitnessista makes them regularly, and most bloggers who follow a vegan, vegetarian, clean eating, etc diet tend to make these as well.

I happened to experience my first macaroons from my fav little vega/raw store, Que SeRaw SeRaw. They have little containers very day of 6 macaroons, 3 “fudgie”, and 3 “blondies”. The blondies basically taste like coconut, and the fudgies straight up rock my world.  I took 4 with me today as snacks (see my little baggie below)

So now I’m on the hunt for some macaroon recipes. Any recipes you recommend, have tried and love? Let me know!!!

How do you handle real life after a raw/vegan  cleanse? I have no idea.

I knew before embarking on this cleanse that I would be successful if I had the tools to get me through each day and hard core support from Sasha and the people closest to me. I needed the meals to be provided for me, I needed my schedule laid out… I just needed to not think about it. To just do it. And that’s what I did. It took that stress out because I knew what was coming for the day, and I knew what I had to do. I didn’t have many options  so I ate what I was given. And the plan worked. The cleanse worked. So now that I’m off of it, what do I do?

Focus on the determination and mental toughness I had last week, and keep it with me. There’s no denying that what I did was really hard for me. I now know that I need to add some protein to my diet and find ways to do that while keeping the rest of my diet in balance. After this weekend, I also know that wheat/yeast and I do not get along. Hello beer, double double, and pizza… you think I went a little nuts? Yeah, I’d say so.  I’m bloated, my stomach is upset, I’ve had some small cystic breakouts. No bueno at all. So today’s all about going back to what worked. A mostly raw/vegan diet, with some added protein. Eggs, fish, chicken. To be successful that this, I need to set myself up like I want to succeed. Make the right choices, stock my kitchen with the right food, be present with my goals and choices, and remember this is about my health.
So this week is sort of like a trial week. I want to keep to my diet while adding in some protein and see how I do. In order to do this, I need to be able to make some awesome food. So, I ask you- what are your favorite raw and/or vegan cookbooks out there? Any raw/vegan blogs that you love that would help me along this process? Any recipes that you love and would like to share? Let me know!!
** On a side note… I went to the Brad Paisley concert with some friends this weekend, where coors lite was consumed by all. Some of the best pictures came out of that night and I wanted to share a few of my faves…

My brother, me, and the bf 🙂

My faves- Steve and Libby

Probably the coolest pic of the night- thank you Libby for getting this one! 🙂

Not sure if you’ve heard, but detoxing can be ridiculously tasty.  How, you ask.

Watermelon gazpacho baby. That’s how.

Remembered to take a picture right before I finished it

That was yesterday’s lunch, and hot damn was it good. Last night’s dinner was enjoyed along the third base line while the Giants slapped the crap out of the Padres. This I did not take a picture of as it was hard enough to eat with all the amazing plays going on… did you see  Melky ‘s catch? And his adorable smile after…Melky Gets Help From Fans

Usually at a Giants game, the boy and I enjoy at least one hot dog a piece, a couple beers, maybe some nachos. But because he is fighting a pretty bad cold, and I’m rocking this cleanse, I stuck to my home made jicama and guacamole salad, and my love just drank a coke. Poor guy, hope he’s feeling better today.

Day 6 update coming soon…