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Let’s talk about health

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Let’s even talk about your health.  My health.  Yes.  Let’s do it!  It’s important.

Why?

Because.  Let’s get started…

Last night, I got glutened.  I’m still getting the hang of this whole thing, and sometimes, I make rookie mistakes.  It was probably in the sausage.  I didn’t read ingredients.  It’s my own fault.  My tongue was all swollen last night, and this morning, I’m feeling it in my tummy.

But here’s the thing.  It matters that I got glutened last night.  It matters because I feel yucky, and I’m not supposed to feel yucky.  It matters because it affects my ability to function.  It affects the kids I haven’t had yet.  It affects me, but it also affects you.  And that’s important.

So here’s the deal.  Don’t be that person who thinks that what you put into your body doesn’t matter.  It does.  For serious, it does.  You can be healthy.

I know this all sounds super self-help-y, and I didn’t really mean it to.  But I’m fed up with the attitude that a lot of Americans take where they don’t care how unhealthy food is for them, they just want to be happy.  And if that means dying a few years sooner, at least they’re happy.

Be happy.  Be healthy.  Be both.  Don’t eat only celery for the rest of your life.  That’s weird.  But eat some veg today.  Go to the gym.  Or even just go for a walk around your neighborhood.  Be healthy today.  Be happy too.  But be healthy.

P.S.  It’s like they knew my tongue was swollen.

Growing Up

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

I’ve been trying to get at least 3 servings of veg into my diet every day.  It’s harder than it sounds.  Maybe it’s not, but it is for me.  That means I have to have 1 serving for lunch, 1 serving for snack, and 1 serving for dinner.  Snack is easy: carrots and hummus.  Lunch is always leftovers from the previous night’s dinner, so… I mostly just have to make sure I eat some veg in my dinners.  I made lettuce wraps early on this week.  I was doing quite well with those.

Then I saw this come up on my google reader.  For starters, I don’t make anything fancy.  I take fancy and make it casual.  It’s what I do.  I’m good at it.  So “Fancy Sloppy Joes” isn’t really my style.  But do you know what is?  Sneaking veg into sloppy joes.  So I ran by the grocery store on my way home from work, all prepared to pick up some carrots and zucchini to put inside of them.

Sloppy Joes

These are a bit on the spicy side of things, but feel free to modify them to your taste.  I wouldn’t at all frown on you if you wanted to use a spice pack, either.  I was going to, but the only brand I could find put all kinds of gluten into it.  Dumb.

I ate it on two slices of Rudi’s multigrain, and while the flavor was great, the texture wasn’t quite right.  The bread fell apart in my hands so I went at it with a fork.  Manageable, though not ideal.

Sneaky, Sloppy Joes:

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 zucchini, shredded
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 1 c. water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • dash red pepper flakes
  • salt to taste (I probably used a couple teaspoons)

Cook the ground beef and onions over medium high heat.  Drain off any excess grease.  Mix in veg, water, tomato paste, and the remaining ingredients.  Cook until veg is soft and cooked through and excess liquid has thickened.

a bit distracted

Monday, March 21st, 2011

I’m a slacker.  With ideas for wonderful things I will someday do.  Like recipes I still haven’t made, they sit on a shelf, waiting for me to remember that they exist.  I dropped the ball on a project I’m working on this week.  It wasn’t a major thing.  I told my friend (who is also working on it with me) that I’m a slacker-face.  He said he already knew that.  My other friend pointed to the boy and said that I’ve been distracted.

It’s not that.  It’s really not.  But between you and me, I’m sometimes a bad rememberer of things I don’t really want to do to begin with.

But I’ve been cooking up a storm.  And Nate hasn’t been around to photograph very much of it.  … so you’re going to be seeing some really rough looking pictures of really yummy food.  And you just have to trust me that you want to make these things, mk?

Today, I’m not going to post any picture at all.  Just say that I did a fruit and veg cleanse, which required me to try out that whole spinach in a smoothie thing.  It’s delicious.  Really is.  I didn’t believe it, but everyone was right.  My basic smoothie was this:

  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup fresh spinach (loosely packed and all that)
  • orange juice until proper consistency

Sometimes I put strawberries in it.  But that was unnecessary, really.  Try it.  Amazing!  And healthy!

Reinvention

Friday, January 21st, 2011

My official least favorite programmer phrase is “no need to reinvent the wheel”.  I’ll let Val explain it to you.

That said, I like reinvention.  It’s fun.  It’s familiar.  But only sort of.  It’s perfect.

Remember the time I made empanadas?  They were really good.  Seriously.  Whoa.  This time, I made them like this…

  • 1 lb. chorizo, casings removed
  • 1 zucchini, shredded
  • 1/2 head of cauliflower
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 2 cups shredded cheese

I roasted the cauliflower, then mashed it up with my potato masher.  It felt good.  While that was roasting, I shredded the zucchini in Lola, and sauteed it just a bit with the onion.  I set aside the onion/zucchini mixture, and cooked up the chorizo.  Now this is very important: I drained the chorizo of all that disgusting greasiness.  Then I mixed it all together.  And into my beautiful little dough it went.  Baked as usual.  Then I totally snarfed it.  All by myself.  That’s a lie.  I ate with other people.  But still… I would have made these even if nobody had told me they were “dank”.

Happy New Year!

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

Remember that time I made taquitos?  Oh, well I did.

Taquitos and other stuff

Taquitos and other stuff

I made them for new years.  It was pretty awesome.  But… I changed them up a bit, I did.  I took the ideas behind some of my other recipes, and made them ten times more awesome.  I made them more like that pasta I made once.

Sneaky Vegetables Pasta

Sneaky Vegetables Pasta

And a little more like that soup I made on Halloween.

Cauliflower soup

Cauliflower soup

And even more like those empanadas.  Remember the empanadas?  Mm… empanadas.

Empanadas

Empanadas

So how’d I do it?

I took the zucchini, shredded in my Lola, and dumped it in with the chicken.  It went something like this:

  • 1 cup chicken, shredded
  • 2 zucchinis, grated
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • 1 small can enchilada sauce
  • 2 cups cheese
  • ~25 corn tortillas

Cook the zucchini and onion in a bit of olive oil until onion is translucent.  Mix with chicken, enchilada sauce, and cheese.  Set aside.

Fry corn tortillas briefly on each side.  Just enough to make tender.  Place on paper towel lined plate to cool enough to work with.  As tortillas cool, place a smidgen of the filling in them.  Roll those babies up.  Then place in a greased baking dish.  When you’re finished rolling, bake the taquitos at 350 until crispy and golden brown.