Tuesday, 14 September 2010

She Drives A Vegetable Car

I'm home! I'm back! I'm ... tired.

Our holiday was wonderful and I have a million things I want to write about and a million photos to share but today is my first day back at work and I'm drowning.

So. Photos and words to come. One day.

I do need your help today, though. You see, Vegas isn't exactly the easiest place to eat healthily. I probably managed to eat four vegetables over the course of the week (and two of those vegetables were tomatoes and jalapenos on a hamburger.) A week of drinking ridiculous amounts of booze and eating ridiculous amounts of fried food and cheese has left me feeling chubby and cranky and gross. I'm on a diet is what I'm saying. I've never really followed a capital-d Diet before and I'm not going to now; I'm more interested in just doing my best to eat real food. Nothing processed. Nothing fried. Nothing neon-coloured. The problem is that a week of eating in restaurants and buffets has spoiled me and I've lost my inspiration to cook. I need recipes, peeps, and quickly. My thighs plead with you to send me recipes for healthy (tasty! spicy! exciting!) food that will get me back on track. The bowl of ice cream that I (shamefully) inhaled last night while Shawn was at band practice is a clear indication that I cannot be trusted to do this alone.


  1. Greens with Carrots, Feta Cheese and Brown Rice

    It's super yummy and really easy to make!

    In case the link doesn't work:
    Serves 4
    Dark leafy greens are the most nutrient-dense foods. That means that they contain more beneficial micronutrients per calorie than any other food, providing incredible nutritional bang for your buck, and in this case they're ready, and very tasty, in less than 15 minutes. Serve with lemon wedges for even more flavor.

    2 carrots, shredded
    2 bunches dark leafy greens (kale, collard greens or Swiss chard), tough stems removed, leaves very thinly sliced
    1/2 red onion, finely chopped
    1/4 teaspoon sea salt
    1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
    1/4 pound feta cheese, crumbled
    1 (20-ounce) package 365 Everyday Value frozen Organic Whole Grain Brown Rice, prepared according to package directions

    Put carrots, greens, onions, 1/4 cup water, salt and pepper into a large, deep skillet and toss well. Cover and cook over medium heat, tossing once or twice, until greens are wilted and tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Toss with feta cheese and spoon over brown rice.

  2. Tia: Thanks, lady! This is exactly what I'm looking for :)

  3. You're welcome! I hope others share some too, as we're trying to eat better as well. The recipe I posted above we're having for dinner tonight, and I love it. Later this week I'm going to try this:

    Can't speak to it though, as it's new. If the link doesn't work, I can email it to you. Looking forward to the vacation recap.

  4. Wait. Your diet doesn't let you eat ice cream? What the hell kind of twisted world are you living in up there? :-)

  5. Check out these food blogs:

    Eat at Home, Annie's Eats, and My Kitchen Cafe. They're all great for tasty recipes that you can make healthier if need be.

    Also, Cooking Light is a great magazine for healthy eating.

    I did just make this and it was surprisingly easy, fancy, delicious, and healthy. Nice, right?


  6. I made Chef Michael Smith's Apple Roast Chicken last night, and it was fucking amazing. I have one of his cook books, but I found a blog that had posted the recipe with permission:

  7. Yikes! I have no recipes but here is what I do in that situation: lots of fruit and lots of steamed veggies with maybe just some olive oil and salt and either rice or pasta if you want a starch. I feel so much better after a couple days of having that for dinner. Seriously. Load up on fruit and veggies.

  8. I'm a fan of this blog: http://lolacooks.blogspot.com/. The recipes are pretty healthy and easy to make.

  9. What they all said.

    I have no recipe links, but just has roast chicken, with steamed veggies and IT WAS GOOD.


  10. Chubby, cranky and gross.

    Hmmm, its all a state of mind, you probably still look better than 91% of the women out there, or is it 88%.... anyway, you get the point.

  11. Quinoa! When Jesse had a personal trainer last year she turned me on to this nice grain that is a great side to any meal ~ mix with black beans, tomatoes, and some hot sauce to spice it up! :)

  12. I felt like this when I came back from England - I was surprised I didn't get scurvy!! David has some good healthy recipes - one chicken pilaf which is really good, and one lime coleslaw - I'll pick his brain later and let you know :)

    Can't wait to hear about the trip!!

  13. Super easy black bean soup recipe. In a medium-sized pot, add 1 cup store-bought salsa (fresh 'n chunky kinds are best) and put over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add 2 8-oz cans black beans (strained/washed of juices) and 1 can chicken broth. Bring to simmer and cook for approximately 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Pour into food processor (I usually remove some of the broth, because I like my soup to be on the thicker side) and process until smooth. Pour in bowl and add sour cream, cilantro and lime to taste. Mmm mmm good!

  14. I hate that feeling of all processed food! My recommendation is picking up the cookbook "vegan yum yum", it's all really easy to make, filling, healthy vegan food. Their spicy chickpea soup is BEYOND my favourite :)