Sharing my food with you

It has been forever since I have shared a food failure or culinary success on my blog!

Here are some of the relatively eatable recipes I’ve made lately:

Bean salad recipe

 My favorite summer time snack! Beans, corn, scallions and tomato salsa with tortilla chips.

Add Romaine, croutons and hot peppers.

bean salad with croutons

Yummy salad!

baked chicken tenders with cornmeal

Baked Chicken Tenderloins with Blackberry Sauce and Sautéed Greens – I baked the chicken, and sautéed the greens in fish sauce. Delightful!

blackberry sauce recipe

That sauce was so awesome…

Drunk Chicken Recipe

Drunk Chicken Recipe

Husband did some cooking, too! The chicken is one of his delicious creations. Cayenne pepper, hoisin sauce and a slew of stuff he doesn’t remember.

He’s creative sometimes.

I got creative, too!

homemade frosting

Suzy Q cake

I made a Suzy-Q cake! (Well, I made the frosting. Cake mix confession.)

Husband preferred an ice cream dessert treat…

guiness float recipe

That’s not a root beer float.

That’s a beer float.

A Guinness float to be exact.

 Pretty tasty, even for a girl who likes Belgium whits.

Pad Thai recipe

Last week I made Chicken Pad Thai! Too many noodles, and I added extra bean sprouts, Romaine lettuce and carrot sticks.

topped with chopped peanuts

Very tasty!

School steals your soul and the ability to remember to take pictures. Just recipes below!

Chicken Pad Thai

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces  rice noodles (Vietnamese bahn pho or Thai sen-mee)
  • 1/4 cup  salted peanuts, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon  grated lime peel
  • 3 tablespoons  fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons  fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons  packed brown sugar
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons  rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon  Asian chile sauce with garlic
  • 3 tablespoons  cooking oil
  • 1 pound  boneless, skinless chicken breast or turkey, cut into bite-sized strips
  • 1 tablespoon  finely chopped garlic
  • 1   egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup  fresh bean sprouts
  • 1/3 cup  sliced green onion
  • 2 tablespoons  snipped fresh cilantro

Directions
Place noodles in a large bowl. Add enough hot tap water to cover; let stand for 10 to 15 minutes or until pliable but not soft. Drain well in a colander.

Meanwhile, for peanut topping, combine peanuts and lime peel; set aside.

In a small bowl combine fish sauce, lime juice, brown sugar, rice vinegar, and chile sauce; stir until smooth. Set aside.

In a 12-inch nonstick skillet heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken and garlic; cook and stir for 6 minutes until chicken is tender and no pink remains. Transfer to a bowl.

Add egg to the hot skillet and cook for 30 seconds. Turn egg with spatula and cook for 30 to 60 seconds more, just until set. Remove and chop egg; set aside.

In same skillet heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil over high heat for 30 seconds. Add drained noodles and sprouts; stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add fish sauce mixture and chicken; cook 1 to 2 minutes more until heated through. Divide noodle mixture among four plates. Sprinkle each serving with egg and peanut topping. Garnish with green onion and cilantro. Makes 4 servings.

Smoked Sausage and Bean Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon bottled minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons margarine or butter
  • 6  cups water
  • 2 medium potatoes, chopped (2 cups)
  • 1 pound fully cooked smoked turkey sausage, sliced
  • 2 15-ounce can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 teaspoon instant beef bouillon granules
  • 2 cups chopped cabbage or packaged shredded cabbage with carrot (coleslaw mix)
  • 1/4  cup tomato paste or catsup
  • 3 tablespoons vinegar

Directions
In a 4-quart Dutch oven or large pot cook the onion and garlic in margarine or butter until tender but not brown. Add the water, potatoes, sausage, beans, and bouillon granules. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, for 15 minutes. Add the cabbage or coleslaw mix, tomato paste or catsup, and vinegar. Simmer, covered, 10 minutes more. Makes 6 servings.

 

Eating white rice increases diabetes risk

According to Runner’s World and a study in The British Medical Journal, regular consumption of white rice increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The researchers identified a connection between white rice consumption and an increased risk for development of type 2 diabetes in Asian and Western populations. Rice has been a staple in Asian cuisine for years, but the increase in type 2 diabetes is recent.

An unfortunate aspect of our modern lifestyle is inactivity.

For example, as a marketing specialist, I sit at a desk working on a computer five days a week. I go to the gym 2-3 times a week and take walks every day to counteract the amount of sitting I do, but I am still largely inactive compared to our ancestors.

Anyone can develop type 2 diabetes, but you are more likely to develop the disease if you eat an unhealthy diet, are inactive or sedentary and have a family history of the disease, among other factors.

…and if you eat white rise apparently.

Rice is a staple in our household, too. We eat rice with Kung Pao Chicken, Spicy Stir-Fried Chicken with Spinach and Peanuts and Creamy Dijon Chicken. I also make white rice when I have to “invent” dinner, which means we’re running out of food in the house and I start throwing stuff together to make a meal.

I often make steamed vegetables and rice and cover it in Sriracha or something equally spicy and delicious.

Husband might just have to get used to eating brown rice and quinoa in place of white rice in our go-to side dishes. Luckily, white rice is easily replaced in most dishes.

Recipe planning and grocery shopping

I planned our meals for the week using store specials and coupons.

should have used my recipes, but I felt too lazy to comb through them. I tried to use SiansPlan, but the website is still under construction.

SiansPlan allows users to input their own recipes, which is what I tried to do but failed because of a few website malfunctions. Once the recipes are input, users can click on the recipe and get the shopping list.

It is pure genius.

I am excited for the website to be up and running like a well-oiled, time-saving machine!

Sian from SiansPlan even commented on my earlier blog post:

Hi Shae,

Just stumbled upon your blog post. Really glad that you like our idea (Siansplan.com) and hope that you enjoy using it! We are early stages still but working hard to improve every day. We’ve got big ideas, and believe that we can really make a fantastic product. If you have any tips for us, we’d love to hear your thoughts.

Thanks for the mention!

Sian

I plan on inputting the recipes I use most often first, and then adding recipes as I go.

Hey. I might cook shrimp well one day.

Might.

However, because of laziness, I planned our meals based on coupons and store specials…

…and I did a darn good job of it! Last Saturday, I got in an hour-long grocery trip during which I followed my list, my coupons and made good decisions as to what was and was not a good deal.

Check. This. Out.

First, I listed the items we needed. I always buy apples, bananas and yogurt.

Next, I listed items I needed and items that matched my coupons. I needed Greek yogurt, and I had coupons for Yoplait! I did not, however, buy the expensive coffee. I bought the cheap stuff (but I argued with myself about it).

I also listed store specials I wanted. While I didn’t buy everything listed here, I did buy mangoes, feta, almonds and some other items!  I couldn’t find the avocados…

Bonus points? While I was browsing recipes this weekend, I found three recipes that I can make using the ingredients I purchased on Saturday! Go me!

I said I’d report to you my Fooducate scores. However, when you’re already reading labels word-for-word and clogging up store aisles, you can’t really start scanning your items with your smartphone app, Fooducate. Instead, I’m going to scan the items before I eat them and share my findings if I find anything interesting.

How long do you spend at the grocery store? Are you one of those people like I am?

Hey! A lot of food…

Food blog. Food blog.

recipe tilapia vegetableFood blog…

Wasabi Japanese RestaurantAnd another food blog!

Bowl for Shae!Sorry about all the food and recipe posts! I do do more than cooking and eating, although I do a lot of both of those.

Yesterday, for example, I also cleaned. (I hate cleaning.)

Occasionally, I work out but not Monday, and not today.

Instead, on Monday, I slept in until 7:30 a.m. because I stayed up until 3:30 a.m. reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, of which I also do a lot. I finished it this morning, and I have one thing to say… I knew it! J. K. Rowling tried to trick me, but I was on to her. I knew it!

Oh, and I cried.

Twice.

I apologize for posting food blogs out the wahzoo… also for skipping workouts… also for not blogging.

I have not felt well lately.

I went to the doctor. She told me to cut back on caffeine, drink more water, take a vitamin E supplement and “get some damn rest” because I look like hell.

So that is what I have been doing. Resting.

I love my doctor :)

Dinner tonight is Vegetable Soup with Veal Meatballs and crescent rolls.

I hope you are feeling much better than I, my friends! Cheers!

Feelin’ pretty crappy…

I’ve felt pretty icky since Sunday.

Last night it got worse. I felt like a bloated fish, which usually means rotten.

I still feel gross.

When I got home from work, I took a shower immediately, hoping it would wash away my stomach pains.

It helped mildly.

I wanted to take a steaming hot bath with candles and bubbles, but it’s still a gazillion degrees outside, which means it’s even hotter in my bathroom.

Cold shower it is.

What I am trying to convey is that I will lift no weights, run no distance and do no yoga. Not today.

Hopefully, I will feel better for my hill workout tomorrow. It’s supposed to be cooler tomorrow evening so I might just be able to run on a real hill!

Fingers crossed!

Dinner Challenge? Check out my friend Dana’s blog @ my little celebration!

Day 5: The Long Run

Thomas Jefferson is at fault for French fries. I officially hate a founding father.

I suppose I do not really hate him. I am simply torturing myself by watching the History Channel’s Modern Marvels: Fast Food Tech.

I’m an idiot.

Day 5: The Long Run
I know I haven’t been counting, but the title seemed fitting.

My day is packed full of stuff to do, which I should be doing now instead of blogging, but… you know, I’d rather be blogging.

My long run was at the top of my list this morning, and it got done! (Not first, but done!)

I went to the gym and did a quick five-minute warmup. After 10 minutes on the treadmill at a good pace, I realized I should have done a more substantial warmup.

Ah, well! You live. You learn.

For the first 10 minutes, I felt OK. My knee was a little upset, and my right shoulder was very sore, but I felt OK.

Come five minutes later, and I felt like dying. I still had 15 minutes to go.

Instead of giving up or slowing down, which is what I wanted to do, I sprinted! For two minutes, I pushed my body hard.

After that, I felt it would be A-OK for me to go at a slower pace for a few minutes before picking up again.

Just before the end of my run, I sprinted again for two minutes. After finishing a quick cool down and stretch, I felt accomplished enough to leave the gym.

Go me! I did it! Yay!

Now, don’t get me wrong. I did not enjoy it. My knee hurts, and an old shoulder injury is bothering me STILL.

But I did do it.

According to the treadmill, I traveled 3 miles (in a total of 40 minutes), and burned 330 calories.

I am inclined to believe the treadmill. However, I WANT to believe my watch, which said I burned 764 calories. Really, which would you prefer?

Unfortunately, I know that running at a steady pace for one hour burns only 500 calories. I probably only burned 330. Boo!

On a lighter note, I feel really good about myself today. I still look fat, but I feel good. Bonus points from running! :)

Now, pictures.

Let me tell you! I am a decent photographer… when I have the right tools. To prove this to you, here a few photos from my photojournalism days.

Shae Blevins skinnyshaeI CAN take good pictures. However, the above pictures were taken with a very fancy camera that I did not own and no longer have access to use.

My tools are not great, but I’ll continue to do the best that I can do for you and my recipes!

Waffle Attempt #2: Multigrain Waffles

Waffle Attempt #2!

Multigrain Waffles from How Sweet It Is recommended by Dana @ my little celebration.

Multigrain Waffles
Ingredients

  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 1/4 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup toasted wheat germ (I do not even know where to begin to find this stuff. No wheat germ.)
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (Still out of vanilla… so honey? Yes.)

Directions
Mix buttermilk and oats in a medium bowl; let stand for 15 minutes.

Whisk whole-wheat flour, flaxseed, wheat germ, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl.

Stir eggs, sugar, oil and vanilla into the oat mixture. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients; mix with a rubber spatula just until moistened.

Coat a waffle iron with cooking spray and preheat. Spoon in enough batter to cover three-fourths of the surface (about 2/3 cup for an 8-by-8-inch waffle iron). Cook until waffles are crisp and golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Repeat with remaining batter.

Better than my first attempt; however, still not crispy enough. I needed to cook them longer or at a higher power on the waffle maker. Oops!

The cardboard taste? Not at all! At least, it didn’t taste cardboard-esque to me, but still had the filling fiber.

Multigrain Waffle recipeGround flax seed

Multigrain Waffle RecipeOatmeal and buttermilk

Multigrain Waffle RecipeAnd waffles!

Attempting to make and eating syrupy waffles has reawakened my love of breakfast sweets at the most inopportune time.

I want to lose weight and inches and flub, and that is quite impossible when all I want to eat is French Toast and Pancakes and Muffins and Waffles.

Sigh.

Silly girl… Waffles are for fit folks! I need to get fit quick so I can shovel carbs down my face for at least a week.

What’s your favorite breakfast food? My mother’s pancakes. When I was little, those pancakes were the best thing ever. All my friends wanted to sleep over at my house because they knew mom would make pancakes in the morning!