New Cookbook Fun

June 13, 2011

Recently, I met my favorite cookbook author, Heidi Swanson, while she was in Portland for a book signing.  I purchased her book Super Natural Every Day, and have since found myself conflicted between trying not to dirty up my signed book in the kitchen, and trying as many of her recipes as possible.

Two of the recipes that I have tried so far are her little quinoa patties and the wild rice casserole.  The great thing about these two recipes is that they were easy and I got the opportunity to use herbs from my tiny balcony garden!

Little quinoa patties with chives from my own garden and a strawberry, artichoke spinach salad.

Wild rice casserole (with Italian parsley from my garden). Happy reading and happy eating!


Cabbage for dinner?!?!?

December 27, 2009

I have a confession…

I’ve been getting really bored as a vegetarian, and hence eating things that are vegetarian, but aren’t necessarily great for you. 

Exhibit A: mom’s homemade biscuits with butter and honey.
Exhibit B: the box formerly known as wheat thins
Exhibit C: Brie cheese – lots of it.

When I started this challenge on Black Friday, it was just about cutting out meat just to see how it made me feel. Less than one week is left in the challenge and, despite getting a little bored, I can honestly say that I will continue as a vegetarian into the foreseeable future.  I feel amazing, more energetic, happier, and “cleaner” .  Before my surgery, my running times were improving, I was sleeping better and I even lost 5 lbs!  So now that I know vegetarianism has had a positive impact on my life, I can’t help but wonder – what else can I do to improve? 

My answer: cut out the processed crap, (white flour, refined sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and all of those lovely names at the back of the package that you really do need to take an advanced chemistry course to understand) and focus on eating whole foods.

So my next challenge is to focus on eating naturally and more holistically.  Unfortunately, I am completely uncreative and I need some ideas to prevent me from eating brown rice with broccoli every night.  I asked a friend about the best cook books out there and I was lead to Super Natural Cooking by Heidi Swanson.  While ordering the book, I got stuck on  http://www.101cookbooks.com and couldn’t help but to stay there for 2 hours awhile.  I think I’m a little obsessed.

So after spending 2 hours on this website during the wee morning hours, I think it is safe to say that I got some great ideas for my veggies. I have had this head of cabbage in my fridge for a good week now and I just had no clue what to do!  I bought it at the farmers market because I know that red cabbage is amazing for your body and packed full with vitamin C, calcium, and flavinoids.  Some studies even suggest that eating red cabbage may reduce the risk of breast cancer, lung cancer, and colon cancer. 

Great, but how the heck to you cook it?!?!?!?!

With some ideas from 101 cookbooks, and some of my own interpretations/changes ( I didn’t have all of the ingredients) I turned my farmers market cabbage into this amazing warm red cabbage salad with toasted walnuts and feta cheese.

YUM!!!!  I can’t wait for my cook book to come in the mail!!!

After dinner, I was feeling super ancy.  I am still less than a week post-op and can’t exercise or “strain” myself.  My solution:  Instead of laying on the couch feeling sorry for myself and watching Law and Order SVU, I walked on the treadmill for an hour and felt sorry for myself while watching Law and Order SVU.

 I really need a light at the end of the tunnel. Does anyone have a good California/Oregon trail race they can suggest to me for February?  What about a good spring backpacking trip or hike? It will really give me something to look forward to when I am cleared to run again!