• appetite,  parenting

    mom-meals: pulled chicken tacos

    The first few weeks of parenthood filled our trash can with almost as many takeout containers as dirty diapers. Now that we are getting back into cooking, I’m trying to make more meals that require as little active time (chopping, stirring, assembling) as possible. It’s been a gradual improvement from eating random things out of the fridge with one hand while holding Parker with the other arm to cooking pasta with him in the baby carrier, but I missed my old Sunday meal prep routine and the time it saved during the week. People have recommended Blue Apron as a way to make cooking easier. I think I’d feel more…

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    my favorite smoothie – #ShowUsYourSmoothie

    I have always loved peanut butter, banana slices, and honey on toast as a pre-run breakfast. I love the smoothie version pre-run, pre-workout, post-workout, or at school (when lunch breaks are 20 minutes long). Smoothies are so easy to make and portable. They’re also great for supplementing typical protein sources (e.g., meat, eggs, or fish) when using protein powder such as Vega Protein Smoothie, Daily Burn Fuel 6, or Nature’s Best Perfect Zero Carb Isopure (used by Barry’s Bootcamp at their Fuel Bar). It’s also easy to add in spinach or kale to get in extra servings of vegetables. Ingredients (2 servings) 1 ripe banana 16 ounces Pure Almond Milk 1…

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    sweet potato empanadas

    My mom gave me her recipe for empanadas. I doubled the dough recipe and made it in my food processor, per her recommendation. Instead of the traditional beef-onion-potato-raisin filling, I made a sweet potato version. Dough 6 cups Gold Medal All-Purpose flour 0.5 cup sugar 1.5 cups water 1 cup butter (cut into small cubes) Filling 1 log goat cheese 1 can mild green chilies (next time I would roast two poblano peppers to get better flavor) 1 package bacon, cooked in the oven and chopped into small pieces (save bacon fat to cook the filling) Penzeys Old World seasoning (paprika, salt, sugar, celery, garlic, onion, black pepper, parsley, dill…

  • appetite,  fitness

    health & fitness: the teacher perspective

    It only took seven years, but I think I’ve finally escaped the dreaded “back to school” downward spiral into missed workouts, eating takeout for dinner, and guzzling down Starbucks every morning. Getting back into the classroom is like going into an HIIT workout for your brain (if only that translated to an HIIT workout for your body too). With 5:30 a.m. wakeup time, onslaught of lesson planning, and piles of papers to grade, working out and cooking time are often the first two things to move to the bottom of a teacher’s priority list. I’d resigned myself to this downward spiral and found myself trying in vain to cook more…

  • appetite

    lavender cranberry lemonade

    A few weeks ago at the Copley Farmers Market, I tried lavender cranberry lemonade from The Herb Lyceum. One of the lovely ladies working the stand gave me the recipe. I substituted Stevia for the sugar and increased the amount of lavender. Ingredients 2 tbsp Herb Lyceum edible lavender 4 cups of water 1/2 cup 100% cranberry juice Juice of 8 lemons 1 tbsp Stevia 1) Boil the water and steep the edible lavender in it for about five minutes to make tea. Strain and let cool in the fridge. 2) Juice the lemons. 3) Mix the cranberry juice with the lemon juice and lavender tea. Add water to dilute…

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    costco seafood experimentation

    Found langostino tails at Costco today. Bought chives and garlic to go with Kerrygold butter for the sauce, and added corn from the freezer. Put it all over Seeds of Change quinoa & brown rice and leftover potatoes from yesterday. That’s my kind of relaxed Sunday cooking. 21/30.

  • appetite

    crab rangoon grilled cheese

    Nothing to do with math here, except for the context of “what does a math teacher make when struck with impromptu urges to cook but not the urge to follow a detailed gourmet recipe?” It’s that time of year…planning IB exams, prom, graduation, and my own wedding. All that added together equals an enormous need for comfort food. After finding Phillips lump crab meat and Kerrygold butter at Costco, I decided to make crab rangoon grilled cheese. I am a Food Blog has a great recipe for it, so I followed that (making extra to use as dip for Popchips). I mixed the following things in a bowl: lump crab…

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    Loacker Quadratini Peach-Blueberry Cobbler

    I’m up to playing Chopped chef again, this time with Loacker Quadratini wafers! The challenge: create a unique recipe which incorporates one or more of three flavors of Quadratini wafers (I got lemon, vanilla, and dark chocolate). The recent sunny springtime weather inspired me to make a peach-blueberry cobbler with the vanilla Quadratini wafers and candied ginger. The cobbler turned out well, so now I’m pondering other fruits to go with the lemon and dark chocolate! Ingredients 2 16-oz packs frozen peaches (or fresh if you find a good deal on them in season) 1 carton blueberries 2 packets rolled oats 1 cup candied ginger, chopped 1.5 cups Loacker Vanilla Quadratini…

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    ribollita

    One of my favorite Italian dishes is the ribollita at Il Latini in Florence. After seeing a ribollita pop up on my Instagram feed from The Fare Trade, I started to crave it. Luckily, lacinato kale (cavolo nero, used in ribollita) was in stock at Whole Foods and my fiance graciously helped me chop vegetables while we listened to How I Met Your Mother reruns. I found a lot of recipes (ranging from 101 Cookbooks to various Tuscan tourism organizations), and chose this one by Mark Bittman. My comments are in italics. INGREDIENTS 5 tablespoons olive oil 1 small onion, chopped 1 carrot, chopped [used 2] 1 celery stalk, chopped [used 2]…

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    e.t.c. juicery

    At Btone Fitness, I like to use the Megaformer furthest to the right (similar to my habit of sitting on the end in college classes or at the bike on the right-most end of the second row at Pursuit Boston). Sometimes when I am struggling through elevator lunge or other standing moves, I eye the e.t.c juicery case by the instructor desk. The cashew milks and green juices always look so tempting! Melina, one of the Btone teachers, created her own pressed juice business called e.t.c. I took her class for the first time on Tuesday…girl will make you worrrrk! After trying a green juice for the first time at…