ask the nutritionist: favorite protein sources

Don’t worry, I’m not going to give you a science lesson on protein. I like the food aspect so much more than the scientific one. :)

Protein. We all need it. Some of us get too much. Some of us don’t get enough.

Sometimes it is easy to get enough. Other times its not.

I am definitely what I would consider a “protein person.” I need a decent amount of protein (and fat) at each meal or I get hungry. And then I get really crabby. Ask the Taster, he’ll tell you it isn’t pretty.

Here are some of my favorite – EASY – ways to get in protein!

Favorite, Easy Proteins: 

  • peanut butter or other nut butters
  • cheese sticks
  • greek yogurt
  • tofu
  • hard boiled eggs
  • edamame
  • protein bars like thinkThin
  • sprouted bread
  • cottage cheese
  • tuna
  • beans like lentils
  • protein shake/smoothie 
  • oatmeal
What are your favorite ways to eat protein? 

favorite fall recipes

Fall always seems to be a favorite of seasons among the masses, and I always get really excited for slowing down, using the crock pot and making football food.

Since I’ve lived in the Midwest my entire life, I have no idea what fall will feel like in Southern California. I’m sure I’ll miss the change of seasons but I also really like palm trees, so I might be ok. :)

Because I’ve had a few weeks without a kitchen, I can’t wait to cook some fall foods once we are settled in California. Here are some that have caught my eye! Add your favorites below!

Breakfast

Baked Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal (Budget Bytes)

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal 

Butter Toffee Oatmeal 

Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts (Healthy. Delicious) 

Pumpkin Doughnuts (Annie’s Eats) 

 

Veggies/Sides

Braised Red Cabbage

Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta & Parmesan

Roasted Cauliflower with Brown Butter & Pepper

 Slow-Cooker Pork & Beans (Savvy Eats)

 

Main

Sweet Potato, Spinach & Chorizo Soup

Acorn Squash Soup with Crab

Crock Pot White Chicken Chili (Weekly Bite) 

Sweet Potato Corn Chowder (The Healthy Everythingtarian) 

 Smoky Potato Soup with Kale (Fake Food Free)

 Crock Pot French Onion Soup (How Sweet It Is)

 

Sweets

Apple Bread Pudding with Brandy Sauce 

Maple Vanilla Almond Clusters (Pinch of Yum)

Individual Pumpkin Pie Trifles (The Avid Appetite)

Autumn Almond Butter (The Wannabe Chef) 

Pumpkin Spice Lattes (Eating for England)

 

 

restaurant: victors 1959 cafe

We are actually making a dent in our Diners, Drive-In’s & Dives restaurant list here in Minneapolis. Let me tell you, it hasn’t been exactly easy, the list is rather lengthy, but slowly but surely we’ve been making our way around town. I have to admit it has been rather fun! :) The latest crossed off the DDD list: Victor’s 1959 Cafe.

Victor’s 1959 Cafe has been inching its way towards the top rather quickly however as I love small, kitchy, restaurants that serve delicious food without being overly fancy and stuffy. Located in South Minneapolis, Victor’s itself is tiny. The walls are bright, the patio upbeat with cuban music and the vibe is what I would consider to be eccentric. And absolutely perfect on a summer day.

I was surprisingly in the mood for a mojito (I’m normally just a wine girl) but Victor’s doesn’t have a liqour license so it is beer and wine only. I was a little disappointed until I saw a champagne mojito on the menu….

It was amazing/life-changing/completely delicious and I’m actually glad they didn’t have a regular mojito – this was bubbly, refreshing and we will be making them at home soon. Seriously.

In terms of food though, which was the whole reason we were there, we started with the Cubano Mix – a plate of fried tostones, croquetas and empanadas. Much of the food reminded me of the food I ate in Haiti- fried plantains, rice, beans, etc. and brought back many good memories.  The appetizers were pretty average – they were good, but nothing amazing.

We weren’t really there for the appetizers though, we were there to try the “as seen on the food network” specialties: the Sandwich Cubano and Ropa Vieja. The Cubano was the classic sandwich – ham, pork, pickles, swiss and mustard between pressed bread. It was simply delicious. And everything I had hoped for.

The Ropa Veija (literally “old clothes”) was outstanding. Served with your choice of rice and beans (we went with rice + black beans) and some plaintains, this was amazing. You can tell that the meat simmers for hours, it is so flavorful.

I love living in a city with so many cultural food dishes to experience – it is one of my favorite things to do! Victor’s was great and definitely a trip if you are in the twin cities!

Victor’s 1959 Cafe

3756 Grand Avenue South

Minneapolis, MN

612-827-8948

 

chicken tostada pizzas

My good friend Megan and I made “Mexican Pizzas” for the full year that we lived together on a very regular basis. They were simple, cheap and really satisfying – the perfect college food! Tortilla + refried beans + cheese + hot sauce all microwaved into a hot, cheesy mess.

I still think about those pizzas a lot (along with the fun we had as 20 year olds) but this time, nearly 8 years later, I thought it was time to class it up a bit. The tortillas are now organic and sprouted, the beans are black, salsa verde and fresh herbs are used along with grilled chicken and mozzarella cheese. A little more grown-up maybe, but still a hot, cheesy, satisfying mess.

 

Chicken Tostada Pizzas
 
Recipe type: main, entree
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 whole grain tortillas*, about 10" diameter
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 2 grilled chicken breasts, chopped
  • 1 cup black beans, rinsed
  • 1 cup corn
  • ¾ cup chopped red onion
  • 1-2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • garnishes: cilantro, sour cream, salsa
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Gather all ingredients.
  3. Bake tortillas for about 3-4 minutes until crisp.
  4. Spread salsa over tortillas and top with desired toppings.
  5. Bake for another 4-5 minutes until cheese has melted.
Notes
Recipe inspired by Whole Foods Market *I used French Meadow Sprouted Grain Tortilla