daily eats: 4.29.13

I’m currently a little obsessed with Gwyneth Paltrow’s new book It’s All Good. I’ve paged through it about 4-5 times so far. The recipes are great, the pictures are beautiful and she’s not bad to look at either. :)

I’m also coming off of a weekend in Vegas, a few days of being sick and eating out an insane amount of times. So I could use a LOT of “good” this week. Lots of good vegetables, protein, workouts and water. She is my inspiration this week!

am workout: 20 minutes of physique 57 (strength)

coffee: (duh) + 1/2 & 1/2 while I made my daily “to do” list. I never cross off as much as I would like to…

breakfast: One of Gwyneth’s (and co-author Julia Turshen’s) favorite breakfasts is avocado toast and even though it’s nothing new, I thought the addition of mayo (she uses vegenaise) was interesting. Verdict? Yes, I love it! I don’t know what it is that makes it so delicious but I’m hooked. I had a touch of vegenaise + a small avocado on 2 slices of sprouted bread.

lunch: salad (also from the cookbook) with a delicious vegan, creamy parsley dressing and all sorts of toppings: cucumbers + garbanzo beans + beets + 2  hard-boiled eggs.

snack: baby carrots + greek yogurt ranch dip

workout: 30 minutes on the elliptical + 40 minute walk (to/from gym)

dinner: While making dinner I snacked on a few olives + chips and salsa. Burgers weren’t on the original menu but they kept getting pushed back so had to be eaten tonight. I also had them last night at a family cookout and have a lunch date at The Counter tomorrow. Life could be worse and you won’t ever catch me complaining about eating burgers. :) Broccolini + onion & jalapeno on the side!

dessert: small handful of dark chocolate almonds

approximate nutrition stats: 1955 calories, 121 grams fat (53%), 145 grams carbohydrates (28%), 40 grams fiber, 33 grams sugar, 96 grams protein (20%). My Dad (who works in Cardiac Rehab) might fall over if he sees that 50% of my calories came from fat…

I know Gwyneth can be polarizing – love or hate?  

fattoush salad

I’ve had a recent obsession with Mediterranean/Lebanese/Israeli/Levantine cuisines lately. I cannot be stopped. My favorite restaurant? Zankou Chicken. (Trying Ta’eem next!)  My favorite cookbook? Modern Flavors of Arabia. My favorite lunch? This fattoush salad.

Fattoush salad (for those of you who aren’t familiar) is a bread salad made with greens and vegetables and fried pita bread. This version is so flavorful – and colorful – from sweet tomatoes, persian cucumbers, fresh lemon juice and bright herbs. I took a shortcut by buying pre-fried pita chips, but you could also use baked ones from the store. Just don’t skip the pita chips – they truly make this salad!

Serve the salad alongside some chicken shawarma or a slab of feta and fresh olives for a true feast.

 

 

 

Fattoush Salad

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Keywords: entree salad

 

Ingredients (4 servings)

For the Dressing

  • 2 cloves garlic
  • juice from 2 lemons
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp za’atar
  • salt & pepper

For the Salad

  • 1 head romaine lettuce
  • 3 cups arugula
  • 1 lb. persian cucumbers, halved and sliced
  • 1 lb. grape tomatoes, halved and sliced
  • 3/4 oz fresh mint, roughly chopped
  • 3/4 oz fresh parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup crushed fried pita chips

Instructions

For the Dressing

Mince garlic or leave whole and smash to remove later.

Whisk together all ingredients.

For the Salad

Mix all ingredients but pita chips.

Toss with dressing.

Top with pita chips.

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roasted pepper relish

I had always been a bit apprehensive of roasting my own peppers so I continued to pay a ton for them at the store.

Then I had three peppers that needed to be used and I decided to just try roasting my own. Its easy to do right in the broiler! Heat the broiler on high, place peppers on a pan and essentially let them burn, turning to burn all sides. (Everyone can burn food, right?) Once you let the peppers cool you can easily the remove peel and seeds.

That’s it!

This relish can be used for just about anything. Try it with grilled steak or fish. Put it on pizza. Eat it with slices of bread and some melted cheese. Try it with eggs or just plain on its own.

Whatever you do with it, it’s sure to make any food look good and add delicious roasted pepper flavor to every bite.

 

Roasted Pepper Relish

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Keywords: appetizer entree gluten-free low-carb vegan vegetarian

 

Ingredients (2-3 cups relish)

  • 3 peppers (I used yellow, orange and red)
  • 2 Tbsp chopped kalamata olives
  • 2 Tbsp chiffonade fresh parsley
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper

Instructions

Preheat broiler to high.

Place peppers on a baking sheet on top rack, closest to the broiler.

Cook for about 15 minutes, rotating the peppers every few minutes when the skin gets dark.

Let peppers cool.

Remove seeds and skin. The skin should peel off pretty easily.

Thinly slice the peppers and blot with a paper towel.

Toss with olives and parsley, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt & pepper to taste.

Will keep in the refrigerator for 5 days.

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daily eats: 10.30.12

My food from Tuesday might go down in history as the ugliest day of food. EVER! You’ve been warned…

Oh, and apparently I shop at Trader Joe’s a lot. :)

Workout: 45 minute spin class.

Beverage: coffee + 1/2 & 1/2. (And a side of man with sword…the sword was NOT a Halloween prop).

Breakfast: Banana Custard Oats ala The Healthy Everythingtarian. I used 1/2 cup oats + 1 cup water + 1.5 eggs + 1/2 banana and topped it with 1 Tbsp peanut butter. This breakfast is amazing. Not in terms of looks, but in terms of flavor and its staying power.

Snack/treat/sugar: coffee + coconut creamer and 1/2 beignet. We had some beignets and chicory coffee at the office  and I had to sample.

Lunch: 1 cup turkey chili (from Trader Joe’s) + greek salad: romaine + cucumber + hearts of palm + kalamata olives + feta cheese + dressing. Lunch was tasty, but I don’t think I’ll get the chili again.

Snack: baked lentil chips + mediterranean greek yogurt dip

Dinner: 2 masala veggie burgers (Trader Joe’s) + steamed green beans + raw veggies

Dessert: 2 squares dark chocolate

Now, the real important question is – did you dress up for Halloween? What were you?

This was my sorry attempt…and my brother is here!