Food for Fuel: Seafood Penne with Vegetables

January 24, 2009 at 1:42 pm | Posted in Food, Nutrition, Pasta, Seafood | 2 Comments

This is my first laidback weekend since December 7th of last year. Yes, really. The next weekend was White Rock, the next three were spent in Houston, my dad visited the next, and the next one was back in Houston. So, while all those weekends were busy, they were also very fun. However, I need some Jess Time, and I need to get a few things done. I’ve made a substantial dent in my list already: last night I grocery shopped, did laundry, vacuumed, watched last week’s Desperate Housewives, and made a delicious Seafood Penne with Vegetables to fuel me for this morning’s long run (more on that later).

Remember when I said that I’m going to lower my grocery bills by using up pantry staples? No? That’s good, because I’m doing horribly. Anyway, I decided to buy frozen shrimp and canned baby clams for my pasta to combine with a few of the frozen scallops already in my freezer.

First, I started cooking my whole wheat penne. Then I heated up a little olive oil in a skillet and threw in a chopped clove of garlic, the scallops, and the shrimp. I let them cook for a bit and then added sliced mushrooms and capers.

Next, I added a dollop of my favorite jarred sauce: Central Market Organics Primavera sauce. I just used a little because I wanted to taste the other flavors in the dish–like the white wine that I added after the sauce.

I let the wine reduce slightly and then added the clams, chopped tomatoes, and a sliced up wedge of garlic and oregano flavored Laughing Cow cheese. I stirred the cheese into the sauce to make it creamy, and then added a few handfuls of baby spinach. After the baby spinach wilted, I stirred in a few sliced kalamata olives and  feta cheese.

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It was a really good, kinda fancy (but still quick and easy) version of my favorite dinner the night before a long run or race: whole wheat pasta with a lean protein and vegetable-based sauce. (Don’t forget to add a little healthy fat like olive oil as well).

Nutrition of this Meal

This meal contains 10 ingredients on the World’s Healthiest Foods list (estimate because the jarred sauce has lots of herbs and veggies that I am not counting):

  • Garlic
  • Mushrooms
  • Olives
  • Tomatoes
  • Spinach
  • Scallops
  • Shrimp
  • Low-fat cheese (I buy reduced-fat feta, Athenos brand)
  • Olive oil
  • Whole wheat

Food for Fuel: Stir-Fried Tofu with Bell Peppers

January 23, 2009 at 3:40 pm | Posted in Food, Nutrition, Pasta, Tofu, Vegetarian Entrees | 4 Comments

I wasn’t going to share last night’s dinner because it looks like so many of my other soba noodle creations and because it’s from a cookbook and I can’t post the recipe. However, I did a google and found it online: Mark Bittman’s Stir-Fried Tofu with Bell Peppers or Other Vegetables. Apparently Bittman included the recipe in more than one cookbook–the one I used is How to Cook Everything. I guess that’s proof that this is a good recipe.

I added shiitake mushrooms and a frozen Asian blend of veggies. I used leftover baked tofu from last week, so this was a nice, quick meal.

Served over the last of my Annie Chun’s soba noodles.

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There are a lot of vegetables in that bowl. This recipe is not spicy, so it’s a good choice if you don’t like spicy Asian flavors.

Nutrition of this Meal

This meal contains 9 ingredients from the World’s Healthiest Foods list:

  • Bell peppers
  • Garlic
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Soybeans (edamame in frozen blend)
  • Tofu
  • Buckwheat
  • Ginger
  • Soy sauce

Daily Run: Wind Resistance

January 10, 2009 at 11:51 am | Posted in Daily Run, Food, Pasta, Seafood | 9 Comments

Time of Day: 7:30 AM

Weather: Cool with a very strong wind

Duration: 1 hour 34 minutes 48 seconds

Distance: 12 miles

Average Pace: 7:54/mile

Average Heart Rate: 153 bpm

Notes: Today marked the first long run of my training plan and called for 12-14 miles. The longest I’ve gone since my marathon is 9 miles, so I headed out for 12, telling myself that I could add a few more at the end if I felt like it. I did not feel like it.

Twelve miles goes relatively quickly now without much pain and I felt good for most of the run. But, the wind was absolutely brutal. I set my Garmin to automatically take a lap split for each mile, and my miles range from 7:26 (downhill) to an 8:40 when I was running straight uphill and being blown backwards. In fact, most of the last 3 miles were uphill with wind in my face, and by the time I got home I was definitely grateful that I set out for 12 miles instead of 14.

At least I will be prepared if Big D is as windy as White Rock.

My dad and I are going shopping for running shoes soon (!!), but I will quickly share last night’s dinner with you. I’m not going to do a separate post for it, because hey, it’s Saturday!

Linguine with Garlic and Oil

Another How to Cook Everything recipe that made for a quick dinner last night before baking cookies and heading to the airport. This one is on Bittman’s website, so you can see the recipe.  Hooray!

This is marked in the book as one of Bittman’s essential recipes. I added the optional red pepper flakes. I used cheap olive oil, so the red pepper flakes helped enhance the flavor a little. I also added some of my frozen Patagonian scallops and sliced mushrooms. On the side, I roasted asparagus.

This was very good, even using my cheap oil. I imagine that it would be amazing with a high-quality olive oil.

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Food for Fuel: Braised Tofu with Eggplant and Shiitakes

January 9, 2009 at 10:03 am | Posted in Food, Nutrition, Pasta, Tofu, Vegetarian Entrees | 4 Comments

Last night I made my second recipe from How to Cook Everything: Braised Tofu with Eggplant and Shiitakes. I loved it, and it was just as easy as the Fish and Beans recipe.

I prepared the tofu by baking it, which is optional but my favorite way to eat tofu. I sliced the block into 8 pieces, sprayed them with cooking spray, and baked at 425* for 35-40 minutes, flipping once. I used three of the slices for this recipe, which I cut into smallish chunks.

I wish I could share the entire recipe with you, but really you just need to soften the eggplant and combine everything in a skillet. I added a few of Bittman’s optional ingredients: chile garlic paste, grated fresh ginger, sesame seeds, and scallions. The sesame seeds and scallions were used as garnishes after cooking.

I served the recipe over soba noodles. One of the optional ingredients was sesame oil, which I added to the cooked noodles instead of the skillet. Sesame oil keeps the noodles from sticking together. Also, I love the smell of sesame oil on hot noodles. Yum!

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Nutrition of this Meal

This meal contains 9 ingredients on the World’s Healthiest Foods list:

  • Eggplant
  • Garlic
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Tofu
  • Sesame seeds
  • Buckwheat
  • Ginger
  • Soy sauce

Food for Fuel: Pasta with Scallops, Zucchini, and Tomatoes

December 23, 2008 at 11:14 am | Posted in Food, Nutrition, Pasta, Seafood | 2 Comments

My goodness I love Super Target! Last time I went and picked up the ingredients for the life-changing chowder, I also found a bag of Archer Farms frozen Patagonian scallops. I’ve never cooked scallops, mostly because I can never find them or if I do, they’re much too expensive. They had bay scallops too, but they were twice the price of these:

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Every once in a while, I’ll see a really great-looking recipe and put it in the Google doc where I keep most of my recipes. I found this one quite a while ago, and finally got to try it last night. I used less oil, whole wheat fettucine, added some sliced kalamata olives, and threw in a chopped up Babybel Light cheese for fun. It was a wonderful, fast meal, which I need this week (or at least for the first few days of this week).

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Nutrition of this Meal

This meal contains 9 ingredients on the World’s Healthiest Foods list:

  • Garlic
  • Olives
  • Summer squash
  • Tomatoes
  • Scallops
  • Low-fat cheese
  • Olive oil
  • Whole wheat
  • Basil
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