Wednesday, January 26, 2011

My Health Buddy

This was my lunch yesterday:

broccoli sauteed in coconut oil with Bragg's aminos
Quorn fake chicken cutlet

UNINTERESTING!  A far cry from my delicious homemade pasta the other day.  

Some of you read Summer's post yesterday about getting back on track health-wise.  Well, I am right on board with her!  Enough with waiting till late May to panic about bathing suit season . . . it's time to take the bull by the horns.

My general philosophy is that December is for baking.  And really just eating in general, what with all the holiday parties and festivities.  Which means I guess that January should be for cleansing, but I've had one experience with the Master Cleanse and while it was a worthwhile rendezvous, I'm pretty sure we'll never meet again.

And sooooooo, with my health buddy Summer, I'm committed to super healthy cooking and exercise.  I've even started hanging out with this freak again:


Summer is weighing herself but I am not because, well, I woke up the other morning feeling brave and ready to weigh myself . . . only to realize I don't have a scale.  But I guess the whole point of this thing is being really smart about what I eat and exercising as much as possible, and when you feel good & strong, you just feel it.  Without a scale.  

When my dear friend Amanda and I went on our date last week, she told me about one of her favorite recipes and emailed it to me that evening.  

Chickpea Potato Curry

*2.5 cups vegetable broth
*2 15-oz cans garbanzo beans, drained & rinsed
*1 14-oz can fire-roasted tomatoes with chilis (Muir Glen has a good one)
*6 baby Yukon gold potatoes, quartered
*1 medium onion, diced
*1 tbsp unsalted butter
*2 tsp minced ginger
*1-2 tsp salt
*1 tsp ground cumin
*1 tsp ground coriander
*1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

1. In a large pot, combine all ingredients.  Stir to mix and nestle the potatoes into the liquid.  
2. Set the pot, uncovered, over medium heat, and simmer for about 35 minutes (or until the potatoes are tender).  Serve the curry in bowls over jasmine rice.

(Modifications I made cause I can't for the life of me leave a recipe untouched)
*I eliminated ginger cause I don't like it
*I added 1 tsp curry powder
*I boiled veg broth first (I used water & 2 cubes Knorr vegetable bouillon) and then added other ingredients, and I cooked it covered
*I didn't use butter cause I'm trying to be healthy and frankly, I see no use for unsalted butter (bring on the salt!)
*I ate it sans rice, and it was so good.

So here is my plea for more healthy recipes from y'all!  What do you make when you're trying to be super health-conscious?  I have about three restrictions:

1. I'm vegetarian
2. I hate mushrooms
3. I HATE mayonnaise

Otherwise, bring it on!  


Summer {Bisfor...} said...

1. I'm vegetarian - I am trying to be
2. I hate mushrooms - LOVE
3. I HATE mayonnaise - LOVE LOVE LOVE

Ok, buddy. I was JUST about to do a post about our buddy system too!

Angela said...

I love that you cannot leave a recipe alone. I can't either. There is no recipe out there that calls for enough curry, cinnamon, coriander, or garlic, and all recipes call for too much salt, sugar, and dairy (IMO). Good luck, friend.

Signe said...

You are doing great! And I need to get going as well unless I want people to think they have found a stranded whale on the beach this summer :)

Marz said...

I'm reading this as I sit at my desk at work while eating my lunch and I seriously need to learn how to cook!! I wish I could cook healthy, delicious lunches and bring them to work instead of a boring turkey sandwich with cheetos! ha

That Chickpea potato Curry looks delicious! Although my modification would be to add meat in it! You think giving up chocolate for 22 days is impressive, I don't know how I could give up meat!!! I tried once for a week in high school for Micaela and I just could not even last a whole week. It's amazing how that fake chicken in your lunch looks so real ha but I bet it doesn't taste real - no matter what you and Micaela say, I don't think fake meat tastes real even after the millionth time Micaela has made me try something lol

I love mushrooms!!! But I also hate mayo! I can eat mustard with just about anything though! :)

I'll have to check into the 30 Day Shred - it looks super intense! I'd love to be able to hang with Jillian as well. So proud of you for taking the bull by the horns! And I totally agree about not weighing yourself. I have a scale and I rarely use it. I don't want to be so focused on the number on the scale then I am about how I feel and how clothes fit me! Good luck Claire! You're already beautiful! xoxo

Katy Mary said...

I do the 30 day shred too, or I should say I try to do it. It hurts haha. has a huge resource of vegetarian recipes and even 5 ingredient or less versions!

Micaela said...

mmm that chickpea potato curry looks DELISH!!!!

and i'm really hoping you'll keep posting recipes because your restrictions are mine as well and not only will i be eating healtheir-- BUT! one of my resolutions was to keep learning my way around the kitchen so two birds in one stone ;)

i still haven't joined a gym yet and running around our crazy hilly neighborhood is not fun... i may have to introduce myself to the freak ;)

swimsuit season... BRING IT!

love you! and loved your comments on my short hair ;) aw! really, i would toally do it if my sister wasn't getting married this summer. I wish i had the face and guts to pull off summer's do!

bananas. said...

oh i love eating healthy...sometimes i will find some really tasty healthy meals and be hooked on them for like a month.

but then i get over it and crave my sweet potato fries again. at least sweet potato is better than regular potato, right?

Kad and Peaches said...

My new favorite go-to recipe site is Have you tried it? Click on 'ingredients' tab, and enter ingredients you want (the squash you bought on sale, beans of which you have too many) and those you don't (mushrooms always top my list too, friend!). Then I sort by 'rating,' and so far have tried several great recipes!

...and I plan on finally going to the gym I joined 3 weeks ago tonight! ;)

kara lynn said...

so excited to try this! i loooove curry! thank you for sending it my way!

erin elder said...

Yeah girl!!! Good for you, getting all healthy and stuff. looks like that is a growing trend here in bloggy land... i just blogged about a book that is changing my whole philosophy on food! I want to eat healthier and get back into shape too...

That chickpea curry sounds fabulous!! Please please keep posting healthy recipes! I can use as many as I can get my hands on!! : )

Kip said...

Hi Claire, I stumbled upon your blog recently and have been lurking with out commenting for a bit, but since I love cooking and as a dietitian I love cooking in a way that is healthy and delicious, I've got some resources for you: This blog is FULL of awesome whole foods based vegetarian recipes and the blogger is from San Fran!
Recipes to try: Double Broccoli Quinoa & Ultimate Veggie Burger This site is run by my my grad school mentor who is an amazing whole foods educator. Plus pretty much every recipe comes with a short somewhat goofy video to explain it. Recipes to try: Rosemary Red Soup, Creamy Asparagus Soup, Szechuan Tempeh, Mediterranean Quinoa with Mint, Feta & Pine Nuts

Check those two out and let me know if you need more. I love my food beloved food blogs!

Megan said...

I have been on a health kick since mid Jan and so far it has gone pretty good. I have found chocolate easy enough to give up but am struggling with my beloved glass of wine (or two). I find keeping my fridge stocked with veggies and fruit and other healthy snacks stops me from going out and beinging.

jeanette from everton terrace said...

You know this vegetarian also hates mushrooms and mayo' :) Right now I'm eating a baked potato but I had steel cut oats with cranberries and flax for breakfast so that counts for something right?

Kimbirdy said...

oh jillian michaels... that bitch! :) i lost 10 pounds last year doing the 30 day shred. i love going running, but this is so much easier to do when you don't have much time or can't afford a gym. plus it works! it wasn't in 30 days... it was more like over the course of 9 months, but still.

i'm also a vegetarian! and i eat pretty healthfully. my diet is pretty simple. i hate cooking, so i don't do many meals per say, but i do eat a lot of salads, smoothies, sandwiches, and snacky things like popcorn, yogurt & granola, crackers & cheese, etc. for breakfast i eat eggs or oat pancakes. the mister cooks a lot of stir fries, lentils, and other random things i don't know how to categorize, but i feel like not cooking means no oil or other fattening sauces and my veggies haven't lost any nutrients due to frying. so that's how i do.

Hiking in Stilettos said...

This sounds delish! I also make a mexican chicken soup that you could easily modify with tofu or just without meat. It's easy, too!

It's just onion, zucchini, carrots, black beans, brown rice, fire roasted diced tomatoes, vegetable broth, and a packet of all natural taco/southwest seasoning mix. You can also add corn. Saute onions in a little olive oil, then add zucchini & carrots. Then add everything else & simmer for 30-40 minutes or until veggies are tender. It's great with a bit of avocado on top!

J. said...

I am also watching what I eat/working out again... it's discouraging because I haven't "seen" results yet, but I FEEL better, so I'm trying to stay motivated on that basis alone. It isn't going well. I have serious restrictions on dieting/eating healthy because:
1. I don't eat any veggies (except potatoes)
2. I don't eat any fruits (except for blueberries- inside muffins, of course)
3. I don't eat eggs

So, a 'healthy' diet is nearly impossible for me. I concentrate on eating lots of protein and fiber and keeping my sugar intake at a minimum- I take a daily multi-vitamin, drink lots of fruit juices and milk and stay away from most fatty 'extras' like ranch dressing and butter. I've tried to eat fruits and veggies, but I just.don' So my version of 'healthy' is completely different!

Gracie said...

I really need to jump on board with this. This recipe looks pretty amazing! At the moment I'm not really sure how I'm going to go about this but I definitely need to cut down on sugar and oily foods.

I'm going to try this 'Spartacus' workout that Jason found via Mens Health magazine but they have you tube videos with PT showing how to do the workout. So we are going to try it (for me to tone up) and for Jason to get back into his exercise routine.

Gracie said...

P.S. The Spartacus workout was taken from the TV show where all the men are so cut with awesome bodies. This was the routine they did to stay toned (after working hard to get their bodies).

Erin said...

Mmmm, that chickpea dish looks good. Might have to try it. I'm making baked potatoes tonight and stuffing them with steamed broccoli mixed up with low-fat sour cream and a bit of grated cheddar. YUM! Add to that a great big salad and a teeny marinated baked pork chop, and I'm all set. Healthy, lots of protein & veg.
I started my running clinic last night, so am back on track too. Bring it on, swimsuit season!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Yum! I'm definitely trying to find more healthy and vegetarian options.

My dear I know you would rock a white dress if you wanted to some day (complete with fab heels). Thanks for the sweet comment re: my header!

Erin said...

Check out Keep It Skinny- a great food blog with lots of delicious recipes...

Meghan said...

I love that you and Summer are working together - you are totally motivating me too!

I think my favorite vegetarian dish is homemade guacamole tacos! I don't have a recipe, per se, but they are delish!

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

wait a minute- you're from the south and you don't like mayo?!? You are officially the first person I know!

miss katie said...

chcek out -- ang has AWESOME recipes for vegans & veg's. also, is the bomb-diggity. good luck to yo uand summer b!

this free bird said...

Okay I'm so in dire need of this wagon. I've got junk in the trunk and 3 pants I can't button up. NOT OKAY.

Salad wagon!

Last night: romaine lettuce, radish slices, cucumber slices halved, grapefruit slices, red onion, tossed in grapefruit vinaigrette and a bit of black pepper ground over top. SO GOOD. Add some broccoli flowerets for good measure - filling and fiber.

That's my 2 cents for the day.

Back to trying to stop think about brownies. UGH!!

also - sugar snap peas and green tea. green tea is a FAT BURNER! BURN IT OFF BABY. I'm considering an iv drip.

bklyn76 said...

homemade pasta is so much better than fake chicken breast, but just think of how much more you can eat b/c you're working out! ;) i'm counting on you to keep me on track too... xo

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

Jillian Michaels is the devil. I have that dvd and she yells NON stop! It works but it's rough!

Holly said...

good for you guys! this is awesome. cant wait to see more of these posts.