Been reading

I’ve been reading Good Calories, Bad Calories today. I started it ages ago but it’s not bedtime reading because, let’s be honest, it’s very fact-y and science-y and by 11 pm I’m too tired to think about the science behind our diet. 

But I started reading it again yesterday because it’s interesting if you can wrap your brain around all the (very flawed) nutritional studies. I think I read that it was in 1912 that a Polish scientist coined the term “vitamine”. Seriously? 1912. I’d assumed we’d figured that stuff out eons ago. But, here we are, in 2013 and we still haven’t figured out what we are supposed to be eating. Boggles the mind. 

It does seem that we’d be better off eating less processed stuff though, but that seems impossible to escape. How does one avoid even most of the processed food available, much less all of it? Do you spend your entire day cooking and then cleaning up after said cooking and eating? I know it can be done (obviously), but how do you cook the majority of your food without going crazy?

The chicken that keeps going… And going…

I finally got around to cooking the chicken I got a couple of weeks back from our “beef guy”. I ended up having to thaw it in a sink full of water, but once that was done, I slathered it in butter, salt, and pepper (I left the inside empty). There was a slight snafu with the temperature/butter/lack of tin foil, but thanks to twitter people, I got that fixed (and thankfully it was warm enough to open a window to let the smoke out).

That roasted chicken was so good! We split a giant breast for our dinner (the kids like the novelty of the legs and tbo… You have to take the bone away because he would gnaw on it if you let him. I call him caveboy.) I cut off the other breast and picked off the best cuts of meat and put in a container. Then I picked off the little bits of meat in another container for soup. Finally, I put literally everything else in the slow-cooker (skin, bones, drippings from the roasting pan, etc., covered in water and threw in an onion. I let that simmer overnight, which drove our cat completely bonkers. I woke up to a house full of chicken aroma and an old cat running around like a kitten, hoping for some chicken.

I poured the broth through a strainer into containers and put those in the freezer.

But wait! There’s more!

I refilled the slow-cooker with water and added some garlic to the second batch. I let that cook all day and got 3 more containers of broth for the freezer.

We are still workings the chicken. I added some to pesto pasta last night and there’s probably enough for chicken quesadillas for lunch or some really meaty chicken noodle soup tonight.

I’d say I got my money’s worth from that one chicken🙂

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Another pinterest win! Chocolate peanut butter no-bake bars

I found this recipe on pinterest and knew it was the perfect way to get rid of some sunbutter. Turns out we don’t really like it that much and this used up a whole cup, so yay! It’s very similar to a no bake cookie recipe I have, except it uses no butter and honey instead of sugar. 

Even bigger win? The kids love them (and don’t notice the sunbutter aftertaste). DH wasn’t a fan though. He was expecting peanut butter. Oh well, they won’t last long with my 2 perpetually hungry kids.

Pinterest win: Mongolian Beef

Last week I bought stir-fry beef from our beef guy and went to pinterest to find a recipe. I looked at several but had the ingredients (at least most of them) to make this Mongolian beef. I added snow peas and used tamari, but otherwise followed the recipe. The person that pinned it was correct that coating the beef in cornstarch was a pain and next time I won’t do that. I would add cornstarch at the end to thicken the sauce. Or not. I’m sure it’s delicious either way. I might have tasted it a few times while I was cooking the beef.

I think the tamari made it a little saltier than I was expecting, but it was still pretty tasty (and DH likes really salty food). I had the leftovers the next day and when DH was cleaning that dish, he was wishing there was more left over. This recipe is going into the rotation🙂

Pinterest fail: mashed cauliflower

I kept seeing how great mashed cauliflower was. How it was a great replacement for mashed potatoes. So healthy and it tastes the same, they say!

They lie.

Let me spare you of this concoction that’s been passed about on pinterest. It’s beyond disgusting. And a pain in the butt to make (if you’re me).

First, I boiled the cauliflower florets and drained them, just like the recipes said. (Yes, I looked at several recipes, so I can’t blame any specific one.) Since everyone claims THEY ARE JUST LIKE POTATOES! I tried my hand masher. I could still see cauliflower texture so I got out the hand blender, that I don’t even use on potatoes. Cue cauliflower bits flying EVERYWHERE! By now I was determined. I’d already added butter and milk and spices and dirtied up dishes, so I might as well see it through. I got out the food processor and processed the shit out of that cauliflower mess.

Oh, but I wasn’t finished failing miserably.

This mashed cauliflower was dense and not smooth like potatoes. And the taste was not at all like potatoes, but like cauliflower. Bitter? If I’m going to eat cauliflower, I’d rather have it whole, as in roasted or raw.

I hope I’ve spared you this pinterest fail.😉

Post-swim snack

I’ve recently started doing pool workouts and have struggled to find something to eat afterward. I’m starving. Scratch that. I’m so ravenous that I’m shaking. Protein shakes are ok, but rather than make that, I thought I’d have some of the whole wheat banana bread I made earlier this week.

So I took a slice, added peanut butter (protein!) and a few chocolate chips. So tasty and kept me full until breakfast.

I took a pic but WordPress is being weird, so you’ll have to use your imagination😉