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Zucchini Oven Chips

19 Jun

Now that the warm weather is here and the official start of the season is only two days away, everyone is gearing up for summer.  Summer is a time for getting together with family and friends to enjoy the beach, pool parties, or cook-outs.  Often times that means heavy, unhealthy side dishes like potato salad or chips and dip.

It’s understandable as to why these foods are so popular; they’re quick and easy to prepare which allows you more time with family and friends.  However there are healthy options that will help lighten your load (pun intended).

Zucchini oven chips are very easy to prepare and they’re full of flavor.  Fresh out of the oven, they’re light and crisp.  Even the veggie haters will love this one!

Zucchini Oven Chips
(adapted from My Recipes)

Ingredients:

  • 1 large zucchini
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1/3 cup planko bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Combine the last five ingredients in a shallow bowl.  Mix well.
  3. Chop zucchini and dip zucchini pieces in milk.  Dredge the pieces in the breadcrumb mixture.
  4. Coat an oven safe cooling rack with cooking spray and place it on top of a baking sheet.  Lay the zucchini pieces on the cooling rack and spray with additional cooking spray.
  5. Cook for 30 minutes, making sure to flip the chips halfway through.

Next time you’re in need of a tasty and healthy side dish, give these a try.  Make sure to have an extra zucchini on hand as your family will surely be asking for more!

What’s your favorite summertime side dish?

On the Corner of Fourth & Trade

30 May

Phew, what a weekend!  I took a few days to unplug and spend time with family.  It was great!  I have a couple recaps planned so bear with me as I tell you all about our trip. 🙂

On our second day in Winston-Salem, Alex and I took a walk around the downtown area to get a feel for the city.

Winston-Salem is known as the City of the Arts as it has a prevalent, nationally known arts scene.

We passed some local art stores and took in the local flavor.

The city had a nice, casual feel to it.  It’s true what they say about the pace of life in the south; it’s much more relaxed.  This was a welcomed change from the fast pace of the New York.

Along Fourth Street there were several restaurants full of people dining al fresco.  Some places were new-to-us.

And some were more familiar.

We continued to walk around a bit more to take in the sights.

I snapped that last photo for my mom who is a huge chemistry nerd!  Hi Mom!

As our walk came to an end, we passed the new baseball field that was built a little over a year ago.

The stadium is home to the Winston-Salem Dash.  My aunt told us a funny story about the naming of the team.  Before the stadium was built, the city conducted a contest for naming the team.  They asked city residents to submit names for the team.  Well after much deliberation, the city decided to go with the Dash.  When I first heard this, I assumed that it was meant to mean that the team is fast, as in “they dash to the bases”.  Well that assumption is wrong.  The name was picked in order to signify the “dash” between Winston and Salem.  And what makes this all rather funny is that it’s actually a hyphen not a dash.  Pretty funny, right?

That’s about all I have to share about downtown Winston-Salem.  Alex and I had a great time exploring but I don’t think it was quite enough to sway us from New York.  We’re New Yorkers for life 😉

What did you do this memorial day?

Back at it

24 May

Today I tracked all my eats again!  It’s hard to get them all as I’m not used to it yet.  But I’ll get there 🙂

Breakfast

I started out the day with a protein smoothie.  In the mix:

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop protein powder (I used Garden of Life Raw Protein.)
  • 1 extra ripe banana
  • 5 frozen organic strawberries
  • a handful of spinach
  • 1 tsp chia seeds

I know the thought of spinach in a smoothie can be gross but it’s actually not bad at all!  I can never taste the spinach and it adds a great nutritional punch!  I will say that this smoothie was not my favorite.  The fruit was hardly detectable as the protein powder really overpowered the smoothie.  Garden of Life Raw Protein is great for baked goods but I’m not loving it in a smoothie.  Does anyone have any recommendations for protein powder that tastes good but isn’t fully of additives?  Let me know!

Lunch

Today I met up with a couple former co-workers for lunch.  I didn’t snap any pictures as I’m still shy about taking them in front of people that don’t know about the blog.  But I did find out that Ingrid reads my blog so if you’re reading this post, Hi Ingrid!!

For the sake of full disclosure, I had a salad with the following ingredients:

  • Baby spinach
  • Grilled chicken
  • Egg whites
  • Roasted sweet potatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Balsamic vinaigrette

Snack


Repeat!  Since I made a batch of 12 protein muffins, you can expect to see this snack about 9 more times. 🙂  I took an interior shot so you can see how nice and big the crumbs are.  These muffins are seriously so good!

I also munched on an organic Fuji apple.  These are probably my favorite fruit of all time.  It’s true.

Dinner


It’s a wrap!  Since Alex and I had some where to be at 7, we rushed through a dinner of sandwiches bought at a local deli.  Mine included plain tuna, roasted red peppers, and provolone cheese on a whole wheat wrap.  Sorry for the half-eaten picture but I forgot I wanted to share it.  The picture may not look it but it was mighty tasty.

Dessert


After our meeting, we made a stop at one of my favorite places, tasti D lite.  And I got a small cup of my favorite flavor, peanut butter.  Naturally.

Well that’s about all for today and it’s been a long one so I’m going to head to bed shortly.  Have a good night!

What’s your favorite flavor of frozen yogurt?

Eat on Repeat

28 Apr

Do you ever find yourself eating the same thing over and over and over again?  I certainly do.  I’m a creature of habit, I know what’s good for me and I know what I like.  And during the week?  Forget about it.  I settle right into my delicious, healthy comfort zone each and every day.

For example, this mornings breakfast included the following components:

  • 6oz Fage 0% Total greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Kashi GoLean cereal
  • a sprinkle of cookies and cream granola
  • a spoonful of homemade peanut butter

Sound familiar?

The next meal might shock you though.  It contained lots of veggies, some hummus, and a slice or two of provolone but it wasn’t a salad.  Shocking, I know.

Today I ordered the “Eat your Greens” sandwich from Toasties.  Let’s see what it’s got:

  • Multigrain bread
  • A dallop of hummus
  • Two slices of provolone cheese
  • Veggies galore; cabbage, romaine lettuce, avocado, carrots, sprouts, tomato, and sweet peppers
  • A little bit of honey mustard

I love this sandwich!  It has so many textures and flavors going on.  And it keeps me full for a long while 🙂

Shortly after I finished lunch, I looked out my office window to see dark clouds rolling in.

Can you believe the difference in the sky from the first picture to the second?  Rather ominous, no?  Shortly after I took these pictures, it began to pour and didn’t let up for a while.  It’s certainly been a wet April!

In the afternoon, I was back to my old habits.  My snack included a bag of mixed nuts, dried apricots, and crystallized ginger along with an unpictured pear.  Now that’s something new (and rather exciting, if I do say so myself).

By the time I made it home, the rain had stopped and I had a chance to go for a run.  It was the first time I ran outside in months and I managed to cover about four miles.  It was fun!

After my run, I came home to refuel while watching Community.  On tonight’s menu was leftover tacos.  Good eats 🙂

Now I’m munching on some red grapes and getting ready for Michael’s last episode of The Office!  Enjoy the rest of your Thursday night!

Do you find that you tend to eat the same thing over and over again?

Wordless Weekend

24 Apr

Homemade Burgers & Sweet Potato Fries

19 Apr

You’ve probably noticed by now that Alex and I really like burgers.  In fact, before I embarked upon my vegetarian years, bacon cheeseburgers were my favorite food.  Ironic, no?

At any rate, vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike, can agree that burgers and fries are quintessential American food.  Whether it’s an all beef patty or a veggie burger, they’re speedy, tasty, and all-American.  These days I favor local, organic grass-fed beef because it’s better for me and for the environment.  It’s a win-win!

Last week, when discussing dinner, Alex requested that if I make burgers to not “over cook them”.  He had a valid point.  You see, I’m very nervous about serving undercooked meat so I tend to go to the other extreme resulting in dry, tasteless burgers.  So I accepted the challenge and rose to the occasion!

These burgers were fantastic!  The meat was moist, juicy, and flavorful.  To complete the meal, I buttered and toasted store-bought buns and prepared sweet potato fries.  All in all, it was a classic American meal with a healthy twist! 

Homemade Burgers
(makes four burgers)

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat the grill to medium-high heat.
  2. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients.  Mix with your hands to evenly distribute the seasonings.  Get your hands a little dirty!
  3. Form four compact patties.
  4. Cook on grill until they reach desired level of doneness.  I cooked ours for about 4 minutes per side.

Sweet Potato Fries

Ingredients:

  • 1 to 2 medium-sized sweet potatoes
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Wash the sweet potatoes, poke them with a fork, and microwave them for about 3 minutes.  This will make it easier to cut them.
  3. Once the sweet potatoes have cooled, cut them into long thin strips.
  4. Spread the sweet potatoes into a roasting pan and cover in olive oil.  Sprinkle seasonings over top.  Stir or shake the pan to evenly distribute the seasonings.
  5. Cook for 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.

What’s your favorite kind of burger?

Giveaway Winner!

13 Apr

According to the random number generator, the winner is Janice!  Congratulations Janice.  Email your address to avoraciousappetite [at] gmail.com and I’ll send the coupons to you.

Thanks everyone for entering.  This giveaway business is fun.  I hope to have more in the near future!