Entries Tagged as 'Food & Recipes'


Pizza in the elevator

Philadelphia pizza

It’s dangerous.  I just took a ride in the elevator at midnight and the pizza delivery guy must have been in there before me.  It reeked of warm, delicious, east coast pizza. I think my mouth watered a little. The next best thing to New York pizza in my opinion is Philly pizza.   My favorite is Lorenzo and sons just few blocks from me on South Street. I can’t remember the last time I had pizza but remember it was so delicious that I took this picture. I’m hungry again and now I’m thinking about pizza. It’s dangerous but I have willpower and will trick my mind into enjoying sliced carrots and celery sticks.  I don’t think it will be the same.


Raw Maple Almond Butter

natural raw maple almond butter recipe

Such a shame to be out of peanut butter after a challenging training night. Smucker’s Natural creamy peanut butter should be stocked at all times. Maybe I’ll buy 10 jars tomorrow so it doesn’t happen again. On a more positive note if that’s the worst part of the day then what a great day it was! Ever since I’ve been training for triathlons I have the ability to eat natural peanut butter straight from the jar.  Should a girl be confessing to eating peanut butter from a jar? I don’t quite understood why I like it so much considering the only two ingredients are ground peanuts and sea salt.  It varies depending on brand and some are thicker and some can be little gritty.  So far Smucker’s wins the natural peanut butter taste test for me.

I solved my peanut butter problem pretty quick when I realized I had raw almonds and pure maple. I threw both in the food processor with a dash of sea salt and made the most delicious raw maple almond butter. For some reason my mac won’t read my SD card tonight but this is too good not to share.  Here’s a nerdy picture of my picture.  Hopefully tomorrow something magical will happen and my computer will let me update this with the original image.  It’s quite possible it’ll work tomorrow.  My mac and I don’t always see eye to eye and some days it seems to play tricks on me. Anyways, enjoy the maple almond butter.


  • 1 cup of raw almonds
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • pinch of sea salt


Throw it all in the food processor for 1 minute. Longer if you like it smooth.  Even though I like my peanut butter creamy I tend to like almond butter a little chunky.


Roasted Sweet Potato Curry Chickpea Bisque

sweet potato bisque

Ohhhhhhh so soothing in this super cold weather!  It’s 16 degrees outside tonight. I’m curled up on the sofa enjoying Roasted Sweet Potato Curry Chickpea Bisque and ready to get some work done this evening. I think I’ll make chai tea after dinner. This recipe is not my own creation. My cousin sent it to me.  (thank you!) I almost always make changes to recipes to make them healthier or fit my tastes, but I followed this one inspired by La Casade Sweets pretty closely. Next time I’ll add an extra tsp of curry.  Loved the crunchy roasted chickpeas, they are a must!  

This soup is packed with protein, potassium and loads of other nutrients.  Did you know that sweet potatoes are one of the best post workout recovery foods? One sweet potato packs in 250% of your daily value of vitamin A and has 28% more potassium than a banana! Wow. Bring on the sweet potatoes.

Serves 3-4


  • 3 pounds sweet potatoes, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups lowfat milk (or almond or coconut milk)
  • 1 1/2 can 15 ounce chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste


Preheat the oven to 400°

In a bowl, mix the thinly sliced sweet potatoes, 1 TBSP olive oil, 1 tsp curry powder, tumeric, coriander, cinnamon, and 1/2 tsp salt until  the sweet potatoes are coated.  On baking sheet roast the sweet potatoes for 30 minutes.  Remove from the oven, and let cool slightly.

Mix sweet potatoes in a food processor or blender, add the vegetable broth and milk, and blend until smooth.  Add more or less milk depending on how thick you like your soup. Top with a handful of curry roasted chickpeas (recipe below), and enjoy!

*Don’t worry if you’re not a fan of almond milk, you can’t taste it in the bisque, but feel free to use another milk of choice.

Curry Roasted Chickpeas

Mix the chickpeas, olive oil, 1/2 tsp salt and 1 tsp curry powder until the chickpeas are coated with the oil.  Roast at 400° for 40-45 minutes, until the chickpeas are toasted. Check them half way through so they don’t burn! The sweet potatoes and chickpeas can be roasted at the same time.


Kiku apples

Kiju apples

kiku apple

Have you tried these apples?  I’m not trying to sell you apples but you’ve seriously got to try these!  They’re like pure candy in an apple.  Crispy, sweet, and hint of tartness.  Perfect.  One Kiku apple with a small Greek yogurt is my new favorite pre-workout snack.   If you haven’t tried  KIKU Apples they are like no apple you’ve eaten before!



Spiced Coconut Tomato Soup


tomato coconut soup

Last night’s dinner.  This one’s not my recipe but worth sharing during this chilly weather.  Thanks,



Kicked out

Starbucks kicked me out.  The one on South Street and 10th in Philly.  Apparently they close at 10pm, even on Fridays. Sure, I could have walked just six blocks to the one that’s open on until midnight on weekends but going home to work, blog and read in comfy pants sounded better.  I bought myself this dark chocolate cocoa blended with peppermint to take home.  They’re just 80 calories which is a whopping 310 calories less than the ones Starbucks mixes up in stores. Sippin’ on my tasty treat mixed with light coconut milk and ready to get back to work.  Yum, yum. See ya later.


Coconut Milk and Citrus White Bean Dip

Coconut Milk + Citrus White Bean Spread

How Sweet It Is 

I’m so thankful for google tonight. I was starving and tired after 3+ hours of cycling in the rain.  I reached home and googled Coconut Milk + white bean salad recipes.  I couldn’t find a single cold coconut bean salad so I’m enjoying this awesome white bean hummus-like dip instead.  Great recipe from How Sweet It Is.  If you’re into hummus and bean dips you’ll love this.

Does anyone have a coconut milk bean salad recipe? I’ll work on one next week.  I’m thinking it’s got to have lime in it too.


Gingerbread smoothie Gluten-free + Vegan

Gingerbread shake

photo Tasty Yummies

I’m in post workout recovery heaven! Just finished my first 15 mile run (Yessssss!)  This recipe inspired by Tasty Yummies is not only delicious but contains the perfect ingredients for a post workout recovery shake.  I kept mine a little simpler than the original recipe and added added fresh ginger, an antioxidant and natural anti-inflammatory.  I also threw in a scoop of protein.  I love the banana and ginger combo.  After long workouts banana help you recover and refuel because of their vitamins, minerals, carbohydrate and potassium. I also added a scoop of vanilla protein powder.

Gingerbread Smoothie

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (coconut would be good too)
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional. If you don’t want the protein skip it)
  • 1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses (organic honey is also fine)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 Tbsp fresh ginger
  • 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • dash of all spice
  • little bit of ice




Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

Holiday biscotti recipesHoliday biscotti recipe

Yum! I love homemade biscotti but I don’t think I’ve had a biscotti for at least two years.  These should make my kitchen smell amazing this weekend.  I’ll replace half the white flour with almond flour.  Doesn’t it sound good to wake up with a cup of coffee or tea and a Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti?  But wait, it get’s better.  They’re only 70 calories!  I’ll take two, please!  Here’s the recipe.



Eating peanuts in the shower


PEANUTS image examiner

After swimming, I am so starving I’ve learned that I need to pack snacks and eat something immediately after masters swimming.  I guess this is pretty normal. It has something to do with water drawing heat from your body and your body using energy to keep warm.  You burn a pretty high number of calories during a serious swim too. Swimming, like any exercise, also makes you thirsty but since you’re not sweating it can be easier to become dehydrated without realizing it. Finishing the 90 minute workout is one of the highlights of going to practice.  My body feels great and my mind is usually clear. Most of the time I soak in the hot whirlpool for 10 minute, sip water and snack on pineapple or peanuts…sometimes both.  Coming home to dinners on Tuesdays and Thursdays prepared earlier in the slow cooker always taste gourmet after multi-workouts and long swims.

Tuesday my ravenous hunger was out of control. I’m sure I hadn’t consumed enough between running 7 miles and swim practice. I was very cold and famished by the time I reached the locker room.  I ran to my locker for my container of peanuts, dumped out a handful and headed straight to the showers.  I felt like a kid in the candy store while I ate my roasted peanuts with hot water running down my back. Have you ever eaten in the shower?  Sometimes it’s the really little things that can make us so happy.

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