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I ate there: Mediterranean Grill

Do you like Mediterranean food? I love it. The other night no one felt like cooking. We considered outsourcing to the kids, but I think the best my 3 year old would ever be able to do would probably be bananas that have been accidentally smashed by her overzealous hands. So we decided to go to Mediterranean Grill. The food was absolutely awesome. Here is what we had:

DSC00697I had the falafel plate. I just love chickpeas/ garbanzo beans becuase they’re so versatile. I have made falafel before, but they never seem to turn out as great as this place. They grind the chickpeas superfine and add cilantro, parsley and mint, and spices like cumin. Of course they’re deep fried, but they cook in olive oil and you have to treat yourself occasionally, right? 😉 They were served with Saffron rice and Greek salad.

DSC00699My husband had the Fred Flinstone platter, also known as the lamb shank. I tasted his, and the lamb was super tender. It was seasoned with cumin and Cinnamon, and sprinkled with toasted Pine Nuts.  It was just perfection, and this is coming from someone who is not a big meat eater, at all.

DSC00698We also shared a plate of hummus. Like I said, gotta love chick peas.

Do you like Mediterranean food? What are some of your faves?

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Dinner: C-

OK. I got bored with the usual dinner, and I decided to do something different last night. I wish I could see it turned out great, but unfortunately, I have to give my creation a solid C-. So don’t make the same mistake I made. Here’s what went wrong:

the main culprit

the main culprit

I had bought this cauliflower and cheese sauce while I was grocery shopping last week. I decided to try putting it with pasta somehow. I know my DD doesn’t like Cauliflower too much, so I had what I tought was a brilliant idea. I decided to put the cauliflower and cheese sauce in the food processor and hopefully turn it into some type of a cheese sauce.

Here is how it looked after processing the life out of it.

Cauliflower mush

Cauliflower mush

Then, I added some seasonings and mixed it with some whole wheat pasta, topped it with cheese and threw it into the oven.

after baking

after baking

Well, as hopeful as it looked, it just did not taste good. It was pretty bland even after my seasoning it. Also, the cauliflower gave it a gritty texture.  Trust me, do not do this. Learn from my mistakes.

Do you have any kitchen distasters to share?

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Egg McMuffin

Today’s breakfast was an Egg McMuffin. LOL…just kidding. I made a great egg sandwich, though. I used an Arnold’s Sandwich thin, an organic egg that I fried with cooking spray, and a slice of Sargento Chipotle Cheese. It was seriously good. Plus all the protein from the egg and the fiber from the Sandwich Thin kept me full for a long time.

Egg McMuffin

Egg McMuffin

Eventually, I did get hungry though, and I had this for a snack:

Quaker True Delight

Quaker True Delight

My son was trying to grab the camera as I took the pic. That’s why he looks so grumpy here. Anyway, these Quaker True Delights were on sale at my local store, and they are seriously good. This variety featured real macadamia nuts, banana chips and coconut flakes. I know bars are big business these days, but who wants to pay $2-$3 for a single bar? These were on sale for $2.50 for a box of 5. I love how companies like Quaker are making healthy foods affordable for “the rest of us.” Oh, and no one is paying me to say that 😉

After my snack, I took the kids for a long walk around the neighborhood in their wagon. Let me tell you, pulling 2 kids up and down the hills of my neighborhood was a serious workout. So much so, that I didn’t do my Turbo Jam Routine today. Well, I’m sure Chalene and the crew will be waiting to kick my butt tomorrow.

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StonyField Organics: Love the Yogurt, not sure how I feel about the Summit

DSC00639 For today’s breakfast I had something new, coupled with an old stand-by. I have loved Stonyfield  Farms yogurt for a long time. In fact, when  first started feeding my son solids, their Yo Baby yogurt was one of his first foods. I have tried, and loved, other Kashi products, but I had never tried their granola. It was on sale at my local grocery store, so I decided to try it out. Well, I liked the pairing a lot. The sweet dried apples coupled with the pecans were an interesting combo. It went really well with the strawberry yogurt.  Here is how it looked in the bowl, but I think it tasted better than it looked ;-).

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Anyway, while I am on the subject of Stonyfield Organic, I recently learned that they are sponsoring a Healthy Living Summit. It will take place next month in Boston. The tagline for the conference is, “Bloggers for a Balanced Lifestyle.” As I was looking for the panel that will be present I noticed some great bloggers, some of whom I am familiar with. However I noticed one gaping omission: not one blogger is a person of color. Now this may sound like a small thing. Of course, the people behind the Healthy Living Summit have every right to choose whichever bloggers they want for their conference, however I am frankly tired of being made to feel that  “healthy lifestyle” is a brand that is for one particular narrow section of the population.

Ok, so none of the bloggers look like me, does that mean they don’t have worthwhile information and valuable experiences to share? Of course not. I have read the blogs of at least two of the panelists. They do have information to share. But I’m also dissappointed to feel that minorities are always left out of the healthy lifestyle bandwagon. It’s almost like a balanced lifestyle is a club and brown peole need not apply for entry. That may sound harsh. Let me explain.

I feel like health if being advertised as a product, as though it is a commodity that only a select few can afford. Think about the last time you saw a commercial for a healthy product, like 100% whole wheat bread. What did the actor/actress representing the product look like? Now think about the last time you saw a commercial for fast food. What did that actor/actress look like? It seems like these days healthy living is becoming less accessible to minorities and people of color, and instead of The Healthy Living Summit, and other similar conferences, making health more accessible to minorities, they make it less so. Do you mean there is not a single Black, Latino or Asian health blogger that they felt worthy of their panel? I find that hard to believe.

One site that I love to read is Sparkpeople.com and Dailyspark.com. Both of these are extremely informative and feature articles about healthy and wellness. Well, they’re also sponsoring a conference, called Spark Your Life. Once again, the panel features Caucasians, exclusively.

You might be wondering why I am getting so riled up over a few little conferences, well here is why. Well according to the U.S. Office of Minority Health, over 79% of African American women are overweight or obese, while 57% of White women qualify as such. Additionally, African Americans are nearly twice as likely to develop diabetes, and In 2005, African Americans were 2.2 times as likely as non-Hispanic Whites to die from diabetes, (Office of Minority Health).

African Americans and other minorities need the message of health now more then ever, and yet all too often we are made to feel that “a healthy lifestyle” is not within our reach.  The information needs to reach our communities. Unfortunately, the myths that permeate the minority communities, the myths that state healthy food is bland and expensive and exercise is too time-consuming, need to be deleted, now before it’s too late. The truth that healthy food can taste good and also be affordable needs to be expressed. The fact that exercise can fit into our lives with just a little effort needs to be put out there. I challenge The Healthy Living Summit and the Spark Your Life Convention to be more aware of these facts, and perhaps in the future make a greater effort towards inclusion.

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Tonight’s Dinner:Chili not carne

As I was debating what to cook for dinner tonight, I looked through my fridge and pantry and realized, I had all the makings of my famous “Chili Not Carne”. Well, it’s actually not famous. And if I was actually speaking Spanish, it would be called “Chili Sin Carne,” I guess. Well, I’m embracing alternate grammar today, I’m speaking Spanglish. Chili Not Carne, it is. Here are all of the ingredients:

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Beware of the fiery Habernero!

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After a few easy steps…

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DSC00637I served mine over brown rice with a dollop of sour cream.

Chili Not Carne

Ingredients

  • 1/2 bag of MorningStar farms Veggie Crumblers.
  • 2 cups of marinara sauce/spaghetti sauce (I used homemade, but canned would work)
  • 1- 15 oz can diced tomatoes ( I used the can specifically for chili)
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 clove garlic diced
  • 1-15 oz can black beans
  • 1 cup fresh/canned/frozen corn kernels
  • 1/2 habernero pepper (can be omitted)
  • 1 teaspoon each Greek Seasoning, Cumin, Chili Powder, Smoked Paprika

Method:

Brown onions and garlic in a little EVOO or cooking spray. Add MorningStar Crumblers saute. Add Marinara. Drain and rinse black beans, add. Add corn. Add the remaining ingredients. Add love 😉

serves 8

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This just in: I am NOT too old for American Eagle

Hi everyone. Let me tell you about my day. After Jummah, my mother graciously agreed to watch my daughter. So, hubby and I decided to go for an early dinner. Have you ever heard if the website groupon? Well, if you haven’t figured it out, it’s a combination of the words group and coupon. How clever. Anyway, if you sign up for updates, they will let you know about deals in your area. Last week I purchased a $35 worth of food at a restaurant called Boneheads. The coupon only cost $15. Great deal, huh? I had never eaten at the restaurant before, but I was pleasantly surprised. We still had our son with us, but he decided to sleep during our meal. If you’re a mom you know how wonderful it can be to enjoy a good meal in peace. Well, enough about that, let’s get to the food!

DSC00596My hubby had the clam chowder as an appetizer. I had a taste and it was yummy.

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Then we both had grilled shrimp with corn & black bean salsa, sweet potato sticks and seasoned rice! Yummmy!

I doused mine with a generous helping of Piri Piri sauce. It was basically a nice hot sauce blend.  I wasn’t able to finish both of my shrimp skewers. The one that is left over will probably become part of my lunch for tomorrow. We were both able to eat AND bring my mother home a plate for the $35 coupon. Great deal. We will definitely be back.

After that, we decided to walk around the shopping center where the Boneheads is located. I decided to stop at American Eagle. I was actually sorta scared to go into that store. I discovered that at the ripe old age of 26, I am NOT too old for American Eagle. I found a nice top on the discount rack, and a cute scarf. Here’s a pic I took after I got home:DSC00623Excuse my messy bookshelf. The scarf big enough to wear as a hijab, and it was only $3.95 :-)

After that we went into Border’s. My son was awake by then and he spent some time playing in the kid’s section.DSC00601

I finished the night with a slice of low-fat lemon cake that my husband bought from Border’s and a handful of cherries.

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The cherries were actually better than the cake. Ahh..now I’m just sitting here feeling incredibly grateful for the simply things in life.

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