July 29, 2008

Boy am I tired today! I guess I’m not used to getting up so early anymore. Come August 26th (when classes start up) I’ll have to be up early everyday of the week so I better not get too used to sleeping to 7.

The husband and I walked to the grocery store before dinner (we’ve gone everyday this week because we haven’t done a meal plan and are working on the mystery recipes). I had a bread sample at Harris Teeter and had a cheese quacker and a small handful of Craisins when we got home. All noteworthy simply because they kept me from needing a real snack.


Upon returning, we sipped on a glass of wine (me) and a mint julep (him).


We made turkey burgers tonight for dinner! They were made with ground turkey breast (99% fat free kind and about 4 oz per burger), Worcestershire, 1 egg for the two of them, hot sauce, S+P and we seared them in a skillet. The rest of the burger was a slice of pepperjack, romaine, and K+M on a frozen/thawed TJ’s Whole Wheat Bun. Yum!


The side dish is a mystery….



And I had a TJ’s Vanilla Meringue to satisfy a craving for sweet and crunchy tonight –


We’ve been reading non-stop all evening and I’m off to read more. There are too many books I want to eat with my eyes!

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1 magpie July 29, 2008 at 7:32 pm

Your mystery recipes are killing me! I want to know!!!

Just kidding, but everything looks delicious :)


2 Andrea July 29, 2008 at 7:39 pm

i love evening walks! and i am so incredibly anxious to find out the mystery recipes!! CAN NOT WAIT for the book to be published. and about the pasta/noodle fiasco: i appreciate how you post everything you eat…even if it’s a little crumb or TASTE of something! thanks.


3 Heather July 29, 2008 at 7:40 pm

Hey everyone…
I started an eating disorder support blog!



4 Emlod10 July 29, 2008 at 8:03 pm

Crasins! i just bought the 100 cal packs of them since they can be eaten mindlessly by the handfull :) Burger looks delcious.


5 VeggieGirl July 29, 2008 at 8:03 pm

I see quackers!!! :0D


6 Caroline July 29, 2008 at 8:24 pm

Yum, too bad I’m vegetarian. I have to veganize that burger. x)


7 Kathryn July 29, 2008 at 8:31 pm

Just curious…why don’t you or your husband ever make homemade desserts, especially since he enjoys baking so much?

Love the blog!


8 Chelsea July 29, 2008 at 8:37 pm

ROFLMA “eat with my eyes” that seriously cracked me up!


9 Jenny July 29, 2008 at 8:40 pm

Hey there! I’ve been keeping up with your blog for a while now, and I just began my own blog and yours is on my roll. I just wanted to say that I love your approach to health, food, and fitness in general. You are truly an inspiration, and a motivation! All of your food sounds/looks delicious! :)


10 Carrie July 29, 2008 at 8:42 pm

I was wondering if anyone could recommend a good strength training video for weights, etc. I have never weight trained before. I just do cardio and my body shows it. I would like to tone up. I am what is known as a skinny fat person. Any help or recommendations would be greatly appreciated!!!


11 SH July 29, 2008 at 8:48 pm

I love turkey burgers, but any tips to jazz them up? I want to make them really yummy for my boyfriend, who always reaches for the beef instead…


12 BethT July 29, 2008 at 8:54 pm

SH, here is my all time fave turkey burger recipe. Even beef people swoon. They are AWESOME.


13 Rachel July 29, 2008 at 9:10 pm

I had turkey burgers last night. Yum!

The mystery looks suspiciously like kale. Hmmm…

:) Good luck creating recipes!


14 Tracy July 29, 2008 at 9:46 pm

SH – try using a little bit of applesauce in your turkey burgers for added moisture. We do this every time – it makes a big difference!


15 HangryPants July 29, 2008 at 9:47 pm

Did you say “we” are working on recipes? Are you AND Matt cooking for the book? How fun.



16 Megan July 29, 2008 at 9:52 pm

SH- I add BBQ sauce to the turkey before cooking them! Really good and moist!


17 Kate July 29, 2008 at 10:01 pm

SH: My favorite variation is Rachael Ray’s Caribbean burgers with mango salsa. They are DELISH.

Kath, have you seen the new Peanut Butter Cookie Larabars?! I can’t wait to try one.


18 KatieTX July 29, 2008 at 10:15 pm

not to hate on vegetarians (my sister is one)..I am so glad you eat meat Kath! for the reason that I get great recipes because of it! I always have trouble with turkey burgers crumbling even though I use an egg..any suggestions? I have put carrots and zucchini(shredded) for moisture but I think makes it fall apart even more. how do you keep them together?


19 ModelBehavior July 29, 2008 at 10:16 pm

OOhh I had a turkey burger for lunch, good choice!

I agree I see kale, and something purple, perhaps radicchio (however you spell it) and some slivered almonds on top?

Just a guess :)


20 Abby July 29, 2008 at 10:19 pm

Wow, Kath…i really admire your commitment to getting up so early every day! You say “7AM” as though that’s sleeping in! Haha…i find it hard to drag myself out of bed before 10 am, and I refuse to sign up for a class earlier than 11am! Guess i’m just one of those lazy college kids! How have you got yourself so trained to get up so early?!?


21 Maureen July 29, 2008 at 10:23 pm

Ooooh, I LOVE craisins!
And that side salad looks to-die-for.. sure you can’t tell us what it is?


22 Claire July 29, 2008 at 10:28 pm

your mystery recipe looks really intriguing…question: how do you go more than four miles without eating before your runs, cause you had your oatmeal after this a.m. right? I find that I can’t push as far if I don’t even at least a half a banana.


23 katherine July 29, 2008 at 11:14 pm

That kale looks delicious – I also had kale tonight and I believe I used to eat it the way I see yours – all the time. Looks like craisins and almond slices to me! DELICIOUS!



24 Sammie July 30, 2008 at 6:40 am

Your burgers look really good. I wish I could get my huz to eat turkey instead of beef. I prefer turkey so I usually end up making two different types of patties – more work for me of course! Any tips on kicking up the flavor of turkey – maybe I can convince him that the healthier protein is not as bad as he makes it out to be. Thanks!!


25 Kim July 30, 2008 at 6:59 am

Hi, Claire – Kath mentioned that topic (pre-workout snacks) in a post a while back… if I recall correctly, her professor said that unless you are working out fairly intensely for more than 90 minutes, your body generally has enough glycogen stored up so as to be able to exercise first thing in the AM without a snack (but if you do want a small snack beforehand, it won’t hurt you.) Personally, I always wake up and do a 60-minute run on an empty stomach, and have not had a problem with energy levels – however, if I wake up starving, I’ll drink a small cup of OJ beforehand to tide over my hunger a bit.


26 Christie July 30, 2008 at 7:15 am

That mystery looks like kale, one of my favorites. I am so excited to see get your cookbook!


27 Heather July 30, 2008 at 7:19 am

I crave turkey burgers like 3 times a week… that looks soooo good!

So what are you reading now?


28 Kath July 30, 2008 at 7:50 am

Kathryn ,
I guess we don’t make dessert from scratch that much because we don’t want to start another cooking production when the kitchen has just been dirtied and cleaned. I do like baking, but I find it next to impossible to bake without licking all the dishes of batter and eating 2-3 of whatever it is when it comes out of the oven. So I save baking for special occasions when I need a treat – or need to deliver some goodies to someone (and I lick the bowls only after I’m through with them then!) I wouldn’t want to bake if I didn’t get to partake though. Maybe some day I’ll feel differently. But right now, my willpower isn’t that strong.

Jenny ,
Thanks :)

SH ,
Bleu cheese is a favorite of mine. Cooking Light ( has a ton of good ideas too.

HangryPants ,
Well, yes, I always love his help, but I get my name on them :mrgreen:

Kate ,
YESSSS!! I am dying to try one. But I haven’t seen one yet in Harris Teeter. I haven’t been to EarthFare to check there.

KatieTX ,
My guess would be you’re turning them too soon? You could also try refrigerating them for 20-30 minutes prior to cooking. That always helps “balled” things stay together.

Abby ,
My freshman year of college I stayed up until 2am every night and slept until 10. I guess I just decided I’d rather be awake in daylight!? In the FAQ there are some tips to getting up early.

Claire ,
Kim’s answer is correct. I don’t need any fuel. But if you feel weak, having a pre-workout snack is fine. Sports nutrition is mostly individual, but research shows pre-workout snacks won’t really improve performance for exercise less than 90-120 minutes, if that.

Heather ,
Still reading the Jennifer Weiner (Goodnight Nobody I think? – i can’t remember the title!).



29 Andrea July 30, 2008 at 8:22 am

I agree, the side looks like kale which makes me extremely excited because I adore kale more than anything. It is by far my most favorite green. 😀

I’m someone who needs a bit of something before working out. My morning runs, I eat a small banana. Before my Muay Thai classes, I eat a small bowl of cereal. Just something, otherwise I would end up getting hungry during class.

Turkey is so great because it takes on the flavor of anything. There’s tons that can be done with it. I really like ground chicken too! I’m craving kale now though so I’ll have to make some for dinner tonight. :)


30 Michelle July 30, 2008 at 9:25 am

Do you live near Pure Food and Wine??? I noticed the cheese quackers!!! They sure are yummy, aren’t they??


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