Busy Oven

April 3, 2008


Oh how I’ve missed roasted vegetables! We used to make them once a week this fall and they somehow got forgotten. I roasted butternut squash, parsnip, carrot and acorn squash in 2 tsp of EVOO, fresh rosemary from the garden and S+P for 20 minutes covered in tinfoil and 25 without at 450*. PERFECT!

And we’ve got leftovers!


I also prepared a serving of red lentils with just a splash of quinoa in some chicken stock on the side. And I served both with some crunch! I ended up only eating about half the lentils though. Guess I was still a little full from snacks..


From above –


This bowl was about 430 kcal, 15 grams fiber and 15 grams protein (but I didn’t eat all the lentil part…)

Baked Berry Scone

I decided to bake a snack on this dreary day. Although I was SO excited about it when it was baking, I think this recipe needs tweaking. My goal was to create a combo of a scone and a berry crisp. I mixed together 1 tbsp whole wheat pastry flour, 2 tbsp oats, 1 tsp hemp milk, 1/2 tsp Smart Balance, a pinch of salt, a splash of vanilla and 1/2 tsp baking powder. Then I crumbled the topping over about 3/4 a cup of frozen berries and baked it in this single serving dish for 30 minutes at 350* (they were still frozen after 20!)

It was good, but not great. I’ll be experimenting more!


Only 150 kcal though – pretty good for a warm, baked snack. Guess it just needed vanilla ice cream!


Having not worked out today, I was surprisingly hungry this afternoon (bored from studying??) and went back for a little Kashi H2H and hemp milk (warmed) to “get the berry juice out of the bowl.” I probably just needed to digest. Oh well!


Plus a hot tea


I’ve got a busy day tomorrow – quiz first in Chem, then Physio exam, then lunch Uptown with the husband, and then going to my old job to “train the new person.” I’m getting paid though! Then it’s home for the weekend :)

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1 Kristin Point April 3, 2008 at 7:24 pm

I was studying for a cognitive psych test all day and was surprisingly “hungry” all day as well! Those study days are times when I’d rather do ANYTHING than read or study… puts me in the mood for eating, cleaning or running errands hahah.


2 wordie April 3, 2008 at 7:25 pm

Hi. Yummy baked treat. Hey, this is a which part of the chocolate bunny you eat first quiz/what it says about you. your candy egg treat brought this to mind. http://www.bewarethecheese.com/chocobunny.htm


3 VeggieGirl April 3, 2008 at 7:35 pm

roasted vegetables = pure bliss.

sorry that the baked-snack wasn’t as good as you hoped it would have been – but hey, try it again! I bet it’ll be perfect :0)

best of luck with all of the studying!! get ready for the weekend!! whoo hoo!!


4 Janine April 3, 2008 at 7:39 pm

do you eat the skin on the acorn squash? I have never tried it…does it have a bitter taste?


5 Jessie April 3, 2008 at 7:42 pm

Hey Kath + readers!

I have been walking between 3-4 miles a day at 3.8 mph, but it isn’t a challange anymore. I would like to start transitioning into running. How far do you think i should start out at? I have never been a runner and honestly cardio is a bit new to me, anything i should know before i begin? Any advice is appreciated but the main thing i am wondering is how far/fast i should aim for as a beginner.

Thanks in advance!


6 Anon. April 3, 2008 at 7:45 pm

Kath, I really think you’d like these… I had them for dinner tonight, and they were fabulous- creamy with a great texture!!


3/4 cup egg substitute or egg whites
1 cup oats (regular or instant)
1 cup 1% or fat-free cottage cheese with salt
1 medium banana, ripe

blueberries (optional)
chopped nuts (optional)
dark chocolate chips (optional)
dash of cinnamon (optional)


Place all ingredients into a blender and puree (I just blended with a hand mixer). Add any optional ingredients and pour onto a hot skillet. Smaller pancakes are easier to flip.

I only used the egg whites, oatmeal, cottage cheese and banana.. then added cinnamon and a very small amount of brown sugar… yum!


7 Amandamoo April 3, 2008 at 7:49 pm

I am a graduate of the Couch to 5K running program and recommend it to people whether they have running experience or not! I didn’t even run in elementary school and, thanks to this program which I started at Thanksgiving, I now run 3-4 miles 3-4 times a week!

http://www.coolrunning.com and look under training programs for beginners or you can google, “couch to 5k”. There are podcasts that you can dowload onto your mp3 player so that you don’t have to have a stopwatch so search for those too. They’re done by a guy named Robert Ullrey. Good luck!


8 caitlin (in FL) April 3, 2008 at 7:50 pm

jessie – do intervals! run for 1 – 2 minutes and then walk for 2 – 3, gradually increasing your running time. aim for 20 or 30 minutes total, and then next week, gradually increase your running time vs your walking time.

just so you know, running is technically defined as having both your feet off the ground at some point in your stride (i like to think about that when i’m running;) )

RUNNING IS THE BEST! it’s addicting, be forewarned!


9 Ana April 3, 2008 at 7:54 pm

Yum! Avid root vegetable fan here!^_^ That bowl looks scrumptious!


10 Romina April 3, 2008 at 7:55 pm

That’s such a beautiful combination! It reminds me of autumn.


11 Jessie April 3, 2008 at 7:57 pm

Amandamoo, where are the podcasts on that site? I can’t seem to find them…if you could, can you post the direct link?



12 Beth April 3, 2008 at 7:59 pm

How long do you microwave you cereal and milk? Is the cereal in the bowl when you microwave?


13 Ana April 3, 2008 at 8:03 pm

I thought a comment earlier about adolescents counting calories was interesting. I used to severely restrict my calories (so much so that I was in the hospital at one point suffering from anorexia!) That was 3 years ago, and now I am MUCH more flexible with my eating. While I was recovering, I began binging SO much that it really frightened me! But I kept LOSING weight (we’re talking 4,000 calories a day here). After a while, my body gradually evened out, and my appetite returned to normal. I was very lucky that it was not permanently damaged (I think it had to do with being so young-I was 15). I have always been an athlete (soccer, dance, and swimming), so I needed those calories plus my growing body needed nutrition.

Over the past year my body has actually shot up another inch! (I’m going to be 19 April 26) which is unusual for girls, and for me b/c I had stopped growing at ~15. It’s my belief that my body hadn’t finished growing when I restricted, and that once I started feeding it properly, all the functions and growth that hadn’t happened yet, started again. My hair and nails began to grow faster, bones lengthened (b/c growing up), etc.

I think it is VERY true that young teens should NOT concentrate on calories, rather get a good range of foods and exercise frequently. The human body does not stop developing for girls until about 25 and for men till about 27. Until then, the brain is still developing. Any restriction can damage that.


14 Kelly T April 3, 2008 at 8:32 pm

I dont think anyone should concentrate on calories. They are only one part of the nutrition equation. 150 calories of donut are not equal to 150 calories of chicken breast and veggies.


15 Ally April 3, 2008 at 8:36 pm

Ahh, those roasted veggies look so good!

I’ve been eyeing the butternut squash at the store but i’ve never actually bought one! It’s definitely on my list now.


16 KarenR April 3, 2008 at 8:52 pm

That’s funny. I made a very similar bad berry crisp last night. I was so disappointed!

Are any Bostonians here doing the Walk for Hunger? I just registered to do it with my 8yo daughter and was wondering if we’d have company.

amandamoo, I’m so glad you reminded me about the couch to 5k thing. I wanted to do that years ago, but didn’t. Now that the weather is nice, maybe I’ll start that. It’s hard on my knees, though. Any advice, anyone, for the wobbly-kneed?


17 greta April 3, 2008 at 9:01 pm

kath your food grosses me out


18 Kim April 3, 2008 at 9:09 pm

KarenR: I’m a Bostonian. Is it too late to register. i did it once years ago. :)


19 KarenR April 3, 2008 at 9:13 pm

No, Kim, I just registered online today at projectbread.org


20 mags April 3, 2008 at 9:25 pm

greta, what is the point of that comment?


21 Suzanne April 3, 2008 at 9:26 pm

jessie –

I have always hated running and am still not to fond of it. I prefer other cardio workouts (like kickboxing, bike-riding, boot camp, etc.)

But, I do run for 45 min a few times a week on my treadmill to get my calorie burn.

At first, I couldn’t run for more than 1-2 minutes at a time. So I would do what Caitlin suggested: run/walk intervals. Then gradually I increased my running intervals and decreased the walking ones. Just don’t give up….it’ll happen. You will eventually be able to run the whole time.

It took a lot of huffing and puffing and holding onto the side bars of the treadmill before I could do it. Sometimes I thought I was going to literally pass out – but I kept pushing myself. I find that if I give myself a goal (like ‘just keep going for 1 more minute’) really helps.

Bottom line: Intervals and perseverance. It can be done – take it from someone who is not too fond of running. But, I know it’s good for my heart and body – and it really burns a lot of calories!

Hope that was helpful! Or at least motivating!


22 Suzanne April 3, 2008 at 9:31 pm

jessie –

sorry I didn’t answer your last question.

I started off with 20 minutes of walk/run intervals:
5 minute warmup wallking at 3.5
2 minutes walking at 4.0
1 minute running at 5.0
(repeating the run/walk interval 4 times)
3 minute cool down walking at 3.5

If that seems to easy for you, you can adjust your speeds.

Then eventually you can work up to 30 minutes and start doing 2 min of running/1 min of walking.

I’ve gone up to 1 hour – but that’s very rare. Most of the time it’s 45 min.

Have fun!


23 Nick April 3, 2008 at 9:40 pm

Yum! This all looks incredible. I hate to be nitpicky but for your labels you wrote “Acron” instead of “Acorn”. Great looking roasted veggies and that berry crumble looks mighty tasty. I too am working on an oat/whole wheat crumble for Oatmeal Apricot Bars that need some perfecting. Thanks for sharing!

Hey, comment #6…That’s my recipe!!! World’s Healthiest Pancakes! They are delicious, and I just updated them to make them even better, Banana Pancakes w/ Maple Peanut Butter. Sorry for posting all these links, but I think you’ll enjoy them as a fellow healthy eater!

The Peanut Butter Boy


24 kay April 3, 2008 at 11:55 pm

Kath, this is the first time (ever) that I don’t want to eat your dinner…. I usually just want to dive in the computer and steal your food :) The weather is so hot right now that I can’t think of eating anything coming out of the oven…. (although, I am sure it would taste great!!) I just want your water right now!! :) Isn’t it funny how the weather/temperature really changes what foods you want!!

Can’t wait to see what you have in the coming hotter months!! Do you have any ideas for cold oatmeal dishes?


25 Jana April 4, 2008 at 12:17 am

Mmmmh that blueberry crisp reminds me of a dish i whipped up for my parents over Easter.
I got the recipe from the Happy Herbivore blog, the link being http://happyherbivore.blogspot.com/2007/11/easy-fat-free-blueberry-crisp.html

just in case you’d like to try that one. I did some substitutions, like leaving out the sugar and using a little less honey instead of the agave in the recipe. You might want to give it a shot and see if it has the missing ingredients. :-)


26 Katie April 4, 2008 at 6:46 am

Yum! I love everything squash. That looks great! and I LOVE the idea for the berry dish. I’m going to have to try that!


27 Amandamoo April 4, 2008 at 8:57 am

Sorry about that


There’s the link to Robert’s site where he has the podcasts.

For many years, I said that I couldn’t run because I had bad knees/stiff ankles/big breasts/etc/etc/etc. Doing the C25K really helped my body get used to the motions and only every once in a while am I reminded of those initial excuses! I rarely have knee pain and got over shin splints quickly by doing toe taps at work a couple times a day. If you start slow, your body can get strong enough to tolerate anything.

Speaking of tolerate… Something I learned in week 5 of the C25K program is that running does not necessarily get “easy”, it gets “tolerable”. I kept waiting for my runs to become easy and enjoyable… they were enjoyable, of course, the rewards after a run are AMAZING and the feeling of accomplishment afterwards is uncomparable to anything else, but it doesn’t get “easy”. Running is hard work and great exercise for your body. It becomes tolerable as you get better at it, but don’t expect it to become “easy”.

Sorry so long : )


28 tiedtogetherwithasmile April 4, 2008 at 3:29 pm

I love those Kashi crackers. You always talk about how good they are so I had to try them, and they are fantastic. I also like the country cheddar ones to snack on. Thanks!


29 Kath April 4, 2008 at 7:50 pm

Janine ,
Yes, I eat the Acorn skin. Not really sure why I eat that and not the butternut. I guess because it was served that way once and i’ve always eaten it. It’s not bad at all – I think it’s softer than other skins.

Those pancakes sound like Peanut Butter Boys, which I hope to try soon! Thanks for sharing!

Beth ,
I heated the cereal and milk in a bowl for about 20 seconds. Just enough to take the chill out on a cold day.

Nick ,
Thanks – I’ll change the tag!! Can’t wait to try your pancakes :)

Jana ,
The HH crisp looks good – I love anything single serving!

Jessie ,
I agree intervals are the way to go! Walk and run and build up a little at a time.

I agree with KellyT, that calories are only ONE part of the equation. It took me a long time to realize that.



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