In The Mail, In My Stomach

August 10, 2009

My application for Winthrop’s ADA Dietetic Internship is in the mail!! YIKES!!! I believe they have interviews in September and acceptance by ADA Matching in November. Now I just have to get through the fall semester :)

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After doing a bunch of stuff for the summit and my life, Matt and I hopped on bike and headed to the gym. I did 30 minutes on the ET and then 10 of lifting. I think my core is weak. It’s kind of hard for me to stand up straight! I’m going to try to work on it and did some abs at the gym.

Once home I was more than ready for a big ole lunch.

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The salad consisted of 1/3 a head of romaine, some raw zucchini, raw bell pepper, half a cooked beet veggie burger from the Great Harvest cookout, and 2/3 of my root veggie pancake (I shared both with Matt), craisins, some cinnamon almonds (which made the salad) and some Annie’s Red Pepper dressing.

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Plus a side of H2O melon

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Mama Bear + Baby Bear – new bowl from Gram!

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Tara’s Veggie Burger Recipe

Here it is!

The Best Veggie Burger
When I was growing up in Nashville, my parents would take us to Houston?s, our favorite restaurant, every week. In the late 90?s, Houston?s developed a home made veggie burger for their menu. It was a dark, crimson-spotted, gooey, hickory smoked patty, topped with melted cheddar on a butter-grilled egg bun with shredded lettuce, tomato, pickles and yellow mustard. No question, it was the closest thing to a beef hamburger you could get without ordering the real thing. My mom and sister, both beefeaters, often ordered it because it was a healthier choice and it tasted so good. Here?s
my own version. It?s a work in progress.

Makes 4 burgers.

  • Marinade:
  • 2T Molasses
  • 8T  Hickory Barbeque Sauce
  • Burger:
  • 2T chopped canned beets
  • 1T beet juice
  • 1 can black beans
  • 4T oat bran
  • 2 c cooked long grain brown rice
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1tsp red pepper flakes or diced jalapeno pepper
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 2T onion, diced (sauteed in 1 tsp butter or olive oil) (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  1. Stir together barbecue sauce and molasses. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mash beans. (Or process in food processor) Stir in 3 tablespoons of the barbecue mixture (reserving remaining for brushing) and remaining ingredients — rice through egg white. Form into four 6 oz patties.
  3. Heat olive oil in a cast iron or non-stick skillet over medium. Grill burgers for 2 minutes on one side. Turn and brush with remaining barbecue/molasses mixture. Top with Monterey Jack or Cheddar and grill for another 2 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  4. Serve with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions and mustard on a bun which has
    been grilled in butter.

Notes: I have found that it is beneficial to refrigerate the patties for an hour or two
before cooking. This helps them firm up a bit. It?s also good to let them sit in the
marinade at room temperature for a while before cooking them.

I’ve got a 3PM conference call but the rest of my day is open for more writing. Hopefully a little lounging near the end 😉

Hope y’all are charging through your days OK!

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1 Cait (Cait's Plate) August 10, 2009 at 1:38 pm

Love the new bowls…and the simpson stamps on the envelope 😉 Haha.

GOOD LUCK! I’m sure you’ll get it!


2 Deva August 10, 2009 at 1:39 pm

Good luck!! Your new bowls are awesome, and what you put in them is mouthwatering :-)


3 katherine August 10, 2009 at 1:40 pm

Your salad looks wonderful – so many different flavors! I love the mama and baby bowls. Too cute :)

Good luck with your internship application!


4 Becci August 10, 2009 at 1:41 pm

Congrats and good luck with the application!!!

Thanks for posting the burger recipe!!


5 katey August 10, 2009 at 1:42 pm

good luck with the internship!


6 Jessica August 10, 2009 at 1:44 pm

AHHH GOOD LUCK! I have a couple more years until I get to that point, but it will be mondo exciting !!!


7 Kelly August 10, 2009 at 1:44 pm

Now that you have changed servers I get these strange symbols for an apostrophe. Am I the only one?

BTW, love reading your blog. It has helped me to be more creative with meals instead of relying on good ole peanut butter sandwiches when I’m in a pinch.


8 Mary :: A Merry Life August 10, 2009 at 1:50 pm

Good luck with the internship! I really hope you get it!


9 Lizzy August 10, 2009 at 1:54 pm

Good luck with the application process for the internship! ill keep those fingers crossed, even though you don’t even need it! you’ll be perfect!

and that salad looks AMAZING! :)


10 Shannon (The Daily Balance) August 10, 2009 at 1:54 pm

GOOD LUCK! Fingers crossed 😉


11 Eve August 10, 2009 at 2:06 pm

Good luck! I remember when I applied to NYU’s program, it was so nerve wracking waiting. I remember the relief when I got in and even more relief when I was placed at a hospital in Manhattan.

Stay calm, it totally works out for everyone in one way or another!


12 Meredith (Pursuing Balance) August 10, 2009 at 2:11 pm

Congratulations! I’m starting to look at internships too (since I’m not planning on doing mine through my school). I have an interview at Meredith College in Raleigh Thursday!


13 alexis August 10, 2009 at 2:14 pm

Everything looks good this post – no funny symbols for me!

Good luck with the internship!


14 Sara August 10, 2009 at 2:19 pm

I am also having the symbol problem. Each apostrophe on the main page comes out as “’”, so, for example, in the first paragraph it looked like “Winthrop’s” :( But on the comment page, it goes to normal. Wonder why?


15 kay (eating machine) August 10, 2009 at 2:31 pm

ugh, waiting for things like internship placements is terrible! I went NUTS when I was waiting for my student teaching placement… Don’t stress, and enjoy your semester!


16 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope August 10, 2009 at 2:39 pm

Good luck with the internship… I’m sure you’ll be at the top of their list! :)

Thanks for the recipe! All those flavors sound amazing together.


17 Courtney August 10, 2009 at 2:42 pm

Mmmm…thanks for posting that recipe, it looks wonderful and cannot wait to try it!
Good luck on your application!
Adventures in Tri-ing


18 Lainie August 10, 2009 at 2:52 pm

Congrats for sending in your application! I’ll be going through that whole process soon…it’s exciting!


19 Katelyn August 10, 2009 at 2:55 pm

Yummy looking salad! My Grandma has the same/very similar china set! She has a flower and rooster print.

Good luck with your placement!


20 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) August 10, 2009 at 2:55 pm

Congrats on sending in your application!

Your salad looks really good!

That veggie burger sounds awesome!


21 Dave Fannin August 10, 2009 at 2:56 pm

good luck with the app!


22 Shannon, The Healthy Beach Bum August 10, 2009 at 3:09 pm

Those cinny almonds sound amazing!! Good luck with your internship application.. You will be their intern superstar! :)


23 Katie August 10, 2009 at 3:14 pm

Good look! I hope you get the internship!

I am excited to try this recipe. I grew up in Nashville like Tara and loved Houstons (so sad that it went out of business!) but I never tried their veggie burger. I am going to make this soon!


24 Faye August 10, 2009 at 3:34 pm

1. Love the Simpson’s stamps!
2. I noticed the whites on the watermelons- do you mind them? My whole family eats the pieces with the white last and mostly I end up eating so there’s no waste!



25 Pam (Highway to Health) August 10, 2009 at 3:43 pm

Good luck!!

I love the new bowls. Perfect for a huge salad.


26 Kath August 10, 2009 at 3:43 pm

I grew up in Atlanta eating Houstons’ veggie burger too. Now I live in Nashville and sadly the original Houstons is no longer around, but Bricktops is. And, since the owner was one of the partners of Houstons the veggie burger is the exact same. It is amazing and I eat it at least once a week!


27 lynn (The Actors Diet) August 10, 2009 at 3:51 pm

good luck on the internship! can’t wait to try that veggie burger – it sounds great! love the new bowls too.


28 Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now August 10, 2009 at 4:08 pm

Good luck with the internship placement!!!


29 Brooke S August 10, 2009 at 4:12 pm

All that weight is off your shoulders now! I remember that feeling. Good luck!!!


30 Michelle August 10, 2009 at 4:15 pm

Thanks for posting the recipe. I live in the DC area and LOVE the veggie burger from Houston’s! It’s so good!!

Also, I’ve only posted a couple times but wanted to say thanks for your blog. I’ve been reading for a while now, and have gotten such great ideas from you. I lost over 50 lbs a year and a half ago. You and your blog have been a huge inspiration to me, so I just wanted to say thanks! 😉


31 Kristen @ Simply Savor August 10, 2009 at 4:22 pm

best of luck with your acceptance to your dietetic internship–i’m sure you’ll get your top pick! and thanks for posting the veggie burger recipe, cant wait to try it :)


32 Natalie (Will Jog for Food) August 10, 2009 at 4:24 pm

Good luck!!

LOVE the idea of the cinnamon almonds in the salad. I’m definitely stealing that :)


33 brandi August 10, 2009 at 4:26 pm

that’s so exciting about the internship! so close!

i love the new bowl, and that veggie burger sounds great!


34 Nicole August 10, 2009 at 4:58 pm

Good luck!

And your lunches always look so great.


35 K August 10, 2009 at 4:58 pm

You can do it, Kath!! You’re going to be an awesome R.D. :)


36 Andee (Runtolive) August 10, 2009 at 5:14 pm

Thanks for the recipe! I also had a throw together salad today


37 Kath August 10, 2009 at 5:34 pm

Faye ,
I don’t care for the white, but sometimes it sneaks in.

Michelle ,
Thanks :)



38 Adi ( August 10, 2009 at 6:46 pm

Cute Simpson stamps :)


39 Ashley August 10, 2009 at 7:23 pm

Wait do you live in Rock Hill?

My significants other company headquarter is down there. If you know any affordable but yummy restaurants let me know! I’ll pass them onto him. He travels down there every couple months or so for work.


40 Susan August 10, 2009 at 7:31 pm

Thanks for sharing that recipe! It looks absolutely delicious. A nice way to sneak a little beets in 😉


41 Run Niki Run August 10, 2009 at 9:30 pm

Love the Simpson’s stamps! Good luck w/ the internship!!


42 elizabeth August 10, 2009 at 10:07 pm

h2o melon!! love it!!! and that burger recipe looks great-and itd be super easy just to sub ground flax for egg for vegans!


43 Caroline August 10, 2009 at 11:20 pm

Best of luck in getting your internship! Love the Simpsons stickers too:)


44 Jess August 11, 2009 at 1:42 pm

Unlike most strength training exercises, you can do core work every day. Your abdominal muscles heal really quickly, so work them hard and you’ll see results soon.


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