Dry Rub Catfish

There was a new fish on the dinner plate tonight!  I have always known catfish to be southern and fried, but I also know there are a ton of them swimming in the rivers of North America.  I consulted with my fish expert Jess, and she said that catfish was a good choice when looking for a fish species to feel good about eating in terms of sustainability.

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My former fish market boss said the best way to cook catfish is blackened.  I just made Emily’s blackened tofu last week so I thought I would go with about the same spice mix but bake it on high heat until it started to crisp.

I mixed together garlic powder, cayenne, celery seed, paprika, salt, pepper, coriander, and oregano, then coated my fish before baking it at 425 for 17min.

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It was good but I think I like trout better.  Something about it was just off.  I’m not really sure what?  Maybe it does need a good sear in some oil.

Along with the catfish I cooked up a wheat berry salad with baby kale, onion, garlic, beets and smoked paprika.IMG_1533

The sweet onions were a good compliment to the slightly bitter kale.

I will give catfish one more try, but given a choice I would pick another sustainable fish.  Next up, mussels!

Have you eaten catfish?  How was it prepared?  Did you like it?

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Coconut Aminos

Do you like soy sauce?  Do you not like how much sodium is in it and are looking for a delicious alternative?

Try Coconut Aminos!

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I found out about this stuff at a raw dinner Nick and I attended and I thought I would give it a try.  It is just coconut sap with added sea salt.  It costs about $5 for a bottle which I believe is more than regular soy sauce but I think your blood pressure will thank you.

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I used the coconut aminos in a lovely lentil wheatberry bowl with summer squash and zucchini.

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I also mixed in some carrots, onions, basil and parsley.

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The verdict?  Delicious!  I loved how the squash absorbed the flavor and I didn’t feel like I was eating a salt block as I do with soy sauce.

A final wedding note – I was very giddy to find this milk bottle yesterday!

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(For those who don’t know N’s last name is Warner!)


Hot Day, Cold Start

Good Morning!  Today is the last day of nice weather out there before we head back into the seasonable 60s.  I am picking up my bike today and thankfully It only needed about $100 worth of work.  This will give me time to save and search for the perfect road bike while still being able to get in a few rides!

I am saving oatmeal for tomorrow’s cold weather so I stuck with Oikos and cereal this morning.

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  • ~1/2 a cup of Oikos
  • 1/3 cup TJs high fiber
  • 1/3 cup Kashi H2H
  • 1/3 cup Uncle Sam
  • 1 cup frozen tropical fruit zapped for 1 min
  • few wheat berries
  • sprinkle of chia seeds

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Lovely side view.

003 Mangos are so sweet!  I always forget that!  This was a really refreshing start to my morning and now I need to get moving!  I am hoping to get a bike ride in today but we will see what the day brings.

Check ya later!


Raining. Flooding. Wonderful Monday.

Yucky Monday.

It was really hard for me to get up with my alarm at 5:30AM this morning.  It is rainy and foggy, but Sissy would never let me miss her feeding!

There are already two accidents on my road to work so I am going to try and get out the door a little early.

Return to oat bran!

001 Some things were old, others were new.

  • 1/3 cup oat bran
  • 1/3 cup water, skim, Kefir
  • cinnamon
  • vanilla
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 tbs wheat berries
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • few bits of nuts over chocolate and raspberries trail mix
  • honey cinnamon pb from Sanibel!!!

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No that is not poo in my oats, it is chocolate covered almonds!  At first I was mad that all the chocolate in this trail mix had melted, but now I kind of like it this way.  You are guaranteed some of the good stuff in every bite!

Side note: Did you know that golf clubs do not fly free on Southwest?

Time to hit the road!

Remember Meatless Monday!


Cookie Day

I’m back!

I had a couple of glorious grocery runs today to Whole Foods and Wegman’s and my joy of food has returned!  I was also able to find Florida Strawberries and some pickled okra to cheer me up!

Before I set out I had a mix of yogurt and cold cereals.

001 Stonyfield plain, TJs fiber cereal, Uncle Sam, vanilla almond granola (I will be making my own once this runs out!)002 When I returned from my 3 hours of food shopping I dug right into my favorite Whole Foods cookie (vegan ginger spice) and I made a ice raspberry chocolate coffee.  I really like this flavor coffee.

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After eating a cookie I made some!007 I picked up the new Cooking Light at the airport and this coconut chocolate chip cookie recipe!

I made some changes by using – unsweetened coconut, chocolate chips instead of chocolate bar, whole wheat flour instead of white and 1/4 cup less brown sugar than the recipe called for.

My cookies did not look as large as these, nor did I get 25 out of the recipe more like 22 perfect tablespoons.012 I had about 5 throughout the day.

Along with my first cookie I had 1/2 of a Wegman’s whole grain bagel with flax topped with basil and some Dubliner cheese.

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I also had a baby green monster to get my greens in!

004 Simple; two handfuls of spinach, 1/2 naner, cup frozen strawberries, 1 cup almond milk.

After lunch I went to town cleaning the apartment like there was no tomorrow.  Dust bunnies grown very quickly while you are not around!

I finished promptly at 5pm to watch a nail bitter DUKE vs. Baylor game.  Final Four baby!  This year as been nuts!  The only number one to make it probably had the worst odds.

At half time I got started on a lovely Sunday night dinner.

FISH!  Trying to eat more!

Tonight I got some Rockfish aka Striper for northerners (ME!).

I marinated it in honey, thyme and S&P then grilled on the griddler…I almost had a small fire.

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This was so moist and flaked perfectly!

Along with my fish I made up some wheat berries that I combined with some sautéed onions and garlic with a touch of white wine and parsley.

009 I love wheat berries!  So chewy and you can put them in just about anything.

All together now.

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What is missing?  Something green!

011 I made a big salad of spinach, cucs, carrots, maters, goat cheese with white balsamic, EVOO and S&P.

I had a dark chocolate coconut cookie for dessert.  They remind me of mounds bars.  Mom and I were just talking about them on Sanibel!

Now it is time to watch the second half of Life (with Oprah, blah), it is mammals tonight!

See you in the morning for oats!


Something New to Chew On

Hello, Hello!  I am going to try and make this short because I have a date with a new book!

015 I had been looking for this book in a ton of bookstores to read a few pages, but no one carried it.  I got the brilliant idea yesterday to look it up on the Baltimore County Public Library database.  There is was, in another library and it was delivered to my local branch within 24hrs.  I think this system is so awesome!  Technology I tell ya.

My doughy oats held me wonderfully for 5.5 hours!  It was then time for a delicious lunch.  Leftover pizza!

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Incoming!

Along with my pizza I had a Minneola orange.

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The little nub on the top pops right off so you have a place to start peeling.  It didn’t really taste anything special unfortunately.006 I finally remembered to bring my pre-gym snack to work, and it was a good one!

010 Honey Graham Zbar.  I want to try my hand at making these on my own.  I love graham and it seems like all you need is oats, oat flour and flax…well maybe a few more things but I want to try!

I had another great workout at the gym!  my knee did not hurt, nor does it now.  I am icing just to be on the safe side.

  • 5min walk @3.5
  • 5min incline 10.5 @3.6
  • 10min run @5.0-5.5
  • 5min incline 10.5 @3.6
  • 5min walk @3.5
  • 2.05miles!!!!!!!!!!

I also did a little arms and core work before hitting up the library.

I came home to make a smashing dinner.  Two thumbs up from Nick too!

Chicken Fingers with Wheat Berry Salad011 I took two Nature’s Promise organic chicken breasts and sliced them.   Then dunked them in a mix of egg whites and Kefir then into a complex mix of almond meal, flax, lemon herb spices, allspice, S&P.  I then baked them at 375 for 15min.

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I dunked the little suckers in a mix of honey mustard and soy sauce – it was actually a really delicious combo.

014 In the wheat berry salad I mixed; wheat berries, sautéed onions, white wine, asparagus and tomatoes.  I topped it off with a little cheddar and S&P.

013 The only thing I would change would be to maybe use a blue cheese or feta?  Something with a little more bite.  I couldn’t really taste the cheddar.

Awesome dinner!

Time to go read, snuggle with Sissy and drink some green tea!016 She is ready!

Have a great night!


Good Eats

Hey y’all!  Welcome to the end of Tuesday!

I am rushing around trying to get packed, Sissy all set up (she will be alone on Thursday and Nick will be home with her on Friday), do laundry and try and clean up the place a bit.  I hate coming home to a dirty house!

As for the eats of the day…

Morning snack was the other 1/2 of my apple from breakfast.

003 Yes, I took a bite before the picture, or maybe someone took a bite out of it while it was in the break room fridge???  How many people bring reusable lunch boxes to your work?  It is embarrassing how many people bring plastic bags to a place dedicated to the environment.  I guess this shows that the place may be environmental, but that doesn’t mean the people are.

And my lunch?  Well it was a bunch of all different sorts of things.  I am trying to use things up before I leave.

004 All of my Tupperware to combat all of the plastic bags at the office.

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Brown Cow greek and the remainder of the pom arils, peanut butter and celery sticks.

007 Leftover buttercup squash mouth.

Lots of crunch and ubber filling.

We had our usual Friday crisis.  How do they know we are off for 3 days?!?!?!  Those Fates are tricky!

I slowly made my way through my PM snack for the last hour of work.

008 Clementine, shredded wheat, mixed nuts.

After work I went to the gym for a quick workout so I could be home to say good bye to Nick!  I did 25 min of the hill and then 30min of negative splits.

Dinner?!?! What to make????

Tofu. Roasted Veggies. Wheat berries. Check, check and check!

009 Tofu mixed in maple syrup, EVOO, salt, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg.

012 Wheat berries cooked normally with a little goat cheese mixed in.

011 Roasted onion, broccoli, mushrooms and carrots in EVOO, oregano and S&P.

010 Wow, I did not realized how full this would make me feel!  I also must admit I had a few (yes really only a few) Kashi crackers while I was waiting for my food to cook.

OK it is time to get crackin’!  Biggest Loser is on in the background I have some on MamaPea’s maple chick peas to take out of the oven!

See you bright and early!

Yay Maine!!!!!