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Healthy Hump Day: Homemade Cheeseburger Pasta [GF & Vegan-friendly] + WIAW

Howdy Friends! It’s hump DAAAAAYYYY! Did ya’ll read my last post on showing yourself a little TLC?? If so, how’s that coming? Have you felt happier or more mindful of making sure you’re taken care of before you take care of others? One of the ones I need to work on is waking up early enough to have a relaxing breakfast! 😛

I come to you bearing a new recipe! Before I started eating right for my body, I used to looove Hamburger Helper. Or anything with carbs and cheese in it, really.

So at the IDEA World Fitness Convention, I got these noodles from a brand called Explore Asian. I don’t usually eat pasta (even though I miss it dearly!), I’ll usually sub it out for spaghetti squash or zoodles. HOWEVER, these Explore Asian bean pastas are changing the game. They are around/under 200 calories per serving, contain 10g > net carbs, high in fiber, and have 20-25 grams of protein. WHAT?! I just blew your mind. Go clean it up. I’ll wait.

Now that you’ve cleaned up your mess, you must be thinking “But Elyse! Pasta is carbs is pasta is carbs and whaaaaat????” Well, dear friends, as you hopefully know, grains are not the only source of carbohydrates, and meat is not the only source of protein. The noodles in question, my curious kids, are made from either mung bean, black bean, or adzuki bean and water. That’s it. Two ingredients. Seriously.

You’re probably questioning that if it’s not even real pasta, and it’s made from weird beans you don’t even know about, it probably tastes funny, right? Wrong, mostly. The mung bean fetuccini’s texture is slightly different than regular pasta..probably closer to that of whole wheat pasta. Other than that, it cooks fast and tastes great! My favorite is probably the adzuki bean spaghetti. I made it last night in a stir fry with chicken, butternut squash, peppers, onions, and Go Veggie! smoked provolone ‘cheese’. (Side note: I sauteed some Japanese Aomori Fermented Black Garlic in the pan prior to cooking. Yay for new and exciting flavor combos!) Sorry I didn’t provide a picture – I was too hungry to make it look pretty!

This past weekend, had a hankering for something cheesy, so I whipped up this recipe and now I’m going to share it with all of you lovelies!

Healthy Cheeseburger Pasta:

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List of Ingredients

 

  • 1 lb ground beef or beef-style crumbles
  • 1 package of Explore Asia pasta (mung, adzuki, or black bean), zoodles, spaghetti squash, or your choice of pasta.
  • 1 t. onion powder
  • 1/2 t. garlic powder
  • 1/2 t. worcesterschire sauce (optional)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Paleo ‘Cheese-Sauce’

  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 c. + 1 c. extra light tasting olive oil, separated
  • 1/2 t. mustard powder
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • Lemon or lime juice to taste
  • 2 T nutritional yeast

Or instead of ‘cheese-sauce’…

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How to Cook

For the Cheese-Sauce:

  1. Combine egg, 1/4 c. olive oil, salt, and mustard powder in a bowl and blend using an electric handheld mixer or immersion blender until ingredients are completely blended.
  2. Continue to blend as you SLOWLY drizzle in the remaining cup of olive oil. The mixture should thicken and look more white in color.
  3. Blend in lemon or lime juice and nutritional yeast. Set mixture aside.

For the meat/pasta:

  1. Cook pasta according to your product’s directions. (If using spaghetti squash, bake at 425 degrees for 25-30 minutes) I usually add a little salt and olive oil to the pot of boiling water to add flavor and help the noodles not stick together.
  2. Brown 1 lb of ground beef in large skillet with onion powder, garlic powder, and worcesterschire sauce. Drain in a collander when finished.
  3. Add pasta, ground beef or beef crumbles, and cheese-sauce or cheese slices to skillet and stir until combined. Serve with fresh steamed veggies! 🙂

Hope you all enjoy that as much as I did! There’s nothing better than comfort food after a long day 🙂

What I Ate Wednesday

I haven’t done one of these in a LONG time! Here are just a few of the things I’ve been eating.

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I’ve really been digging these Go Veggie! cheese slices ever since I tried them at the IDEA World Expo!

 

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Grilled low-carb flatbread with Applegate Farms organic turkey, tomatoes, avocado, honey mustard, and smoked provolone Go Veggie! slices with rainbow carrots and a side salad with peppers, spinach, blueberries, and snap peas.

 

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Hari Tea – jasmine & ginger green tea from a mason jar. LOVE mason jars 😉

That’s all for now folks! Feel free to email me at run2yourownbeat@gmail with any questions, suggestions for posts, or just to say Hi! 

Happy Healthy Hump Day!

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My First Foodie Pen Pal Reveal!

Happy Monday folks! I’m finally feeling like summer is in full swing and I’m loving it. For some reason, however, time just seems to go so much faster these days! I’d like time to slow down just a littttle bit so that I can enjoy these beautiful carefree days. And now my Foodie Pen Pal Reveal!!

The Lean Green Bean

This month, I participated in my first Foodie Pen Pal exchange hosted by Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean. What a fun experience! I got to try some tasty favorites of a fellow foodie named Kristen P. from Minneapolis, MN. I’ve never been to the midwest, so it’s neat to have a taste of what foodie finds are out there!! Drumroll please….

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Such fun goodies! From left to right:

  1. Ames Farm Purple Loosestrife Single Source Honey: I’ve never had single-source honey before, and I was anticipating it to just be like regular honey. The particular variety that Kristen sent me had a unique, spice-like finish to it, which made it especially perfect in my soothing caramel bedtime tea! Also, as per her suggestion, had it on a slice of toast with some ghee. Tea and toast – a perfect, light, afternoon snack!
  2. Uncooked Wheat Berries: I LOVE wheat berry!! I’ve only had it pre-cooked & frozen. She gave me some recipes to use wheatberries in – including wheat berry tabouli salad, lemony wheat berries with roasted brussel sprouts, and zesty wheat berry black bean chili. I haven’t gotten a chance to use them yet, but now that I am off of work for a week I will certainly be using them! image-4
  3. Trachealth drink mix: Kristen included two different flavors – coconut water + chia and blackberry hibiscus green tea + chia. I am a HUGE fan of chia seeds and coconut water, and green tea! I loved the coconut water flavor, and have yet to try the green tea. Perhaps that’ll be a nice accompaniment to tonight’s ballet class!
  4. image-11                                          Peach White Balsamic Vinegar: This may possibly be my favorite part of my foodie pen pal package, closely tied with the next item I’ll describe. This vinegar has a thicker consistency than normal vinegar, and it’s sweeter from the peach yet still tangy. I used it in iced tea, on salad, on grilled chicken, roasted brussel sprouts, and even in my zucchini pasta. The possibilities are endless with craft vinegars! I want more!!
  5. B.T. McElrath Chocolate – The Salty Dog: The word chocolate alone should be reason enough to explain why this item is tied with the last one for my favorite. The Salty Dog is dark chocolate with toffee pieces in it, and sea salt on the bottom side of the bar only.  B.T. McElrath is unique in the way it presents this particular flavor. On the back, it give you two ‘options’ to enjoy the sweet and salty flavors. You can eat it salty-side-down to feel the immediate bite of the salt, followed by the smoothness of the chocolate, or eat it salty-side-up and allow the salty notes to subtly ease their way into your eating experience. Pardon me while I get a paper towel – I believe I may have drooled on my keyboard a bit. :pimage-9
  6. Linden Hills “Spice It Up”: a zesty blend of herbs and spices, it includes flavors such as paprika, lemon peel, garlic, and onion. I’m not a fan of flavors that are overpowered by citrus, but the lemon peel is very light, yet still noticeable enough for me to enjoy it. I used this as a rub with some olive oil on grilled chicken, and also used it with the peach white balsamic vinaigrette on grilled chicken. I’ve still got some left – perhaps I will use it on my sirloin steak this evening!

A big thank you to Kristen P. for sending such wonderful treats in my foodie pen pal package!! And a BIG thank you to Lindsay for hosting foodie pen pals every month! 🙂


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Bethlehem Restaurant Week Review: Twisted Olive

Hello folks! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful weekend, and for those of you in the northeast, I hope you are staying warm and safe in this snow!! This will be my first ever restaurant review, and I was very pleased with my experience.

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Over the weekend, I went to a restaurant called the Twisted Olive for Bethlehem, PA’s Restaurant Week. The restaurant was featuring a prix fixe menu – $35 for four courses.

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Upon walking into the restaurant, I was overcome by delicious smells and live music, encompassed in a relaxing, sophisticated, and luxurious atmosphere. The staff only helped to enhance those characteristics.

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Our waiter, Dave, was very professional, attentive, and helpful in choosing our food and drink selections. He recommended a cabernet sauvignon from Seven Falls Winery in the Columbia Valley in Washington state.

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It’s tough sometimes when you are trying to eat a healthy, clean diet and you go to a restaurant that only has heavy foods that don’t adhere to your meal plan with little deviation. That was not the case with the Twisted Olive. I was able to have fresh greens and vegetables, lean proteins, while able to control and limit indulgences to small portions. A huge part of being healthy is being happy, and to be happy, I believe that one must have balance.

For my first course, I had grilled artichoke with smoked tomato vinaigrette over spinach.

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The second course options were salads – I had baby greens with tomato, candied walnuts, cranberries, french feta (delicious), and balsamic vinaigrette

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My main course was a-maaa-zing!! I had the Steak on a Stone – filet mignon with a porcini mushroom sauce, blu cheese sauce, garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus. There was something pretty unique about this steak though…I cooked it myself!!

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It’s called steak on a stone because they serve it on a 600 degree stone on which you cook it to your preference of done-ness. I always like mine well-done!

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They also give you sea salt and garlic to season the steak to your liking. Once it was cooked, it was juicy, flavorful, and was absolutely perfect accompanied by the porcini mushroom and blue cheese sauces.

 

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Of course…after a hard week, I treated myself to some dessert! I had House made gelatto du jour – chocolate with caramel and whipped creme, accompanied by a decaf cappuccino (apparently, they have a bad @$$ espresso/cappuccino machine!)

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The staff was so incredibly friendly, the food was delicious, and I was in good company. I am definitely going to be returning to the Twisted Olive soon, and bringing friends! 🙂 I highly recommend this restaurant to anybody looking for a high-end yet slightly casual meal of delicious, savory and exciting flavors.

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Have a great week everybody! 🙂