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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:


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’…



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.


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



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.



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!


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….




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! 🙂

IMPORTANT Questions for you!!

What would you like to see more of on Run 2 Your Own Beat?

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Kale & Quinoa Sautee + Weekend Recap!

Happy monday! And Happy June! I cannot believe we are almost halfway through the year of 2014 already. I also cannot believe that almost 1 year ago, at the end of June 2013, I finished chemotherapy. It’s crazy how time flies! Thankfully I am now in remission for almost 7 months. I constantly remind myself what a blessing it is to be able to live my life healthily and happily.

Did ya’ll have a good weekend!? I did. On Friday, I didn’t have work so I leisurely went to the gym for a killer leg workout. Naturally, I treated myself to iced coffee afterwards :p I’ve got a problem.

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I’ve been spending a lot of time with someone special lately – so we had date night (I cooked dinner), then went out for drinks at the Level3 lounge atop the Melt Grill and saw Million Ways to Die in the West. (not thaaat great). P.S. I love wine. A lot.

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I had a work meeting on Saturday and relaxed that evening (hello, netflix!!!). On Sunday, I did spin class with my favorite instructor. She had a wicked hard class full of fast climbs. I don’t know what it was – perhaps leftover soreness from Friday’s leg workout – but I felt so slow the whole class and my booty was killin’ me! Nevertheless, I pushed through it. I was super excited for the day following my workout though! Special someone and myself went to a Dierks Bentley concert that evening with his sister and her boyfriend. The weather was absolutely gorgeous. Great time with great people 🙂

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Pit stop at the Francis Walter Dam!

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Aaaand that brings us back to monday – we drove back early this AM so we could both get to work on time. He had billing day at work – I played parachute and blew bubbles. Equally important jobs, am I right? 😉


Speaking of work – momma dearest got me this cute Thirty One bag to use to tote all my belongings to work! I’m a sucker for pink 🙂

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My work day ended at 2 so I did my weekly grocery shopping and picked up a few things at Wegmans. Lots of cruciferous vegetables!! It’s weird not “officially” having anything to do in my spare time until I begin the nutrition therapy program. Til then I’ll just be pondering life – what is life, what is virtue, what are things made of, etc. LOL JK. (can you tell I took a philosophy course last semester?)

To conclude the post, I’ll leave you with a simple little recipe I’ve been loving lately. Makes a great savory, filling side dish or even main dish with some veggies!!

Kale & Quinoa Sautee


  • 1/2 c. cooked quinoa
  • 2 strips turkey bacon, uncooked and chopped into small pieces
  • Minced garlic
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • LAAARGE handful of baby kale (or regular, I prefer baby. it’s not as bitter)
  • Handful of diced tomatoes
  • Optional extra protein – chicken, turkey, etc.
  • Shredded Parmesean (again, optional)
  • Dash of oregano and onion powder


1. Cook your quinoa according to the package. (usually 2 c. liquid, 1 c. quinoa. You’ll only use half for the rest of this recipe. Or all of it – whatevs! Chicken/vegetable broth adds a little extra flavor instead of just water)

2. Sautee your diced turkey bacon in 1/2 tbsp olive oil and the minced garlic.

3. Once it’s cooked to your liking, add in your kale and about 1 to 1 1/2 tbsp of olive oil and a pinch of salt.

4. When the kale becomes wilty and a darker green color, add in your quinoa, tomatoes, and spices. Stir it up and set the heat to low and let it sit for 5-7 minutes, covered.

5. Remove from heat and stir in parmesean cheese. Bon appetit!!! 🙂

(Here is where I got the inspiration to use sauteed kale!)

What’s your favorite kale recipe? Please share!