Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner or Playing Ketchup.

Sunday was an off day.

If you have been keeping up with See Stink Tri, you note with a groan that here, in Stink's Country, we are not in luurrrve with off days; in fact, we find them rather disagreeable. You are likely expecting much moaning and bitching.

Fear not, happy readers, never one to sit in miserable yuck too long, I have come up with a fix for the dreaded off day!

For several weeks now, (or at least since word got about that I was "in-training" again), women-folk (and one fellow, deeply in touch with his feminine side) have been asking about my eating habits during training.

What you fuel your body with, whether you are actively training or not, is sort of important. It is so important that at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's "kick-off" to the new season, they hired a witty dietitian gal to workshop us on all things digestive (and I do mean all things).

Being a lass of delicate sensibilities, I have decided to stick to meals and grocery lists, tips and tricks, and perhaps (and this is said in my very best secret whisper voice) a few giveaways. I will list a new one each off day (that's generally two per week) and you can find these fun tidbits by clicking that clever little "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" button on the left sidebar.

Easy Peasy huh?

In addition, since those of you that know me well are likely rolling at the keyboard at the idea of my giving any sort of kitchen tips, you will be exceptionally pleased to note that these particular meals and hints have been chosen not only for their healthful properties and pleasant taste, but also for their EASE of EXECUTION!

Wahooo and Hooo Hooty!

So, without further adieu...

Sunday night Sloppy Joes.

This little number is both hearty, and healthy and pleasingly quick to create and (this is the real kicker) it is all made in only one pan!!!

Into a skillet, heat 2tbsp of Olive Oil. Saute 1/2 cup minced onions, 1/2 cup celery, 1/2 cup green pepper, and one garlic clove. (DO NOT use the whole big clump of cloves - that's called a BULB. I would imagine that most of you know this, but I didn't, and it is an unfortunate smelly mess that I would be remiss not to warn you of.)

Saute until just brown.

Add 1 lb ground turkey breast, or for you true carnivores, extra lean sirloin. Brown.

Add 1/2 cup mushrooms, 1/2 cup Ketchup, 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, and 1/2 cup of water. If you like a little kick, you can add a dash of hot sauce, or chili sauce as well. Simmer for 15 minutes uncovered.

We served this with fresh French Bread, though you could do pita pockets if you prefer, some 50% shredded cheddar, and 1 cup of peaches canned in Water (not in syrup - blech). I prefer fresh peaches, but the darn things just aren't in season yet.

One serving of the Sloppy Joe is between 1 and 2 cups, depending on your level of activity and nutritional needs. For me, it was 1 3/4 cups, for my 16 year old man-thing, 2 1/2.

The idea behind this meal is balance. In order to function optimally, our bodies need relative portions of lean protein, carbohydrates, and fats, this meal obtains that ideal ratio of 40% carbohydrates, 30% protein, and 30% fat. (k' kicking my soapbox out from under me.)

***Anyone mentioning that I burned the top of the loaf while crisping it gets sent to bed without dinner.***


Tay said...

Well, well, well...you're cooking? Just kidding! I love when you cook! Don't forget to tell everyone about your wonderful Quiches! Also, don't forget to tell your cooking secrets of how to burn water and blow up hot dogs! :) love ya!

p.s. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your new layout, you Rosie the Riveter!


SJHuffandPuff said...

For the kid who could burn water, I am impressed! As for the bread, more crunch to the munch, I always say. Your Grandmother Holdt ALWAYS burned the bread. We later found out that the thermostat on her oven did not work and the temperature was alway around 550 degrees. Love, Mom