Two Times, Two Ways

Posted on May 4, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Warning: You can’t even read this post without increasing your cholesterol a little. Consult your doctor to see if Lipitor is right for you.

Forming Grass-Fed Beef Patties

Forming Grass-Fed Beef Patties

Who doesn’t start their work-week by turning ground beef into burgers? No worries: I practice clean cooking in addition to clean eating. I wore my No Meat Athlete shirt this morning to take my final but quickly changed when I realized what a carnivorous day this would be(and now I’m rocking the Hard Rock Cafe Barcelona look).

Burger, EVOO Sweet Potato Hash Over Spinach

Burger, EVOO Sweet Potato Hash Over Spinach

EVOO Roasted Sweet Potatoes

EVOO Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Lunch was a perfectly prepared burger on a bed of spinach with pan-finished EVOO sweet potato chunks. If that doesn’t catch your eye, I don’t know what will. For these, I quartered 1/2 a sweet potato and let those roast for an hour or so. After that, I quickly tossed them in the pan with the rendered beef fat and then finished with a splash and fry of EVOO. As Miss Rachael Ray would say, yummo! Who needs salad dressing? The EVOO’s on the potatoes!

Green & Black's White Chocolate

Green & Black's White Chocolate

After an afternoon of classes, I just needed to unwind with some good white chocolate, so I went for Green & Black’s. Most dark chocolate, even when it’s sorta bad, is good; just look for the stuff with no vegetable oils and all-natural ingredients and it’s going to be tasty.

Green & Black's White Chocolate

Green & Black's White Chocolate

Milk and white chocolate are more troubled beasts. But a good organic brand like Green & Black’s never fails. I love it when you can see the vanilla beans! Now, let’s no one point out white chocolate has 0 of the antioxidants and more of the sugar and we’ll all be happy, capiche?

Avocado With Lemon And Sea Salt

Avocado With Lemon And Sea Salt

I’m not going to say this is nature’s white chocolate, but 1/2 an avocado + lemon + sea salt = heaven. And why not eat an avocado like this? It is a fruit after all. Now, can you guess what dinner might have been?

Sweet Potato Fries With Parma, Burger, Baby Carrots

Sweet Potato Fries With Parma, Burger, Baby Carrots

It’s a whole different meal when the sweet potatoes are shaped like fries and the burger has ketchup ๐Ÿ˜‰ That would lead me into answering some questions…

Question 1:ย Do you worry about red meat intake/cholesterol intake/animal-based saturated fat intake?

In short, no. Any concerns I have with eating animals and animal byproducts is rooted in ethical reasons rather than health. That’s not to say I don’t take steps to also get the better products–grass-fed beef and butter, wild fish, etc. I typically buy 1 pound of beef for a week with my groceries. Whether I eat that all in one day or over the week, on the large scale it’s all the same so I’m not phased by it; some days I’ll eat entirely vegan without really trying. Things balance out.

Question 2:ย How do you prepare your sweet potatoes?

Besides the EVOO hash I described, I’ll typically make my “sweet potato fries” by cutting up 1/2 a large sweet potato, tossing them in EVOO, and baking at 350 for 60 minutes. From there, you can add things like tumeric, Parma, Daiya, or anything else. And, of course, sometimes I’ll just roast a sweet potato whole for 90 minutes. But like I’ve said before, I’m a bit of a snob and refuse to microwave them for a quick-fix.

Question 3: Do you plan your meals?

For singular me in my dorm, extended meal plan doesn’t really work. I have a couple of meals I know how to make and make well, and rely on those so long as I have the raw materials on hand. I’ll generally figure out what I want for lunch and dinner sometimes in the morning. I have planned out a week before for my whole family and that worked great; it just hasn’t been a scenario recently.

Question 4: What’s your favorite chocolate?

That’s a loaded question. In general, I’d probably opt for dark on the fly. But really, picking a single one would be like picking a favorite child: You like each one the most at different times depending on who did something bad last ๐Ÿ˜‰ I would suggest seeing my chocolate review page.

Now, since there was no antioxidants in that white chocolate, I’m afraid I’m just going to have to make up for it in dark chocolate tonight and not set my alarm ๐Ÿ˜€


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Congratulations on the race! Was it your first 1/2 marathon? The website updated the results today! You’re right, we must have been running near each other the whole time! Too funny! ๐Ÿ™‚

I ran another back in March, but it wasnt even 1/10 the scale as Providence, so it didn’t really feel like a half-marathon, you know? I also didn’t hit my time goal then which was extra motivation for this time around ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m basically obsessed with avocado so I don’t know why I haven’t eaten it straight up just like that! looks so good!

About how much EVOO do you coat the sweet potato with? I used to Misto things and go really light on OO as I’m working on over coming food anxieties, but after my Misto broke, I found that even 1/4 – 1/2 a teaspoon really greases up vegetables nicely (especially asparagus!) and that’s not even a hefty amount!

I wish I didn’t feel so obligated to use the meal plan on campus (the food we have is actually really decent quality most of the time, but we’re forced to buy a meal plan if we live in the dorms and we’re forced to live in the dorms the first two years) or else I’d cook more often. I stick to certain days and make meals.

Any helpful suggestions or tips for dorm room dinners I might not have discovered yet? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

I’m not sure how much I use; I guess by cooking standards it’s two “swirls” of EVOO over the pan, and then I rub it on to get a good coating and I find that any extra just drips right off. A really simple meal for me is tofu salad–just take some firm tofu and mash it with a fork until the structure is broken, and then mix in a binder like veganaise and mustard or thai-spiced peanut butter and eat it like egg or tuna salad

omg that’s too crazy that i just came here and saw that you asked ppl what their fave choc is LOL cuz so did i (as you already saw)
G & Blacks is great..their dark choc is awsome, forgot about them. Gosh there are sooo many brands out there. Your rare heirlooom choc from the last post looks damn tasty.
But honestly the vegan fudge or your coconut oil choc I would MUCH prefer ANY day of the week to commercial grade ๐Ÿ™‚

Parma explosion. Love that.

Finals. Dear god, that sucks. Well, here’s to getting thru em and gettin home!

I love your cado with sea salt and lemon. I am for sure gonna have to try it soon. Also, I love your answer to number one. It all does balance out!

I am obsessed with avocado lately. I am finally discovering it’s deliciousness.

I had no idea you’d pick dark chocolate as your favorite;)

1. don’t eat meat, but did worry about all those things when i did.
2. i spritz them w/ olive oil, sprinkle with cayanne, curry powder, garlic, ginger and chili powder, then bake at 375 for 45 minutes.
3.i don’t plan my meals. because i don’t have a schedule, so i simply can’t!
4. guittard dark chocolate. sooooo smooth and no wax. that’s the best part; wax makes chocolate taste horrible!

So many questions! 1. I don’t really worry about it because I don’t eat too much meat, so when I do I consider it “special” and move on. 2. I am lazy. The microwave is my friend. 3. When I go grocery shopping I usually have a few meals in mind so I have everything on hand to make them if the mood strikes! Other than that, I’m kind of a fly by the seat of my pants kind of cook. 4. I’ve got to say dark chocolate with nuts is my favorite!

great post about college eats, I wish I had been munching on more sweet potato fries back then (only a year and a half ago…). I also love dark chocolate most, really never been a fan of milk except for the english treats my dad gave us around holidays, like cadbury buttons or flake bars. I don’t think I have seen that G & B bar but I love the 70% a lot..I will have to search!

Wow, my cholesterol definitely did rise quite a bit ๐Ÿ˜‰
I love the questions you answered! You should do that more often.

Mmm….jealous of your grass-fed beef! Nothing compares in flavor. ๐Ÿ˜€

I don’t worry about cholesterol when eating meat products, because honestly, dietary cholesterol has little effect on our actual blood cholesterol levels. Saturated fat may be another story (although there appear to be different kinds depending on the food source it comes from!) but I still wouldn’t worry about it if meat isn’t being *overly* consumed all of the time.

The white chocolate looks heavenly! I’m a dark or white chocolate kind of girl. No in betweens (i.e., milk chocolate) for me! ๐Ÿ˜€

Evan, you are so good at writing entertaining blog posts!! Yes, I do believe I need some Lipitor after reading this…. haha, but like you I never worry about my red meat, or chocolate intake. My dad has been on cholesterol meds for years, however he doesn’t eat even CLOSE to as healthy as I (or you) do. I always get plenty of fiber and fruits/vegggies, and whole grains to combat any of the fat I get from my beef and chocolate (and other things).
I LOVE the idea of lemon juice and sea salt on an avocado. That sounds fantastic!

My favorite type of chocolate is darkk chocolate…the bitter 90% kind! YUM!

your burgers always look perfect! And I love roasted potatoes on salads.

It’s possible I had a cheeseburger three nights in a row over the weekend. They are so delicious!

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