Good, Hefty Eats

>> Thursday, July 5, 2012

A lot of what we've been eating lately has been recipe-free. It's quite liberating, actually. Once we got the hang of the basic cooking methods, it made our lives much easier. Most of what we eat during the week is made up of stir-fries, sandwiches and pizzas.

Yes. Multiple pizzas. I've been meaning to write about this for a while. We got a question in our inbox about why we eat so much pizza. The answer is quite simple: Pizza can be an extremely healthy dinner option if it's done right.

Think a thin, homemade whole wheat (often made with puree, like pumpkin or carrot) crust topped with tons of roasted veggies. Go easy on the cheese. You get a lot of food groups packed into tasty bites . . . of delicious pizza. I think we eat it at least twice a week.

Tonight's featured roasted kohlrabi (thanks for my Tweeps for identifying it for me!), garlic scapes, and leeks. We each polished off half of this bad boy.

To make it at home: Just preheat your oven to 400 degrees F, slice veggies, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt/pepper/crushed red pepper, and bake in 15-minute intervals -- stirring between -- until golden brown. Top pizza with as many veggies as you can pack on and bake as you would any pizza at home.

You can find more of our favorites on the pizza page!

Our feeling about complete, action-packed nutrition is the same with our insane sandwiches. They may look crazy and indulgent, but when you break 'em down, it's really just everything you'd put on a plate for dinner . . . between two crusty slices of bread.

This new one is affectionately called the "Smothered Mother" because it's slathered in sauces. (And FYI: You have to say it like Fred Armisen on the "I am YOUR MOTHER" skit on SNL.)

What's on it:

Your favorite bread (this is Rosemary Salt from Wegmans)
Seitan, slices (homemade or store-bought)
Colby cheese, slices
Chipotle Vegenaise
Sweet potato fries
Salad greens (this is a local mix -- baby spinach or arugula would be great, too)

I eat enough to fuel breastfeeding and training between 20 and 30 miles a week. That means I typically match what's on Stephen's plate these days. (It's been like that since before I was pregnant, actually.) There's no "perfect" or "ideal" in the way to eat. If I'm hungry, I don't suffer. I've had enough of that in my life.

These hefty meals keep me satisfied and satiated. They are fun and incredibly delicious. They're packed full of calories that I need without the bulk of countless plates of salads and other low calorie fare.

What are your weeknight go-to meals? If you're an athlete or need more calories for good stuff like pregnancy or breastfeeding, how do you get it all in? I'd love to get some new ideas!

Today on Writing Chapter Three you can read all about our least exciting 4th of July EVER. OK. It wasn't that bad, but it's hard to compete with last year's babymoon.

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