Thursday, March 10, 2011

A Week of Home Cooked Meals

After a week of indulgent meals (in San Francisco) and with restaurant week(s) coming up in Boston, Evan and I tried to eat healthy home cooked meals this week.

Starting off with Monday: Naan Caprese pizza:

Complete with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and fresh basil. It was delicious!!! And I had lots of good leftovers for the week.

For our next meal we made grass-fed burgers with Gouda goat cheese, Brussels sprouts and roasted potatoes!

YUM!!!! Great burger! It was funny because I (without realizing it) had 3 days of no meat. On Tuesday I started feeling kinda weird (almost like I had no energy) and I wondered why. As soon as I ate the meat, I felt a hundred times better. I wonder if I had a protein deficiency? Or iron deficiency? I know you can get good protein from other sources (cheese, eggs, nuts), but I think I just didn't realize I wasn't eating meat, so I kinda forgot to get it in in other places.

How do you get protein into your diet? How much protein do you eat a day?

And for my final homemade meal of the week so far (and the best in my option) was this recipe from Cooking Light.

Chicken Piccata with orzo and sauted kale. This recipe was so easy and inexpensive. I just LOVED it! As I was making it, the sauce appeared to not be enough, but the chicken and rice really absorbed the flavor well. I highly recommend this recipe!!!

As for running, I ran 6 miles on the treadmill today in 52 minutes and 30 seconds. I felt strong and fast. I think I will be ready to kick off my racing season this Sunday!!  Stay tuned for Saturday's post as I prepare for my race on Sunday. Hope you had a great week!!!


  1. Oh goodness...protein. I had a huge issue with it last November when I realized that my mostly vegetarian diet was causing major problems because of the amount that I've been running.

    So, in terms of "Hard" protein, I have a bit at breakfast, a decent amount for lunch, and a significant amount at dinner. I used to be ashamed because everyone else is busy preaching "balance!" but as far as my life is concerned, it has worked wonders.

  2. Thanks for the recipe!!! Love it

    btw, bird nest ( is made up of about 58% soluable proteins...the highest amoung all food and even synetic protein powders

    it greatly increase tissue regeneration

  3. Thanks girls! I will look into bird nest and also try to get protein in all meals not just dinner!!

  4. wow. Your meals look absolutely delicious! I guess you could call me a flexitarian, so I don't eat meat often, but I try to have it once or twice a week, and usually chicken or turkey. I get a lot of protein through greek yogurt, cottage cheese, beans, lentils, nuts... all whole foods, no meat-substitutes.

    Good luck on Sunday! Can't wait to hear all about it!