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Creamy Cacio e Pepe

Late last night I suddenly realized that I was not prepared to make lunch for myself. I hadn’t been grocery shopping so I didn’t have any lettuce (typically I make salads), and I didn’t want to have to spend a bunch of time cooking something up that would prevent me from getting to bed at a reasonable time.

Then I remembered this. Cacio e Pepe, literally “cheese and pepper.” It was a recipe I had seen a bunch of times in emails I receive from Bon Appetit, and I was pretty sure it would be easy. Granted, I’d never actually LOOKED at the recipe. But I figured I could guess and that would be close enough. And so that’s what I did!

The end result was surprisingly delicious for a bunch of random things that I threw together at the last minute, and it was satisfactorily easy to get me into bed on time. Perfect!

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The Whatever-I-Had-Left-in-My-Fridge Cobb Salad

I’m going home for five days over Thanksgiving, and that means the last few days I’ve been trying to eat as much produce as possible so that it doesn’t all go bad while I’m gone. It also means I’ve had to go with some unconventional combinations as I’ve been trying to use up some ingredients while running out of others.

Today’s lunch was a great example of that, where I decided that I needed to make a salad to use up my kale, and then saw my hard boiled eggs and bacon and settled on a cobb salad. Except that I was missing a whole bunch of the things that cobb salads generally have, including dressing. So I got a little creative, pulled together a bunch of random things I had in my fridge that seemed appropriate, and then Googled cobb salad dressings and combined a few recipes to make my own. The good news is it was yummy, and only 343 calories! So now I share my unconventional cobb salad with you:

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Open-Faced Apple Chicken Omelette

I had another busy weekend full of cooking! This time, though, the results were substantially healthier. Which is good. Cause now that my week of exercise and nutrition break is over (I kicked off the beginning of my return to healthiness with a 6.3 mile run Saturday morning), it’s time to get serious again.

So speaking of getting serious, omelets are a really great healthy breakfast because they’re filling, adjustable in size, easily modified for lots of variations, relatively easy to make, and (depending on what you put in them) very nutritious! I actually almost feel silly giving a recipe because omelets are so easy that really all I probably need to do is say “hey, make an omelette and put this stuff on it.” But alas, I will provide the entire recipe anyway. Here’s mine:

Apple Chicken Omelette 1

And here’s how to make it:

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The Aftermath

I ran a half marathon on Saturday.

Actually, I kicked ass at a half marathon on Saturday. The MapMyRun screenshot below shows my splits, but I forgot to stop the timer at the end so my actual clock time was 2:05:55, which meant an average pace of 9:36 min/mile – a full 24 seconds faster than my goal pace, which was awesome.

Lowcountry Half Marathon

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Ok Internet, We Need to Talk.

So as I’ve been increasing my interest in both cooking and healthy eating, I’ve spent a fair amount of time searching the internet for healthy recipes I can try. As a result, I’ve noticed something: a significant portion of the internet has no idea what healthy means.

Now in some cases this is understandable; for example, I recently found an entire blog dedicated to healthier recipes for baking. She does a really great job making recipes that are significantly healthier than a typical, comparable recipe, and I intend to make a huge number of things on her site, but there is a limit to how healthy things can be when you’re baking. And that’s fine.

What’s not fine is when people post things like “extra super cheesy bacon squash mac and cheese” and pretend that it’s healthy because they used squash instead of wheat pasta. I’m sorry, internet, but that’s just not how it works. You don’t get to pretend that unhealthy dishes are suddenly healthy just because you took out the gluten; gluten isn’t even bad for you, unless you have celiac disease.

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