Category Archives: Snacks

Sneaky Tzatziki

This is one of my all time favorite recipes.  It’s super easy, healthy and I make a big batch to put on everything.  It’s particularly amazing with grilled chicken or lamb kebabs, or even as pita dip or salad dressing.  It’s sneaky because if you make it with 0% yogurt, no one knows it’s actually healthy.  I’ve also made it with dill, feta, parsley and cilantro for a different twist.

Tzatziki

2 cups 0% Greek yogurt
1-2 teaspoons spicy Dijon mustard
1 lemon, juiced
1 large cucumber, seeded and roughly chopped
1-2 teaspoons honey (just enough to round out the yogurt)
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 bunch of mint
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste

Blend everything in the food processor, check for seasoning and enjoy.  That is it my friends.

Egg White Oatmeal

I’ve decided that I need to give more attention to my blog.  Life has gotten in the way of my food, and that is never a good thing.  So even if I don’t think my creations are interesting or exciting, I’m going to post em anyway.

In keeping with the goon theme, I understand that gym goons like to work egg whites into their meals any way that they can get them.  I have a trip to Vegas in two weeks, so I’m trying out new (not exciting) clean meals so that I won’t look like a sausage squeezed into my lame-o one piece.

This recipe is actually better than it sounds.  I’ve read that some people puree the mix and make it into pancakes.  You might think this is a little weird, but I promise that it keeps you full all morning so that you’re not tempted to eat treats at the office.  Try it!

 
Egg White Oatmeal for One

1/4 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup water
2 egg whites
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
pinch of cinnamon

Mix oatmeal and water in a microwave safe bowl and nuke for one minute on high.  Mix in egg whites until well combined.  Nuke for one more minute.  Whisk in remaining ingredients and top with fruit, nuts and seeds.  I added a little unsweetened coconut, chia, almonds, banana and blueberries.

Spinach Pie (to slim the thighs)

All the juicing and the salads and the plant based dieting haven’t been effective in dropping a few LBs before my beach trip (which is less than two weeks away). This goonette needs results! A friend recently reminded me of a trick I did to lose a few pounds before my wedding. Spinach Pie is basically a crustless quiche that you can eat any time of day. It’s tasty, healthy, filling and low carb. Add a little ketchup or hot sauce to change it up if you’re eating it more than once a day. I’m going to try to down this for breakfast and lunch over the next week (as tolerated). If it doesn’t work, at least there are cover ups and shape-wear, right?

One piece closer to a two piece?

Spinach Pie

– 1/2 large bag frozen chopped spinach (thaw and squeeze out excess water)
– 1/2 onion, minced
– 6 whole eggs, 2 egg whites
– 1/3 cup low fat cottage cheese
– 3 tablespoons of grated parmesan cheese
– salt/pepper/hot sauce to taste

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Whisk all ingredients until combined. Spray a non stick pan with cooking spray. Add ingredients and bake 30-35 minutes or until center is cooked through. Cool, cut into squares and refrigerate.  Reheat it in the microwave for 30-40 seconds on high heat.  Yum!

Oat Groat Muffins

You must be thinking, what is a freaking groat? When I first tried them, gross-oats came to mind. Groats are the hulled grains of various cereals, such as oats, and are whole grains that include the cereal germ and fiber-rich bran portion of the grain as well as the endosperm. I get that they’re good for you, but how do you make them edible?

Soak your groats!

These muffins are the only way I could get the goons to eat their groats. I tried to make these healthy, but palatable – not an easy feat when working with groats. You can find them in the bulk foods section of your local health food store.

Don't goon out on too many gruffins

Banana Chocolate Chip Oat Groat Muffins (Gruffins)

  • 1 cup oat groats, rinsed and soaked overnight
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened kefir (or yogurt)
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375.  Spray muffin tins with cooking spray.  Combine groats, banana, sugar, kefir, applesauce and oil in a food processor, and pulse 10-12 times to combine.  Put ingredients into a bowl with the egg and vanilla.  Add dry ingredients and mix until just combined.   Spoon into muffin trays and bake 20-25 minutes until golden brown and cooked through.  Makes 12 gruffins.

How to SLIM a Goon

I’m not sure if most people experience the pull of good and evil with food like I do. On certain days, I crave veggies, fresh fruit and whole grains. I can even imagine myself a vegetarian, all slim, eating vegan meals and flapping about organics and farmers markets. At other times, all I want is a medium rare cheeseburger, smothered in bacon and oozy processed cheese with a side of duck fat fries.  Mmmmmm.  The reality is that while this entire blog is about feeding goons, 80% of the time I try not to be a goon (so that I can justify gooning out 20% of the time).

We’re going to the beach in one month, and I can’t bear the thought of trying to squeeze myself into that mini bikini I wore on my honeymoon. Drastic measures are needed – STAT!  For the next month, I’ll share this to-be-short-lived-kick of blending and juicing veggies, eating tons of salads, soaking grains, sprouting nuts, and delving into the world of “raw” and “detox” and “clean” eating.  Ugh.

So here is my first attempt at healthy eating to slim the goon/goonette. This recipe is from Kimberly Snyder’s “The Beauty Detox Solution.” It is intense tasting, but you get used to it, and it’s surprisingly filling. The first time you try this recipe, add extra apple and less celery for better taste. It’s intended to be consumed on an empty stomach first thing in the morning (after a cup of hot lemon water).

Wish me luck.

It tastes as green and as healthy as it looks. Choke it down!

“Glowing Green Smoothie”

1.5 cups of filtered water
1 head of organic romaine lettuce, chopped
1/2 head of a large bunch of organic spinach
3-4 stalks organic celery
1 organic apple, cored and chopped
1 organic pear, cored and chopped
1 organic banana
Juice of 1/2 lemon

Optional:
1/2 bunch of parsley and/or cilantro

Add the water, romaine and spinach to a blender and starting on the lowest setting, mix until smooth. Gradually add the additional ingredients one at a time.

Makes two servings. This will keep for 1-2 days covered in the fridge.