Healthy and Sane

Creamy mushroom heaven + special beverage

March 30th, 2009 · 23 Comments · Uncategorized, yogurt

I’m in a happy food coma right now. It was a long day but it is nearly ending on a wonderful note. I just love home cooked meals, especially the healthy ones! :) I’m so thankful for the blog world – it really broadened my food horizons.  I used to cook pretty healthy meals at home, but they were never exciting.  They got the job done.  Tonight’s dinner was everything I love about food – and I made it! Thank you, Kelly, for the recipe! So let’s get to this “mystery” amazing meal…


I’m trying to have at least 1 (hopefully 2) vegetarian meals a week. Since my husband (as most males I think) wants meat with every meal, I try to make the vegetarian dishes extra special.  He was hesitant when I told him I was making chickpea patties, but after 1 bite of this goodness… we were both in a chickpea/mushroom heaven!

chickpea cake with creamy paprika mushroom sauce

[338 calories]

I followed this recipe for the chickpea cutlets with creamy paprkia mushrooms.  The funny thing is when I got ready to make this, I realized that I’ve already used this recipe for my black bean cakes (replacing black beans for chickpeas). This got me even more excited because I absolutely loooved the black bean burgers.  This recipe is absolutely fantastic on its own, but when the cakes are covered in a crazy indulgent creamy mushroom sauce… this can’t be beat!

Let’s talk substitutions – I used 1/2T of EVOO in the cutlets, and then used 1tsp of EVOO per each side of frying –> total 3.5 teaspoons.  This is significantly lower than what the recipe calls for, but I didn’t miss it one bit. For the mushrooms, I also used a little more shrooms and a little less than 1/2 tablespoon of butter.  With the crazy amount of sour cream, you couldn’t really taste the butter anyway. I’d probably just use cooking spray next time and cut some of the sour cream… although it was amazingly creamy and of course the low fat sour cream was very much responsible for it :) Ok, I’m done talking… you really should make this!


1/2 c oikos, 1 medium banana, pb puffins, Erin Baker's pb granola, choc chips, almonds, mixed dried berries

yogurt parfait closeup

[374 calories]

pre-workout snack: Ellie Krieger's energy bar + tea

[140 calories]

leftover pork tenderloin with peach sauce, sweet potato tortilla chips + med apple

[~400 calories]

Btw, these babies are FoodShouldTasteGood sweet potato tortilla chips.  I’ve been dying to try them and was super excited when I finally found them at WF on Sunday. However I have to say, despite being quite delicious, they do not taste like sweet potatoes at all (the thing I was looking forward to the most) – just like yummy tortilla chips but that’s it.

Sweet potato tortilla chips

Nature's Path maple nut instant oats + packet of Barney Butter

[290 calories]

I ate this heftier snack because I kept on thinking about food at work and decided to eat something more substantial than my originally planned snack. Well this bowl filled me up for like 5.5 hours (would probably be even more than that but I really had to make dinner)! It sat like a rock in my stomach :( I think I need to start eating oats for breakfast so that I don’t think about food all day. My 1/3 c serving usually gets me through just like any other breakfast. Anything more than that and I’m kind of forcing it down… however it REALLY fills me up so that could be a good thing.  Hmm, something to mull over for sure!

Total calories for the day: 1571


I was unable to Shred tonight… we had our coach cleaned – long story short I spilled a bunch of red wine and sat on a whole lot of chocolate, so it was an emergency!! It took way longer than expected so no Shredding :( It’s ok, I kind of considered taking a break anyway.  I’m seriously scared of overtraining now that I’m running every day.  Speaking of running, I stuck to my schedule today and did my 3 mile run (+ 0.5 mile walk) and lots of stretching. It wasn’t easy today. Slightly painful in fact. I’m really hoping I’m not getting shin splits. I took a good amount of time after and stretched. Workout stats:

  • Duration: 0:33 (+stretching)
  • Calories burnt: 302 (35% fat)
  • Ave HR: 151 (78%); Max HR: 171 (88%)

Work was busy so I didn’t strength train after, figuring I’d shred at night, but since that didn’t happen… I’ll call it my light workout day :)


A special recipe from my husband… he decided to enjoy a little after dinner beverage by using one of our POM bottles and a few bar staples…

pomrita ingredients

Adam’s excellent pomegranate margarita (he emailed me the recipe and this was the title :) )

2 oz tequila
1 oz triple sec
2 oz pom pomegranate juice
juice of one lime (about 1 oz)

.5 oz orange liqueur like patron citronge or cointreau (optional)

Adam’s note*: I like to add the patron citronge to give it a bit more bite :)

A very happy husband here…

Adam + drink

And his “excellent margarita” 😆

Adam's pomrita

All right, time to get ready for tomorrow!  See you then 😀

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23 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Sharon

    That is a great idea to do a vegetarian meal, love what you came up with!

  • #2 - not sister inna

    I’m trying to eat ore vegetarian meals too and don’t have too many ideas so I’ll definitely be making these patties- thanks!

  • #3 - Adam

    Hesitant is a good word to describe me earlier :) But the dinner was really awesome!

    My drink was delicious as well :)

  • #4 - MizFit

    Im one to think a break is always good—–our bodies need rest as much as they need to move!!!

  • #5 - Lauren

    I’ve seen a handful of recipes for chickpea cutlets, but this one looks especially good – I’ll have to give it a try (minus the ‘shrooms. I wish I liked them, but for some reason I don’t).

    The yogurt bowl looks like a wonderful combination of tastes & textures!

  • #6 - Chocolate Covered Katie

    I’m so glad you found my blog… because it enabled me to find YOURS!

  • #7 - ttfn300

    hehe, gotta love hubby’s drink :) that dinner looks fab, need to pick up some shrooms!!!

  • #8 - K

    Oh my goodness – that dinner is amazing! Love chickpeas, love mushrooms :)

    POM drinks are so fun!

  • #9 - Katie

    Haha – I love Adam with his concoction!

  • #10 - Shannon (The Daily Balance)

    dinner looks awesome! I still haven’t made chickpea patties — I need to get on that!

  • #11 - erinbee.

    that yogurt parfait is making me drool all over myself.

  • #12 - sister inna

    those chickpea patties look really good. i’m salivating 😉

    oh and i thought of something this morning — since you are running now you should get adam to put A-Trak’s running man (nike) remix on your ipod. it’s just over 40 minutes, and i love how it starts and ends on a slower note for warm up + cooldown periods. seriously it makes my workouts so much fun!

  • #13 - Elina

    Haha, Erinbee – that’s quite the visual 😉

    Innz, thanks for the recommendation. I am in desperate need of updating the music on my ipod, especially since I plan on running more outside (so the little treadmill tvs won’t be with me on my run). I’ll check out this track! :)

  • #14 - healthy ashley

    How cute Adam likes POM!

    Your dinner looks…. very, very tasty!

  • #15 - Kelly

    Thanks for the shout out. :-) I’m flattered and blushing. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it so much. I made another mushroomy meal last night that I am going to post about tonight that was fantastic.

    That drink does look pretty special as well.

  • #16 - KellyB

    Also check out click subsribe and then click subscribe via itunes. These are free running podcasts anywhere from 140 BPM to 185 BPM ranging from 55m to 1h 15m. I love them, the guy is great, half way through he’ll save your half way.

  • #17 - Tiffany

    I wish Kyle were more open to vegetarian/vegan dishes. As it is I get ragged on all the time by the Anderson boys for not always consuming meat (“we’re at the top of the foodchain for a reason!), but it’s good to “detox” your body from meat once and a while.

  • #18 - Sarah

    I love your POM idea. I must do that this weekend.

  • #19 - Elina

    Kelly, you’re welcome. Keep those awesome recipes coming! 😀

    KellyB – thanks for the tip! Like I said, I’m really in need of some new music – I’ll check this site out too :)

    Tiffany, haha – we’re at the top of the foodchain for a reason. I swear only a man would ever say such a thing! I bet Kyle would like some vegetarian mexican food…

    Sarah, these babies are strong so drink in moderation 😉

  • #20 - Coco Knudson

    Your special beverage sounds great!!!
    I’m going to try it this weekend for my birthday!!!!
    I’m a Boston foodie as well. Look forward to reading more. Check out by blog!

  • #21 - Kelly Turner

    sweet potato tortilla chips? That sounds so good!

  • #22 - POM themed dinner

    […] my husband drank a whole bunch POM (perhaps too many of Adam’s excellent pomegranate margaritas were consumed?) but I found 1 lonely bottle in the back of the fridge and decided to make pom glazed […]

  • #23 - Elina

    Inna, I got the running man mix and both Adam and I love it! I just wish it was a bit longer :)