Healthy and Sane

Ellie Fan

September 11th, 2009 · 17 Comments · breakfast, chicken, Ellie Krieger, product reviews, salad, sandwich, snacks, yogurt

Eek sorry guys, I guess I’ve been MIA for the last few days. I’m still kind of sick so my taste buds have been out of whack. I’ve actually been starving but my teeth hurt (heird!) so it’s hard to eat things. As a result, I’ve been indulging in a little too much comfort food (read: chocolate). Yesterday was a fairly “normal” day so I figured it was time to come back here. I really missed blogging and I REALLY miss being healthy. My fever is gone, my coughing is minimal, but I have the worst body aches. I literally feel like someone bruised my entire body… I feel my pants touching my legs, I feel my shirt cutting into my skin when I roll the sleeves – even my teeth are tender. I *may* actually try to see a doctor today since it’s been a whole week since I got sick. I can’t wait to get back to normal. I need exercise in my life!!!!!!!

So here is what this post’s title is about… I joined the Craving Ellie in My Belly “club.” Basically every week we make Ellie’s recipes. I already have her book and watch her shows (including repeats) religiously so I thought it would be fun. You will be seeing Ellie’s recipes on this blog every Thursday going forward :) On this week’s menu: pulled bbq chicken sandwiches. I remember seeing this recipe on the show and putting it right on my to-make list. Somehow it got bumped down the list but I was happy to finally have a “reason” to make it. I realized I didn’t have any tomato sauce on hand, so I blended a can of diced tomatoes as a substitute. It was definitely a much more “whipped” consistency that tomato sauce would have been but I was hoping it would still work. I also omitted the onions (if you have been reading this blog for a little while, you know I HATE onions with a passion so you will never see them here) and used organic chicken which I boiled and pulled by hand. Much healthier than rotisserie chicken! Here is my final open-faced sandwich with a little pickle:


Eh, I hate the lighting in my house! Anyways, it’s the taste that’s most important. How did it taste? Awful! I thought it was overly sweet and just plain weird. My husband thought that bbq sauce is always sweet and that this is more tomatoey than typical bbq but otherwise pretty good. I personally could hardly choke this down. The pickle was the best part!


I find that Ellie’s savory meals are hit or miss. They usually lack something for me… maybe it’s the onions I keep omitting 😉 I’m looking forward to continuing trying more recipes though. Her blueberry coffee cake still has a special place in my heart 😀


Breakfast: nonfat yogurt, Kashi Autumn Wheat cereal, organic strawberries, organic Maine blueberries, organic raspberries, sliced almonds and raisins. SO good! 😀



Lunch: mixed greens, roasted beets, goat cheese, tomatoes, pepitas with Annie’s balsamic vinaigrette + (unpictured) piece of fudge


Snacks: farmers market peach:


TJ’s instant blueberry oatmeal + Barney Butter:


Sea salt Somersault Snack Co crackers (cookies?):



Wow I am a HUGE fan!!! I kind of grabbed these on auto-pilot because they’ve been sitting on my dining room table for a week or so (get your free sample here) but the second I tasted these I was so happy. These are tiny crunchy salty cookies… the sunflower seeds make them super nutty (and I LOVE nuts!). This was just the right amount of salt too. I’m usually not a salt kind of girl, but after finishing the sample I went straight to the website to see where I can buy more. Apparently they sell them at Peet’s Tea in Boston, but I may just have to invest in some online (this would give me the opportunity to try the cocoa ones too).  I highly recommend these!

I also had a Clif Nectar lemon vanilla cashew bar during a morning meeting, and a date while making dinner :)

And that’s all I have for today. Sorry again for missing in action. I’ll try to make it up to you somehow 😆

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17 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Shannon

    sorry you’re not feeling quite up to par :( i have to say i loved somersaults as well! (got the same free sample) I’ve thought about joining CEiMB…

  • #2 - Steph

    I’m sorry you’re not feeling well…hope you get better soon!

    The roasted beets look delicious on that salad

  • #3 - Kelly

    Sorry to hear this was not a favorite. I have usually done pretty well, but I also make a point to read a lot of reviews first. I actually cannot imagine onionless cooking because I do think they have a lot of flavor, but it sounds like the problem with this recipe is bigger than that. Have you ever tried the canyon ranch cookbooks? I think you would really like them.

  • #4 - Nicole

    I’ve been thinking about joining CEiMB too! Hope your feeling better for the weekend!

  • #5 - insideiamdancing

    Feel better! Thanks for the CEIMB link- looks good :)

    I love Nectar bars- I thought they stopped making them!

  • #6 - Elina

    Shannon, Nicole and Insideiamdancing – you should all join CEiMB :)

    Kelly – I’m been wanting to try those books! I’ll look out for them on my next library trip 😀

  • #7 - Lele

    I’m so sorry you’re having body aches- I think that is THE WORST flu symptom, and you really only get it when you have the “real flu”. I remember really vividly the last time I had those horrible body aches, and it was like… 5 years ago?!

  • #8 - Shannon

    I think chocolate is a requirement when you are feeling poorly. I hope you’re on the mend!

  • #9 - Coco

    that yogurt bowl sounds fab my dear!!! Love all the organic berries and raisins are a great addition. How good are those FFL english muffins. You totally turned me on to those! What flavor do you prefer???

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  • #11 - Elina

    Lele – sounds like you know exactly what I’m going through. Yeah, not fun! :(

    Shannon – hehe. I think you’re right 😆

    Coco – I’ve only tried the savory kind and I buy the 7-grain variety. It’s so hearty and yummy. I really can’t get enough of these english muffins :) Now that you mention it, I may have to try the raisin bread kind. I bet that’s awesome with some nut butters… mmm. 😉

  • #12 - Lara (Thinspired)

    I’ve never made pulled meat before, but as we speak I am slow-roasting some pork in hopes of getting that effect. I didn’t know boiling the chicken helped! It looks great and I cant’ wait to see what recipes you make now that you are subscribing to those recipes :)

  • #13 - Elina

    Lara – just boil the chicken for 15 minutes and it falls apart with your fork. A very healthy (and quick!) way to make pulled meat.

  • #14 - Nutritioulicious

    Too bad you didn’t like the sandwich. One of my favorite Ellie recipes is her Miso-Glazed Cod. If you have “The Food You Crave” it’s on pg 231. It’s delicious!

  • #15 - Elina

    Nutritioulicious – I’ve been wanting to make that actually! Need to find miso paste though. I think I tried once and wasn’t successful but I know it’s out there somewhere :) Good to know it’s good… and doesn’t just “look good.” 😀

  • #16 - TiffanyS.

    I bought the Somersaults online, and I think the Salt and Pepper is my favorite flavor. The two others are good, but not quite AS good. Now I’m already thinking about what I can put on them – a little schmear of Laughing Cow maybe?

    Glad to hear you’re feeling better!

  • #17 - Elina

    Tiffany S – I ordered some more too. Can’t wait for them to arrive. SO excited! 😀