Healthy and Sane

Makeshift kitchen

January 18th, 2010 · 16 Comments · breakfast, dessert, sandwich

Yesterday was all about completely emptying out our kitchen and finding a temporary new home for all the pots and pans, glasses, bowls and food we have. It was quite the task but 8 giant bins later and a “custom built” shelf all decked out, we felt the biggest sense of accomplishment! How do you like our new kitchen? Fancy, huh? πŸ˜†

We kept the toaster oven, the griddler and a George Forman out and put the rest of our appliances away (the Vitamix is actually fairly easy to access as well, so we may indulge in a smoothie or homemade soup on occasion over the next 6 weeks). Then I tried to organize the food we will be able to eat. The oats station


Yogurt/oats toppings

Crackers, soups, beans, etc.

Our new “dishes

Oh and let’s not forget the new coffee station. I can’t really function without coffee in the morning! :mrgreen:

A job well done was celebrated with some Samuel Smith’s organic cider (Adam and I split this bottle).

Yes, plastic cups is how I’m going to roll over the next 6 weeks πŸ˜‰

[118 calories]

It was super refreshing and not too sweet. A great way to end the night!

But before we end this post, let’s go over some more nutritious eats consumed earlier in the day…


1.5 slices Vermont organic spelt bread with WF crunchy pb and a clementine + coffee

[236 calories]

Breakfast was kept light-ish because my sister and I decided to go on a run… outside!!! It was pretty gorgeous out and I’ve been itching to get out there (even more motivated after dropping some serious dough on super cute Lululemon outdoor running gear including this windbreaker and fleece lined tights). We ran an easy 6.5 miles, just chatting the entire time. It was amazing. I’m super excited now to get back into training!!


What’s better than some homemade frozen yogurt with toppings of your choice after a glorious run? Not much! We threw some nonfat greek yogurt, sugar and vanilla (based on this recipe) in our new ice cream maker (thanks again, Jim and Jane – Inna says thanks too :) ) and went about stretching. Less than 20 minutes later, we were enjoying delicious froyo with warm (frozen) berries (microwaved for about 1 minute) + pecans.

[272 calories]

The froyo was delicious but we all thought cutting down on sugar would make it even better (and hey, save more calories!). I’ll try halving the sugar next time. The nonfat yogurt worked great, though!

After showering, cleaning the apartment and filming my condo tour, it was time for…


Baked bbq tofu, laughing cow cheese, roasted red peppers and dijon mustard on a FFL english muffin + baby carrots

[360 calories]

I baked the tofu at 450* for about 20 minutes. It was the perfect consistency – can’t wait to top a salad with the leftovers! This lunch was super hearty but I still wanted to have a sweet treat my sister brought for me – a chocolate chip cookie from Monica’s Best.

Pretty yummy. I loved how “fat” it was. A little too much vanilla maybe, but otherwise delicious.


2 slices of olive pizza

[382 calories]

To make this pizza we used TJ’s premade whole wheat pizza crust, pizza sauce, lite shredded cheese and kalamata olives. It wasn’t very good but made for an easy (and healthy) dinner.

The rest of unpictured snacks included a clementine, some roasted almonds, somersaults and raisin bran cereal. Total calories consumed: 1821 + cookie (<– my treat of the day). This is higher than usual but I’m ok with it since I burnt 850 calories on our run + walk :)

Do you have any ideas for me for meals without a real kitchen? We won’t have access to a kitchen sink so keep in mind that things would need to be prepped on paper plates. Thanks in advance for your suggestions πŸ˜€

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16 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Carly

    Love the kitchen πŸ˜‰
    I wish I could share some ideas with you, but I cook ALL the time and don’t know what I would do without my kitchen besides cold sandwiches and salads. My husband and I HATE our kitchen because it has white cabinets… white cabinets were NOT made for people who cook everyday!
    I also wanted to thank you for sharing your treadmill run the other day. I am so nervous about training for the 1/2 marathon because I am much more of a power/sprinter athlete – and I only do time intervals on the treadmill. I did gymnastics my whole life, and endurance over 1.5 min wasn’t really needed. I did an absolutely AWFUL run yesterday and I couldn’t sleep last night because I was so discouraged. So, today I used your idea of distance intervals. I get too bored to NOT do some sort of interval training. So I changed speeds a little every .2 miles and I was able to get in an awesome and not too difficult 4.1 miles (.3 was walking at 4.2 mph) in about 39 minutes. Your plan worked like a charm and I’m now feeling energized for the 1/2. Thanks again! Your blog makes my day most of the time :)

  • #2 - Lauren

    I could probably live off of sandwiches and “loaded salads” for a while – no kitchen required! As long as you mix up the ingredients, it wouldn’t be so boring.

    I love making homemade ice cream, but haven’t tried fro yo yet – I’ll have to make it soon!

  • #3 - Jenna

    Holy yum cookies!

  • #4 - Shelly

    I second the “loaded salads” suggestion- you can grill up some meat on the foreman (like chicken, salmon, or shrimp) and put it on top of a salad.
    Also, what about beans and brown rice. I find I can combine beans and rice in endless ways, and I like canned beans just fine. I heat them up in a pot on the stove (or microwave them), then add cooked brown rice (I have a rice cooker but you can always make rice on the stove), then add your favorite toppings. Some idea: black beans and rice with tex mex toppings like cilantro, salsa, tomato, and a swirl of greek yogurt (instead of sour cream)… white beans with Kale and turkey sausage….baked beans with shredded chicken, cilantro, tomato, bbq sauce and sprouts….
    Oh and for homemade pizza, my favorite stuff on top of a whole wheat crust is tomato sauce, light mozzarella, spinach, and goat cheese. :)

  • #5 - Shannon

    i’ve been doing alot of the loaded salads lately. and i can’t remember if you said you’d have a microwave? i’ve been known to prep things like microwavable packets of grains , steam veggies, cook sw potatoes in the microwave…

    glad you got outside for a run :) and loved the video, can’t wait to see it all done!

  • #6 - Evan Thomas

    Hehe I love that you have an oat station. That’s pretty much how my kitchen is divided, too.
    And that cookie sounds perfect; I don’t think it could get too vanilla for me

  • #7 - Sophie @ yumventures

    Your sandwich looks amazing! I will have to try it sometime. Good luck with the kitchen…your makeshift kitchen looks a little like my actual kitchen =)

  • #8 - Diana @ frontyardfoodie

    I’m a freak about my kitchen. I would die without it!

    I hope you can do it without going crazy! Looks like you’re pretty organized:)

  • #9 - Jenna @ Health and Happiness

    Love this blog! I like how you post the calories at each dish. I am not a calorie counter per say but I do like to know what I’m putting into my body. I can’t wait to read more! I really like your restaurant review section.

  • #10 - Bridget

    Oh man I’ve been wanting to make that same froyo recipe for ages now! Thanks for reminding me! Love the new set up haha. I’d say hit up trader joes…they have the best frozen/pre-packaged food!

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  • #12 - Elina

    Carly – I’m so glad I helped with motivation for your run! I really do feel that these short intervals make the time go buy a lot faster even though they force you to look at the numbers the entire time. :)

    Lauren – You will definitely be seeing lots of “loaded” salads. I hope I don’t burn out in 2 weeks. I’ll do my best to keep it exciting πŸ˜€

    Shelly – well I won’t have access to a stove but I did buy some pre-cooked brown rice. I’m sure it will be a great base for some rice + beans dishes. That’s a complete protein right there :)

    Shannon – I think we’ll have a microwave (not sure how that will work but we’ll see). I didn’t think of steamed veggies. Good idea!

    Evan – Doesn’t everyone have an oat station? No, just bloggers? lol πŸ˜†

    Sophie – hehe, then you must have LOTS of ideas for me, right?

    Diana – me too!! We went grocery shopping today and I was in full “convenience foods mode.” I feel better already. As long as I can avoid “forced” take-out, it should be all good πŸ˜€

    Jenna – I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog and the recent addition of the calorie counts! Since I’m already counting, I figured it’s not too hard for me to add them here and some of you seem to appreciate it. Thanks for your feedback!

    Bridget – oh, TJ’s is going to be my best friend over the next 6 weeks – more so than usual.

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