Healthy and Sane

A man meal, fancified

July 18th, 2010 · 12 Comments · corn, Eat, drink & be vegan, Eating Well, Ellie Krieger, man meals, sausage, snacks

I decided to leave work after 5 hours yesterday. I feel like I can handle the rest of the workload without completely living in the office this weekend (although Sunday will surely be a longer day). Leaving just a little after 5 gave me enough time to make something a little more special. Dinner was basically a meal with several components that should have been featured earlier in the week. I bought the ingredients but ran out of time to put them together. So last night, when Adam heard that we had chicken sausage he asked if I could make a man meal. 😯

My original plan was to finally make this week’s CEiMB recipe for panzanella with chicken sausage which was featured by Pantry Revisited (recipe here)… but something told me that didn’t qualify. In fact, Adam told me if I hesitated to answer whether this was a man meal or not, that meant that it wasn’t. I guess that’s true. 😆 I also purchased some fresh corn on the cob at the farmers market on Friday. Corn is best in the very first few days after being picked so that had to be featured for dinner. After a quick brainstorming session we had dinner which qualified as a man meal but also satisfied this girl. I love my man meals just a little fancier. 😉

Italian style chicken sausage on a whole wheat bun with tomato/cucumber/basil “relish” (based on Ellie’s panzanella salad)

Lemon-garlic glazed corn on the cob (recipe here)

This meal really came together. The salad added lots of freshness and the corn recipe was definitely a winner. I’ve never cooked corn on the cob on the skillet but now I’m a believer. It basically steamed with butter/EVOO/garlic + lemon mixture (I used a little less than the recipe called for) which infused it during the cooking process, and then it was finished with the reduced sauce. Lovely. Adam said this was the best corn on the cob he’s had at home (the one from Toro taking first place so far – I am going to attempt recreating that next time).

Working backwards… lunch

Hummus/smoked gouda/capers/ tomato and spicy mustard panini

This wasn’t just any old hummus – I made EDBV white bean hummus with thyme and fresh basil last Sunday (recipe here) and have been enjoying it in a variety of ways. This is a really fantastic dip – there is so much depth of flavor with dijon mustard, garlic, red wine vinegar and all the fresh herbs. I was in love from the first spoonful. :) I highly recommend it (don’t worry, it’s not too “herby”).

This panini was another great lunch. The combination of a very flavorful hummus with the creamy cheese, a little pickled flavor from the capers and the freshness of tomatoes was absolutely amazing. The hot mustard gave a kick right at the end. Yum!

A few hours later I made this instant blueberry oatmeal snack. I am actually not a fan of this particular oatmeal flavoring but topped with Barney Butter and fresh blueberries, this was quite satisfying. I got these blueberries at the farmers market on Friday – they are SO sweet. I’m so happy I got 2 containers because every time I pack some, a few jump into my mouth (and I have no problem with that at all. lol) 😀

I also had one breakfast cookie before bootcamp in the morning (for visual, see previous post), an iced coffee with soy milk mid-day and at night- an apple, a serving of dry roasted almonds and some fudge when my sweet tooth hit (sorry, no picture – it was quite ugly so I didn’t bother). As previously mentioned, 3-2-1 is going really well. I feel stronger, lighter and overall a lot healthier. That’s a lot to accomplish in a week. 😀

I’m off to work……story of my life. 😀

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12 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - christina

    that’s awesome that you are feeling stronger! i have been craving a man meal lately and i just bought chicken sausage too, haha.

  • #2 - Heather

    Your meals look so beautiful!

    Glad things are looking up – you even SOUND happier! :)

  • #3 - Rachael

    I love that your husband requests man meals – my partner does the same thing, though I’ve yet to fully delineate what qualifies as true man food.
    Happy that you’re feeling better – ah, the cycles and phases we all go through…

  • #4 - tanyasdaily

    I have never seen corn yellow and white, looks great!

  • #5 -

    can i just say how AMAZING that chicken sausage looks!! man food is my food, i have an obsession with your meal-making capabilities!

  • #6 - Laura

    Good to hear you are feeling a little better and stronger now! That’s the way to go!
    Your man meal but also for a girl meal looks super…i love corn! xx

  • #7 - Shannon

    sounds like a fabulous week! lunch and dinner look awesome :) i feel like i could eat them both, right now. and i just ate. lol.

  • #8 - Liz

    Great take on the panzanella salad – looks yummy! And I definitely bookmarked that corn recipe for later. I’m going to IL next week to see family and will be bringing home lots of corn, I’m sure :)

  • #9 - Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic

    I love hummus and smoked gouda together! Your man meal looks great and it looks like somehting my bf would like too even is his preferred man meals always involve beef! Congrats on your 3-2-1 plan, keep it up!

  • #10 - Gabriela @ Fro-Yo Lover

    Holy YUM!
    Such wonderful meals, Elina!
    Loved the hummus panini, the “fancified” hot-dog and the oatmeal+blueberry+AB combo.
    So. Freaking. Delicious!

  • #11 - Diana @ frontyardfoodie

    Don’t work too much! Totally not worth it! Glad you were able to have a nice at home meal with the hubby. Sounds and looks like a success!

  • #12 - Cara

    Just checked out that recipe for the skillet corn with garlic lemon glaze. Wow! I’ve never had corn cooked in a skillet either and this sounds awesome.