Leigh’s visit & Coconut Chicken Spinach Salad

My good pal, Leigh, came to visit me last night! Wahooo!
As soon as we say “hi” the conversation does not end….into the night we chatted away over good food and wine.
First, though, I dragged her to track practice so she could help our Solon high jumper since Leigh jumped at ISU! -Thanks Leigh!

We share the same passion for wholesome food (she’s a dietitian too…what do you expect), so for dinner we dished up fresh colorful spinach salads with all the fixins.

Coconut Chicken Spinach Salad
leftover chicken from my coconut chicken dish: http://sarabconsulting.blogspot.com/search/label/Coconut
homegrown spinach from Leigh’s aunt and uncle’s garden in Grinnell
fresh blueberries and organic strawberries

sauteed mushrooms in 0live oil

locally grown tomatoes

and Penzeys Spice’s Italian Dressing

Gorgeous! Look at all the color aka nutrients. I love salads because they are such an easy way to fill up on nutrient dense foods.

Good dinner, good conversation.
eggs seasoned with Fox Point (Penzeys spice)
Whole wheat fruit and nut bread from South Union Bakery (Des Moines)

w/ homemade rhubarb strawberry sauce

Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce is so simple to make. Just bring to a boil sliced rhubarb and strawberries. Add sugar to taste and simmer away till it reaches the consistency you desire.

Leigh trying Chia seeds….don’t be so dramatic 🙂
she actually said she liked the “crunch” and instantly wanted to run 19miles but instead had to jump in her car and drive to Cleveland….dangit….next time Leigh!
Until next time…
look good, feel good, do good

Almond Pancakes

J made a request for pancakes the other day (weird) so I thought to myself…how can I jazz this up a bit. I took a look in my fridge and found the PERFECT secret ingredients:

these cakes were the cat’s meow….I’m not kidding you…they tasted like almond cookies!
Almond Pancakes
1 C almond milk
1 egg

1 T canola oil
1/2t Watkins vanilla
BEAT together
Stir in:
1/2 C almond meal
1/2 C whole wheat flour
1 t Stevia or sugar
1/2 t sea salt
1 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
bake away on your pancake griddle!


I always make a fruit sauce for pancakes so we can use less actual syrup. Boil down some frozen fruit (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries) and add a couple tablespoons of pure maple syrup. Now you have a flavorful fruit syrup with more health benefits!

mmmmm…almond cookies, I mean pancakes! J’s huge masterpiece of a breakfast….remember, he is training for an Ironman 🙂
Good luck to my Solon track girls at Districts this Friday!
(pic taken at Drake after the 4×100 took 5th)
Until next time…
look good, feel good, do good

Whole Wheat Cranberry Walnut French Toast with Fruit Sauce

J and I love breakfast for dinner so when I brought home our favorite bread from New Pioneer Coop…he knew what was coming….
Whole Wheat Cranberry Walnut French Toast
with Cranberry sauce

Egg mix: omega 3 eggs, Watkins vanilla, milk or soy milk, orange zest, cinnamon,
and nutmeg (optional)
Sauce: cranberries or other frozen fruit (pureed if large chunks), heat in sauce pan, add 2 T real organic maple syrup, heat through.
great way to use real fruit to sweeten your pancakes/french toast instead of a whole bunch of syrup
Until next time…
look good, feel good, do good

Jeremy’s Birthday!

Yesterday at 10;21AM, 35 years ago….Jeremy Lee Schwertfeger was born!
So we celebrate!

A day full of J’s favorites! Sushi for lunch!

and breakfast for dinner! followed by getting cozy by the fire, watching a good flick, and in bed by 10PM!
I know…we’re crazy.
the spread: whole wheat waffles with homemade strawberry sauce, hard eggs, sliced avocado, and one giant pummelo
check out the girth on this thing. nice flavorful fruit….not as sweet as a grapefruit
Strawberry Sauce:
1 bag of frozen or one pound of fresh strawberries, pureed in food processor, pour into saucepan and heat over medium heat, add splash of lemon juice and 2 T maple syrup. Viola….a nice, clean, nutrient packed sauce.
protein pumpkin pie for dessert

Until next time…
look good, feel good, do good