Yesterday I went to my free trainer session at my gym. Fortunately my trainer is awesome, thoughtful and understanding (she is a former overweight girl herself). I felt great about our session until today when my entire body hurt- and when I say entire, I mean just that. Unfortunately for me she gave me an assignment to replicate the work out every day except Sunday and then meet and report on Monday. I’m not exaggerating when I say every muscle in my body revolted against mere movement today, let alone exercise. However, knowing my body lies, I forced myself to the gym and did the routine. Then I suffered 2o minutes on the exercise bike. My face was red, my body ached like it was being tortured and I felt ready to pass out but I made it through. Now I am writing this post full of ibuprofen and smelling strongly of bengay but I’m proud of myself. I did it and it was really hard.
In an effort to NOT think about tomorrow’s exercise I have an exciting proposition. Since I started to change my life, I have been trying different cookbooks on healthy eating from the library with limited success. I did find one that had a cool recipe for pork chops with roasted grapes (sounds weird but it was great!) Most of the recipes have been either stuffed with lame substitutes (cool whip is no whip cream), or are completely lacking in flavor.
Here’s my idea…I am going to have a healthy recipe contest. Anyone can enter by sending me a healthy recipe via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. This can be baking, cooking, grilling whatever but please make it a recipe you have actually tried. Do not simply google “healthy fried chicken recipe”. I would particularly love recipes that mimic or satisfy cravings for comfort foods. These recipes do not have to be “quick cooking foods”. In fact the more ambitious the better! Some examples of healthy recipes I would love are:
fried chicken or chicken fingers
spaghetti and meatballs (I would love a great healthy meatball recipe)
french toast (breakfast food in general is a real craving)
fettuccine alfredo (Italian food would be great)
thanksgiving food (turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing etc)
chicken and noodles
chili and cornbread
grilled cheese and soup
quesedilla (or other interesting latin food)
homemade ice cream
cookies (chocolate chip are a favorite)
pies (especially lemon meringue would be a thrill)
The recipes you send can be variations of traditional dishes. (Such as lemon mirengue pudding instead of pie). Please include the source for recipe if received from a cookbook or magazine (also add the nutritional information if it comes with). I have a traditionally stocked kitchen with stick blender, blender, kitchenaid mixer, food processor and george foreman grill. I do not currently have a waffle iron or souffle pan.
Once I have tested the recipes (might take a while- sorry) I will declare a winner and he/she will receive:
$20 gift card to Williams Sonoma. (that’s right! If there are 2 great recipes I may have a second place prize).
Instant fame with the recipe publication on my blog (I know its a big prize!) 🙂
Consider your efforts to send recipes as your piece in my eventual fitness puzzle. Just think of it- someday you can see the stunning skinny me and think “thank you, I had a part in that gorgeous woman!” Seriously, it would be a big help and I am keenly grateful in advance. Happy cooking!