Italiano!

Did you guys honestly think I could not go a few post without a new sandwich creation? Because, I can’t. I just enjoy them way too much. Lately the theme has been Italian inspired and I’m certainly not one to complain considering Italian food is one of my favorite cuisines.

Roasted Red Pepper Eggplant Grilled Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of bread  (I used Whole Wheat Oatmeal)
  • 2 slices of Muenster cheese
  • 2 Tbsp of Trader Joe’s Red Pepper Spread
  • 1 baby eggplant, sliced
  • Season to taste (I loved basil, garlic powder, salt & pepper)

How To:

  1. Heat a small pan to medium heat
  2. Drizzle the pan with olive oil and add sliced eggplant with seasonings; while eggplant cooks heat another pan/skillet to medium heat
  3. Stir fry until the eggplant cooked and remove from pan
  4. Assemble the sandwich, spreading the red pepper spread on both slices of bread, 2 slices of cheese and the eggplant in the middle.
  5. Head sandwich until golden brown on both sides
  6. Enjoy :)

You know this baby is good when cheese is oozing from the center. Just sayin’

To Run Like A Runner

You need to eat like one.

Simple as that.

It kills me to see some people busting their butts by putting in the time to run crazy distances and train hardcore not to see the results they deserve. Or worse – an injury.

I am currently reading Running For Women by Kara Goucher. I must admit, I have a major girl crush. She is so candid in the fact that she struggled with emotional eating when she suffered two injuries. Yet, she came back strong and faster than ever. She is going to London for crying out loud! Her chapter on nutrition really spoke to me. Coming from an athelete, I could relate to her advice/tips more so than a fashion magazine that puts women on a low calorie diet. Running 65-75 miles a week requires lots of fuel, so eating is essential to reduce the risk of stress fractures, injuries and burnout. I don’t have any eating “rules” per say – except two.

  1. 1500 mg of Calcium every day. No ifs ands or buts about it.
  2. Carbs at every meal. Usually 2-4 servings.

When I post reviews/a reciepe – it is usually only one part of my meal. I normally have a couple extra sides to make sure I am getting enough. Thus, I’d thought I would show you a typical lunch for me. Increasing my carbohydrates during lunch has really improved my performance. Enter a little Italian love <3

I think you all can tell I love me some Trader Joe’s & I have loved eggplant ever since I tried it about a year ago. Top the purple vegetable with some tomato sauce, seasonings and cheese and the meal sounds promising. Plus, how can you go wrong with ingredients like this:
Although, the last Italian meal I had from Trader Joe’s was less than stellar so I really had no expectations for this. However, my tastebuds were blown away. Not only was the sauce flavored perfectly with basil & oregano the tomatoes used for the sauce tasted surprisingly fresh. No “tomato sauce from a jar” taste at all. The cheesy had a rich mozzarella flavor that was abundant throughout the eggplant. Oh and the eggplant – well lets just say it was hearty and savory. Not soggy at all. If you have a local Trader Joe’s – this should be added to your list asap. Crazy good. I mean just look at the cheese!

Rating –> 5 Coffee Beans

Alas, no meal Italian meal is complete without some veggies and pasta. My veggie of choice is two sauteed zucchini seasoned with garlic powder, basil & Italian seasoning. The pasta is spinach pappardelle, which taste oh so good. Not to mention I love how wide the noodles are!

And that lady & gents is one of the many ways I like to fuel up.