HEAB: Love, Marriage, and Hamburgers

Today we left for Maui at the crack of dawn. We’re on the plane right now. Thanks so much to Heather, an amazing blogger friend, for kicking off the guest posts while I’m gone!

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Heather here from Heather Eats Almond Butter (HEAB for short). Many thanks to Maggie, one of my favorite bloggers, for inviting me to guest post while she is away on her honeymoon. Maggie, many congrats on your marriage, and I hope you and Bobby are having a wonderful time!

My husband Chris and I and will have been married for three years come September, and although marriage comes with many challenges, these past several years have been the best of my life!

One challenge of our marriage has been my bizarre eating habits and rules. Although CD (my nickname for Chris) and I both enjoy healthy foods, rarely am I comfortable with just going with the flow and enjoying the exact same dinner as my husband. Like I’ve said before, CD is more of a veggie/meat guy, and I’m more of an veggie/oat girl. I eat and enjoy meat, but sometimes I freak out and skip the burger at dinner and pile on more veggies instead. Honestly, it mostly boils down to a calorie thing which if often silly because sometimes, I just really want the burger! However, recently, I was diagnosed with anemia, and I’m also pregnant. So, I know that getting plenty of dietary iron is essential for me right now, and I actually feel better when I eat more red meat. Since it helps keeps the dizziness and headaches at bay, I’ve been letting my husband cook for me…burgers and all! Normally, I would never let Chris fix my plate. No way, I had to be in charge, and see everything that went into my dinner. What can I say, I’m a total control freak, but I’m starting to let all of that go, and for the first time in years, I feel so free around food. Being pregnant has taught me so much, and I’m really learning that all things in moderation can work. In the past, I was always all or nothing, but now I’m enjoying food rather than living by so many rules…and it’s wonderful! :)

So CD, what’s for dinner?

Last night, he grilled buffalo ranch grass fed burgers, and we each made our own salads to go along with them. Usually, I would have used salsa or light vinaigrette for my dressing, but I went with CD’s favorite salad dressing as of late. I stirred together hummus, mustard, bacon fat drippings (oh yes I did), and a bit of water to thin and tossed it with tons of spinach, crumbled goat cheese, cherry tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes, crumbled bacon, celery, and pickles for the best salad I’ve had in a long time. Thanks CD for taking such good care of me. I love you!

So, let this be a lesson to you my friends. Husbands aren’t always right about everything, but sometimes we need to listen to them, especially when they only have our best interests at heart. :)

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Thanks again, Heather.

All – What lessons have you learned from your husband / wife / boyfriend / girlfriend / partner?

Wedding Weekend

Last Wednesday I had the happiest day of my life (this was in city hall):

And I got to repeat it again yesterday:

This happened too… (bride in bathing suit on chair).

I am now married to my best friend.

Thank you for all the well wishes! We are off to Maui tomorrow early in the morning and I have a bunch of guest posts lined up for you while I’m out. In the meantime…

Any suggestions for Maui?

Exercise of the day: Absolutely nothing! It’s my wedding weekend, for goodness’ sake 🙂 I am sitting around eating whipped cream (oh how I wish I was joking).

Lilli & Loo Quickie (Review) + Froyo

Edited to add: When I published this post, I didn’t want to say why it was a “special night” yet – but now I can! We got married officially 3 days before our true wedding ceremony at City Hall in New York 🙂 So we went out to celebrate.

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Tuesday night was a special night for various reasons, so we went out for dinner to celebrate. We ate near our apartment at Lilli and Loo – a cute little generic Asian restaurant. We split 2 dishes for dinner and then got dessert (but not at Lilli and Loo).

First was the papaya salad – unfortunately not impressive at all compared to what I’m used to. (My papaya salad recipe.) I’m picky about my papaya. It was pretty though:

It came with tomato, string beans, carrots, apples, and a chile-lime vinaigrette. I don’t think I’d get it again; it wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great.

Then we split “Spicy Thai Noodles“, which were the flat wide noodles, sauteed with pepper, onion, eggs, bean sprout, and spicy basil sauce. We chose shrimp as the meat!

This was fabulous. I am really into noodles recently.

And then for dessert we got a free “wild thing” frozen yogurt from Berrywild (frequent buyer’s card – I think it’s buy 10 froyos get a wild thing free). Two flavors – chocolate and passonfruit – and three toppings – oreos, mango, and strawberry. The froyo is hiding underneath.

Amazing. I love Berrywild.

Fantastic vegetarian (err, pescatarian) night. I haven’t eaten meat in a while… don’t know if I want to anymore.

Off to do errands… 2 days left!

Grilled Baby Fennel Recipe

Wedding countdown: 3 days.

This afternoon we have a special errand downtown and then my parents are going to take us to NJ along with our kitties (Bobby is heading back up for another day of work and his bachelor party…!).

While I am running around, here is a yummy seasonal (and local) recipe for you. I got baby fennel from the local section of FreshDirect’s website the other day (don’t forget about my FreshDirect coupon – 20% off) and didn’t know what to do with it. I figured grilling is always a no-fail recipe method, so that is what I did.

Baby fennel is a licorice-y veggie (though not quite as harsh as fully ripened fennel). The leaves, seeds, and roots are all edible. It’s a decent source of vitamins A and C, niacin, and potassium; it also has a little bit of calcium, iron, and of course dietary fiber. It’s popular in Italian cooking and is called “finocchio” in Italy.

Grilled Baby Fennel Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch of baby fennel
  • 2-3 teaspoons peanut or olive oil (or oil of choice)
  • salt and pepper
  • (grill – or a saute pan would probably work)
  • salad dressing (optional)

Method

  1. Trim the feathery leaves off of the top of the fennel (don’t know if you want to eat these? too odd for me).
  2. Rub the fennel with the oil, salt, and pepper. Grill for 10 minutes (George is the best).
  3. (If you don’t have a grill you could just saute the leaves – with roots attached – in a pan.)
  4. Top with your salad dressing of choice – I used a creamy cilantro dressing from Trader Joe’s.

Exercise of the day: no idea yet! walking to work (1.4 miles) and probably a short calming yoga podcast.

Have you ever had baby fennel?

My Moral Fiber & I Love Muffins

“Now I think moral fiber‘s about finding that one thing you really care about. That one special thing that means more to you than anything else in the world. And when you find her, you fight for her… And maybe the stuff you do… isn’t so clean. You know what? It doesn’t matter. Because in your heart you know that the juice is worth the squeeze. That’s what moral fiber‘s all about.”

–Matthew Kidman (Emile Hirsch), The Girl Next Door.

I found my one special thing and I’ll fight for him forever. (Love you sweetie! Can’t believe we are getting married in 4 days.)

I also found another kind of moral fiber. (Trader Joe’s High Fiber Low Fat Organic Moral Fiber Blueberry Bran Muffins.)

These moral fiber muffins makes a delicious dessert spread with (full fat) cream cheese. Great breakfast too. I am always finding new fats to obsess over. Recently my fat of choice has been cream cheese.

Exercise of the day: walking to and from work (2.8 miles). I’m not even going to pretend I’ll have time for a 20-minute video today.

What’s your fat of choice? Do YOU have moral fiber?