Monthly Archives: November 2011

Paused for now…

Well, It looks like Mrs.RAWnk is going to go on a bit of a hiatus. Instead of keeping up with this “food” blog, I am redesigning our regular life blog to now include food and exercise posts. I hope you will head over to Keri {&} Brian and check it out!


We did it!

Woohoo! I finished my first 5k without stopping! Yay! I am super proud of my 33:14 time too! That beats my treadmill 5k record by over 3 minutes!

Head over to my family blog to read the full recap and see more pictures! 

My first 5k?!

I am planning to run my first 5k tomorrow! I am nervous and very excited. Running is a very new hobby for me so my plan is just to run the whole thing no matter how long it takes!

Hopefully the weather will be clear for the run so that it doesn’t get cancelled! Wish me luck!!


Spicy Salmon with Steamed Broccoli and Alexia Foods Harvest Saute

Such a great dinner!

The Harvest Saute was red potatoes, carrots, green beans, and onions cooked in a sage-infused olive oil. Total impulse buy. It was definitely the sage-infused olive oil that sold me on it. Sage is one of the few herbs that are on my approved herbs list.

The Official Mrs.RAWnk Approved Herbs List

  • Sage
  • Rosemary

Yep. That is the entire list! Everything else is only tolerable in VERY small doses. In large doses, I will most definitely gag!

Steamed broccoli topped with pink salt has been tasting so good lately! I used to hate broccoli but I started to make it all the time because it was a vegetable that Brian liked. I think forcing myself to eat it all the time really changed my taste buds because now I love it!

Are there any vegetables that you used to have to force yourself to eat that now you love? 

That list is quite long for Brian! He is now a huge fan of sweet potatoes and asparagus! Rumor has it he even ate some tomatoes yesterday?!?



Find of the day!

Trader Joe’s now has coconut oil and its at a great price!!

Switching Pasta

Lets be real, buttered noodles with a bit of parmesan is a hit with kids but it doesn’t offer up much nutritionally. Kenley loves it when my mom makes her pasta for lunch. But I often feel like it is just filling her belly with nothingness.

In an effort to please both Kenley’s palate for pasta and my nutritionally minded brain I typically serve only whole wheat pasta. The problem with whole wheat pasta is it has a denser texture than traditional pasta. Kenley can definitely tell the difference between Mommy’s pasta and Grammy’s pasta and will turn her nose up at Mommy’s pasta.

Enter Quinoa Pasta.

Quinoa is a super healthy grain that is nutritionally superior to wheat.

The flavor and texture of this quinoa pasta is so similar to traditional pasta that Kenley doesn’t notice a difference and gobbles up bowls and bowls. I feel better about feeding this pasta to her especially if I buy the veggie varieties that have spinach and beet puree added to them.

I would really like to try Kamut and Spelt pastas next and see how they taste, but for now quinoa pasta is a winner in our house!

Raw Brownies

I have gotten into the habit of eating half of a Larabar before my group fitness classes and the other half after. Half before really seems to fuel me without weighing me down. My favorite flavor would have to be Chocolate Chip Brownie followed closely by Chocolate Chip Cherry Torte. Obviously not the healthiest flavors and as I am sure you know, Larabars are not cheap! I thought I would try my hand at making a brownie version of my own minus the chocolate chips.

I was trying to use my juicer to make these but then I had some technical difficulties and had to switch over to using my food processor. I really think the juicer would have given these a much smoother texture so I will have to try again!

Raw Brownies

  • 1/4 cup Pecans
  • 1/4 cup Cashews
  • 1/4 cup Raisins
  • 1-2 Tbsps Cocoa Powder depending on taste
  • 3 Dates
  • 3 Prunes

Process all ingredients together in food processor until smooth. Shape into a rectangle and cut into 8 squares or balls. Store in fridge until ready to eat.

These would also taste great if you threw a few dried cherries in! I didn’t have any but I will definitely try that next time!