July 10, 2016

Miso Cracker Jack Bars

I'm off to Japan for a work conference. I'm so excited to be back in that country! When I was in 5th grade, I spent 1 month in Nagoya, Japan as an exchange student where I got to live with a Japanese family and experience Japan. Things have changed a lot since that trip where I mainly just walked around with a disposable camera taking pictures of castles.

Now, I love to experience a culture through its food. That got me thinking about what I could do to make a dessert that celebrated and united America and Japan. Long story short, I came up with these: Miso Cracker Jacker Bars. 

Some of my taste testers say this is one of the best and most unique desserts they've ever had. The miso adds a savory saltiness that balances out the sugary sweetness of the marshmallows and buttery cracker jack. By the way, Cracker Jack is a classic American snack made of toffee coated buttery popcorn mixed with peanuts. Now are you getting it? It's basically a rice crispy marshmallow bar with cracker jacks instead + miso.

January 27, 2016

Slow Roasted Spicy BBQ Beef and Yogurt Slaw Sliders

One of the most common questions that people ask me is "how do you find the time to cook all of that delicious looking food, go to the gym, and keep up with your job?" I've talked in previous blog posts about how I believe in planning weekly dinner menus. One easy way you can do that is by cooking a protein in bulk and using it in different ways. 

In this post, I'll show you how to slow roast a big hunk of beef that you can use in sliders, tacos, stews, and so much more! 

Here's a delicious slider that consists of a slow roasted beef that mops up a warm spicy bbq sauce and is served with a low calorie yogurt slaw. It's all held together with toasted Hawaiian sweet rolls, the most underrated carb in existence. I plan on making these for my Super Bowl party since my Southern mother-in-law is going to be rooting for the Carolina Panthers!

December 13, 2015

Turkey Sloppy Joes with Crispy Onion Straws

I'm really enjoying teaching cooking classes at Google! My series is called "How I Ate 70 Pounds." It's an interesting concept where I talk through my weight loss story with the audience, then demo two recipes that showcase that healthy cooking can be delicious eats. That was very evident to the class when they tried these turkey sloppy joes with crispy onion straws. 

Pro Tip: If you're not a fan of the "sloppy", you can break up the bun and make into a sloppy joe bowl!

This hearty comfort meal between two toasted buns packs a whopping 30g of protein and is an unconventional way to get in a solid dose of vitamin C (from the tomato sauce!). 

November 7, 2015

Pumpkin Pie Yogurt Parfaits

Happy November! Fall is my favorite time of the year. The colors, the spices, and the pumpkin! Oh, and my wedding anniversary! Shannon and I just celebrated our second wedding anniversary. She's an inspiration in my life and in this recipe.

Shannon is one of those girls that Buzzfeed makes fun of that buys pumpkin everything. But, I have to admit, I'm a "basic bro." I could eat pumpkin pie every. single. day. 

But, I also preach mindfulness and balance, so I came up with a more nutritious way to enjoy pumpkin pie creaminess and spices  

My pumpkin pie filling uses a mixture of pumpkin puree and blended chickpeas for a nice dose of protein, fiber, and vitamin A. 

These parfaits are great to make ahead in small mason jars and eat on the go. When I'm running late in the morning and rushing to catch my bus, I grab one of these to make my 1 hour commute a bit more enjoyable.