8.11.2010

Corn = High as an Elephants Eye.

 
I live in Iowa.
There is lots of Corn in Iowa.
Pretty much everywhere you look. 
Corn. Cob. Corn. Cob. Corn. Cob.
No complaints here.
I love corn.
Served all ways. 
Fresh. Grilled. Frozen. Boiled. Steamed.Microwaved. BBQ.

Just last week I finished off my frozen corn from last years harvest.
I am thinking that I need to invest in one of these for this years end of the season stock up for the year. 
Has anyone used one of these before?  Do they work?  Is there a different variety that works better?
Nutrition Info. Taken from here.

Corn is a starchy vegetable (technically, the kernel is a grain), which makes it higher in calories than other veggies; calorie-wise, it’s similar to grains such as rice. One cup of cooked corn contains 130 calories and 1.8 grams of fat. It’s an excellent source of thiamin, a B-vitamin that helps produce energy, and a good source of fiber, protein, vitamin C and potassium. It’s also packed with lutein, saponins, and maizenic acid — all phytochemicals that have been associated with heart health and cancer prevention. Corn also contains yellow carotenoid pigments, including eye-protecting antioxidant zeaxanthin.

8.03.2010

Stuff to Try.

A few new things we've tried... and some more on my MAKE SOON LIST. 
Pasta with Sun-dried Tomatoes and Avocado from The Sister's Cafe. Simple & Delicious.
Oven Baked Chimichangas from My Kitchen Cafe.These were awesome. The perfect alternative to the greasy, unhealthier fried version.  They still had the crisp texture like they had been fried. I also added a little cumin and some spinach leaves! 
Individual Chicken Pot Pies from Back to the Cutting Board.A simplified version of your traditional pot pie.  

Red Berry Risotto Oatmeal from My Kitchen Cafe. I know this is going to be good. A combo of some of my fave things.
Updated Mac & Cheese with Spinach from Delish. The usual calorie laden mac and cheese has been lightened up by using lowfat cottage cheese and throwing in some spinach.  I love mac and cheese so once I try it I'll let you know if it passed the taste test.
Raspberry Crumb Bars from Annie's Eats.
Brown Sugar Balsamic Salad from How Sweet It Is.
Don't these Cherry Limeade Bars from Cheeky Kitchen look divine.  Now I just need a reason to make them!

8.02.2010

Interval Treadmill Workout.

I like to go to the gym. I like that I see others working hard.... it makes me want to work out harder than them.  One thing I don't like is the treadmill. I know I need to do cardio so I force myself to do a minimum of 30 minutes each time I go.  It can be so monotonous. Some days are good, some days seem to drag on forever.
So instead of just increasing my time slightly over the thirty minutes I like to spice it up with interval running. It keeps my intensity up and I don't get so bored.  Plus I feel like I am pushing myself just a bit more.  
Interval Running Workout
1 minute at 5.5
1 minute at 7.0
1 minute at 8.5
repeat until 30 minutes is up

(You can adjust the speeds according to your run speed. The middle speed should be your normal running speed- or close to it at least.  Once you have your middle speed just add 1.5 and subtract 1.5 to get your high and low speeds).

I finish the 30 minutes covered in sweat. I sweat a lot. I didn't know I could sweat so much til I moved to Iowa. I have learned to appreciate the dry heat of Utah.  It would be a welcome change about right now.