What does 2,000 calories look like?

What does 2,000 calories look like?

Alternative post title: Cook at home. Your body (and wallet) will thank you for it. The Upshot explores 2,000 calories worth of food from a variety of sources–traditional fast food, fast casual, upscale, and home cooking. It also highlights one very easy way to reduce calorie intake: don’t drink your calories!! Sodas, milkshakes, and alcohol … Continue reading

Pumpkin Spice Protein (Latte)

Pumpkin Spice Protein (Latte)

In keeping with the season, I’ve lately been making myself a ton of pumpkin spice protein shakes. Sometimes I make them a  “latte,” sometimes not. It’s super easy, tasty, and also gives a slight increase in the post-workout carbs. Here’s what I do: 8-12 oz. water (or milk or almond milk depending on your goals/tastes) … Continue reading

Spicy Peanut & Sweet Potato Soup

As much as I mourn the passing of long, sunny days, I love that fall weather and chilly air means it’s time for stews and soups! This recipe comes courtesy of AK, and it has so many things I love: sweet potatoes peanut butter, spiciness! I served this with a slow-roasted pork shoulder coated in … Continue reading

Crock Pot Barbacoa

Crock Pot Barbacoa

We had a pot luck at the gym last week and, as usual, members impressed with their serious culinary skills. People were practically licking the plate of carnitas that Courtney shared, and MJ wowed everyone with some paleo/primal/WLC-compliant ice cream (bananas, coconut milk, and pineapples) accompanied by some fancied up freezer fudge). The past few … Continue reading

Savory Oatmeal

Savory Oatmeal

Hungry and looking to try something new, we stumbled upon the Oakhurst Inn, a boutique hotel just off JPA by UVA’s campus. They’ve been serving breakfast and coffee since May, but just recently branched into lunch (grab and go sandwiches, mainly) and weekend brunch (until 2 p.m.). I enjoy a lot of options in Charlottesville, and I love … Continue reading

Breakfast “Pizza”

Breakfast “Pizza”

One thing we’ve discovered recently is that baking all of your bacon in a giant batch, and then reheating it in the microwave throughout the week yields results virtually identical to baking it every morning. Same tasty bacon with way less time, dishes, and bacon smell. That’s a major win. In a similar vein, we … Continue reading

Recent Discoveries

Recent Discoveries

A few of my favorite new finds: Al Carbon Chicken I LOVE Peruvian-style rotisserie chicken, and was so glad when I heard about Al Carbon. The chicken was falling off of the bone and filled with flavor. With numerous sides to choose from and cute decor, you should definitely check it out if you’re in … Continue reading

Skirt Steak Tacos with Black Beans

Skirt Steak Tacos with Black Beans

When Michael lived in San Diego, our favorite restaurant was a little diner in La Jolla called The Coffee Cup. (Discovered, surprisingly enough, through Groupon, and not that Yelp.) The food was fresh, generously portioned, and filled with flavor. My standby was the papas locos with bacon and 2 eggs: crispy smashed and griddled rosemary potatoes with … Continue reading