Healthy meal on a budget: Tacos!

Tacos are a fun, fresh, and healthy meal for the family to enjoy. A nice strawberry-coconut margarita is always a great drink to have with your tacos. This meal was about $15 to make and took about 25 minutes cooking time. Continue reading


Healthy Meals on a budget continued…

I wrote a post about healthy meals on a budget. Specifically making 3 healthy meals a day for a family of 3 under $20 buying the ingredients from Whole Foods. I did this for a few days then realized we were away for the weekend for a last minute ski trip. I decided that instead of making up new recipes, I would try and make the sort of food we make at home at the moment and see if there is a way we can make it within this budget. So far so good. Continue reading


How did you spend your Valentines day? This year PD and I celebrated our 4th Valentines Day. First year, we were just a few months into dating and he took me to Morimoto’s here in NYC. The food was really amazing and even got to meet chef Morimoto himself. Now on our 4th Valentine, you would never guess what he got me. Most women would probably throw a fit if they received this as a Vday gift, including me about a year ago. Continue reading

Forget the Benjamins

Living in Manhattan with a family, it seems that $80 is what you spend on a simple chinese takeout. Forget about dinner at our favorite Babbo…”I’ll just do dishes for you for the rest of the year to pay for this meal Mr Batali :)”.  So I’ve been thinking about doing a little at home research project about our favorite subject, FOOD! Continue reading

Once upon a tofu time…

I was born in Tokyo to vegetarian parents. If you’ve never been to Japan then you must know that fresh tofu is a must have while there. I grew up eating tofu and can say that if I had to choose 4 things to eat for the rest of my life it would be rice, tofu, chillies, and good scotch. Now as a mom myself, I have introduced my daughter to tofu since she was able to eat her first non milk meal. I have introduced my daughter to tofu since she was able to eat her first non milk meal. Continue reading

To a healthy Thanksgiving

This year, my family is coming over for Thanksgiving and then we are spending Christmas in Europe with PD’s family. My diet has been mainly vegetarian since birth so Turkey has never really been present for my Thanksgivings. My mom usually made an aromatic tofu turkey but this year we are doing the cooking and opting for non traditional.  So im spending most of my afternoon preparing the thanksgiving meal and a short trip to the manufacturers to check on progress. High on my list is making a tasty yet healthy meal we can all enjoy. Ofcourse we have a jog or two penciled into our calendars sometime this weekend as we’ve fallen in love with our Five Fingers. Highly recommend them.

This is what we are cooking:


Red energy Salad: beets, red cabbage, red onion, cranberries, almonds and chia seeds. Dash of olive oil and vinegar.


Creamy cauliflower soup with roasted onions (cauliflower, skim milk, flower, potato, onion, garlic, thyme, oregano, sage, vegetable stock, salt and pepper to taste)

Main (Parenthlete Dad cooking the mains):

Creamy Mushroom Ragu over fresh made pasta with shaved Truffles on top

Filet Mignon a la Matt 🙂


Herbed Brussel Sprouts and french pearl onions

Garlic sauted Spinach

Sarabeths Biscuits

Rosemary and garlic roasted potatos

Roasted corn on the cob

sauted mushrooms

cranberry sauce with chil tepin essence


Sugar free pumpin pies


Shedding those baby pounds..

…and we are not talking about those  gained by the mother.

Yes, I was surprised to find that weight gain during pregnancy is not limited to the mother to be! According to surveys men gain on average 14 pounds – New York Times reasons being more frequent eating out, bigger portions and so on. I can add that from personal experience if you were not the types who would even share a dessert that you will soon be ordering at least 2 of the things EVERY SINGLE TIME. Indeed rather then eating less as your ravenous partner seems to devour unnatural quantities of food, the man decides perhaps in a game of competition to similarly increase efforts to consume .  Call it ‘sympathy  eating’ if you like, I prefer the more honest ‘ if she is having that i am too!’ , and chances are you will eat more then usual and you still are only eating for one. Continue reading

Bacchus: a triathletes best friend

We all love to give ourselves reasons why drinking beer and wine is good for you. I was thinking to myself the other day that if I could choose where my next triathlon would be, it would have to be Spain. I would replace my GU for a glass of sangria. That would be heaven. I read this article that made my dream come true…sort of…without the alcohol. Continue reading