HI!

Hello! welcome to HungryHollyRuns! I imported all my posts from the old blog… and it worked… for the most part.

What didn’t work is the recipe links from the post to the page! It’s going to take me a while to fix, but until then the links are still working to the old blog. If you wanted to bookmark a recipe… I’d suggest using “search” on the left side, that’ll take you to the page on THIS blog!

Thanks for stopping by!

-Holly

The last 10 songs i added to my running playlist…

Its been a hot minute since I’ve posted anything and i feel kinda guilty about it.😦

Truth is… I started working again! Trying to figure out how to balance a job, half marathon training, a sick dog, and a husband has been difficult for me. I’m just lucky we don’t have kids!

My playlist was getting kinda stale, and I noticed that I’ve paused my run to find a song that I wasn’t sick of (a lot)… that usually mean that it’s time to hit up iTunes!

Because I’ve been slack about posting, I thought I’d share a quick post of the last 10 songs i added to my running playlist. Please don’t judge me too harshly.😉

So, without further adieu, i give you the most recent additions to my playlist!

I Love It- Icona Pop
Testify- RATM
Bawitdaba- Kid Rock
Don’t Trust Me- 3oh!3
Responsibility- MxPx
Firestarter- Prodigy
Runnin’ With the Devil- Van Halen
Talking Body- Tov Lo
The Beautiful People- Marilyn Manson
Break Stuff- Limp Bizkit

Bonus Song:
Shake It Off- Taylor Swift

-Holly

 

August Cookbook Challenge!

Great Easy Meals (Food Network Magazine) was my choice for the Cook Book Challenge in August, To see the Cook Book Challenge for other months click HERE.

The Recipes:

  1. Moo Shu Pork (pg 169)-I liked this recipe, didn’t love it. The.mr said it was “really good.” is it still considered Moo Shu Pork w/o the mushrooms? I left those out ‘cause mushrooms gross me out and taste like dirt. I couldn’t find Bibb lettuce at the grocery store… so I settled with a small head of Boston lettuce… I should’ve bought 2, because we only had enough leaves to wrap about ½ of our Moo Shu Pork. I also used about 1 lb of pork instead of ¾ lb.
  2. Mix & Match Stir Fry (pg 217)- I did Pork w/ carrots, peas, and onions in sweet & sour sauce. I’m not sure why it calls for marinating the meat in cornstarch, egg whites, and rice wine… the.mr and I liked this better than my usual stir fry recipe. I love all the options to mix & match. It makes it really simple to change up the ingredients.
  3. BLT Pasta Salad (pg 281)- LOOOOVE. I left the milk out of this recipe, and switched the amounts of sour cream and mayo. Because I left the milk out it was a little dry, but I added a little light ranch to it when I was eating. I really liked the way the cooked tomatoes tasted in this pasta salad. I should mention that I used 8 oz of cherry tomatoes instead of “regular” tomatoes. This recipe made enough for both of us to eat our fill, and I had the leftovers for lunch the next day!
  4. Mix & Match Mac N Cheese (pg 325)- I used medium shells, a mix of cheddar and mozzarella cheese, bacon, spinach, and a panko and parmesan topping. The sauce was kind of gritty, I think it was because I used skim milk and fat-free cheese. Also, I remembered how much I don’t like the way spinach tastes. The.mr LOVED it. At least, I think he did… he finished ALL the leftovers in just a few days. Overall this was an easy recipe, and the mix & match feature is going to get used A LOT.

The Good:

  • Everything in this cook book was easy (just like the title suggests).
  • The recipes are easy to follow, and the ingredients easy to find.
  • The recipe index in the front has pictures!!
  • There’s a great Mix & Match page at the back of each section… it’s a really easy way to build your own recipes!

The Less Good:

  • Some of these recipes have a few too many steps (and pots to dirty). I ended up not even trying those.
  • mr and I have kind of simple tastes and some of these dishes made us raise an eyebrow. They sound a little fancy for us. I don’t think that’s really a deterrent for most people.

Other Recipes 2 Try:

  • Meaty Quesadillas (pg 80)
  • Chicken w/ Apple & Onion, in Cider Sauce (pg 101)
  • Pepper-Jack Chicken with Succotash (pg 125)
  • Rosemary-Mustard Pork w/ Peaches (pg 177)
  • Spaghetti Carbonara (pg 301)
  • Any/ all of the Side Dishes starting on pg 329

Overall:
I like it! I’m excited to try some of the other recipes I have bookmarked. There aren’t too many of the “tips” from the FN Stars, but I’m OK with it. I’d probably suggest buying this one, definitely would if it was on sale.

Happy Cooking!
-Holly

Cranberry Coconut Cooler!!

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I started making this after I read a bunch of the sports drinks recipes in the Feed Your Athlete cookbook. I usually drink about half a bottle at a time, and it’s been my go-to drink over the summer.

The recipe is pretty self-explanatory. I always use 100% juice in an attempt to cut back the extra sugar and I added the club soda in to dilute it a little bit. The lime juice I use is from Rose’s, and you can find it in the grocery store if there’s a section w/ bar mixers, or by the juices… at least, that’s where I found it.😉 Sometimes I add the sweetener when I make this Cranberry & Coconut Cooler, sometimes I skip it. It all depends on what kind of mood I’m in!

The only other thing I think this drink needs is a little vodka. Or tequila. Maybe I’ll give that a try tonight.😉

Happy Drinking!
-Holly

 

July Cookbook Challenge: Feed Your Athlete

Here’s the link to see the Feed Your Athlete Cookbook on Amazon!

Keep reading to see what recipes I made, and the “review” for the July post of my Cookbook Challenge series.

The Recipes

  1. Bran Raisin Cookies (pg 68): I really liked these! I added an extra cup of Raisin Bran. I also used parchment paper instead of greasing the cookie sheets. These cookies spread a LOT, I think the dough needed to be chilled. Either that or my butter was too soft. At any rate I liked these so much that I adapted them into THESE Raisin Bran Oatmeal Cookies!
  2. Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes (pg 86): The.mr and I both liked these pancakes. They’re waaaaaay better than box mix! I followed the directions, right until step 5. Instead of pouring out ¼ cup, I used a 2 inch cookie scoop to get the batter onto the hot skillet. I also left out the nutmeg, but that’s because I forgot it!
  3. Cranberry Limeade (pg 104): this was just OK. I wasn’t super impressed. It was REALLY tart. It’s supposed to be a pre-competition drink, but I don’t think I’d drink it before a long run or anything… mostly because I was actually thirstier after I finished drinking it! Hmph.
  4. Snack Mix Cereal Bars (pg 119): the.mr and I liked these so much I made them 2x. Actually, I made them 2x because I forgot the chocolate the first time! Tragedy! The second time I made them I played around with the recipe a little bit, so I’ll probably share that (eventually). No matter what, I suggest you make these. They kind of reminded me of Rice Krispie Treats, only better. What’s not to love about peanut butter, marshmallows, Chex, salty pretzels, and a liberal amount of chocolate sprinkled in?
  5. Quick Tortellini Salad (pg 136): This recipe was devoured! I made it twice in one week. The first time I used tortellini filled with chicken, and the 2nd time I used the cheese filled kind. The.mr liked the chicken the best, I preferred the cheese filled ones! It tasted as good cold as it did when the pasta was fresh out of the pot.
  6. Hamburger Casserole (pg 143): this recipe was just like Hamburger Helper!! It was awesome! I didn’t change a single thing! Wait, I used ground turkey instead of hamburger. So I guess I did change something.😉 Don’t let the photos dissuade you from making this recipe… it’s not very photogenic, but it sure is yummy.
  7. Raspberry Lemonade (pg 151): This drink was soo good! It was kind of important to use the sweetest raspberries you can find or it’ll be too sour.

 

The Good

  • The first part of this cookbook is awesome. It’s broken down into sections like Nutrition Basics, and advice on how to feed GF or vegan athletes. Basically… I learned A TON from reading this part.
  • The recipes are broken down into Training, Competition, and Recovery sections, and then divided again by “type” (ex. portables, drinks, entrees). I love it!
  • Every recipe I tried was easy to read and had easy to find ingredients.
  • There are 5 icons that might appear next to each recipe indicating Low Fat, High Protein, High Carb, High Fiber, or Low Fiber.
  • Nothing felt or tasted like it was “healthy” and I liked it. I hate when I’m trying to be healthy and the food isn’t satisfying!

 

The Less Good

  • I liked (almost) EVERYTHING about this cookbook!
  • The portion sizes felt a little small… but that might be because the.mr and I really like to eat.😉
  • I consider myself a “runner”, but I don’t fit the endurance category. I’m also not strength training… So it might’ve been cool to see it add blurbs or specific info for runners or other sports.

 

Other Recipes 2 Try

  • Blackberry Cooler (pg 54)
  • Sweet & Salty Peanut Bars (pg 62)
  • Greek Pasta Salad (pg 78)
  • Three Cheese & Spinach Stuffed Shells (pg 92)
  • Quickie Breakfast Burrito (124)
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars (pg 166)
  • Super Simple Couscous Salad (pg 177)
  • Zucchini Pizza Casserole (pg 186)

Overall
Worth it! Esp if you’re new to healthy eating, want to improve your eating habits, or are attempting to fuel better for your workouts!

 

Happy Making!
-Holly

Kinda Healthy Banana Bread Muffins!!

So… banana bread. I’ve done it a million times and I keep going back for another try.😉 I cant help myself, banana bread is my favorite “healthy” snack.

I can only call this recipe “Kinda Healthy” because there’s still a lot of sugar in there, and the mini chocolate chips don’t help either. But chocolate is an antioxidant… Right?! The slightly healthy part comes from the skim milk, apple sauce, and coconut oil.

These Kinda Healthy Banana Bread Muffins are  another recipe I adapted from the Feed Your Athlete Cookbook (originally Low Fat Banana Bread). Along with the other changes, I used 18 silicone muffin liners on a baking sheet, instead of using muffin tins. it probably changed the baking time a little bit, but don’t quote me.

Overall these are a total win. I put most of them in the freezer to take out one at a time before I head to the gym. Or when I wake up to let the dog out in the middle of the night (because his meds make him want to pee every few hours) and my stomach is growling. Does that happen to anyone else? The midnight stomach growlings… not the excessively peeing dog. Errr, that kind of digressed a little bit. My bad.

Anyway… these Kinda Healthy Banana Bread Muffins are a win. Click HERE for the recipe and make these ASAP!

Happy Baking!
-Holly

PS. I just realized that this is the 2nd “Healthy” Banana Bread Muffin recipe I’ve made! Of the 2 recipes, I like this one the best. It freezes better (microwave for 20 seconds to thaw), and I feel like they stayed fresh on the counter longer….

PPS.  I didn’t take any pictures!? I don’t know what happened! I guess I’ll just have to bake them again so I can take some.😉

(Slightly Healthy) Raisin Bran Oatmeal Cookies!!

I adapted this recipe from Feed Your Athlete. The first time I made it was for my Cookbook Challenge, and I thought it could use a little tweeking. That’s how this version of Raisin Bran Oatmeal Cookies was born!

I kept most of the original recipe together. Normally when I make oatmeal cookies I use regular oats. I used the quick outs this time because I wanted the cookies to be more mingled? Combined? What I mean is… with the Raisin Bran adding extra texture, I didn’t want the cookies to be too chewy/crunchy/gritty. I don’t even know how to explain it.😉 I guess it’s a good thing I’m not a writer.

The original version of these cookies didn’t have enough raisins so I added an extra cup. I think some cranberries would’ve been good too. Maybe next time.

Adding Raisin Bran makes these cookies healthy. Right? Riiiiiiiight?! Also, I used the Raisin Bran that had Flax seeds… so it’s even healthier! Right?

I chilled the dough, because the original cookies flattened out a ton. I figured chilling the dough would help, and it did! #FTW!

I pretty much devoured these. Every time I walked by, I grabbed one. The.mr liked them as much as he liked any other oatmeal cookie. Meaning, he didn’t hate them, but he didn’t *need* to eat them.

These Raisin Bran Oatmeal Cookies are awesome. Go make them. Here’s the recipe!

Happy Baking!
-Holly

May & June Cookbook Challenge

America’s Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook
I cheated and used the same cookbook for May and June. The.mr and I had a busy couple of months so I didn’t do much cooking, never mind trying new recipes.

The Recipes

  • Toasted Corn Salsa (pg 46): I stuck to the recipe 100%. I had a heck of a time toasting my corn, I think I over crowded it in the pan. It tasted good, we ate all of it in 2 sittings. I don’t like cilantro, but the.mr does… so I might leave it out (or reduce the amount I use) next time.
  • Apricot Orange Chipotle Sauce (pg 239): Neither the.mr or I really liked this sauce. We both thought it was fine, but not good enough to make again. The orange chunks and the orange juice overpowered the other flavors. Except the cilantro… but we’ve already established how I feel about cilantro.😉
  • Southwest Marinade (pg 349): I actually used this marinade as a sauce for a pork butt I cooked in the slow cooker. I used raspberry jam instead of apricot. It was too spicy for my tastes. The.mr liked it, tho. I think if I had used it as just a marinade it would’ve been OK, but the pork had A LOT of time sitting in all that spicy sauce.
  • Multigrain Pizza Dough (pg 381): I made this recipe in my stand mixer instead of the food processor. This obviously changes the directions a little, but I didn’t write anything down besides “Stand Mixer” so… sorry. If you’re only going to use one of these pizza doughs, put the other in the freezer. If you leave it in the fridge it will continue to grow. And grow. The.mr and I both really liked this dough. It made a great crust.
  • Whole Wheat Buttermilk Biscuits (pg 422): I really liked these! I thought the addition of cream cheese was kind of weird, but it worked out well in the end. Instead of cutting these out into round biscuits, I rolled/patted the dough into a rectangle and cut the biscuits in to squares. Mostly because I was too lazy to dig out a round cookie cutter, and partly because I didn’t want to overwork the dough. I baked these at 425 degrees F for 7 minutes, and 400 degrees for 12 and they were slightly over baked. I would’ve baked them at 450 but my oven smells like it’s burning something every time I turn it above 425. *shrugs shoulders* Make these biscuits, you won’t regret it.
  • Raspberry Bars (pg 443): Errr… I’m not sure what happened when I baked these, but mine DO NOT look at all like the photo in the book. I must have messed up somewhere and not realized it. The.mr liked them anyway. I didn’t really care for them. I’m going to try baking them again soon.

The Good

  • I love that this cookbook is a binder! It’s so much easier than trying to hold book pages down… I know that sounds silly but… love!
  • This book is filled with great “Test Kitchen Tips” on things from the best kitchen tools to how to poach something in the oven
  • I found all the ingredients I needed at my regular grocery store.
  • The writers have included variations on quite a few recipes.
  • Each section has a separate index for quick reference.

The Less Good

  • The page formatting was a little irksome. Some of the recipes only have a line or 2 at the bottom of one page, then go on to the next (or even the back). I’d the space was just left blank, or maybe had another “tip” instead.

Other Thoughts

  • The recipes are made with healthier ingredients, but most of them couldn’t be considered “diet” food.
  • I mentioned in the last post how busy the.mr and I were in May/June… so I didn’t try as many recipes as I wanted too. Obviously, I’ll be tackling some of the ones below. They may or may not be posted.

Other Recipes 2 Try

  • Carmelized Onion Dip (pg 41)
  • Any of the salad dressings
  • Chicken Tortilla Soup (pg 111)
  • Scalloped Potatoes (pg 143)
  • Chicken w/ Zucchini & Tomatoes (pg 254)
  • Any of the Marinades/ BBQ Sauces/Spice Rubs in the Grilling chapter
  • Whole wheat Dinner Rolls (pg 397)
  • Cinnamon Raisin Bread (pg 402)
  • Sweet Potato Biscuits (pg 424)
  • Classic White Sheet Cake (pg 452)

Overall
I like it! I’ve picked thru it for a few recipes here and there. IMO it’s worth the money I spent.

Happy Cooking/Baking/Making!
-Holly

PS don’t forget to check out the other cookbooks I’ve tried so far!

Holy Moly! It’s July.

I realize I haven’t posted anything in a while…

That’s because May & June have been kind of busy around here. Not crazy busy… just busy enough that I haven’t made an effort to bake anything new and exciting.

I ran some races. *Shout Out to all my fellow Back-Of-The-Pack runners!*

I spent a week in MD visiting my mom. We didn’t do much. And by that I mean… we spent most of our time together in antique malls looking at all the cool things we couldn’t afford. Also, this awesome string art Starship Enterprise that I didn’t buy (because the.mr would’ve killed me if I spent $150 on it). There was tons of time spent eating and drinking wine… I had a great time visiting my mom.

After I spent a week w/ Mom, her and my stepdad came down to help the.mr and I out with some yard work. I have to confess i don’t particularly enjoy weeding… or getting dirty for that matter. Lucky for me my mom is a wiz in the garden and my stepdad is excellent w/ power tools! They whipped our yard into shape in no time.

The.mr did a lot of traveling, so I didn’t do a lot of baking for 2. I did, however, do a lot of baking for one. My favorite single serve recipe that I tried over the past 2 months was THIS ONE from Picky Palate. It’s awesome. For real. It’s the best GIANT single serving chocolate chip cookie I’ve ever eaten. When I said giant, I really meant giant. Just look at the pictures! I had half of it for lunch and the other half after dinner. And then I made it (again) the next time he went out of town.

We rounded out a busy 2 months by going to VA for a wedding! My sorority Big Sister got married! It also happens that she’s known the.mr for a very long time too. It was amazing to get back to town and see all our friends. The bride and ceremony where beautiful! The.mr spent most of our time in town golfing, while I spent it mostly laid up on the couch nursing an injured foot. There was catching up with some of my favorite people. Also… more food and wine. LOTS.

We had a great May & June, and the beautiful summer weather got here before I had time to blink! I can’t even…

-Holly

PS. I have a bunch of pictures but for some reason they’re not uploading to WordPress. I guess I’ll have to try again later.😦

Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies!!

The recipe for these cookies is slightly adapted from Sweet Treats & More. This is the first time I’ve used coconut oil in my baking, and I’m thrilled w/ the results! My version does make a ton of “normal” cookies OR it can make 18 HUGE cookies. I’ve tried it both ways. The Huge version is my favorite.
Just use a ¼ cup measuring cup, scoop the cookie dough on to a lined cookie sheet, flatten slightly and bake! It makes really big bakery style chocolate chip cookies that are slightly crunchy but still a little chewy in the middle.

The original recipe called for whole wheat flour. I used whole what PASTRY flour instead. I went w/ the pastry flour because it’s supposed to make cookies more tender. It has something to do with higher starch and lower gluten than in regular whole wheat flour… but it’s a little too sciencey for me.😉 I also like that it’s finer textured than regular flour.

Overall these Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies are a winner. They’re going to be in my Go-To Cookies list. The only problem I had was that I thought they got stale pretty quick, but I think that’ll just be my excuse to eat more of them!😉 And because we all need excuses to eat more cookies, the coconut oil & whole wheat flour make these healthy… riiiight?

Click here for my Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe!

Happy Baking!
-Holly

April Cookbook Challenge- 500 Paleo Recipes

This post is going to look A LOT different from my earlier Cookbook Challenge posts. I’m sorry.

When I was choosing a cookbook for April I knew I wanted to pick a healthy one. So I browsed thru the “healthy” cookbooks in the bookstore… I eventually narrowed down my choices to 500 Paleo Recipes and a vegetarian cookbook (which I can’t remember the name of). I asked the.mr which one he’d rather try, of course it was the one with all the meat!

I got home and was so excited to dig in to this cookbook and try my luck at Paleo cooking. I mean, how hard could it be? It’s just meat and vegetables… riiiight?!

That’s where I was wrong. Paleo coking isn’t for everyone.

It is for people who don’t care how much they spend at the grocery store. If I wanted to buy the suggested( pasture raised & grass fed) organic beef, I’d have to spend about $1 more PER OUNCE than I would on “regular” beef. If I wanted to buy (cage free etc) organic eggs, I’d have to spend over $2 more per dozen than I do on my usual brand. Stevia was the recommended sweetener (sugar isn’t Paleo)… it was $11 for a tiny bottle. Don’t even get me started on the fruits and veggies. Basically, going Paleo is cost prohibitive for a lot of people. Lucky for me, there’s only 2 of us eating, and it was only for a few meals/ recipes.

Personally, I think a fully Paleo diet would be too restrictive. I like (ok, LOVE) bread, fro yo, and all things sugary too much! So, this cookbook isn’t really for me. if you’re making the commitment, or are already eating Paleo this is probably a great cookbook to have.

Now, on to the actual recipes!

The Introduction and Foundational Recipes chapters where a great start, and very informative.

I made the Cajun Spiced Pecans on page 35. Then I made Cajun Spiced Mixed Nuts, but I used homemade Cajun Seasoning. Then I made South-Western Mixed Nuts with homemade seasoning. I used a combo of pecans, walnuts, and almonds. I’ve never used coconut oil before I tried this recipe. It was pretty good! after the nuts cooled all the way they don’t taste or feel greasy at all! Total win.

I also made Simple Sunflower Crackers (pg 77). It was a super easy recipe, I think it took me like 5 minutes to put together. I rolled the dough right on a cookie sheet, and used a pizza cutter to cut it into cracker sized pieces. The edged dig get much crispier than the middles, so if I ever make these again, I’m going to bake it in 2 pieces. The crackers tasted a little plain. They’re def going to need some kind of seasoning (besides salt).

The other thing I made was the Cauliflower “Rice”. The first time I made it I used the recipe for Pecan, Sun Dried Tomato, and Bacon Rice-a-Phony (pg 89). I doubled the recipe, so I could use the whole head of cauliflower. I also substituted regular Worcestershire sauce for a paleo specific one. The final thing I did differently was using homemade chicken stock instead of the beef broth concentrate. Honestly, Cauliflower “rice” doesn’t taste like rice. It’s just not the same. Overall it was still pretty good. I even tried another variation… Fried Cauliflower Rice. I liked it so much I think I might give it its own post! if you CAN’T have rice, Cauliflower “Rice” will probably be an acceptable substitute.

One more thought… Pork Rinds. Where can I find them in the grocery store!? I’m dying to use them as “breading” for fried chicken (pg 30), or as an ingredient in the pancakes on page 82!

That wraps up my Cookbook Challenge for April.

Happy Making!
-Holly

PS. Here’s a link to the book!