May 12, 2008

Healthy Meal: Frank and Beans

This weekend wasn’t really a good one for me cooking-wise. I was so looking forward to coming back and making yummy food, but I ended up being so busy that I actually didn’t cook almost at all!

Thursday night for dinner I made tofu tagine, but I put too much turmeric in and it came out kind of gross looking because it was too yellow, so I didn’t take a picture or post it. Then Friday afternoon I made a quick healthy lunch of a grilled turkey burger patty and peas, but that’s not so much a recipe. Saturday I actually ate all my meals out with friends (can you believe that the one time I’m home I went out? I wasn’t thrilled, though I had fun), and Sunday I had a date with Brooklyn half-marathon runner guy for which we got Thai takeout. Sunday afternoon, however, after my long run, I had the chance to kind of make food: a very simple recipe of chicken sausage and beans.
I adapted the beans recipe from the Hoppin John recipe I posted earlier in the year, but substituted butter beans and also cut some ingredients. No celery or ham (because I was out of them) and no oil (I boiled everything instead of sauteing the veggies first. I had one Trader Joe’s Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage with it, and I tossed that in for the last 10 minutes of cooking both to heat it up and to give more flavor to the beans; you could easily make this vegetarian by not using the sausage though. I skipped serving it over rice, and just ate it kind of cassoulet-style.

100 calories for the chicken sausage
155 calories for the beans (recipe here)

Review: 3/5
This was very easy and pretty delicious, plus it has a ton of protein, which is great after a workout. It’s very quick to prep, but the beans take a long time to cook (40 minutes), so it’s not ideal for a quick refueling. I made it work by tossing it on the stove and then using the time before I ate to shower and map my run. I’d make this again, but next time I think I’d cook it before my run, because it seems like it would reheat well.


5 thoughts on “Healthy Meal: Frank and Beans”

  1. Uhhh, not sure what to make of your meal. But if you come to fort worth, texas to race the el scorcho, i’m sure there are plenty of good restaurants you’d like.

  2. Kevin – definitely not one of my best “meals” (and not enough calories to really be considered a meal), but it was a tasty enough snack! I’ve been to Dallas twice and both times ate more than my fill of Mexican, so if I come down I’m sure I’d do the same. Running means I can eat all the calories I want 🙂

  3. hey, one more thing. love the name of your blog. I like that kind of vodka. You and I are the only blogs Ive seen that mix excersise with some kind of alcohol in the names of our blogs. look me up if you come to Tek-Ses. the dallas-fort worth area is the restaurant capitol of the world. ok, maybe the southwest.

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