What I Ate Wednesday: When Mark feeds me. – life+running

What I Ate Wednesday: When Mark feeds me.

It’s been a while since I linked up to Jenn’s blog for What I Ate Wednesday. So here I go.

It’s no secret that I eat better when Mark is around. He came to visit last week and made sure that I not only didn’t eat cereal all week, but that I had lots of healthy allergy-free options for meals. Most of these meals were inspired by things we’d seen on Pinterest because we wanted to try some new things, but didn’t have time for experimentation.

I saw this turkey burger recipe on Janetha’s blog on one of her “from pin to post” entries. She said it was easy and really great, so I thought we could give it a whirl. Obviously, I omitted the onions. And, bonus: now I have an allergy-free cranberry sauce recipe to give to my mom for Thanksgiving. We made enough of these bad boys, along with roasted brussels sprouts (just toss with some olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and roast at 425° for 20ish minutes) that we could have some additional turkey-burger-fueled meals.


I’ve already talked at length about this pizza. We made this last Thursday night. Mark was kind enough to bequeath unto me the last two pieces of this pizza. It’s in my freezer. I’m waiting for the perfect time to eat it, instead of shoving it down my gullet the next day like I normally would have.


Last weekend we traveled to Lake Geneva, WI for Mark’s cousin’s wedding. There was a farm-to-table café in town, Simple Café, so a bunch of the cousins met up for brunch on Saturday. Mark won breakfast that day with this Kimchi breakfast bowl. I don’t even remember what was all in it, but I know I was allergic to 90% of it, and it smelled and looked so dang good.


There was one thing on the menu that I didn’t have to modify for my food allergies. Atypically, I ordered it, instead of having the waitress give the cook staff my frankensteined order with a scared look on her face. I ordered a sweet potato, butternut squash, spinach, mushroom, zucchini, and tofu hash with scrambled eggs. It was just as delicious and fresh as it sounds.


This week marks the first time that I tried kabocha squash. All my foodie friends have been raving about kabocha since the start of winter squash season, and I finally got my paws on one. It’s smoother than a regular squash (none of that weird stringy texture), and a bit less sweet than a butternut squash. In my opinion? 4.5 stars out of 5. Will make again. I just tossed it in olive oil, salt, pepper, and the leftover fresh herbs from the turkey burgers, then put in my cast iron skillet for 15 minutes, then flipped, and cooked another 15 minutes.


Speaking of leftover herbs … having fresh herbs on hand is a fun and easy way to spice up (ha) a meal and add some flavors without adding things I’m allergic to, such as onions. I’ve stayed away from traditional roasted meats because you typically add a bunch of onion, celery, potatoes, and carrots — all of which I can’t eat. However, my mom gave me a giant butternut squash, and after having the kabocha squash with the sage and rosemary, I thought that pairing those spices butternut would be just as good as with the kabocha, and I could probably get away with doing some roast chicken. I’m a big fan of bone-in skin-on chicken for roasting because it stays moist. I’d rather have chicken breasts, but the only chicken I felt good about buying was the bone-in skin-on chicken thighs. They had a ton of boneless skinless breasts, but those would probably have dried out before the squash was cooked.

How pretty is this?

But more importantly, this meal was supremely easy. Cut up squash, add chicken, toss in spices, drizzle with olive oil, and put in the oven until cooked (between 60-90 mins). Next time I might add broccoli or asparagus.




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9 Comment

  1. Is everything that you make in a cast iron skillet, so delicious and good looking? I would have never thought to put a pizza in one. Usually I put a pizza on a stone or on a pan. Genius. This looks amazing.

  2. So this is random, but last week I heard a acupuncturist who specializes in food allergies speak in DSM … have you/are you interested in that? I can find contact info if so!

    And your food looks quite tasty. I miss pizza. (and it’s basically only been one week. wow.)

    1. chimes says: Reply

      yes, and as far as i’m concerned acupuncture is hokey. i went 2x and felt absolutely no different the 2nd time. I think this was the person you’re talking about too b/c they claimed to specialize in food allergies. I would be willing to check another person out if it’s somebody different. Gotta give everything 3 tries before I give up. What I really didn’t like about the acupuncture is that the person didn’t explain at all what he was doing, or how it would help me.

  3. Missy says: Reply

    There was so much “Fall Food” (Thanksgiving Burger, Brussels, squash, sage)happening up in this post I am now VERY eager to get my Thanksgiving on. I hadn’t thought much about it before. Probably because where I live it has been in the 80s.

    Ps- Remarkable restraint with that Pizza BTW. Maybe next time he makes like… 10 and you can freeze them all. (0:

    1. chimes says: Reply

      oooh yes. next time I’m going to make him make a few of them. 🙂 allll of these things are very thanksgiving-y.

  4. Girl… I’m drooling over your food! You do so great with your allergies. My tummy is in knots b/c something must have slipped into my food this week that wasn’t supposed to. 🙁 Whoops.

    1. chimes says: Reply

      ughhh. 🙁 that sucks. I was at Panera Bread last night and ordered my food stating I had an onion and tomato allergy (the rest of the stuff wasn’t in the ingredient list on the two things I was ordering), and they managed to use the sauce that goes on the sandwich because the person placing the order just said “no tomato or onion” on it. I ate part of it and was wondering why my tongue was burning. Wellllll … the sauce. Thanks, Panera. They’re usually pretty good about allergies.

      I also am bummed because I just bought a new mascara from LUSH cosmetics, and I think I may be allergic to it. I’m hoping they’ll let me get a refund. It sucks because their mascara is AMAZING. It stings my eyes when I remove it though, so unless I can find a way NOT to get it in my eyes when removing, then I’m going to have to quit using it. I’d been using it as mascara and eyeliner.

  5. Dang girl!! That chicken and squash! I’m practically drooling all over myself! I need to cook with fresh rosemary more often. I’m with you on the bone-in skin on chicken…definitely better and more flavorful than boneless skinless. Plus, I’m all about some dark meat! Shhh, don’t tell the man-friend! 😉

    That hash sounds/looks amazing! I can’t help but find it amusing that it’s mixed with tofu but served with eggs…but regardless, YUM!

    And those turkey burgers have my name written ALL over them! Hello sweet and savory! 😀

    1. calee says: Reply

      I actually remembered after making this that I don’t realllllly like chicken. I love the smell of it. I love the veggies that go with it and that are cooked in the chicken juices … but the chicken? Meh? I ended up cooking this chicken down with beer, smoky paprika, cayenne pepper, and some honey to make a mock BBQ chicken, but I still haven’t eaten it. The veggies were AWESOME.

      I had the same thought about that hash. I actually recreated it this week, and I realized it goes really well with an egg if you do a runny yolk (you’re welcome) but it was totally overkill with scrambled.

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