Monday, January 26, 2009

Tasy Tuesday: meatballs and squash

Top Chef has totally inspired Matt and I to cook up a storm - sometimes we make great things, sometimes we wind up going out. On Tuesdays I'll be sharing some of the recipes that worked.

Meatballs, salad, and squash

1 lb grass fed beef from Pt. Reyes
1/2c yellow onion
1/4c chopped basil
Pinch salt
Pinch pepper

Mix everything and roll into 4 balls
Cook on medium heat on burner for 5min on each side until brown

1 spaghetti or other squash
1c spaghetti sauce

Cut squash in half and bake on 350 for 60-minutes
Heat sauce on stove until bubbling but not boiling
Top squash with sauce

2c arugula
2 tbsp goat cheese
2 tbsp olive oil
1 lemon
Salt and pepper to taste

Wash arugula. Add goat cheese and toss with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.

Why it's good for you?
This isn't the zone diet precisely, but it does combine protein, a small amount of fat, and carbs for a perfect mix. Squash has a lot of beta carotene which is great for the eyes and beef is packed with iron.

Why it's good for baby?
Right now, baby's bones are growing and so are their organs. Well balanced meals are imperative to help proper growth. I'm hoping that eating squash will help baby's eyes so they don't have to wear glasses like mom.

Why it's good for runner?
As a runner we're burning calories all the time and need a good balance including fat, protein, and carbs. The iron from beef (which can also be gotten from many veg options) provides energy (to go further) and substance (to keep muscle but burn fat).

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