Hoge Runs…and Eats!

Just another foodie who loves to run!

What to do with a 1 pound onion May 30, 2010

Don’t you love Sunday night when it’s not accompanied by the dread of Monday morning?  I have 2 more days off on my long weekend and plan to soak up all the good fun I can!

I realized yesterday I forgot to share breakfast with you…holy yum.  Donuts have become a weekend tradition in our house.  I know, they aren’t “health” food by any means, so I’ll probably be banned from the blogging community.  But really, how can you say no when your hottie hubby brings home a box of warm yumminess??

After breakfast yesterday we cleaned up and headed out to our massage appointment.  We both had an 80 minute hot stone massage at Elements using 62% off coupons I’d purchased from Groupon a few weeks ago.  Seriously…heaven!  I had had a Swedish massage before and was worried that the stones would be uncomfortable as I generally feel hotter than people around me and it was 85 degrees outside but really, I was so relaxed I dozed off a few times!  It started off like a normal massage, but once I was good and greased up (that sounds horrible, but really the only way to describe it), the massage therapist started using the stones instead of just his hands and it was so relaxing.  I read before our appointment that when performed correctly a hot stone massage is as effective at relieving tension as having 5 massage therapists working on you at once because the heat of the stone relaxes your muscle so the therapist can really work out the kinks.  And boy, did he.  My upper back was FULL of knots that he managed to work most of the way out and my calves even had small knots in them!  I always have sore inner calves after a run and now really see that I need to be more diligent with my foam rolling because today my calves are just plain sore!  I seriously recommend looking to see if there’s a Groupon website for your area, we’ve scored some great 50%+ off deals (we went to a fondue dinner a few weeks ago for 50% off…heaven!).

After our massages we rolled ourselves home to make a game plan.  We realized we both were hungry and spicy pork at Illegal Pete’s sounded divine.  Chris got a carnitas quesadilla and I got a carnitas burrito bowl.  My bowl had a little rice, black beans, lettuce, sour cream, guacamole, pico de gallo and green salsa.  And of course, buttery, melt in your mouth carnitas.  So good!  My bowl came with chips on the side which Chris and I split and used to eat the guacamole off my bowl 🙂

Sorry for the blurry picture, I’m still getting used to my new camera phone and can’t quite get the buttons down 🙂

After lunch we hit up Sam’s Club as I received a $25 gift card from MyBlogSpark and General Mills.  I wanted to see what kinds of healthy items we could purchase at Sam’s Club and we managed to find some good selections.  with my gift card I bought:

A loaf of sunflower wheat bread:

A giant bag of Craisins:

Three boxes of Oregon Chai concentrate:

A box of fruit pops (made with real sugar instead of HFCS):

And a big ol’ bag of glazed walnuts that we are currently obsessed with on our salads:

As part of the sample pack from My Blog Spark and General Mills, I also received a big box of Nature Valley Chewy Trail Mix Bars:

Chris and I have tried Nature Valley products before and they are very convenient to toss in your purse/lunch bag and go, but I am a bit disappointed in the ingredients list.  I have started making our own granola bars at home using local honey, organic peanut butter, and toppings (pictures to come when I make a batch tomorrow) and after tasting how good they taste, I just don’t think you “need” extra stuff like “High Maltose Corn Syrup” in a bar. I’d definitely suggest these bars for a quick snack and convenience food, but for Chris and I, I’ll stick to making our own 🙂

I was pleasantly surprised at the number of healthy items we were able to find at Sam’s, we have both a Sam’s and Costco membership and typically buy our food stuffs at Costco as they have a larger Organics selection and purchase our non-food items at Sam’s.  We probably would have found even more items if it hadn’t been so crowded…who’s idea was it to go at 1 on a Saturday anyway…. 😉

After Sam’s Club we hit up Wal-Mart and bought some new pots for my orchids, I’m hoping to transplant them tomorrow and will post pictures!  One took a horrible fall down the stairs earlier this week, so we’ll see if she pulls through.

And then, it was nap time.  Obviously!  I was still super relaxed from my massage and zonked out for about 2 hours.

After nap time, I was ravenous and set to work on dinner.  What to do with a 1 pound onion? Onion rings, obviously!  I totally winged it and threw some flour, Emeril’s Essence, salt, pepper and garlic powder into one dish and eggs + milk in another.

I ended up only using 1/2 of the onion last night so I made onion “strings.”  I mixed up the egg and flour mixtures and dredged each onion first in egg then flour, then doubled up for an extra crunchy coating.  Then, fry-daddy Chris ran the pan of oil and cooked the strings to golden perfection.  Alton Brown would have been proud as the strings didn’t turn out oily at all meaning we had our oil at a good temperature.

These turned out so crunchy and delicious.  If only I could figure out how to make the Bloomin’ Onion sauce!

To go with our strings we had our leftover burgers from Friday night.  Mine featured some tomato and avocado from the veggie box + Billy Gomer’s BBQ sauce and a sprinkle of mozarella:

All stacked up and heading for my belly:

On the side we had mega salads because they were just so good Friday night.  Mine contained all the usual suspects, from the veggie box – red leaf lettuce, carrots, tomato, cucumber, and from the pantry – croutons, glazed walnuts, craisins, and olives.

Such a good, good meal.  We were both going on and on about how delicious it was.  After dinner last night I settled in and read this week’s People Magazine (Um, Fergie’s drama?!?!? Scandalous!) and this month’s Food Network Magazine.  I got some great ideas for summer treats!  I also saw in people that Robert Pattinson is going to be in the movie adaptation of Water for Elephants.  I loved that book!  It seems to have very mixed reviews though amongst people who’ve read it, so I’m interested to see how it plays out as a film.

And then…at 9:15, it was bed time.  Because I’m just that cool. This morning we woke up at 8 with big plans to hit the local farmer’s market and ate donuts in bed for breakfast.  We got to the farmer’s market and realized a) there were really no vendors in a teeny area and b) it didn’t open til 10.  Boo!!  We have big plans to check out the Boulder farmer’s market throughout the summer as Boulder is a pretty earthy community and MUST have a better farmer’s market than our suburban neighborhood.  We passed the rest of the morning pretty uneventfully and then it was time for lunch.  We picked up some AMAZING ham at Whole Foods and I knew an omlette was the perfect ham delivery device.  I made a 4 egg omlette with ham, swiss and a teeny sprinkling of cheddar which we split.  We each had 2 slices of challah toast on the side and split some apples with almond butter (becaause what’s a food blog without almond butter, really ;)). This is Chris’ “1/2” of the omlette, but his looked more artfully prepared than mine did 🙂

And then, believe it or not, I conned Chris into taking a nap with me. It was a perfect temperature in the bedroom and we didn’t have anywhere to be so we both zonked out for a few hours. After our nap we took a 3 mile walk on a nearby trail.  There was a great breeze and the trail was empty, it was really nice just to enjoy each other’s company.

And now, it’s time for dinner.  Do you ever have those days when it feels like all you do is eat?  I am so there today, the time between meals just flies and then it’s time to cook, eat and clean up again 🙂

If you’d like a chance to win a box of Nature Valley Trail Mix bars and a $25 gift card to Sam’s Club (you must have a membership to use the gift card or know someone who has a membership and is willing to take you with them) leave a comment below with your favorite summer food or activity.  I am really digging on big salads this summer and really like anything outside this time of year, walking, running, hiking, sitting on the porch 🙂

Have a great “Second Saturday” night bloggies!!


12 Responses to “What to do with a 1 pound onion”

  1. Chris Says:

    Those burgers were amazing. I rarely comment but if you have the slightest opportunity to eat grass fed beef do it.

  2. my favorite summer activity is lounging around the pond i live on with a good mystery novel and a good adult beverage.

    you scored some pretty awesome eats at the store!

  3. Lethea Benson Says:

    I so enjoy delicious summer melons~yum!!!

  4. My favorite summer food…barbecued chicken & fruit salad!

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

  5. Joanne Says:

    I like the quick thinking onion recipe. Sounds great. I love cooked onions but my hubster prefers them raw and only on burgers.

    As for Sunday’s followed by holiday Mondays, you are so right. They’re the best!

    My fave summer activity is running early in the morning when it’s light outside by 5:30 am but the air is still cool.

    I’m not a member of Sam’s (we don’t have one around here ) but the box of bars sound good 🙂

  6. Hi, I just found your blog from Biz! I love your blog and will be following, the onion rings look awesome, I haven’t had those in a long time!

  7. […] realize it, but this bread which we bought from Sam’s Club (I’m going to leave the giveaway open until 5pm tomorrow!!) was made with agave nectar instead of sugar and has only 50 calories per […]

  8. divasrun Says:

    I just love the title of this post! LOL!

  9. I think that Bloomin’ Onion sauce is mayo, ketchup, horseradish and some random spices I can’t identify. Garlic powder? Paprika? I dunno. Anyway, those onion strings look delish!

    • hogeruns Says:

      That’s a really good sounding guess…I’m going to have to try it with our next round of onion…I think we’re getting another “pounder” in today’s box 🙂

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