Nom Nom Paleo on Vice Munchies!

Nom Nom Paleo on Vice Munchies! by Michelle Tam

Know what I learned from making three batches of My Sister’s Green Chicken—all in one afternoon—for a video shoot? As listeners of my podcast heard, it taught me that freezing and reheating surplus Green Chicken isn’t just possible—it’s a game-changer. And now, the cooking video I shot with the fun folks at Vice Munchies is up on their site!

Nom Nom Paleo on Vice Munchies! by Michelle Tam

Watch the video (complete with video-bombing and mugging by the Double-Os), and if you feel inspired to make the dish, check out the original recipe and my instructions on how to make it ahead and freeze it for later!

Nom Nom Paleo on Vice Munchies! by Michelle Tam

The kids and I had a fun time shooting the video at our house, even though I had to yell at Lil-O on camera to eat his drumstick. Bonus: if you pay close attention, you can peek into the dining room where we record all of our podcasts!


Memorial Day Weekend Adventures


Hello my lovely friends!

Matt and I had a great long holiday weekend full of lots of sun, exercise, and friend time. On Friday night, we kept things casual and grilled at home. BBQ chicken ftw!

Plus some slaw (just chopped cabbage and green onions plus equal parts red wine vinegar and olive oil) and roasted potatoes. We discovered the key with roasted potatoes is to broil them on the top rack of the oven!

On Saturday, we were up and out to head to my fave workout: Urban Athletic Club‘s OutRun!


It was fun to have Matt with me this time – and we met my friend Kathleen there, too!

As always, the workout was tough but really fun. Outdoor workouts are so much more awesome than indoor workouts. Am I right?!


This weekend’s adventure took us around Georgetown, with our trusty sandbags in tow. We swapped off every 30 seconds which doesn’t sound like that long, but trust me, when you are running with a sandbag… 30 seconds is long. 😉



In between the sandbag running, we stopped for little mini boot camp sessions, incorporating squats, planks, burpees, push ups, and more!


Our final stop was the famous Exorcist Stairs near the Key Bridge. These seem like no big deal until about halfway up, when all of a sudden your thighs are on fire.


Such a fun way to start the day! The other big highlight of this weekend’s OutRun was getting to meet two blog readers, Amanda (in blue below) and Lauren (in black below).


I was chatting with the two of them at one point during the run and asked how they found out about OutRun – and they said my blog! Awesome. Turns out we have a lot more in common – they are both in the midst of changing careers and going back to school to become dietitians! They are finishing up prerequisites now and heading out to the University of Washington to start grad school in the fall. And, they both have (great) blogs! I linked to them above – if you like my blog, you’ll enjoy both of theirs, too! Ladies – let me know if you ever want to meet up to chat nutrition and blogging! Great to meet you both. :)

After getting nice and sweaty, Matt, Kathleen, and I headed over to Union Market to do a little refueling. I love Union Market – such a cool spot!


First up: coffee at Peregrine Espresso.


So fancy!


For brunch, we hit up Bidwell Restaurant within Union Market and snagged a table outside. Kathleen’s husband Zach joined us, too!


Kathleen and I shared a bunch of stuff – the grilled cheese (loved the egg on top!), the wild mushroom and goat cheese omelette, and the kale salad.




I also got some bacon for good measure. 😉


We spent awhile after brunch wandering around the market and the nearby areas. It was such a gorgeous day!

On Sunday, our big adventure was going out on a friend’s boat! Perfect day to be out on the water.




After a quick trip by Georgetown/the monuments, we headed down south near Mt. Vernon and anchored in a nice quiet area. Spent the afternoon swimming and relaxing! Perfection.


As for yesterday, I got in my long run! I’m training for the Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon right now and needed to get in a 12 miler, especially since I blew off my long run last weekend.


Luckily, my friend Sokphal was up for keeping me company for the run! :) We hit up the Capital Crescent trail since it was mostly shaded, but it was definitely still quite hot out there. Whew – I’m not ready for super hot running yet! Hellooooo, tomato face.



For fuel, I was considering bringing my Homemade Citrus Sports Drink but decided instead to go with water and some of my old fave dates stuffed with a little nut butter and sprinkled with salt. They were tasty, but felt a little heavy in the heat – should have gone for the sport drink! Oh well – next time.


We made it! 12 miles, check.


We ended our run in Georgetown and headed to Dean & Deluca for the world’s most random refuel. I had shrimp (sweet and sour and salty and magical) and beets (I LOVE beets and these were epically delicious for some reason and just what I wanted):


And then some vegetable frittata. I saved half of this for later – when I run in the heat I’m not too crazy hungry after I run.


I was, however, in the mood for a cold and sweet drink! I pounded a big delicious mocha made with whole milk. Hit the spot!


As for the rest of yesterday, I didn’t get any photos but we spent it at the pool with our friends Tom and Janice! Great end to a nice weekend. I hope my American readers had a great long weekend, too, and spent some time remembering the real reason for the holiday yesterday. <3

Time to get back after it – I have a lot of emails to catch up on after unplugging all weekend, and a bunch of AnneTheRD client sessions today, too. I’m feeling good, though – I set my alarm for this morning’s track workout but ended up deciding a little extra sleep would serve me better, instead. It was the right call – my legs are tired from yesterday’s 12 miler and I’m feeling nice and refreshed after a good night’s sleep!

Have a great day, friends!

Memorial Day Weekend Adventures originally appeared on fANNEtastic food | Washington D.C. area Registered Dietitian | Recipes + Healthy Living + Fitness on May 26, 2015.

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Pea and Farro Salad with Lemon-Yogurt Dressing

Pea and Farro Salad with Lemon-Yogurt Dressing | @naturallyella

When I was in college, my friends and I would frequent a place called Foodstuffs. The name sounds extremely generic but I had a dream that if I were ever to open a storefront, I wanted it to be just like this one. There was a salad station where you could tell them exactly what you wanted in a salad (and have every ingredient to choose from), sandwiches, baked goods (the scones, oh man, the scones), and a deli case full of prepared meals and salads. It was my saving grace when I was trying to eat healthier in college (but not so nice on the wallet).

Since then, I’ve always been brainstorming about my pretend storefront and the items I would sell (yes, I still play pretend because you never know when I might actually make the move to do this). In this place, the deli case would be full of items just like this salad- the perfect grab and go side (or meal) for any occasion. The herby dressing is really what makes it but I also love the nuttiness that the farro brings to overall dish. And while I’d love to always use fresh peas, there are definitely occasions where I’d use frozen (like, “oh we have a party to go to in an hour and I’m supposed to bring something!”)

See the Recipe.

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Q and A: Should we eat vegetables from parched California?

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Q. Marion, have you seen the NY Times article? It is about how what we eat is contributing to the CA drought. Leaves me confused. If we don’t eat these foods, the farmers will go out of business and that state will suffer. Also, it is mostly fruits, nuts and veggies mentioned. Any thoughts??? –Julie Kumar

A. The story, in case you missed it, is summarized by its headline: “The average American consumes more than 300 gallons of California water each week by eating food that was produced there.”

California farmers produce more than a third of the nation’s vegetables and two-thirds of its fruits and nuts. To do that, they use nearly 80 percent of all the water consumed in the state.

The Times also says:

Americans consume the most water by eating meat and dairy products, primarily because a lot of water is needed to grow the crops to feed the animals. Not all of this water comes from California; about half is imported in the form of crops, like corn, from the Midwest.

What to say about this?

California has a good climate for growing vegetables year-round. What it does not have is rain. Even in non-drought years, the rainy season is short. California gets virtually no rain in summers when the vegetable-growing Central Valley is at its hottest.

Nevertheless, the powers that be decided long ago that money was to be made diverting water from the Sierras to promote the growth of cities (see, for example, Chinatown and any number of documentary films)—and to irrigate California farmland.

The current drought brings the greed and lack of foresight in these decisions to public attention. California farmers have now agreed to cuts in their water allotments, but that still leaves proponents of sustainable agriculture with the dilemma described by Julie’s question:

Does it make ethical or moral sense to boycott California vegetables, nuts, and fruits as a means to encourage producers to move their businesses to wetter locations?

In the long term, it might. I keep thinking of Iowa, which used to be the major producer of specialty crops, but which now produces corn and soybeans under industrial conditions that are ruining municipal water supplies with nitrates from their runoffs.

We need to develop agricultural policies that promote sustainable production methods and take water use, climate change, and other such matters into serious consideration.

In the meantime, you are on your own to figure out your personal method for helping California with its water problems and for encouraging such policies as quickly as possible.

California’s water problems, by the way, are anything but new. It’s worth digging up the 1949 study by Carey McWilliams, who edited The Nation for 20 years. His book, no surprise, focuses on the politics.

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Or if you prefer a more historical approach, there’s this one from University of California Press in 2001.

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Where I live, it’s suddenly summer and time for putting in tomatoes.