February Eating Club!!!

1 03 2011

Hi Friends! Chloe here…

Before I get into my oh so delectable recap of February Eating Club: SEXY, I wanted to give you a quick peek into my training this past week. I will be posting “Weekly Training  Stats” once a week to give you an idea of what my training has looked like over the past week. I am also going to share with you a single goal that I have for the following week’s training…could be related to swimming, biking, running, eating, resting, etc. And to REALLY make things crazy…I will  throw in a random fun stat/fact about my past week. So…

Chloe’s Weekly Training Stats (2/21-2/28)

  • Swam: 9200 meters
  • Biked: 2.25 hrs~ 50 miles (1/2 on my own, 1/2 in spin classes)
  • Ran: 26 miles
  • Rested: 48 hours (from post practice Thurs am-Sat am)
  • Next Week’s Goal: Forget about triathlon training…I AM GOING SKIING OUT WEST WITH MY FAM! Talk about a quad workout!
  • Favorite thing I ate this past week (besides everything at EC): A big bowl of Kettle Corn Popcorn with Chocolate Chips!

And without further adooooo….

FEBRUARY EATING CLUB (EC): SEXY!!!

The theme of this month’s EC was sexy…Valentine’s Day seems like forever ago, but when we were brainstorming we all had hearts, pink, love, sweethearts, romance etc. etc. on the brain. Interpretation of Sexy was limitless….and this is what girls came up with!!!

Creamy Orecchiette Pasta with Spicy Sausage

 

Juicy Cantaloupe  Wrapped in Prosciutto

 

Savory Beef and Veggie Kebobs

 

Sexy Strawberry Salad

 

Slow Cooked Pomegranate-Marinated Lamb with Spices and Couscous

 

Sweetly Sauteed Shrimp and Veggies

And for Dessert…

Sweet and Savory Pumpkin Pie with an Almond Oatmeal Crust

(was served with a homemade cinnamon clove whipped cream, but somehow didn’t snap a shot. sad face.)

 

Delectable Dipped Chocolate Noodles (no interpretation bashing…they were devoured)

(aka: chow mein noodles dipped in chocolate and butterscotch sauce)

 

As sharing recipes for each and every one of these dishes would make for the longest blog post ever, we have decided to just pick one per eating club to share! If you would like the recipe for any of the others, just ask!

 

Slow Cooked Pomegranate-Marinated Lamb with Spices and Couscous (adapted from BonAppetite)

(4 servings)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup pomegranate molasses (a mix of equal parts molasses and pomegranate juice was substituted)
  • 4 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds lamb shoulder blade chops (I bought 2 packs of 2 chops, then cut each in half)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup low-salt chicken broth
  • 1 10-ounce box plain couscous
  • 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup pomegranate seeds (I couldn’t find a pomegranate anywhere! So, these were omitted, but would definitely use them next time!)
  • 3 tablespoons torn basil leaves

How you make it:

  • Brown the lamb in a pan over medium high heat, just two minutes on each side.You aren’t trying to cook the meat here, just seal in some flavor! You can season the lamb with salt and pepper first if you’d like.
  • Add lamb to the crock pot.
  • Whisk pomegranate molasses (or substitute), coarsely chopped garlic, olive oil, ground ginger, cinnamon, 1 3/4 teaspoons cumin, paprika, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in large bowl. Pour over the lamb in the crock pot.
  • Cook in the crock pot for 7 hours on low.
  • Just prior to serving, bring water and chicken broth to boil in medium saucepan over medium-high heat. (Check your couscous box; these were the proportions my box called for. You could do all broth or all water; the broth adds more flavor though). Add couscous and remaining 1/4 teaspoon cumin.Remove saucepan from heat and let stand covered 5 minutes. Fluff couscous with fork, then stir in butter until melted.
  • Divide couscous among plates and top with lamb, pomegranate seeds, and basil leaves, spooning remaining sauce over lamb.
As Steph mentioned yesterday, the we all watched the Oscars after dinner. One of the girls came up with a GENIUS Red Carpet Bingo game. We broke into two teams and intently watched the Oscars in hopes of seeing some of the categories on the bingo card (which ranged from “Obvious Botox/Plastic Surgery” to “Actor/Actress claims that they ‘have not prepared a speech’.” We were on the floor laughing.
As usual…EC was a blast! Between the amount of delicious food that we ate and the amount of time spent laughing, I don’t think I was the only one who left with a stomach ache.  I am already looking forward to March Eating Club. The theme….drum roll please….”It’s a Wrap!/Stuffed.”  aka any food that is wrapped, stuffed, filled, etc. Get Excited!
SIDE NOTE- If anyone is interested in having Steph design/bake a personalized cake, please email her at 321delish@gmail.com! As you could see yesterday…she is pretty amazing!