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Comfort Food

Well, before we get to comfort food I feel the need to address this crazy show I’m watching on TV, Mobbed.

“Host Howie Mandel puts a hidden-camera spin on the “flash mob” concept. Mandel and hundreds of strangers will help special guests plan extraordinary surprises for friends, family members, loved ones or co-workers. These unknowing participants will be shocked and stunned by surprise performances that lead up to fantastic reveals that include a husband learning that his wife is pregnant, an applicant finding out that she got the job and a marriage proposal, among others.”

What will they come up with next in reality TV!? Did anyone else see it? I was kind of on board with it until they put that horrible dress on her! 😉 I think the whole idea of flash mobs is intriguing.

Anyway…moving along. This week has been different for me because of the lack of early morning workouts due to the shoulder issue. I’ve slept until 7 every morning! Crazy. Even crazier is that I’ve really missed it. I’m going to break that streak tomorrow and make my triumphant return to hot vinyasa (sans chaturangas).

Breakfast at my desk today was overnight oats.

It was quite the combination – rolled oats, Bob’s Red Mill Muesli, diced apple, diced strawberries, blueberries, diced bananas, plain Greek yogurt, vanilla soymilk, chia seeds and cinnamon. Topped with rhubarb preserves and almond butter.

I had a work lunch at 300 East so I didn’t take pictures of my food but I just happened to order something that I have photographed before!

I had the bistro salad – mixed greens, roasted beets, pears, apricots, roquefort cheese and spiced pecans with balsamic vinaigrette. I love this salad. Such an awesome mix!

I taught BodyPump after work and unfortunately had to take it pretty easy. This is so hard for me because I just want to be my normal push up loving, high energy self.

Now, let’s get to that comfort food! I’ve talked about this so much but this week has been so cold and rainy in Charlotte. When I asked Brandon what he wanted for dinner tonight he immediately went to comfort food. He requested meatloaf and mashed potatoes but there was no time for meatloaf after teaching class tonight. I roasted a pork tenderloin instead.

I rubbed a pork tenderloin with Dizzy Pig’s Ragin’ River, fresh rosemary and garlic and roasted it at 450 degrees for about 20 minutes (until internal temperature was around 145-150 and let is rest to 155-160).

Mashed taters and roasted brussels sprouts on the side. For some reason I really suck at making mashed potatoes. I can never get the consistency quite right. It’s rather embarrassing that I can’t master something so simple given my love for cooking. These were pretty good but not perfect and still provided that “comfort food” feel that we were looking for tonight.

And roasted brussels sprouts are THE best. If you don’t think you like brussels sprouts you must try them this way. Brandon was a serious hater until I introduced him to these. Soooo good! Cut in half, drizzle with olive oil and generously season with kosher salt and pepper. Roast on 400ish for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and soft.

What are your favorite comfort foods?


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  • Ally (oatsandspice) March 31, 2011, 11:05 pm

    I just watched that show too! I kind of liked it – but personally, I don’t think I would have liked to have the entire wedding right then and there 🙂

    • Jen April 1, 2011, 9:22 am

      Me either! Although Brandon made a valid point that it they weren’t legally married yet because there is no way they could have had the marriage license.

  • Heather March 31, 2011, 11:24 pm

    I can’t do mashed potatoes either. I’ve tried SO many times, but I finally just gave up and I keep a couple of packs in the pantry (the add milk & stir kind…). They’re not mom’s mashed potatoes, but they get the job done.

  • Tracy April 1, 2011, 6:22 am

    We can eat some serious brussels sprouts in our house – I buy the 3 lb bag at Costco! I roast them the same way but usually add either balsamic vinegar and/or a drizzle of maple syrup.


    • Jen April 1, 2011, 9:23 am

      Mmmm…I bet they are so good with a drizzle of balsamic. Ohh…and maybe some grated parmesan. Yum!

  • Becky April 1, 2011, 6:51 am

    Mashed potatoes are my very favorite comfort foods and one of my favorite foods of all time. My grandmother makes ’em so perfectly…and considering it’s snowing, I may need some comfort foods!

    • Jen April 1, 2011, 9:23 am

      I am so very sorry to hear that it is snowing again. 🙁

  • Nicole April 1, 2011, 8:21 am

    I love brussel sprouts, but that has become a new comfort food. I’d have to say mac ‘n cheese, white bread, and mashed potatoes would be my comfort foods. I rarely have any of the above, but enjoy them when I do.

  • Brooke @ Veggie Table April 1, 2011, 8:36 am

    The comfort food dinner looks delicious! I roasted brussel sprouts for the first time this week and loooooove them now! Happy Friday!

  • Lizzy April 1, 2011, 8:46 am

    I love your blog. I know I’ve said that before but I love seeing youre recipes! & hearing about your workouts! I think the trick with mashed potatoes is always adding more cream.and butter. It’s hard to make good potatoes without them. Sometimes I add spinach to make myself feel better! I haven’t cooked pork tenderloin in awhile but thats exactly how I like it cooked.

  • Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) April 1, 2011, 9:02 am

    Oh YUMMY!! Brussel spouts are my FAVOURITE thing (especially when topped with coconut butter…SO good!! :D) and mashed potatoes are one of my ULTIMATE comfort foods!!

    Have a great Friday Jen!! 🙂

  • Chris April 1, 2011, 10:19 am

    Have you ever tried one of these (http://www.amazon.com/Oxo-Good-Grips-Potato-Ricer/dp/B00004OCJQ), changed the way we do mashed potatoes in our house.

  • natalie April 1, 2011, 12:05 pm

    I’ve NEVER had brussel sprouts.

    We’ll do a swap – I’ll make your mashed potatoes, if you’ll make the sprouts 😀

    Hope your shoulder heals up soon, lady! I look forward to hearing about hot yoga. I NEED to try that class out, I bet I would love it.

    Look at you, making me step out of all kinds of comfort zones!!!!

  • ashley @ one hot mess April 1, 2011, 3:16 pm

    Basic hashbrown casserole from Cooking Light is my all-time favorite comfort food. At least it’s semi-healthy! Brad loves Brussels sprouts but I’m not a big fan. I’ll definitely try this out at home. Hope the weekend brings warmth and sunshine your way! It’s still cold here but supposedly hitting the 70s again tomorrow. Happy Friday!

  • Sara April 1, 2011, 6:31 pm

    Hi, Jen! I’m a new reader of your Blog and I have to say I’ve really enjoyed it thus far! You’ve certainly inspired me to get more creative with my cooking for my boyfriend and I…and you’ve renewed my obsession with peanut butter 😉

    Thanks for all of your fun Blog posts! Always a pleasure to read! Enjoy your Friday evening 🙂

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