Ketchup Makes Everything Better

Brrr. Is January always this cold? Last night I was very glad to be snug in my apartment as I heard the wind howl outside. After an awesome 8+ hours of sleep, I woke up refreshed this a.m. and ready for some coffee and a banana.

Quick breakfast

And then I was off to the gym! I ran an easy 4 miles while listening to my newest obsession (“She Wolf” by Shakira) and then finished up with 20 minutes on the elliptical and the latest issue of In Touch magazine. I love pop culture, don’t judge. After a quick stretch and a shower, I headed down to the East Village for a vegetarian feast with friends!

Remember the last time I went to Quantum Leap? The veggie burgers are delish and the brunch is pretty good too! I ordered the Vegan’s Choice – whole wheat toast, scrambled tofu, hash browns, and steamed veggies. With the exception of a slice of toast and a few broccoli spears, I ate it ALL. My tum was happy πŸ™‚

Vegan's Choice

Quantum Leap

The food was good, but the service kind of sucked. The waitress never brought us water and the ticket for my order got “lost” so my meal ended up coming out a good 10-15 minutes after everyone else’s. Come on Quantum Leap, get it together!

After a filling brunch, I was prepared for an afternoon of bowling. I am not the biggest fan of activities requiring coordination (that’s why I run…), but my bowling adventure ended up being pretty fun. I even got a strike or two!

After a knocking down some pins, my friend and I were ready for a snack. City Bakery came to the rescue with some of their delicious cookies. I ordered the double chocolate cookie and it didn’t disappoint. The middle was chewy and the outsides were crispy. The flavor reminded me of a brownie – chocolate-y but not too intense. The NY Times featured City Bakery when they ran an article on the BEST chocolate chip cookies a few years ago. Check it out and be prepared to salivate!

City Bakery Cookie

My afternoon flew by and after a few errands I made it home. What to make for dinner?? After my giant cookie, I was craving some veggies. How about some kale?

While prepping the kale (washing, tearing it into bite-size pieces, drying, etc.) I snacked on some triscuits.

Triscuits

Once my bite-sized pieces of kale were washed and dried, I sprinkled them with a tsp or so of olive oil and some sea salt. I spread this on a sheet pan and baked at 375 degrees until my ghetto oven set off the fire alarm for about 10-12 minutes. The texture of the kale chips was incredibly crispy, but the taste was a tad bitter. However, ketchup made them taste pretty awesome. I love ketchup. And kale. But mostly ketchup.

Alongside my pile of green, I heated up a Morningstar farms veggie burger and topped it with Bubbie’s sauerkraut and swiss cheese.

Sauerkraut and Kale Chips

My afternoon errands worked up quite an appetite and I was still pretty hungry, so I whipped up another “healthy-ish” dessert: vanilla greek yogurt with a big spoonful of nutzo mixed in, dollop of raspberry jam, and a sprinkle of Kashi Go Lean. Yay, protein.

Yogurt

My eyes are starting to get pretty heavy, so I’m ending my night with a cup of sugar cookie sleigh ride tea and a mint chocolate truffle (thanks Alma!).

Tea and Truffle

Question: Are you a fan of ketchup? Sometimes I think I like ketchup more than the things I’m eating alongside it.

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  • I am absolutely addicted to Ketchup! I really think it adds flavour!

  • I absolutely love ketchup. When I was little I put it on every single meat we had. My dad would cringe as I dunked my filet mignon into a huge pile of ketchup. I’ve managed to scale back with my usage, but it still has a soft spot in my heart.

  • I LOVE ketchup!! It used to be the only condiment I really enjoyed though so I’ve learned to branch out a bit as I’ve gotten older (more mature??) πŸ™‚

  • I love ketchup, and I have 3 kinds. “regular” from Whole Foods, a gourmet bell pepper catsup, and Trader Joe’s brand, which is really more vinegary than sweet.
    That cookie looks awesome. Yesterday, I totally needed a big cookie, too

  • Yeah, ketchup is a problem of mine. I’m a major dipper.

  • Ketchup: Good and Good for You!

  • I eat ketchup with a lot of food, but I normally do a very light dip. I’m more about food with ketchup on the side, not ketchup with food on the side.

  • YUM! Your veggie breakfast looks fantastic. I love a good tofu scramble. And you can never go wrong with chocolate chip cookies!

    I like ketchup okay, I guess. But I far prefer mustard and vegan mayonaisse. Most ketchup is a bit too sweet for me.

  • ahh i made kale chips for the first time last night and loved them, mostly bc of the ketchup πŸ™‚ i seasoned with seasoned salt & garlic powder. i’m making them again tonight!

  • I’m not really a huge fan of ketchup. It’s one of my weird quirks…sometimes I like it and sometimes it just grosses me out. I deifinitely prefer mustard.

  • saturday

    This post brings me back to high school lunch when I would take straight ketchup shots out of those little paper cup things if I was still hungry after eating. Ah, those were the days.

  • I am total ketchup freak! Ketchup makes everything better! πŸ™‚

  • I just wanted to let you know that I really enjoy reading this blog. It’s nice to read something something that’s not all about weight loss and the like. I recently added a link to your site on my own blog so I can share it with my friends! β€”Jess

    (http://jess-keepingitrealfood.blogspot.com/)

  • Christine

    i love ketchup too and especially on kale chips! i also found a chili sauce at trader joe’s that is only semi-spicy and i mix that with ketchup and dip kale chips in it. it changes it up a bit and adds a little kick!

  • I cannot believe I’ve lived in NYC for as long as I have, and yet I STILL haven’t been to City Bakery. I’ll need to fix that problem ASAP.

    Homemade kale chips sound awesome and guiltlessly delightful.

    Happy New Year Miss Megan! Here’s to a whole other decade of new PR’s and health!

  • Jen

    Hi Megan! Just stumbled upon your blog, and love it! You’re an inspiration. Bookmarking your site now πŸ™‚

  • First off- I just read your article on T/S about 1,200 calories a day and can I say AMEN! 6 cherries??? First of all…who can stop at 6? And second- whose hunger does that even put a dent in? You made so many great points in the article!! Great work

    Second- Love this breakfast. I wish we had more restaurants nearby with better vegetarian/vegan options. Charleston is filled with amazing restaurants, but they’re still working on that more plant friendly side πŸ™‚