Dessert/ Dinner

$6,000 Strong

I’m thrilled you all liked the Brendan Brazier interview!!! When Katie, my co-journalist at True/Slant, told me she actually KNEW Brendan and would I like to set up an interview? I nearly fainted. He was so sweet and polite on the phone, too! I told him all about my half marathon in October and he seemed excited for me even though he probably runs, like, a half marathon a day or something crazy like that.

Before the *big* phone call, I snacked on a naner with almond buttah—

Yum-diddly-yum 🙂
Dexter was a happy little clam sitting on my arm—
And then later around 6:30, since I was making a late dinner tonight, I had a little appetizer plate while watching Bride Wars (SO cute and funny!). On my plate I had some hummus and Mary’s Gone Crackers accompanied with a glass of sauvingon blanc
I finally started dinner at 8:00—by this time I was starving! I used another recipe from Black Dog Summer on the Vineyard cookbook, this time for sesame encrusted salmon (I used hogfish). Earlier, I defrosted the hogfish that Ryan caught a few weeks ago. The recipe couldn’t be simpler; you just encrust the fish in a mixture of sesame seeds, paprika, sea salt and panko and then you sear in a little toasted sesame oil on the stove. It came out very nicely and we had broccoli on the side!
Ryan’s plate:
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Normally I would have had cous cous too but I just really wasn’t feelin’ it tonight and to be honest, I wasn’t all that hungry. Ryan says he drinks his greens in the morning so he’s free to eat whatever he likes for the rest of the day! Hey, to each their own!
Dessert was two Newman’s Own mint “oreos”:
Now for the fun part, guys, together we have raised a total of $6,009.00!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can you even believe it?? I totally cannot. I hope you all enjoy the e-cookbooks! I can’t wait to get cooking out of the dinner one, that’s for sure! Thank you so much for all those that sent in recipes; it would not be in existence without you! You all can keep on buying the cookbook and I also am planning on a really fun auction next month to raise even MORE money! I think you guys will like this one—its been in the works since March! 😉
General News—-
ELR readers get a special 10% discount on their entire order from from now until June 30th (the comfy pillow thingy that my laptop sits on!)! Just enter the code ELR609 at checkout and the discount is yours! Now that I have one I don’t know how I would live without it! It makes working on my laptop all day super comfy.
The offer for 40% off Amazing Meal expires Thursday! Act now or forever hold your greens (haha)

I am SO tired!!!!! Off to bed I go!

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  • Matt
    June 22, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Never had hogfish before! What fish is it most like?

  • Mara @ What's for Dinner?
    June 22, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    WTG Jenna!!!!! Have a great night 🙂

  • leslie
    June 22, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    i definitely laughed out loud at the picture of the lone broccoli stalk on ryan’s plate. oh, boys!

  • Katherine
    June 22, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    Congrats again on the interview, and especially on raising so much money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society! You’re doing great work for a great cause 🙂

  • ari
    June 22, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    HAHAHAAH i don’t know why but that little piece of broccoli on ryan’s plate pretty much made my night. it looks like a little broccoli poop. hahahahahahah it’s so cute.

  • Lori
    June 22, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Love your kitty – what a cutie!

  • Maria
    June 22, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    That fish looks sooo yummy and simple! Congrats on raising so much money for the Team in Training 😀

  • Help Meghan Run
    June 22, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    Wow! Congrats, Jenna, I can’t wait until I’m that far along with my fundraising. 🙂

  • Cecilia
    June 22, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    Ryan – EAT YOUR BROCCOLI!!!! 😀 Congratulations on the cookbook sale Jenna, I’m proud of you.

  • Emily (A Nutritionist Eats)
    June 22, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Haha, I love the one piece of broccoli!!

  • Recipes for Creativity
    June 22, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    The pic of Dexter really cracked me up! And Ryan does have a point, how many of us get greens for breakfast? We usually save them for our night meals, so as long as he’s getting them sometime!

  • Katie Davis
    June 22, 2009 at 10:16 pm


    Although I have not been reading your blog long, I am really enjoying it and find you so easy to relate to. I especially appreciated your comments about weighing oneself the other day, it was the final push I needed to just trust myself and how healthy I eat each day. I actually threw out my scale today, so it was not so much of a temptation! Thanks!

    P.S. Cute kitty…we have 2, currently dealing with fleas which is not fun, but they are still my babies!

  • Tammy (Defining Wellness)
    June 22, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    Love the pic of your kitty and love the fish recipe! But you know what I’m REALLY loving?? The e-cookbooks! Thank you so much for putting this together! My husband and I are SO impressed with what your readers came up with. Quinoa and beans galore, tofu, healthy eats, lots of veggies — I’m thrilled! This is exactly the way we love to eat, and cheaper than any cookbook you’d buy at the bookstore (healthier and easier than those recipes, too!). If you haven’t gotten yours yet, I highly recommend it! Great job everyone!

  • Low
    June 22, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    That lone piece of broccoli is hilarious! But he’s right, he drinks more greens in the morning than lots of guys do in a week!

    Congrats on the e-cookbook sales! I can’t wait to buy mine!

  • Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    June 22, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    Congrats on the cookbook sales!

  • Candy
    June 22, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    Hi, I just recently found your blog and have been very intrigued by your recipes, photos, and especially your drink concoctions. I am assuming you have a juicer of some sort, right? What kind do you use and would you recommend it? Are your Green Monster drinks just shaken up?
    Thanks for a great, health-inspiring site–I wish there were more like yours!

  • Still Life in South America
    June 22, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    Congratulations on 6,000! How awesome, Jenna.

    I have a feeling that Ryan will eventually succumb to the “dark side” of veggies. Every little step, right? 🙂

  • Shannon, The Healthy Beach Bum
    June 22, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    Those cookies look yummy!

  • Jess
    June 22, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    OMG, I love Dexter. You MUST put more pics of him up … he reminds me SO much of my two little ones.

    I’m becoming a HUGE fan of almond butter – I need to try it on a banana one day. I eat at least one a day so it shouldn’t be hard!

  • kristi (sweet cheeks)
    June 22, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    Wow! That is so awesome that that much has been raised already!! I am going to make my donation right now!! 😀

  • Samantha
    June 22, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    I hate that the company never responded to my email about shipping, wish I could’ve tried the Amazing Meal for a great price!

    We’re going to try some tuna with your crust mix this weekend!

    Congrats on raising so much for TnT!

  • Danielle C.
    June 22, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    Wow Jenna, I am just amazed at today’s results for the cookbook. So amazed by this blog “community” nationwide making a difference like this.

    I think more Dexter pix are in order, he looks like a total ham!

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    June 22, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    Dinner sounds delish and congrats on ranking in the $$$$!!! Keep it up!!! 🙂

    Hope you get a good night’s rest!

  • Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now
    June 23, 2009 at 12:20 am

    Congrats on raising so much in ONE DAY!

  • Laura
    June 23, 2009 at 1:21 am

    It was a really interesting interview, thanks for posting it, Jenna!

    I do have to say, though, that I’ve been a bit wary recently with the trend toward extremist eating that seems to be appearing on many of the blogs that I love. When I first got hooked on the healthy living blogs last year, they were all promoting a very balanced lifestyle and approach to nutrition that I thought was great, and that was particularly helpful for me (as someone who was overweight as a result of very poor nutritional habits as a teenager, then lost weight, but gained an eating disorder). However, one of the things that I’m really working on is BALANCE in my entire life and particularly in my previous “all or nothing” approach to food and exercise. I’m finally starting to realise that “everything in moderation” really is the key thing. It’s important to get some regular exercise; but neither do I have to punish my body with overexercise, which is no more healthy than a sedentary lifestyle. It’s also important to eat healthy foods in appropriate portions most of the time, but eating a little of the fats, sugars, and ‘bad’ things is actually vital for the well-being of both my mind and body.

    I really don’t want to sound preachy and I’m totally not just directing this at you, Jenna, because you have one of the most balanced and refreshing attitudes towards life and nutrition in the blogosphere, I think, but I just don’t see the trend towards raw foods and anything-that-isn’t-organic-raw-vegan-is-evil as healthy. It smacks of the same extremist approach that fed my downward spiral into anorexia and depression, and that I’m currently fighting tooth and nail to overcome. Whether you’re an athlete, a couch potato or something in between, I honestly believe that there’s nothing wrong with fueling on carbs, grains, cooked food, a heartier meal than blended juice for breakfast, and occasionally indulging in dessert. I’ve learnt first-hand that depriving my body of fats has caused several major problems, including contributing to a hormonal imbalance and depression, and that telling myself that I’m “not allowed” certain foods has been detrimental to my self-esteem, social life and general moods.

    Erm, I’ve kind of written a novel here, but I just wanted to make sure that there aren’t other people out there who are feeling badly about their own, very healthy, very balanced diets, because they aren’t perfectly raw, perfectly vegan, perfectly fat-free. There’s no such thing as perfection. There is such a thing as balance and moderation.

    Again, really not trying to attack anyone, and as always, love the blog, Jenna. 🙂 And congrats on the awesome fundraising effort!

  • Susie
    June 23, 2009 at 2:16 am

    Hi Jenna! Congratulations on the great success on your fundraiser so far and hope you raise much, MUCH more! I was the one that came by a few days ago stuck on the amazing greens discount. I figured it out, I did indeed order something else. bah! But finally ordered the correct item and now anxiously waiting for my greens! But i only ordered one, because that’s all i can afford. BOO 🙁 BTW- I love the picture of your cat! <3

  • Maya
    June 23, 2009 at 6:00 am

    I love toasted sesame oil, I’ll try it with salmon!

  • Katie
    June 23, 2009 at 6:57 am

    CONGRATS!! I am struggling to raise the 4k to go to San Francisco. I just haven’t come up with a great BIG fundraiser. Mainly been boot blocking etc. Your interview was great, so exciting to talk to one of your favorite people.

  • Stacey
    June 23, 2009 at 8:02 am

    Mmmm I miss naner and pb 🙂 Think that will have to be in my near future! Hehe, Dexter is such a cutie 🙂

  • Stacy (Eating To Live Love Laugh Tri)
    June 23, 2009 at 8:46 am

    That picture of Dexter is adorable! He looks so snuggly.

  • Ada
    June 23, 2009 at 8:51 am

    Wow, congratulations on all of the money you have raised. It is truly incredible!!!

  • brandi
    June 23, 2009 at 9:01 am

    congrats on the fundraising and the interview!

    i love dexter – so cute! he’s like a tiny, less hairy version of our cat 🙂

  • Meg
    June 23, 2009 at 9:04 am

    $6000! That is amazing!

    The salmon looks so yummy!

  • Danielle
    June 23, 2009 at 9:18 am

    $6000! That’s amazing! Way to go Jenna!

  • Sarah
    June 23, 2009 at 11:17 am

    The amount of money you have raised is amazing! Keep up the good work 🙂