Keeping it Clean has a new look and a new home! The url is the same - www.keepingitclean.org - I just wanted to devote this site entirely to nutrition and clean-eating and cooking. You can find my training blog at the new and improved www.leavingapath.com.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Bracket Breaking March Madness Meatloaf

The NCAA tournament this year has definitely lived up to it's title of March Madness.  My favorite observation came from my running buddy and friend DanCamp who said, ‎26 = sum of the Final Four's seed numbers.


I have a few friends so devastated by their beloved team loss, (i.e. actual crocodile tears at the unexpected KU loss) I felt I needed to provide an uplifting comfort food recipe for their woes.  Meatloaf is a common comfort food in my house.  I won't play favorites now that my teams are out (Go VCU), I just want everyone to play well.  I like to make this with a side of whipped cauliflower I prepare in my food processor like I would mashed potatoes.  So throw the meatloaf together and enjoy a warm hearty meal watching the games! 

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Food Processor-palooza

There are two things I cannot live without in my kitchen: My food processor and my Bread Maker.  *Sigh*
Because my love for these two items is so rich, I will split up my blog post into two so they each get their due attention.  My food processor is one of the first things I bought in my house and I make home made salsas and dips, soups, and sauces in it all the time.  Using a food processor allows you to incorporate a lot of ingredients to ensure a nutrient dense food with a lot of flavor. 

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

What is in my CLEAN kitchen?

So, I just got home from vacation and I had to hit the store for some groceries!  I had nothing in my fridge - clean food has a short shelf life and I was gone for an entire week so things were looking pretty bleak!  I hit the local Whole Foods with my daughter Taylor and restocked our kitchen accordingly!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Precautionary Tale of the Food Industry's Best Kept Secrets

One of the beautiful things about having my running team, The Mud Mafia is the amazing people I have met and gotten to know through the process.  The Mud Mafia is from California to Connecticut and from Vancouver to Germany and we are committed to health and well-being.  Mud Mafia runners are from all walks of life and all backgrounds.  I learn from them all the time! The fact is Eating Clean is about putting the most nutritious wholesome foods into your body and that's not always easy to do and the food industry is not always helpful in this effort.  The best way to ensure that is to arm yourself with knowledge.  When you know better you do better.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Pittsfield Inspired Matt Baatz Sweet and Spicy Salsa

While in Pittsfield, VT I got to meet and hang out with Matt Baatz.  Matt is a wonderful person and I literally drug him with me EVERYWHERE while I was in town.  He is Jason Jaksetic's roommate and he truly made my visit fun and memorable.  Resident tour guide and all around nice guy, Matt really likes spicy salsa. I decided to make him this sweet and spicy salsa to commemorate my time with him in the barn and even with him as my sous chef at Joe's house making dinner my first night in town!  Matt, THANK YOU for being wonderful and for being such a gracious barn host for me while I was in town.  You are the coolest.  Be sure to check out Matt's amazing blog - he's such a creative and humorous writer!  I am so lucky that I got to spend four days hanging out with him.  So, in his honor, here is my Matty Baatz Sweet and Spicy Salsa.

The Desena Family of Pittsfield, VT (and Tomato Soup!)

On a recent trip to Pittsfield, I was fortunate enough to meet the Desena family.  Joe, a larger than life personality, I had met a couple times previously, but I was looking forward to meeting his wife Courtney and their children Charlie, Jack, and Catherine.  I loved that Courtney played soccer for Penn State and was an active healthy mom of three!  I knew we'd have a lot in common! 

Dinner for a Death Race Vegetarian

Wait?  I know, I know.  That blog post title may have been a little shocking... Death Race?  Vegetarians?  That's a lot for one little title.  We'll tackle the Death Race and THEN the vegetarian part.  Don't worry, it ends with a delicious recipe! 

The Peak/Spartan Death Race is not for the faint hearted... even for those of you that claim to be pretty tough endurance athletes. It's not just about running or biking... it's about messing with your head for an extended period of time - a time that's not defined at the start.  Kept under tight wraps, no one outside the race designers know what is in store in this Summer's June version of the event, but you can guess it will be pretty tough.  Check out this post from Johnny Waite, the vegetarian who inspired today's post about his experience at Death Race Camp to get a taste for what the racers will endure this Summer.  Stay tuned for more on the Death Race and the people participating that are inspiring all kinds of delicious healthy food!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Floridian Inspiration

I am going to take a brief respite from the Pittsfield recipe series to call attention to the amazing dinner we cooked up tonight in Siesta Key, Florida.  I have been on VACATION and clean cooking comes with me.  It's an annual event for my girls and I to trek down here for sun, sand, and swimming.  Known for white sandy beaches and teeny tiny bikinis, I have been coming here since middle school.  I am always spoiled - I have had fresh fish every day - the seasonal  produce and sea food abound so we are taking advantage of the citrus, berries, and fresh fish fillets from the local market!

Breaking Down the Eating Clean Lifestyle

So, you've heard me talk about eating clean for some time and I wanted to break it down even further for you with a lot of detail!  As you know by now, eating clean you want to be eating 5 or 6 meals per day and each meal should have a protein and a complex carbohydrate. Your first meal should be within one year of rising and you should have about 2 or 3 liters of water daily.  For food, healthy fats should be around 2 servings a day.  Starchy carbs should be consumed 3 or 4 times a day as well.  Try to keep your calories spread out, although my largest two meals are my first meal and my fourth meal each day. 

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Barn Beast Breakfast Burrito


While doing the 100 mile Snow Shoe race in Pittsfield, VT the infamous Barn Beast aka Jason Jaksetic requested breakfast burritos around mile 74. An admitted burrito lover, it was obvious that I had to come up with a recipe in honor of his amazing accomplishment of completing the 100 miles and a burrito recipe is the perfect way to commemorate the historic event. Barn Beast is training for several ultra’s including the Death Race and I hope this burrito recipe makes it into his nutrition rotation. These hearty, clean and healthy versions of the popular breakfast promise lots of energy, less fat, and more nutrition but all the flavor. Clean tip – use corn tortillas instead of whole wheat or flour. They are less processed!

Down with O.P.P Bars

Cut bars
I was in the mood for a sweet filling treat on this cold afternoon! I've been on a major sweet pumpkin and peanut butter kick.  They are great as a breakfast on the go with egg whites and veggies or even as a snack before bed with a glass of milk.  Portion size is 2 x 2 so keep that in mind as you snack away! 

If you don't have pumpkin on hand,  fresh sweet potatoes or a can and a half of organic pureed sweet potato is a great substitution!  The other half a can I add to meats, sauces, and soups for additional nutritional value and nothing is wasted! 

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Pittsfield Recipe Bonanza!

Pittsfield Recipe Bonanza!

As many of you know, I recently spent a few days in Pittsfield, VT assisting with the 100 mile, marathon, half marathon, and 10K snow shoe races and Winter Death Race put on by Peak Races. The experience was amazing and it inspired so many recipes, I have to devote a series of posts to the people and town of Pittsfield!


Pittsfield is a picturesque town nestled in the mountains of Vermont and the people there were more than gracious and accommodating of those of us who descended on them for the weekend. Home of the infamous “Spartan Barn” and the now legendary “Barn Beast” Jason Jaksetic; it’s a perfect place to train and a beautiful place to visit.