A Busy Meal Product Review

by Joanne on May 12, 2010

Another running day but the morning weather was crapola so I ran on the treadmill.  I had enough running in the rain last Saturday. 

The recap:  4.6 miles on the T/M which included 6 strides at the end.  Back, shoulders, and abs with the weights. Since tonight’s class (First Aid) might go until 10 pm, I wanted to make sure I could grab an extra half an hour or so sleep in the morning.  Thursday, I will only have aerobics (running) and no weight workout. 

As for poor Shane, we had to brave the weather because he needed to go for a walk and get some exercise.  If he doesn’t get exercise, Ted can’t work because Shane will want to play all day.  That dog can be very persuasive when he wants to play. 


So we covered a very wet 2 + miles.  Not much but my feet were soaked, it was cold, and I needed time to brush the pup when we got home.  Warm bath…here I come!

FAST FOOD….. How do you get a healthy meal in when you have so little time?  I picked up these Yves Vegan Sausages when shopping this past weekend in anticipation of this hectic week with little time to cook:DSC_4589

I thought the nutrition looked pretty good. I just tried not to count how many other ingredients were in these honkersWhat is CARRAGEENAN anyway????


Ted grilled them up and, even though we didn’t baste with oil as the directions indicted, they were pretty tasty.  A bit on the “blackened” side but I like “blackened”. 

Ted had real Italian sausages and I cooked kale to go with both our meals.  SOMEONE at the table didn’t like kale and it wasn’t me.

I added garlic and a spring onion to the kale as it cooked.  Ted reminded me that the garlic and onion probably wasn’t a good choice when going to a CPR class.  Whoops!   The poor dummy. If he wasn’t breathing when we started, he sure as heck would REFUSE to breath after I leaned over him!


Sautéed Kale


  • 1 bunch kale, wash well and remove tough stems
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 chopped large green onion
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 3 – 4 TBS olive oil
  • Parmesan cheese

Heat a large, deep sauté pan on the stove top over medium high heat. Add half the oil and heat.

Chop the kale into smaller bite size pieces and add to the pan.  It may be a huge mound of greens when you start but it will cook down. 


When the kale is slightly wilted, add the salt, pepper, onion, and garlic and let cook about 10 minutes.


Add rest of the oil and stir around to coat.  Reduce to simmer until ready to eat or until nice and tender.  Serve with Parmesan cheese.


Topped the kale with the grilled Vegan sausage.  The flavor of the sausage was good. It does need more oil as it cooks because it is a bit on the dry side. 

Do you have a favorite meal to make that is really quick and easy for a busy night?


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  • At 2010.05.12 06:42, pegasuslegend said:

    Interesting, I have tried several kinds of veggie meats, patties etc. I have had bad luck with them being dry, but tasteing good. Oh course we defeat the purpose slathering them with all kinds of condiments. So, I tried making some with soy and tofu and ground eggplant, was too bad. When I froze them they were water logged. Wasnt a good idea. I will have to try these. Your picture looks great they dont look dry at all…Love the green, bet they are good mixed with this all together too~
    Thank Joanne 🙂
    .-= pegasuslegend´s last blog ..Parsley Pistachio Pea Pesto Over Pasta Recipe =-.

    • At 2010.05.12 11:57, Joanne said:

      Interesting about the ontake of water from freezing.

      • At 2010.05.12 10:10, Ana (AnActive Adventure) said:

        I have never tried Kale, I have been meaning to get some so I can make Kale chips. I always seem to gravitate to pasta dishes when it comes to making a quick meal.
        .-= Ana (AnActive Adventure)´s last blog ..ColorFUL =-.

        • At 2010.05.12 11:57, Joanne said:

          I love kale chips. Ted doesn’t even like those.

          • At 2010.05.12 11:22, Lindsay said:

            Such a cute doggy! The more kale I eat the more I love it. A few years ago I never could have imagined saying that, but I love me some greens!!
            .-= Lindsay´s last blog ..Oven Fried Buffalo Shrimp =-.

            • At 2010.05.12 12:00, Joanne said:

              I wasn’t a fan at first either but I’ve grown into it.

              • At 2010.05.12 12:18, She-Fit said:

                YUM! All your foods look great. I love cooking up baked parmesan chicken. One of my husband and I all time favorite.
                .-= She-Fit´s last blog ..15 minute Workout =-.

                • At 2010.05.12 13:35, Joanne said:

                  I love Parm Pseudo-Chicken! I used to enjoy it when I ate the real thing. It has so much flavor. Thanks for the reminder. 🙂

                  • At 2010.05.12 12:33, kalli@fitandfortysomething said:

                    what is careegeam or whatever it is? i do not know either…..also tell me a bit more about strides……happy wednesday!
                    .-= kalli@fitandfortysomething´s last blog ..Reguvenated =-.

                    • At 2010.05.12 13:34, Joanne said:

                      Hi Kalli:

                      The Carregeenan is from red seaweed and is used in a lot of Vegan products as a thickening agent. You bet I had to look THAT one up. I guess seaweed isn’t bad.

                      Strides are what you do at the end of a run to help you get used to negative splits or running faster at the end of the race. They are about 40 to 100 meters in length or you can

                      do seconds (I do 40 to 60 seconds) at you goal race pace. It isn’t a sprint. Then you rest for about equal time in between. I was told to do about 6 to 8 sets.

                      • At 2010.05.12 13:38, Judi said:

                        Maybe that is what I need a dog – he/she just might get me out on days I just don’t want to!

                        Quick meal for us? I like to do pesto. We grow basil and I make big batches of pesto and freeze them for times when I need a quick meal. Hiker just mentioned a recipe for asparagus pesto – now that sounds yummy to me. I’ve tried cilantro pesto and I almost like that more than basil pesto!

                        Happy Wednesday Joanne!
                        .-= Judi´s last blog ..Do you need some wings? =-.

                        • At 2010.05.13 05:46, Joanne said:

                          Love sweet basil pesto. Never thought of freezing it. Great suggestion.

                          • At 2010.05.12 16:04, runnerforever said:

                            My quick go to meal is Trader Joes Mac & Cheese, so tasty and pretty healthy. I also love their pizzas, personal size, throw in the oven and enjoy!
                            .-= runnerforever´s last blog ..New Direction =-.

                            • At 2010.05.13 05:47, Joanne said:

                              I’ve never had Trader Joe’s. I’m not a huge fan of macaroni & cheese but I enjoy trying different pizzas.

                              • At 2010.05.12 16:31, kilax said:

                                We have a couscous dish that IS SO EASY AND AMAZING!!! And super quick 🙂

                                I really want to try the Yves brand!

                                Dumb question – what are strides? I should know, I know… 🙁
                                .-= kilax´s last blog ..Who do you make an effort to be happy around? =-.

                                • At 2010.05.13 06:06, Joanne said:

                                  See above – response to Kalli’s question.

                                  • At 2010.05.12 17:25, Lori (Finding Radiance) said:

                                    I used to eat a lot of meat analogues, but I stopped doing that. I never had the Yves brand, but used Morningstar and Boca a lot.

                                    My go to meal is BBQ chicken salad. We usually have cooked chicken on hand and all the salad ingredients. Takes 5 minutes and is very tasty!
                                    .-= Lori (Finding Radiance)´s last blog ..The broken glass theory. =-.

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