It Just Keeps Getting Better.

by Katelyn Block on May 23, 2011 · 39 comments

Haaaaay bloggy boos! Whaddup? How have you been?

I have been on a senior-year whirlwind of sorts. I’ve been enjoying the sunshine, going out, and most of all, traveling.

This past weekend, I went to NYC with this guy:

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Spent some quality time here:

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Got me some Whole Foods vitaminlicious crunchables:

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And ate some of the best food that has ever passed my lips. Thank you, and praise to you, New York City. You have officially sent me head-over-heels in love with food again.

But down to business. I have a piece of info to share with all of y’all, that is both shocking and exciting.

You ready?

I have been eating fish.

For the past month or so, I began eating fish because of the constant full belly every night, but a very hungry mind I would be left with. My brain would keep telling me I needed more protein, but no matter how much I ate, I would still be starving.

So after a lot of thinking and subsequent research, I decided it was time to eat some fish.

That night, my belly was satisfied (not stuffed), and my mind was silenced. It was a beautiful feeling. Instead of feeling an intense mind hunger, I was at peace.

I have been eating fish twice a day, and I feel fantastic. My muscle is coming back, and my fat is decreasing to my previous amount. I feel so so so much better.

But rest assured, no meat or dairy will ever be found on this blog.

I eat fish because a. It makes me feel better and b. I don’t see much wrong with it. Call me a hypocrite, but I have never seen much wrong with eating fish. To me, it is the only animal product that I truly believe belongs in the diet, and to everyone else that may be different. However, my belief is that it is the only animal product that humans can catch, kill, and eat with their bare hands. It does not make sense to me to eat cow boob juice curdles, except of course that is different to everyone as well:)

So, without further ado, my first seafood recipe on the blog. A full recap of New York City and the rest of my life/that cookie cake recipe are to come very soon:) Once Senior Week is over, that is. We have Senior Bash, Senior Banquet, Springfest, and Senior Ball all in one week. Holla @ m3 baby boooosss and send your love this way because I will need it with all of the late nights to come.

This recipe is inspired by the most DEEEELICIOUS grilled salmon salad I had at Rosie O’Grady’s in New York City on Friday (with my Syracuse rooooomie Smile ).

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It was perfectly seasoned, crispy (but not fried), and so buttery and moist on the inside. Please note that when I say buttery I do not mean that there was butter on it. I prefer to use that as an adjective over something less delicious-sounding Winking smile

Despite the fact that I don’t have a grill, I was determined.

I visualized. I prepared. I set off. I ate.

Downright delicious.

Did I mention it’s the simplest recipe in the world?

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And now, I present to you:

Melt-In-Your-Mouth Pan-Seared Salmon

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • Two 6-ounce salmon fillets
  • Coarse sea or kosher salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin coconut oil

Directions:

  1. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes. Add in your coconut oil and allow to melt and spread.
  2. In the meantime, salt and pepper your salmon fillets.
  3. When the oil has heated for a few minutes, add your fillets to the pan. Cook on first side for about four minutes and then flip. Cook on the other side for another three to five minutes, or until cooked through.
  4. Serve atop a bed of greens and enjoy!

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If you’re a guy and don’t know what to make on a first date, make this.

It is so simple, and it will make anyone worship you. This is seriously delicious on its own, or topped with a Champagne-Balsamic Sauce (is there anything I eat that doesn’t involve balsamic??).

I improvised on this sauce, and it turned out fantabulous. Ew I cannot believe I just used that word, it will never happen again.

Champagne-Balsamic Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 tbsp. extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 2 cups champagne or white wine
  • 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. agave syrup

Directions:

  1. In a medium saucepan, heat the coconut oil over medium-high heat until melted.
  2. Add your garlic and sauté for two to three minutes, and then add your champagne, agave, and then your balsamic, in that order.
  3. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer, allowing to reduce for five to ten minutes.
  4. Cover until serving, and then pour over your dish and enjoy!

That’s it for tonight love doves! I’m off to work on my final projects for Stat and for Lit. I chose my classes for Syracuse this morning, so I am even more anxious to graduate. I have a countdown going on the home screen of my Droid: 31 days to graduation, and 92 days until Move-In Day at Syracuse! Get me outta hurrrrr.

See you soon love doves! Have a great rest of your week:)

Are you watching the Biggest Loser Finale tomorrow night?!

We should have a group Skype while we are watching it so we can all freak out and cry together.

Favorite simple dinner recipe?

This one. Bam.

What is your favorite fish?!

Right now it is salmon and ahi tuna but I recently had Mahi Mahi and fell in loveeeee Smile

xoxox,

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mindrunningwild May 23, 2011 at 8:18 PM

Wow good for you Katelyn! I actually began eating fish recently too, after having been veg forever. I actually bit into a fish stick accidentally one night thinking it was something else and liked it! My mom let me try some of hers and make her some tuna and the rest was history. Sometimes I feel like a bit of a hypocrite as well, but I know that fish is soo healthy. Besides which, it just tastes good!

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Lisa May 23, 2011 at 8:24 PM

The salmon looks so good! You are definitely going to have to try Joe's tuna very soon—maybe he can give us a lesson because mine never turns out as good as his! He's also master of crab cakes (my fave)…

Next week!!

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Brynne May 23, 2011 at 8:37 PM

So glad you listened to your body and are giving it what it needs! And fish is by far my favorite protein! This recipe sounds AMAZING – salmon with coconut oil? Must make!

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applesnoats May 23, 2011 at 8:55 PM

I love fish, I always order it when I go out to restaurants because I don't normally make it at home. My favs are mahi mahi and tilapia, but i love me some shrimp too!!

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Katherine May 23, 2011 at 9:12 PM

O, I can't wait till the final of Biggest Loser!

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SSHealthy_Jess May 23, 2011 at 10:09 PM

It's funny because I'm on day 21 of a 28 day vegetarian challenge and the only thing I really miss is fish. I'm thinking I'm just going to strictly incorporate that back into my diet once it's over and try and continue to leave out meat. It really is satifying but doesn't make you feel so lethargic after you eat it. You should try breading with panko bread crumbs and baking on a wire rack- super crispy and light. Delicious :)

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lindsay May 23, 2011 at 10:15 PM

yea, so glad you are enjoying fish. I love salmon, had it tonight as well. great recipe girl and enjoy that senioritis!

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Emily May 23, 2011 at 10:27 PM

Girl I totally agree with everything that just happened! I was always mind hungry too even if my belly was STUFFED. I started eating an egg (cage free and organic, so I don’t feel cruel) at breakfast and it just does the trick!

And I never thought about people being able to kill and eat fish with their hands. Good point!

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Aly May 31, 2011 at 7:06 PM

Just because it says cage free and organic, usually doesn't always mean that it is. :) Just check out the farm and read up on it, if you're interested in animal welfare/rights issues like that. Usually cage free hens are just as crowded and miserable as regular layers. It's sad, but true. :(

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iheartvegetables May 23, 2011 at 10:31 PM

You are too cute!!! I don't eat fish, because, I don't know for some reason meat just weirds me out! But I Think it's totally cool that you're eating fish! You go girl!

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Lolzthatswim(andRun) May 23, 2011 at 11:14 PM

I'm super pumped that you decided to try fish and love it! Now we can be twinnies on all fronts. I cannot wait for Biggest loser tomorrow for real!

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brothern8ture May 24, 2011 at 12:50 AM

I love this post and I totally respect your view on fish… I have been in that exact position as well and I think you made the right choice :) You will miss home when your at Syracuse! I couldn't wait to leave for college either, but once I was there, I definitely missed my home cooked meals :)

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feerlessfood May 24, 2011 at 1:18 AM

Thats great that you're eating fish! It's soo good for you- I totally wish I could get more of it. The wild caught Alaskan type that it. Can't wait to try your recipe. Did I see a thought for cooking it in coconut oil via Twitter today…?

Hey, can I ask? What is you reason for being vegetarian (or how you would like to describe it)? I'm just curious and love hearing peoples thoughts on it!

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Lizzie May 24, 2011 at 5:22 AM

I think it’s really good you are eating what you want. I started eating fish too around a year ago but I find a major downfall to be people saying “oh, so you are not vegetarian anymore” which is fine as clearly I am not vegetarian (though I find it weird not to call myself one) and having to be careful to say “though I don’t eat meat” so I don’t get served the stuff. And yes, be prepared to get some stick from people (mainly meat eaters I find). Annoying that we have to put labels on everything we choose to do but hey ho!

Should make it easier for you in college now – being a gluten free vegan would definitely have been a tricky one!!

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littlehealthjunkie May 24, 2011 at 6:34 AM

GREAT for you for eating fish!!! I'm the same way, without it, I feel completely lacking in the protein department. It's so great to hear that your muscle is coming back and you're feeling so much better! great for you girl that you listened to our body and did what you needed to do!:) that champagne balsamic sauce sounds so so yummy though, i'm defintitely trying that out soon!

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Lee Lee May 24, 2011 at 7:09 AM

WOO YOU'RE BACK! I missed you. …Yahhh I just went to NYC for the weekend…WHO SAYS THAT! You are so lucky to live so close. I guess that is me with Chicago. Chicago aint no New York City. I think it is fantastic that you are eating fish. There are so many health benefits that you would be missing out on. I defs need to start eating more myself!

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Katelyn May 24, 2011 at 7:18 AM

AHH I missed you too baby boo!!! Hahaha you and me have to take a NYC trip this summah and go to MCCORMICK AND SHMICKS. They have 24 different varieties of seafood on their "fresh list" every day. Can you say holy heaven.

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kaila@ healthy helper! May 24, 2011 at 8:38 AM

I am so happy you found something that works for u! Fish is the best…for sure one of my favorite foods! I have never met a type of seafood that I didn’t like…faves include; salmon, ahi, red snapper, sea bass, cod, and shrimp!

I definitely loled when u said cow boob curtles…I love dairy but that just makes it sound nasty!

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Jaclyn May 24, 2011 at 8:46 AM

Your salmon looks great! It's something I haven't attempted yet….

When I tried the vegetarian route my body was yelling for protein and I would consume way to much to nut butter to try and "silence" it. I feel so much better after adding chicken and fish. You gots to do what's right for you! :)

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Lauren May 24, 2011 at 9:29 AM

Good job girl! I did the same thing last summer and feel so much better. Veganism just doesn't work for a lot of people. P.S. I would just be a little concerned eating it twice a day due to mercury/contaminant levels. Ensure that you are choosing really high quality fish- wild alaskan salmon, wild pacific cod etc…

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Samantha May 24, 2011 at 9:30 AM

the fish looks so good girl! congratulations on figuring that out, its always ok to do whats right for you! i haven't missed any animal products yet, but its great that you've figured out what your body wants instead of following some generalized style (:

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Beth May 24, 2011 at 11:16 AM

"But rest assured, no meat or dairy will ever be found on this blog."

I don't think it's a matter of semantics, just because it's called 'fish' it is still meat.

I also wonder why you were previously vegetarian – if it was purely for health reasons, than wonderful and more power to you! But if it was for matters concerning the welfare of animals, than you must know that fish have the same capacity to sense and comprehend painful stimuli as mammals and other animals.

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Meg May 24, 2011 at 11:16 AM

I'm the same way! I know it's not the best industry but for some reason I don't get as upset over it as I do with the other meat industries. Such a personal choice, but fish is so good for you, I'm glad you incorporated it in again.

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myveganstory May 24, 2011 at 11:21 AM

I've never liked fish, even before going vegan so I've never felt like I needed it :P

I'm so jealous you got to go to Pure Food and Wine!

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runyogarepeat May 24, 2011 at 11:32 AM

That's so great that fish has helped you out! Although I'm not a true vegetarian because I eat fish, I just love it so much for the protein & taste. Salmon & tuna sushi rolls are my favorite.

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Alyssa May 24, 2011 at 12:38 PM

mah fave fish by FAR is seared tuna. I'm kinda obsessed. ;) but I never really prepare fish on my own! I just always order it when I go out.

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eatinglikeahorse May 24, 2011 at 5:46 PM

I LOVE salmon and that sauce looks out of this world! Hope you're having a nice chilled night :-)

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ironmom May 26, 2011 at 8:15 AM

I just found your blog and I'm wondering if I have the same ailment. I eat vegan foods, but mostly fruits and veggies (no grains), but have been over filling myself just to feel satisfied. I feel like I am four months pregnant with a food baby! I don't necessarily have the head hunger, but I could actually feel hungry while my abdomen is full and tight with food. Does that sound what you had? I think I might have to experiment with either adding fats or proteins. I tend to eat low or no fat mostly. Thanks for your help. My goal is to have a six pack once in my life. My body fat seems to be shrinking while my gut is growing, but not the body fat.

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Tania May 26, 2011 at 10:37 AM

Good for you listening to your body. It’s not about labels and sometimes it’s not about philosophies. You just have to do what’s right for you, and no one has the right to judge you. Good for you!!

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Lindsay May 28, 2011 at 1:20 AM

Hey Girly! I think it's awesome that you're listening to your body and eating fish, but be careful with the quantity! You said you're eating it twice a day? I learned while getting my BS in nutrition that eating fish too frequently can actually be really bad for you because of the high mercury levels it contains! I can't remember at the moment what the exact recommendations are, but I suggest you do quick Google search and check it out! Don't want you to get sick!!! :)

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aspiringsteph May 29, 2011 at 1:42 AM

Hello!! I was just catching up your last couple posts and I'm glad you made a decision according to what your body was telling you. I believe it's all about making the right choices (organic, grass fed, free range, wild etc) rather than avoiding animal products completely; because no culture in the world has ever thrived on a complete vegan diet. I also love salmon and of course, there are lots of other delicious&nutritious seafood out there! Anyways, good luck with everything and ttyl!

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Aly May 31, 2011 at 7:01 PM

I'm not dissing your decision at all, I just wanted to say that the fishing industry is a serious issue too. Not only are many (as in millions of) fish and sea creatures harmed in the process of fishing (i.e. sea turtles, dolphins, and many other animals), there is severe pollution in the water which immediately hurts the food we're eating (although many foods at whole foods are labeled for contamination and danger levels), the fishing industry is fishing at and over capacity. :( It's just a sad industry… Fish are sophisticated animals who exhibit intelligence, complex social structures, long-term memory, and capacity to feel pain. When fish are dragged from ocean depths, the experience horrifying decompression which rupture their bladders and pop out their eyes. Then, they are tossed on-board where they slowly suffocate.

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indiechic927 June 1, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Also, sorry for being really gruesome and vegan-police-like! I really was not trying to come across that way! :) So, I'm sorry! I respect everyone's decisions to eat what makes their bodies happy. I guess it's just the little animal activist inside that responds that way. I felt really bad for saying that so I just came back to say that I'm sorry and that if that sounded rude at all, I'm not trying to be one of THOSE people. ;) I love love LOVE your bloggy girl, so keep up the wonderful work! :) I guess working for an animal activism organization has given me that little spitfire/passion to speak out for ALL animals. And, I'm still working on not sounding preachy or icky when I do that! Eeeeeep! I just feel like a meany… Sorry Katelyn!
:)
Aly

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Katelyn June 1, 2011 at 9:37 PM

It's okay! Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Thank you for your opinions, it makes things more interesting around here! ;)

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cleaneatingchelsey June 2, 2011 at 6:54 PM

I'm proud of you for honoring your body and what it needs! Everyone's body's function best on different diets, and if yours needs fish, then eat fish! I still love you. :)

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Katelyn June 2, 2011 at 7:57 PM

Aweeee I love you Chels!

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Jelle July 2, 2011 at 10:19 AM

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/we

I sometimes eat fish myself but I really try to check for certified sustainable fish food (I don't know if this still bad) I wanted to share the url to bring in some perspective.

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Strongbow May 28, 2012 at 5:07 AM

Hi, just saw your blog. My diet is identical to this. No meat, dairy or even eggs. Just pure fruit, veg, nuts, berries, fish and wholegrains. I lift a lot of weights and thought that by switching to this diet I would lose muscle mass. On the contrary, I have actually bulked up in mass, and this is by eating a portion of fish twice a day. The rest of the protein comes from nuts and legumes. Fish unlike most farm and poultry is not subjected to a like of anxiety, strees and trauma and this is the reason I feel I’m ok to eat it. Fish is also considered one of the best anti aging foods that we can eat due to it’s mineral content.

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