Finally! We moved, but it’s not all smooth sailing yet. We’re living out of boxes and we don’t have a kitchen yet. While our perfect kitchen is being built (which we will be talking about soon), I’m going to have to get crafty. I do have many plug-in appliances (rice cooker, toaster oven, panini press, waffle maker, microwave, etc.) so we’re still going to have a ball here. I think we’re going to be pleasantly surprised with how much I (or you) can do without a kitchen. (Gulp) Determined to eat well every single day without exceptions, here goes…

Do you ever feel like the universe is trying to tell you something?

It all started in February when I had dinner with Mary (super fabulous designer) at Employees Only. She told me that she and my cousin Jerry were running the marathon in Seoul, Korea. (Congrats you two!) Then, I get an e-mail from my friend Hilary, asking me about bicycles. She’s starting triathlon training for her first one. Beginning of March, I see that a new twitter friend is trying to raise money for her third triathlon. (As a proud TNT alumna, I encourage you to donate here!)  Then, we were watching Dinner Impossible and Robert Irvine’s challenge was to cook for Ironman athletes. He had to make a water meal (all cooked in water), a bike meal (everything cooked twice), and a run meal (using legs). The final straw happened this past weekend, my friends Bianca and Jen did the NYC half-marathon. (Congrats girls!)

Elvis Sandwich with banana and Planters 2

I think the universe is trying to tell me (or beat into me) that it’s been too long since my last endurance event. It’s time to get off my lazy, filled with doughnuts, buttocks, and start training again. Or, maybe, I was just to be reminded of the joys of peanut butter and bananas, classic training foods. That must be it.

I was thrilled to have this craving because I can make this without a kitchen. I even made the peanut butter, because all you need is a food processor and an outlet to plug in to. If you’ve never made fresh peanut butter before, you’ll be truly amazed by how easy it is. Just put your choice of peanuts in a food processor and hit “on”. Let it go until you get to your desired consistency. For smaller amounts, you’ll need to scrape down the sides once or twice in the middle. You can actually use any kind of nuts you want and make different nut butters, salted or unsalted, based on preference.

peanuts in food processor

I like to make small batches because the freshness is amazing. Unadulterated by extra sugars, corn syrup, or preservatives. Inhale the smell of pure nuttiness. It’s too easy to pass-up.

fresh peanut butter on English Muffin 2

Add a layer of sliced bananas for a sweet touch, and you’ve got yourself a power sandwich. Forget those power bars.

Elvis Sandwich, peeled banana, planters 2

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