The Stumptuous Eats project

December 11th, 2009  |  Published in Stumpblog  |  38 Comments

Gentle readers: I am hunkering down to put my crazy culinary ideas to paper. (Or, truthfully, ideas to electrons.)

Tell me: What do you want to see in a Stumptuous cookbook?

Any and all ideas will be entertained. Hit me with the comments or email me directly at mistresskrista [at] stumptuous [dot] com.

I’ll put out a call for recipe testers soon.


  1. coldethyl says:

    December 11th, 2009at 10:02 am(#)

    You posted some article somewhere (here? on PN?) describing your real life nutrition, that contained some interesting things I cannot properly remember now.

    You can put recipes of wahtever you like in there, as long as the book is accompanied by little cards (of credit card size) that picture you looking stern and the words “Would Mistress Krista approve?”. I would put that into my wallet and no evil stuff will end up in my cart ever again.

  2. lieke says:

    December 11th, 2009at 10:27 am(#)

    in two words: Great idea!

  3. Erin says:

    December 11th, 2009at 10:28 am(#)

    I would like to see protein rich recipes in which the protein is not meat-derived. Apart from ethical and environmental reasons (which I acknowledge, although am still an omnivore), I doubt I’m the only one who just can’t stomach too much meat.

    Sounds like a great project!

  4. Chris says:

    December 11th, 2009at 11:16 am(#)

    As a fitness enthusiast and aspiring epicure, some thoughts off of the top of my head:

    I would like to see a photo of each recipe prepared…I know this might add significant costs, but I feel that photos provide a greater connection with a possible recipe as well as proving that healthy food looks appetizing.

    I might also suggest sections like “mid week meals” “weekend meals” and maybe something which details mid day eating on the go (either by transitioning dinner leftovers to something that doesn’t suck for lunch or dedicated prepare ahead of time lunches).

    Macro breakdowns of meals would be good, as would possible substitutions (and their macro impact)

    Some preamble about caloric needs? nutrient timing?

  5. Tracy says:

    December 11th, 2009at 12:53 pm(#)

    An introduction with your great “How to Eat” page info. Quick, easy, and healthy protien-packed meals and snacks–I’ve gotten lots of ideas from your cottage cheese page.

  6. Chris says:

    December 11th, 2009at 12:55 pm(#)

    oh, and one more thing I’m not interested in seeing is recipes which call themselves alternatives to something else…i.e. Krista’s Low-Fat, Low Calorie Lasagne; Krista’s Guilt-Free (insert whatever here). These types of things make people feel like they are getting a second rate version of something they really want rather thatn just focussing on the food and how good it is.

    Of course, given the other day’s post on artificial sweetners, I’m sure that this isn’t the tack you’d take.

  7. amyt says:

    December 11th, 2009at 1:23 pm(#)

    - How to eat without obsessing.
    – How to “cheat” or “treat”.
    – Simple and delicious recipes made from real food ingredients. Few recipes with more than ten ingredients.
    – Lots of FAT!
    – Sauces, marinades, and dressings are always appreciated for versatility.
    – I’d love to have more veggie recipes. I’m always looking for a way to eat more green stuff.
    – Recipes that can be scaled up and leftovers frozen.
    – Recipes on the cheap (eggs, ground meat).
    – Recipes with unique meats (boar, venison, buffalo).
    – Pre-workout and post-workout meals.
    – OMG I NEED TO EAT LOTS OF FOOD BUT I WORK 20 HOURS A DAY AND DON’T HAVE A FRIDGE OR MICROWAVE recipes (not my situation, but I’ve seen this as a convenient excuse to eat bad).

  8. Franke says:

    December 11th, 2009at 1:34 pm(#)

    What I’d like to see would be very simple meals that use a lot of fresh ingredients. I’m thinking a flavorful tofu salad, using many different kinds of greens. I’d also like to see different grains featured (quinoa, barley, etc.)

  9. Erica says:

    December 11th, 2009at 2:12 pm(#)

    I’m really interested in high-protein snacks that aren’t nut-based (I’m allergic). Soynut butter has been a godsend, I’ve added anything and everything to smoothies, hard boiled eggs or fish at work would make my coworkers gag, and I’ve made granola and granola bars with plenty of seeds and oats… I’m interested in incorporating protein powder into stuff – energy bars, cookies, muffins. I haven’t tried it, but I’d like to know if you have (beyond the one recipe I know of here for energy bars).

    (I’d also like to know what the deal is with soy nuggets. They seem to turn up as an ingredient in a lot of energy bars, but I’ve never seen them available in a store as a baking good. Huh.)

  10. Zxyrthe says:

    December 11th, 2009at 2:39 pm(#)

    I’d like to see very little soy or Splenda.

    Anything to make cottage cheese more palatable would be appreciated (excerpts from the “Cottage Cheese Page”, perhaps?

    Recipes that require few pots and pans are nice. I would say stirfries are a cop out though.

    Recipes derived from less esoteric ingredients would be great.

    Thanks and Good Luck!

  11. Kat says:

    December 11th, 2009at 3:48 pm(#)

    Anything quick and thinking-outside-the-stirfry-box would be appreciated, as would inexpensive high-protein meals (sure, lean red meats, fresh fish, and chicken breasts are all high in protein and cook up really fast… it’s just unfortunate that I can’t afford enough of them to eat foods in that price point more than once or twice a week.)

  12. Charity says:

    December 11th, 2009at 8:25 pm(#)

    I just got a great book called COOKING KNOW-HOW. Instead of recipes, it gives you methods for how to do general kinds of things: beef stew, stirfries, sauteed chicken breasts with pan sauces and so on. The idea is that once you get the reasons why a recipe is put together the way it is, you can adapt and make your own much more easily. So a stirfry is X amount of protein combined with Y amt of vegetables, and here’s some vegetables that combine well together. Does that make sense?

  13. Mistress Krista says:

    December 11th, 2009at 9:00 pm(#)

    Charity: Yes, that’s definitely one avenue I’d like to pursue. It’s important for people to understand the why and how — then they can take the underlying principles and use what they have.

  14. psi*psi says:

    December 11th, 2009at 9:30 pm(#)

    It would be nice to see a few things that are cheap and quick but also healthy and delicious :)

  15. Breena says:

    December 12th, 2009at 7:18 am(#)

    I would like to see recipes which include fresh, seasonal ingredients. I may be in the minority here, but I wouldn’t like to see recipes laden with protein powders etc, I’d sooner take a bowl of a hearty vegetable soup with a poached egg quivering on top than scoops of InstantBioBuildPumpPro5000 dumped into something that is a misery to chew through.

    Just a return to simple, healthy food which is a joy to eat.

    Good luck with the project Krista, everyone has put some really good ideas up, it’ll be great to see what can come of it :)

  16. coldethyl says:

    December 12th, 2009at 7:25 am(#)

    I second the part about less esoteric ingredients.
    Being in Germany (where people unfortunately seem to hate to spend money on groceries, it is Aldi all the way. Berlin especially.), I have never seen grass fed beef anywhere, or bison, and I have several health food shops and a weekly market nearby. (Ostrich is bred in Germany, though.)

    Since it is difficult for me to get the brands of protein powder I see recommended in American sources, I’d love a section where it is explained what I should look for when choosing stuff like that.

  17. Sarah says:

    December 12th, 2009at 7:56 am(#)

    What I want is ideas for stuff I can make in big batches at the weekend, freeze or refrigerate and then have ready to take to work during the week, either for microwaving, or eating staight out of the fridge. I never seem to have the energy in the evenings to think about lunch the next day. Plus big batch cooking works out cheaper, especially if there is meat involved.

  18. Allie says:

    December 12th, 2009at 10:16 am(#)

    Printable grocery lists with seasonal menus (see Saving Dinner the Low Carb Way by Leann Ely for an example – and a whole section dedicted to the magic of free range/organic eggs and egg whites! Souffles, meringues, etc.

    Great idea Krista!

  19. Ro says:

    December 12th, 2009at 12:37 pm(#)

    I’ll second Amyt’s call for meals that could be frozen. And vegetarian-friendly proteins (but not the highly processed soy / protam etc products).

  20. Stacy says:

    December 12th, 2009at 1:35 pm(#)

    Protein bars! Or, any other types of meals I could prepare in a batch and grab-and-go in the morning. I can’t seem to get the baking chemistry right with some of the recipes I try.

    This isn’t cookbook-related per se, but I’ll throw it out there: I’ll read an eating/nutrition type book and there’ll be a section about your best choices if you’re ordering out. Ordering a salad+chicken breast seems obvious to me, but I’m less certain what to do when I’m at ethnic restaurants a lot of the time.

  21. Hadija says:

    December 12th, 2009at 1:36 pm(#)

    Vegetarian substitutions would be greatly appreciated!

  22. Rachel says:

    December 13th, 2009at 8:02 am(#)

    Please include not only recipes but also principles of meal planning – if you’re going for x grams of protein/day, here’s how to plan it across the day.

    Also, a discussion of post-workout re-fueling & timing. Seems like many women work out and then avoid eating anything for as long as possible afterwards.

    Protein bars, breakfast burritos, non-dairy smoothies – big batch freezable items would be helpful for planning ahead, too.


  23. Jac Lynn says:

    December 13th, 2009at 11:25 am(#)

    I an so excited about this! Thanks for doing it.

    Please include Kale chips

  24. Mistress Krista says:

    December 13th, 2009at 2:19 pm(#)

    Jac Lynn: You know it!! I LOOOOOVE kale chips!

  25. Misty says:

    December 14th, 2009at 3:27 pm(#)

    I’d love some ideas for dressing up tuna salad. My husband and I grew up with the model of great dollops of mayo mixed in with the tuna, and that’s about it. Recently I tasted a pre-mixed tuna concoction that had ‘sweet spicy thai’ flavors and it was great. Fewer calories than if it had had mayo. I tried approximating my own and did pretty good, but I’d still love some additional ideas.

    Oh, and ways to get veggies in for breakfast would be really nice.

    I remember I tried your cottage cheese pancakes (I think it was you!) and they turned out well. I think I’ll try those again soon!

  26. Heather says:

    December 14th, 2009at 4:42 pm(#)

    My problem with many recipe books is that the recipe may look fantastic at first glance, but it’s got one or two ingredients that are crucial but so out-of-the-ordinary that I never stock it and there are no good substitutions. I’m all for being creative in the kitchen, but I don’t have time to food-shop often, so I’m looking for creative ways to get more veggies in my diet while sprucing them up with common ingredients that most of us keep around most of the time. Oh, and pictures help! Visual learner here. I love that you’re doing this. Thanks.

  27. edna says:

    December 15th, 2009at 9:04 pm(#)

    Veggies, veggies, veggies. Salads get reeeeeeally boring.

    Quick veggie recipes for those midday meals when one doesn’t want to spend lots of time over the stove.

  28. Kit says:

    December 15th, 2009at 9:25 pm(#)

    I would like to see recipes not for one dish or one meal at a time, but for two or three days of varied, interesting meals. I only have time to cook two or three times a week, as I’m sure is the case for others. It would be nice to follow a set of instructions and have created not just one meal, but all my meals for the next few days. Berardi has a section like this in Precision Nutrition, but I haven’t seen a whole cookbook organized like this.

  29. Caitlin says:

    December 21st, 2009at 2:19 am(#)

    I would like some wheat-free, lowish-carb breakfast ideas. Scrambled eggs are gettin’ old…

  30. Kathy says:

    December 25th, 2009at 1:48 pm(#)

    Anything healthy and fast. Quick meals, freezables – anything that helps me avoid stooping to convenience foods when I get home late from work.

    Hey, you still remember Haven’t been back in years but you and Lyle taught me lots!

  31. Nikki says:

    December 30th, 2009at 7:37 pm(#)

    Borscht (So underrated. Really! Particularly when vegetarian and seasoned with just a bay leaf and a tiny hint of dill, then topped with sour cream.) and maybe another vegetable soup or two, like minestrone. I’ve found them to be an excellent way to get vegetables into the diet regularly–they’re cheap, easy, and flexible enough to use most vegetables you happen to have on hand. Also great for people doing a cut.

    I also really like apples baked in red wine, with a little sugar and marmalade or lemon zest, and maybe lightly spiced. It’s presumably really healthy for a dessert, and delicious.

    Ideas for how to make chicken and tuna more interesting are also always helpful. And cottage cheese, of course.

    Oh, and maybe creative ways to sneak in extra protein, like nutritional yeast.

  32. Karen says:

    January 1st, 2010at 3:32 pm(#)

    I agree with what Chris said about adding photos of the recipes – I generally don’t buy a cookbook unless it has pics. I need something to salivate over.

    I’m a big fan of “hiding” my veggies, not because I don’t like ‘em, I just like cheese/breads/proteins more. :-) Recipes that involve adding spinach or other greens to typically non-green recipes (on pizzas and in mac and cheese and such) will help to both fill me up faster and sneak much needed nutrients into my diet. My latest trick is to add a half can of spinach to recipes that might not normally call for it (in soups, in pastas, etc.) Helps this non-red-meat eater get her iron.

    I LOVE the idea of a stumptuous cookbook. Perhaps with a special section on eating for training or for competing? (What to eat in the month/week/day before a match/meet/race, what to eat during recovery periods.) And Rachel had a great point about post-workout timing.

  33. Patrick says:

    January 5th, 2010at 11:55 am(#)


    I’d love to see the queen of, “Hey, exercise doesn’t have to be boring and what you’ve traditionally thought” take on some delicious animal-free recipes. There’s a whole lot more out there than veggie burgers and sauteed tofu.

  34. mina says:

    January 6th, 2010at 5:34 pm(#)

    Great idea!
    I would like to see
    – Simple Snack-Meals that can be prepared in under 10 minutes.
    – Explanations of how to serve grains like quinoa, kasha, and barley that most people don’t know how to serve.
    – Cottage Cheese and Fish Based Meals
    + if you can find a way to health-ify traditional ukrainian foods (like whole wheat cottage cheese pierogies) you will be my god

  35. Evie says:

    January 12th, 2010at 9:07 pm(#)

    Things that can be tossed into a gym bag: home-made beef jerky and/or pemmican, something like a “Breakfast Cookie”, other things I’m not culinarily creative enough to think of, and would thus snap up your book. ;)

  36. lollergirl says:

    January 15th, 2010at 7:39 pm(#)

    some suggestions for pairing main and side dishes. i’m terrible at it.

    and i second (third?) wanting pictures.

  37. Shannon says:

    January 19th, 2010at 11:43 am(#)

    1. Cheap options.

    2. Low-carb stuff. It’s a legitimate health concern for some of us.

    3. Quick, throw-together recipe ideas.

    4. Ideas/recipes for how to eat well while traveling.

    5. Recipes you can make if you have only rare, intermittent access to a kitchen (believe it or not, I am in this situation).

  38. Kate says:

    January 22nd, 2010at 2:19 am(#)

    some of the things that I would like to see are: meals that can be prepared ahead of time and then frozen (when time constraints apply, I like to cook up a weeks worth of dinners on a Sunday, so that dinner for the rest of the week is speedy and simple); a nutrient profile for each recipe – so I can easily pick something for when I want a (healthy) carb load or when I’m on a low carb day; recipes that include ideas that make the meal adjustable to different family members (i.e for kids ‘omit x add y’, for ‘fussy great aunt Myrtles the addition of z on the table will help her to feel more like she is in her comfort zone and less like she is with aliens from planet healthy person'; healthy versions of recipes from different cultures (or indeed recipes from other cultures that always were pretty healthy!) and lastly desserts/sweets that avoid using artificial sweetener/splenda etc (but that may not be the best marketing idea – I don’t like sweet stuff – don’t even eat chocolate, so my dessert ideas may not have mass appeal!)
    well that’s a pretty long wish list – but hey, a girl can dream.

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