5k:19:17 @ Dublin Shamrock 5k 2011
10k: 41:01 @ Scheel's Turkey Trot 2010
Half:1:30:07 @ Oakland Half 2012
Full: 3:12:57 @ CIM Marathon 2013
70.3: 5:20:07 @ Vineman 2012
140.6: 12:14:21 @ IM Coeur d'Alene 2013
Category Archives: Food
Not to detract too far from training, let’s talk about something that kind of goes hand-in-hand: FOOD!
I’m one of those people that posts some of the better food that they’ve just made on Instagram. If you hate it, whatevs, you don’t have to follow me. But I just can’t help being proud of the fact that my zero cooking skills actually resulted in something delicious. It’s a feeling of accomplishment and down right satisfaction. Plus, I usually get a few folks asking for the recipes. Thus, instead of sending them all one by one, I thought I’d do a round up of some of the winners I’ve made recently.
Mexican Quinoa Salad with Spicy Chicken
Stop what you’re doing and go make this salad. Actually, I don’t even like calling a salad. It’s a bowl full of health perfection topped with a flavor-punch of protein. It’s colorful, filling and a combination of two recipes I found online.
First, the Mexican Quinoa salad (the dressing is what sets it apart). Then, I simply sautéed two chicken breasts with the following spice mixture:
1 tbsp. chili powder
½ tbsp. paprika
¼ tsp. garlic powder
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
½ tsp. sugar
½ tsp. salt
Top the salad with the dressing (that you hopefully made ahead and refrigerated) and then your chicken. I prefer the salad chilled, but it was great with hot chicken on top as well.
Dairy-Free Banana Pumpkin Oatmeal Honey Bread
Whew! That’s a mouthful — and it is in more ways than one. Over-ripe bananas? No problem. Throw them in with what I would guarantee 75 percent of us have in our pantries right now for a hearty, delicious bread that will keep you fed for breakfast for the entire week. You can find the recipe here.
Orzo Vegetable Soup with Pesto
After cooking quite a few soups this season, I have found that I love when they have pasta in them as it helps fill me up a bit more. However, the noodle size was never quite perfected…until I tried orzo in a soup. It’s hearty enough, but not too much. This soup was a winner because it introduced me to my new soup BFF, but I would just go ahead and add the pesto in instead of dolloping it on top. You can find the recipe here.
Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa Casserole
If you can’t tell already, I’m slightly obsessed with The Garden Grazer. I’ve tried three of her recipes thus far and not one has failed me. This one was the double agent of recipes: on the bottom it’s all, “Oh hey. I’m so healthy and will hashtag the hell out of how healthy I am.” But then on top, BAM, cheesy goodness that I broiled to be just slightly crunchy but fully flavorful. You can find the recipe here.
Other recipe winners that I’ve encountered over the month but failed to take a photo of include Baked Gnocchi with Ricotta and Marinara, Slow Cooker Taco Chicken Bowls, Spaghetti with Artichoke Hearts and Tomatoes and Quinoa Stuffer Peppers (all of which I’ve linked to on my Pinterest account).
Now if only I actually had good food blogging photos…
Any great new recipe discoveries you can share?
This year, Chicken Face and I held out first (soon to be annual) Friendsgiving! Sounds fun, right? Totally, except for one minor thing: I’ve never cooked a turkey before and had absolutely no idea where to start. Thus, I turned to Martha Stewart and began hyperventilating at the thought of figuring out how to gut a turkey, what a cheesecloth was and how to ensure that I don’t give all of our guest food poisoning.
With a little bit of research, I ended up taking somewhat of a risk and making my own turkey recipe of sorts. Let’s just say that it was a great learning experience, nobody died, and next year will be even better!
Sorry, Cody. I just had to.
Lola’s new BFF.
Post-friendsgiving, I had copious amounts of turkey leftover with not an idea what to do with it. I turned to my trusty friend Google and found THE MOST AMAZING Southwestern turkey soup recipe (yes, that’s supposed to be in all caps). I have to admit, I’ve never made soup before and was super excited with how easy and delicious it was. It tastes like a spicy tortilla soup. Crumble some chips on top and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
(PS Don’t laugh at my food photography. I’m just trying to copy Cate. She’s amazing.)
Do you do Friendsgiving? What’s your favorite turkey left-over recipe?
I posted my first recipe (Cauliflower Mac ‘N Cheese) a week or so ago and was nervous about adding food to the blog. Would they like it? Should I keep it to running only? When I asked, you answered, and it sounded like you all were in support of this addition. Thus, I’ll be sprinkling in a few of my favorite recipes here and there. But please note: I’m not the best chef nor am I addicted to gourmet ingredients, so the recipes you see here will be simple, tasty and budget friendly. Here we go…
I don’t know where I got the original recipe, but it’s a classic that Chicken Face and I have been making since we were dating, and now I want to share it with you! Rest assured that my “world’s easiest” title is no façade – the only thing that could be easier is a frozen lasagna.
Chicken Face’s Easy Shmeezy Veggie Lasagna
Ingredients (w/ notes)
8 oz. reduced fat cream cheese THAT’S THE WHOLE BOX
15 oz. part-skim ricotta cheese THAT’S AN ENTIRE CONTAINER
1 bag frozen bell peppers and onions HAVE YOU SEEN HOW EXPENSIVE BELL PEPPERS ARE LATELY?! SAVE MONEY AND GO WITH FROZEN
1 bag frozen artichoke hearts ANY FROZEN VEGGIE WILL WORK, I JUST L-O-V-E ARTICHOKES
8 no-boil lasagna noodles
1 jar spaghetti sauce THE SAUCE I USED IS FROM TRADER JOE’S AND IS CRAZY GARLICY. IF YOU HAVE REGULAR SAUCE, I’D RECOMMEND CHOPPING UP SOME GARLIC AND THROWING IT IN WITH YOUR FROZEN VEGGIES.
Mozzarella cheese to sprinkle on top
Salt & pepper
Olive oil for baking dish
Preheat over to 425. Lightly oil your baking dish.
In a medium bowl, stir the cream cheese and ricotta; season with my good friends salt and pepper. Make sure to mush out all of the lumps – it helps to bring the cream cheese to room temp first.
In another bowl, combine your frozen veggies (make sure they are defrosted) and Italian seasoning.
Now lets layer! Spread a light layer of sauce on the bottom of the dish, then a light layer of veggies. Spread your cheese mixture on top of the noodles (nope, yo
u don’t have to boil them – hence the “no-boil” – and think of it like you are icing the noodles), then plop it on top of the veggies. Then complete this pattern until you run out of veggies: veggies, sauce, noodles w/ cheese, veggies, sauce, noodles w/ cheese…etc.
The final layer should just be veggies and sauce. Then top it off with your mozzarella and presto! You’re practically Italian…err…maybe not.
Cover your baking dish with foil and bake until cheese is bubbly and noodles are tender (about 30 – 35 minutes).
Remove the foil and bake until golden brown. I like mine extra crunchy on top so I left it in for 20 minutes.
Eat your face off.
Happy eating and happy running!
Day 68: Sick
Day 69: 5 horrible, still sick miles
It’s pouring. I kid you not, p-o-u-r-i-n-g here in California and makes me want to do nothing but stay home and bake, watch more Mad Men and cuddle on the couch. Although I got my cooking fix with the lemon artichoke pasta and oatmeal raisin cookies I made last night for dinner, I keep dreaming about the cauliflower macaroni and cheese that I found in Runner’s World and made a couple weeks back – a deceptively healthy concoction of downhome goodness.
You may have heard me tweet about it, but I thought I’d share the recipe here with you and how I “Pageified” it. It looks like a lot of ingredients, but most of it is stuff you probably already have in your pantry.
2 1/2 cups vegetable or chicken stock – I USED CHICKEN BROTH
2 bay leaves – I TOTALLY DID NOT USE THIS. CUTTIN’ COSTS WHERE I CAN
1 cauliflower, cored and cut into large pieces
8 ounces whole-wheat elbow macaroni – I DON’T KNOW HOW THEY GOT AWAY WITH ONLY 8 OUNCES. I USED 16 OZ. (I.E. A WHOLE BOX) OF BIGGER, CURLY PASTA
1/2 cup grated cheese (such as sharp cheddar, Gruyere, or Emmental, or a combination) – I USED SHARP CHEDDAR CHEESE THAT WAS ON SALE. ENDED UP USING ABOUT A CUP
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg – CAREFUL WITH THIS ONE. YOU CAN REALLY TASTE IT IN THE PASTA SO MAKE SURE YOU MEASURE THIS EXACTLY
Salt and black pepper
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup whole-grain bread crumbs – I ENDED UP USING A BIT MORE TO ENSURE THAT IT COATED THE ENTIRE TOP OF THE DISH
- Heat oven to 400° F and simultaneously boil a pot of water for your pasta.
- The recipe originally calls for fancy heating of the bay leaves and chicken stock. I skipped this entirely and just warmed the chicken broth in the microwave for a bit.
- In a separate pot of boiling water, cook the cauliflower for 25 minutes; you will want in soft. Then put cauliflower in a food processor. Yes, it will end up looking like baby foot, but that’s a good thing.
- Cook your pasta, drain and rinse so it cools down. Then put it in a greased baking dish. I like to use a bigger baking dish so there is more crunchy goodness on top.
- Process the cauliflower some more with broth, cheese, oil, mustard, nutmeg, salt, and pepper. There is A LOT so you may have to do it in batches depending on the size of your processor.
- Finally, pour this “cauliflower sauce” over the pasta, toss and top it off with the parmesan, a little extra sharp cheddar and the bread crumbs.
- Bake for 20 minutes then put it on broil for three minutes for that nice crispy top.
Served Chicken Face and I four three, happy, healthy days.
I’ve never posted a recipe on here before so tell me, would you like more recipes or keep it to running and Lola news?
Day 59: 8 miles
I could blame it on being sick. Or maybe on the fact that I am going out of town this weekend. Naah, I’ll just fess up…I have no freeeeaking food!
Yes, that’s a lone Smirnoff Ice…just waiting to “Ice” someone!
This current conundrum is quite the anomaly as I seriously have an obsession with grocery shopping and the refrigerator is usually packed with a combination of semi-healthy food for me and not-so-healthy food for Chicken Face. For some odd reason, wondering up and down the strategically placed aisles is almost therapeutic to me.
So yes, I’ll be out of town this weekend for wine tasting with my fabulous co-workers, but I’m already anxiously looking forward to grocery shopping on Sunday. Here’s where I’d love your help with:
- What are your go-to healthy foods during the week (i.e. what should I stock up on)?
- What is your healthy treat that you can’t live without?
- What are your running fuel staples?
Can’t wait to hear what I should pick up next!
Thanks for your help and happy running!
First and foremost, I want to say how thoroughly impressed…ahhh, cut the crap…those of you who finished the Ironman this past weekend (eh hem…RON!) seriously kicked some ass! Yes, I said ass on a blog that my employer is probably looking at. I am amazed, inspired and empowered as someday (yes, a long, long time from now), I am going to tackle the ultimate athletic challenge. So congratulations to all of the Ironman finishers out there, you are simply amazing!
But because of their complete awesomeness, I feel as if my lame supposed-to-be-13-miles-then-turned-into-11-because-of-glorious-GI-issues blog post just won’t cut it this week. Yes, I ran. Yes, it was average. Yes, I didn’t get all the mileage in that I wanted this past week. But yes, I’m still on track for Chicago. That was exhilarating!
Instead, how about some photos? Yes, everyone loves photo (just nod your head and smile). Chicken’s mom came into town this weekend and we played host. Not only did this include a trip to San Francisco, but also Toy Story 3 (you’ll love it!) and amazing fresh veggies. She has the most fantastic garden and always bring Chicken and I the most gorgeous bounty!
The weekend also included my first trip to San Francisco’s tea garden and a lovely lil’ stroll through Golden Gate Park.