Can’t Resist the Chili

March 13, 2009 at 12:30 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 7 Comments
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 The thought of getting into the pool after work today was just so completely unappealing.  You know that feeling right before you’re going to jump in?? That kind of dread of not wanting to get in the water? That’s all I could think about.  So I opted for some Dave Farmar yoga podcast. I did 60 minutes of Power Yoga from 10/29/08. It was pretty good. Some points were hard to follow because he wouldn’t say exactly what they were doing. Afterward I did some arm strengthening and a little ab work.

Then it was time to make some dinner! On the menu? Chili and corn muffins! Such a classic combo.

For the chili we we simmered some soy chorizo, kidney beans, carrots, tomato sauce, onions and broccoli. We also added in part of a packet of McCormick Chili seasoning.

Then we made some House Autry cornbread mix  I got for $1.50 at the store. They were really easy to make. James loved em but I found them to be a little dry and bland. Maybe I’m just remembering back to the days of those fat and sugar loaded corn bread muffins of my youth…

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The corn on top really did the deed on here. I just sprinkled some on top before putting them in the oven. And I liked the fact it didn’t sink it. It made it look really good. Definitely gave some color to an otherwise non-exciting looking muffin.


Can you spy a boyfriend’s  hand already reaching for some corny goodness??

And theeen I crumbled half a cornbread muffin on top.


Yummm 🙂 This definitely helped with the dryness factor and who doesn’t like a little bread crumb topping on a hot and spicy dish?  It helped balance the spice factor and gave a nice contrast of textures, which I love. Toppings make everything better.


Hi Toby! Do you like his polka dotted placemat?

What’s your favorite condiment?

That’s a tough one for me! I love so many! BBQ sauce is definitely up there though.

Veggie Pot Pie

March 4, 2009 at 1:35 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 6 Comments
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There’s really nothing better then some comfort food when it’s snowy and chilly outside .  James had said a while back that he wanted to make a pot pie and tonight seemed like the perfect time to make it!

My sister and I actually made this recipe for Thanksgiving, as a vegan option. It was de-veganized tonight, though and we used some different veggies.

Changes made:buttermilk

  • Canola oil based butter used instead of Earth Balance
  • Cultured buttermilk used instead of soy milk (and we had no regular milk)
  • Veggies used: Broccoli, carrots, celery, onion, corn
  • Whole Wheat Flour used


James showing his approval:


Pressing out the crust into a circle:


James putting the crust on top of the pie:


We made this in the best pan ever because it can go from stove top to oven which equals less clean up which is always a good thing:


The final product:

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My piece:


Spinach salad with tomatoes, cucumber, chickpeas and balsamic vinegar:


With the rest of the iced coffee drink James handed me the second I walked in the door from work..that’s what I call service.


I ended up giving about half of my crust to James. I was in it for the filling. I really cannot even express how delicious and satisfying this is. It has a rich and buttery taste (I guess from the cultured buttermilk?), with the corn and peas giving it some sweetness.

James quickly informed me that the leftovers  would be gone by the time I get home from work tomorrow. Good to know.

Now we’re watching The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Okay James is watching it…I glance up occasionally.

I did a workout on the elliptical before going to work today. I can’t decide whether I want to try to run tomorrow or give my knee another day of rest.  It felt better today but still hurt occasionally, especially going up and down stairs. I’m inclined to want to just ellipticize one more day. I would much rather skip running one more day then risk being out for the count for weeks and not be able to run my half marathon in March!! We’ll see what happens…

How cautious are you when you feel pain? Does it significantly alter your workout or do you “run through the pain” ?

Bake it Up!

February 27, 2009 at 1:13 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments
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Sometimes I like to make a big batch of something that James can take with him to work for lunch or just eat whenever he’s hungry.

The other night I decided to make him some baked pasta. I thought it would be something he could eat throughout the week.

That was my fault.

I failed to remember that James can eat. A lot.

It was gone in about a day.

At least I know he likes it! And it was ridiculously easy to make.

I used some wheat pasta I got from TJ’s and boiled it until tender. Then I spread it out in a baking dish with some defrosted frozen broccoli and peas as well as some fresh mushrooms chopped up. Then I poured some marinara sauce over it all and mixed it up.


I sprinkled some part skim pizza blend shredded cheese on top (maybe 3/4 of a c.) and popped it into a 350* oven for 25 minutes.


and voila! You have a happy guy clamoring to eat up some pasta.



I’m sure I will be making this many, many more times. (Like our new bowls?? James’ mom gave of an old set of Blue Willow China she no longer uses! I love it!)

When I came home from work today, I did about 30 minutes of Yoga. It felt so wonderful! I really need to start doing Yoga more often. I’d love to do it 3-4 times a week.

Does anyone else with dogs have problems exercising/yoga-ing with them around?? Whenever i get down on the floor to do a move, Toby promptly takes that as a sign that’ it’s time to play.

Here’s me pushing him away with my feet while he tries to bring duckie over:


This mostly happens at the beginning when I’m in child’s pose  and he comes over and starts head butting me! haha

It’s supposed to rain ALL WEEKEND! On Saturday it says “heavy rain” !! And I can tell you right now there’s no way I’m doing a long run on the treadmill… Let’s hope it all works out.

I got a comment from In My Tummy the other day about which training plan I was doing for my half. Well I kind of fell off the training plan wagon. I got sick one weekend and didn’t run then I just kept revising. Basically, I’m doing one day a week of speedwork, one day of crosstraining, one rest day, 3 days of 3.8-4.2 mile runs and 1 long run.

So a typical week looks like this:

Su M T W Tr Fr Sa
XT Rest 3.8 mi 3.8 mi 4.2 mi speedwork 10 mi


XT is usually some time on the elliptical.

For my long runs, my weeks ended up going like this:

Week 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
8 miles sick ~ 9.5 miles 10 miles 8 miles 11 miles 12 miles 6 miles RACE!


So that’s my plan! Wow this was a longer post then I thought it would be!!

What’s your favorite ice cream topping?? Mine is chocolate chips and strawberries! yummmm…..

Spaghetti or Not and The Challenge!

February 7, 2009 at 11:52 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments
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This week in NC has been cold…really really cold. Which is why I was SO excited to see that this weekend was going to be in the 70’s!! I was pumped for a leisurely run in the sun today and going to an awesome new spot for my 9 miler tomorrow.

But alas, my immune system had different plans.

I had been pretty run down at work on Thursday and Friday and had a headache all day which is unusual for me – I rarely get headaches. Then last night I got that “I’m getting a cold feeling” and proceeded to spend the entire night awake in my bed with a painful sore throat. Yup. Definitely sick.

But that didn’t stop me from going to the Krispy Kreme Challenge to cheer my boys on!!



The Challenge:

  1. Run 2 miles to the Krispy Kreme Store
  2. Eat 1 dozen Krispy Kreme donuts
  3. Run 2 miles

James & Toby Run


Insert here: Me yelling my head off and telling him he’s almost to the finish!

Isn’t it awesome Toby got to run the race with him? I was v. proud.

He did not feel well after this race. I’ll spare you those pictures.

When I got home I knew I needed some veggies and all of their immune boosting goodness so I made the Spaghetti squash I had bought last week.

I heated it in a 425* oven for 40 minutes.



Then the fun part! Take a fork and drag it through the meat of the squash.


I topped it with some salt, garlic pepper, marinara sauce and broccoli. It was delish.


I also made myself some Green Tea for all of it’s immunity boosting powers!


I found this on

Green tea is a rich source of a type of antioxidant called a catechin, and preliminary research has found that a specific catechin — epigallocatechin gallate (egcg) — may give the beverage antigen-fighting abilities. When researchers at the University of Sherbrooke in Canada added green tea to lab samples of the adenovirus (one of many viruses that causes colds), they discovered that egcg inhibited the virus’ ability to replicate. Similarly, researchers in South Korea found that egcg can also stop the influenza virus from replicating. While these studies were conducted in petri dishes instead of human subjects, some researchers believe you can reasonably bank on green tea’s benefits — particularly when it’s consumed in place of colas or other sugary beverages with little nutritional benefit. "Green tea catechins can improve lymphocyte responses and seem to have anti-inflammatory effects," Stephensen says.

Yup. I’m making myself another cup right now 😉

I also read that raw garlic is great for you. I’m going to try to add some of that to dinner tonight!

What do you do when you get a cold??

I’m a big fan of Zicam and Emergen-C. I’m praying I magically feel better tomorrow and can do my long run!! Gah!

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