Monthly Archives: February 2012

Food Stuff

Over the weekend, I decided to make a big batch of quinoa that I could take to work for lunches. I always mean to do this, but I never do and end up eating a lot of frozen foods (or leftovers if I’ve been cooking) but this weekend I did.


This was based on a recipe that I got at Trader Joe’s.

#quinoa salad recipe#

I halved the corn salsa and added some olives, cumin, salt and pepper. I’ve been adding some goat cheese when I take it to work. It’s good, but I think next time, I’d use regular corn instead of the corn salsa. It’s kind of on the sweet side and I’m weird about sweet and savory things, meaning I don’t like them mixed together.

Tonight’s dinner was not sweet and savory but spicy and savory instead, which I definitely prefer. I made another Eating Well recipe – this time the Hot Chile Grilled Cheese sandwich. Jason got excited when I said I was making sandwiches for dinner. I don’t always make tofu! Although that was the alternative if he didn’t want the sandwiches (and it’s tomorrow night’s dinner.)

#hot chile grilled cheese sandwich#

I followed the recipe, save for adding scallions because I didn’t have them. I don’t have a panini press, so I used the George Foreman, which seems to be the same thing. I mean, right? What’s the difference really? This was tasty, but spicy. I thought poblanos were mild. Not these; they definitely had a kick.

Do you prepare extra food on the weekends for lunches? Give me tips. I think the problem is that I’m just lazy on Sundays and while I’ll cook dinner for myself, the thought of cooking lunches too makes me want to take a nap.

Back in the Kitchen

I wasn’t kidding about being tired last night. I was fast asleep by 9:30. It was pretty awesome. My legs were feeling a little sore this morning (a 9:15 pace 10K is pretty fast for me), so I opted to do some triceps and biceps at the gym instead of running or leg strength training. And then I took a nap. You know, the one that I didn’t get to take yesterday.

And then I cooked, finally. I don’t know what happened, but cooking went completely out the window for the past few weeks. But I’m back! Back with sweet potato burgers and brussels sprouts.

This sweet potato burger recipe seems to have taken Pinterest by storm. I have seen it everywhere. I changed the recipe a good bit though. I only used one can of beans, hummus instead of tahini (because I didn’t have any), doubled the flour and didn’t use panko. Oh and I baked them for about 25 minutes at 350 instead of pan frying them. So yeah, I pretty much completely changed the recipe.


#Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers#

The burgers were good, but they fell apart pretty easily (as the recipe said they would). Still pretty tasty though. I served them with brussels sprouts. The secret to good brussels, in my opinion, is to get them really seared, almost burnt.

Get them looking like this…

#Brussels Sprouts#

..and then cook them another 5 minutes or even more. But take a better picture of your dinner plate than I did.

#sweet potato burger and brussels sprouts#

So, I did the 11 things blog post a few weeks ago, but Stephanie tagged me in her recent post, so I figured that I’d answer her questions.

1. What is your all time favorite cartoon?
Does a Pixar movie count as a cartoon? UP! If not, Beauty and the Beast.

2.What did you want to be when you grew up?
An animator for Disney. That went well with the first question.

3.What is one house hold item you could not live without?
My computer.

4.What is your least favorite (or most hated) food?
Blue cheese.

5. What is you favorite sports team?
I’m not a big sports person. I’ll route for the Falcons or Redskins for football and the Braves or Orioles for baseball. Or the South Carolina Gamecocks because that’s where Jason went to college. (My school didn’t have a football team.)

6.Are you a Dog or Cat person?

7. Do you have a favorite quote?
It’s a song lyric, but I’ve always liked:

“I will go in this way and find my own way out.” – Dave Matthews Band #41

8. What do you never leave home without?
Cell phone

9.Harry Potter or Twilight? (Or neither?)

10. Do you have a pet peeve? If so, what is it?
I hate it when people add an “s” to store names that aren’t plural. The name of the store is not Barnes & Nobles.

11. If you could meet anyone, living or dead, famous or not, who would it be?
I have to get back to you on that one. Not sure.

Charles Harris 10K – A PR!

My friends Erin and Baha, Jamie and Dave, Andrew and Katharine and I have a monthly (or we try to make it monthly) dinner club. Each month a one of the couples picks the restaurant. We ended up taking a long hiatus for various reasons but re-convened last night at Jamie and Dave’s choice – Chateau de Saigon.

I’d actually been wanting to try this place because a former co-worker of mine who is Vietnamese recommended it. It didn’t disappoint. Jason and I split the vegetable soup (we opted for the vegetarian broth) to start out. This was only so-so. It was on the bland side. For my entree, I got the stir-fried tofu with vegetables, while Jason had some sort of combination clay pot platter. The dishes were HUGE. Tons of food. Mine was basically a lot of fried tofu with some bok choy in a sauce. I’m not usually much for fried foods but I love fried tofu, so I was happy. I don’t eat it often, so I figure it’s okay every once in a while.

After dinner, we headed home, since I had an early wake up call for the Charles Harris 10K. I ended up waking up at 5:55, 5 minutes before my alarm was scheduled to go off. I was a little worried about the sudden cold front that’d moved in, but knew that I’d be fine once I started running.

Remember when I said that I was going to make pancakes before the race? Yeah, right. Even when I typed that I knew that the likelihood of me making pancakes at 6 am was slim to none. So I had my usual instead.

#Pre Face Food#

The coffee did it’s job, if you know what I mean, before I left the house, so that was nice. I can’t tell you how many pre-race portapotties I’ve been in. Sorry, TMI?

I left the house at about 6:45 am. The start of the race is only about a mile from my house but it’s a point to point race, so I had to drive to the finish line and take the shuttle to the start. I met up with Kristy, who was also doing the race, right away.

Once we got the school, where the race started, I got my number and met up with Lindsay.

#Charles Harris bib#

I’ve done this race twice in the past, so I’m familiar with the course (plus, it’s by my house). I’ll be the first to tell you, it’s not a pretty course at all. It’s a straight shot down a 4-lane highway basically. But it’s mostly flat, by Atlanta standards at least, and that’s more important to me than nice scenery.

The other nice thing about this race is at every mile marker, there’s a big digital clock displaying the time. I didn’t bring my Garmin, so it was nice to see my pace. I got to the first mile marker at 8:55. Way too fast! The funny thing was, I didn’t feel like I was running especially fast, so I figured I’d just go with it.

I maintained a 9 minute mile pace for the first three miles. Then came the big hill. It was gradual, but there was a definite uphill in the third or fourth mile. On top of slowing down for that, my shoelace became untied. Nevertheless, I was still maintaining a 9-something pace (although closer to ten).

Knowing the course is always really helpful to me and I knew that once we past the Mile 4 marker, it’d be downhill, with a somewhat steep downhill in the 5th mile. I tried to pick up the pace again once I got there.

The last half mile of the race is sort of a tease. You run right by the parking lot where you’ve parked and know the finish line is near, but have to go through a neighborhood for a while to get to it. I felt myself slowing down a bit, but I didn’t feel too bad and when I passed the 6 mile marker, I was happy to see that it read 56 something and I knew that I could achieve and possibly beat my 58 minute goal.

I ended up crossing the finish line with a clock time of 57:30 and later found out my chip time was 57:15! This is a 10K PR by a least a minute for me!

#Charles Harris shirt#

Afterward, I meant to go home and take a nap, but the day got away from me and I went to the movies and dinner with a friend instead. Now I’m absolutely exhausted and I wouldn’t be surprised if I’m in bed by 9pm!

(Kristy and Lindsay kicked ass in this race too.)


1. I google mapped the closest Whole Foods to my office and it told me 9.9 miles. That’s not that bad, right? It took about 15 minutes to get there and it was a super nice one, so yay for that, although boo for my wallet.

2. Remember how I said that this half-marathon training plan was going to be different because I was going to keep up with strength training? Umm, yeah. Out the window it went. I just don’t know how to run 4 days a week and fit it in more than one, maybe twice if I’m lucky. I was doing double time at the gym with strength and cardio when I didn’t have a job, but obviously I don’t have quite the same amount of free time now. Not that I’m complaining.

3. I’m an evening (or sometimes lunch) exerciser. At least during the work week, I am. I cannot get my butt out of bed early to save my life. So that means that when I have a 5-mile run to do, I don’t get home until 7:45ish and the last thing I want to is cook. So, I had the usual: refried beans (they’re hiding under there) with various veggies and salad. I honestly think I could eat this every night.

#Refried Bean Salad#

The salad almost always includes frozen peppers (the pepper and onion blend from Kroger or the Pepper Blend from TJ’s), refried beans, salsa and lettuce but tonight’s also had olives, avocado and goat cheese.

4. My left eye has been twitching for a week or so. It’s so annoying. I don’t feel particularly stressed out, so I don’t think it’s that. I’ve been trying to limit my caffeine to one or two cups of coffee in the morning. It’s not helping. It’s twitching as I type.

5. Jason and I are thinking of going to Vegas this Summer. We were originally going to go to San Francisco, or I wanted to go there, rather, but we’ve just spent a lot of money in the past week fixing our cars, so we decided to go somewhere cheaper instead. Last time we stayed at the MGM Grand.

#MGM Grand#

While I liked the hotel, I sort of want to stay somewhere new. Any suggestions? I don’t want to stay in a dump, but I can’t afford to stay in the Wynn.

A Pancake PR?

I’ve found the secret to my long runs.

#Whole Wheat Pancakes#

For years, I’ve been a pre-run peanut butter on toast or English muffin type of girl, but I think that I’m on to something with these pancakes. They’ve propelled me through both my nine and ten mile long runs (even when I messed up the recipe and doubled the amount of flour). But as much as I’ve enjoyed pancakes before a long run, how well will they do before a race?

I’m about to find out. I registered for the Charles Harris 10K which is this coming Saturday.

#Charles Harris logo#

I’ve done this race for the past two years. It starts about a mile from my house, which is nice and convenient. It’s not the most scenic race course (you basically run down a 4-lane road the entire time) but it’s well organized and it’s a net downhill. I always manage to convince myself that the entire race is downhill, which it isn’t. But a good part of the 5th mile is and that’s a major plus toward the end.

Last year I did this race in 59:32. I think I can beat that this year. I’m hoping for 58 something. Are pancakes the answer? Will pancakes give me a PR? Or perhaps a better question is will I be up for making pancakes at 6:30 am?

What do you eat before races?

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