Sunday, October 13, 2013
I made this today, it looks and smells great! I won't taste it until tomorrow at the earliest, since I made it to put up for lunches for work. But I think the ingredients are good, so it must taste great!
This was from a Cooking Light magazine I had from a while back. A couple of years ago I took all my old Cooking Light magazines and pulled out any recipe I thought I might want to try and put them in a binder. For a time after that I was pulling out recipes and making one a week. That fell by the wayside, as I moved on to other recipe sources, first, the SparkPeople cookbook, then other cookbooks I have, sometime on-line recipes, including Spark Recipes, and sometimes Leigh Peele "Body by Eats" recipes. Some of these are great, some OK, some blah...but I do enjoy looking at the recipes and deciding if it's worth a shot! And sometimes the "blah" ones just need some tweaking to make them good or great, usually spices, herbs or some source of flavor boost.
So there is a link to the recipe, the picture looks accurate to how mine looks, and I will say I did make a couple of substitutions, but mostly kept it as is. First I did not use ground turkey, I had roasted a chicken yesterday (from the recipe in "The Cooks Bible" by Christopher Kimball of "America's Test Kitchen" and other places) so I used roasted chicken meat instead, 8 ounces worth of mostly thigh meat, some white meat as well. The other sub I made was I used a can of whole black beans (rinsed) rather than re-fried beans. It was what I had, and I think worked more easily, as spreading re-fried beans onto corn kernels sounds like a difficult thing to do! Oh, I also used a garlic jack cheese instead of cheddar. Other than that, I followed the recipe as is.
If I remember I'll update after I have tried it, but it really looks and smells great!
So I had this for lunch yesterday with the chopped tomato and green onion, as well as some avocado, and it was quite spicy (thanks to the chipotles in adobo I had used for the canned chiles at the bottom) and very delicious! I think this would be good with a dollop of sour cream or greek yogurt as well, but forgot to bring that...maybe next time! I ended up cutting it into 9 servings instead of 6, so the calorie count won't be the same as the original recipe, but since I added avocado, I wanted to cut that back a bit.
Sunday, September 15, 2013
...the number of steps on my fitbit after I finished my run/walk today, and that was a 10 mile run. So this was a go/no go for the marathon I have scheduled in 2 weeks, and I will call it a success! Yes, it was only 10 miles...but I don't want to damage my knee. What I wanted to see was if the run/walk would work for keeping my knee feeling OK, and so far, I say it did. I ended up running a mile, then walking a quarter mile, and so on through the run. It took me an hour and 50 minutes, just under a 12 min mile on average.
I will monitor and see how I feel in the next couple of days, I also found a great youtube video on 3 PT exercises for chondromalacia patella, and I will give those a try, one is a stretch for the quadriceps, one is foam rolling the quad, and the last is a reverse lunge on a slide device.
I should be in taper mode now, so I'm keeping that in mind, and will keep my weekday runs shorter. I do find my knee seems to stiffen the more I sit, so I think some activity is good for the joint.
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Just a quick update:
Stayed away from the candy dish all week! That said, Friday was "Peanut day" so my boss brought in a bunch of peanut snacks....and I LOVE me some peanuts....so I did indulge in some of those.
I ran in to work 2 days last week, Tuesday and Thursday. around 3 miles and 4.5 miles respectively. My knee is OK, a little more stiff after Thursday, so I'll have to keep an eye on it. Friday was massage and sauna day, which was a nice way to end the week!
No ice cream has entered the house (or my mouth) since last weekend!
I have a bunch of dried mint, if anyone has any ideas of what to do with it. I've been looking up recipes on-line, and have some ideas, but I have a LOT of this stuff. I do like mint tea, and used some in my Teavana infusion tea maker for iced tea. So good!
I also need to figure out when to harvest my basil. I have a bunch of that too. I see pesto in my future!
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
And I don't mean the store! It's just really Tuesday morning....so why not blog?
Since yesterday was Monday, it was another opportunity to avoid that darned candy dish! And avoid I did, made much easier by the fact that it is now empty! And did not get refilled as it usually does! That said, there are new candy dishes in our conference room, right across the hall from my office...and I avoided those too, but they contained Smarties, not my candy of choice, so really easy to avoid!
I brought breakfast and lunch for 2 days in yesterday so I could amble in today (run or walk as dictated by my knee), and along with that, I brought a couple of nectarines and a couple of pluots, and those were great yesterday, can't wait for today's afternoon fruit treat!
I had my Ortho appointment yesterday, and he said I have chondromalcia patella, common in women because of our hip angle, and that I should let the pain in my knee dictate my running, but that if I felt up to it, I could do the marathon. Now, I know I don't have the endurance built up to actually RUN this event, but I do think if I am careful, and train right (this would really be taper time anyway) I can run what I can and walk the rest. So many people are successful with the walk/run marathon process, so I think I could work that out. I'll see how my training goes in the weeks ahead and see how I feel come that weekend. We still could switch to the half, need be.
Work is nuts right now, we are less than a month from a big systems change...and our corporate folks have descended on us....always a treat! Tine to roll up the sleeves and dig in!
Sunday, September 08, 2013
So, since I didn't go to work yesterday or today, there was no candy dish to avoid...but, I did have a victory of sorts, I went to the grocery store yesterday, and skipped the ice cream aisle, no chocolate entered my shopping basket, and it was filled with fruits, veggies, and other healthy foods!
Then today, Larry and I went to the store after our bike/hike outing, and he noted that he too was passing on the ice cream, and we left with the few things on our list and a couple of other healthy things that hadn't made it to the list.
For my lunches this week I made a zucchini/rice casserole, and a spinach casserole (in the crockpot) so now I have a bunch more lunches in the freezer. I was down to 3, so it was time to boost that up!
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