Last week turned out rather half-heartedly. I had a busy week at work. The weather was hot, yet again.
Monday I visited Honda again with co-workers again all day, not returning home until 6pm. I managed to still make dinner and then force myself into a three mile run after work.
Tuesday was a personal training session with Sarah, and Wednesday was another trip down to Honda, to introduce our new US president of the company. Still didn’t get home until much later than planned – around 7pm. Thursday was personal training with Sarah in the morning.
Friday, the first actually nice day in a long time, I went to the Ann Arbor Art Fair with Amanda in the evening and had dinner at Real Seafood Company. Saturday morning I stopped by the Farmer’s Market and decided to get some cooking done!
After lunch, I visited the art fair again with our neighbors. I’ve only been one other year and never bought anything, so this year I got two rice/noodle bowls that hold chopsticks. I’m super excited to get to use them.
Almost as soon as we got back from walking home from downtown, Megan, Shari, and Karen arrived and we headed downtown again. We were having dinner that evening at Blue Tractor and needed to kill sometime so we played some games at Pinball Pete’s, which I hadn’t done in forever. Dance Dance Revolution is STILL a workout, even just four songs.
Sunday morning I finally got a run in! 10 miles from my house down Packard, south on Platt down to Michigan Ave. and back. A very hot run. I managed to refill my fanny pack water bottles halfway through at Lillie Park and finish them by the time I got home, which means I drank about 40 ounces of water (and promptly sweat it all out). It was a lot less awkward than stopping at the church the other weekend.
It’s Tuesday now and the hot weather stopped my run on Monday after work. This morning I met with Sarah again and I’m thinking about running this evening, just three miles, if the weather gets cooled down a bit.
We’ll see how that goes…
This week was alright for running.
Monday morning I did a quick run around the block in my new Asics (1.64 miles).
Tuesday morning I met with Sarah for a personal training session at 6am and after work I decided it was time to test out the Vibrams so I brought them and my Asics to County Farm Park and did 3 miles – first two in the Asics and finished with the Vibrams. The Vibrams definitely felt a lot better than the Asics and I think it is because the Asics feel too big. They are the same length as my New Balance though so I am not sure what to think.
Wednesday morning before work I did 2 miles around the neighborhood in the Vibrams and after work I was back at County Farm Park and did 4 miles – about 2/3 in Vibrams, 1/3 in the Asics.
After this, I decided to give the Vibrams a rest for a while and go back to other shoes for the next few runs.
This morning was my 8 miles LSD (long slow distance) run. I went up Packard to Main, north to Kingsley, through Kerrytown, then turned south on State St. I cut across the Diag to South U. and Washtenaw and went into some ‘fancy’ neighborhoods on Vinewood and Londonderry before crossing Washtenaw again and heading into my old neighborhood on Manchester. I took that all the way down to Packard.
By this time, I was completely out of water. I couldn’t find any houses still watering their lawns at 10:30am and I tried to stop into a Lutheran church but couldn’t find the main entrance. I turned northwest on Packard towards home and noticed that the service at the Baptist church was letting out so I ran across Packard, filled up my water bottles there, and headed home.
All in all, I did 8.3 miles in 1.21.52, 9:51 min/mile. I ran in my New Balance old shoes for this run and it wasn’t painful at all, plus at a good pace. Now I REALLY don’t know what to think.
Aside from running, I’ve been trying to keep on track more with meals.
We actually didn’t eat out much last week, which was good and we had breakfast at home both Saturday and Sunday (today).
This week has been mostly leftovers… which is AWESOME because the weather has decided to be amazing 🙂
These two recipes are, just as the title says, opposites of each and one is a new-to-me recipe and one is a usual one. An old dish, a new one. A vegan dish and a very, very non-vegan dish.
I found this recipe on The Food Network’s website, not on purpose though. We recently bought one of those really heavy dutch oven type pots and since we’ve only used it once so far I figured it was high time that we took it for another drive.
I found this by Googling “dutch oven recipes” and this looked like the best one. I was actually surprised at the number of recipes for breads!
It took a while to prepare this and the beef actually had to marinate over night. I was wary of the marinade since it was AN ENTIRE BOTTLE OF RED WINE with just some crushed garlic. The beef was purple! Actually very yummy and you could only taste a tiny tiny bit of the wine after it was cooked.
I consider this to be a staple dish on my menu planning since I don’t need to look at any directions (or it could just be simple… that too!). BBQ Tofu (original recipe from the Veganomicon), steamed broccoli, and Israeli couscous flavored with curry powder.
I’ve finished up a whole bottle of this barbecue sauce just from making this! We can’t grill at our apartment complex because we have a charcoal grill (boo) so this is the closest I get to “barbecue.” I bet someone in the South is dying when I say that.
So there you have it! An old dish, a new one. A vegan dish and a very, very non-vegan dish.
This past Saturday night I stole another recipe from (never home) maker and made her In-a-pinch Chili… with quinoa! I’d never even thought of adding quinoa to chili before as a way to pack in some protein.
It was super easy but my only worry as I was cooking it was that the taste of the vegetable broth was very, well, un-chili-like at first. I added a lot more spices than in the recipe (chili powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, and red pepper flakes) and in the end you couldn’t tell the taste of the vegetable broth. It was just yummy chili goodness. Also, I used diced garlic tomatoes that I had in the cupboard already instead of whole tomatoes. They cooked down really nicely.
I’ve got a bunch of leftovers so I’m taking some to work for today’s lunch 🙂
Also on the agenda for today’s post, kitty pictures!
In case you didn’t know it, we have a kitty. She doesn’t really have a name… we call her Kitty or Cat. Yup, we’re creative. Her ‘professional’ name is Leeloo Dallas Multipass (or something like that) in tribute to her being orange and Milla Jovovich rocking sweet orange hair in The Fifth Element.
Every week I try to include a new recipe or idea into one of my dinners. I get so bored doing stir fry with rice after stir fry with noodles that I need something new every now and again.
I had a tough time finding a new recipe this week, all the usual recipe websites were failing me in their vegetarian recipe section (don’t suggest I make roasted potatoes! that’s not a full meal!).
I found this recipe from blogger (never home)maker while going through my RSS feed over the weekend and decided that it had one the prize of being my weekly new recipe!
Honestly, I couldn’t find any flaws with the recipe!
One tip is that coriander seeds are NOT a good substitute for coriander powder, unless you plan on grinding them up before you use them. I don’t mind coriander powder, but biting into a coriander seed always feels soapy… I picked around them pretty well 🙂 I also just realized now that I didn’t use any bay leaves, oops!
This was very good though, not too spicy and the coconut milk/peanut butter mix made it really creamy.
When all the veggies and chickpeas were cooking I did add a little bit of water every so often so it didn’t dry out. Served with regular white rice as the last time I tried to bake naan it was… disastrous.
I love finding tasty foods that are dairy-free but are still really creamy – the coconut milk and peanut butter definitely accomplishes that. It’s also vegan and gluten-free, so it’s a really great recipe for everyone. Alright, except for peanut-allergies. Darn.