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It has been a very rainy day here in New Hampshire! I don’t think the sun peaked out all day. After work I just wasn’t in the mood to run and the husband got home from work early so I decided to skip the workout today to spend some time with him. I planned to go grocery shopping too but that didn’t happen either! 🙂 A very productive day, I must say. 😉
I browsed on-line for a recipe using lentils since I bought a bag the other week. Can you believe I had never cooked with lentils before tonight?? I saw this recipe for lentil soup and decided to give it a go since it seemed really easy and I had all of the ingredients (except bacon, since I used that all up earlier this week)!
This soup is amazing! Ridiculously easy and so flavorful! The lentils make it into a very filling meal. This will definitely be making an appearance again on my menu, especially during the cold winter months (ugh!).
Hearty Lentil Soup
Recipe courtesy of Martha Stewart
- 3 strips bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (I omitted this but will try to use it next time as I’m sure it would be amazing)
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 3 medium carrots, peeled, halved lengthwise, and cut into 1/4-inch half-moons
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 Tbsp tomato paste
- 1 1/2 cups lentils
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme (I used a dash of ground thyme and the about 1-1 1/2 tsp of basil/oregano)
- 3 1/2 cups chicken broth
- 2 cups water
- 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
- Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
In a large pot or dutch oven (5 quart), cook bacon over medium-low heat until browned and crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon fat. If skipping this step, heat 1 tablespoon of oil in pot.
Add onion and carrots; cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in tomato paste, and cook 1 minute.
Add lentils, thyme, broth, and 2 cups water. Bring to a boil; reduce to a simmer. Cover; cook until lentils are tender, 30 to 45 minutes.
Stir in vinegar, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Serve immediately.
Today was my first day back to running after my half on Saturday. It was a rainy, overcast day so I decided to head to the gym…that way I could get some strength training in too! Prior to leaving the house I snacked on a few bites (ok, half) of this pecan tart that I got at the farm stand yesterday. It was delicious! 🙂
At the gym I warmed up on the treadmill for 5 minutes and then ran 2 miles in 20:04. My right hip has been giving me some issues since the race and I think it is due to inadequate stretching afterwards. It really hurt for the first couple of minutes but once it warmed up it was fine. I followed that up with 20 minutes of upper body strength and some good, long stretches. My hip feels so much better!
Once home I ate an apple (Honeycrisp, of course) and desperately tried to think of something to make for dinner. I also ate a bowl of cereal since I was starving!
Honey Bunches of Oats with Strawberries 🙂 Not exactly healthy but it tasted good! And that is what’s most important, right? 😉
I decided to use up some pork sausage that I had in the freezer and make a sausage gravy (think gravy and biscuits). I didn’t feel like making biscuits so I decided to serve it on some toasted Garlic Italian bread. Served with a side salad for some greens. I used this recipe for the gravy. It was a quick and yummy meal! Not very photogenic, however.
Time for some One Tree Hill!
I found this recipe while flipping through the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook a few weeks ago and put it on my list of meals to make. The husband isn’t a huge pasta fan so I decided to make it last night as he was working late. The recipe makes four servings so I cut it in half…well I halved everything but the pasta! 🙂 I’m a genius, I know.
Needless to say it was rather dry but still tasted pretty good! It was very easy and quick to make but I would probably play around with some seasoning next time…it just needed something. Maybe some garlic or red pepper flakes for some heat (I am always adding red pepper flakes to everything! :D). And of course I still used the original amount of bacon because who doesn’t love bacon??
If you’re craving pasta and looking for an easy dish, this is it!
(Sorry about the picture quality! The sun had set and I don’t have a light box yet.)
Fettuccine alla Carbonara
Recipe from the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook
- 6 slices bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 6 ounces dried fettuccine or linguini (I used whole wheat spaghetti)
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 cup half-and-half, light cream, or milk
- 2 Tbsp butter or margarine
- 1/2 c grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
- 1/4 c snipped fresh parsley
- Coarsely ground black pepper
Cook bacon until crisp; drain. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and keep warm.
Meanwhile, for sauce, in a saucepan combine egg, half-an-half, and butter. Cook and stir over medium heat until egg mixture just coats a metal spoon (about 6 minutes); do not boil. Immediately pour sauce over pasta; stir gently to coat.
Add cooked bacon, Parmesan cheese, and parsley; stir gently to combine. Season with pepper and serve immediately.
And finally…a race recap! I have been pretty busy and slightly sick so I haven’t really had the time or energy to put a post together. But here we are now…
I ran my second half marathon on Saturday, the Applefest Half Marathon in Hollis, NH, and it was not a pretty sight! I did not do well AT ALL! I’m not going to make excuses…I just was not prepared for the heat and I let it get the best of me.
The race didn’t start until 10 a.m. but I was still up at 6:00, too excited/nervous to sleep. I got up, took a shower (this definitely helps to wake you up and warm you up), and ate my standard pre-run meal of half a bagel with almond butter and an iced tea (sorry, no photos!). We headed to the race around 8:00 since it’s about a 45 minute drive.
At the start of the race I was feeling pretty good. I knew it was going to be a hot one but I felt strong and well hydrated. I had my CamelBak on and I was ready to go! My brother and a few friends were also running so we chatted for a bit and the gun was going off before we knew it!
The husband came along for support and to take photos! 😀 Thanks dear!
Just starting out… (sorry about the picture quality! we only brought the point-and-shoot and it was acting up…oh well!)
Mile Two…already red and sweaty!
I knew it was a bad sign when around Mile Three I was already asking myself how I was going to get through ten more! I was psyching myself out big time! Headphones were not allowed on the course so I didn’t even have music to help pass the miles.
At Mile Four
my hero a man was standing in front of his house with a hose, spraying everyone down! It was amazing!! A few people later on in the race did the same…it helped so much! The first half wasn’t too bad as it contained a lot of downhill sections and offered quite a bit of shade. I was able to keep a fairly steady pace, albeit slower than planned.
At Mile Seven I decided to fuel up and ate a fruit snack (I had tested out different forms of fuel during my training runs, including GUs, and this seemed to work the best! :)). By this time I had to incorporate some walking breaks and was starting to drag. I think just knowing that the next few miles were mainly hills was slowing me down. The hills themselves (Miles 9-11) weren’t as bad as I was expecting but I still was unable to get through them without walking. I walked a lot during these miles.
Miles 12 and 13.1 were fairly flat except for one hill but they were out in the open with no shade. This part was probably harder than the previous miles. I felt awful and my quads were starting to cramp. Pretty much everyone around me was walking, just trying to finish.
I shuffled over the finish line at 2:43:27 with an average pace of 12:29. Almost a half hour over my goal time. 😦
Rather than be too disappointed with my time I am just going to be glad I finished and sign up for another race to hopefully redeem myself! We are looking into one in November so hopefully it will be a little cooler…I’ll keep you posted!
Post race fuel included a PowerAde, half of a banana, and some apple crisp. A cheeseburger may have been consumed later on… 😀
I am in the middle of my taper and I think I’m coming down with something! Not fun…I have a sore throat and and am very tired. Hopefully it is just lack of sleep and not a sickness! I came home after work, laid down on the couch and promptly fell asleep for two hours! I am not a napper so obviously I needed the rest.
After I woke up I threw together some tomato soup and grilled cheese…hopefully this is the remedy I need! I didn’t follow a recipe for the soup; I just put some crushed tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, basil, oregano, salt, chicken stock, crushed red pepper, and cream into a pot and let it simmer for about 45 minutes…not too bad for a quick meal! Could be improved though…
The husband is picking up some ice cream because that is obviously what I need right now 😉 and I plan to head to bed early!
Peace out! Packet pick-up for the half is tomorrow already!!