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The week in running and cooking with Shalane

amarie2009

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Happy New Year all!

A solid week in running. I haven’t really ventured into speedwork yet, but I will soon. I signed up for the GO St. Louis Half Marathon on New Year’s Eve just before the price went up $10. There is a new course that they just released at a special event on Saturday (available online soon). Since I was running at Forest Park where the event was I got to see it without a special trip. The race is staying on the Missouri side this time and is now a point to point from Forest Park to the riverfront downtown, in a roundabout way. It should be interesting.

It’s been warm this week. No winter weather here.

Miles –

Monday – 5 to hit 100 for the month of Dec.

Tuesday – 3.5 with a group of runners from right around where I live

Wednesday – 0, first day back at work and I had to take my car in for an oil change before work. I could have run while they were working on my car, but I didn’t want to deal with the logistics.

Thursday – 4.4 back to running in the dark after almost 2 weeks of being able to wait until daylight

Friday – 3.1, my flat easy route.

Saturday – 8.1 with Team in Training. Same distance as last week because my weekday total was higher and I’m being careful.

Sunday (today) – Rest. I should have walked more, but I have work to do for classes again, and we celebrated my dad’s birthday. I did do my core routine. I really need to make sure I do this at least 4x a week, to help prevent the injury situation that kept me out of my fall marathon.

Other news –

Izzie seems better. I finished with giving her the daily antibiotic injections on Friday, much to the relief of both of us. Her follow up visit with the vet is tomorrow. I hope he can tell me the infection looks like it is really gone this time (I doubt he can give me complete reassurance but hopefully his professional opinion is that she looks good).

Cooking with Shalane

I got both of her cookbooks for Christmas and I’ve been trying out some of the recipes. So far I’ve made 5, but I’ll really slow down once work, school and marathon training get going. I’ve tried the Apple Cheddar Scones (good, but I made a couple of mistakes on this one that mean it could have been better), Flu Fighter Chicken and Rice Stew (awesome, will make again), Honey Cardamom Granola* (excellent, but since I didn’t have cardamom, I just used pumpkin pie spice so also different), Turkey Trot Meatballs (so good and I had these for dinner tonight), and Purple Cabbage Slaw (also good, also dinner tonight).

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I’ve liked everything I’ve tried so far. But some of the ingredients called for are a little hard to find. I plan on making the black bean burgers, but they call for tahini which I wasn’t able to find at the grocery store. She also points out that sometimes they call for more expensive ingredients, which is worth it for quality and health sake, except that when you make less than a certain amount it just isn’t going to work. So far I’ve stuck with the recipes that call for mostly basic ingredients. I am probably not going to spring for bison meat. Beef will have to substitute. Aldi has some organic beef that isn’t too pricey.

 

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So in my heart I want to make new stuff, but I get so frustrated when I spring for an $$$ ingredient and end up not liking the outcome.  Kudos to you for giving it a whirl and incorporating cheap/easier to find ingredients!  Perhaps I will pull out a cookbook tonight and plan a few new meals.

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I love, love, love those books! I have made all of those except the slaw and they are super yummy. Sometimes my grocery does spices BOGO so I buy some of the pricier ones at that time, like cardamom. That granola is addicting!! Also, I bought bison to do the meatballs, but then made a half & half mixture with beef and made a double batch to freeze. 

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The lentil curry and the Thai salad are two of my favorites. I'm able to find some of the more exotic spices for less than grocery store prices at some of the farmer's markets around here. Or, I can find a lot of them online for cheap. 

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I have the second one and LOVE it! I ended up getting this book for my MIL and she loves it also. I highly recommend the pumpkin spice superhero muffins. I've made them many times already - last night actually - and had two for breakfast this morning. I like to add a whole can of pumpkin and cut the oats to only 1 cup. I LOVE that slaw and it goes very well with the slow cooker pork recipe. The bison chili is my FAVORITE and I've probably made it 5 times already. I don't recommend putting in the cinnamon b/c it was just weird. I add a can of chipotle salsa to mine and it's goooooood. I like the smokiness. I wasn't a fan of the beet smoothie because it just tasted weird with the cocoa and beet combo. I feel like I could talk about those recipes all day! Happy cooking!

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4 hours ago, Carissa Liebowitz said:

I love, love, love those books! I have made all of those except the slaw and they are super yummy. Sometimes my grocery does spices BOGO so I buy some of the pricier ones at that time, like cardamom. That granola is addicting!! Also, I bought bison to do the meatballs, but then made a half & half mixture with beef and made a double batch to freeze. 

These are the turkey trot meatballs so at least ground turkey is pretty cheap. 

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Between your bloop and the comments from others, sounds like I might need to look into these cook books!

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Since nobody else seems to care - good job on the week of running! :P
It is tough to get back to
running at o'dark thirty instead of waiting until daylight.

 

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We like the chicken rice stew a lot. The minestrone soup is good too. Tried the lasagna (it has sweet potatoes in it!) last week for the first time. It was so-so. Not great, but OK.  

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