Hey there friends!
After a mini break from blogging, I’m back
Life, for me, has been insane these past two weeks. Tons of exams, projects, and work at the hospital consumed my life. Between work, school, and daily life, I am non stop for 7 days a week – not to mention family obligations and time with friends (which is MUCH needed once the weekend rolls around)
This week, I’m trying to focus on catching up with my school work and blogging. It also marks my final/taper week of my half marathon training plan (!) CRAZY! – I feel ready for my upcoming races (AC 1/2 marathon, Army 10 miler, Hobooken 5k) these next three weeks. Training has been going good and I’m definitely looking forward to a little taper this week. My body needs it, and my mind needs the time to prepare. I’m thinking of going for a PR on Sunday, so I want to be fully prepared
I’ve been having some trouble these past few weeks deciding what to make. The crazier my life gets, the less time I have to spend on dinner and meals need to be thrown together quickly. I do love meals that can be on the table in 20-30 minutes, but I also really enjoy spending time in the kitchen cooking. However, I know it’s not realistic for many weeknights, so I’ve been trying to come up with ideas I know my family will like that take 30 minutes or less to prepare, from start to finish.
So, I decided to break out the crockpot this week! Although it doesn’t cook “quickly,” it is probably one of the EASIEST ways to have dinner on the table right after walking through the door. Win!
Sunday: Whole foods scallop and salmon cakes, acorn squash, spinach and cauliflower
Monday: A version of this stew: Squash, Chickpea, and Red Lentil Stew
Tuesday: Homemade Pizza night with the cousins with Homemade Minestrone Soup (recipe experiment)
Thursday: Crockpot BBQ chicken – in a salad or on a roll – with roasted broccoli
Friday: Salmon, roasted potatoes, and leftover veggies/soup
Satuday: Out to dinner (pre-race meal!)
Since I’ve been lacking in this area, I decided to do some cooking therapy this evening and test recipes that have been on my mind lately. I love to cook and bake – it helps me destress
- Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal (a recipe in progress)
- Minestrone Soup (recipe experiment)
- Steamed up some beet greens and kohlrabi leaves <– received them in the CSA this week! I’ve never used kohlrabi before, but heard the greens are yummy!
- Chopped veggies for the crockpot stew tomorrow and some for snacking and lunches
- Soaked beans for the stew tomorrow
It’s the final week of training before the Atlantic City half marathon on Sunday! I can’t wait!!
Monday: Bootcamp, dance lesson
Tuesday: 5-6 mile run with 3-4 miles at race pace, strength workout with Jess
Wednesday: 4 EASY miles and yoga
Thursday: Teaching Spin, strength workout
Friday: 2-3 miles brisk walk
Sunday: RACE DAY
It will definitely be nice to have a lighter week of workouts to allow my body to recover properly for the race! My plan is to get lots of sleep this week and to make sure I fuel properly for the big day.
Here’s to a new, BETTER week ahead!
1. Kohlrabi – have you tried it? What do I do with it?
2. What’s your favorite go-to/easy/quick/weeknight meal? I’m looking for some new suggestions
It’s time to go clean up my mess in the kitchen
Enjoy your evening!