by Mary & Christina on August 26, 2014 · 0 comments
Last week my husband, Todd, turned 27! We celebrated with a delicious dinner of Pork Tenderloin with a date and cilantro relish, sweet potato salad (recipe below), green salad, and a vanilla chocolate chip cake with whipped vanilla bean icing (recipe coming soon!).
It’s hard to believe that school will be starting up next week. We have had quite a busy summer filled with good times. Last week we went on vacation to Cape Cod. We had a wonderful time with friends relaxing on the beach, biking, running, and eating!
While we had fun, I did miss little Reena (who was having a blast with her big sister, Riley). Poor little baby needs to get spayed this week too. I am definitely not looking forward to that.
Now to share a new recipe for a grilled sweet potato salad that I tried out for Todd’s birthday. This was so convenient to make for guests because I was able to prep the potatoes ahead of time on the grill and just popped them into the oven to finish cooking just before dinner. I highly recommend giving these a try…a different, tasty, and fresh way to enjoy potatoes!
This sweet potato salad recipe is a perfect combination of fresh flavors--lime, cilantro, salty Cotija cheese, and red onion. I prefer to serve this warm, but you can also serve at room temperature. You can probably do all of the cooking on the grill as well, but this method just worked out better for me since I prepped the potatoes ahead of time.
2 pounds sweet potatoes, cut into ½-inch-thick rounds
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1½ tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
½ tablespoon lime zest
1½ tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
¼ cup thinly sliced red onion
1½ tablespoons crumbled Cotija cheese
Preheat a grill to medium-high and the oven to 350°F.
Place the sweet potatoes in a bowl, and add the 3 tablespoons olive oil, salt, and pepper. Toss well. Then place the potatoes on the grill and cook until nice grill marks develop, 2 to 3 minutes on each side.
Transfer the potatoes to a baking sheet, place it in the oven, and bake until they are tender enough to easily pierce with a fork, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from the oven.
Arrange the sweet potato slices on a platter and drizzle the lime juice over them. Sprinkle with the cilantro, red onion, zest, and cheese, and serve.
by Mary & Christina on August 15, 2014 · 2 comments
Pizza is one of my favorite things to eat in the world. I just love it. I am going to Italy at the end of September and cannot wait to eat my face off. I better bring a lot of yoga pants haha. Anyway- after the long work week- who wants to cook on a Friday? Anyone? probably not. But when I say this pizza comes together in just a few minutes, it really does. Sure you could make your own dough, but who has time for that? Go to the local pizza shop and they will sell you dough for very cheap. Make a couple of these pies, make a salad to go with it, and pour the wine/beer and enjoy your night! p.s. my favorite salad combo these days has been: baby spinach, kale, cucumbers, strawberries (or any fruit), chopped dates, candied pecans/walnuts, feta cheese with a homemade dressing of: a nice balsamic, olive oil, salt and pepper, dijon mustard, honey.
oregano and crushed red pepper flakes to top pizza with
dough- make your own, buy dough from pizza shop or use pre-made crust
Place a pizza stone in the oven and preheat to 500 degrees (could also use a pizza stone on the grill)
Roll out your dough on a floured surface and then place the dough on the pizza peel
Spread Sauce all over the dough
Top with mozzarella slices and basil
Sprinkle corn meal on the pizza stone and carefully move the pizza from the peel onto the stone
Bake for about 8-10 minutes
Let cool and then slice. Top with more basil, oregano, and crushed red pepper flakes
Usually I run a Marathon every fall. Well for the past 5 years anyway. My long-term goal for marathons is get to 10 one day. I know I can and will do it and will hopefully do even more than that. But this summer I really just wasn’t feeling it in terms of training for a fall full. Instead of forcing the issue I thought maybe it would be a better idea to train for shorter races and gain some speed, strength, fitness and train for a winter or spring full marathon instead. So as of now, this is my POA. I’ve been running here and there this summer but not consistently. In the beginning of the summer I was doing really well with running and was getting faster and things were looking good for me but then I had surgery, I got sick for a week, I went on a cruise,etc. etc. Kinda killed it for me and thats when I stopped training for the full and that’s also when my running kinda of tinkered out a bit. There is only 6 weeks until the Philly Rock N’ Roll Half Marathon so I kinda just jumped onto Hal Higdon’s Half Marathon 12 week program at week 7 and will see how it goes. I felt as if my fitness was such that I could safely do that, otherwise that wouldn’t have been too wise. I had originally signed up for the Lehigh Valley Full Marathon on 9/6 so maybe I will run the half that day as a training run, but I don’t know about that yet. To be determined.
Today I did a 45 minute Tempo Run. To be honest, I’ve only ever done “tempo runs” a handful of times if that. I followed exactly what Hal describes:
Tempo Runs: This is a continuous run with a buildup in the middle to near 10-K race pace. A Tempo Run of 40 to 60 minutes would begin with 10-20 minutes easy running, build for 20-30 minutes near the middle, then 5-10 minutes easy toward the end. The pace buildup should be gradual, not sudden, with peak speed coming about two-thirds into the workout. Hold that peak only for a minute or two. I consider Tempo Runs to be the “Thinking Runner’s Workout.” A Tempo Run can be as hard or easy as you want to make it, and it has nothing to do with how long (in time) you run or how far. In fact, the times prescribed for Tempo Runs serve mainly as rough guidelines. Feel free to improvise. Improvisation is the heart of doing a Tempo Run correctly.
I ran slowly for 20 minutes and then for 15 minutes I picked up the pace considerably and in the middle of those 15 minutes I got to my 10K pace and held that for two minutes. After 15 minutes was over, I cooled down for 10 minutes and then stretched. It was a tough workout. My HR got up to 204 and avg was 165. Great workout altogether and I am excited about this half training!! P.S. Do you like my new shoes? They are the Nike Lunar Glides 6. I usually wear Nike Structures but the new ones don’t come out until October so I figured I’ll try a different shoe out for size and get the new Structures when I am due for another pair. Have to say though…two thumbs up for the Lunar Glides so far!
(1) What shoes do you wear to run/workout in?
(2) Do you do tempo runs? If so, how do you do them?
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