Monthly Archives: January 2015

Real food, sunny days and a soup recipe

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I couldn’t agree more…
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Speaking of real food, all the veggies last night plus sweet potatoes and some grilled chicken…. Pretty much one of my fav meals.

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And the weather is almost too nice in January…

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Some sunny ‘soccer playing’ with my toddler…

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And another favorite soup recipe I’ve been eating all week! Easy to make a big batch and freeze for later too!

Springtime Minestrone soup

Serves about 6-8

Total Time: 6-8 hours (in crockpot)/ 1 hour or less on stovetop.

Ingredients:

1 sweet onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 carrots, peeled and sliced
1 (28 ounce) can of diced tomatoes
2 (15 ounce) cans of cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
3 cups low-sodium vegetable stock
3 cups water
*8 ounces of uncooked ditalini pasta (I eliminate the pasta so the soup lasts longer- the pasta can make it too starchy over days in the fridge or freezing/ defrosting)
12 thin asparagus spears, stems removed and cut into thirds
1 cup of frozen sweet peas
1 (6 ounce) bag of fresh spinach
1/3 cup freshly grated romano cheese + more for topping
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Add diced onions, garlic, carrots, the whole can of diced tomatoes, cannellini beans, stock and water to your crockpot. Cook on low for 4-6 hours, stirring once or twice if you can. Or cook on medium in a pot on the stove for 45mins or so.

About 10-15 minutes before serving, add in asparagus (I like mine with some crunch, add it earlier if you want it softer), spinach, peas and pasta. Cook on low for another 10-15 minutes then stir in grated cheese. Taste and season with salt and pepper as desired. I used about a 1/2 teaspoon of each, but it will depend on the sodium levels in your stock, tomatoes, etc.
Serve immediately with additional cheese on top!

Here’s to a happy Friday, a great Super Bowl weekend and an awesome half marathon race on Sunday!

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January Favorites

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Running, visitors, birthdays, and more!
I started off the new year with a great training plan that I created for all the races I have coming up later this Spring.(Boston, Big Sur marathons and R2R2R in the Grand Canyon). So far things are feeling great and strong running-wise and since it’s been a busy month, I’ve seen many 5am mornings to run.

January has been full of visitors, from my mom to my father-in-law from England. Celebrating birthdays (friends and my husband) And chasing after an energetic and challenging toddler. šŸ˜

I’m doing a mini taper this week for a Super Bowl Sunday half marathon, theĀ Kaiser Half, which is always a fun and a fast one. I may or may not be gunning for a PR!

February is right around the corner and plenty busy, with the start of Tuesday track workouts with the Bay Birds (running team), more visitors (parents and in-laws) and a trip to Hawaii for a good friend’s wedding!
Here’s to the start of a fantastic 2015 with some of my favorites so far!

Favorite snack- almond butter from whole foods and Granny Smith apples

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FavoriteĀ headlampĀ  for these early morning runs during the late sunrise season

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Favorite visitor this year… My mom!

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Favorite birthday boy… My hubby’s 32nd!

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Favorite Leggings… I need these in my life!

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Favorite motivating quote. So true…!

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Favorite January running weather… Shorts running weather!

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Favorite moment that makes all the hard ones easier to handle (all you mamas with toddlers can relate!)

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FavoriteĀ Recipe to try… I sustain on kale salads and eat sweet potatoes on a daily basis (see below). It’s time to mix it up!

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Any favorite running gear, trips or workouts this month for you?