Well, it’s official. I’m postponing my marathon in favor of healing up my back and getting 100% healthy. It’s hard to let go, especially since I was really excited and looking forward to the race, but I know it’s the right thing to do.
And the truth is, my back isn’t better. I was able to do the elliptical on Friday without much pain, but I spent Saturday walking around the mall. Oops. By the end of the day, I was in serious pain and spent most of yesterday hurting. Instead of telling my body what I want to hear, I’m going to listen instead. Considering it’s screaming at me to STOP, that’s probably a good decision. Not an easy one, but smart.
So, I’m letting go for now with the knowledge that when I’m healthy again, there will be another marathon.
BUT! Just because I won’t be talking about running for a while doesn’t mean I don’t have other things to say! Get ready for a whole lotta recipes coming your way!
The time I usually spend on a long run on Saturday morning has now become devoted to meal planning for the week. Since I’ve started my nutrition plan, I’m finding that planning things out ahead of time is KEY. Both for my sanity and for my wallet! Do you have any idea how expensive it is to eat snacks all day??? I know it’s because I’m eating healthy, fresh snacks and not packaged ones, though, so that makes it worth it. But I think a little planning will be a huge help.
Here’s this week’s menu:
Monday: Crock Pot Veggie Stew with Cornmeal Dumplings
Tuesday: Thai Turkey Burgers with Roasted Broccoli
Wednesday: Apple Bacon Turkey Panini with Cauliflower Poppers
Thursday: Arugula Salad with Penne, Sun-dried Tomatoes, and Cannelini Beans
I also owe you a recipe! A few weeks back I posted about an awesome French bread pizza I made, but never told you how–which is kind of a crime, because it is SO tasty.
Back in college, I used to come home from the bar, I mean, come home late from studying and eat Stouffer’s French Bread pizzas all the time. Tasty? Yes. Healthy? Who am I kidding? Those things are pretty much the antithesis of healthy. Luckily, I grew out of my late night eating habits and figured out how to healthify my favorites along the way!
Caramelized Chicken & Mushroom French Bread Pizza
1 chicken cutlet (or 1 chicken breast pounded thin)
2 T. whole wheat flour
2 tsp. olive oil
1 shallot, minced
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
splash of white wine (or red, if that’s what you have–just as long as it’s something you’d drink!)
1 piece French bread, split with the insides scooped out
1/4 cup shredded mozzarella or fontina cheese
Start by putting the flour in a shallow dish. Season with S&P and coat the chicken cutlet in the flour.
Heat the olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat and add the chicken. Cook about 3 minutes per side, until cooked through, then remove to a plate. Add the shallot and mushrooms to the pan and cook 7-8 minutes, until the mushrooms have softened and the shallots are translucent. Season with S&P. Give it a splash of wine to deglaze the pan. Cook another minute or so until the wine is absorbed.
Slice up the chicken and add it back to the pan, stirring the mixture around a bit. Then, assemble your pizza, dividing the chicken and mushroom mixture evenly between the two sides of your bread. Top each half with 2 T. of cheese. Broil for 3-4 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly. Top with a sprinkle of Italian seasoning (for fanciness) and eat!
MUCH tastier and healthier than the stuff from the frozen food section!
I love how the bread gets all toasty and crunchy! I love regular pizza, but the crunch thing that a FB pizza has going on is unparalleled. And toppings on this? On point. It’s really hearty and meaty from the mushrooms, but feels a little fancy with the wine flavor in the background.
This is a great last minute dinner, too. You probably have all of the ingredients lying around–and if not, it’s so easy to sub in whatever you do have! I love meals like that. You could use sausage and peppers, bacon and caramelized onions, tomatoes and spinach, pretty much anything!
And now, for your gratuitous, crazy-eyed puppy picture!
She’s getting giant! I took her to the vet last week and she was up 7 lbs. from when we went a few weeks ago! Growing like a maniac! :D