What’s Been Fun, What’s Not

FUN

1. Dinner with Anna & Joey! Fail on pictures of them, but success on capturing the appetizer.

Haven’t made this one is SO long. Oldie but goodie. Creole Baked Goat Cheese from Bahama Breeze.

2. Celebrating my mom’s birthday with the whole family including Jean! Another photo fail. Then quality sister time at the Colonnade Roof Top Pool. And some pina coladas, yum!

3. Booking our tropical vacation! Have a bit of a wait until we go, but still SO excited. Here’s our last tropical vacation, our honeymoon!

 

4. Two late afternoons spent on the Charles with some beverages.

 

5. A first time visit (for me) to Castle Island and Sullivans with our CG.

 

6. Last, but most certainly not least. A weekend of dog sitting with an adorable Boston Terrier, named Boston.

 

 

What’s NOT Fun

 

What’s not fun, running injuries are NOT fun. My heel pain has gotten pretty bad. We are heading towards limping stage. I took the last week off from running with the exception of my long run. Better you would think, right? No, almost seemed worse. Ouch.

Here’s the deal, I really can’t stop and rest right now. It’s either I train and run the marathon, or I don’t run the marathon. Clearly this is not doctor’s advice or good advice just to throw that out there.

So what do you see in this lovely picture? It’s the Strassburg sock, purchased from my favorite Marathon Sports. I’ve tried everything else so why not try this? I haven’t done the overnight wearing yet, but am building up to it. Anyone out there used this before?

I know it’s really cool how I announced my workout log and then I didn’t use it, but I’ll get that updated very soon, if not tonight.

This week:

  • Mon – Rest
  • Tues – Run 4m
  • Wed – Run 7m
  • Thurs – Rest
  • Fri – Rest
  • Sat – Run 14m
  • Sun – Cardio & Strength

Anyone else out there dealt with heel pain or what I think is Plantar Fascitis? I’ve done the whole Achilles tendonitis thing already and I know what that is like, but this pain is all new to me.

 

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Fish Sticks?

Did you grow up with fish sticks for dinner too? We probably had them once or twice a month and I loved them! I know, most kids turn their nose up at fish, but I was a fan. Especially with lots of tartar sauce. I mean, when you order Fish & Chips in a restaurant, it’s not too different, now is it?

I decided to make the grown up version from Ancient Grains for Modern Meals for dinner tonight, Sesame-Crusted Fish Sticks with Yogurt Remoulade. I have loved everything else I’ve made from this cookbook so far, but this one was a little disappointing. I mean, it was good, but I expected it to be better. I think the one thing that might have made a difference is the sesame seeds. The recipe noted that unhulled would be best, but unfortunately I only had the hulled version. I’m wondering if that is the case since the coating was overall tasteless with the hulled. Oh well. Dinner is not always going to be a winner. 🙂

Clearly, I didn’t do the best job documenting my eats this week. Let’s just say that a little something called Fourth of July in the middle of the week happened. I might have overindulged. Obviously Eva’s Berry Pie was involved.

This was our first year staying in Boston for the fourth and therefore my first viewing of the Boston Fireworks. Normally I’m not into attending fireworks. I know, I’m lame, but big crowds of people and waiting around all day are not my thing. Conveniently we now live very, very close to ideal firework viewing now so I was game. About 10 minutes before, we headed out to the bridge to watch the show.  About 1 minute in, it started to sprinkle, and then it started to downpour. And honestly, it was the most fun ever. Everyone was just out laughing at the fact that we are all getting soaked together in the pouring rain while watching an awesome fireworks show. I loved it.

Sadly, I did not manage to get a picture of the fireworks. BUT I did get an after shot of the fireworks. Wow, so glad no one told me I had smeared mascara all over my face. Thanks Ben.

Just so beautiful.

In other news, I’ve started a new workout log on the blog. Sorry, but this was actually a selfish need. This week, I finally started to get back in the gym and do a strength workout. I used to be really good at strength training, and it made such a difference, also helping me be a more balanced runner. Running, without strength training is a path towards injury (at least for me). I love recording my runs on DailyMile, but it isn’t as efficient for recording my strength workouts so here it is.

I had read somewhere that a “reward” for completing a workout can be recording it. I didn’t realize that this was actually something I enjoyed until I caught myself the other day immediately updating my daily mile log after a run. And then I realized I do that every time! I know, I’m a genius. You should be jealous.

So what was my actual workout results this week:

  • Mon – Run 3m – Check
  • Tues – Cardio & Strength Check
  • Wed – Run 6m Half that
  • Thurs – Run 3m & Strength Rest
  • Fri – Rest Rest
  • Sat – Run 11m Sort of, I made the 11, but there was definitely some walking involved. 
  • Sun – Crosstraining or Rest 30 min stationary bike & 30 min strength done 
And onto the week ahead:
  • Mon – Rest
  • Tues – Run 3m
  • Wed – Run6m
  • Thurs – Run 3m & Strength
  • Fri – Rest
  • Sat – Run 12m
  • Sun – Crosstraining/Strength

Wish me luck!

Saturday/Sunday Eats

I wish I could say I stayed right within my point allowance after the weekend, but I did not. I do have to say, I came the closest I have the past couple of months so not bad, right? I think this had something to do with knowing I would have to post it here? I think it’s worth another week to do so and help keep me on track. Hey, if it helps, why not? Oh and I know it can be a bit boring so I think I’ll go ahead and post Saturday and Sunday towards the bottom so you can see where a few, ahem, errors were made.

  • Mon – Strength Done
  • Tues – Run 3m Yes!
  • Wed – Run 5m Not so much
  • Thurs – Run 3m & Strength Guess again
  • Fri – Rest I ran on rest day, that’s good right? Okay it was 1.5 miles. 
  • Sat – Run 6m 4m
  • Sun – Crosstraining Rest instead

I’m feeling okay, but I’m seeing a trend in my training where I’m not exactly following the plan. Not that things have to be exact all the time, but they should be closer than this. I am still having a bit of heel pain and need to remind myself to be a balanced runner. I really need to be strength training and not all my cardio should be running. The end. Let’s go for it this week, even have a holiday in the middle of the week, No Excuses!
  • Mon – Run 3m
  • Tues – Cardio & Strength
  • Wed – Run 6m
  • Thurs – Run 3m & Strength
  • Fri – Rest
  • Sat – Run 11m
  • Sun – Crosstraining or Rest

Also just had that thought I keep pushing to the back of my head about that little New Year’s Resolution I made where I would run 1,000 miles this year. Oooof. I’ll be providing an update on these since we are halfway through the year, but let’s just say I need to average closer to 29 miles per week going forward to meet that one. Ouch.

What is your typical grocery list method? Or do you not have one? And if you don’t, I just don’t understand. Control freak, I know.My usual method is to try out some new recipes I may have come across in my ridiculous amount of magazine subscriptions or a recipe I saw recently on a blog I follow. This particular one that Ben and I had for dinner tonight, was from Joy the Baker. Such a great summer dish.

BLT Corn Salad Wraps

I bought a head of hydroponic Boston lettuce for the wrap portion. A) have you ever bought one of these? and B) Have you checked out the roots that come along with it? Craziness! Should have taken a picture, would have made more sense.

If I haven’t completely and utterly bored you with this post, please find my eats below. Full disclosure.

Saturday 

Breakfast – Whole Wheat toast with 1 tablespoon Sunflower Butter, Dunks Iced French Vanilla Coffee with skim milk & sugar

Lunch – Super Sub (best subs EVER) small sub with turkey, american cheese, honey mustard, lettuce, olives and pickles

Snacks – It was 90 degrees out, needed some Berryline obviously, small Lavender Honey fro yo with mochi

Dinner – Two slices veggie pizza & a Magic Hat

Sunday

Breakfast – Whole Wheat toast with 1 tablespoon Sunflower Butter, Dunks Iced Coconut Coffee with skim milk & sugar

Lunch – Vermicelli bowl with chicken at Phoa Pho, delicious!

Snacks – Oh, big surprise! Berryline again, small Oreo, also way too much of a bag of Kettle Chip Sea Salt & Vinegar chips

Dinner – Beer & Ritz crackers with dark chocolate peanut butter

Monday

Breakfast – Overnight Oats, iced coffee with 1 tsp sugar & 1/2 cup soy milk

Lunch – Arugula with cherry tomatoes, cucumber, 1/4 cup hummus and 1/4 cup tabouli, 1 cup blackberries

Snacks – Larabar Uber Cherry Bar and a peach

Dinner – BLT Corn Salad Wraps & another peach!

 

Monday Eats

I’m fairly good at confessing my workout blunders, but not always my food choices. Let’s try something different this week, how about sharing a week of eats? Monday…

Breakfast – Banana & whole wheat bread with a tablespoon of sunflower butter and a teaspoon of honey, iced coffee with sugar (1 tsp) and soy milk (1/2 cup)  (random note, all this time I’ve been saying that during the week when I make my meals, I eat vegan until dinner time, update, honey is not vegan, oops)

Lunch – Arugula & kale with summer squash, broccoli, bell pepper, 1/2 cup quinoa, olives and balsamic vinegar, raspberries for something sweet

Snacks – Larabar Uber Cherry Cobbler (I know, also not vegan, but so delicious) and a nectarine

Dinner – Glass of Rose, Cold Sesame Noodles and a cup of unsweetened applesauce

WW Points Used – 26 out of 26

Another successful veggie meal with Ben’s vote. This is a simple and delicious meal from Bon Appetit’s July issue. I was a little too lazy to chop the veggies into matchsticks so would have had a more pleasing appearance, but so good. I made a minor adjustment to bring this in line with my desired dinner points by changing over to olive oil and reducing the amount to 1/4 cup. I feel like recipes always go a little oil crazy, don’t you?

You are going to notice just a tad bit of repetitiveness for my meals during the week. I’m pretty routine, my co-workers might even know that I eat my larabar around 3pm and my piece of fruit around 4pm on a daily basis. Yes, seriously, I’m ridiculous.

Running has continued to be FUN this week, but also gotten a little bit painful. Over the weekend I was actually kind of hating any moment I had to stand painful. I have no idea what the deal is, but my guess is it’s once again related to my Achilles since much of the pain has been in my heels. I’m hopeful my new shoes maybe were not the best match for me? I actually went out and got a totally different pair at Marathon Sports, abandoning my commitment to the Asics Gel Nimbulus and trying out a pair of Brooks.

Deep down I know it’s not helpful that my orthotics were created when I was at a lighter weight. I’ve loved running enough to give up high heels and sleeping in, but if I want to continue running for a long, long time I probably need to get some of the excess weight off too. It’s amazing to me how one day, ONE DAY, eating within my points range feels like I won a battle. Like I won a battle and deserve a reward. Seriously, change for a day and win a reward? Really Jess, really? One foot in front of the other, one step at a time.

So, I didn’t quite meet my workout expectations, but I also am not that unhappy about it since the pain I’ve been feeling probably deserves some extra rest.

  • Mon – Strength Surprise ran 4 miles!
  • Tues – Run 3m Rest
  • Wed – Run 5m Rest
  • Thurs – Run 3m Rest
  • Fri – Strength Ran 2.8 miles
  • Sat – Run 9m Done
  • Sun – Rest And done
What’s up for this week?
  • Mon – Strength
  • Tues – Run 3m
  • Wed – Run 5m
  • Thurs – Run 3m & Strength
  • Fri – Rest
  • Sat – Run 6m
  • Sun – Crosstraining
Interesting how I drop down to 6 miles this week? This marathon training is a new world! I’m sure when I have that week where I run 20 miles and then 12 miles the following weekend I will be beyond ecstatic!
Okay if you are in Boston, we are having the craziest thunderstorm right now! Time to go and fall asleep to the rain!

The Running Groove

Finally, finally, finally!

If you haven’t been able to tell from the last couple of months, running has not been quite the passion it used to be for me. Training for those last two halfs (halves?) was kind of brutal this time around, and running them, even more brutal. Not sure what happened, I just wasn’t having fun running anymore.

I was super worried about this knowing I was shortly heading into training for the Marine Corps Marathon. My seven miles the weekend before last was rough too, only really ran a part and had to bribe myself to finish by running two minutes and walking one, repeat.

But…finally! A week plus straight of awesome runs. Some of them might have even been a little bit painful, but I made it. Check out my progress on Daily Mile.

I’m so thankful to have the ability to run and for those awesome runs this past week. I know they are not always going to be the best and it is going to be really, really hard (especially those miles that have a 2 with a 0 after it, ouch). But I am excited to get moving on my marathon training plan.

As usual, I will go with my favorite Hal Higdon. My selection is the Marathon Novice 2 Training Plan. Anyone else training for a marathon? Want to join me?

I am making one adaption, I was just a little too nervous at the thought of stopping my training at 20 miles. I know, everyone does it, but to me the thought of finishing up the first 20 and then remembering how I only trained to that point, and then having to convince myself to keep going for a FULL HOUR longer seems rough. At least with 40 minutes left to go I can convince myself it’s just like a DVRd episode of Grey’s Anatomy (yes, I love that show and so this is a good thing, no judgment please). That said, I have built in a few extra weeks to make it to 22 miles.

So what’s my workout plan this week, you ask?

  • Mon – Strength
  • Tues – Run 3m
  • Wed – Run 5m
  • Thurs – Run 3m
  • Fri – Strength
  • Sat – Run 9m
  • Sun – Rest

And as if I needed more motivation for marathon training, how about this little blurb from my latest Marine Corps email:

It’s about Time

While there are no timing qualifications necessary to register for the MCM, there are strict pace requirements to maintainparticipation in the event. All runners must maintain a 14 minute-per-mile pace to meet the two on-course check points. Runners must reach the Gauntlet at mile 17.5 by 12:20 p.m. Runners slower than the required pace will be detoured for safety reasons but will quickly rejoin the marathon course. These participants may continue to run the MCM but will not complete an official marathon. It is requested any runners rerouted at the Gauntlet not accept a finisher medal. Of course, the battle cry for all MCM participants is to “Beat the Bridge,” just after mile marker 20. The 14th Street Bridge will reopen to vehicular traffic making it unavailable to runners after 1:05 p.m. Any runners unable to “Beat the Bridge” will be required to board the straggler buses and be driven to the event finish area. Also worthy of note, the MCM will start five minutes earlier this year at 7:40 for wheelchairs and handcycles and 7:55 for the runners. The course will close after seven hours at 2:55 p.m.

Note the part where you have to board the “straggler buses” if you do not Beat the Bridge. Now, I know I am going to be fine to beat a 14 minute pace, but seriously, this has definitely motivated Jess!

 

 

American Craft Beer Festival

Our favorite time of the year! The American Craft Beer Festival!
Yes, you are correct, that is a beer can necklace. And I love it.
Ben and I have gone to ACBF every year since we met. It is always a fun time (and may typically end with a tiff due to copious amounts of beer and a long week), but is always worth it.
Some highlights…Maine Beer Company, the first time I had their beer was this past summer. Ben’s favorite of course is their IPA, Lunch, but I thoroughly enjoy Peeper. Love their labels too.
There was a super long line for Goose Island the whole night. I like all of their beers, but the long line was actually for one in particular, the Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout. Now, neither Ben or I are into stouts, but this one, was pretty incredible. Pretty difficult to describe, but if you have the opportunity to try, absolutely go for it.
Also, multiple Saisons that shockingly both Ben and I loved. Looks we have something in common. 🙂
Obviously, if there is clothing to be bought, even at a beer festival, I’m in. Check out my pretty t-shirt from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project.
 I wish I had more to share, but you know, the memory dims a bit the longer you are at a beer festival!
What else did I do this week? Not quite enough runs, but I did get to photograph these adorable geeslings.
Here’s the full report…
  • Mon – Run 5m – Ran 4m
  • Tues – Strength Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 Level 1
  • Wed – Run 3m Done
  • Thurs – Run 3m & strength Nope
  • Fri – Rest Check
  • Sat – Run 6m Skip
  • Sun – Some type of cross training And a big fat no
This week:
  • Mon – Run 3m
  • Tues – Strength
  • Wed – Run 5m
  • Thurs – Run 3m & Strength
  • Fri – Rest
  • Sat – Run 7m
  • Sun – Cross-training
Let’s do better this week, shall we? What are your workout plans?

What Have I Been Up To?

Cherry Tree Festival – Blackstone Valley Half Marathon – my two second review, super organized race, pretty trails, some hills, would have done better had I listened to my own advice and been careful of my food consumption the day before. Had lots of fun running with friends though!

Fish tacos for summer!

Heidi Swanson’s Super Natural Every Day – Orzo Salad with Broccoli Pesto

Hanging with the geese on the Charles…

AND…

Chasing chickens with Kristina!!!

Get over here NOW chickens!

Got one!

Get on my arm!

Or not.

Here Kristina, I’ll help you.

Kristina, you look so happy!

You dropped your chicken!

Alright, that’s probably enough chickens.

Let’s talk about my plan.

  • Mon – Run 5m
  • Tues – Strength
  • Wed – Run 3m
  • Thurs – Run 3m & strength
  • Fri – Rest
  • Sat – Run 6m
  • Sun – Some type of cross training

I’m having a bit of a hard time with this succeeding then failing healthy eating thing and not getting down on myself. Don’t feel like dwelling on it now, but feel free to share some words of motivation/encouragement. Just in a rut. The end.

 

Getting Back

Well, that was a bit of a hiatus. When you are sick for two weeks and the limited energy available needs to go into work; cooking and working out are not very high priorities. Hence, my lack of blog posts. Not a whole lot to share when all you do is go to work and sleep. Although, on second thought I could have posted some really attractive pictures, let’s see how red can Jess’ nose can get?

I have a little concern in the back of my mind that I missed two weeks of half marathon training and more importantly two long runs. Yikes. I’m trying not to get too freaked, I mean breathing has kind of been an issue for two weeks so there’s not much I could have done. Breathing is fairly essential to running.

Per doctor’s orders, I was unable to run my 5k on Saturday, but my awesome sister-in-law, Bethany was talked into walking the course with me. Thank you Bethany!

If I had been smart, I would have taken a picture of us at the race. But I’m not. So instead, here is one from November.

We walked the 5k  and finished in an unbelievably fast time of 49 minutes. Amazing isn’t it? Olympic speed walking team here we come. It was a very nice walking time on a sunny, cool day catching up. Ben might have gone just a bit faster. He has now completed his one run for 2012. Check.

So here’s the plan for this week. My first workout back will be tomorrow morning. I’m hoping my running capabilities have not totally disappeared, starting to run again at the beginning is always the worst!

  • Mon – one more rest day
  • Tues – Run 3m
  • Wed – 8×400 & Strength
  • Thurs – Rest if needed
  • Fri – Run 5m
  • Sat – Run 10m
  • Sun – Strength

AND I ALSO have a recipe for you. Not my recipe mind you, but yet another from my dear friend, Amanda. I could have sworn I already shared this one here so glad I made it tonight to share with you now. It is fabulous and very quick and easy to throw together for a nice light dinner.

Amanda’s Kalamata-Lemon Chicken with a side of grilled asparagus.

 

Amanda’s Kalamata-Lemon Chicken

  • 1 lb skinless, boneless chicken thighs (I also will use chicken breast too)
  • 1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives
  • 1/2 of a lemon cut into wedges
  • 1 tsp Greek seasoning
  • 2/3 cup dried orzo
  • 14 oz chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a casserole dish, combine all ingredients and season with salt and pepper. Stir, cover, bake for 35 minutes or until chicken is tender and cooked through.

 

Well Hello There

Meet my new friends.

I met with friends from my church for our group half-marathon training run on Saturday. Two of us were waiting for the others to arrive and as my friend took her backpack out apparently these ducks decided there must be food involved. They were pretty cute and I was really surprised how close they came up to me (about a foot away) without even a hint of food around. They stared at us for a minute or so and then gave up and returned to the Charles. Silly ducks.

Since we are talking about animals, let’s continue discussing my dog obsession. Well, remember my crazy dog lady post and the pug I met that morning. Well, I’m so ridiculous that while I was waiting on the Charles, I once again stopped to ask to pet this adorable little pug that was walking by. Then I asked the name, um yeah, I’m pretty sure it’s the same exact pug I met that early morning. If the owner didn’t think I was crazy the first time, she most certainly does now. Oops.

I meant to post more this week, but the days just got away from me. I cooked less than expected, these allergies are seriously kicking my butt this week. Anyone else having the same? Claritin is a lifesaver right now.

Alright, how did we do…one note before I begin, the Achilles pain was a bit worse this week. Not to say this is as an excuse, because clearly I could have done something other than run, but I did have to back off on the runs during the week.

  • Mon – Run 4m Yes!
  • Tues – HILLS No
  • Wed – Run 3m & strength No
  • Thurs – Rest Strength
  • Fri – Run 3m pace No
  • Sat – Run 8m Done
  • Sun – Strength No

I’m hoping the Achilles calms down this week, but we will see for tomorrow’s run. I always get a little panicky when I start having pain. I know I’m not the only runner to go through this, but it is so, so frustrating to be injured. But this is also a reason why I should run when I can. I’m lucky enough to be able to, so I need to do it! The end!
This week…
  • Mon – Run 4m
  • Tues – 7×400
  • Wed – Run 3m & strength
  • Thurs – Rest
  • Fri – Run 3m pace
  • Sat – Run 8m
  • Sun – Strength

Looks similar I know, but technically with my training plan I’m supposed to run a 10k race this weekend, but it’s not going to work with our weekend plans so 8m repeat for me. I’m glad to have one more week with 8 miles anyway, the run on Saturday went well, but I was definitely feeling like my legs were like lead.

I’m starting to get in a salad rut. I really would like to continue keeping my lunch salads vegan, anyone have some magical vegan salad combos I should try out? This week, I’m having salad with one of these black bean burgers on top. Need ideas, please!

Also, can someone tell me why I cannot help, but rub my eye every time after I chop a jalapeno! Make the burn stop!

Weekend, You Are Way Too Short

Sunday night again. Here way too quickly.

How was your weekend? Ours was great, last night we had dinner at Sweet Cheeks with friends and then drinks at Eastern Standard. Both delicious as usual. Have I mentioned how much I love drinks with egg white before? I know, sounds so weird if you haven’t tried this before, but so, so good. The first time I was introduced to a drink with egg whites was at Tryst in Beverly, MA. I’m not sure if they still have it, but it was a cocktail with earl grey infused vodka, lemon juice (or lemon with simple syrup?) and egg white. Still my favorite, but I did enjoy a Vin Amer Fizz last night, the house rose, apricot, egg white and champagne. Hmmm, Eastern Standard do you deliver by chance?

After a long fivish miles in the pouring rain on Saturday, I whipped up one of my oldest and most favorite salads (actually it has to be #2 favorite and Amanda you know which is #1). My friend Amanda shared this recipe with me a few years ago so I could make it on my own. I believe it’s known as Mr. Schmidt’s salad, but I will have to give credit to both since I can’t recall the exact origin. 🙂 Recipe at the end.

Both Ben and I hadn’t really been feeling well all week (I know run in the pouring rain yesterday not my smartest decision) so we decided to sleep in this morning.

I might have stayed in this comfy combo for far more hours than acceptable.

Neither of us felt like leaving the house to get something to eat, thankfully I had a few things to make brunch happen.

Scrambled eggs with TONS of cheese and spinach (had to have something healthy on the plate). Homemade hash browns and this awesome Maple-Roasted Bacon recipe. This was my first time baking bacon and it will definitely not be my last. Try this, so good.

We were pretty full, but after running errands and preparing our lunches and breakfasts it was already time for dinner.

This is very tasty, so many great flavors. I was reading up on big girls small kitchen post about the best salad toppers (of which I am very thankful for some new ideas to spice up my salads). I came across this recipe for Spicy Thai Beef Salad, it is a keeper!

Speaking of salads, if you are curious, my salad of the week is green & red leaf lettuce, edamame, hummus, red pepper and carrot.

Alright, let’s talk exercise, feeling good about this week again. I didn’t meet every day’s goals, but I felt the sore Achilles needed an extra day of rest anyway.

  • Mon – Run 3m Yes
  • Tues – 30 min tempo 30 min yes, tempo, not so much
  • Wed – Run 3m & strength 10 min elliptical & 25 min bike
  • Thurs – Rest Yes
  • Fri – Run 3m pace No
  • Sat – Run 6m 5.32m, so close, the pouring rain in my face started to get a little old towards the end
  • Sun – Strength Yes, thank you Jillian!
And, what to expect this week…
  • Mon – Run 3.5m
  • Tues – 6×400 @ 5k pace
  • Wed – Run 3m & strength
  • Thurs – Rest
  • Fri – Run 3m
  • Sat – Run 6m
  • Sun – Strength
As I am typing this I’m thinking about how that extra half mile tomorrow morning means 5 minutes less sleep. I know, only 5 minutes, but still!
Wish me luck!
Amanda’s (and Mr. Schmidt’s) Chicken Salad
Salad
  • Rotisserie Chicken
  • Iceberg lettuce
  • Scallions
  • Celery
Marinade
  • 3.5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 pinch pepper
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 clove garlic
Dressing
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
Shred chicken and marinate for at least a half hour. Chop up lettuce and other salad ingredients. Add dressing at the last minute (I usually use about half of the recipe).