Archives for August 2012

CSA Stew

I picked up a wonderful assortment of vegetables from my CSA, eggplant, zucchini, summer squash,  green beans, onions, peppers, tomatoes, carrots, chard, corn and peaches!

But, as I was going out-of-town, what to do with all the goodies?

Not to worry,  I put some olive oil in the bottom of a big pot and sautéed the onion and some garlic until the onion was soft.  Next, I cut up the eggplant and added it to the pot, sautéing it until it turned slightly golden.  Then I cut up 4 tomatoes, a zucchini, a summer squash, a pepper, corn from one of the ears of corn, and added it all to the pot.  I simmered the whole thing adding a little water as needed, and seasoning it with my favorite, turmeric and cayenne 

It was delicious!  I’m calling it CSA Stew

A Bikram Start to the Day

This morning I was both excited and apprehensive about going to a Bikram yoga class.  While I’ve been practicing yoga fairly regularly, I haven’t been to a Bikram class in a long time.  I practiced Bikram yoga for 3 months in early 2011 and I found it very hard; and so needless to say, I was a little nervous!

But, it was great!  I really enjoyed it.  I was able to do, and hold the postures.  My breathing was comfortable and easy, and most importantly, I was able to stay focused.  I’m sure the whole experience was easier for me because I have been doing yoga and I’ve learned to breathe correctly.

I don’t think I’ll practice Bikram yoga on a regular basis, but it was fun and invigorating today and I feel very proud of myself for doing it!

Neglecting Blog, but Staying on Track

I’m not going to start with, I’ve been neglecting my blog…..

Although I have been neglecting my blog!

However I have been running and eating well and visiting friends!

These were three of my New Year’s Resolutions, and I am very pleased with my progress on them this year. One of my goals was to visit with at least 2 girlfriend each month. As August winds down I am happy to report that this week I spent a wonderful afternoon with two dear friends, Jeannette and Cathy; and today I saw my old friend Wendy (I can say that as she is younger than me!) We spent the day together laughing, talking, having lunch, drinking some tea and talking some more! Did you know that they make English Afternoon Tea? It was very good!

As for running, I ran a 10k last Thursday night in Rye. While it wasn’t a PR as those days are loooong gone, I was very happy with my run. It was my very best 10k time since I’ve been running again. I even finished #10 in my age group–yeah me! One more 5 miler coming up in early September than nothing but training for the Seacoast Half Marathon in November!

And lastly, my goal for the year was to eat healthy and lose those last 5-8 pounds that have been lingering. Well I went from eating well, to eating VERY well. I haven’t been eating processes foods, desserts or added sugars, dairy or meat. I’ve been making a fruit and vegetable juice 5-6 times a week, eating mostly vegan fare, and I feel physically (and mentally) healthy and strong. As a matter of fact, my running has improved greatly on this new meal plan, and I lost those 8 pounds rather easily! I will be posting more in the future on the benefits of a plant based diet, stay tuned…..

What to do with all that Eggplant!

I made a great dinner tonight.  Let me back up and say that I have gotten a lot of eggplant from my CSA share.

Short of eggplant parmigiana I really didn’t know any recipes for eggplant, and since I’m not eating dairy, parmigiana was out!

I saw this recipe for Pasta Alla Norma in one of my must-read newsletters,  No Meat Athlete.   The recipe is from epicurious.com   The original recipe was intended to be  served over pasta, but I didn’t feel like having pasta and I had a bunch of fresh tomatoes on hand so I modified the recipe slightly.   If you want to make this as a pasta sauce, use 2 14 oz. cans of diced tomatoes in juice instead of the 4-5 ripe tomatoes.

Here is what I did:

Alla Norma (without the pasta!)

Ingredients

  • 1 medium eggplants, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoons coarse kosher salt
  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 4 ripe tomatoes, diced

Place eggplant cubes in colander and sprinkle with 1 tablespoons kosher salt. Let eggplant drain 15 minutes. Pat dry, removing excess salt.

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in heavy large skillet over medium heat

Add onion and garlic; sauté until onion is soft, about 5 minutes

Add diced pepper and tomatoes

Cook until tomatoes begin to soften, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat

Heat 1-3 tablespoons olive oil in another heavy large skillet over high heat

Cook eggplant until browned on all sides, about 8 minutes

Using slotted spoon, transfer eggplant to tomato mixture in skillet

Mix it all up and enjoy!

A Nice Night for a 10 Mile Run

Woo Hoo, I did it!  I ran and finished the Newburyport Yankee Homecoming 10 miler last night!

I was a little anxious as I haven’t run 10 miles yet this season.  My training consisted of a 7 and an 8.5 mile run over the past few weeks.  I was even trying to think of a way to gracefully get out of it.  But since my two friends were meeting me at the race, and they were only doing it because I suggested it, I really had to go through with it!

The race started at Newburyport High School.   As soon as I got there, registered and saw the crowds I was excited!  I’d done this race in the past so I was familiar with the course, and the weather was good — a little cooler than its been and overcast — really perfect.

My strategy was to do the 10 miles as a run, not a race, so I ran at a comfortable pace most of the way… a very pleasant way to go!  I was strong on the hills and very happy at the 8 mile mark.  As I felt good, I picked it up a bit for the last 2 miles and gave it my all in the end!  I ended up running it at a 9:33 pace.  This was slower than my half marathon pace last fall, but I was trained and ready for that one!

All in all, I was happy.  The race felt good and the pace was very good for a long training run.