Archives for June 2014

Sweet Potato Tacos

I made these delicious Sweet Potato Taco’s tonight for dinner.  I got the recipe from my son and daughter-in-law and they are delicious and once again — easy!

Ingredients

  • 1 large Sweet Potato
  • 1 Red Pepper
  • 1 Sweet Onion
  • 1/2 can Black Beans
  • Salsa
  • Corn Kernels
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp. Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp. Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. Allspice
  • 1.2 tsp. Paprika or Cayenne if you want them hotter
  • Sliced Avacado
  • Tortillas or Hard Taco Shells

Directions:

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Peel and cut sweet potato into small cubes.

Toss with 1 Tbsp. olive oil, chili powder, cumin, allspice and paprika.

Roast on a parchment paper lined baking sheet at 450 until soft (about 20 min.)

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hile the Sweet Potato is cooking, slice the pepper and onion and saute in 1 Tbsp olive oil until soft.

Mix Black Beans, Salsa and Corn in a small saucepan and heat.

Assemble tacos — Black Bean Mixture, Sweet Potato, Peppers and Onion, add sliced Avocado on top or if there isn’t any room in the taco, put them on the side of the plate.  Enjoy!

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Kale, Sweet Potato, Chick Pea Dinner

I threw together a dinner tonight and it was so delicious I wanted to share it.  It was simple I had all the ingredients in my refrigerator left over from meals I made earlier in the week.

The measurements aren’t exact and you can add or subtract as you prefer.

Kale, chick peas, sweet potato

Ingredients:

1/3 bunch of Steamed Kale

1/3 can of Chick Peas

1/2 Sweet Potato cut into small cubes

Dash of Cayenne

2-3 Dashes of Turmeric

 

Warm up the Kale, Chick Peas and cubed Sweet Potato in a pan with some water (to keep it from burning).   Add Cayenne and Turmeric to taste.

 

That’s it!  The sweetness of the sweet potato and the spiciness of the cayenne and turmeric work well together, and the kale, sweet potato and chick peas offer plenty of protein and nutrients!

 

 

Completed the Will Run For Beer Series!

Yesterday was the last race in the Smuttynose Will Run for Beer Series.  It was a series of 8 races from January 1-June 22–all offering a beer to runners of age, after the race!  When a  runner registers for the series and completes 5 races, they get a running jacket.  Most of the races were 5Ks although there was a 4 miler and half marathon option.  (I ran 4 5Ks and the 4 mile race).  One of the good things about this series is that it got me started running earlier in the season (my first 2 races were in March).  And the shorter distances allowed me to really work on my sped.

I did really well in the series, and while I don’t have my overall series results yet, yesterday I finished the 5K in 25:07 at a 8:06 pace.  Even better, I finished 6th out of 129 in my age group.  (I always set a goal of top 10% so this is a great result.)

And I got a great jacket!

Now it is on to some longer distances and the hot and humid summer races…

 

Market Square Day 10K

I had a great race today!  It was the 36th annual Market Square Day 10K in Portsmouth, NH.  The race kicks off Market Square Day which is a celebration of arts and culture in downtown Portsmouth.  The streets are closed to traffic, and there are street vendors, entertainers, and activities for kids throughout the downtown.

 

The race starts right at Market Square and makes a 6.2 mile loop around the city.  It is a fun race with people lining the route cheering for the runners.  I had a few friends along the way and it is always so encouraging to see them!

 

As this was my first 10K this year, (actually since 2012) I wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of time.  I had run a bunch of 5Ks this year and my time ranged from 8:54 for my first race to 7:47.  I was shooting for under 9 minute miles for today’s 10K.

 

Well I was very happy with my time of 52:42 (8:29 pace)!  This is the best 10K time I have had in years (In 1999 I ran a 10K in 45:21 (7:17 pace)  but I was 15 year younger then!  My overall goal is always to finish in the top 10% of my age group, and while I didn’t quite make that today I was close (16 out of 143, top 11%) and very, very pleased!  I guess the speed work my running partner and I have been doing is really paying off (Thanks Coach CJ)!

 

Of course I pretty much took the rest of the day off.  I ate, took a LONG, HOT shower, took a nap, ate some more, read a little, and now it is almost 6:00 pm and time for dinner.