Thursday, April 16, 2015

Tasteful Thursday - Angel Hair with Smoked Salmon & Goat Cheese

Angel Hair with Smoked Salmon & Goat Cheese

November 1, 2004
This is a great entrĂ©e for entertaining. The ingredients are elegant, light, and it’s visually appealing, plus the preparation takes just minutes—perfect for a post-group-run lunch, or a pre-marathon dinner with friends.
1 lb. angel hair pasta
1/4 lb. smoked salmon, 1/4-inch diced
1/3 cup red onion, finely chopped
3 tbls. capers, rinsed and drained
1 tbls. grated lemon zest
6 oz. soft goat cheese (Chevre or Montrachet), crumbled
1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped (plus 4 sprigs for garnish)
Freshly ground black pepper
  • Cook pasta until tender and firm to the bite. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup pasta water.
  • Return pasta to pot, add remaining ingredients including pasta water, and toss to combine.
  • Heat over medium heat for two minutes.
  • Season with pepper to taste.
  • Serve hot.
  • Garnish with dill sprigs.
  • Serves 4.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tomoka 1/2 Marathon Race Recap

A couple weeks ago I had raced the Tomoka 1/2 Marathon. I have to say it was one of the most organized races I have ever run. There were officers at every intersection, water stations every 1 1/2 miles to 2 miles and they were always full, it started right on time, and the after race was full of food and beer even for slower runners like me. I was extremely pleased with the event and will run it again.

Enough about the awesome organizers, now onto how I ran :) So much better than I thought I would. I had been really slacking with my training for about a month before the race, so I was only hoping to run it just under 2:45. I ran it with a couple friends that were faster than me, so it helped me start out faster than I'm used to. Then even though I started a few minutes behind the 2:30 pacer, I could see their sign for almost the entire race, which pushed me to stay with them. It excited me to see that I was running around that pace. For the last few miles, I started to really crash, so I know I started out a little to fast for me, but I finished strong and finished in 2:31:13. That was only 2 minutes slower than my PR. I am stoked with that time, and it is pushing me to finish even better during my next 1/2 in October!!!

We went down the night before and stayed overnight, so I wanted to share some of the pictures of our walk on a dock, and then on the beach. Ormond Beach is absolutely beautiful!

I definitely recommend all my local friends put this race on the calendar. If you register early, it's very inexpensive and definitely worth it!!!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Tasteful Thursday - Stuffed Strawberries

Stuffed Strawberries Recipe

Makes 1 pound strawberries
1 pound fresh strawberries
1 8-ounce package Neufchatel cheese (next to cream cheese)
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla
1 small package fresh blueberries (optional)
With a paring knife slice off the stem of the strawberry so it can sit up on a plate. Cut a deep cross into the tip of the strawberry being careful not to cut through it. Cream Neufchatel cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla in a bowl with a fork.
Put cheese mixture into a pastry bag with a star tip and pipe filling into strawberry. Add blueberry to the top for cuteness.
Stuffed strawberries will store in the fridge for one day.
One strawberry is 42 calories, 2.7 g fat, 1.7 g saturated fat, 3.3 g carbohydrates, 2.6 g sugar, 1.3 g protein, 0 g fiber, 46 mg sodium, 1 Points+
Points+ values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only.

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Weekly Wrap up

I have really slacked this week, only during bare minimum exercises. Life truly got in the way as I planned for my 1/2 marathon trip this weekend, spring break with the kids and all the band competitions and events that happened this week. I do have to brag on my kid because his concert band and his jazz band received superiors at their competitions and Friday night he and the jazz bands performed an awesome jazz revue for the community. 

This weekend I ran a with my awesome sister in law and our friend that flew in from CT. It is a really pretty area in Ormond Beach. I will write a recap of my race and let you know all about it. After my 1/2 marathon on Sunday, I have some hiking, running and just enjoying my family time scheduled for all week and I can not wait for this break from our busy lives. I also will make sure to get some PIYO workouts in between. 

Hope you all have an awesome week!!!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Tasteful Thursday

Stuffed Pepper Casserole
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Yield: 6 servings
Serving size: 1 cup
  • 1 lb lean ground beef (90% or leaner)
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1½ Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 2 cups brown rice, cooked
  • 24 oz jar of organic reduced-sugar spaghetti sauce
  • 1 cup reduced-fat, shredded Italian 4 cheese blend
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 2.25 qt casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown lean ground beef with green pepper, red pepper, onion and minced garlic.
  3. Drain excess fat from meat mixture.
  4. Return ground beef, peppers and onion mixture to skillet. Add oregano, Stir in cooked brown rice and spaghetti sauce. Stir ingredients until evenly combined.Transfer meat and sauce to casserole dish. Cover casserole evenly with cheese.
  5. Bake casserole for 20-25 minutes until heated through and cheese is melted.
Nutrition Information
Per Serving (1 cup):
Calories: 297
Calories from fat: 85
Fat: 9g
Saturated Fat: 3g
Cholesterol: 50mg
Sodium: 477mg
Carbohydrates: 29g
Fiber: 4g
Sugar 8g
Protein: 26g
Calcium: 16%g
Iron: 18%
WWP+: 8
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