Monday, June 6, 2011


If I took the time to write down all I did in the last 3 days, no one would believe me. It would read like a National Lampoon movie, though perhaps not as funny? I had a good time, though, and accomplished a major "bucket list" dream: I ran my first marathon. Today, I feel like my legs were run over by a train, and I'm pretty sure I'm going to lose at least one toenail, but I did it, and my pain will pass, but that sense of accomplishment will never fade.

I had an immense cushion of support, between family and friends, live and virtual, training partners...I'm so blessed, and I couldn't have done it without their support.

All of this just to explain why my menu is late this week!

Monday: Meal Swap Meal, or grilled boneless skinless chicken breasts, steamed peas, brown rice

Tuesday: Grilled Steaks, Grilled Asparagus, Baked Potatoes

To grill the asparagus, break off tough ends, then slice into two inch pieces on the diagonal. Toss pieces with 2 T. olive oil, 2 t. minced garlic, and 2 t. kosher salt. Place in a grill basket coated with cooking spray over med-low heat on the grill. Grill about 5 minutes or just tender-crisp.

Wednesday: Farfalle with Tomatoes, Onions, and Spinach; Garlic Breadsticks
Wednesday is farmers' market day here, and this recipe looks like a good use of fresh tomatoes!

Thursday: Tacos

Friday: Out to eat, or leftovers

Saturday: Pizza night

Sunday: Cavatappi with Spinach, White Beans, and Asiago; Garlic Toast

I like to make garlic toast out of thick pieces of fresh french bread. Lightly butter it, then dust with garlic powder. Broil in the oven just a couple of minutes until toasty, or grill butter side down until golden and toasty. Slice only what you need for dinner, and save the rest of the loaf for morning french toast (which we like to eat with apples sauteed in butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon).