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Race Weekend – Part 3

First order of business when we left the hotel after my shower and Daiya pizza snack was to go back to the village for some free beer and exploring of the little shops.


Each runner got a coupon for a German beer at the beer hall. I traded mine in for a Bavarian wheat beer. I would say it was moderately to severely refreshing.


Dave went with Koelsch, a light beer from Cologne, which he later regretted because it gave him a headache. Serves him right – Duesseldorf, my hometown, and Cologne have a huge beer and everything-else rivalry.

We walked around the village….


And scoped out some Antique shops.


I found it interesting/disturbing that this shop sold swastikas as World War II memorabilia.

But anyway…

We headed back to State College in the afternoon because I was running out of steam a bit. Although I must say I felt much better than I expected after the race and stayed fit and alert all day. I think that has to do with all the water, gatorade, and Gu I consumed while running. A lesson to remember.

On our way home, we stopped at My Thai to get the red curry shrimp dish I’m obsessed with for carry-out.


And then several glorious hours of vegging out on the couch with trashy TV followed.

Dave’s headache was getting worse and worse, so we headed to bed around 6. I put a heating pad on his head and read The Dark Monk to him – a book his dad sent us. It is really good and we’ve been reading it together every day since.

Sunday, we did chores, went to the UUs, played some tennis, and enjoyed/prepped some good foodie treats:


After finishing off the Thai leftovers for lunch, we each had a bowl of Greek yogurt with honey and frozen berries. Freshness delight.


In an effort to use up leftovers, I made this veggie casserole. I just threw in whatever I had in the fridge. It had spinach, kale, carrots, cauliflower, vegetable broth, and Daiya cheese. I tried a little bit of it and then had it Monday for lunch. It was pretty damn awesome, if I do say so myself. I love when randomness tastes this good. Major credit goes to the Daiya cheeze, of course.


For our dinners, I made sweet potato wraps. In my effort to be low-carb, I used lettuce instead of actual wraps. The yogurt had tons of mint and lemon zest for a fresh, tangy twist. And I left the peel on the sweet potatoes, coated them in olive oil, and baked them in the oven for 20 minutes.


Other ingredients were onions seared in sumac and cumin as well as toasted almonds. We had to eat the “wraps” with a fork and knife, but that was the only disadvantage of this combo. Very delicious and a summer-appropriate. Image

Finally, I must admit to a new obsession. These amazing vegetable chips tempted me at Wegman’s on Sunday and I have eaten my way through 90% of the bag since then. They have coconut oil, canola oil, tons of yummy spices, and vegetables, so they are pretty healthy as far as chips go. So currently I have them as an appetizer before dinner and then a few spoons of chocolate coconut milk ice cream for desert every night. Ooops.


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Vegan “Cheesy” Penne and Impromptu Cooking Party

Crazy happenings in the kitchen tonight. We have plans every night for the next four days, so it occurred to me that I should probably pre-cook our dinners.

I did a quick 15-minute Yoga video when I came home from work and then went crazy: one hour of cooking madness. I made three dinners plus our lunches. And listened to Turkish music the entire time, which made for quite the party.

I made two dishes I’d made before:


Quinoa with Kale, hummus sauce, and scrambled eggs.


Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad with apples, cranberries, and toasted almonds.

But tonight’s dinner and Thursday’s lunch was a first-time recipe. Vegan “cheesy” penne.

I found it here and modified it quite a bit.


Instead of macaroni, I used penne.


I left the “cheese” sauce the same except for omitting some of the spices because I didn’t have them around. Everything went straight into the blender – water, almond milk, nutritional yeast, cornstarch, lemon juice, tahini, and spices.


And finally, I took the liberty of adding onions, mushrooms, and spinach to add some more texture and brighten up the presentation.


I added the penne, poured the cheese on top, and let it simmer in the pan for a few minutes while stirring constantly.


Paired it with a German Franziskaner Weissbier and dinner was done.

The “cheese” was very creamy and much more cheese-like than I expected. I’m a fan.

Dave has been cleaning up the kitchen for about half an hour now. I tried to clean up as I went, but I was multitasking so much already that it was hard to do.

I’ve imposed an early bed time because these kitchen adventures left no time for my six-mile run. I’ll now have to get up eeeearly, but maybe that’s not such a bad thing because I’m usually still half asleep when I head out the door.

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