Today was the warmest day in a long time – 45 degrees and sunny. It doesn’t get much better than that for running in early March, and Woolrich looked very inviting with its pine trees and surrounding mountains.
Around 10 a.m., I had a snack to fuel up.
Just some leftover veggies and apple slices with almond butter. Plus plenty of water.
I did 3 miles at a much faster speed than usual. I would estimate it was a 9-minute pace, but I’m not sure because I forgot my phone and didn’t measure my time. It was definitely hard and I had to focus on my breathing a lot in order to avoid a side ache. But the important thing is that I made it. It felt great to see the improvement my training has brought yet again.
On to lunch.
Just my standard spinach salad with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, chickpeas, pecans, dried cranberries, and goat cheese. Yum, goat cheese 🙂 🙂
I’m still tired from the late-night we had on Monday due to that cooking class. I don’t know if it’s normal to be paying for it for this many days. Maybe I just need to sleep more at night. I am ready to be back at my normal energy levels.
When I got home, it took some self-convincing to get in the kitchen and start dinner. But, I’m glad I did because that meant I got to eat quality food and learned a new recipe, which I found here.
Vegan Roasted Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad
1 cup quinoa
- 1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced [I used two smaller ones]
- 3 Tbsp cider vinegar [I used this many, but maybe reduce it a little – the smell of vinegar was quite strong…]
- 4 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp fresh black pepper
- 1 small red onion, thinly sliced [mine was more medium than small]
- 1 Granny Smith apple, diced (do not peel)
- 1 firm red apple, diced (do not peel)
- 3/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup pine nuts
Heat oven to 425 degrees. Cook quinoa on the stovetop and dice two small or one larger sweet potato(es). Coat the sweet potatoes in olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper; then spread them out on top of a sheet of alu foil and place on a baking pan.
While the potatoes are roasting in the oven for 20 minutes and the quinoa is cooking, combine the cider vinegar and 3 tbsp. olive oil with salt and pepper and beat it for about a minute until the mixture gets thick.
Then fry the onions in another tbsp of olive oil on a low setting for 8-10 minutes.
Combine the quinoa, onions, apples, dried cranberries, and sweet potatoes in a big bowl.
Look at all those colors! Add the onions next.
Finally, toast the pine nuts in the same pan you used for the onions for 3-4 minutes until lightly brown.
I loved how they smelled once they began toasting.
Then pour the pine nuts in the bowl with the other ingredients.
Mix all of the ingredients carefully and dinner is ready.
Dave and I both had two servings and there was still enough for two good lunch portions for tomorrow. I really loved how the flavors worked together and it tasted like rich, quality foods. Much needed after yesterday’s eating out escapades.
To round it all off, I had some chocolaty deserts.
My usual Trader Joe’s favorites: dark chocolate covered peanut butter cups and dark chocolate covered ginger.
After dinner, I caught up with my German soap and journaled for an hour while enjoying a hot almond milk with cooca powder. I really recommend this creation.
Double desert night. My work here is done.