Monday, April 18, 2011

Menu for April 18th-22nd

I'm only cooking 3 days this week. Hooray! Here's the plan for this week:

Tip: Wash your hands after making the jalapeno sauce! I didn't and thought the sauce was so spicy, then added plain yogurt to cool it off. When in fact it wasn't that spicy at all. I thought the jalapeno sauce would make a great dressing too.

Tuesday (Meatless day!)
I'm looking forward to using mint from my garden.


This recipe was in the Thanksgiving edition in Food Network Magazine. I'm not sure what kind of turkey I'm going to use, since I don't have left over turkey from thanksgiving. I ended up buying some turkey cutlets, which I've never cooked with before. The picture looks like it has avocado in it, but the recipe doesn't call for it. I might put some avocado in it that I have left over from Monday.


Meeting the gang at Babe's for Muster. It's going to be quite the challenge to find something without meat there!

Heading to Katy to be with Micah's parents

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Work Out Summary April 10th-16th

You can find what I did last week here. This week, I felt much better about life. The training program gave me 2 days off, which was awesome!

Sunday-Ran 60 minutes, 6 miles 
Tuesday-Swam 24 laps for 26 minutes, Ran 30 minutes, 3 miles
Wednesday-Biked 50 minutes for 10 miles, Ran 25 minutes, 2.7 miles
Thursday-I had an after school program, so I took this day off instead of having Friday off
Friday-Swam 24 laps for 26 minutes, Biked 30 minutes for 8 miles inside
Saturday-Swam 33 laps in 34:24 minutes, Bike 46 minutes, 12.33 miles outside

Time: 5.5 hours
Bike: 30 miles
Run: 11.7 miles
Swim: 81 laps

On Saturday, as I was loading up my bike into the truck, I noticed that Micah had installed Aero bars. I'm so excited. It was a complete surprise. He got them for our anniversary which is not until May 24th. He also got me another bike computer. I go through bike computers like candy!

My ears are hurting me today, which I think is due to the wind and swimming. It has been so windy here! I've had to change some of my bike workouts to avoid the wind.

In between swimming and biking yesterday, I saw my family. Isn't Hudson adorable?

Monday, April 11, 2011

Menu for April 11th-15th

Here's the plan for this week:


Sometimes I have a hard time finding hominy at Central Market. If you can't find hominy, just interchange it with corn. Be sure to take out the seeds of the chiles in adobo sauce. Those things are spicy.

Tuesday (Meatless day!)

I always forget to thaw the spinach!


I've made this dish before, and I froze the extra meatballs. Micah really loves subs!

I will probably cook my chicken that night in a skillet, shred, then throw in the casserole.

I'll serve this along side some mashers. MMMM, mashed potatoes.

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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Workout Summary April 3rd-9th

Sunday: Swim date to improve my technique, 45 minutes
Tuesday: Spin class (1 hour, Instructor said it is only 12 miles), Ran on treadmill (30 minutes, 3 miles)
Wednesday: Swim (24 laps, 35 minutes), Run (45 minutes, 4.5 miles)
Thursday: Swim (32 laps, 40 minutes)
Friday: Run (25 minutes, 2.5 miles)
Saturday: Swim (33 laps, 35 minutes)

Time: 5.25 hours
Swim: 89 laps, 2.53 miles
Run: 10 miles
Bike: 12 miles

Y'all I'm tired. I'm feeling pretty beat down with my workouts. I didn't feel stellar one time this week, except in the pool on Saturday. Everything was really hard this week. Spin class is giving me major problems when sitting in extended position. Padded bike shorts did not help. I'm going to skip next week, and ride outside instead.

I'm doubting my ability to do an Olympic distance. Mostly because I'm terrified of the open water swim. Also, I'm not enjoying the training.  It's getting to be too much with a full time job. Maybe I'll do the sprint distance on June 5th instead.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

What we ate last week April 4th-8th

Here's what we ate this week. I didn't plan very well, because we had Chinese food 2 days in a row. Oops!

Monday: I went to Central Market to do my weekly grocery shopping. I can't remember what I ate, but Micah went to the Ranger game. He was a good boy and packed a sandwich to eat on the way to the game! So proud of him and his efforts to cut back on eating out.

Tuesday: I went to Wal-Mart by my house for the household essentials that you can't afford at Central Market. Forgot my list, but thought I did pretty well with remembering.

We had Beef Broccoli Stir Fry from Cooking Light. I omitted the sherry, and just used beef stock. I also didn't use green onions, and used frozen broccoli.  It turned out great, and Micah and I ate it for lunch the next day.

Wednesday: I went to Wal-Mart by my work, and bought all the things I forgot on my list. I also had to buy hoisin sauce because I had used it all the night before. I invited Mom over, because Dad is out of town for the next 10 days! Since I know she loves Chinese, I made the 2nd Chinese dish of the week,  Cooking Light's Chicken Fried Rice.

It felt like deja vu from the night before. The first steps are pretty much identical. For some reason this dish was a little sweet. I'm guessing it's the lime juice. It wasn't my favorite, and the rice wasn't really fried. Good thing, Micah saved this dinner by buying egg rolls on his way home from work. Nevertheless, I had Chinese for the 4th meal in a row, and ate it for lunch the next day!

Thursday: Thankfully, I did not have to go the grocery store! We ate pork chops that I sauteed in a skillet along with stuffed zucchini. This zucchini was good, but too much work for me. I ate the left over stuffing the next day for lunch. The stuffing would have made a delicious breakfast scramble after adding an egg. I only used 1 zucchini, because Micah really doesn't like zucchini.

Friday: I invited Mom over for dinner for slow cooker pesto spinach lasagna. This lasagna only needs to cook for 6 hours on low or 4 hours on high, so someone really needs to be home to turn it on. I ended up only cooking it for 4.5 hours on high.  I was a little bit unsure of mixing pesto and red spaghetti sauce, but it was really yummy. The recipe didn't call for any seasonings, and it didn't need any. I sent Mom home with some left overs.

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