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Alert, Alert, Alert!

Posted Jun 02 2010 4:24pm

Alert, alert, alert! It’s official – Trader Joe’s is coming to my town!!!!!!

I am SO pumped for never-ending supplies of almond butter , peanut butter filled pretzels and so.much.more! Opening day is TBD, but it supposed to happen sometime this year. Whee!!!!

In other great news, I had the best run I’ve had in…years?…after work today! I’ve said before that I don’t consider myself a “natural” runner. I’ve been running regularly for 5 years now, and my miles logged on the trail are still semi-difficult no matter how far or fast I go.

Today though, was different. I think this might have been the closest I’ve ever come to feeling like a “natural” runner, and it was amazing! I felt light on my feet and quick as a whip. I even passed a guy who looked younger than me (this may sound awful, but I secretly love running faster than guys – sorry fellas!)

I attribute my success to three conditions that culminated in a perfect running situation:

  1. I was well hydrated. I drank ample amounts of water today and wasn’t thirsty at all during my run.
  2. There was a terrific, cold breeze. The temperature is very hot right now, but we’ve got rain coming in tonight which is lending a swift, cold breeze that kept me cool.
  3. There were tons of other runners out. I usually can’t run with a partner (I do love to walk, take a class or lift weights with friends) but running AMONG other runners really keeps me motivated to keep going!

If only I could recreate these conditions every time I headed out the door! What are the conditions that set YOU up for a great workout? Do you like to workout alone or with others?

In dinner news, I had a fantastic light supper of Teriyaki Fried Rice!

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Ingredients:

1 cup un-cooked brown rice

1/2 teaspoon wok oil (or sesame or vegetable oil)

1 teaspoon chopped garlic

Corn from 3 corn on the cobs

2 green onions

1/2 cup chopped steak (or chicken or pork)

2 whisked eggs

1/4 cup Teriyaki sauce

Red pepper flakes

Directions:

1. Cook rice according to package directions.

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My kitchen towel wasn’t long enough to cook my rice homey style , so I jury-rigged one up! Thank you bamboo skewer. :)

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2. Meanwhile, warm the wok oil in a large skillet until hot. Cook garlic until golden brown.

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3. Add fresh corn and green onions, and cook until corn is tender, ~3-4 minutes. Add steak and warm through.

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4. Push corn mixture to the sides of the pan, and add your whisked eggs into the middle. Stir until soft set.

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5. Add Teriyaki sauce and cooked rice into the skillet, and stir until well combined.

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6. Top with red pepper flakes and FEAST!

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Yum, yum, YUM!!! Just like my run, all these ingredients seemed to just come together and WORK!

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Unlike my normal fried rice recipe  - this had a bit of a sweet note to it from the Sesame Soy Ginger Vinaigrette I used. It’s very much like a teriyaki sauce, and you get the same taste effect. The corn added some natural sweetness too. TDF!

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The red pepper sprinkled on top was perfect to cut through the sweetness, and the juicy, salty flank steak that I used was just divine. We had cooked one up this weekend and happened to have a little bit left over in the fridge to use!

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That’s the great thing about fried rice – you can basically throw ANYTHING you want in there! It is the hotter, more Asian version of the kitchen sink salad , if you will :)

Tonight I have some housekeeping to take care of. There’s checks to write, laundry to fold, dishes to clean – you know…super exciting adult stuff. ;)

Have a good night!

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What’s your favorite store?

I’m literally obsessed with Whole Foods. I could walk around there for hours! Otherwise, I think my fave might be World Market or Patina - a super cute boutique in Minneapolis!

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