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3.5 miles & a couple of recipes

Posted Apr 27 2009 11:41pm
So I haven't run since last Wednesday! Until tonight, that is. It was too long a break from running, but my schedule & my laziness got in the way and I didn't get back out until now. It is what it is. Moving on.

I ran 3.5 miles in 40 minutes in very very warm temps. It was almost 90 today. Thank goodness it was very breezy & I was running in the park where it was partially shady. I only had 40 minutes before I had to get the kids, but I swear I felt like I could have kept going & going. Just when it felt great, I had to stop. Ah, the curse of the short run. Ironic, ain't it?

I've got a couple recipes to share from Roni's website (still my all time favorite for go-to delicious recipes. She never fails me!).

The lentil burgers I made tonight for lunch tomorrow. My variations: I used zucchini instead of eggplant (still put some kosher salt on, as directed for the eggplant). The lentils soaked up my veggie broth in 25 minutes (I also covered the pan), so I added the zuch & turned off the heat after that; the lentils were plenty soft enough. I didn't add onion, but everything else I followed to a T (I used jarred garlic, though, didn't have any fresh stuff in the house). The flavors from the spices are amazing. I could have eaten the lentils & zuch straight! I grilled 5, 1/3 cup burgers tonight & have a little less than half of the leftover mix for another batch. A couple of the burgers didn't stick together very well, but I think it was because I was impatient & didn't let them cool in the fridge long enough. You do have to be careful to let the mix cool enough so when you add the egg, it doesn't cook. So watch that.

The other recipe I have made about 6 times now. I can't believe I'm just now telling you about it. Banana oatmeal bars. Holy cow. I've changed this one quite a bit, not necessarily for the healthier, but for the tastier, to be sure. I use skim milk, add 1/2 c. sugar (I think 1/3 - 1/4 c. would probably do it, though, & I'm going to try that next batch), 1 tsp kosher salt (learned from Alton Brown that salt makes baked goods bake better!), and increased the mini chocolate chips to 1/2 c. (again, I could use 1/3 - 1/4 c. & it would probably be good, but I love me some chocolate). Be sure to add the sugar & salt with the wet ingredients, before the oats. The foaminess of the baking powder might surprise you--just keep mixing until it's incorporated the best you can get it. Sometimes if my bananas are big & the mix is soupy, I'll add 1/2 c. more oats. I do let the oats soak about 10 minutes while the oven preheats before adding the choc. chips. I also put mine in an 8x8 glass pan (sprayed with nonstick spray) & bake for 30-35 minutes (check the middle--if it's really squishy, its not done; it needs to slightly springy to the touch--don't overbake, though, or they'll be tough--been there, done that!). Cut them into bars & freeze in freezer bags, & you've got oatmeal to go. They warm up very well out of the freezer in the microwave. My husband loves these. I haven't even shared them with the kids yet, because DH & I usually eat them all up before the kids get a whack at them. I'll try them out on Luke tomorrow. Sophie's not a banana fan.

Another banana trick--you can freeze overripe bananas & use them for this recipe. I always peel mine before I freeze them, but I hear you don't have to. Just nuke in the microwave a few seconds & peel. But, you gotta peel them eventually so I just get it done the first time. When Mark eats half a banana for breakfast & leaves the rest on the counter, that half goes in the freezer for oatmeal bars. Win-win!

Go forth & cook, oh comrades!

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Good news on Sophie--she's still not been dizzy. Praise God!

Bad news on Luke--he had an allergic reaction to his new allergy med, Singulair. So we are back to doing zyrtec, zaditor eye drops, & benadryl (at night). I know he's going to probably end up with an allergist if he's not better soon. Honestly, though, I just need ONE member of this family to not have a chronic medical condition. At least I want to hold him off as long as possible, anyway. I'm giving him another week & will call the doctor if he's not vastly improved.

5 days & counting until the Half on Saturday. Praying life continues to be normal until then. And loving every minute of it.
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