I should start by telling you that my weekend actually started out pretty well. I had been thinking about lasagna for days, so I finally decided Friday night was the night, and I was pretty excited to try making a vegetarian take on it. I bought Yves [false] Ground Beef.
This stuff is my new best friend (I swear I'm not paid to say that, though Yves peeps, you can send some extra moolah my way if you want, I could totally use it!). It looks freakishly like the real stuff and in a sauce you'd never know that no cows were harmed in the making. Plus you're almost guaranteed that you're not secretly eating snout, beak and hoof in your beef... Win-win.
I've been feeding Boy fake ground beef for a few weeks pretending it was the real deal and he's been none the wiser, though I finally got busted this weekend! Apparently leaving the package on the counter is a dead-giveaway. oops!
The lasagna was delish. I made an extra one and froze it for days when I come home from work and don't feel like cooking (<-- that's pretty much all of them). It was really easy!
1. Stir fry real or fake ground beef with 2 cloves of minced garlic, half an onion (chopped), mushrooms and one bottle of tomato sauce. Stir in dried or fresh parsley and oregano.
2. Boil lasagna noodles.
3. Layer noodles, a layer of ricotta cheese (I bought the light stuff and it worked great!), beef sauce then some spinach leaves (optional), then repeat lasagna noodles, ricotta, beef sauce, spinach and one more layer of noodles and top with shredded cheese.
4. Bake at 400*C for 30 minutes or until cheese is bubbling and starting to brown at the edges.
It's delicious, I promise!
As for running, I'm proud to say I'm finally getting back on track. I know, FINALLY. I still feel like I'm forcing it a bit, but whatever, I'll take it!
On Saturday I did a 5 mile treadmill run while catching up on old episodes of Kendra (um, why do I LOVE that show so much?) Yes, I totally did my "ghetto-fab computer-as-a-tv cause I'm too cheap/poor to go buy a real one" thing again. I realize it looks COMPLETELY ridiculous, but it worked! The time on the treadmill flew by. I'll take it!
Sunday's run outfit laid out to go
Sunday's run was an 11 miler and I actually ventured back outside into the winter to run for a change. You see, I'm a HUGE wimp when it comes to being outside in the winter - this gal wasn't made for the cold.
So you're probably wondering right about now what was so ridiculous about this weekend.... Well you know that Sunday long run? I got pretty cold partway though. And when I say pretty cold, I mean FREEZING. I think I may also be getting sick, I've had these miserable cold sweats and the feeling like I cannot get warm enough for a few days, so maybe running outside was a bad decision. But by mile 8, I could no longer feel my hands, I was absolutely drenched in cold sweat, shaking and frozen. At mile 9 I may or may not have actually huddled on the side of the road and cried for a minute too.... I definitely didn't wear enough clothes and the headwind was awful.
Soooo.... I hitchhiked home!!! Haha I know, that's so ridiculous that I probably shouldn't admit it to the world on the internet but it's true. And it's actually kind of funny, cause I've watched about 800 too many episodes of Criminal Minds and I'm secretly afraid of the dark, basements, monsters and just about everything else, but at that moment I was so miserable that I really didn't care.
Plus i was totally ready to tuck and roll if the person who picked me up was a total weirdo.
Lucky for me, the people who stopped turned out to be the sweetest couple. And since Cape Breton really is the smallest place ever, we discovered within minutes that we had lots of mutual friends and they know Ryan's parents. It really is a small world!
Anyway... Yeah totally not proud of the fact that I hitchhiked home from a run (the last 2 miles)... but it sure makes a funny story!
The rest of my day yesterday was spent testing how many cups of hot chocolate can fit in my belly at the same time and huddling by the fireplace in every piece of clothing that I own.
Did you run this weekend?
Tell me something embarrassing or ridiculous that you've done on a run or in a race so I don't feel so lame!
Do you like running in the cold?
Does anyone else feel like they take hours to thaw out after running outside?