Three Green Things, One Brown Thing

Wow, where did this weekend go?  45 hours of it gone already, and still without a post!  Well, I’ve done a good amount of running—though nothing compared to the 20 miles on the docket for tomorrow—and a lot of cooking.  In fact, I made five new things this weekend, four of which are quick enough to jam into this single post!  Plus, I was hard at work writing my first guest post for another blog, to be published sometime this week.  Hint: she’s an NMA reader and frequent commenter!

So before we get even closer to the dreaded case of the Mondays, here’s the new stuff I made.

Sauteed Kale

Green thing number one…kale!  I picked some up at the farmers market to use in a Thrive smoothie (the kale smoothie was a bust, don’t make it).  I’d never tried kale before, but the farmer who sold it to me told me that I could wilt it in a pan with some oil and garlic, just like spinach.  So I did just that, but as soon as I tasted it, I was reminded of bok choy.  So I tossed in some soy sauce after I took it off the heat, and voila! A delicious new way to get your greens!

Kale is just a little tougher than other greens, so it did take some chewing.  If you’d rather inhale your food, you could probably cook it for longer (maybe five minutes, total) to soften it up some.

[kale photo]

Check out 10 Ways to Eat More Kale here.

Sauteed Zucchini

Green thing number two…sauteed zucchini.  The crop glut has arrived; not two days after we bought an armload from the farmers market, our garden has finally started producing.  In an effort to get rid of some, I sauteed one of the suckers and ate that with the aforementioned kale and a mango-jalapeno Thrive smoothie for lunch on Saturday.  To make the zucchini (which is so good, by the way), I just sliced it into 1/4 inch thick slices then let it sit in a colander with some salt to pull some of the moisture out.  After I dried it off, I sauteed it in some olive oil for about four minutes, turning once, and added some garlic, salt, and lemon juice during the last minute or two.  Simple and healthy!

[sauteed zucchini photo]

Avocado Banana Smoothie

And finally, green thing number three.  Brace yourselves, it’s a strange one!  I saw it on the blog Fake Food Free; it’s a banana and avocado smoothie.  Just three simple ingredients: a banana, an avocado, and some milk (I used almond milk).  I actually added an extra frozen banana to sweeten the deal, but I still wasn’t a huge fan.  Erin, on the other hand, really enjoyed hers.  Check out the nasty battle wound I got from the lemon zester as part of my guest post!  Ah, what a blogger won’t do for one of his own…

[avocado banana smoothie photo]

Black Bean Hummus

Of course, there’s always an ugly duckling.  But gustatorily, this one turned out to be a beautiful swan—black bean hummus!  I found the recipe on, threw the ingredients into the food processor, and two minutes later we were chowing down!  Ingredientwise, it’s essentially regular hummus, just with black beans instead of chickpeas.  But it was a really nice change, and of course very tasty.  I mean, what homemade hummus isn’t?  Here it is on a Wasa Oat crispbread.

[black bean hummus photo]

We do sometimes leave the kitchen…

On Saturday I did a very meaningful tempo run.  Meaningful, because at this same stage in my training program back in February, this was the last run that I did before my IT band pain got so bad that I had to shut it down for two months.  Actually, I didn’t quite complete that fateful run; I (stupidly) pushed through the pain until the cooldown mile, at which point I had to stop.

But this time, there was no knee pain.  It was an 8 mile run, of which the middle six miles were supposed to be done at 7:04.  I did on my hilly trail, so that pace was impossible to keep up, but I did get in a great workout nonetheless.  And, let me tell you, it felt so good to get through this one injury-free.  If you’d have told me back in February that today I’d be in this kind position to qualify for Boston in October, I’d have said you were smokin’ something.

And last but not least this weekend, big ups to Erin for doing a 52-mile bike ride with our friend Eric this weekend!  They finished in about three and a half hours, through the August heat and humidity of Maryland (and Pennsylvania, they went that far!).  What’s more, Erin’s ride was fueled by a batch of energy bars she made from a way-back Sweet-Tooth Friday post, and enjoyed some black bean hummus afterward!  Erin fans, let her hear it!

[erin after ride photo]

Alright healthy foodies, get to bed.  You have some more NMA “fun with video” coming your way on Monday, so rest up!



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  1. Great ride – you hammered the heat and the climbs!

    I had one of Erin’s energy bars as part of a recovery meal… good stuff! So good in fact that Laur and I made a batch of the Mango Coconut energy bars from Thrive this afternoon – haven’t tried them in action yet, but as a quick snack they are pretty tasty.

  2. I love trying new things. sauteed zucchini and squash is one of my favorite parts of summer! So tasty and simple to make. I am still yet to try kale. Hope you two have a good week. Good luck with the run today
    .-= Erica´s last blog ..Anniversary Crab Cakes & More Pie =-.

    • Hey Erica, I’m learning to share your love for zucchini and squash. I never liked them when I was a kid, but I think I’ve had one of them almost every day this week! And our garden is spitting them out faster than we can eat them…

  3. Thanks for the warning on the Kale smoothie. I found your site and ordered the THRIVE book which I’ve really enjoyed for the nutritional information. I’ve been making some of the recipes – found the pancakes for long-distance fueling to be nasty but some energy bars, apple cereal, and some dressing to be pretty good. Going to try a blueberry smoothie from there later today.

    • Hey Dena, too bad to hear about the pancakes. I was actually looking forward to them. Of course, I’ll probably still try (just like you shouldn’t take my word on the kale smoothie if it looks good!). Apple cereal sounds good, I need to start making more of those types. I’ve done mostly the pizzas, smoothies, and salads so far. Have you tried making his crackers yet?

      By the way, I’ll be posting my interview with Brendan on the blog soon!

  4. Congrats Erin, that sounds like an awesome ride!
    .-= Robin´s last blog ..Internet, What is Wrong With You? =-.

  5. The weekend is over:( Love the zucchini! Glad to hear that you were able to get through the tempo run with no knee pain. Congrats to Erin on the bike ride too. The heat and humidity has just made things gross.
    .-= diana´s last blog ..Short and Sweet =-.

    • The heat and humidity really make it so tough, sometimes you get a good breeze on the bike though that I dont get running:)

  6. You two are just amazing! I’m just about to make some hummus to eat with some left over boiled potatoes I have in the fridge. You’re right, home-made hummus is always delicious!
    .-= Hanlie´s last blog ..I should have known… =-.

  7. Erin-Wow!! I didn’t even want to step foot outside this past weekend it was so oppressive…can’t imagine doing what you did!

  8. Congrats to Erin on the awesome bike ride!! So cool that she even crossed state lines!

    The hummus sounds totally delicious and I think I’ll have to make that after I finish the spicy peanut hummus I made last week.

    Have a great day!
    .-= katherine´s last blog ..Typical…. =-.

    • I was waiting to see a welcome to PA sign but never did! I never really knew when I was in MD and when I was in PA but it is cool to say i did it:)

  9. Looks like there’s a black bean party goin’ on at NMA. What will you use it in next? How about a chocolate smoothie experiment..
    .-= Mel @ She Runs Brooklyn´s last blog ..A Runner’s Answer =-.

    • Chocolate black bean smoothie is not a bad idea! If it works in brownies, I bet it would work there too. I actually did make something “black bean” tonight, though it isn’t weird and they’re not the main part. Look for it tomorrow!

  10. ahhh i’m the one responsible for the injury! so sorry!

    yay for erin, and yay for all that new recipe goodness. when i move, i am soooo excited to start cooking again. it’s felt like forever!

    happy monday!
    .-= Holly´s last blog ..Simplify Your Life Week =-.

  11. GO ERIN!

    The zucchini looks tasty. I tried kale recently and it’s great cooked but I’m not a fan of it raw in salads.

    Glad you’re feeling better.
    .-= Sagan´s last blog ..Poll: The Difference of Five Pounds =-.

  12. YAY ERIN AND ERIC! So great!

    • Agreed… awesome accomplishment! All I did that morning was laundry and I took a nap with the cat! Ha!

      • Thanks guys! I had a blast with Eric, I cant wait to do it again! Chris, I want to come watch camogie too!

  13. Brian Gallagher says:

    A tip on kale: Nuke it. I get kale and other field greens (mustard, turnip greens, collards, etc) often and I like kale the best (like most field greens, cooking is almost a must unless they’re baby greens). When I come back from the farmer’s market my fridge is often packed, and the mass of field greens won’t fit. So I clean the greens very well, put them on a plate and with a fairly tight cover, and cook for about 4 minutes. Your huge bunch of greens is now a manageable size and ready to store or use. Just remember that kale is a cruciferous vegetable and related to broccoli, so after a day or two in fridge, when you open up the container of cooked kale, you’ll smell the sulfur.

    Also, I’ve read in many places that combining a source of vitamin C (e.g. tomatoes) with kale and other greens helps to make iron more available in these iron-rich vegetables.

    Erin, congrats on the speed — covering 52 miles in 3.5 hours means you moving at a good clip!

    • Thanks Brian, that’s interesting about combining kale with tomatoes or other Vitamin C to make the iron available. It’s also a good source of calcium, more important for vegans but still good to know.

  14. Black bean hummus = YUM!
    I wonder how your recipe compares to mine. I just made some a month or two ago (here). It disappeared faaast…
    .-= Amber Shea (Almost Vegan)´s last blog ..Almost vegan in Dallas II =-.

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