Sunday, January 24, 2010

Takin' it Easy....

Yeah, okay, I admit it. I am slacking.  (With regard to both blogging and running.)  But I'm tired! :)

This week was an okay one; nothing much to report.  Work was crazy as usual.  I used the crockpot pretty much every day to make our meals - thanks to this site (well, to be more specific, the book that was created out of the site, called Make It Fast, Cook It Slow by Stephanie O'Dea.

Here's a  list of the delicious, fool-proof (no, seriously, fool-proof) recipes I have tried thus far using my slow cooker:

  •  Basic chili
  • Vegetarian "No-Noodle" Lasagna (eggplant and yellow squash slices act as "noodles")
  • Chicken and dumpling soup
  • Pork stew with peppers and eggplant
  • Cranberry beef
  • Korean ribs (aaamaaaaaazzzzing!!)
  • Pineapple pork tenderloin
  • Pomegranate beef
Here are some pictures (I didn't capture all of them, but here's a sampling).

Vegetarian No-Noodle Lasagna

Cranberry Beef

Pineapple Pork Tenderloin

Pomegranate Beef

So, that's been making me really happy over the past few weeks.

Recipes on tap for this week include White bean and turkey sausage soup and Buffalo Chicken Lasagna.  Nom nom!!

In other activity-related news, I've been doing a lot of yoga lately.  It's suiting the winter blues just fine.  And running is still happening, just on a lesser scale. The weird thing is that I think I still haven't recovered physically from the marathon in November, not necessarily only because I trained hard and it was a tough course.  I realize that I have never truly taken a break from running, even when I knew it was best.  So it's not just this past race that has me all tired, it's years of running without a set period of recovery.  Hence, recurring injuries and overtraining blues. 

I am also finding myself, for the first time in the winter, without a gym membership (well, if you count the "fake gym," I guess I do), and it's forcing me to come to terms with the limitations I naturally want - need? to put on my body this season.  I have said this before, but I think that in the past I have never taken time off at all because I was always nervous that I would "lose it" and that I would never come back.  Well, I know better now.  But I'm still taking some time off from heavy training.

Hope you guys are having a great end to the weekend! :)


  1. I love my slow cooker too! I am posting my healthy slow cooker recipes on my blog You might fine some that interest you.

  2. Hi Rachel! I finally took a hot yoga class and I loved it. I highly recommend it. It's a perfect winter workout. Btw, the Korean ribs sounds really good. Will have to try it soon :)

  3. Yoga compliments running so well. Cooking ANYTHING, crock pot or not, does not compliment me at all.