Sautéed Broccolini and a Race Recap!

 

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 Hi folks!  It’s such a beautiful day today!  Spring is coming and it makes me very happy.  I pulled out the old running skirt that I’ve never ran in but wear around town all summer to wear today.  Happy indeed!

I promised you I would start posting some side dishes that I like to make and this in one that turned out really yummy.  I got the baby broccoli or broccolini in my produce bin so this is what I did with it.  One thing I need to go ahead and say is that all of my sides will be super simple.  I do not have time to slave away at a dish that is not even the main course.  Honestly though, simple tastes better anyway!

FamilyPicSo this weekend was a huge weekend for my family.  Every year at this time we celebrate my Great Grandmother’s, Granny Pearl’s, birthday in Richland Springs, TX.  We’ve been doing it for like 35 years in the old one room school house that she attended.  She passed away last year 30 days shy of her 105th birthday.  I could go on and on and on about this weekend and the traditions.  It is the coolest thing ever and I’m so blessed to be part of something like it.  My family is CRA-ZY but they are awesome.  Oh and Granny Pearl was the “Bacon Lady” if anyone remembers that.  She was a fire cracker.  Seriously.

However, since this is a fitness or health blog, or something like that I guess, I thought I would give you a race report.  Yep, I ran a 5k this weekend with some other members of the fam.  The Never Surrender 5k run/walk in San Saba, TX.  Oh how I hate 5k’s.  3.1 miles, easy right?  HELL. NO.  I like long and paced…not all out, having an asthma attack, sucking wind, seeing stars, don’t let the girl in the double stroller pass me again, kind of race.  Whew.  I really wanted to place in this one.  Honestly, I have no chance around home against my running buddies so this was it.  I did place, I got 3rd overall female.  I’m proud because I worked HARD for that dang medal!

Here’s the thing though.  I averaged an 8:48 pace.  I think I can do better than that.  My mistake was I prepared to run with my rock star, Furball (as Ty likes to be called these days), but my dear cousin offered to run with him.  So after eating a lot of crap Friday that I am ashamed to admit, I also didn’t bring anything suitable for breakfast.  With a 9am start I ran the race on an empty stomach.  Ya’ll know me by now and know that I don’t walk out to the car on an empty stomach.  I’m going to use lack of nutrients as my excuse and maybe die a little less at the next one…maybe.  Oh how I loathe 5k’s!

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On a great note, Furball got first in his age group with a 3 minute PR and my sister, Lace, got 2nd in her age group with a PR as well.  A few others in the family were able to medal too.  I told you we are awesome.  Secretly, Furball was the only one in his age group.  However, that doesn’t discount the fact that his little legs ran/walked the race and every time he completes one it feeds his early passion for the sport.  He was so excited to show his medal off at school today and is dying to take it to track practice to show Coach.  My heart could burst with joy.

Let me know what you think of the broccolini!

What race distance is your favorite? Mine would definitely be the half! 

 

Sauteed Broccolini
Quick and easy broccolini
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Ingredients
  1. 1 bunch of broccolini or baby broccoli
  2. 1/2 onion diced
  3. 1 or 2 garlic cloves minced
  4. 1 tbsp. olive oil
  5. 1 tbsp. butter
  6. 1 cup of water
  7. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Over medium heat melt butter and olive oil.
  2. Add diced onions and garlic and stir frequently to avoid burning garlic.
  3. When onions are tender add the bunch of broccolini.
  4. Toss to coat the broccolini in the onions and garlic.
  5. Add a couple of tablespoons of the water and cover dish.
  6. Continue to cook over low to medium heat.
  7. Add more water frequently as needed to steam the broccolini until tender.
  8. When tender salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Serve warm.
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