Plantain Chips 3 Ways and of course more running stories!

Plantainchips1Hi folks!  How’s your day going?  Mine is just fine.  Rainy, humid and dreary but I like it anyway.  I’m getting ready to go on a girls trip!  That’s how this recipe was born.  I told you I’m on this Paleo challenge with my Crossfit peeps.  I’m taking it seriously.  Which means I can’t pull over to gas stations and buy peanut M&M’s.  Damn.  So, I made my own plantain chips.  They turned out really well!  They are super crunchy which means they need guacamole really.  I have here plain, feta and “cool ranch.”  They are going to be great for the road!  The best part is I bought the plantains at Aldi for $0.50 a piece.  Score!

So my girls trip??  My mom, sista and I are headed to Oklahoma City to watch some buddies run in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon and Half Marathon.  One particular is running her first marathon.  I’m going equipped with signs and cowbells to cheer them on.  My awesome cousin just happens to live near there so she is coming as well.  We are going to take on the town.  I’m not running so I get to stay up past 8:30 and even walk around as much as I want.  I know, crazy talk.  I have new outfits and everything.  Look at me go!  I’ll take lots of pictures.  I guarantee you though the very best pictures will be of my friends at mile 23.  Hehehe.  Blackmail.

My sista is also preparing for her first half marathon next weekend so we will get in some miles together.  I’m excited about that.  I’m definitely out of the little running funk I got in a couple of months ago.  I want to just run all of the time!   

Lisa is back!  I have the best buddies I tall ya!

Lisa is back! I have the best buddies I tall ya!

So back up to this morning.  Guess what?  Remember my friend with the broken leg?  Well, she came back for her first 5@5!  (That’s 5 miles at 5am.)  My little group is my family and having her gone is like missing one of those family members.  Especially her because she is even more passionate about running than I am I think.  I know that it killed her to be out!  It was wet, humid and hot but we didn’t even notice.  We were all happy. 

After the run we got to chat with some of the Boston team.  Man they are so cool.  We heard a few stories from the race but mostly they were encouraging us!  I am fully aware that my mental game holds me back a little.  I assume the worst in myself.  I got a pep talk from Coach and another team member about believing in our goals and training for them.  Hmmm, I get the feeling Coach is about to whip us into shape.  That’s ok.  Bring it!  GASP!  I just said that on the internet.

Well, folks I need to go prepare for my departure.  That means pack the offspring up and send them off, try on a bunch of new outfits, pretend like I’m cleaning the house, and most importantly get all of my road trip food together.  One the menu you ask? I’m pretending like you asked anyway. Plantain chips (duh), pistachios, almonds, oranges, roasted beets (I know, I know) and probably a couple of boiled eggs.  I’ve found out the hard way as long as I’m not hungry I can resist even the best food temptation.  We all know hangry mommy is a bad deal.

Have a great weekend and awesome luck to those running in OKC this weekend!

 

Plantain Chips 3 Ways - Plain, Feta and "Cool Ranch"
3 different ways to prepare crunchy, salty plantain chips.
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Ingredients
  1. 3 plantains peeled and sliced thin.
  2. 1.25 tsp. salt
  3. 2 tbsp. crumbled feta
  4. 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
  5. 1/8 tsp. onion powder
  6. 1/8 tsp. dill weed
  7. pinch of black pepper
  8. 3 tbsp. avocado oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line 2 baking sheets with foil or parchment paper.
  3. Divide sliced plantains into three different zipper storage bags.
  4. Add 1 tbsp. of avocado oil into each bag and toss to coat evenly.
  5. For the Plain chips add 1 tsp. of salt and toss to coat.
  6. For the "Cool Ranch" chips add 1/4 tsp. salt and the garlic powder, onion powder, dill weed and black pepper. Toss to coat evenly.
  7. Lay all of the plantain chips out on the baking sheets evenly.
  8. For the Feta chips spoon some feta onto each chip.
  9. Bake for approximately 30 mins. Watch closely. Depending on the thickness and evenness you may need to remove some before others. Careful not to burn.
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Balsamic Glazed Prosciutto Bites

 

ProcuittoBite1Hi guys!  Did you miss me?  I sure missed you!  I did have a super fun Thanksgiving break.  It’s over now and we are all back to the grind I suppose.  Tonight I have to gather the kids and put up the Christmas tree.  I’m not a scrooge.  I like Christmas well enough.  Some parts of it make me crazy though.  Putting up the tree with three littles is one of them.  Too many hands, the branches are itchy, it’s usually not that pretty…  Anyway, I’ll take some pictures and share my experience.  Don’t judge my tree. 

1000mileMeandDawnSo back to the details of my Thanksgiving break, I hit the 1,000 miles ran milestone!  Yay!  Earlier in the year I thought I might could do it but I started obsessing, got a little intense and got hurt.  So, I ignored that little goal until last week when I realized I was going to make it Thanksgiving morning.  The cool part is, my friend Dawn was with me when I hit my goal of 750 last year and she was there again this year.  I thought it was cool anyway.  A large number of my running buddies do run over 1,000 miles in a year but this was the first for me and man I am excited!

My sweet Mom and I and my crazy kiddos stuffing their faces.

My sweet Mom and I and my crazy kiddos stuffing their faces.

After my run I spent Thanksgiving with the family.  Part of it in Rockwall and part of it in my hometown of Marshall.  I saw on Instagram some of the Paleo people I follow stayed the course and had a Paleo Thanksgiving dinner.  Well, this girl did not.  I told you when I started this blog that I am a real person and I’m going to be truthful.  I ate like a girl smack in the middle of marathon training.  Or, I ate like a grown man who was being starved the last three months.  Either way, you get the point.  Like I have said before, I “cheat” sometimes.  However, when I say I am back at it now I am.  Now, I have to deal with a sugar craving that will take a week or so to go away.  Everyday is a new day.  If you messed up, unintentional or not, start over.  Easy as pie…oh wait.

On to my little recipe for today.  I am planning on taking these to a Christmas party I have coming up.  It’s prosciutto wrapped avocado and feta with a balsamic glaze.  Fancy huh?  I told you I am back to the grind.  I’m finishing up those waffles to post for you as well and some meatballs I almost have ready.  Yum. 

Balsamic Glazed Prosciutto Bites
Yields 24
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Ingredients
  1. 1 avocado
  2. 6 slices of prosciutto
  3. 1/4 cup crumbled feta
  4. 1 tbsp. olive oil
  5. 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  6. 1/2 tsp. pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with foil.
  3. Slice avocado in half remove seed and slice avocado in skin horizontal and vertical.
  4. Use a spoon to remove avocado chunks as neatly as possible. You should get about 12 pieces per half.
  5. Slice prosciutto into quarters.
  6. Lay out 1 quarter of prosciutto, top with one avocado chunk and top with 1/2 tsp of feta.
  7. Wrap prosciutto around avocado and feta and set it on cookie sheet.
  8. Repeat until all avocado is wrapped.
  9. In a small bowl mix olive oil, balsamic vinegar and pepper together.
  10. Spoon mixture over bites. Make sure to continue mixing as you are spooning.
  11. Bake for 8 minutes.
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Roasted Beet and Apple Salad

 

BeetAppleSalad2Man, I am in a mood today.  You know how I told you I was sick last week?  Well, it struck again.  I felt it coming on.  Yesterday I wanted to sit around all day drinking coffee and watching TV.  I didn’t do that but it would have been nice.  Right?  Well, today when my alarm went off at 3:30am I knew I should have stayed in bed.  You know as well as I do, I am one of those stubborn runners.  I got up, got dressed (not well enough because I was cold) and set out for 8 miles.  We had a new girl coming!  I really wanted to meet her!  I’m sure she thought I was a crazy person or just a wuss because I refused to run a hill on the route and I cut the run short at 5 miles.  I basically told them the hell with this, I’m going home.

I DO NOT get up at 3:30am to do a PART of my workout.  Instead of being in our fun little group selfie I took this sad/pissy face selfie in the car.  SadFaceOkay, okay enough feeling sorry for myself.  I got the boys to school, went for a delicious almond butter smoothie and headed to the doc to get two shots and a Z-pack.  I appreciate all of the natural remedy suggestions but I’m over this.  My 18 mile run this weekend will be a good one dang it!TheBarSmoothie

Now, back to happy Summer!  I get to go shopping tonight for a Christmas dress for the hubbies company party.  Yay!  One night a year I get to change out of my sports bra and wear something sexy for the hubby.  Too much information to share?  Oh well, I’m in a mood remember?  I’m still excited to try on dresses.  Maybe I’ll even take pictures for a sneak peak!  Maybe…

So on to the recipe at hand.  If you haven’t tried beets or think you don’t like them, try this.  They are so good roasted.  My kids devour them.  One day I actually ate 7 beets in one sitting because I could not get enough.  This is also super easy but looks fancy enough if you are trying to impress a dinner guest.  And hey, it is a plate of super foods!  You can’t go wrong!

Are you as whiney as me when you are sick?

Let me know what you think of the recipe.

 

Roasted Beet and Apple Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 2 red beets
  2. 1 tbsp. olive oil
  3. 1 large apple cored
  4. 1 tbsp. butter
  5. Feta (optional)
For the Dressing
  1. 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  2. 1 tbsp. olive oil
  3. 1 tbsp. honey
  4. salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Scrub beets and remove stem and root.
  3. Coat beets with olive oil and salt and pepper.
  4. Roast covered for about 45 minutes until tender.
  5. When beets have cooled you can easily remove the rest of the skin with a knife. Slice beets about a 1/4 inch thickness.
  6. While beets are cooking, slice cored apple into same thickness.
  7. Heat butter over medium heat in a skillet.
  8. Cook apples in butter until slightly browned and tender.
  9. In the meantime whisk dressing ingredients together in a small bowl.
  10. When beets and apples have cooled, layer them over a spring mix salad and top with dressing.
  11. Sprinkle feta on top if using.
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