$.31 ice cream!!

I didn’t get home until nearly 8:30pm last night and I really wanted to make a quick dinner. I threw together a salad that included:

  • spinach, arugula, mixed greens
  • diced onion
  • beets
  • hard boiled egg
  • goat cheese
  • craisins
  • balsamic vinegar

salad

It was delicious!

Along with a warm bacon-cornbread muffin that I baked in last night’s bread making class (I’ll explain more about the class in another post). Warm muffin + melt-y butter = perfection!

cornbread with bacon

Finally, more ice cream! On Wednesday, April 29th, Baskin Robbins was offering child size cups of ice cream for only 31 cents! And the proceeds were donated to a charity benefiting firemen. I couldn’t resist. I got 3 scoops: mint chocolate chip, reese’s pb cup, and gold medal ribbon. I enjoyed the gold medal ribbon (and most of the mint chocolate chip!) for dessert. I told Nate that I would save him the reese’s pb cup flavor :-)

ice cream for 31 cents!

Alma’s Peanut Butter Pasta

I LOVE anything made with peanut butter, so I’m definitely going to make this peanut butter pasta dish soon. This meal is high in fiber (ww pasta), full of veggies (sugar snap peas), protein (tofu), and healthy fats (peanut butter). Thanks for sharing, Alma!

Ingredients:

1/2 package whole wheat spaghetti
1/2 block tofu (about 7 oz, drained)
1 bag frozen sugar snap peas
1/3 cup chunky (or not) peanut butter
3 tablespoons vinegar (I use rice vinegar from Trader Joe’s)
3 tablespoons soy sauce
Siracha sauce or chili to taste

Directions:

Boil the pasta and steam the snap peas.
While that’s going on, mix the peanut butter, vinegar, soy sauce, and siracha sauce with a spoon until it is homogeneous.
Chop the tofu in small pieces (or crumble it – your choice)
Mix everything together… and Enjoy!

cooking pasta

sugar snap pea

alma's tofu

sauce

finished peanut butter pasta

Shake Shack Review

Shake Shack LogoBack in March, Nate and I paid a visit the Shack Shack. The burger joint has been a Madison Square Park institution for years and is notorious for its long lines. Recently, a location opened up on the Upper West Side. With great burgers in such close proximity, we knew we had to go! The restaurant itself reminded me of an old-fashioned drive-in, with lots of neon lights and a traditional burgers & fries menu. The burgers were amazing! The beef is ground daily by Shake Shack’s butcher, Pat LaFrieda. Each burger is served on a griddled potato bun with hand-picked lettuce, juicy tomatoes, and classic american cheese. The best burgerYum!

A visit to the Shake Shack isn’t complete without a serving of crinkle-cut fries (lots of ketchup, please!) and a black & white milkshake. Mmmm. Nate and I split the milk shake and fries and it was the perfect amount.Fries & Shake

We visited the shake shack on one of NYC’s first warm days and I just couldn’t resist a small cone from Tasti D Lite to finish off this yummy night of eating.Tasti D-Lite

Kitchen Creativity

When I was thinking about what to make for dinner last night, I knew I wanted to use up ingredients that I already had in my pantry. I decided to cook a big batch of brown rice, lentils, and sauteed onion. I mixed a serving of each in a bowl and added a few spoonfuls of Dinosaur BBQ sauce. Sounds weird, but it was actually pretty good! I’m going to have leftovers for lunch today.

Rice, lentils, onionsAll together

I ended my day with a cup of my favorite tea and an oatmeal raisin cookie.Cookie and tea

Best Day Ever!

Ok, maybe today wasn’t “the best day ever”, but it was pretty good. The court clerk dismissed us for lunch around 12:45pm and told us we didn’t have to come back until 2:15pm. Since I was pretty close to the Brooklyn Bridge and the weather was gorgeous (sunny and 70 degrees!) I decided to take a little stroll. I walked about half-way across, took in the view, and then turned around in search of lunch.Brooklyn Bridge

I happened upon Bouley Market and decided to try out one of their speciality sandwiches. I chose the grilled eggplant, tomato, sprout, and hummus sandwich on thick multi-grain (lots of seeds, yum!). I don’t have a photo (no cameras in the courthouse!), but I found a stand-in photo on google images :-)

eggplant

The sun was very hot and bright, so I picked up a cup of cottage cheese to cool me off. 32 grams of protein in each cup of Friendship cottage cheese. Hooray!Cottage Cheese

After a few more hours of checking my email being a good citizen, the court clerk dismissed us for the day. I was home by 4:30pm! That hasn’t happened since high school. It was wonderful. I was feeling a little hungry, so I snacked on an apple with almond butter and some gatorade.

Snack

20 minutes later I was still hungry, so I had another snack :-) Homemade yogurt with homemade peach jam and a piece of granola bar.

Snack #2

After snack #2 I felt very energetic and decided to go for a walk in Fort Tryon Park. I wore a tank top and shorts because it’s still 80 degrees outside! The atmosphere of the park was so relaxing and the trees and flavors were in beautiful full bloom. I came back to my apartment in a really great mood.

CloistersArchSpring TreePeacefulTulipsHudson River

Muscle Recovery, Jury Duty, and Whole Foods Finds

Happy Monday! I can’t believe it’s been an entire week since the Boston Marathon. My leg soreness is mostly gone, but my body is definitely still recuperating. Until Thursday of last week, my quads were SO sore that I had to walk down steps backwards and gingerly lower myself into chairs. So far, I’ve been enjoying my time off from running. I miss it a little bit, but in a positive way – if that makes sense? I really want to give myself plenty of rest and try to heal whatever IT band/hamstring/hip injury I had. Since late January, my feelings toward running have been conflicted, mostly because my injury really HURT (even on easy runs). I’m hoping that after some time off, I’ll be fully healed and ready to enjoy running completely. I’ve been taking some long walks to keep my muscles moving, but have done absolutely no cross-training yet. I asked my mom to mail me my one piece swim suit and goggles, so maybe I’ll hop in the pool later this week!  I decided to go to a yoga class on Saturday and it felt really good to stretch and get a little sweaty. However, the chair poses and warrior lunges turned my legs into jell-o! To further aid my body’s post-marathon recovery, I’ve been eating a lot of ice cream. Last week, I visited Haagan Daaz, Tasti D-Lite, and Cold Stone Creamery. And with temperatures in the 80’s this week, I have big plans to hit up Mr. Softee and the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory. I really believe that ice cream is good for your soul :-) It makes me happy.

Now, on to today’s main event – JURY DUTY!!! I was less than thrilled when  opened up my mailbox and discovered a jury duty summons a few weeks ago. My service began at 8:45am at the courthouse downtown and I’ve been pleasantly surprised so far. It took me about 45 minutes via subway to get to Chambers Street, leaving me enough time for a quick Starbucks visit. I enjoyed one of my first iced coffees of the season. I usually just add soymilk – I think it adds the perfect amount of sweetness.

Iced coffee with soy

My favorite part of the day is breakfast! I took this photo last night (no cameras allowed in the courthouse), but most of my breakfast was eaten once I arrived downtown. Coffee #1 (at home, in my Frieda Kahlo mug!), banana w/ Tbs almond butter, 2 hard-boiled eggs, baggie of purple grapes, and an Adora calcium supplement. I have my laptop and free WIFI, so prepare yourself for more frequent Runner’s Kitchen posting. I need something to do to keep me occupied!

Breakfast

I really spend wayyy to much money at Whole Foods. Sigh. I realize many of the things there are expensive, but in my defense, I usually buy things on sale or with coupons. I think I mostly keep shopping there because it makes me feel good as a consumer. The produce section is fresher and has more local options, the meats, seafood, and dairy are all produced in a humane (and usually organic) manner, and products with trans fats and artificial flavorings are not allowed in the store. So yes, the prices are higher, but if you are selective about what you purchase, it does not have to cost an arm and a leg. For example, Kashi cereal is $3.50 at Whole Foods, but $4.50 at the grocery store in my neighborhood.  And I think spending a few more dollars on milk without artificial hormones and apples without pesticides is definitely worth it. Ok, ok, off my soap box! I guess I am just trying to justify the large chunk of my budget that goes towards grocery shopping :-)

Here are some goodies I picked up on my most recent Whole Foods shopping trip:

365 Brand Almond Butter – the only ingredient is roasted almonds. I’ve decided that I like this stuff better than Barney Butter. Barney Butter is good, but I don’t think it tastes like almonds.

Almond Butter

Dinosaur BBQ Sensuous Slathering Sauce (aka BBQ sauce). It’s locally produced and delicious! I have big plans to use this in a recipe later this week.Dinosaur BBQ

Adora milk chocolate disks (calcium, vitamin D, and vitamin K supplement) – I want my bones to stay strong and healthy! Also, I will use any excuse to eat chocolate.

Adora calcium disks

Buitoni Wild Mushroom Agnolotti with Broccoli and Marinara

The other evening, I arrived home to find a box on my doorstep (well, actually I live in a Manhattan apartment building, so my the box was being held by the super). I opened the flaps and discovered that FoodBuzz had overnight shipped me some Buitoni pasta to sample! The Wild Mushroom Agnolotti (i.e. big ravioli) is from Buitoni’s new Riserva line of pastas.

A package arrives!

Buitoni Ravioli

“This blend of earthy mushrooms, including sweet, rustic portobellos and delicate criminis, creates an impeccable pairing with fresh-roasted garlic and imported grana padano and parmesan cheeses, wrapped inside thin layers of stone-ground semolina pasta. ” – Description from the Buitoni Web Site

Doesn’t that make you HUNGRY?? It sure made my stomach growl. These little guys are quite dense (320 calories, 14 grams protein, and 3 grams of fiber in a 1 cup serving), so I knew I wanted to round out my meal with some veggies. I decided to toss the cooked agnolotti with roasted broccoli and marinara sauce. Verdict: Amazing! The cheese flavor was rich and delicious, the pasta was tender, and the mushrooms added a savory flavor to the mix. I would definitely buy these again. Next time I might try the quattro formaggio (4 cheese) variety of agnolotti with pesto!

Agnolotti

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Yum, Yum, Thanks Buitoni!

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