Wednesday, January 23, 2013
I love lentils!
"Exercise makes endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don't kill their husbands." - Elle Woods (Legally Blonde)
Truer words have yet to be spoken. I love my romantic comedies.
I headed out this morning for another morning run. I did the same distance as yesterday but tried to push myself speed wise. I want to say I shaved a good minute+ off my time. I really should get one of those fancy-schmancy Garmin forerunners so I can actually get a more accurate read but since I am not training for any official race, I haven't found the need for it.
I estimated my 4.8 mile run was completed in about 45 minutes including stopping for traffic and the like. It's hard not to feel slow when I see other people posting faster times but this is a pace that I'm comfortable with. Consistency is key. I'll build from this!
I've been doing daily morning pilates and stretching too since I find myself naturally waking up before 6 am.
What do you use when you run? Anything come highly recommended?
The weather has been glorious lately. Cool and sunny days are the best. It seems that the weather is slowly going to warm up again in the next few days to the high 70s by next Tuesday.
Stay cool as long as possible Florida.... I BEG YOU.
Breakfast this morning was banana oat pancakes with fresh strawberries. I had some over-ripe bananas to use up.
When I was making breakfast, I heard some beeping noises coming from the bedroom which I found odd. When I investigated, I found my boyfriend working out on our elliptical while watching TV. Super happy he's being consistent with working out!
My brother's packed lunch today was a combination of leftover fried rice, Korean-style marinated chicken, fried egg and steamed green beans.
I also packed two clementines and one cookie.
I'm going to take a break from running Thursday opting for yoga instead.
I end this post with my recipe for lentil curry. It's literally my favorite thing in the whole world. I love to make a large batch and serve it as a side all week. I also ladle it onto my pizza instead of sauce. It's absolutely delicious roasted with some vegetables and cheese in the oven.
I've been cutting back on eating meat in our household. Legumes have been an easy way to add protein. They are so budget friendly too! I love buying them in bulk at the Indian grocery store.
1 Sweet Onion (chopped)
5 cloves Garlic (minced)
2 Plum Tomatoes (chopped)
1 Russet Potato (peeled, diced)
1 cup Dried Red Lentils
1 tsp Vegetable Oil
1 1/2 tsp Salt
2 tsp Garam Masala
1/2 tsp Tumeric
1/2 tsp Ground Coriander
1 tsp Paprika
1 Bay Leaf
1 tsp Red Chili Flakes *Optional and Adjustable
1/8 cup Cilantro (chopped)
2-3 cups Hot Water
1/2 cup Coconut Milk
1. Preheat a pot at medium-high heat
2. Add vegetable oil, onions and garlic
3. Saute for 2-3 minutes
4. Add garam masala, tumeric, coriander, paprika, red chili flakes and salt
5. Saute together until spices become aromatic (approximately 2 minutes)
6. Add tomatoes, lentils and potatoes
7. Stir together and saute for 2 minutes
8. Pour 1/2 cup of water into the pot to deglaze the bottom
9. Use spatula to pick up the brown bits from the bottom of the pot
10. Add remaining water and bay leaf.
11. Cover the pot and bring to a boil
12. Uncover, stir and reduce heat to medium-low
13. Cover the pot again and allow curry to simmer
14. Stir every 2-3 minutes so the bottom doesn't stick
15. Curry will be finished in approximately 40 minutes
16. Stir in coconut milk the last few minutes of cooking to finish it off
17. Stir in freshly chopped cilantro
18. Serve with rice or flat bread
Hope you enjoy this!
I love turning this into a fusion pizza dish during the week. Re-vamping leftovers is one of my favorite things to do.
I use lentil curry as my pizza sauce instead of marinara.
This could easily be a vegetarian pizza sans turkey pepperoni.