Post-Run Recovery Meals.

After yesterday’s 13 mile morning run, I came home and immediately went flying to the refrigerator.  I chugged a Gatorade on the drive home, but other than that I just had water during my run.  I made myself an amazing vegetarian sandwich, with a side of delicious couscous salad. 

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English muffin with hummus, tempeh, avocado, and red pepper slices – totally delicious and humongous. 

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Couscous salad that I threw together when we got home from the beach – 2 cups couscous mixed with cucumbers, olives, a diced tomato, and a dressing of rice wine vinegar, olive oil, and lemon juice. 

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It was actually really similar to my favorite quinoa tabouli recipe, but with couscous subbed in for the tabouli. 

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It was delicious and filling and exactly what I needed to fill me back up after the long run.  Flash forward to dinner!  Yes, you heard that correctly – you get two meals for the price of one today.  :)

I’ve been feeling very carb heavy recently, and especially after snacking all weekend at the beach, I was really wanting some fresh vegetables for dinner. 

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Roasted mushrooms and potatoes, fresh green beans, and a scary looking white bean mixture that looked awful, but tasted delicious.

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I roasted these mushrooms at 375 this time – a little lower than I usually do – and they turned out fabulous!  Casey was raving about them!  Just a drizzle of olive oil, salt, and pepper – roasted in a baking pan for about 20 minutes.  Perfection.

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Scary white bean mixture – I know, this looks disgusting.  We actually took a can of cannelini beans and tossed them in a bit of the cucumber and avocado soup (!) that was leftover from last week’s Farm to Table Dinner.  Very tasty!

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Roasted russet potato wedges.  I felt like a pile of white potatoes were justified by a 13 mile run.  These were good, but honestly – every time I eat regular white potatoes I am reminded that I like sweet potatoes so much more.

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Delicious green beans – just a simple steam and heat here, and tossed with salt and pepper.  The key ingredient was the finishing touch – I added 1 tsp of coconut oil and stirred to coat before serving.  It made the flavor POP – amazing what one teaspoon can do!

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Mmmmmmmmm.  Good food to refuel after a long run. 

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I am lucky enough to have this sunny Monday off from work, so I’m planning to get a lot done from home today.  Casey and I are about to head out to a coffee shop with our laptops – I find that I am so much more productive when I am out of the house.  I wonder if that has anything to do with this?

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