But onto the fun stuff... It's officially training season for me! My first Marathon is creeping up on me faster that I'm probably going to be actually running it! A while back the lovely EMZ persuaded me into signing up to run a full 26.2 miles at the IMS Arizona Marathon. And now President's Day Weekend is going to be here before I know it... I'm kinda freaking out, lol.
On another note, I've been going crazy in the kitchen lately. My joy for cooking has come back, and just in time with this cold weather creeping in! I've been keeping myself busy making lots of yummy healthy versions of family favorites. The first one is an already healthy recipe for Vegan Potato Leek soup from Steph Davis (one of my climbing idols!). The only modification I made was to omit the white wine to make it truly sugar free. It was delicious! She also has a ton of other sugar free, vegan, and even gluten free recipes for anyone who's interested.
A close up of all the veggies sauteing. Yum.
The finished product. Perfect for a chilly day!
My next project was cornbread. I remember as a kid, my parent's would make pinto beans and cornbread. The only problem was I was trying to stay sugar free. Enter... Spoonful of Sugar Free!! Alex has been a god-send with her great sugar free recipes (You have checked out her 10 day Sugar Free Challenge right?!). I found a great recipe for sugar free, whole wheat classic cornbread and it was a hit, the kiddos even loved it.
Sugar Free and Whole Wheat
The perfect side - Just cooked with Cumin and Coriander.
This next recipe is courtesy of The Gracious Pantry, an excellent clean eating themed blog. It's a recipe for sun dried tomato and black olive hummus. This was my first time ever making homemade hummus, and for how simple it really is, I was very intimidated. It turned out surprisingly good (I credit the recipe rather than myself, lol). I cut some whole wheat pita's into triangles and baked them until they just started getting crispy and enjoyed my homemade hummus. Don't think I'll be buying it pre-made ever again!
Sun dried tomato and olive Hummus
Who else is currently training for a race right now with me?
Anyone else running the IMS Arizona?
Do you have any favorite recipes this time of year when it starts getting chilly??
Keep an eye out... I have a great review and giveaway coming up next week :)
It's a yummy one... You've been warned!