Thursday, November 19, 2009

Quitting Is For Quitters

I was so excited to start my morning off with this…

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I bought this mini French press by La Cafetiere in Home Goods the other day and I couldn’t wait to use it!  I had no idea how to use it, but thankfully, it came with directions.

The result was FABULOUS!  Feeding my addiction…

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I was scheduled to do another 3 mile run this morning.  It was a beautiful day, so I decided to run outdoors again, but had a hard time deciding where.  I wasn’t really in the mood to run, so my hilly neighborhood wasn’t appealing and neither was a local trail;  again hills.  I finally settled on a park trail about 1o minutes away.  The first mile was easy and I was in a nice groove, but I was not feeling this run at all.  I started talking myself into stopping at 2 miles.  It’s good enough, right?  It’s something, right?  NO, I said to myself!  Quitting is for quitters, I said.  Very profound, huh?  LOL!  It’s all I could come up with at 9 a.m.!  I just kept chanting it over and over.  Before I knew it, I was at 3 miles and sprinted at the end, chanting “finish strong”!!!  That was a little more motivational, right?  I think the coffee kicked in ;D

I went back to the car for my dashboard breakfast

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very nutty (like me)…

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I finished some errands and headed home for lunch.  I was craving salmon and happened to find some in the kitchen cabinet…

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I used it to make a Salmon Roll – my take on a Lobster Roll which is a New England specialty and super delicious!  My Salmon Roll was a tasty alternative. 

To the packet of salmon, I added finely diced red onion, celery, salt, pepper and 1 1/2 tablespoon Kraft reduced fat olive oil mayo.  But the star of the mix was this…

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I used a couple teaspoons of the Wasabi Mustard.  It made the dish!

Lobster Rolls are traditionally served on a split hot dog-type roll.  To “healthify” my Salmon Roll, I served it on an Ezekiel Hot Dog Bun with a side of red grapes…

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Despite this filling lunch, I was stomach growling hungry for a snack in the afternoon.  I steered away from the Cheez-its and opted for a Honeycrisp apple and tablespoon of Barney Butter (trying to use it up!)…

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Dinner was later than I like, since I had to volunteer in the church office again.  I didn’t have a plan , but after digging around, I came up with a dinner idea – Zucchini “Spaghetti” and Turkey Ricotta Meatballs

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I heated up Turkey Ricotta Meatballs from the freezer and made some “spaghetti” using 1 medium zucchini and this tool…

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A zester!  I rarely ever use it for zesting, but I found a new use for it now!  I’ve seen lots of veggie “pastas” in the blogworld and most of them call for using a Spiralizer.  I’m a gadget lover and have been thinking of getting one, but in an effort to “declutter” my kitchen, I have been holding back from buying it.  Using a zester had the same effect, although probably took a bit more effort than the Spiralizer!

I cooked the “spaghetti” in a teaspoon of olive oil for about 3 minutes in a nonstick pan, along with the diced remnants of the zucchini.  Before serving, I tossed it with a teaspoon of pesto, seasoned with salt, pepper and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.  It was delicious!

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Spaghetti!!

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ONE GOOD THING:  Pushing myself to finish my run gave me such a good boost of confidence and energy.  I like the feeling of finishing what I’ve started :)

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Enjoy your day!  Looking forward to my Vegan For A Day adventure today!

20 comments:

Michelle said...

Thank you for this post. I feel like I have been quitting on myself when it comes to exercising and eating a bit too much the past two days. no excuses for tomorrow morning's swim. thank you for this.

Joanna Sutter said...

Good luck with your Vegan 4 A Day challenge! I'm doing it, too! So far, so good! 1 meal down, 5 to go.

BTW, I loved how you used your Ezek hot dog bun...clever!

Amelie said...

Good for you for pushing through!

That zucchini spaghetti looks delish! I'll have to try that!

Melissa said...

I struggle with wanting to quit 1/2 way through my runs quite a bit. I keep reminding myself how good I'll feel afterwards and that usually works.

The Incredible Shrinking Family said...

Yay for French Press coffee !!! And I am going to have to try the zucchini noodles- they sound terrific !

katherine said...

Way to go with your run and breaking through the mental block!

Dinner looks delicious :)

Graze With Me said...

French press coffee truly is a different breed altogether, I love it!

Lunch looks good! I like your mix-ins with the salmon.

I'm extremely excited for Vegan 4 a Day!!

Wendy said...

that zucchini really looked like spaghetti! wow! and good job not giving up.....i probably would have talked myself out of it at 2 miles! heck....i cant even make it to the gym nowadays......i can barely keep up with the baby!

princessvalecia said...

you always have such food variety! Love it!

Katie said...

Can you link to some of these blogs with the vegetable pasta's? Ive never seen it before!

Tamara said...

You're a runner Marissa. That is what runners do. Quitting in the middle of a run becomes NOT AN OPTION. So proud of you!

I love zuchini pasta. I usually just cut mine into strips with a knife but I like your idea better.

Good luck being Vegan for a Day! Can't wait to see the food you'll come up with.

C.G. the Foodie said...

That is an awesome use for the zester!

Jen, a priorfatgirl said...

BRILLIANT! I need to get me one of those gadgets!

Stephanie said...

I love the idea of a salmon roll. Far more affordable than a lobster roll! ;)
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Terri said...

That spaghetti looks awesome! I cannot wait to try it!

Reen said...

Ooh, Marisa, I might have to get one of those "zesters". I do the same thing with my "slicer" but always afraid I'll lose a finger!

You go, girl, on the run! I'm so proud of you!

katecooks said...

great job on pushing yourself through your morning run! i love to hear the self motivation!!!

does your veggie pasta in any way remind you of eating real noodles or is it simply the look? i cant imagine eating zuke when i want pasta?!

purple_moonflower123 said...

Your dinner looked yummy! I never thought about doing that with zucchini before. Gives me ideas!!

Andrea@WellnessNotes said...

Good job pushing yourself on the run! :)

And how creative to use a zester instead of a spiralizer!

Can't wait read how being Vegan for a Day went!

Jamie Mendell said...

That dinner looks awesome!!!