Lemon Rosemary Roasted Radishes

Radishes. Who eats radishes aside from on salads? These crunchy, peppery, bright veggies area staple in my pantry and a constant presence on my salads. I have roasted just about every vegetable out there, beyond salads and sandwiches, I never gave radishes a second thought.

Lemon Rosemary Roasted Radishes

That was until I opened the March/April of Eating well, without a doubt, my favorite issue since I began subscribing three years ago to a feature on radishes. Soups, roasting, who knew these guys were so versatile!

Roasting radishes significantly alters the flavor. Their strong peppery bite is mellowed, and they acquire an almost potato-like texture. Adapted from that issue, the melding of flavors with fresh green onion and lemon create a light and simple Spring side dish, ideal to add to your repertoire!

Lemon Rosemary Roasted Radishes

 IMG_3838[1] *Adapted from Eating Well

Total Times: 25 minutes            Hands On Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3/4 lb radishes, ends removed, quartered
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp butter

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 450.

Toss radishes, salt and pepper in a prepared baking dish. Bake for 15 minutes.

Add green onion and lemon juice. Return dish to oven and bake another 5-7 minutes, or until radishes are tender.

Remove from oven, stir in butter. Enjoy warm.

What is an unexpected way you have discovered to cook a veggie?

Favorite food magazine?

Eating Well and Cooking  Light!

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Spring Is Here!

Running is a fickle beast. Some days we love it, some days we hate it. Usually, it is a combination of both.

As often seems to happen these days, I woke up Saturday morning and had no desire to run 12 miles. I think the combination of three 10 mile runs in the past week, and 10 other things I would rather spend my day doing  were rearing their heads. Instead I went for the 5 mile shake out run I knew I needed.

Would ya believe it? the first 1.5 miles made me want to stop, turn around, and walk home. The last 3.5 had me literally thanking God for my ability to run and for placing me in the city I was in, and counting every one of my blessings.

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Can you tell which were net uphill and which net dowhill? ;)

That friends, is why we love running, and why we come back morning after morning when a 12 mile run sounds about as fun as being chased by a T-Rex.

After my run, I hurried my way on to the Rock n Roll Raleigh Expo. No I did not run. This picture sums up exactly why.

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Why yes, that is a giant shoe, not a bull…

Irregardless of the RnR hoopla, I sure as heck love me a race expo! Big, small, I don’t care. A mass gathering of active people sharing the excited energy of a looming race, running (discounted) gear on all sides, how can it get better than that!?

It can, by spending the AMAZING 80 degree afternoon with this pretty lady at the Uncork the Fun Wine Festival!

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Sunday’s 12 miler was a toughie. I think it might be about time to give my quads a break. That is certainly what they were screaming for, for approximately 10 of the 12 miles :)

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Long runs require fabulous refueling. I met friends at the recently opened, Broken Egg, for brunch.

IMG_3860[1] Thanks for the picture Kara, your Instameal was far prettier than mine :)

I was underwhelmed  by the food (one of my poached eggs was cooked through #fail for a restaurant with Egg in the name), luckily the fabulouso company more than made up for it.

Sunday afternoon was spent in the most luxurious way imaginable. I finally cashed in a gift certificate for an amazing deep tissue massage (this neeeeddss to happen after every long run!) that I have been sitting on for almost a year, followed by…

IMG_3865[1] The first pool time of the season! Bring it on sunshine!

How else do you cap off a perfect day than by celebrating with an incredible friend. A long time runner, this girl is the hardest most dedicated worker I know, and she rocked her first half marathon! Obviously there is only one way to recover from such a feet…

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In closing thoughts: Tina Fey is a genius, Lindsay Lohan is a tragedy, that girl has talent, and Mean Girls is the best movie ever.

Congratulations to everyone who raced this weekend, Ya’ll rock, and are insanely fabulous!

Are you a Mean Girls Fan?

Craziest race expo you have ever been to?

 

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Five Things Friday – Jorts Edition

Good Morning, and happy Friday to you! What do you have on the docket this weekend? The Rock and Roll Half Marathon is taking place in Raleigh this weekend. I am not running for various reasons, but I AM excited to hopefully score some super discounted running gear Saturday, and then convince some friends to check out a wine festival!

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First, Sprees Please!

IMG_3830[1] Diet Coke and Sprees…who ever accused me of being healthy?

It’s funny, the vending machines at our work are supposed to provide associates with healthier options of their favorites. Diet soda only, baked chips, granola bars (believe me I know the irony of that statement). Regardless of attempts to promote health, these scrumdidliumptious  goodies have thankfully snuck through!

I entirely blame my co-worker for letting me know that Chewy sprees are available for my enjoyment 5 days a week. Holy moly are these guys delish! The satisfying chew make them absolutely craveable…this could be a problem…

Second, Links I Loved

DIY Cutoff Shorts

If ya can’t tell by my highlighting this link alone, I attended the University of Florida where we are renowned for our jorts. I was talking with a friend this weekend about our shared need to buy new jorts this summer so this how-to was perfectly timed!

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This…..100% Awesome

Third, Cod with Asian Spiced Lentils Stir Fry

Cod Asian Lentil

 

This meal is without a doubt not only one of my top go-to recipes, but one of my favorite meals period! I can’t believe it took me until now to share it! In fact I had it twice this week. I know Cajun cooking calls onions, bell pepper and celery the Holy Trinity, but its hard to beat ginger, garlic, and soy!

Fourth, I Ran In the Evening…and Didn’t Get Sick!
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Thanks for the pic Melissa :)

My inability to run after eating the majority of the day’s food is too well documented on CCR. That is a gosh darn shame because there are few things better than running with buddies, which for me is only feasible after work.

The happy, happy news? Swapping one of my normal breakfast meals for lunch on Thursday, I ran a wonderful, light 5 miles with my (too occasional) running group… and it was fabulous! I trul hope this is a sign of things to come because running with great people is one of life’s little joys!

Finally, The Week In Fitness

Friday: 6 miles easy @ 8:19, abs

Thursday: AM: 5 miles 2o minutes @ 8:19, the rest @ 7:18, arms PM: 5 miles @ 8:33

Wednesday: Off!

Tuesday: 8 miles, 2 @ 8:19, 6 @ 8:12

After 25 miles three days into the week, I knew cross training was in order, but after 2 minutes on the elliptical, I thought my legs might fall off. Somehow I made it through a full 60 minutes without bumping up the  resistance like I normally do and man o man was it a good thing! It significantly flushed the lactic acid out of my weary legs.

Monday: 5 miles easy @ 8:19, abs

Sunday: 10 miles @ 7:57 average pace

Amazing

Saturday: 10 miles @ 7:58

Aweful

Chewy or regular Sprees?

Chewy alllll the way baby!

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Cod with Asian Spiced Lentils Stir Fry

There are few cuisines I enjoy more than Asian, and few foods I love more than sea food and lentils. Flakey, mild Cod (any white fish would work) and hearty, comfy lentils, effortlessly carry the always stellar combination of garlic, ginger, and soy in this recipe for Cod with Asian Spiced Lentils Stir Fry.

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Weeknights are busy. Work, family, volunteering, chores, the odd happy hour, life is go-go-go. I don’t know about you, but I for one am not willing to sacrifice a true meal for modern a life. Nor is this former Florida girl willing to sacrifice her almost daily dose of seafood for her now land-locked life.

With a freezer and 35 minutes to spare (less if you make the lentils ahead!) anyone can enjoy a truly delicious meal, no matter how full their calendar.

 

Cod Asian Lentil

While the ingredient list looks lengthy, in realty, it is simply the same ingredients repeated.

Ingredients:

Lentils

  • 1/2 C Lentils
  • 1 C Water/Chicken Broth – more as needed
  • 2 Handfuls Spinach, chopped
  • 2 t Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 t Minced Garlic
  • 2 t Minced Ginger

Fish

  • 2 Cod Fillets
  • 1 t Soy Sauce
  • Salt & Pepper

Stir Fried Vegetables

  • 1 1/2 C  Broccoli
  • 3/4 C Green Beans1/2 C Sliced Carrot
  • 1 Colve Garlic, sliced & mashed
  • Soy Sauce
  • 1tsp Sesame Oil
  • 1/2 Lime

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400.

In a medium pot, combine lentils and liquid. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Simmer until liquid is almost absorbed, approximately 15-20 minutes. Add remaining ingredients until spinach is wilted and liquid fully absorbed. Once remaining ingredients are added, check pot to ensure lentils do not burn. Add liquid if lentils are not desired degree of tenderness.

While lentils simmer, place Cod, prepared glass baking dish, top with soy sauce, salt & pepper. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until opaque.

Heat a large pan over medium-high heat and coat with cooking spray. Add broccoli and allow to brown on one side, approximately 1 minute. Add green beans, allow to brown approximately 1 minute. Add Carrots and stir until vegetables are browned and crisp. Remove from heat and stir in sesame oil and garlic.

Divide lentils and vegetables between two shallow bowls, top with fish and 1/4 lime each. Enjoy!

What are your go-to recipes?

What are your favorite flavor combos?

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The Best Surprise That Wasn’t

My Friday afternoon conversations seem to be on repeat.

“What are your plans this weekend?”

“I reallllyyyyy need a weekend to do absolutely nothing. It’s been about 3 weeks since I have cleaned my apartment!”

Then something fun happens and I accomplish approximately 3 of the 25 things I need to get done. Oh well, life is better lived right, dirty apartment or no :)

I won’t say much about Saturday’s planned 12 miler that turned into a 10  miler which almost did not happen at all. That statement alone just about sums it up.  At least the weather was fabulous :/

How can you harp on bad runs when you reach into your weekend bag and pull out this baby, I mean really? Hello weekend!

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This meal, the recipe for which I somehow have not posted was fabulous as well! Whatever whitefish I happen to have in my freezer with Asian lentils and stir fried veggies is one of my go to meals. It comes together quickly and easily. The perfect- weeknight meal!

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It was plenty of fuel to prep me to meet the one, the only….

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Chelsea was scheduled to do a book signing at a local bookstore to promote her new book, and tour. While I think the lady is absolutely, frigging hilarious, one of my best friends, IS the Chelsea, in though word, and well, thankfully not deed ;). I intended to surprise my friend with a signed copy of the book. Being the thrifty gal that I am, instead of buying the book full price, I bought is significantly cheaper at a different store. Not knowing that it’s standard to have to purchase an authors book from the bookstore sponsoring an author’s signing… I was not able to meet Chelsea. Whomp Whomp.

Yes I could have purchased a second copy, but at that point, I could not return my copy, and by the time I shipped a hard copy book off to Florida, I was looking at a $75 surprise. I’m nice, but not that nice. Sorry Cath!

Luckily Costco knew I would be sad and pulled out my favorite sample of all time to make me feel better

IMG_3817[1]Jelly Bellys!

Saturday was just not my day, just like I said little about my run, I’ll say even less about the Final Four games.

IMG_3818[1] At least our viewing spot, enjoying the weather at The Player’s Retreat was wonderful.

On a happier note, as icky as Saturday’s 10 miler was, Sunday’s 10 miler, at the exact same pace, was AMAZING. It was one of those runs where you set out on the pavement with no planned pace or distance in mind and just…run.

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The Spring weather was cool and breezy, the trees were budding, and the tulips blooming. I wanted to run and run and run…and then my legs got exceptionally tired, so I stopped running :)

Also wonderful was a delicious lunch at Vivace with a lovely and sweet friend, and my now Spring cleaned apartment! Now… how do I get rid of the overwhelming bleach smell…..

Are you Spring cleaning your home?

McFlurry or Blizzard?

M&M McFlurry allll the way. Then again, I can’t remember the last time I even had a Blizzard…maybe that’s a problem.

What is one of the best free food samples you can remember?

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Five Things Friday

Happy beautiful, beautiful Friday everyone! How was your week? Did you do something spontaneous and stellar? I hope that your weather was half as beautiful as our was in Raleigh. Temperatures reached the 80s (!) which was a touch warm but after the Winter we have had I’ll take it.

Time for Five Things Friday!

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First, 365 Tallahassee

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If you are an FSU fan, student, or ever find yourself in Tallahassee Fl, be sure to check out my brother’s new feature in the The Odyssey, 365 Tallahassee.  Eric visits hidden Tallahassee gems that your typical student rarely realize exist in their community! When I was in school, by senior year, I found myself frequenting community festivals and neighborhood events in an attempt to feel like, “a real person.” It can be hard to burst out of the student bubble when you are at school. Twice a month, Eric will help FSU students do just that, and he is a fabulous writer to boot!

Second, Links I Loved

Improving Fitness

Hollie is one of my favorite bloggers and a phenomenal runner. What I love so much about her blog, Fueled By Lolz is her straight forward voice, that cuts through the bull and the hype to get to the heart of whatever she is writing about. Enough with the, “Top 10 Ways To Run Faster” noise. Hollie breaks through the jargon to get to the simple point of what we really need to commit to if we want to improve our running.

Dining Etiquette Around the World

I always get a kick out of articles like this. Word to the wise, don’t finish all of your food in China…it is very rude!

Third, THIS. Weather!

As mentioned earlier, the weather this week touched 80 and was chock full of sunlight! I truly believe in Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) a type of depression generally occurring in the Winter months, when we are exposed to limited daylight. While I may not have SAD, when the days grow long, my mood grows with them!

IMG_3805[1]Two after work kickball games, and two happy hours is something this girl can get used to!

Fourth, March Madness the Final Four… Gooooo Gators!

If college basketball is not your thing, I’ll take a moment to catch you up, one of the most exciting times of the sports year the Final Four is this weekend! Saturday night my dear ole’ Florida Gators are taking on the Connecticut Huskies to vie for a spot in the National Championship!

I am nervous I am excited, all I can say is… Goooooo Gators!

Finally, The Week In Fitness

Friday: 6 miles easy @ 8:19, arms

Thursday: 7 miles 3 @ 8:19, 4 @ 7:30, abs

I debated attempting an evening run with a running group…happy hour won…opps :)

Wednesday: 5 miles easy, @8:49, abs

Tuesday: 8 miles, 2 @ 8:19, 6 @ 8:12

Yeah, I defiantly intended to do mile repeats at a 7:18 pace. Clearly, that did not happen. I half-heartedly attempted about 10 seconds at my goal pace and knew it was not happening. Why my legs were so exhausted, I have no idea, but they sure were tired!

Monday: 6 miles easy @ 8:19, abs

Sunday: 10 miles @ 7:58 average pace

Saturday: 6 miles easy @ 8:19, Body Pump

Does your mood get a boost with the longer days?

How did your workouts go this week?

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