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Baked Pasta Casserole

Pasta... one of my favorite comfort foods.

This casserole is one of my favorite ways to carbo load before a race.

It is quick and easy and adaptable according to your tastes.  This would be great with homemade sauce, the addition of spinach... the possibilities are almost endless.

I used a jarred pasta sauce for convenience. I like Mezzetta Napa Valley Homemade sauces, the ingredient list is clean and it has no added sugar.

Baked Pasta Casserole Ingredients 8 oz whole wheat pasta, cooked to al dente (I used geminili) 1 cup Daiya mozzarella style cheese shreds 1 cup Gardien beefless crumbles 1 15 oz can sliced mushrooms, drained 1 25 oz jar pasta sauce 1 tsp fennel seed 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes Instructions Combine all ingredients, mix well and transfer to baking dish.
Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.


I’m linking up with Running on Happy,The Fit Foodie Mama, Confessions of a Mother Runner, and A Whisk and Two Wands for #MeatlessMonday!

Workouts - Last Week Today - October 30

Today I ran the Houston Half! It was a fun one and my 4th half for the year.  Stay tuned for the recap. The countdown has started for the Houston Marathon... 11 weeks away.  I've embarked on my 5th week of training for the marathon.

This week, there isn't much to tell as far as training. I did manage to get my long run in, but after that nada.  What I did do instead was get some minor surgery to get a cyst drained and removed after it had gotten infected.  It was painful and I got some pretty hard core antibiotics, but I'm all better now.  I'm not sure if it was the infection, the surgery or the drugs that knocked me out, but I was one exhausted lady throughout the week.

Sunday - Rest / visiting Deer Lease

Monday - 8 miles easy



Tuesday - Rest

Wednesday -  Rest (planned 3 miles easy + strides)

Thursday - Rest

Friday - Rest (planned virtual 5k with Hannah)

Saturday - Rest

Total Miles = 8



I'm linking up with HoHo Runs and MissSippi Piddlin’ for the Weekly Wrap; andNicole, Annma…

Goals for Houston Half

This weekend I will be running in the Houston Half Marathon race in Houston, TX.  As always, I have come up with some goals for the upcoming race.



Start out slow... run a reverse split race.
Be confident, trust in training.
Time goals ... I have an A, B, and C goal.  C goal - 2:11; B goal - 2:09, A goal - 2:07.
Execute on fueling and hydration strategy used during training runs.
Have fun!

What types of goals do you set for a race?

October Runfessions

This is the last Friday of the month... so I'm linking up with Runfessions and the Friday 5. I do have some things on my mind to Runfess!

I'm a little envious of seeing everyone wearing tights and capris out on their runs! I've got some cute ones I'm just dying to wear. It is still shorts and tank top weather here in H-town.
I LOVE the new Green Day album (Revolution Radio) ... and have been jamming out to it on my runs.
I've been enjoying the pictures of the beautiful fall colors from all my friends up north.  Although, We do have some lovely fall colors down here in Texas.
I have really been enjoying taking Sorcha and Anam with me on my easy run days. They help me keep my pace in check. 
I'm a little nervous about my half on Sunday.  While I know I've trained well and should be able to hit it out of the park, I had to have an infected cyst drained and surgically removed this week.  I'm on antibiotics right now and dealing with some unpleasant side effects…

Race Do-Over

Today I'm joining the lovely ladies for Tuesdays On The Run.  Where we talk about a different topic each week that is running related.

Today's topic is "Race Do-overs"... what race would you like to do-over, to correct mistakes, or relive the glory.

For me... one comes to mind - Elves On The Run.  I crashed and burned at that event... but now having about a years worth of running and racing under my belt, there are a few things that I would change.

First of all, I would change my choice for lunch.  I ate a Schlotzsky's veggie sandwich and a cup of soup for lunch, hours before the race. That will never be a pre-race meal for me again as I did not enjoy reliving it through the race.

Next, I'd choose better clothes for the race.... adhering to the "dress for 20 degrees warmer".  The capris, t-shirt, and jacket was just too hot for 60 degrees. In addition, I'd pin my bib to my shirt prior to leaving for the race.

Lastly, I'd start out slower so as to…

Campfire Burritos

This past weekend I went out to the hub's deer lease to camp.

I wanted to get a little creative about food, because you can only eat so many veggie burgers in a weekend.

I found some recipes for burritos cooked at a campfire and modified the ingredients to be plant based.

These come out really good and are quick and easy.  The tortillas become a little crisp after cooking.

Campfire Burritos Ingredients Burrito size tortillas Vegetarian refried black beans Cilantro-lime cauliflower rice|http://www.insonnetskitchen.com/cilantro-lime-cauliflower-rice/ Daiya cheddar cheese shreds Gardien Chick'n strips Salsa Instructions Fill tortilla with ingredients. Roll halfway, fold over ends and continue rolling into burrito. Wrap the burrito in foil.
Cook the burrito over smoldering coals farther from the main flame for 5 minutes, flip and continue cooking for 5 additional minutes. Remove from heat. Allow to cool slightly and serve.

I’m linking up with Running on Happy,The Fit Foodie Mama,

Workouts - Last Week Today - October 23

I am in my final week of training for the Houston Half and my 4th week of training for the Houston Marathon. The 2 training plans are peacefully co-existing.  I can't believe the Houston Half is just 1 week away!

This week, I had a great week of training! Here's how my week shook out:

Sunday - 14 miles easy.



Monday - Rest

Tuesday - 4 miles easy & 5 stride outs with Anam & body weight exercises.



Wednesday -  4 miles easy & 5 stride outs with Sorcha.



Thursday - 6 miles - 1 mile w/up & c/down with 4 miles "fast" in between. Goal pace for fast was 10:00, splits were 9:33/9:36/9:31/8:48.



Friday - Rest. I headed out to the hubs deer lease for the weekend.

Saturday - Rest.

Total Miles = 28



I'm linking up with HoHo Runs and MissSippi Piddlin’ for the Weekly Wrap; andNicole, Annmarie, Jen, and Michelle for Wild Workout Wednesday.

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Spinach, Curry Spiced Chickpeas, & CashewCream Sauce

Baked potatoes... I love them!

I have recently been introduced to baked sweet potatoes, and I love them just as much. I think they are a bit more versatile being able to take on sweet or savory toppings/fillings.

I've filled this one with some great ingredients, it's probably a nutritional powerhouse! How can it not be with sweet potato, spinach, and chickpeas? You can control the amount of fat by limiting how much cream sauce put on top.

 Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Spinach, Curry Spiced Chickpeas, & Cashew Cream Sauce
Ingredients Sweet Potatoes, scrubbed and pricked with a fork Spinach For the Chickpeas 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed, drained and thoroughly dried 1 TBS olive oil 2 TBS curry powder 1 TBS coconut sugar pinch of salt For The Cashew Cream Sauce 2 cups raw cashews, soaked in water for 4 hours 1/4 cup lemon juice 1 clove garlic 1/4 tsp smoked paprika salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste 1 cup almond milk (or other non-dairy milk) Instructions Bake swe…

5 Shows I've Binge Watched Lately

I'm linking up for the first weekly Friday Five 2.0!  Thanks to Lacey, Meranda, and Rachel for hosting this fun link-up!

I don't normally watch a lot of tv... between work, running, cooking, and reading there isn't really a lot of time left over.  However, these past few weeks I've been a "hunting widow" and somehow have managed to log more tv time.  Here's what I've been watching.

Mozart In The Jungle - behind the scenes dramedy of the New York Symphony.  It's an Amazon original, and quite good... the first 2 seasons flew by and now I'm anxiously awaiting season 3.
Mr. Selfridge - was looking for something to replace Downton Abbey (can there really be anything as good?). This is a British-American period television drama series about Harry Gordon Selfridge and his department store, Selfridge & Co set in London in the early 1900's. I've seen seasons 1-3 and am waiting for Amazon to release season 4 to Prime.
Transparent - an Amazon ori…

Remaining 2016 Goals

Today I'm joining the lovely ladies for Tuesdays On The Run.  Where we talk about a different topic each week that is running related.

Today's topic is "Remaining 2016 Goals"

I had 3 big running goals for 2016. I'm still working on them.

Run 1,000 miles in 2016.  I'm coming along quite nicely on that goal.



Run 4 half marathons - I've already ran 3 (Jailbreak Run, Run Like A Diva, Running With The Cows), and my 4th will be in less than 2 weeks!

Register and Train for the Houston Marathon - I'm registered and am in my 4th week of training!

I also had some personal goals/aspirations for the year:

Practice gratitude in my daily life - I spend time before bed listing 3-5 things I'm grateful for.
Engage in the creative arts at least once per month - I'm taking a swing at this and calling my blog "creative arts".. since writing is creative, that being the case... I'm on track.  What I had intended for this was some sort of art project... which …

Workouts - Last Week Today - October 16

I am in my 14th week of training for the Houston Half and my 3rd week of training for the Houston Marathon. The 2 training plans are peacefully co-existing.  I have 2 more weeks until the Houston Half!

This week, I had a great week of training! Here's how my week shook out:

Sunday - 11 miles easy. I wasn't sure how I would feel after the hard effort at the 10 mile race the day before, but I had a great run!  I think the coolish temps helped!



Monday - Rest

Tuesday - 4 miles easy & 5 stride outs with Anam & body weight exercises.



Wednesday -  Rest/Lawn work.

Thursday - 4 miles - 1 mile w/up & c/down with 2 miles "fast" in between. I was supposed to do 3 miles "fast", but got stuck in some great Houston traffic on the way home and had to cut it early... it was dark when I started my cool down mile.





Friday - Rest.

Saturday - 5 miles easy with Sorcha.



Total Miles = 24



I'm linking up with HoHo Runs and MissSippi Piddlin’ for the Weekly Wrap; andNicole, Annm…

Soba Noodle Bowl with Sriracha Tofu & Peanut Sauce

At a recent trip to Trader Joe's, I came across a new flavor of baked tofu - Sriracha. It made it into my cart, with no thought as to what I might do with it.

After only having my first goddess bowl (thanks Kimmy for the term) just a few weeks ago, I've become somewhat obsessed with making bowls. It's fun to see what kind of combinations I can come up with.

I created this bowl as a way to use the sriracha tofu... and just started adding some of my favorite things to it... roasted broccoli, mushrooms, peanut sauce (I swear I could just drink the stuff). I think it all pairs well with soba noodles, another one of my favs!

 Soba Noodle Bowl with Sriracha Tofu and Peanut Sauce
Ingredients broccoli florets cremini mushrooms - halved, quartered, or left whole (depending on size) red bell pepper - chopped onion - halved, then sliced olive oil salt & pepper edemame soba noodles, cooked according to package directions siracha baked tofu, cubed For the Peanut Sauce ½ cup creamy …

5 Ways I'm Treating Myself This Weekend

I'm linking up for the last weekly Friday Five link-up.  While I have enjoyed this weekly link-up and will miss it, I do want to wish Courtney, Mar, and Cynthia the best!

Something I often do for myself is take a "Vicki day"... this is a day devoted only to me, and the practice of self-care. Today was 'Treat Yo Self' day ... Parks and Rec fans will totally understand... in honor of the holiday, I'm having a "Vicki weekend". These are the 5 ways I plan to treat myself:

Spend a little time at the doctor's office... getting that well woman exam should be a priority for every woman once a year.
Get a massage ... I can't believe it, but it has been over 2 years since I went in for a massage... I'm way overdue!
Pamper my feet... I've been pounding the pavement pretty hard, and my feet need some TLC.  Pedicure, here I come!
Facial... way too long since my last one (are we sensing a theme here), looking forward one this weekend!
Logging some miles…

Ten For Texas Race Recap

This past weekend I ran in the 10 For Texas race. It was a 10 mile race, my first at that distance.

The evening before I stopped at Luke's Locker to pick up my race packet on the way to get some dinner. I opted to fuel up at my favorite local healthy & green eatery, Ruggles Green. I had the veggie burger and sweet potato fries, it is a tested pre-race meal.

[caption id="attachment_1672" align="aligncenter" width="300"] veggie burger so good, I couldn't resist digging in before I took a picture[/caption]

My anxiety was on full throttle that evening for some reason, I was on edge about every decision and a nervous wreck.  Thanks to my sister for answering my endless texts (do you think it's ok to order dessert, should I carry a water bottle, what outfit should I wear, etc.).

[caption id="attachment_1673" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Flat Vicki - ready to run![/caption]

I was thankful that the race was so close to…

Braised Brussels Sprouts

I think brussels sprouts are one of the most under appreciated vegetables.

They are one of my favorite fall foods and are always on my Thanksgiving table.

The hubs always wants them covered with some orange cheese sauce, but once these come out of the oven... he forgets about the cheese (thankfully).

The original recipe is from the great Martha Stewart.  It used butter, which I replaced with coconut oil (refined) with good results.

I think braising/roasting them brings out the sweetness in them, plus I like the burnt bits!

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I’m linking up with Running on Happy,The Fit Foodie Mama, Confessions of a Mother Runner, and A Whisk and Two Wands for #MeatlessMonday and Rock My Vegan Socks & VNutrition for Healthy Vegan Fridays!

Workouts - Last Week Today - October 9

I am in my 13th week of training for the Houston Half and my 2nd week of training for the Houston Marathon. While I have 2 training plans, I'm planning to follow weekday runs from the full plan and weekend runs from the half plan (until my half at the end of this month, then the full plan catches up to the weekend mileage).

This week, I had a great week of training. I started feeling more like myself! Here's how my week shook out:

Sunday - 10 miles easy.



Monday - Rest

Tuesday - Rest

Wednesday - 4 miles progressive & 4 stride outs with Anam & body weight exercises

Thursday - 4 miles easy with Anam & body weight exercises



Friday - Rest

Saturday - 10 miles at the 10 for Texas run. Crushed my time goal with a time of 1:35:20!  Look for my race recap later this week.



Total Miles = 28



I'm linking up with HoHo Runs and MissSippi Piddlin’ for the Weekly Wrap; andNicole, Annmarie, Jen, and Michelle for Wild Workout Wednesday.