Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Baked Hummus & Spinach Dip

We are changing our eating habits up a little. We are reducing the amount of meat in our diet and upping the vegetarian options. I hope to have some good vegetarian recipes to post as I find more to try.

This is easy and delicious. You can make this as an appetizer or make it for an easy lunch (as I'm doing as I type this).

8 oz container of plain hummus
2 cups fresh spinach
1 cup shredded cheese

Preheat oven to 375.

In a food processor, pulse the spinach until it is shredded. Combine the shredded spinach, hummus, and 1/2 of the cheese. Spread into a small baking dish. Top with remaining cheese.

Bake for 20-25 or until hummus is hot all the way through.

Use as a dip for tortilla chips, pita, bread, & veggies.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Hell or High Water 5k

Today Hallie and I participated in our 2nd 5k. I was so excited and my goal was to be faster than my last race. I thought that was doable considering my normal practice runs were now faster than that.

Friday I started feeling sick. I am pretty sure it was just allergies and it made me feel exhausted, foggy, and even nauseous. Andrew gave me some "alone" time that night and I went to the GAP. Something is obviously wrong when I'm ready to leave the GAP and go to bed or maybe even throw up.

I went home and went to bed and got up bright and early this morning to have some coffee and light breakfast. Still didn't feel great. But figured I was nervous. We picked up Hallie and made our way to Nashville. We walked and warmed up, and I still didn't feel well. I used Andrew's nice heart rate monitor (I'm getting my own for my birthday!!!) because I had been using it in practice runs. I learned my average heart rate during my runs is usually 160 and I top out at 171.

Well, we began the race, me still telling Hallie was going to hurl. I spent the run watching my heart rate monitor knowing I didn't feel well b/c I couldn't get my heart rate down. When we got home I plugged it up and and found out that my average heart rate during this run was 173. And I topped out at 181. Andrew said I was obviously not feeling well..and then laughed that I even continued the run and never passed out.

Anyway, I finished...with a worse time that my previous race. But I finished. Hallie did AMAZING!! I'm not even going to tell her official time because I am sure she will want to share it herself on her blog when she makes her post. I am so so proud of her. She has a tough time to be at our future races!

She was a good friend and didn't want to leave me for fear of my barfing on the side of the road and being alone. I am so glad she listened to me and didn't stick with me. But I am glad I have a friend that would be willing to get a sucky time to stay by me when I'm sick.

So, here are some pictures from today. Our boys even came and watched. =)

For the record, my time was 36:39. I would love to erase that race from my history completely. But I will keep track of it and will never be slower than that again. Can't wait to make up for that time.