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fun links, salad recipe, and question for you

Hi and happy Friday! I can’t believe it’s the weekend already. I love when that happens… because I always have the most random stuff to throw on the blog before the week ends.

First, some reading/listening material:

Second, a simple salad recipe. Anthony and I were both traveling this week for work and eating out a lot, so now that we’re home again we wanted something simple and easy. And since his flight didn’t get in until late last night, I wanted to make something we could eat at room temperature!

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There are three secrets to this salad: roasted (not raw) vegetables, good chicken (we splurged on some from Porter Road Butcher), and… Annie’s Green Goddess dressing. I know I said I don’t buy salad dressing at the store, but this is an exception!roasted_asparagus_chicken_salad_DSC0031Step one is to coat some veggies of choice in olive oil, salt, and pepper. I went with asparagus, red onion, and tomato._DSC0005Next, roast the crap out of them for a good 20-40 minutes. _DSC0012Meanwhile, marinate your chicken in some lemon, white wine, herbs, and (more) olive oil. After it sits for about 20 minutes, cook it on the stovetop or grill. Let everything cool a bit, and then serve atop a bed of fresh lettuce, hearty quinoa, and creamy feta. Yum.roasted_asparagus_chicken_salad_DSC0043Here’s the official “recipe,” which you can modify however you want. Other things that would be fun to throw in: corn, carrots, red peppers, avocado, pine nuts, olives…

Roasted Asparagus & Chicken Salad (serves 4)

  • 2 or 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into tenders
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • sald & pepper
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • 3 roma tomatoes, sliced
  • large box of Bibb lettuce (I like this brand of “living lettuce”)
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta
  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
  • dressing of choice (I like Annie’s Green Goddess)

Directions: Preheat oven to 400. Cook quinoa according to directions. Let cool. Next, marinate chicken in a bag with lemon, wine, olive oil, rosemary, and salt + pepper. While you’ve got the olive oil, salt, and pepper out… toss your onion, asparagus, and tomato in it. Spread out your veggies in a large pan and roast in the oven for about 25 minutes; meanwhile, cook your chicken on medium-high on the stovetop or toss it on the grill.

Once your quinoa, chicken, and veggies have cooked and cooled a bit, put everything together in a big bowl with your lettuce and cheese. Eat!roasted_asparagus_chicken_salad_DSC0034And third, I’m asking for blog topic suggestions. I’m getting tired of posting run/food recaps all the time and maybe you’re tired of reading them? So I was thinking of doing some more thematic posts. I have a bunch of ideas, but am always up for more! Anything goes, running-related or not. Just e-mail me (minutespermile@gmail.com) or leave a comment if you have a post idea. Don’t be shy!

Have a good weekend!!

  • Do you buy organic meat?
  • Bloggers: do you stick to a topic schedule, or freestyle each post?
  • What’s on your calendar this weekend?

17 thoughts on “fun links, salad recipe, and question for you

  1. I’ve always loved your restaurant reviews, you keep it real and honest without sounding like an annoying yelper! :) One idea for a post might be about your thoughts on running alone while traveling. I’ve always wondered how you feel going out solo in isolated paths in areas you’ve never been before. I tend to stick to busier paths when I’m by myself for safety reasons, I can get a little uncomfortable being all alone in the woods. I’m sure it’s all about experience and confidence – but have you ever had those worries, and if so how do you deal? Any tips? Always love reading, thanks for sharing a part of your life and being positive and inspiring! :)

  2. Day-in-the-life posts are always fun! (is that creepy of me to think that? lol)

    But I love your blog the way it is now, too, so if you continued doing running/race/food posts, I’d be just as content.

    • i’ve been thinking of doing one of those for a while! added to the lineup. thanks so much for reading!!

    • i’m drinking a beer as i read this… newcastle blonde bombshell. a little hoppy IMO, but pretty good!

  3. I’ll listen to anything by John Mayer too. My current favorite cover is Sara Bareilles of Sia’s Chandelier.

    I second the day-in-the-life suggestion! those are always fun to read. Maybe a post on how/whey/when you got into running?

    • i know, i hear he’s a jerk, but i can’t help it. will have to check out the sara bareilles tune. do you ever listen to birdy? she also does sad acoustic covers of happy pop songs, haha.

      will add both of those posts to the list!

  4. Your running posts always motivate me to get out the door, so please don’t stop writing those! Didn’t you just buy a new home? Would love to read about how you are decorating it!

    • thanks so much!! :) yes, we did — and i will do a “grand tour” once it’s actually decorated, haha. soon!!

  5. I like seeing all different types of post… it seems like you always eat the best food!!!! We’ve transitioned over the last year to buying pretty much 100% organic meat and grassfed beef. It’s worth it when you are eating a good amount as we do on the paleo spectrum of things.

  6. I enjoy your posts as is, but would love to see any kind of new themed posts. Since you just moved, posts about setting up your new house and about exploring new places in your city would be fun. I always like posts about traveling. Also, I know you said you worked with a coach but I think you might have said you’re not anymore? Post(s) about your training plans and how you come up with workouts/what you are working towards could be fun too.