Posts tagged ‘Dal’
Happy National Running Day!! Sorry for the break from posting, but I just got back from a mini vacation to Watch Hill, RI with the fiancé, older sister, brother-in-law and my brother-in-law’s family. Twas deliciously relaxing 😉 I spent my time running on the beach (and learned it kills your calves), walking around town, reading and learning to play golf! Um sadly I’m still sore from the 2-hour golf lesson on Monday, yet I’m totally fine from everything else… weird.
Anywho, I’m back and totally refreshed! This morning I had planned on going swimming after work, but when I learned it was National Running Day I felt I just had to hit the pavement. During my run I started thinking about my journey to where I am now… from a casual runner to a seasoned (well, 2 at least) marathoner! After my last marathon I made a pact with myself that I would not sign up for another race until I could comfortably run 13+ miles without feeling completely drained afterwards. Yes, I would love to run another marathon (and possibly a triathlon), but I don’t really like having to work my mileage from the ground up every time I compete. My last marathon I was coming off an injury so I literally had to work up from not running at all for two months to being race ready.
My goal this year is to be able to run 20 miles without having to change around my schedule or be left hobbling around after in order to do so. I am slowly upping my mileage, but if something comes up I’m not going to stress because I am not following a strict schedule. I know lots of people run marathons almost every year, and I guess I just want to see how easy it is to sustain the high mileage to make that possible.
After a refreshing 4 miler I hit the showers and then tried to figure out dinner. I settled on one of my new favs – dal! I added about 1.5 cups of frozen peas, 5 chopped plum tomatoes, and doubled the amount of chilies in my regular Dal Recipe. It rocked my world… just sayin’.
I think I added a little too much water this time, but it still tasted perfecto – I just had to eat it with a spoon instead of just sticking to the pita scooping method. Not only was this tasty, but it is such a cheap meal to make. Music to my ears!!
Someone was trying to scam on my dinner… 😉 Well I’m off to curl up with a good book and chillax. I just started the book Sudden Sea: The Great Hurricane of 1938 about the hurricane that totally rocked the northeast & specifically Watch Hill, RI back during the Great Depression and I am completely enthralled. G’night bloggies!
I have a confession… I love training for races, but I am LOVING not having anything in the near future to get ready for. It means freedom in my workouts. No mileage I have to hit, no specific workout or rest days. I felt like swimming today and so I swam; and when I mean I swam I mean I knocked out 40 laps without stopping. Heck yes. A tough workout calls for a substantial dinner and I knew just the thing – dal!
I made my regular dal recipe from Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything Vegetarian subbing in real cardamom pods in place of powdered, adding in fresh pea, extra tomatoes and adding in some turmeric and it was heaven.
Sorry I’ve been so MIA recently guys… its just been crazy over here recently! I promise I’ll be more consistent going forward 🙂 Good night for now chickadees… I’m off to watch my beloved Yanks!
Food for Thought: When training for races do you get too caught up in keeping up with your training plans to truly enjoy your workouts??
Last night I tried to celebrate Indian Food Wednesday a la The Fitnessista, but silly me – my Chana Dal beans had to be soaked for 6-8 hours first!! …which I realized after I added all the spices. 😳 Needless to say, we ended up ordering out and deciding to leave the beans and spices to soak in the pot overnight for dinner tonight. I hit the pool after work today for a good mile swim since I’m cutting down my running for the Boston Marathon on Monday – eek! When I came back the deliciousness started simmering away…
Along with some homemade Chapati bread made from simply white wheat flour, salt & water.
And a lovely salad with tomatoes, capers and a simple vinaigrette. Delicioso! I used Mark Bittman’s recipes from “How to Cook Everything Vegetarian” for the dal and chapati, although I had to make some subs in the dal recipe because I didn’t have exactly all the ingredients listed – and I like lots o’ garlic!
Chana Dal w/Tomatoes (serves two hungry, hungry hippos)
- 1 c. Chana Dal, soaked overnight
- 2 tbsp minced, peeled fresh garlic
- 2 tbsp garlic, smashed into a paste
- 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
- 1/4 tsp mustard powder
- 2 whole cloves
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 whole dried red chili
- salt to taste
- 2 plum tomatoes, seeded & chopped
Combine the lentils, ginger, garlic, spices and red chili into a stew pot and cover with about an inch of water. Cook at a simmer until soft about 25 minutes. Remove the cloves, and stir in the chopped tomatoes and cook about 5 more minutes. Eat with the Chapati and enjoy!
Sorry I’ve been so MIA recently, but to be honest I’m starting to get pretty nervous about the Boston Marathon so I haven’t been blogging or anything a ton – just trying to keep busy and keep my mind off the 26.2 miles looming ahead!! 😯