Happy New Year!

Last night I ran 8.6 miles as part of my Resolution Run and will get in the other 4.5 in about an hour – I registered for a (virtual) half marathon and already have the medal, so I have to finish earning it!  I wasn’t planning on splitting it between 2 runs, but my tummy decided otherwise.


Other than that I’m spending the day watching season 1 of Criminal Minds. I really have no resolutions for the year. I’m pretty happy with where I am :)

I have vegan chili cooking in the crock-pot, and already made a huge batch of salsa, so I’m good on lunches for the next several days. I also have all the ingredients to whip up another batch of the Tahini-Lime Quinoa Salad (I really LOVE that stuff!). And I have some pretzel crisps and hummus for snacks. There’s only a few cookies left in the house, which I’ll be taking with me to work tomorrow to get them out of here.  And although I’m up a few pounds, I am still within 5 pounds of my goal weight! So all is good here.

Until I come up with some new recipes, this blog will just be a food/running journal, with pictures of Lucy here and there, of course ;)


What are some of your goals/resolutions for the New Year?





Meatless Monday: Caribbean Black Bean Wrap

So I didn’t realize until after I updated yesterday’s post that today is Monday. Lol! So I have a nice quick and easy recipe (well, more like a snack) for you today.

Caribbean Black Bean Wrap




  • 1 whole wheat wrap
  • 1/2 cup canned black beans, rinsed
  • handful of spinach
  • 2 Tbsp mango salsa (fresh is way better than jarred)
  • 1 Tbsp guacamole
  • splash of lime juice


  1. Spread the guacamole on the wrap
  2. Add the spinach
  3. Add the beans
  4. Add the lime juice
  5. Add the salsa
  6. Fold it up and enjoy!

Calories: 258, Carbs: 43g, Fat: 7g, Protein: 15g

Today at lunch I did an easy 3+ miles. Tummy was iffy but I made it through without stopping.


And lastly is today’s food log:

  • Breakfast: 4 cups coffee with Cafe Mocha. Cream of Wheat (Maple and Brown Sugar) with a sliced banana
  • Lunch: Lime Tahini Quinoa Salad
  • Snack: Tex-Mex Beans and Rice with salsa and guacamole
  • Dinner: Caribbean Black Bean Wrap


Meatless Monday! Lime Tahini Quinoa Salad, and I ran today!

I made it over 4 miles before my tummy started acting up! I consider that HUGE progress since I normally “have to go” at just after a mile. Because I wasn’t sure if I was going to have any issues I opted for the treadmill.  I ended up doing 4.46 miles in 45 minutes. I started at 5.5mph then after 2 miles I upped it to 6mph, and after another mile up to 6.5 until I stopped.


After that I headed into the kitchen for today’s recipe – Lime Tahini Quinoa Salad (an alteration of the Lemon Tahini Quinoa Salad from the Whole Plants Cookbook):



  • 1 cup quinoa, uncooked
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 large red onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
  • 2 cups broccoli, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 3 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp hot water
  • 1 tsp agave
  • 2 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp ground ginger


  1. Heat the quinoa and 2 cups water to boiling, then reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes (until the water is absorbed and the quinoa looks fluffy)
  2. While the quinoa is cooking, saute the onion, jalapeno, and broccoli in sesame oil until it reaches your desired consistency.
  3. Combine the quinoa and the sauteed veggies in a mixing bowl. Add the tomatoes and mix it all together.
  4. In a small bowl combine the tahini. lime juice, hot water, soy sauce, agave, garlic and ginger, and whisk until smooth.
  5. Pour the tahini sauce over the quinoa mix and stir until well combined.
  6. Serve!

This is definitely a new favorite of mine! The combination of the tahini sauce with the sauteed veggies really give the quinoa an amazing flavor! Next time I might throw in some mushrooms too, and maybe even brussels sprouts. Either way, it’s yummy!

I got 6 servings out of this. Here’s the nutritional info:

Lime Tahini Quinoa Salad Recipe by HALFFAST   SparkRecipes

I may not have any new recipes over the next few days as I’ll be eating leftovers from these last 2 experiments :)