Yesterday was a nice end to a fun weekend. We woke up and all (mom, dad, brother, and sister-in-law) has breakfast together. It was various forms of oats and fruit and, of course, lots o coffee.
While reading the paper over breakfast, my dad announced that the little 10-year-old we escorted to the finish of the 10K got 2nd place in his age group and got his name in the paper. He was only supposed to run 2 miles, missed the split off for the fun run, ran a full 10K for the first time, and got 2nd! My dad lit up. He was so proud that he had helped. His best friend called him the eternal boy scout after hearing the story. I have to admit it was pretty cool to feel like maybe we encouraged a new runner.
My dad has always been the most encouraging person in my life. He is kinda my safe zone. My mom is my best friend, but I’m a total daddy’s girl. Going to my parents’ house (my childhood home) is my place of rejuvenation. I always feel recharged after a weekend there. I think it’s partly being able to relax around people who have known you all your life and everything you have ever done and still think you’re great. Also, when I’m at my house there is always something that needs to be done. I have errands or chores and it’s hard to just sit and relax knowing I have things I have to do. When I’m in Tyler, I don’t feel a need to do anything.
Do you have a special place to go to recharge?/A place where you feel totally relaxed?
Don’t get me wrong, I love my home in Austin and more importantly those in it…the hubby, dogs, and cat. The one thing missing this weekend was the hubby. He had to stay behind in Austin to get some stuff done, and after breakfast and some more hanging out with the fam, I was more than ready to return to my love.
When I got back, he was busy in the yard, so I went for a leisurely 6 mile run. The beautiful 70 degree weather was calling to me and I couldn’t resist. I have to move after being in the car for 4 hours. I will never be a road tripper.
I got home and cleaned up and it was time to start dinner. I made homemade black bean burgers topped with a mango, avocado salsa. It was so yummy! I also had a salad with spinach, strawberries, and feta.
I love the Morning Star black bean burgers and have seen several other bloggers make their own. In an attempt to eat fewer processed foods and continue to expand my cooking knowledge and kitchen skills, I decided to create my own patties. I used a recipe from Cooking Light. I mainly chose this one because I still had mango already cut-up from last weeks bbq shrimp tacos.
They were remarkably easy and the combination of the black beans, mango, and avocado proved to be a very satisfying dinner. I didn’t have any jalapeno, so I just added a dash of cayenne pepper, and they were perfectly spicy but not hot.
Black Bean Burgers with Mango Slasa
2 cans balck beans (15oz each)
3/4c monterey jack (i used mexican cheese)
1/2t sea salt
1/2 medium jalapeno (I used a dash of cayenne pepper)
2 egg whites
Place black beans in a bowl and mash rougly with a fork. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. bake for 20min at 350, turning carefully once.
1 1/4 c chopped mango
1 1/2T lime juice
1 avocado – peeled and chopped
1 garlic clove minced
Mix all ingredients and place about a 1/3 cup on each burger patty.
Nutrional Info (w/whole-wheat bun) – Calories: 350 Fat: 11.9
Protein: 13.4 Carbs: 46.2 Fiber: 10.1 Sodium: 777mg
While the burgers were baking, I started some homemade rolls to have with dinner tonight. I have never made any type of bread other than quick breads and have never used yeast before. I have always been intimidated by the whole process, but now I think it’s not so bad. We’ll see how they turn out, though. I may be singing a different song once I actually try to shape them and taste the final product. I’ll be back later to let you know if I and the dough survived 🙂
It is sitting just like that in my fridge until later tonight. Can’t wait to see how it goes.
This morning I got in a 5 mile run. The first mile at an 8:20 pace, the next 3 at an 8, and the last at an 8:30, increasing the incline by 1 every min up to 5 an then decreasing 1 every minute to the finish. I ended with 15 minutes on the bike and a jog home.
I made yet another batch of protein pancakes this morning and added a dash of cinnamon and almond extract to the chocolate version and topped all 5 perfect pancakes with sugar-free maple syrup and bananas.
I have to say the addition of the cinnamon and almond extract definitely kicked these up a notch. I may be in love!
Ok, sorry for the long post, but I had to make up for being MIA yesterday. I’m off to work.