I don’t know about you, but I’m a bit shocked that Thanksgiving is in like, a week and a half? How did that happen? Did the marathon steal my brain for the past couple of months?
Since I host Thanksgiving each year for my sister and I (we’ve got a tradition going – more about that soon!), I’m severely behind with my menu planning and grocery shopping. To get myself into the holiday spirit, I made a Thanksgiving-like salad for this week.
I’m calling it a Turkey, Sweet Potato and Quinoa salad with Cauliflower, Snap Peas and Pomegranate Seeds.
I roasted a bunch of sweet potatoes in the oven (400 degrees, ~45 minutes)
And in the meantime extracted the seeds from one pomegranate
It’s a little time consuming to extract the seeds, and I find it easiest to cut the fruit into chunks and use your hands to get the seeds out and into a bowl.
It can get pretty messy though, and I added some nice splashes of color to my white kitchen walls (oops)!
After I got the seeds out, I set them aside and began cooking the quinoa with chicken stock and chopping the veggies for grilling.
The herbs of choice: rosemary and sage – quite Thanksgiving-y, if you ask me!
Once the veggies were done grilling, I added them to the cooked quinoa with the chopped herbs and started grilling some turkey tenderloins
The potatoes were on the small side, so it only took about 40 minutes for them to roast. I chopped ’em up and added them into the portioned quinoa mixture.
Topped with the pomegranate seeds
Turkey and stuffing are a must for Thanksgiving in the Meals for Miles household, but sister and I are trying to mix it up with a few other sides. Any ideas? I’m also toying with the idea of creating some sort of pumpkin creme pie for dessert, but need to do some serious recipe investigating.
On the marathon recovery front, I set out for my first run since the race on Sunday morning. It felt great to get back out onto the bridle bath, but the IT band was seriously tight, and I had to stop and stretch every mile or so. It did loosen up after a while and I didn’t feel any real pain – overall I went about 4.5 miles at a very easy pace.
Since I’ve had IT band problems in the past, I know the fix for this is lots of stretching, foam rolling, ice and physical therapy exercises along with easy mileage and cross training. So this morning was an XT combo of the spin bike and elliptical with some lifting and all of the above schtuff. Here’s hoping the crankypants band calms down so I can get some racing in this December!
Happy Monday, all!
Question: Favorite Thanksgiving dish or recipe?