Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Crispy Eggplant Tacos

I'm saving you all from a weekend recap because this weekend wasn't anything really different. I drank a lot, hung out with a cute boy (that's all you're getting for now), and slept all Sunday. So, instead of boring you with the details, I'm going to share a new recipe with you!

Crispy Eggplant Tacos

1/2 Eggplant, peeled and chopped into about 15 pieces
1/4 zucchini, shredded
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1/2 almond milk
2 tortillas (I used small corn tortillas)
1/2 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 tomato, chopped for garnish
hot sauce, to taste

Melt coconut oil in a frying pan. While coconut oil is melting, dip eggplant pieces into almond milk and then into breadcrumbs until coated. After all pieces are coated, fry in the coconut oil until crispy. Shred zucchini and place onto your tortillas (I didn't cook it, but you can if you want). Top with crispy eggplant. Garnish with tomatoes and hot sauce and enjoy! 

I ate this entire recipe myself, but the eggplants fell out of the tortillas, so this could totally serve two people. I just really love food.

How do you like your eggplant? What are your favorite kinds of tortillas?

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Tower of Terror 10-Miler Race Photo Dump

That title was really long for me to just say: Here's a bunch of ugly pictures of me from the Tower of Terror 10-Miler.

 The land of 10,00 chins

 Heel striking at it's finest

Just for the guys face in the back

Apparently, I danced my way through a lot of the course. Literally, all my pictures are of me looking stupid and/or dancing. That's basically my life in a nutshell.

Do you love ugly photos of yourself as much as I do? Does anyone ever take a good race photo?
---I'd also like to point out that the camera people make me look 12 feet tall. I'm not and my legs are short and stumpy.

PS. MarathonFoto sorry I stole your pictures of me.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Island Boost Chocolate Review

If you've been reading for a while, you may remember when I reviewed Island Boost fuel this summer. Recently, I was contacted by the founder of Island Boost, Laura Mildon, to try out their new flavor, chocolate!

I have really been slacking on my runs since the Tower of Terror 10-Miler, so I took this fuel as an incentive to get out and do a decent run. I planned for six miles. My pace was relatively slow for the first 3 miles (10:15 min/mi) and I took the chocolate fuel at mile 3. I felt great after taking the fuel, and sped up a little, with my final 3 miles were 9:54, 9:54, and 9:44, definitely a negative second half! The chocolate tasted really good -- according to Laura's introductory letter, the chocolate used is of the same quality used by See's Candies and Godiva! The fact that coconut water is used to deliver the fuel was not gross at all. It really helped me get the fuel down, unlike other chocolate gels/fuels I have taken. Also, since I have already fallen in love with Island Boost's product before, I know that it works (for me) and that it is a product I can confidently stand behind.

Excuse me for looking haggard post-workout

Island Boost uses simple ingredients that are incredibly easy to digest. Because of this, I did not feel at all like I was going to poop my pants (sorry) and I didn't have the lingering GI effects that I usually get from other fuel sources I have tried. I'm not allowed to disclose the ingredients due to the fact that the fuel is still in testing and hasn't reached market yet, but trust me when I say you can pronounce all of the ingredients and that the list has less than 10 overall ingredients. Island Boost Chocolate has 70 calories total, so it's less than many of the gels I have tried/seen on the market, but I think it works great! 

Island Boost has an IndieGoGo campaign that you can donate to if you'd like to see these fuel sources in your local running store. You can donate at: http://igg.me/at/IslandBoost/x/4020709. California, where the product is currently manufactured, has some incredibly tight regulations for imposting chocolate and the ingredients needed to manufacture Island Boost Chocolate, so their fundraising number is pretty high and they need all the help they can get! You can follow their updates on Twitter and Facebook and ask them any questions you'd like! I have seen a lot of positive testimonials retweeted by their Twitter account, so go check them out!

Disclaimer: While I was provided two packets of Island Boost Chocolate free-of-charge for review, all opinions are my own and I received no other compensation

What's your favorite fuel? Have you ever tried chocolate fuel?

Monday, October 21, 2013

The Last of the Great Pretenders Tour

The highlight of my weekend came on Saturday night when I saw my favorite singer, Matt Nathanson, perform for the third time! I had been looking forward to it for months since I booked my ticket when they first went on sale back in the Spring. If you've read my blog for a while, it's not new to you that I LOVE Matt Nathanson. 

I had originally planned to go by myself because not too many of my friends know who Matt Nathanson is, but at the last minute, one of my girlfriends decided to come because the opener, Joshua Radin, was someone she had seen/met before and really enjoys, so I was glad to have the company! In all honesty, I'm glad she was there because I was a little nervous going alone because I have a lot of memories associated with Matt Nathanson concerts and my ex (he took me to the two Matt concerts I have been before). I wasn't really sure who Joshua Radin was, but when he played some of his songs, I had heard them before on my Matt Nathanson Pandora station. There was one in particular that I really related to when I was going through my break-up (that's the song I linked to his name). He was so fun and so sweet! We ended up getting to meet him after the show and he was messing around and goofing with C and I. 

Matt Nathanson began to play about 40 minutes after Joshua Radin's set ended. He started with his most recent single from his newest CD, The Last of the Great Pretenders. I am always amazed at how great of a performer he is. I'm not sure if you've ever been to a concert where the performer doesn't sound like they do on the CD, but that is not the case with Matt. He sounds EXACTLY like he does on the CD. He's also incredibly interactive with the crowd and loves to wiggle his hips. I had a great time and sang my heart out to every single song. There was one point, however, where I couldn't sing because I had a really emotional moment. There's a song on his new album called Sunday New York Times and the first time I heard it, I was on the way to a first date and I started to cry. It's very nostalgic and it's basically about two people who were so in love and one point and tried to make it work, but it ended, and it's okay that it ended. Even though it's been a little over a year since my relationship ended, and I'm really happy where I am, I still really relate to this song. Luckily, I warned C that this might happen before the concert started, so she just rubbed my back and let me sing and cry (such a good friend). After that, I was good and was able to sing and dance and enjoy myself again. We were incredibly close to the stage, yet we weren't packed in like sardines. It was such a great experience overall.

The first two times I saw him perform, I was able to meet him afterwards. He didn't do a meet-and-greet this time, and I was really bummed. I was hoping to get him to write the words "Little Victories" for me because I want a tattoo that says "Little Victories" because I LOVE the song with the same name. There's a lyric in the song that says "If the world decides to catch up with me, it's a little victory" and I think that is the perfect summary of how I live my life and view myself. Next time, Matt! 

How was your weekend? Have you ever met a celebrity?

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Butternut Squash and Black Bean Enchiladas

I bought a butternut squash a couple weeks ago that I didn't use before I went home this weekend. So, before I left, I chopped it and froze it. When I had downtime (which is a rare occurrence lately), I thought about how I wanted to use this butternut squash. Enter: Butternut Squash and Black Bean Enchiladas.

I accidentally destroyed the dried black beans I was rehydrating and cooking because I forgot about them and all the water boiled out. My house currently smells stinky and was really smokey, but it's getting better. I ended up going out to buy a can of black beans because I really thought they would make the meal. I was not wrong ;)

Butternut Squash and Black Bean Enchiladas

2 cups cubed butternut squash, mashed
1/2 can low sodium black beans
1 tbsp hot sauce
5 corn tortillas
1/2 can mild green chile enchilada sauce
1/4 cup shredded 4-cheese mexican blend cheese
Salt and pepper, to taste

Boil butternut squash until tender. Pre-heat oven to 400*. Drain, season with salt, and mash. Mix in black beans and hot sauce. Add mixture to the middle of the corn tortillas, roll, and place into a round pan, seam side down. Cover in enchilada sauce and cheese. Bake for 15 minutes. Enjoy!

This recipe serves 2.5 people (with each person enjoying two enchiladas). I served mine with blue corn tortilla chips and homemade guacamole :)

If you were to make enchiladas right now, what would you put into it? What combination of foods is your favorite? (I really love spinach and mushrooms over everything).

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Wedding Weekend

I had an amazing weekend at home. Words cannot describe how beautiful the wedding was and how happy I was to be at home. Instead of trying to put words on this post, I'm just going to share some photos.

 Pants were stuck on my massive calves ;)

 Original 5 best friends :) 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

October is the Busiest of Busy Months

October is insane for me and I am never in more than one place for longer than .2 seconds (or so it feels like). This is me:

Football head and all

Spent the entire weekend at Disney (running races and living the magic, if you missed it), and now I am off to Chicago for the bestie's wedding weekend.

I might not be able to post/comment very often, but know that I love you all a whole bunch and when I'm back on Monday I should be able to regularly interact again. Holla at me on Twitter or e-mail if ya miss me ;) Until then, here's another Disney Photo Dump:

 Lunch in Beast's castle

 Delicious Quinoa Salad

What's your favorite part of Disney?