EPIC Pizza Eggplant

Do you ever get e-mails from a company or a newsletter that you automatically hit “delete” before you even read them?

 

I have a few I’ve should really unsubscribe to, due to lack of time to actually read them. This morning, I accidently opened the Hungry Girl Newsletter. I was still laying in bed, reading from my iPhone, when this picture caught my eye:

 

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YUMMMM!

 

I read through the ingredients, and I had mostly everything I needed. I met Caitlin for a quick 3.0 mile run which ended in a trip to Publix to pick up an eggplant.

 

I made some changes to the original recipe based on what I wanted. I started out by hollowing out the center of an eggplant.

 

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I chopped up the leftover eggplant, and added one organic italian sausage (crumbled), onion and green pepper and sautéed it all in a pan over medium-high heat.

 

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I then mixed in two tablespoons tomato paste, two tablespoons italian bread crumbs, and one egg. I stuffed the eggplant with the mixture and baked for 30 minutes on 350F. I then topped with diced tomatoes and string cheese and popped it back in the oven for 10 minutes.

 

The results were EPIC.

 

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It tasted SO good. I love finding recipes that sneak veggies in. I’m not even a huge eggplant fan and I thought this was amazing. My only complaint is that I was starving and it felt like it was taking FOREVER. Maybe not the perfect week-night meal, but if you have a bit of time, GO FOR IT!

 

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I also had some pasta because I was so hungry. It honestly wasn’t necessary as the eggplant was extremely filling. Oh well!

 

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Score!

 

Who knew eggplant could be so delicious?!

 

❤ MegaNerd

10k Trial Run

I had the best training run ever!

I’m signed up for a 10k Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving day (a week from tomorrow!) and I really wanted to see where I was speed-wise. Yesterday’s 4.0 miler was not too bad, but it wasn’t easy either.

This morning, I decided that I would let my BODY do its thing, and not let my mind get in the way.

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I pounded out 6.2 miles (10k) to get a base time for next week. My legs felt SO fresh and ready to run fast!

I was so afraid that after such a big break (for me) I would have trouble getting back in. I realized that 90% of it was mental, only 10% physical. Everything felt the same, except for my mindset.

 

I finished my run in a total of 51:27!!! It rocked! I was smiling from ear to ear. 😀

 

Check out the Negative Splits!!!!!

Mile 1:  8:52

Mile 2:  8:38

Mile 3:  8:19

Mile 4:  8:05

Mile 5:  8:03

Mile 6:  7:56

Mile 6.2:  1:31 (7:37 pace!)

 

Before I left, I grabbed a hunk of CLIF bar on the way out.

 

When I got back, I took care of the toes… and got to making breakfast.

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It was the quickest thing I could think of:

  • Kashi H2H
  • Granola
  • milk
  • flax
  • strawberries

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Lunch

For lunch I really needed to use up an eggplant that’s been here since last weekend’s trip to the farmer’s market.

First, I sprinkled the pieces with a bit of balsamic vinegar, then sprinkled salt, pepper, garlic, and thyme on them. I grilled the slices on my George Foreman for a few minutes on each side.

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Along with it, I had some spaghetti, with fire roasted sauce. I know its boring, but I really like spaghetti!!!

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Perfect!

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I need to get to work on packing.

I leave for New Jersey at 6:00 am!!! I can’t wait to see my BFF Debbie!! 😀

 

What do you think? Is running more mentally or physically challenging?

 

❤ MegaNerd

Just A Big Kid

Sometimes, I wish I could go back to Kindergarten!

Remember nap time, recess, fun snacks, and no tests? That’s the life right there…oh and it sort of describes my afternoon!

I ate a big girl lunch of leftover chili with Kashi crackers. This chili recipe is so amazing. I’m usually not a huge fan of random combos, but this might have changed my whole outlook. No joke.

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Later, I snacked on a pear while I studied for Environmental process design…(aka poop sanitation class).

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I then proceeded to doze off at my desk for approx 2.5 hours. I accidently slept through my 6:00 class, and woke up around 6:30 pm. OOPS!!! 

Nap time! It’s funny how in Kindergarten I HATED nap time, but now I desperately wish I had it!! Oh the Irony.

After nap time, I made some ants on a log- celery, PB, and raisins. I wanted to keep with my elementary school theme.

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Why don’t I make this more often? It’s actually quite yummy!

 

Oh, did I mention that I also rocked my youth choir t-shirt from 3rd grade today? It’s the softest most comfy thing ever. I love it!

 

For dinner, I wanted to use up the eggplant I bought the other day at the farmer’s market. I was REALLY craving carbs, and I was pretty hungry this afternoon so I went with pasta!

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I cubed half an eggplant, and sauted it in a pan with a drizzle of EVOO  and minced garlic. I then added in a can of organic diced tomatoes. Meanwhile, Jason made some whole wheat thin spaghetti and grilled chicken on the George Foreman grill.

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We made some extras to eat for leftovers this week! The meal combo turned out quite tasty!

Jason isn’t an eggplant fan, so he left that out of his, and used cheese instead. LOL. Typical Jason.

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Even though I napped today, I’m still pretty tired. I think I need more than 6.5  hours of sleep at night, especially with all the running I do!  Maybe I will add snack breaks as well as nap and recess into my daily routine.

It’s been a good day.

 

What do you miss most about being a kid? I miss playing outside with the neighborhood kids, making obstacle courses, riding bikes, and going to dance class.

❤ MegaNerd

P.S. Dark chocolate Peanut m&m’s are addicting! 😀