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    Ran (like actually ran the whole time) 2 miles today. I've been eating this since I finished off the mac and cheese. It's just kind of "meh," definite potential though. Adding kale that had been sauteed with garlic, olive oil, and a generous amount of salt helped a LOT. I have one more serving for tomorrow night's dinner. I'm eating out Friday and Saturday nights, which will not be so healthy. But I will try to compensate by eating light during the day and exercising.

    Sunday @EJCC and I are both making this salad, which I am REALLY excited about. Depending on frugal I feel Saturday I may sub chicken for shrimp. I'll probably also make some brown rice to go with it. I know myself well enough to know I won't be satisfied without some carbs. After that I might make some more of the Thai turkey meatballs... I really liked those.
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    To give full background: Showbread and I are continuing the "twinsies" trend by 1) both subscribing to Buzzfeed Food's newsletter, and 2) choosing a recipe from that newsletter for us both to make, once a week. (If your response is "omg you guys are adorable", then you are correct.)

    This past week it was "One Pot Spanish Chicken and Potatoes", from this BuzzFeed Food listicle: 21 Fresh Ideas For Chicken Dinners It required a much larger pan than I owned, or a cook that's better at browning an entire pound of chicken and an entire large sliced potato in the same pot, so that made cooking it a huge pain in the ass. Not to mention it was "meh" overall. Too monochrome -- too sweet and tomato-y. Having kale and broccoli on the side, and serving it with cheesy bread, made for a huge improvement, but if I'm going to cook a huge multi-meal dish with a ton of fresh tomatoes, I'd rather make my favorite tomato biscuit dish that Showbread would hate.

    I think part of why I felt like it needed so many additions has to do with the research that's been done recently with regards to why Indian food is so amazing -- namely, combinations of opposing flavors. Western cuisine (like Italian and Spanish food) would be totally accepting of this chicken/tomato/eggplant concoction -- but when you add bitterness (kale) to the sweetness (tomato and eggplant), it takes it to a whole other level.

    Anyway. Our next dish (see below) is from this listicle: 21 Impossibly Delicious Ways To Eat Avocado For Dinner

    Quote Originally Posted by Showbread View Post
    Sunday @EJCC and I are both making this salad, which I am REALLY excited about. Depending on frugal I feel Saturday I may sub chicken for shrimp.
    I am also pretty damn psyched about this. I did end up buying shrimp, because it was less expensive at Trader Joe's than I expected. Will make another grocery run this weekend to get the more perishable ingredients (baby spinach, avocados, etc).

    Quote Originally Posted by Showbread View Post
    I'll probably also make some brown rice to go with it. I know myself well enough to know I won't be satisfied without some carbs.
    This would have been a great opportunity to do the healthy-quinoa-substitute thing. Too bad neither of us likes quinoa all that much!

    I will probably not end up having carbs with it, but will have larger servings of the salad instead. Can't get enough shrimp and avocado...

    Quote Originally Posted by Showbread View Post
    After that I might make some more of the Thai turkey meatballs... I really liked those.
    I wish I had better luck with that recipe. So much potential. I may have to try again with a different recipe, without such a lean meat -- they turned out so dry!!), and with the MUCH better curry paste I found at the Asian grocery.


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    In other news: It's going to be SUPER nice out this coming week (thank god -- I'm so tired of having all these snow days, I feel so stir-crazy and unproductive). Meaning, MORE RUNNING! We'll see if I can finally get on board with exercising more regularly, when the weather actually makes me want to go outside.

    In a perfect world, my routine would involve jogging to the gym, working out there, and doing a cool-down jog/walk home, maybe three times a week, with bodyweight stuff at home and longer runs outside in the days between. But this could be very far in the future.
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    @Red Herring You mentioned you wanted to get involved with this blog -- need any tips? Have any tips/ideas for me and Showbread and our readers? I know you've got your hands full with THE FIRST TYPEC BABY ( !!! ) but just in case you were still interested.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EJCC View Post
    To give full background: Showbread and I are continuing the "twinsies" trend by 1) both subscribing to Buzzfeed Food's newsletter, and 2) choosing a recipe from that newsletter for us both to make, once a week. (If your response is "omg you guys are adorable", then you are correct.)
    We really are though.

    I am also pretty damn psyched about this. I did end up buying shrimp, because it was less expensive at Trader Joe's than I expected. Will make another grocery run this weekend to get the more perishable ingredients (baby spinach, avocados, etc).
    Ooh, good! I am going to Trader Joe's tomorrow. I'll look there.


    I wish I had better luck with that recipe. So much potential. I may have to try again with a different recipe, without such a lean meat -- they turned out so dry!!), and with the MUCH better curry paste I found at the Asian grocery.
    What kind of ground turkey did you use? 99% lean, or 93% lean? I used the 93% because the other is basically saw dust. I also significantly cut the cooking time because they definitely did not need 30 minutes. Oh, and I bought curry paste at H Mart. I'm excited to try it with that instead of the Thai Kitchen stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EJCC View Post
    @Red Herring You mentioned you wanted to get involved with this blog -- need any tips? Have any tips/ideas for me and Showbread and our readers? I know you've got your hands full with THE FIRST TYPEC BABY ( !!! ) but just in case you were still interested.
    I don't have any tips to share, sorry. Until now there was relatively little I could do, but the time has come for some postnatal gymnastics to get back into shape and I plan to go swimming this week for the first time in ages. Unfortunately the only sport that ever interested me, running, is supposedly taboo until at least 3 months post partum, meaning that I's have to wait for 5 more weeks before I can put on my running shoes again.

    I have almost regained my pre-pregnancy weight and am wearing my old cloths again (with the exception of one obstinate pair of jeans, grrrrr!). The vertical dark line on my belly is still visible but otherwise it is approaching its previous state. My pelvic muscles used to be very strong and still aren't back to what they used to be, but they have already improved a lot. Right now, though, my only "sport" is going for a walk/grocery shopping etc. with a 5 kg + baby tied to my body. That is a back and pelvic muscle training that's not to be underestimated! My tailbone still hurts though and sitting down can be painful as the surounding muscles easily cramp when I am carrying weight. The courses at the clinic that I meant to attend are all booked out

    As far as food is concerned, I have to admit that - probably due to the additional energy going into breastfeeding which is usually said to be around 400-500 calories - I have a regular craving for high calory food of the unhealthy kind: sugar! My stomach is rather small, so maybe that is my body's way of making sure it gets all the extra energy in a compact form, but I'd still rather get it from a healthier source. So the question is: what coul I eat that is high calory, delivers quickly but is healthier than the sweet stuff? Nuts? Whole grain bread with cheese? I already started introducing more fruit into my diet.

    Tips? Recommendations? Recipes? Excercises?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Herring View Post

    As far as food is concerned, I have to admit that - probably due to the additional energy going into breastfeeding which is usually said to be around 400-500 calories - I have a regular craving for high calory food of the unhealthy kind: sugar! My stomach is rather small, so maybe that is my body's way of making sure it gets all the extra energy in a compact form, but I'd still rather get it from a healthier source. So the question is: what coul I eat that is high calory, delivers quickly but is healthier than the sweet stuff? Nuts? Whole grain bread with cheese? I already started introducing more fruit into my diet.

    Tips? Recommendations? Recipes? Excercises?
    I don't really know anything about postpartum recover. In terms of calorie dense compact food I think nuts would probably be a great idea! Or maybe something like these: No Bake Energy Bites. Peanut butter might be tricky to find though.

    @EJCC and I both made this Shrimp and Avocado Salad with Miso Dressing - Pinch of Yum this weekend. I nearly doubled the seasoning on the shrimp, didn't really measure my lime juice, and I omitted the salt from the dressing (salt and miso seemed excessive) I was very pleased with the outcome! Loved the dressing. I also crumpled some tortilla chips over top to make it a little crunchy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Herring View Post
    I don't have any tips to share, sorry. Until now there was relatively little I could do, but the time has come for some postnatal gymnastics to get back into shape and I plan to go swimming this week for the first time in ages. Unfortunately the only sport that ever interested me, running, is supposedly taboo until at least 3 months post partum, meaning that I's have to wait for 5 more weeks before I can put on my running shoes again.

    I have almost regained my pre-pregnancy weight and am wearing my old cloths again (with the exception of one obstinate pair of jeans, grrrrr!). The vertical dark line on my belly is still visible but otherwise it is approaching its previous state. My pelvic muscles used to be very strong and still aren't back to what they used to be, but they have already improved a lot. Right now, though, my only "sport" is going for a walk/grocery shopping etc. with a 5 kg + baby tied to my body. That is a back and pelvic muscle training that's not to be underestimated!
    I'm amazed at how quickly you've gotten up and around and running errands since giving birth -- I think it took twice that length of time for my parents to take me outside running errands. Good for you!

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    My tailbone still hurts though and sitting down can be painful as the surounding muscles easily cramp when I am carrying weight. The courses at the clinic that I meant to attend are all booked out
    Shoot! I hope there'll be some openings soon. I imagine that they're as necessary as physical therapy would be for someone who's been injured.

    Quote Originally Posted by Red Herring View Post
    As far as food is concerned, I have to admit that - probably due to the additional energy going into breastfeeding which is usually said to be around 400-500 calories - I have a regular craving for high calory food of the unhealthy kind: sugar! My stomach is rather small, so maybe that is my body's way of making sure it gets all the extra energy in a compact form, but I'd still rather get it from a healthier source. So the question is: what coul I eat that is high calory, delivers quickly but is healthier than the sweet stuff? Nuts? Whole grain bread with cheese? I already started introducing more fruit into my diet.

    Tips? Recommendations? Recipes? Excercises?
    Bread and cheese sounds great, as do nuts. Like @Showbread I'd suggest peanut butter, or some other kind of nut butter. (Maybe eaten with bananas, which apparently have 120-ish calories apiece!)

    Other ideas off the top of my head:

    - Avocados
    - Granola
    - Yogurt
    - Anything cooked with olive oil
    - Wheat bread / brown rice / quinoa
    - Potatoes

    As for exercises, maybe something like these?

    Postpartum Yoga Poses for Mama & Baby
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOqFOCO-UkU
    Postnatal Yoga Sequence For Sore Back and Tight Hips | POPSUGAR Fitness
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    Quote Originally Posted by Showbread View Post
    @EJCC and I both made this Shrimp and Avocado Salad with Miso Dressing - Pinch of Yum this weekend. I nearly doubled the seasoning on the shrimp, didn't really measure my lime juice, and I omitted the salt from the dressing (salt and miso seemed excessive) I was very pleased with the outcome! Loved the dressing. I also crumpled some tortilla chips over top to make it a little crunchy.
    Ooh it really would be good with tortilla chips. I was trying to figure out what it needed, and I think that was it. Something with a crunch. (Peanuts would have been good too if I'd added them, which I didn't.)

    Really liked the recipe overall. Was a LOT simpler to make than I expected! Would be a nice dinner party dish for when it gets nice and warm outside -- would taste great with lemonade and/or Arnold Palmers and/or mojitos.
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    Running is actually happening still! I've been running 2.5-3 miles 3 times a week pretty consistently. I generally run Monday, Wednesday, then either Friday/Saturday. I'm gradually working my distance up about .2 miles at a time per recommendation of my physical therapist. I got my time for the first mile below 10 minutes! My average pace is still about 10.40, which isn't great. But, I am consistent and mostly not hating it so I count that as a win.
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    Exercise news:
    I almost have a workout routine! Yay!!!

    Food news:
    I have SO much food lying around, that I don't think I'm going to have to buy groceries this week. I have probably 3-4 servings of those burrito bowls in the freezer, plus fixins for:
    - Winter Squash Carbonara with Pancetta and Sage Recipe - Bon Appetit (sans pancetta, which I don't have lying around -- might substitute spiced/marinated chicken? -- and using the leftover butternut squash/chicken broth/garlic puree from the butternut squash mac and cheese last week)
    - Sesame-Ginger and Cucumber Soba Noodles - Cookie and Kate (not as good as the peanut soba noodle salad we love so much, but still tasty, and a good way to use up leftover cucumber)

    And leftovers from my belated St. Patrick's Day party yesterday:
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    Had a belated St. Patrick's Day party yesterday! My three contributions:

    Steak and Ale Pie - Foodness Gracious
    - Used bacon instead of pancetta because I had it lying around

    Irish Immigrant Stew | Drick's Rambling Cafe
    - Added the potatoes at the same time as the beef, because the last time I made it they didn't cook enough
    - Didn't add as much flour as I should have, so it wasn't a very thick broth

    Chocolate Beer Cupcakes With Whiskey Filling And Irish Cream Icing Recipe - Allrecipes.com
    - made two servings of frosting because one was NOT enough for all those cupcakes


    The stew was good, the pie was REALLY good, and the cupcakes, as usual, were absolutely the freaking best ever. They are in the top three best kinds of cupcakes I have ever eaten.
    Had one of those cupcakes for breakfast this morning. #noshameinmygame
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