Ok, so that’s not pancakes, but I’ll get there, I promise. That beauty would be my pre-long run dinner on Friday night. I was craving an omelet, so I took 1 egg + 2 egg whites and loaded them up to the max with onions, mushrooms, spinach and chick peas. I topped it off with avocado slices and black bean & corn salsa. On the side I had 2 pieces of Ezekiel cinnamon raisin toast and some sugar plum tomatoes. The picture does not adequately convey the size of the omelet, but it was approximately the size of my head.
Saturday morning I got in a 14-miler outside. I decided on two 7-mile loops so I could stop home in the middle for some water and fuel. Since we live on the second floor and I knew if I came upstairs in the middle of my run I would probably end up lying on the couch eating chocolate, I had the brilliant idea to put my water bottle and hammer gel in our mailbox in the lobby. When I returned home at the half way mark, the mail man was there, and I had to explain why there was a random water bottle and Hammer gel in the mailbox. I think he was confused.
The run went fine, and it was a nice sunny day, but my legs were pretty tired the last few miles. I’m sure it’s from the two killer speed workouts I did last week, so we’ll see how the old legs hold up as I ramp up over the next few weeks. I may have to dial down the intensity of the speed work a bit in the name of getting more miles in.
The rest of yesterday was uneventful, and included a nap on the couch, grilled cheese for dinner, chunky monkey for dessert, and a movie rental from Amazon. We really like to go crazy with our Saturday nights.
This morning I woke up with my hamstrings super-tight, and I was a little worried about my 8 mile run. I went out very easy, and within a few miles I felt warmed up. I was listening to an audiobook, and before I knew it 8 miles had flown by.
And now I present to you, Pancakes from Heaven.
During my run I was fantasizing about pancakes, so I knew immediately what my breakfast had to be. Yesterday in the midst of trying to fit more food in our ridiculously over-stuffed pantry, I came across a bag of organic quinoa flour that I had no recollection of purchasing. I searched for a recipe, but pretty much ended up making my own creation.
Banana Chocolate Chunk Quinoa Pancakes
serves 1 hungry runner
1/2 cup quinoa flour
1 tsp baking powder
sprinkle of cinnamon
1 over-ripe banana
1/2 cup water
chocolate chunks or chocolate chips to taste (lots!)
Mix dry ingredients in a bowl. In another bowl, mash banana and add water and vanilla. Add wet ingredients to dry and whisk to make batter. Pour onto hot griddle sprayed with cooking spray. Sprinkle with chocolate chunks or chips. When the bottom is browned, flip pancakes and cook a few more minutes, until done.
This was so fast and easy, and made two gigantic thick pancakes. I topped them with a glob of peanut butter (obviously), some thawed frozen mixed berries, and a drizzle of maple syrup. They tasted like heaven. Also, they were incredibly filling and I hard a hard time finishing the last couple bites.
Today I will win the good wife award by going to see Tron 3D with Steve. He is excited to see the movie, I am excited to eat pizza at Bravo afterwards. Double win. Enjoy your Sunday!