Some Firsts and a Menu Plan

What an awesome weekend! Friday night I laid low and just watched TV and slept, and then Saturday night I went for dinner then out on the town with a bunch of my girlfriends and had a blast. My favorite kind of weekend! And, I stayed in DC, which is the only weekend in May where that is the case.

There were two firsts for me this weekend.

On Saturday, I tried the 10:1 running method because I was having trouble getting myself out the door. The idea behind this is you run for 10 minutes, then walk for 1, and the 1 minute gives you a small break and brings your heart rate down. The idea of running 12 miles was extremely daunting, so thinking about just 10 minute segments was much better in comparison. In general, I don’t do well taking walking breaks, but I thought the structure would help me.

I was wrong.

The 1 minute break felt so short and not like a break at all, and the 10 minutes of running felt like an eternity. I think having that system in place made me so focused on the time that was passing rather than the scenery or just thinking through life happenings, and it really backfired. I ended up walk/running the entire time and after the first 3 10:1’s, I started walking more than I was running. In the end, I did 7.2 miles at a 10:39 pace, which is obviously not 12 miles but is better than nothing. I won’t be trying that method again!

The second first was far more exciting – I roasted a whole chicken for the first time!

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I’m not quite sure WHY I thought cooking the whole bird was so intimidating, because it honestly was so easy and pretty foolproof! I rinsed the chicken, dried it with paper towels, then stuffed it with a quartered onion and three large cloves of garlic. I seasoned it with salt and pepper on the outside, and then cooked it for 1 hour 50 minutes (it was a 5.5 pound chicken) at 375º. It turned out PERFECT and so juicy!

I went really basic with the flavors because I plan to use it in a lot of different ways this week for meals, but I will definitely be doing this again. After I pulled all the meat off, I made some stock with the bones, and it turned out awesome.

The last random mention is that I have been eating soft boiled eggs several times a week for the last few months and I am obsessed.

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I have been using Jenna’s method where you boil water, add the eggs, reduce the heat and cover it for 5 minutes. Then you run the eggs under cool water before peeling them. I have been having them on a toasted English muffin and then smashing the eggs and they turn out perfect every time! The meal is also super filling, especially with some fruit on the side, for just 7 pts+.

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Yum.

And here’s the plan for the week:

Breakfast Lunch Snack Dinner
Monday Savory Oatmeal Simple Curried Chicken Salad Greek Yogurt w/Banana Soft Boiled Eggs
Tuesday English Muffin w/Egg Whites and Cheese Simple Curried Chicken Salad over greens Popcorn + Chopped Mango Homemade Veggie Burgers
Wednesday Oatmeal w/PB + Banana Leftover veggie burger w/salad Grapes + Greek Yogurt Chicken w/ Tzatziki + Baked Sweet Potato
Thursday Greek Yogurt w/fruit + cereal Leftover Chicken Tzatziki + Baked Potato Cottage Cheese w/Berries Chicken Tortilla Soup
Friday English Muffin w/Egg Whites + Cheese Chicken Tortilla Soup w/greens Greek Yogurt + banana TBD

What meal are you most looking forward to this week?



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20 Comments on Some Firsts and a Menu Plan

  1. Courtney
    May 21, 2012 at 9:14 am (2 years ago)

    I bought portabello caps this week. I’m going to try stuffing them with goat cheese and sweet peppers, but also try making a portabello burger. I can’t wait!

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    • Beth
      May 21, 2012 at 3:16 pm (2 years ago)

      I haven’t had portabello mushrooms in ages but they are so good! Maybe I’ll put that on my list next week…

      Reply
  2. Melissa
    May 21, 2012 at 9:46 am (2 years ago)

    The meal(s) I am most looking forward to this week are the ones my girlfriend is currently cooking up! Brown rice with cilantro, some yummy quinoa dish and I believe an artichoke pasta dish! She is so helpful with me having healthy foods in the house, she got a great idea to double a bunch of recipes and make them all and freeze them. :)

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    • Beth
      May 21, 2012 at 3:14 pm (2 years ago)

      I love to freeze leftovers – same amount of effort and twice the results! It’s so nice to have a supportive home environment!

      Reply
  3. Lisa
    May 21, 2012 at 12:48 pm (2 years ago)

    I roasted an entire chicken once and it was REALLY good. Moist and flavorful. It was a challenge cooking it though. I can’t say that I had a great time prepping the uncooked bird….

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    • Beth
      May 21, 2012 at 3:13 pm (2 years ago)

      I honestly didn’t think it was so bad! For under $5 and the amount of meat that you get, I’ll take it! =)

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      • Lisa
        May 21, 2012 at 3:17 pm (2 years ago)

        I just meant the handling of the raw chicken. I was a vegetarian for over a decade so handling meat in that form (not unidentifiable pieces like boneless chicken breasts) was hard for me!

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  4. Kelly @ No Sugar Sweet Life
    May 21, 2012 at 1:02 pm (2 years ago)

    Wow, I’ve never seen “soft-boiled” eggs before. So interesting! I ran this weekend too – not 12 miles (or 7!), but a good solid 2 :) I was breaking in some new running shoes. They’re the “new/popular” meshy kind (Brooks is the brand, I think). As for a meal I’m looking forward to – I gotta say it’s Friday’s (which has officially been declared PIZZA NIGHT in our house!) goat cheese, fig, prosciutto ham pizza :) YUMMOLA!!

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    • Beth
      May 21, 2012 at 3:13 pm (2 years ago)

      Oh wow that pizza sounds DELICIOUS!!! I loooove figs.

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  5. Rebecca W.
    May 21, 2012 at 3:07 pm (2 years ago)

    Okay, so now I have this serious craving for soft boiled eggs — and I’ve never even eaten one before! You might have just turned me on to something new… :)

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    • Beth
      May 21, 2012 at 3:10 pm (2 years ago)

      They are addictive.. you’ve been warned! :) Seriously though.. its like the perfect amount of runny yolk and such a quick source of deliciousness!

      Reply
  6. Heather
    May 21, 2012 at 3:42 pm (2 years ago)

    Yum, I love roasted chicken! You should try Bethenny Frankel’s boyfriend roasted chicken recipe. So good and so easy!

    This week I’m most looking forward to the steak marsala I’m going to make Friday night.

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  7. Hilary
    May 21, 2012 at 3:59 pm (2 years ago)

    I did the run 10/walk 1 method when marathon training. I loved it while training for the most part, but during the actual race, toward the end, when I was just worn out in every way, shape and form, I found it to be more exhausting to make myself run after the 10 minutes. I made a bunch of homemade lentil/quinoa burgers today, so I’m looking forward to them later on this week.

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  8. Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning
    May 22, 2012 at 9:44 am (2 years ago)

    Whoa- how have I never made soft boiled eggs? I make hard-boiled ones all the time… I wonder if you soft boil them and put the in the fridge (like to save for the next day’s lunch) if the yolk would just firm up… hmm. I may have to experiment.
    Cooking a whole chicken intimidates me too- and I don’t know why. It’s not like roasting a turkey (which isn’t THAT hard either, actually…)

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  9. Carrie @ Season It Already!
    May 22, 2012 at 11:24 am (2 years ago)

    I’ve never made soft-boiled eggs before, but those look incredibly yummy. I know what I’m going to try for breakfast tomorrow!

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  10. Cheryl
    May 28, 2012 at 11:05 pm (2 years ago)

    That looks delicious and packed with protein :)

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  11. Wellness Professor
    June 3, 2012 at 4:39 pm (2 years ago)

    I have never tasted a roasted chicken or soft-boiled eggs and they both look delicious in the pictures. I would love to try them soon especially with some fruits or vegetables.

    Reply
  12. Jill
    February 9, 2013 at 4:02 pm (1 year ago)

    Have you ever thought to microwave poach the eggs? Super easy and fast. 1/3 cup water and one tbsp white vinegar in a 6 oz custard cup, Crack egg in custard cup, I use a clear glass Pyrex one so I can watch what is going on. Pierce the yolk (so it does not explode) place in microwave for 1-1.5 minutes depending how soft you want the yolk – super easy!!

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