Sunday, February 19, 2012

Well, it's official.  Pinterest has now become an addiction.

It really is amazing how many food blogs exist!  It can be overwhelming to decide which ones to follow, but it is encouraging to know that so many people out there still love and cherish the art of cooking.  Pinterest is great because you can surf through a nice variety of the many ideas that foodies are sharing all over the world.

I recently found a recipe for quinoa cakes on this food blog.  They were simple to assemble and delicious as leftovers the next day!

You will need:
2 cups cooked quinoa
2/3 cup grated cheese (I used a mix of mozzarella and parmesan)
3 tablespoons whole wheat flour
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
2 ½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
salt to taste

Heat up the oil in a skillet.  Mix all ingredients together and let them sit for about 5 minutes.  Form small (or big, your preference) patties and brown off in the oil.  When you are finished, keep the patties warm in an oven set at 250 while you make the dips!

You will need:
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
1-2 garlic cloves, minced
1 lemon, zested and juiced
salt/pepper to taste

I also made an avocado based dip (replace the lemon with 1 mashed avocado).  Whisk these ingredients by hand or pulse in a food processor.

These made a wonderful dinner when paired with cheesy steamed broccoli!

Combine with a run in the snow.  Don't let the cold weather slow you down! When it comes to running in the cold, layers are key.  You should be chilly when you first start, that way when your body warms up you won't overheat.  Here are some other cold weather running tips:
-ear warmers work better than hats (they allow the heat to escape as you run)
-wear clothing you can strip and tie around your waist if necessary
-gloves usually get too hot...wrap your hands in a long sleeve shirt to begin instead
-moisture wicking fabric makes a big difference!
-take advantage of cold but sunny days!

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