Wishful Shopping…

Now that it is colder outside, it’s getting harder and harder for me to want to run. With Thunder Road coming up in 5 weeks and no more excuses or failures allowed-I’m looking for ways to make the colder weather more appealing. Enter Shopping.

I could really go for some warmer work-out clothes right about now. I have a new-found love for running, which means that me and running haven’t actually spent a winter together.

What are all you experienced runners out there wearing these days? What about when it gets even colder??

Lunch yesterday was brown scallion rice with cucumbers, bean sprouts, red onion and chicken. I love YuYu’s and Steph had a buy one, get one free coupon. How could we resist? (Old pic-but I always get the same thing!)

Dinner was a dish I have been excited to try out all week. I saw this on Martha Stewart’s website and it looked so good and it was clearly healthy.

Enter the Greek-Style Quinoa Burger.

(I added in some Edamae Beans as a substitute for fries!)


  • 1/2 cup rinsed quinoa
  • 1 medium carrot, cut in large chunks
  • 6 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 15 ounces great northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup plain dried breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • Coarse salt
  • Ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 4 pitas (each 6 inches)
  • 1/2 English cucumber, thinly sliced diagonally
  • Directions:

    In a small saucepan, bring 3/4 cup water to a boil; add quiona, cover, and reduce heat to low. Cook until liquid is absorbed, 12 to 14 minutes; set aside.

    In a food processor, pulse carrot until finely chopped. Add cooked quinoa, half the scallions, beans, breadcrumbs, egg, cumin, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; pulse until combined but still slightly chunky.

    Form mixture into four 3/4-inch-thick paties (dip hands in water to prevent sticking). If too soft, refrigerate 10 minutes to firm. In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium; cook burgers until browned and cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes per side.

    Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine yogurt, lemon juice, and the remaining scallions; season with salt and pepper. Serve burgers in pita topped with cucumber and yogurt sauce.


    2 responses to this post.

    1. So glad you finally found quinoa. Yum!!! It’s so good prepared so many ways. I want to try breakfast quinoa soon. Your burgers look awesome.

      As far as cold weather running…just remember that you will feel so much warmer after you tough it out for a few minutes. Just try to keep your head and hands covered. Helps so much! And definitely invest in the Drifit cold weather clothes so that the sweat isn’t sitting on your skin making you colder.

      Have a fabulous weekend!!!


    2. Yes-Quinoa is great! So…Drift cold weather clothes huh?? Thanks for the tip! 🙂


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