Delicious Winter Eats

I may not love winter, but I do love winter foods. Sure, there’s nothing like the vibrant, colorful produce of summer or the pumpkins of fall, but the warm, hearty comfort foods of winter are a wonderful antidote to cold nights.

Add some good friends and a bottle of red wine and you’ve got a successful hibernation strategy.

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Dinner at Eataly’s Verdure restaurant

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Macarons from La Durée

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Cheese, prosciutto, prosecco…this is what comes up when you look up “heaven” in an Italian dictionary.

And then one night I created this in 15 minutes:

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Spinach, Tomatoes, and Chick Peas over Polenta

Serves 3

(The easiest dinner you’ll ever make)

  • 15-oz can chick peas, drained
  • 14-oz can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 T olive oil
  • Frozen spinach
  • Herbs of choice (basil and oregano are great)
  • Pre-cooked polenta (I got mine at Trader Joe’s)

Heat olive oil and garlic in a large saucepan, then add the diced tomatoes and frozen spinach. When spinach is no longer frozen, add herbs and chick peas and stir well. Cook for 5 more minutes. Slice polenta and place on plates, and spoon chick pea sauce on top.

As well as I’ve been eating lately, it’s equally important to note that I’ve been running again! After running almost 0 miles for the month of December and an MRI of my foot that showed nothing wrong, despite persistent foot pain, I’m now armed with new running shoes fitted by the pros at JackRabbit (Brooks Defyance!), and I’m back to the pavement.

Unfortunately, the pain isn’t gone. But it’s less, so I’m counting that as a win overall. I had planned to start increasing my weekly mileage slowly this week, but I’m going to continue to take it easy and probably stay in the 8-10 mile range for the week. It’s going to be f-r-e-e-z-i-n-g in NYC for the next few days, with highs in the mid-20s, so I might have to take to the dreadmill treadmill against my will.

In exciting news, I won TWO blog giveaways on Friday! I sometimes enter giveaways of blogs I follow, but never expecting to win. On Friday I won both a RunRunRun bag from Laura and a month of run coaching or a 3-month training plan from Mary, who’s just starting up her run coaching business. Hopefully my foot will cooperate so I can take full advantage of this incredible opportunity!

Lastly, these are some good reads from the past week, that I found very relevant to running, New Year’s resolutions (sub-2:00 half marathon, I haven’t forgotten about you) and life in general:

Nurture Your Intentions (Athleta)

A Runner’s Rules (Huffington Post)

Tina Fey’s #1 Rule for Success (Huffington Post)

And stay tuned for another Running Away post coming soon – this time about a city in Italy!

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