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Week’s Workout + Vegetarian “Sloppy Joes”

August 12, 2013

Another weekend, come and gone.  We had a busy one—dinner with friends, a church party potluck, a Little Gym block party, a playdate—lots going on over here!  Luckily I was able to fit in a run on Saturday morning…but DAMN was it hot.  I had to stop and walk for quite a bit of it.  I need to accept the fact that it’s still summer in the south (for now), and work on getting out the door earlier if possible, especially for my longer runs.  I had hoped to get in 7 miles, but I settled with almost 6.  Here’s what the rest of my workouts looked like this week:

Sunday, August 4th through Saturday, August 10th

Sunday: walked

Monday: strength training (gym)

Tuesday: yoga (hot power flow)

Wednesday: ran 3.3 miles

Thursday: rest

Friday: ran 3.1 miles + light strength

Saturay: ran 5.8 miles

Total running mileage: 12.2 miles

Strength training: Smile

Yoga: Smile 

I didn’t get in as much mileage this week, but I did do strength training AND yoga.  Not bad!

We had dinner out on Friday and Saturday nights, so it felt good to get in a home-cooked meal tonight.  This vegetarian version of sloppy joe filling came together really easily, and was really delicious—and definitely healthier than your typical meat-filled joe!

Vegetarian Sloppy Joes

1 cup dried lentils

4 cups water

1 tsp. salt

1 tbsp. olive oil

1 onion, chopped

1 green bell pepper, chopped

3 garlic cloves, chopped

1 14.5 oz. can tomato sauce

2 tbsp. tomato paste

1 tbsp. ground chili powder

2 tbsp. maple syrup

2 tbsp. ketchup

2 tbsp. mustard

garlic salt to taste

In a large pot, combine lentils, water, and salt.  Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and simmer for about 20 minutes, until most of the water is absorbed and the lentils are soft but not mushy.  Drain and set aside.

In a pan, heat olive oil.  Add onion, bell pepper, and garlic cloves.  Cook over medium heat until beginning to turn golden, about fifteen minutes. Add remaining ingredients and stir well.  Add drained lentils.  Cook over low heat for 15-20 minutes. 

Serve warm on hamburger buns:

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Mmmmm…simple comfort food!   You can play with the flavors, depending on your preferences—ie, adding more maple syrup to make it slightly sweeter, or a little cayenne pepper to give it a kick. 

Well, hope you had a great weekend…the week ahead looks busy for us!  G’night!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. itzyskitchen permalink
    August 12, 2013 2:42 am

    It has been hot. I did 7 today and almost fell over. This is one of my favorite meals! But i cheat and do it with canned beans. I call them sloppy janes

  2. August 12, 2013 12:51 pm

    Those sloppy joes look fantastic. I’ve not made them with lentils. Great idea.

  3. August 13, 2013 3:02 am

    5.8 miles on a hot day is SUPER impressive. I hope I can start running soon. I don’t run far but I sure do love getting out and hitting the pavement on occasion. And these sloppy joes look delicious! I’ve made a similar recipe with lentils and it was so good. Thank you for sharing!

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