On the Beach and In the Kitchen

Hello! I hope everyone is getting in the holiday spirit and spending time with family.

Last weekend, I had a wonderful opportunity to go to Florida with my family. It was a great trip, and the weather was perfect, 70’s with sunshine! We did lots of swimming, walking on the beach, bike riding, and driving golf carts. I was very thankful to run outside in shorts and a t-shirt. I can’t wait to go back soon!

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In addition to my travel, I have also been busy in the kitchen making some new dishes. I love cookbooks, but sometimes it’s nice to go online and print out a new recipe that sounds good or that you are specifically looking for. The website Budget Bytes has some great recipes with lots of variety, and they write out the prices for you which is really handy. I made this Beef Stew in the Instant Pot last week, and it was absolutely incredible. I left out the sugar and onions, and even so we will make this recipe again and again. I have honestly never had anything quite so good.

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I also made this Sheet Pan Greek Chicken and Vegetables (pictured on the right above), as well as the Spicy Coconut Vegetable Stir Fry (not-pictured). Both were very good.

Finally, I made this Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchilada Bake (pictured on the left below) and topped it with homemade guacamole. We loved the flavors in the dish, and I plan to make it again with chicken.

Have you ever seen a Florida avocado? Do you know the difference between a California avocado and a Florida avocado? California (Hass) avocados are the standard avocado you find and probably buy at the grocery store. Florida avocados are quite a bit larger and more watery/milder resulting in a slightly lower fat content. My co-worker gave me a Florida avocado, so I got to experience one for the first time. I was surprised at how much more food it produced and while I prefer the creamier/denser California avocado, it was a great alternative. I made the guacamole shown below with the Florida version.

Do you primarily use websites or cookbooks for recipes? As I said above, I like both. I love being able to hold a physical cookbook in my hands and browse through the recipes, but I also enjoy having the option of getting free recipes online especially when I am looking for something specific. I guess it’s a similar discussion as to whether you buy physical books or use a kindle.

I’ll be back next week with a training update. Everything is going well, and I’m enjoying building my running back up as well as adding in some swimming this winter.