A Running Last Nights Dinner 05.03.11

(well more like yesterdays lunch and dinner)

This is probably going to be the easiest recipe I will ever post. It literally takes 5 mins. Maybe that is why I like it so much, well that and it is super tasty. I have been struggling with the desire to cook lately. I love cooking but by the end of the night now with Rowan and everything else that needs to get done, I don’t feel as motivated as I use to, to spend an hour cooking dinner.

How do you deal with making the time to cook a nice dinner as a mom?

Anyway, I have been eating bowls of this for lunch and easy dinners a lot lately. Especially after runs! It works out perfectly to fuel your body after a long hard run. I really think Kale is delicious and a super hero food. For some added protein I add some almonds or toasted pine nuts.

Instant Brown Rice
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Red Pepper Flakes
Soy Sauce
Almond slices/ Pine nuts

1. Wash, stem and chop kale into medium sized pieces (some grocery stores sell kale in big bags already chopped)
2. In a large pan add a good swirl of olive oil. Add Kale. Sauté for about 3 mins.
3. On a separate burner, start brown rice. Follow directions on the box.
4. Add a clove of minced garlic and a little bit more oil. Sprinkle with Red pepper flakes (amount depending on how spicy you want it)
5. Mix around. Sauté for about a min.
6. Add a little soy sauce ( i just eye ball everything) You want it to have a good coating. Not drenched.
7. Add handful of Spinach
8. Add about 1/4 cup of water and cover pot with lid to steam kale a little bit.
9. You only need to do this about 2 mins or so. Take lid off let some water evaporate. You can add a little more soy sauce if you want.
10. Scoop rice to serving dish and top with Kale & Spinach. Drizzle with some of the liquid in pan. Top with almonds.
11. Enjoy!

I am still training hard for my marathon I am down to my final long run this weekend. I have a 20 mile run this weekend and then I taper down till the marathon at the end of the month!!!

I just wanted to share this adorable video of Johanna from Whirly Bird. She signed up to be part of our LOVE 146 running team. She worked really hard and ran her race in Kentucky last weekend. THANK YOU SO MUCH JOHANNA for helping raise money for LOVE 146!!!

Read her full recap.
It’s not to late to make a difference. You can still donate to my run. Help me meet my goal of $1000. With your help we can stop child sex slavery and exploitation!!!

  1. Q: “How do you deal with making the time to cook a nice dinner as a mom?”
    A: I married a man who loved to cook! 🙂

  2. Yum, that looks delicious! Sometimes the best recipes are the simple ones. I could eat this every day.

    Thanks for sharing our little video. I’m so glad I hopped on board when I did. This whole experience has been a blast!

  3. mmm it looks delicious! i dont even know you personally but i am so proud of you, youre training so hard! a marathon is such a long run… i dont know how you do it!

    <3 steffy
    Steffys Pros and Cons

  4. Birta •

    Haha, I was going to say the same thing that Genny did, I married a man that loves to cook!

    I love kale, I love it in anything and everything. It truly is a superfood. It’s great in soups, it’s great with rice, it’s great sauteed, it’s great boiled. It’s just awesome, period. My husband uses it a lot in his cooking.

  5. yummmyyyyyyy. this meal looks great! i would love to come to your house and eat a vegetarian dish of yours! they always look so good 🙂


  6. Shannon •

    With three kids, I do a LOT of crock pot cooking, even if I can just do the main ingredient in the pot and assemble stuff later. And make your own pizzas, starting the dough earlier in the day (or making double and freezing it) for a quick dinner that everyone loves.

  7. I’ve had a lot of success with taking an hour or two on Sunday to make prepare one or two big meals to eat during the week. That can mean either making a big soup, lasagna, or prepping veggies for a stir fry or side dish. It helps to have a few nights a week that you don’t really have to think about it, plus I usually make enough to have leftovers at least once too.

    Count me in with the kale lovers too! I just made kale chips for the first time this weekend. When my husband saw them he was kinda grossed out but once he tasted them he was really surprised at how good they are!

  8. We are very busy between work and our 6 month old so it got to the point where I wasn’t eating dinner anymore and just started feeling icky. So, I started a new thing this past weekend. On Saturday morning the baby & I did a grocery store trip. When we got home she played and I started cooking for the week…I baked chicken, made a pasta salad, boiled eggs, baked cookies…etc. On Sunday I made her baby food for the week. It took some time but now we are set for the week. I hope to stick to this because it is really nice to eat 🙂

  9. I LOVE kale, too! I just made your sweet potato and kale burritos last night and they were amazing. I made a big batch of the filling and am going to make a bunch of extras for freezing. Thank you!

  10. I took the vegetarian turn a few months ago and I have been so happy about it! At first it was challenging because my husband still eats meat, but I have been finding ways to make recipes that you can just add or take away meet from and I’ll definitely be trying this one! As a newbie I am always happy that you share recipes so that I can widen my vegetarian knowledge.

    I made a chick pea hamburger this Sunday (it was delicious) and no joke, I had a thought for you and your blog eating it!

    Have a lovely day 🙂


  11. I’m with the weekend-cooking folk. I love to cook but my job keeps me tied up and/or drained during the week, so not much gets done then. Take-out in these parts consists solely of junk food (or admittedly, pricey sushi) so that’s not a route I’m willing to take either. So during the weekend when I get some time to myself I cook up new recipes, big batches of old favourites, and sometimes I am coordinated enough to shop for ingredients for a simple straightforward meal to do during the week. Usually I end up reaching for those weekend freezer batches, but they are pretty good so I don’t mind much.

    I usually overdo it on the soy sauce, kudos for being able to eyeball that. And muchos kudos on the marathon! Go you!

  12. yummy, i love hippie bowls! they’re especially good topped with a runny egg. yum.

  13. Yum! You always post the best looking recipes.

  14. Chelsea •

    This is exactly what I will be making for dinner tonight! I have everything in my fridge but needed some inspiration! Thanks!

  15. oooh, thanks for this awesome recipe! i’m really not good at following directions, so i love recipes cthat onsist of “toss a bit of this, add a little that…” plus, these are ingredients that we always have in our kitchen. (except maybe the kale, but i’ve been meaning to up my kale intake 🙂

  16. Chrissy •

    I cook for a crowd at my house and dinner can be a daunting task sometimes but like others have posted, I love making a meal one night that can be turned into somethign else during the week on a night where I dont have as much time. For example, my kiddos love homemade veggie chili so I’ll do that one night (which is super labor intensive) and then the next night I’ll do chili over turkey dogs or another fave is “Potato bar” where we make baked potatoes and have all sorts of fixings to go on them and use up the leftover chili. and I try to plan for the quickie dinner nights on the nights where i know Im gonna be super busy. your kale and rice dinner looks amazing 🙂

  17. At last! Someone who unedsratnds! Thanks for posting!

  18. Gloria K. •

    I found this recipe on Pinterest and had just purchased a large bag of kale and spinach so decided this would be something I would enjoy. I made the brown rice separately and sautéed the spinach and kale as directed with all of the ingredients. I also sautéed a couple handfuls of mixed mushrooms (shiitake, button and maitake) and added that to the pan with the kale and spinach. When the rice was done I dumped it all into the pan and mixed it all together then added the almonds. I absolutely loved this dish. I’ve made it three times in the past 12 days and making it again tonight. This is really a keeper. I am not a vegetarian but once or twice a week I try to go an entire day without eating meat, fish or poultry. This dish makes a perfect and filling vegetarian dinner.

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