Sunday, March 30, 2014

Weekend Highlights + Edamame Hummus

It was a pretty low-key weekend around here.  A few fun activities along with plenty of chores and errands. 
The 10k I signed up for is only a week away, so I was sure to get in one last long run this weekend.  I was scheduled to run 5.5 miles, but the weather was so amazingly beautiful yesterday that I went ahead and did a full six.  It's the farthest I've run in a while, and it actually felt really good.  
Although I haven't stuck to my 10k training plan perfectly over the last 8 weeks, I've made an effort to get in at least one longer run each week and to continually increase my mileage.  I definitely feel like I will be well-prepared for the run next weekend, even if I'm not the speediest one out there.

Last night, Jay and I attended a BBQ at my friend Zenie's house in honor of some other friends who were visiting from out of town.  Kari and Nick moved away to Chicago last summer, so it was great to catch up with them!

I brought along some hummus that I made using edamame beans instead of garbanzos.  I eat sooo much regular hummus, I thought it'd be nice to mix things up a bit.  It turned out great and was a big hit at the party.  Everyone was intrigued by the fun green color, St. Patrick's day this will definitely be on my menu!
Here is the recipe:

Edamame Hummus
1.5 cups shelled and cooked edamame
2 cloves garlic
1/3 cup tahini
Juice of one lemon (about 1/4 cup)
3 tablespoons olive oil
1-2 tablespoons water (as needed)
Salt and pepper to taste

Combine edamame, tahini, lemon juice, and garlic in food processor. Process until smooth. Drizzle olive oil through feed tube and continue to process.  If the hummus is still really think, add in a couple tablespoons of water until you reach desired consistency.  Season with salt and pepper and serve.

There was an amazing spread of food at the party, including eggplant paninis with pesto mayo and homemade bread, several healthy pasta salads, and a brisket that the guys stayed up ALL NIGHT smoking.  They even had their own homemade Sriracha Dr. Pepper BBQ sauce.  It was quite impressive!
Today has consisted of cleaning and laundry, plus a lot of time working outside and in the garden.  Jay built us a little mini greenhouse so that we can start growing veggies early, and he also worked on an irrigation system for all the flower beds in the back yard.  More on this to come!
I planted a couple flowers myself, but am trying to hold off on doing too much until I know the warmer weather is here to stay.
I'm getting so excited for spring!

We finished off our night with some Indian chana masala made with extra yams and chopped peanuts on top.  This meal is always a good one!  
I'm off to watch "House of Cards."  We are almost done with season's so addicting!

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