I was SO grateful to be back in the kitchen tonight — even if I was dead tired and running on 3 hours of sleep! 


Red Lentil Casserole


This is actually my first experiment with red lentils.  Did you know that lentils are composed of 26% protein — the third highest level of protein from any plant-based food after soybeans and hemp?


This Red Lentil Casserole is packed with lentils and dark red kidney beans.  Curry and fresh parsley add a little something-something, too!


Ingredients (makes about 4 servings):


  • 1 and 1/2 cup dry red lentils
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup sweet onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup red pepper, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon EVOO
  • 1 and 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ginger
  • 2 tablespoons curry
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon kosher salt
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  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Boil red lentils with about 3 cups of water for 25 minutes and pour off excess.
  • Meanwhile, in a hot wok, cook onions, garlic, and red peppers until browned.
  • Mix together red lentils and onions, garlic, and red peppers with remaining ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Pour into a greased casserole dish and cook for 35 minutes.
  • Enjoy!
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I enjoyed mine with a small Cesar salad.  I bought this dressing today and LOVE it.  All of Anne’s dressings are delish, don’t you think?


And for dessert…. three little chocolates we received as a wedding gift!

Fun Running Facts!


So, I am SOOOO excited to get back to my running routine!  2009 is shaping up like a fun running season!  I’m doing the following races:


  • Seasons 52 Park 5.2K – January 24, 2009
  • Run Around the Universe 5k – January 31, 2009
  • Orlando X-treme 10k – February 7, 2009
  • Gasparilla 1/2 Marathon – March 1, 2009
  • WildMan Sprint Dualthon – March 14, 2009


In the spirit of a fun running season, here are some interesting Q&A’s from this month’s issue of Runner’s World.


  • Question:  I’ve been told that running while carrying a water bottle in one hand could cause injury. Is this true?
  • Answer:  Yes.  The extra weight will reduce movement and lead to muscular stiffness on the bottle-carrying side, while carrying movement on the opposition side to balance rotation.  The force required to control the extra twisting can put strait on you myofascial slings (the connective tissue system).  This could lead to muscle imbalances in the shoulder, lumbar spine, hips, pelvis, and legs.  To prevent this, wear a CamelBak or a hydration belt.  Or try carrying two smaller bottles.


  • 60% of runners have cried before, during, or after a race!


  • Caffeine  helps you set a new personal record:  Scientists in Minnesota gave runners a drink with or without caffeine (the equivalent of two cups of coffee) one hour before a VO2 max test.  Participants who took caffeine had a four percent increase in VO2 max and a three percent improvement in lactate threshold.  This performance can translate into a 10K time improvement of 30 seconds.


  • Question:  Do I need to do a cool-down when it’s cold outside?
  • Answer:  Yes. A 5 – 10 minute cool-down gradually brings down your body back to a resting state, no matter what the temperature outside is.  For a cool-down, slow your running pace for five minutes, add walk breaks, and then walk for five minutes at the end.





  • Sarah W. January 15, 2009, 6:53 pm

    Thanks for the running tips! I'm new to running and am training for a 10miler on April 5!

    I guess I need to invest in a CamelBak 🙂

    Glad you had a great wedding & honeymoon!!! It feels weird doesn't it? Nice, but super weird!

  • VeggieGirl January 15, 2009, 6:58 pm

    Hell yes for protein!! 😀

    Great facts!!

  • ttfn300 January 15, 2009, 7:00 pm

    good tips! when i did my bsi:lentils i found out that red lentils actually have less protein than the other types… but i’m not sure why? lovely casserole 🙂 and a reminder to use my red kidney beans that i’ve had forever!

  • Meg January 15, 2009, 7:00 pm

    Your casserole looks delicious! I definitely need to try lentils!

  • Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) January 15, 2009, 7:03 pm

    Lovely dinner. Love red lentils…love anything by Annie, especially her Goddess dressing.

    Look at all your fun upcoming races. A half and duathlon. Good for you. So exciting Caitlin.

  • Victoria January 15, 2009, 7:03 pm

    Interesting running facts, especially the water bottle one.

  • Erica January 15, 2009, 7:11 pm

    oh my gosh- I am totally making this. It sounds so good!

  • just me January 15, 2009, 7:13 pm

    wow, that casserole looks phenomenal! make it for me when i eventually come visit?! hehe

    glad you’re back! and i love the info about the races and crying! hahhaa…i def have. 😉

  • sara January 15, 2009, 7:43 pm

    my boyfriend got me a Nathan belt which has one large 22oz bottle (as a replacement for my Fuel Belt which has four 8oz bottles) and when i pulled the bottle out to drink from it i realized there was NO way i could deal with a hand-held … it’s way too heavy!

    oh and i am definitely in that 60% that has cried during races. 🙂

  • Justine January 15, 2009, 7:46 pm

    That running fact about the water bottles is interesting. I never carry one just cuz I think it’d be annoying to me. I may need to invest in a Camelback or something soon since my runs are starting to get longer thanks to half-marathon training! So far I’ve gone 8 miles without water, but I may need to start rehydrating on my longer runs!

  • inmytummy January 15, 2009, 8:24 pm

    Oh no! I always carry a water bottle in one hand. I have a hydration belt and hate it because it’s all bouncy.

  • Claire January 15, 2009, 8:31 pm

    I love the way that lentil recipes looks. Have only used them once but would love to try…I’ll have to bookmark this! BTW, welcome back!

  • Nicole (anotheronebitesthecrust.wordpress.com) January 15, 2009, 8:36 pm

    Wow, I didn’t know that about lentils! I need to eat them more, fore sure.

  • Bridget January 15, 2009, 9:17 pm

    Welcome back!!

  • Mica January 15, 2009, 9:31 pm

    Welcome back! Those chocolates look yummy. Props to whoever gifted those!

    I *love* red lentils. My friend and I were just talking about how they’re the best legume at dinner!

  • eatingbender January 15, 2009, 9:38 pm

    Yay, you’re back! I can’t wait for the wedding recap from you :o) That casserole looks great.

  • magpie January 15, 2009, 9:38 pm

    Welcome back!! I love that perfect oatmeal in your last post – such a lifesaver.

  • Marissa January 15, 2009, 9:50 pm

    Yummy dinner! Thanks for posting running tips!

  • Katie January 15, 2009, 10:02 pm

    Yummy casserole! Glad you’re back 🙂

  • HangryPants January 15, 2009, 10:59 pm

    Love lentils! I’ve never had any Annie’s dressings.

  • Sarah (lovINmytummy) January 15, 2009, 11:27 pm

    Great running info, especially since I carried a handheld bottle during my half. I didn’t cry any time during the race, but I did after my 11 mile training run. Not sure why…

    I need to eat more lentils!!! They are definitely a superfood.
    Have a great Friday!

  • imadedinner January 16, 2009, 6:10 am

    oooh that casserole looks fantastic!! i’m adding the ingredients to my shopping list for next week!

  • Caitlin (see bride run) January 16, 2009, 6:21 am

    justine – camelbaks are great. if you get the ladies’ fit, you hardly realize its on your back!

  • RhodeyGirl/Sabrina January 16, 2009, 6:38 am

    welcome back!

  • Beadie January 16, 2009, 6:39 am

    Thanks for the recipe and the running facts!

  • Allie January 16, 2009, 7:15 am

    Welcome back and thanks for the recipe! I love Runners World, I suscribe to it and just love it!

  • Hilary January 16, 2009, 7:57 am

    That casserole looks so delicious! I’ve only ever cooked with the regular lentils..not the red ones. Will definitely be trying those soon!

  • Natalie Rae January 16, 2009, 1:48 pm

    The recipe looks yummy- definitely adding it to my “try” list.

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