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Evening!  My legs feel pretty good after our 10.0 mile trail run!  Just to be safe, I iced down my knees and feet per my usual


Icing helps SO much for soreness… I would love to do an ice bath, but that would involve 1) scrubbing my bath tub and 2) sitting in a bunch of ice, which sounds miserable.


Icing down with cubes in Ziploc bags might not be AS effective, but it’s so much more comfortable!


While I iced, I had Pita chips and salsa (counts as a vegetable!):


And dinner was easy-easy.  I didn’t feel up for cooking so I dragged two stuffed pastas from the fridge.


A lot of people ask how I cook for the Husband, especially because he’s a vegetarian.  I do most of the cooking in our house, and he’s a fun person to cook for because he’s down to eat pretty much whatever.  He eats tofu, beans, fake meat, veggies… everything I eat.


I usually make him whatever I make myself, but just a LOT bigger portion.  That man puts down a tons of food!  He eats like a growing 16 year old boy.


Each pasta box has “about” 2 servings, but the servings are clearly sized to be a side dish.  I made both so the Husband and I would both have enough to eat. 


I had about 1.75 servings of pasta with steamed asparagus on top.


I liked this brand’s stuffed butternut squash, but this flavor was very, very disappointing.  Don’t buy it!  Bletch.  I still ate it because I was hangry from all that trail running.  🙂


I had a spinach salad with sprouts, cucumber, and tomatoes on the side.


I also drank 1/2 a beer while cooking.  I fully intended to drink it all, but I just wasn’t feeling it. :)  I switched to herbal tea.


Now I’m watching awesome television programs like Sixteen and Pregnant and Too Young to Kill:  Teenager Murders.  Oh, Saturday nights.


Do you cook for your significant other, family, or roommate?  Do they eat whatever you prepare or do you navigate picky eaters?  I bet I end up having the PICKIEST kids – isn’t that how it always works?!



  • Evan Thomas February 20, 2010, 9:44 pm

    I love it when a blogger says not to get something. You know it’s the truth that way, thanks for the honest review!
    The idea of making something for my roommate–LOL We’re hardly awake at the same hours/ever talk to each other. I have cooked for my parents before, a lot over winter vaca, and I got them to love foods I never thought we’d all like, like my gluten and soy free vegan meatloaf. My grandmother even tried tempeh and liked it, that was really random.

  • Tonyne @ The Unlikely Success Story February 20, 2010, 9:45 pm

    I cook mostly just for myself, I will make special meals for the husband that he likes (and can eat) occasionally but he unfortunately has an esophagus problem that seriously limits what he can eat. We mostly fend for ourselves though. (Plus, on top of the health issue, he’s REALLY picky)

    Thanks for the tip on the Ravs! I will stay away from that kind.

  • Karla February 20, 2010, 9:52 pm

    My fella will eat anything! He’s not a vegetarian, but I am. Luckily, it’s not really an issue for him. If he wants to eat meat, he can prepare it himself.

  • Matt February 20, 2010, 10:03 pm

    I just have to cook for myself. Makes things easy 🙂

  • Jolene ( February 20, 2010, 10:06 pm

    I cook for my husband most of the time (he cooks sometimes too) and he eats whatever I make! I try and switch it up a lot and try new recipes etc..

  • Lily @ Lily's Health Pad February 20, 2010, 10:12 pm

    My boyfriend is reluctant when I say things like, “How about I make wheatberry chili tonight?” But once its made, he usually eats it and likes it.

  • Meghan@traveleatlove February 20, 2010, 10:17 pm

    I am the cook in the family, and my husband’s culinary horizons have been massively opened since we got together 7 years ago! From meat and potatoes only Ireland to mostly vegetarian meals. He has tried EVERYTHING and been a total sport about it. He likes most things I make and is super grateful. I can’t get him to eat olives though. . . he’s missing out!

  • Carolyn February 20, 2010, 10:20 pm

    My husband would eat whatever I cook, but I’m a lazy cook. 🙁

  • Jen February 20, 2010, 10:22 pm

    I do 99% of the cooking in our home and my hubby happily eats most of the things I make. The only things he’s not keen on are stuff with beans – green beans, chickpeas, kidney beans, etc. Aside from those things, he realizes he’s lucky to eat healthy, home cooked meals most nights.

  • Katie @ Health for the Whole Self February 20, 2010, 10:28 pm

    I do most of the cooking in our household, but I’m fortunate that my husband is not a picky eater at all. He’ll eat almost anything, except raisins. For some reason he is 100% against raisins. (Of all the things to hate, you know?)

    • Shelly February 20, 2010, 10:57 pm

      Haha I HATE raisins! (And celery, but that’s it. I like everything else.)

  • Kara (@ Kara's Marathon) February 20, 2010, 10:33 pm

    I do 99% of the cooking in our house. The husband isn’t vegetarian but he’ll eat most of what I make (he’s NOT a fan of veggie burgers, though!), and doesn’t miss meat at all when I make my homemade mac and cheese!

    I was a picky eater growing up, but I’ve learned to embrace many of the things — onions, hummus, raw tomatoes, yams, zucchini, pomegranates — I didn’t like as a kid. I’m way more willing to try new things now than I was before! 🙂

  • Sarah February 20, 2010, 10:36 pm

    I think it is my responsibility (and privilege!) to make meals for my husband. He is not “picky” but he is King of Variety. Which means I can’t get away with the same meal more than about once a month. This is good because variety is more nutritious right?!

    Also, how do you STOP drinking a beer??? Maybe I’m still to ingrained from college but I feel super guilty to throw away half a drink, especially when it’s alcoholic and costs at bit more.

    • Caitlin February 20, 2010, 10:53 pm

      haha i did feel bad for leaving a solider down but my tummy just felt off!

  • Lindsay Perrone (goodiesgalore) February 20, 2010, 10:36 pm

    hahahah, i never heard you talk negative about a food and loved that you said blech. maybe its the wine talking but it made me crack up.

  • Heather February 20, 2010, 10:44 pm

    I can’t handle ice baths either. I have flashbacks to High school and my basketball coach making me stick my leg in a trashan full of ice and water when I tore ligament sin my ankle. I would just sit there and cry when my leg went numb…getting cold just thinking about it!

  • Abby February 20, 2010, 10:50 pm

    I don’t think kids will be picky eaters if you introduce them to the food you eat and don’t give them options. I think their picky tendencies are learned from having options. For the most part, kids eat what their parents eat.

  • Jocelyn February 20, 2010, 10:53 pm

    when my boyfriend is in town..he does ALL the cooking 😉 He cooks healthy stuff too. I guess I am a very lucky lady. But I also enjoy cooking for him too…definitly a source of pleasure!

  • Lindsay February 20, 2010, 10:55 pm

    I rarely if ever cook… I live at home with my parents and they work alot… so whatever my mom makes on the weekends is usually what I eat as leftovers during the week after school!! But I am a much more adventurous eater now then I was when I was a kid!!

  • Shelly February 20, 2010, 11:03 pm

    I cook 90% of the dinners in our house. My fiance and I fend for ourselves in terms of breakfast and lunch, but I just enjoy cooking so that’s why I cook. When I ask my fiance to make dinner- he definitely does a good job though.
    He’s pretty easy to cook for because he likes healthy food, but he and I tend to have slightly different nutritional requirements because I run a lot and he lifts a lot of weights. I used to get offended when he brought a protein shake to dinner! Sometimes he will also not eat the pasta portion of a meal I make, so I’ve just learned to not give him very much on his dinner plate. (He eats oatmeal for breakfast and a sandwhich for lunch, so I’m not worried that he’s not getting enough carbohydrates). Similarly, I tend to leave half a chicken breast behind at dinner and he would never do that (but again, I devour greek yogurt and beans during the day so I’m not protein deficient.)
    Overall though, I think our eating habits compliment each other’s pretty well!

  • Alison @ finnyfinds February 20, 2010, 11:09 pm

    My hubby LOVES asparagus! Pasta with sauce, asparagus, and parmesan is a guaranteed win in our household. It’s hard to convince him that other greens are good too 🙂

  • Wendy February 20, 2010, 11:21 pm

    Considering my roommates are ages 3 and 4, yes, I have cooked for them on many occasions…and they are very MOODY eaters! lol

    I agree with 100% on icing! It helps sooooo much with soreness. I usually ice my shins after long runs, and lately I’ve been thinking about doing a mini ice bath with a 5-gallon bucket. I’ve sat in a bathtub full of ice water before, and it’s NOT fun, so I thought a bucket might be a good alternative!

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople February 20, 2010, 11:31 pm

    I am so not the cook. I wish I knew how to cook. I just don’t! I am slowly starting to learn how to cook some things. My husband is the cook and very rarely eats meat, because I don’t eat it at all. He’ll basically eat absolutely anything, whereas I am the absolute picky one. Not just with taste either, the texture has to be right too!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) February 20, 2010, 11:36 pm

    i pretty much do all the cooking…my husband’s the same as yours, he’ll eat whatever i eat but a whole lot more! those boys are crazy with their huge portions 🙂

  • Stephanie February 20, 2010, 11:41 pm

    Oh yes, I definitely do all the cooking in our house. Mostly bc I love being in the kitchen but also bc I like being the one to plan the meals too. My boyfriend isn’t too picky so I feel pretty lucky!

  • Leah @ L4L February 20, 2010, 11:42 pm

    I cook for my fiance. Luckily, he’ll eat anything, anytime. It’s great.

  • Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle February 20, 2010, 11:51 pm

    I live an hour from the boy so on weekends, I cook for both of us and try to do things we both like. I’m getting him to try new things and today, he made banana oatmeal while I was off on a long run. Very surprised but glad some healthy eating haibts are rubbing off.

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write February 21, 2010, 12:28 am

    I cook almost every day for every meal. Most of the meals hubby eats, I made. We eat the same. He just eats way more, like your hubby!

  • Stephanie February 21, 2010, 12:41 am

    I cook for myself and my husband. I used to give us the exact same portions, but I realized that I don’t have the same caloric needs as him and the past few months I scaled down (though there is no difference in weight).
    My husband will NOT eat anything with mayonnaise or sour cream. This used to also include cream sauces, but he has come around and will occasionally eat vegannaise. But one of the things i miss is my mom’s potato salad, which I can’t have anymore 🙁 Other than that, he’ll eat anything I make.. though he adds Sriracha to EVERYTHING!

  • MareBare February 21, 2010, 12:52 am

    my boyfriend is suuccchhhh a picky eater. he only eats a total of 5 different vegetables and one fruit lol. I, on the other hand love veggies and fruit so I usually try to sneak them into his food. he just tells me “i’ll have whatever your having” but he usually gets more than he bargains for and if he finds a rogue veggie he doesn’t like he isn’t too thrilled. haha. but whatever i have to do to make him healthy is totally worth it.

    • Caitlin February 21, 2010, 8:26 am

      hahah a rogue vegetable.

  • Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama February 21, 2010, 1:20 am

    I cook for me and Baby J (my 16 month old), but not usually for my husband. I have a hard time cooking meat – I am vegetarian and almost vegan – I hate handling it, the smell.. everything about it! I think at times he gets irritated that I don’t cook for him more but I just shrug it off. He knows that I can’t stand meat and there’s not much I can do about that. =)
    My husband is a certified chef, too, so he can definitely cook. He does make some amazing meals!

  • Kate February 21, 2010, 2:28 am

    I cook breakfast and dinner for myself and my husband, unless I’m working late and then he is one his own. (He has a ton of frozen foods from Costco to pick from for meals if I’m not cooking.) We both eat meat BUT my husband refuses to eat anything that looks like meat. That means no steaks or large chunks of meat or anything with bones. I joke that we should should be vegetarians because it will be easier, but my husband likes his burgers, hot dogs, and sausage pizzas too much. I know, I know, really hypocritical, but at least when I cook I can reduce the amount of meat or sneak a vegetarian dish in there once a week.

    Since meeting, dating, and marrying my husband he has gotten better with what I choose to make. Two weeks ago I cooked spaghetti squash for the first time and used it as noodles with a marinara sauce over it and he ate it all. I’m convinced cooking for my husband will be great training for healthy eaters when we have kids!

  • Freya @ February 21, 2010, 3:12 am

    lOVING the stuffed pasta, my favourite quick meal!
    I only cook for myself – my roomates either don’t eat meals, or eat at very odd times! And my family and I have the complete opposite tastes :s
    I like doing my own meals cos then I can have EXACTLY what I want, every single day 🙂
    How long do you ice your knees for by the way?I’m thinking about starting it (for preservation of my joints :p if it would help?) but I’m not sure for how long..I know it would be unpleasant (!!) so I’d need a time limit lol!

    • Caitlin February 21, 2010, 8:26 am

      i would honestly recommend all runners ice their knees to prevent swelling… i do it for 15 minutes. its really not that bad!

  • Jessie February 21, 2010, 6:21 am

    Haha, it’s definitely the other way around in this household – I love to cook and do so whenever I can, but since I’m so busy with school and work, my husband tends to do most of the cooking. He’s so good at it that I”m spoiled.

    Congrats on the 10 mile run!

  • Megan February 21, 2010, 6:41 am

    Whatever I cook, my husband eats!

  • Therese February 21, 2010, 7:12 am

    I’m pretty luck in that my boyfriend will eat whatever I cook and usually he loves it. He’s not a vegetarian (I am) but he’s 100% veggie friendly and even when HE cooks (which is surprisingly often) he always makes it veggie friendly. I think now that we’re living together he only eats meat when he’s at work and fending for himself. He’s a human garbage disposal, he’ll literally eat anything…

  • Jessica February 21, 2010, 8:10 am

    10 miles! AMAZING!!!

  • Becky @ flybynyght February 21, 2010, 8:16 am

    My husband isn’t quite the adventuresome eater as I am, but he’ll try anything and give it an honest opinion. He’d like if I never bought an eggplant again, but other than that, we eat most of the same food. We share cooking duties – he loves to cook too! If there’s something that I don’t think he’d be impressed with, I’ll make it when I’m on my own for dinner. This works well for us…now where’s that eggplant? 🙂

  • Andrea ( February 21, 2010, 8:22 am

    I used to make dinner for my family every night when I lived at home, and now that I’m on my own with my boyfriend I could for the two of us. I love it and I’ve always been lucky that my loved ones will eat anything. It makes it so much easier that I can try all sorts of new recipes and really just make something I’m craving knowing that it will get eaten no matter what!
    Have a wonderful Sunday!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) February 21, 2010, 8:49 am

    JUST watched your knee pain video post, and I wanted to say thanks for posting those exercises! Lately I’ve been experiencing some minor knee pains in my left knee (same leg that I’ve been experiencing foot pain…go figure!) so I plan on using those in my strength training routine.

    Quick question about the knee sleeves too. Do you find that this helps with the knee pain or is it for a very specific knee problem (promoting stabalization?)

    Last, but not least, ice baths really aren’t as horrid as they sound! :mrgreen: I sit in the tub before adding the water and ice, and then I add it slowly. I also drink hot tea and bring a magazine to get my mind off of it. 😉 And my legs feel sooo refreshed afterwards!

    • Caitlin February 21, 2010, 8:53 am

      the sleeves work by preventing your patella from tracking laterally or superiorly. (i.e. from moving sideways or up and down) this is the cause of most knee pain and will probably help you if you have an issue – its worth a shot.

      glad you liked the video!

  • Nicole February 21, 2010, 9:05 am

    We both cook, but he cooks with a lot of meat and I don’t. Usually he’ll make one meat related meal on the weekend and I’ll cook more healthy, veggie based meals during the week. I think it’s a good balance since he would never give up meat, and a lot of the foods I make, he could easily add meat to if he wanted to.
    Great job on the trail run!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers February 21, 2010, 9:08 am

    The butternut squash version sounds good! The husband eats whatever I cook, but not because he likes the same things- he knows if he doesn’t eat it he’d have to cook himself and he does NOT cook! So if he doesn’t want a pimento cheese sandwich, he eats what I put in front of him. (I try to make stuff he likes though- gotta keep the boy happy haha)

  • Jessica @ WHY DONTCHA RUN February 21, 2010, 9:19 am

    My hubby is quite the picky eater. He insists that he’s not… but I insist that he is. 😉 He’s a good man, so I’ll deal with it. tehe

  • Ashley February 21, 2010, 9:19 am

    My fiance is pretty picky, but I’ve gotten through to him a few times. The self proclaimed veggie hater when we started dating has come to love sweet potatoes, asparagus, and mushrooms (doesn’t sound like much but its a huge deal that he even likes those!). Lucky for me, his stomach can’t handle red meat either so I usually make chicken or fish for both of us or tofu for me/chicken for him.

  • Amie February 21, 2010, 9:26 am

    Icing sounds awful!
    I cook for my husband, daughter, and right now, my husband’s friend and his two children that are staying with us for awhile. I usually just cook what I normailly would for the family, which is vegetarian 99%of the time (sometimes I will make meat for the DH). Our guests are picky eaters who don’t like many veggies, but I don’t make anything separate for them bc I am trying to force the kids to grow to like veggies (they are 9 and 7). 🙂

  • Kelly @ Healthy Passion February 21, 2010, 9:33 am

    I LOVE to ice down. If I could install a professional ice bath in my house I totally would! It is one of those things that hurts SO good. I am a HUGE believer in ice…it is the cure all!!

  • Island Girl Eats February 21, 2010, 10:35 am

    I tried the regular butternut squash ravioli and loved it! I wish we could get it where we live. Bummer!

    There is no way that I could do an ice bath! I know they say that you are supposed to after a long run. I swear by a hot bath. That always helps ease my muscles. And it is more enjoyable!

  • Alison February 21, 2010, 11:38 am

    I do all of the cooking. My husband often packs his own lunch, but as far as dinner goes, I do it. I prefer to eat vegetarian and will eat just about anything; my husband likes meat, but isn’t a “steak and potatoes” kind of guy. He’s somewhere in the middle, but doesn’t like onions, squash, peppers, tomatoes, brussels or cauliflower, which makes things kind of challenging. We’ve been married 13.5 years so I’ve figured out how to adapt recipes to suit both of our tastes. Our daughter is picky, but LOVES veggies and fruit. She’d probably eat meatless spaghetti and broccoli every night and never complain.

  • Kathleen February 21, 2010, 1:37 pm

    Speaking of vegggie dishes, I used this method to cook tofu last night.

    I then took cashews and dry fried them in a stainless steel pan and put then to the side. I then took an orange and peeled it, cutting the peel into thin strips. I also chopped an onion and a yellow peppers. I put a small amount of canola oil in a large pan and added chopped garlic and the orange peel slices. I then browned the tofu. Once it was browned, I added the rest of the marinade (squeezed a little fresh oj into it), the onions, and peppers. I tossed it with the cashews and served with brown rice and steamed broccoli. It was awesome!!!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) February 21, 2010, 7:20 pm

    I do all the cooking and made it clear that this isn’t a restaurant before we got married. He eats what I cook every day. I do listen if he really doesn’t like something but he tries everything.

  • Amanda @ Cakes and Ale February 21, 2010, 9:23 pm

    I do most of the cooking in our house. My husband likes to eat meat MUCH more than I do. I usually will make vegetarian dishes, but I try to be creative about them so that they still tasty hearty and substantial so he’s satisfied too!

    • Amanda @ Cakes and Ale February 21, 2010, 9:27 pm

      Oh – and on that note, I actually don’t think I could have married a picky eater. Being an adventurous eater is such a turn on! I find people who only eat very specific things – and aren’t open to trying new ones – kind of dull!

  • Joey February 22, 2010, 12:45 pm

    I cook for husband… He is all talk when it comes to eating healthy. If I cook healthy meals, he wants processed, yucky food instead! But he’s generally really good about eating whatever we cook & I try to keep him happy by adding a meat to his plate even if I’m not having it that day.

  • Janna (Just Flourishing) February 22, 2010, 4:12 pm

    I cook for my boyfriend and we are total opposite eaters. Pasta is usually a safe bet for him, but I think he wishes I ate meat so I would make it more often. I make it once in a blue moon. ha. I wish he liked “healthier” things.

    Also, every time I see sprouts on your blog it makes me want them. i always forget how much I like them. and I always forget to buy them at the grocery store. today I actually made it a point to go and buy some, and just my luck, they were all out! booooo! hopefully they’ll get more soon!

  • Liz N February 22, 2010, 5:16 pm

    Oh man. My husband is the pickiest eater. I’m a 60 percent vegan, 20 percent vegetarian (basically I eat some cheese and meat once in a while) and my husband literally eats nothing but meat, cheese and bread. So I make two separate meals. However, to save time I normally cook an entire packet of chicken in the begging of the week, and then just use it for different recipes for him. This way he won’t live off frozen pizza. haha. althought I bet he’d love to.

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