To-Go Dinner

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Major accomplishment of the day:  I convinced 14 elementary school girls to meditate quietly for 10 minutes.  Namaste, girls!


Today’s Girls on the Run lesson was about ‘taking time for yourself’ and finding ways to de-stress.  After talking a bit about why kids and adults need to de-stress and their favorite ways to relax (which included gems like “pet my mice,” “lock myself in my room so my little brother can’t bother me,” and “eat chocolate in bed”), we practiced relaxing in two ways:  running and meditating.  After all, sometimes you need activity to de-stress, and sometimes you need to be left alone.  The girls ran the track for 20 minutes, and then we headed inside to lay on the cool gym floor and meditate.  I spoke through a few relaxation techniques included in the GOTR curriculum and then used some that I picked up in Bradley Method classes (of all places!).  I think we only had one massive giggle session – and a few girls nearly fell asleep.  It was very relaxing, indeed.


I couldn’t help but think that I’m going to be SO SAD when this season is over.  This is my fourth season volunteering with GOTR and will be my last for a long time because of BabyHTP.  I’m hoping to stay involved with the organization, but I’m going to miss actually coaching so, so much.  I tear up just thinking about it!


After GOTR, I came home, caught up on work, drank a raspberry protein smoothie, and Nicole and I James on a long walk.  We did 2.5 miles or so.


For dinner, I had my new go-to lunch – homemade fried rice.


This meal is SUPER easy and so tasty.  To make it, I scramble two eggs.  Once they’re done, I set them aside.  Then, I chop up whatever veggies I have in the fridge (usually celery, carrots, or zucchini) and toss them in the wok to brown.  I usually add in canned corn, some sort of beans, and raw spinach or arugula and let everything heat up.  Then, I mix in pre-cooked brown rice and add the eggs.  Everything fries for a bit, and I top it all with tamari sauce (or you could use soy sauce).  Easy, easy. 


Popsicle for dessert!


What’s your go-to dinner?



  • Angela @ Happy Fit Mama March 20, 2012, 9:46 pm

    I’d love to be a GOTR coach but I think I’ll wait a few more years till my twins are a little older. It sounds like it would be such a rewarding experience.

    I’ll have to try your homemade fried rice. Your version is so much easier than my usual!

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb March 20, 2012, 9:47 pm

    i love james in the smoothie background! my dogs lay out the exact same way. oh, to be a dog!

  • Maria March 20, 2012, 9:48 pm

    I just made stir-fry last night and couldn’t believe how fast and easy not to mention tasty it turned out! That’s definitely my new go-to meal. I love it because it’s a quick way to get in a lot of vegetables.

  • Wendy March 20, 2012, 9:55 pm

    Could you assistant coach for someone this fall, and bring BabyHTP along in a jogging stroller? I used to assistant coach and bring my then-5-year-old daughter along (She’ll be 7(!!) this weekend). She ran a little along with the girls, and they adored her – she became sort of a mascot for them. 🙂

    Life as you know it does not have to end when a baby comes, it just shifts a little. 🙂

    • Wendy March 20, 2012, 9:59 pm

      Oh, and today she made me super proud. I subbed for our high school’s track coach today, and she sprinted her little heart for a 400 m lap around the track, stopping just 3 or 4 times to catch her breath, by her own choice. 🙂

      • CaitlinHTP March 21, 2012, 2:53 pm

        Aw this comment makes me so happy! Maybe I can work it out after all!

  • Lindsey March 20, 2012, 9:58 pm

    Soup and grilled cheese or hummus BLT’s with turkey bacon.

  • Sana March 20, 2012, 10:02 pm

    If you have a girl, she will be a part of GOTR for sure!

  • emily March 20, 2012, 10:04 pm

    Is there a reason you don’t scramble the eggs straight into the rice and veggies? My favorite thing about fried rice is how the egg is stuck to everything.

    • CaitlinHTP March 21, 2012, 2:54 pm

      Sometimes I do! I think I like the bigger egg pieces though.

  • Christine @ BookishlyB March 20, 2012, 10:07 pm

    Definitely a scrambled egg sandwich, or a bowl of cereal if it’s just me.

  • Linz @ Itz Linz March 20, 2012, 10:12 pm

    stir fry is definitely my go-to dinner! so easy and works with whatever is in the fridge like you said! 🙂

  • Emma March 20, 2012, 10:42 pm

    My go to dinner is definitely a peanut butter, honey, and banana sandwich on whole wheat toast with cinnamon sprinkled on top. A side of fresh fruit and veggies. Yum!

  • Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon March 20, 2012, 10:46 pm

    Eggs! I’ve probably had them for dinner 7 out of the last 10 days!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 20, 2012, 10:51 pm

    I LOVE stir frys and fried rice.. easy way to get in your carbs/veggies/protein and it’s so fast and easy!

  • Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) March 20, 2012, 10:59 pm

    My go to dinner is brown rice, sauteed veggies (whatever I have on hand), black or pinto beans and a meat (shrimp, chicken). Mix up all together in a bowl and there ya go…. easy, tasty and healthy!

  • Laura @ She Eats Well March 20, 2012, 11:56 pm

    Go to dinner is definitely stir-fry with veggies and quinoa. Or sometimes, actually a lot, a fried egg sandwich with some veggies on the side. Eggs = always delicious.

  • Jeanelle @ Glocal Girl March 21, 2012, 3:56 am

    Yum! I wish fried rice were a go-to meal in our house because I love it and it’s so easy. Unfortunately, my European boyfriend HATES rice (waaaaah) so our go to meal is a glorified panini. Basically I take whole wheat bread, slather pomodori and mozzarella and sneak a handful of spinach in. Side salad or fries to go with. It’s great!

  • Karlee March 21, 2012, 7:06 am

    lately it’s been aparagus, sweet potatoto fries, and either tofu or portobellos

  • Hillary March 21, 2012, 7:21 am

    I’ve consistently had chicken stir fry for weeknight dinners for the last three weeks. When I told my boyfriend I was making it again last night, his reaction was “Really? Really?” Yup. Really. It’s so easy and so good!

  • Jodi @ Jodi, Fat or Not March 21, 2012, 7:25 am

    Because it’s just me, I usually make a dinner on Sunday that will feed me the whole week..this week that was no-noodle eggplant lasagna. It was a total risk but came out great. The smoothie looks awesome..definitely making one after my morning run!

  • Beth @ 990 Square March 21, 2012, 7:31 am

    That’s so sad you’ll have to give up GOTR. Maybe you can talk DadHTP into babysitting so you can still be involved!

  • Kelly March 21, 2012, 7:36 am

    Usually a PB&J sandwich and I have been having those way to often lately!!

    As an elementary school teacher I am beyond impressed that you got 14 girls to stay quite for 10 minutes…want to come with me to school today?

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin March 21, 2012, 7:39 am

    A tofu stir fry with veggies, rice, and sunflower seed butter sauce!

    I love your fried rice idea though. I’ll have to try that next time. 🙂

  • Nena March 21, 2012, 8:49 am

    Tacos! mmmm

  • Abby @ LiveLaughRunToday March 21, 2012, 9:33 am

    Hey Caitlin! I know you probably know this, but there are tons of ways GOTR needs volunteers. I work full-time so couldn’t do the coach thing but am leading the registration committee for the 5K run. I can do that and work (it’s no baby though). But, it’s been great! It’s definitely not the best part, like getting to be with the girls one on one, but it’s still rewarding in a different kind of way:) Plus, the girls would miss you too much if you didn’t stick around! And, getting those girls to stay quiet for 10 minutes… I am impressed!

  • Patti March 21, 2012, 12:06 pm

    This stir-fry!

    Carrots, mushrooms, onions, broccoli, & peppers with brown rice & bok choi. Aaaahhhh I dream about it when I’m not eating it!

  • Taylor @ Nuts for Apples March 21, 2012, 12:27 pm

    Rice looks yummy! My go to dinners are easy items I have in my pantry or freezer…like soup, saute frozen veggies, & throw in some beans!

  • Amber K March 21, 2012, 2:38 pm

    The easiest meal for me is a black bean salad, steamed veggies and reheating brown rice with salsa on top. Way too easy.

  • Mac March 21, 2012, 6:49 pm

    I’m applying to be an assistant GOTR coach, fingers crossed 🙂

  • Heidi March 21, 2012, 7:10 pm

    Could you put babyHTP in a carrier and take him/her along to GOTR? I’m involved in a lot of volunteer work and when my girls were babies I’d put them in my Ergo and just do my thing! I also did the Relay for Life with both my girls in their strollers when they were babies. (And one year with both in a double stroller!)I thought of it as getting them into volunteering early! 😉

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