What I’m Munching On

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Happy Sunday.  Is it warm where you are?  It’s freezing in Charlotte!  Truly – so cold.  And this surprise cold snap couldn’t have come at a worse time because today was the first Ramblin’ Rose event of the season (my new job is with Ramblin’ Rose!). 


I was afraid the chill and rain would negatively impact the event, but the ladies seemed to have a great time regardless (Ramblin’ Rose does that to you!).  And I had a blast following along as the women completed the 200 yard swim, 8 mile bike, and 2 mile run.  It’s fun to be on the other side of a triathlon for once.


Today’s event was the 2013 series’ kick-off.  If you’ve always wanted to do a triathlon and like the idea of an all-women’s event, we’ve got races in Raleigh, Rock Hill, Winston-Salem, Huntersville, and Chapel Hill!  Come one, come all!




I am sure all 500 participants, the dozens upon dozens of volunteers, and every single spectator did exactly what I did when I got home – jumped in a hot, hot shower and cooked up a warm lunch.


I’ve been so into this super simple combo that I had to share – it’s delicious!


Have you seen those packs of pre-steamed lentils at the grocery store? You can usually find them in the produce section.  We love them; the Trader Joe’s brand is pretty cheap, and lentils are a nice change from beans.


This lentil bowl includes:  lentils, chopped almonds (I just toss whole almonds into the food process with the slicing attachment on), tomatoes, spinach, sliced carrots, and a touch of salt.  Everything goes into a pan with a bit of olive oil; I let it cook with the lid on for just a few minutes… long enough for the spinach to wilt!


And then I top it with a salad dressing (but of course).  I like balsamic vinaigrette, but horseradish aioli is my favorite.  This aioli is actually from a local restaurant; whenever we get takeout, I pay for extra aioli because it is so good on EVERYTHING.  I should really find a similar recipe…


So that’s what I’m munchin’ on lately!


Other random updates:  I’ve really re-dedicated myself to training (lots of two-a-days!), and we’ve gotten into juicing and have been drinking one or two veggie and fruit juices each day. So far, we haven’t come up with any of our own recipes, but I really like the Garden Variety from Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.


Oh, and we bought a second car – a very cool yet totally random Suzuki Kizashi.  Yaaaaay!  Although I really didn’t mind being a one-car family before Henry was born, I’ve recently been approaching my breaking point with the lifestyle.  It’s hard to be at home all day during the work week with a very active baby-almost-toddler and little adult interaction.  So now the Husband and I both have our own wheels again!  Yipppeeee.  Henry and I are already packing our calendar with play dates and fun classes.


Thought of the Day:


The trouble with jogging is that by the time you realize you’re not in shape for it, it’s too far to walk back. – Franklin Jones Winking smile



  • MissPinkKate May 5, 2013, 3:52 pm

    New car, new deck, new juicer- y’all win the lottery or something? 😀

    • Caitlin May 5, 2013, 4:03 pm

      Yes 🙂 on April 1, 2011!

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More May 5, 2013, 4:41 pm

    New job? I think I need to do some catching up on your blog! 😉 Congrats though, you’re one busy momma! 🙂

  • Megan May 5, 2013, 4:48 pm

    I’ve been into juicing lately, too.

    Totally random but I just had a dream that you came to Joplin, MO for the Joplin Memorial Half marathon. I’m actually not planning on doing it this yr bc I’ve been too busy to properly train (aka get a PR). But in my dream I was volunteering at the race ms we were talking about 15 minutes before it started and you were trying to get me to run it as a bandit. You finally convinced me to but I only had 5 minutes and didn’t have time to find a pair of running shorts to change into.

    • Caitlin May 5, 2013, 5:51 pm

      Hahaha awesome! But I would never encourage banditing 🙂

      • Gloria May 6, 2013, 9:25 pm

        I drive by a billboard every morning that has a woman surrounded by dollar bills, throwing money up in the air, and it always reminds me of Wealthy Tipping Point! 🙂

        • Gloria May 6, 2013, 9:26 pm

          Oops, I must have clicked under the wrong comment!

        • Caitlin May 7, 2013, 10:27 am


  • Tara May 5, 2013, 4:50 pm

    Happy you got your family bought a new car! I couldn’t imagine how hard it was to only have one car in the suburbs with a baby.

    Your lentil concoction also looks really yummy.

  • Ginger May 5, 2013, 5:07 pm

    Dang! I completely forgot to “look” for you.

  • Jelena@FabLifePhD May 5, 2013, 5:48 pm

    Gosh, it looks pretty non-tempting to jump in a water on such a day. Anyway, I hope the triathlon went good! Also, those car look very cute and powerfull in the same time

  • Stephanie @ Steph's Miles May 5, 2013, 6:14 pm

    Congrats on the first Ramblin’ Rose race of the season!

  • Lucy May 5, 2013, 6:25 pm

    I wish I could be as simple and restrained as you. I always have to have bread or crackers…and dessert with every meal. Sigh. I can’t stop eating. I need rehab 🙁

  • Lucy May 5, 2013, 6:30 pm

    oh and I also feel like I’m the only one who doesn’t do juices or smoothies 🙂
    I don’t have either blender or juicer and not in position to buy. But I’ve seen “Arthurs’ smoothies ” around…
    Does anyone have any thoughts on these and the ingredients?


    I’d really love to know!
    I wonder about all the sugars in these and not sure if concentrated and puree type ingredients are “okay”?

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape May 5, 2013, 6:51 pm

    I love those microwave lentils! They’re the best!

  • Elisabeth May 5, 2013, 7:26 pm

    So glad you got a second car! You & Henry need to be able to go out & about 🙂

  • Liz May 5, 2013, 7:50 pm

    Caitlin, I was right there with you today! I ran the Broad Street Run in Philadelphia and it was forty five degrees (because of its size, BSR is a race you have to get to hours early, so we had nothing to do but stand around in the cold). It’s all worth it though! Your lunch looks totally delicious. I’m going to have to try out a warm lentil bowl after my next cold race!

  • Kris May 5, 2013, 8:23 pm

    Lentils are super easy to cook in no time at all, then you can refrigerate and freeze meal-size portions. Hardly any time and effort, and so much cheaper than prepackaged.

  • Ashley m. [at] (never home)maker May 5, 2013, 8:38 pm

    Yay new car!!!

  • Sunny May 5, 2013, 8:52 pm

    I have a Kizashi! It’s a unique car, not too many people have them! Congrats!

  • Amber K May 5, 2013, 9:36 pm

    I’m definitely grateful to be a two-car family. I’d go crazy if I couldn’t get out during the day. Although I have to say I’m jealous of your cold weather! We are having a massive heat attack and I feel like a giant pile of sweat. Not hot 😉

  • Jane @ Not Plain So Jane May 5, 2013, 10:12 pm

    I have a favorite salad dressing from a restaurant and I buy it by the pint for salads at home! They think I’m crazy ! It’s the creamy cilantro lime from Cafe Rio, I think there are some Pinterest versions now!

  • Faith May 6, 2013, 8:13 am

    I make a really simple (and definitely not healthy, but not that any aioli really is) sauce for roasted veggies and potatoes, and everyone I’ve served it to loves it. Just spoon out 3-4 tablespoons of mayo (either Veganaise or the real stuff, but for the love of all things good in this world no cool whip!), 1-2 tsp of milk to thin it out, a splash of lemon juice, and a solid tablespoon of salt free Ms. Dash. Seriously, it takes like, no effort and costs about 50 cents a pop. Do it!!!

    • Caitlin May 6, 2013, 10:16 am


  • Karen @ Runner Girl Eats May 6, 2013, 9:18 am

    Never tried lentils but that dish looks incredible! I am not into juicing but absolutely love smoothies in the summer. Congrats on the new car! I couldn’t imagine being a one car family in the suburbs.

  • Ashley May 6, 2013, 9:35 am

    I want a juicer SO BADLY. I need to convince the boy that it is a need and not a want…

  • Ashlee@HisnHers May 6, 2013, 9:40 am

    I love your “bowl” ideas! My newgoal is to find an awesome dressing I love so I can get into them too! Annnnnnd I need a juicer! My blender will have to work for now 😉

  • Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy May 6, 2013, 9:57 am

    The horseradish aioli sounds delicious!

  • Sarah @ Yogi in Action May 6, 2013, 10:19 am

    Crazy- we must’ve stolen all your warm weather- as we’re having +30 weather here (Celsius).

    Yay on juicing- I love it and always am excited when others get into it.

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed May 6, 2013, 10:59 am

    Congrats on your new car and the freedom to go wherever you want during the day!

  • dotsie May 6, 2013, 11:47 am

    YAY for a new car! While it’s admirable to try to preserve the environment (I think that was one of your reasons for a one car family? I apologize if I’m incorrect 🙂 ) the reality is that your are a MOM and all moms need cars for emergency reasons 🙂 in my own little opinion and world. I just can’t imagine having children with no car to get around in :-/ eeeeek!

    Anyway, happy to hear your Ramblin’ Rose even did well despite the weather.

    Also, it’s awesome to read that you have re-dedicated yourself to training-that is what I need to do, and to know I am not alone-is awesome!

  • LMN May 6, 2013, 1:26 pm

    Don’t you wish it was easier to be a 1 car family?? Unless you live downtown, it is almost impossible. The ‘burbs just aren’t set up for active transportation…Hooray for getting out and about! 🙂

  • Ali May 6, 2013, 1:27 pm

    Are there benefits of juicing over whole food smoothies? I throw everything into the Vitamix and it liquifies anything in a “juice” but retains all the fiber and such. Just wondering if I should dust off the juicer I have stored in the basement…they are SUCH a pain to clean though!

  • Jacquelynn May 6, 2013, 3:07 pm

    What restaurant do you get that aoli? It sounds so yummy!

    • Caitlin May 7, 2013, 10:27 am

      Cowfish 🙂

  • Nutricourt May 7, 2013, 2:00 am

    Yummy looking salad! I should try it one day.

  • Wendy May 7, 2013, 3:12 am

    You to that aoli is like me to hummus from our favorite greek restaurant…or to fat-free balsamic dressing from trader joe’s…or to barbeque sauce. Bottleline, if a sauce is delish, I’ll put it on anything!

  • Christian May 8, 2013, 6:50 pm

    I had one of my births as drug-free. Would I do it again? Definitely. Just because the memory of the pain has faded and it was such a quick recovery.

  • Health and Fitness May 9, 2013, 2:21 am

    Like these microwave lentils.They’re the best!.

  • Lauren @ La Dolce Pita May 10, 2013, 10:03 am

    Congrats on the new car. And I’ve been getting into juicing too with my Vitamix – loving it!

    Your re-commitment to exercise is motivating me to get back on a workout schedule – I’ve been so on-and-off this past year (and I have no excuse as I work from home and am currently childless!). Love hearing your fitness updates especially when you work things in around your scheduling obstacles – makes me challenge all of my excuses 🙂

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