Cupcakes and Soup

Marathon training has been much tougher than I expected!  I obviously knew about the long runs but scheduling these runs turns out to be even harder. There was the weather (remember when I was rained out of this run) and last minute traveling. Now I have a nasty sinus infection.  Boo!!!  I have felt a bit lost without a detailed training plan (what can I say…I’m slightly OCD), so I was happy to learn after chatting with some coworkers that I only need to do one long run each week (I had thought I needed to do two in a weekend), and one mid-week run at about half the long run distance.  I am happy now that I got a copy of a training schedule, and I have all my workouts plotted on the calendar attached to the fridge.

 

Unfortunately, I started with a sore throat last weekend, and I came home Tuesday night with the beginning of a sinus infection.  I’ve been feeling pretty crumby all week.  But, check out what I came home to find on the counter…

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I have only heard of Sprinkles cupcakes, but never had one. The BOY has a new law school Sprinkles connection, and he brought one home to share with me. It looked like a Hostess cupcake, but better. Even with the stuffy nose, I was able to enjoy a taste of this fabulous frosting!

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Chocolate always puts a smile on my face!  And now I am hoping that these (not so little) blue pills will kick in and get me feeling better stat.  Until then I am home sick today resting on the couch and hoping to be feeling better soon.  I have outings in the city and long training runs to complete this weekend.

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Since today is a chilly and grey day, it feels like autumn.  It is the perfect day for a nap and some soup.  Having already taken care of the nap part (Emmy and I fell asleep on the couch), I was ready for some soup.  It was my job to pick up the CSA this week, so I had plenty of fresh produce available in the house.

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I modified a sheet pan soup recipe that I found in Clean Eating to create this CSA Soup with root veggies that I had in the house from last week and this week’s crop share. 

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I chopped up eggplant, parsnips, carrots, potatoes, onion, garlic, and celeriac.  For info and prep on celeriac, check out the CSA Post.  I had never heard of this vegetable either, but apparently it is great is soups and mashed with potatoes or parsnips.  What an odd looking vegetable!

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I roasted the vegetables with olive oil and sea salt.  They turned out so good that it was hard not to munch on the veggies while they were cooling.

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I placed the slightly cooled veggies and low sodium chicken broth in the food processor.  I started with about half the veggies and one cup of broth.  I added more veggies and streamed in the broth as the mixture thickened.

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And created this phenomenal seasonal soup.

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This recipe is so quick and easy that you can prepare it even when you’re not feeling 100%.  Just use whatever vegetables you have in the house.  It’s perfect for a cloudy sick day or any cool fall day!

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CSA Soup

Adapted from Clean Eating Magazine March 2011 Sheet Pan Soup 

Makes 6 servings

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Ingredients

~8 cups root vegetables, peeled and chopped (I used eggplant, carrots, parsnips, celeriac, and potatoes)

1 onion, chopped

6 cloves of garlic

3-4 teaspoon olive oil

1 teaspoon sea salt

4 cups low sodium chicken broth

 

-Peal and chop vegetables into 1 inch cubes

-Place vegetables in a bowl and toss with olive oil and sea salt until covered

-Roast vegetable on a sheet pan in a single layer at 425 degrees for 40-45 minutes, tossing occasionally

-Let vegetables cool on wire rack

-Add cooled vegetables and broth to a blender or food processor in batches and puree until desired consistency is reached*

-Garnish soup with sage leaves or seasonal squash (optional)

 

*Note: I was able to get all the vegetables and broth in my 7 cup food processor. I started with ~1 cup of broth and then streamed in the rest of the liquid as I added more of the vegetables.  You can add more sea salt as desired.  The original recipe suggests straining the soup and discarding the solids.  I like a thicker soup so I omitted this step.

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