Happy Friday! Thanks to the holiday weekend, this week went by quickly, so it’s time for another addition of Friday Thrive!
Now that the weather is creeping into the 50s, I’ve started craving my favorite spring food: tacos. My weeknight taco recipe is embarrassingly simple. I don’t like to spend a lot of time cooking on most weeknights.
For two generous servings, I caramelize 1/2 of a yellow onion, thinly sliced, in about 2-3 teaspoons of olive oil with a pinch of kosher salt. Once it’s translucent, I add in thinly sliced red bell peppers. For the chicken, I either shred some off of a roasted whole chicken (I usually cook one up at the start of each week) or cook chicken thighs or breast separately and shred it off the bone. Once the chicken is cooked and shredded, I add it into the pan with the vegetables and then season everything with a taco seasoning spice blend (chili powder, garlic powder, paprika, cumin, onion powder, oregano). Everything is served up on corn tortillas with avocado and some Stonyfield whole milk yogurt (in place of sour cream).
So I know I talked about beer in yesterday’s post, but Deschutes Brewery’s beer was so good that I’ve been craving a glass since our trip. I’m a beer snob; a finely crafted beer is the equivalent of a fancy bottle of wine for me. The Red Chair NWPA is hoppy without being overpowering.
The beer is named after the Red Chair ski lift at Mt. Bachelor, a lift that went so high up onto the top of the mountain that my initial reaction was “nope!”
I haven’t trail run much, but I understand the allure of trail running more and more each time I do it. I do mean gentle trail running, though – not mountain running! I make the distinction because some forms of trail running in the PNW involve running up and down full-fledged mountains or buttes. I love road running too much to completely give up on it, but after this weekend Ryan and I really want to incorporate more trails in our running. A bonus that I never thought of: it’s much easier to run on trails in the snow and ice than roads!
“You Can Never Escape Runner’s Guilt” from Outside poses an interesting question: do you feel guilty when you do run? Most of us runners suffer from guilt when we skip a run, but this article examines the flip side – feeling guilty because you went for a run.
I can see the view of running as selfish – it’s often an individual endeavor – but to me, it’s like putting on your oxygen mask first. There is a point when running can become selfish and detrimental to other parts of life, where you prioritize an unhealthy amount of miles upon the more important things in life, and that’s not good for you or for others. But overall, running promotes cardiovascular health, mental well-being, creativity, healthy weight, fitness, and so on.
How often do you have freshly cut flowers at home? I never purchase them out myself, but Ryan’s bought me flowers the past few times we’ve shopped at the market together. I love having the touch of something colorful and fresh in the house! Especially in Seattle winters, when we have more grey days than sunny days, flowers bring a bit of extra vibrancy to the day.
Speaking of things to savor, I captured a rare moment the other day where Ollie was actually sitting still. He turned the sofa into a bed and took a nap on one of the cushions. Those rare moments when he isn’t running around the apartment or attempting to herd Charlie are certainly worth savory.
Do you get runner’s guilt?
What are you savoring this week?
Do you prefer trail or road running?