Eating for the Season: Hunter Gatherer

I’ve been looking for a way to incorporate more leafy greens into my diet, to compliment my increasingly meat-centric meals.  This stir-fry is the perfect thing for when you want a warm and healthy meal.  I feel like the secret ingredient (which might be completely normal and not a secret at all) is the sugar snap peas.  They add a nice bit of crunch and work nicely with all of the other ingredients.  Option to start off with your favorite protein and work in the vegetables, or to pair with (my favorite), baked chicken wings!

Vegetable Stir-Fry
This recipe is Whole30 and Paleo-approved
INGREDIENTS:
1 crookneck squash
1/2 eggplant
5 baby bok choy
2 cups crimini mushroom
2 cups sugar snap peas
2 cups kale, chopped
2 Tbsp. olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
DIRECTIONS:

  1. Cut the squash and eggplant into half-moon pieces.  Separate the bok choy stems from the leaves.  Cut the stems at a diagonal and cut the leaves horizontally.  Keep the stems and leaves separated.
  2. Heat 2 Tbsp. oil over medium heat.
  3. Sautee squash, eggplant and bok choy stems over medium heat, for 10 minutes (or until stems start to become translucent) while intermittently stirring.
  4. Finally, mix in the bok choy leaves and kale and cook for 3-4 minutes.

Happy Thanksgiving! And My Black Friday Theory

Happy Thanksgiving from yours truly and the cooked turkey!  This morning started off with a fun Turkey Trot 5k and a PR (recap later).  Right now I’m in the midst of cooking.  This year, instead of improperly cooking a bird again (specifically a duck), we’re going untraditional with cioppino, pumpkin parmesan bread rolls and caramel apple crumble with pumpkin ice cream.  And 8pm we’re heading out to  jk, watch Catching Fire.

Are you Black Friday-ing, or rather, or shopping in the event that has taken over Thanksgiving (I’ve heard it’s now called “Gray Thursday”)?  I am under the impression that Black Friday is a hoax. A scam. A myth.  The one time I participated in Black Friday was my junior year of high school.  My family was down visiting my aunt and uncle in SD for Thanksgiving and my brother and I convinced our parents to take us to Circuit City (?) at 4:30am.  So we waited and waited, and once we got in, the one thing we wanted was sold out (or just not there)!  I mean come on, it wasn’t even a big ticket item…and now looking back I don’t know why it was pertinent we tried to buy it on Black Friday.  That was my one Black Friday experience that proved Black Friday’s do not exist.  Scoring anything is about as mythical as man-bear-pigs (oh wait, I kind of have one of those with my cat-bear-sheep-rat-shark-dog).

And if you’re wondering, yes, I did eventually get my desired Black Friday item at full price…a pink Nintendo DS and Nintendogs…lawlz.

Have you Black Friday-ed?  Slash are you going to this year?

Oregon Trail: Green Lakes

The first time I hiked Green Lakes, it was an early morning during mid-summer. While I was only hiking, I remember seeing trail runners and thinking it would be a great trail to run. We started at the Green Lakes trailhead, and once we got to the Green Lakes campground, continued on the Soda Creek Trail, that would eventually loop us back to the trailhead/parking lot. Originally we were looking for the trail to reach Broken Top summit, but couldn’t find it. This hike was very green, and butterflies were abundant (especially on Soda Creek Trail).

Fast forward to late September, when I felt like doing a solo trail run and thought Green Lakes would be a great option. We had just experienced our first snow dump in the mountains. However, I didn’t know how Green Lakes would be affected. My trail run ended up being probably less than a half mile, before I came across mushy ground lined by ice. I thought it would clear up eventually, but soggy dirt turned into slippery ice that turned into deep snow. This trail follows Fall Creek, where you’ll encounter some waterfalls (one of my favorite things about Oregon is that there is no lack of waterfalls). It’s a fairly mellow/moderate hike, with only a few switchbacks towards the very end. On the last stretch you’ll be required to jump a few rocks across some streaming water. Once you reach Green Lakes, you will have stunning views of Broken Top and South Sister.

I found this hike to be entrancing, especially in the snow. Since the snow was fairly fresh and other trails weren’t well identified (and I was also only wearing trail running shoes), I decided to make this an out-and-back hike and return the way I came from.

Green Lakes