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About Whine Less

Mom of two girlies. Hiker. Runner. Nature lover. Vegetarian. Coffee fiend. Music junkie. Bad dancer. Love my big family. Blessed.

They’re Here!

How’s your weekend going? I hope it’s off to a good start!

Stella is ready for some more trail adventures. With temperatures close to 70 degrees, we will be all about the outdoors!

boxer, hike, trail

This week a very important thing happened. My nieces stopped by to deliver our Girl Scout cookie order. Oh happy day!

Girl Scout cookies

Another exciting thing was this soup! It’s a vegetarian, loaded baked potato recipe and it’s divine. Hope to share it with you soon!

uno

Can we talk about saltine crackers for a moment? Does your family go through them like water? I don’t know what the deal is, but it seems like I buy a box of them every single week. They just seem to disappear! Good thing they are cheap.

I had to share my new favorite, running shirt with you! I bought it on super sale on Black Friday. I finally got around to wearing it last week. It has thumb holes! I’m a big fan of thumb holes.

thumbholes

And then I realized it has built-in, fold-over mittens. What?! I am in love!

fold-over mittens

fold-over mittens

Fold-over mittens… Yay or nay?

What’s your favorite Girl Scout cookie? Caramel Delites!

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Friday Fit Fix

Hey friends, we made it to another Friday! Hallelujah. I could not be more ready for the weekend!

This is what my week of workouts (Friday-Thursday) looked like.

Friday – Friday was Week 1, Day 2 of the Couch to 5K program. I have discovered I have not adapted to winter weather yet. I am such a newbie again! I need to work on toughening up this thin skin of mine. Friday was a windy, day with a bitter bite. I just couldn’t bring myself to run outside. Treadmill life for me! (6 WW FitPoints earned)

 

Sunday – Welcome to the jungle! It warmed up a bit and after Sassy’s afternoon tennis match, Stella and I hit the trails. I think everyone else in town had the same idea because the trailhead parking lot was overflowing. Literally. Cars were parking out on the county road when they couldn’t find a spot. One of the great things about this particular trails is it goes in several directions off the main loop so you usually feel like you have the whole thing to yourself. I only ran into two other people the entire run! (6 WW FitPoints earned)

 

Wednesday – The plan was to run on Tuesday. That didn’t happen. My foot has been feeling a bit irritated/achy, but not painful. I thought it was best to take another day off and keep icing it. Wednesday, we had really cold wind again. I just couldn’t bring myself to hit the trails, so I went to the gym instead. Bad idea. I knew as soon as I got there, I should have just sucked it up and went outside, but by then I was too late. I got 2.43 miles done in 49:07 minutes while watching Scandal. (7 WW FitPoints earned)

 

What are you looking forward to this weekend?

Meatless Monday. Super Bowl Edition

We are getting so close to the big game! Have you started planning your menu? So many good options out there. I spent the weekend browsing recipes. Here are a few party foods I.Want.Right.Now!

Crispy Black Bean Tacos with Avocado-Lime Sauce

Crispy Black Bean Tacos with Avocado-Lime Sauce

Mini Hasselback Potatoes with Creamy Dill Dip

Hasselback Potatoes

Spicy Black Bean Nachos

spicy black bean nachos

Buffalo Chickpea Tortilla Pinwheels

Buffalo Chickpea Tortilla Pinwheels

Avocado Bruschetta

avocado bruschetta

Creamy Strawberry Broccoli Salad

Creamy Strawberry Broccoli Salad

Cowboy Caviar

Cowboy Caviar

Chili

chili

Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries

 

Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries

Pineapple Pecan Cheese Ball

pineapple pecan cheese ball

Buffalo Cauliflower Quinoa Meatballs

Buffalo Cauliflower Quinoa Meatballs

Chocolate Toffee Strawberry Trifle

Chocolate Toffee Strawberry Trifle

Blackberry Basil Ricotta Pizza

Blackberry Basil Ricotta Pizza

What’s your favorite party food?

Which team are you cheering for in the game?

Friday Fit Fix

So I spent all of last night thinking it was Friday night. Thinking I had tomorrow off. Love the feeling of the beginning of the weekend! Then I realized it was only Thursday night. Whhhhy? Stupid brain. Anyway, let’s move on to my week of workouts (Friday-Thursday).

Friday – Friday did not go as planned. I got a late start so couldn’t hit the trails due to the darkness and couldn’t go to the gym due to the late hour. I ended up at a friend’s to use the treadmill. I started Week 1, Day 1 of the Couch to 5K program. I made it through three of the eight running intervals before the treadmill had issues. No more workout for me.  =(  (4 WW FitPoints earned.)

Saturday – It was unseasonably warm here with temps in the 50s! OMG Becky and I went to the zoo to visit our animal friends and spend sometime outside. It was glorious! Sadly, a large section of the zoo was closed that day. I never did find out why, but it happens to be my favorite part of the zoo so I was a little bummed. Good thing we have a zoo pass and can go anything we feel like it. We got in a little over 3 miles in an hour and a half. (10 WW FitPoints earned.)

Wednesday – I was ready to give my running intervals another try. This time I made it to the gym before they closed and was able to complete my W1D1 of the C25K. Fantastic! Though I did manage to accidentally reset the treadmill numbers right after I started my fifth running interval. Crap. I don’t know what my issue is with treadmills lately. (6 WW FitPoints earned.)

I am thrilled my foot is still doing great! I feel like I am taking this recovery as slow as possible, which is so hard sometimes. Then I remember I’ve had three breaks/stress fractures in the last few years. I need to take my time and do this the right way!

How were your workouts this week?

What’s the weather like in your area?

Chili Recipe (Vegetarian)

It was a weekend of football watching. Football needs chili! Am I right or am I right?

Okay, I take that back. I didn’t watch one minute of football. My Chiefs are out so the season is over for me. And it was actually warmer here this weekend. Not need for hot soup. I wanted enchiladas , but OMG Becky wanted chili. (Sassy had abandoned us for the weekend. She had been invited to attend an out-of-town church conference for middle school kids as a Junior Guide. She was very excited and honored to be asked! She got back yesterday and said it was an amazing experience.)

This has been my go-to chili recipe for years now. It’s hearty, it’s tasty, and even meat eaters will enjoy it. This chili would be a perfect addition to your Super Bowl party!

chili recipe vegetarian

Chili (Vegetarian)

Total Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes ¦  Prep Time: 10 minutes  ¦  Cook Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 (10 oz) frozen butternut squash (cubed), thawed
  • 1 (28 oz) can petite cut tomatoes, diced, with zesty jalapenos
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz) can dark red kidney beans, drained & rinsed
  • 12 oz water
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
Optional Toppings
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream

Directions

  1. Heat a large pot over medium heat. Add oil to coat. When oil ripples, add chopped onion and diced pepper. Saute for 3 minutes. Add garlic; cook stirring for another minute.
  2. Add chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, salt. Stir in squash, tomato, and beans. Bring to a simmer.
  3. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 60 minutes.
  4. Uncover and cook for another 30 minutes.
  5. Stir in cocoa power. Cook for 10 minutes more.
  6. Serve hot with desired toppings. Serves 8.

Serving Size = 1 cup. Weight Watchers Smart Points = 3 points.

Friday Fit Fix

Do you know what today? It’s four weeks without my boot. Four glorious weeks! The last two weeks I have been slowly building up my time walking every other day, as advised by my doctor. And now… NOW I get to try running! Today I get to start very slowly doing some run/walk intervals every other day. It’s going to be fantastic! It’s forecasted to be 54 here today (though still foggy) and I will get to enjoy my first trail run of the year right after work. It’s going to be magical!

Here is how my last week (Friday-Thursday) of workouts looked.

Saturday – Treadmill walk because we were in the middle of an ice storm. Walking outside was not an option. I had 40 minutes on the agenda and I filled every single minute with music. And zero minutes on my bun. Obviously.  🙂  (6 WW FitPoints earned.)

Monday – We were just starting to thaw from the weekend of ice. Another treadmill walk for me. I had 50 minutes scheduled and I knew music alone wasn’t going to cut it. It was time for a little dose of Netflix. Scandal for the win! So much drama to distract me from the treadmill. It was just what I needed! (8 WW FitPoints earned.)

Wednesday – My final required recovery walk! This was for one hour. I indulged in another episode of Scandal and finished up with a few videos from Twenty One Pilots. Love them! (9 WW FitPoints earned.)

I am beyond happy to report my foot is still completely pain-free! No pain, no odd sensations. Fingers crossed this continues as I ease back into running. I need to be in the woods exploring trails! I am more than ready to take advantage of the nice weather they are predicting for the next week.

How was your week of workouts?

What was the highlight of your week?

Black Bean Soup Recipe (Vegetarian)

We had a weekend of winter storms with freezing rain roll through. I don’t know about you, but to me that means I need warm, comfort food and that means soup! I made a large pot of this Black Bean Soup on Friday night and we enjoyed it all weekend long.

black bean soup recipe, black bean soup

Black Bean Soup (Vegetarian)

Total Time: 35 minutes  ¦  Prep Time: 15 minutes  ¦  Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 (14.5 oz) cans black beans, divided
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 large poblano pepper, seeded, stemmed, diced small
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (32 oz) carton vegetable broth, divided
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can fire-roasted, diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Ground black pepper (to taste)
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Optional Toppings
  • Diced avocado
  • Shredded cheese (Mexican or cheddar)
  • Sour cream
  • Tortilla chips

Directions

  1. Place 1 1/2 cans of drained/rinsed black beans and 1/2 cup of the vegetable broth in a food processor. Pulse until well pureed. Set aside.
  2. Rinse remaining 2 1/2 cans of black beans in a strainer. Set aside.
  3. Heat a large pot over medium heat. Add oil to coat. When oil ripples, add chopped onion and diced pepper. Saute for 3 minutes. Add garlic; cook stirring for another minute.
  4. Add remaining vegetable broth, black beans, black bean puree mixture, fire-roasted tomatoes, cumin, chili powder, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Turn heat up to medium-high.
  5. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  6. Stir in lime juice and cilantro. Serve hot with desired toppings. Serves 8.

Serving Size = 1 cup. Weight Watchers Smart Points = 6 points.