Everyone deserves a cheat day. I have been training for a half marathon for the past few months & am elated that I get to run alongside my fellow itsnachoblogyo.com bloggers on May 10th in the Santa Barbara Wine County Half Marathon. I’ve been pretty strict about my training, following the Hal Higdon Intermediate Half Marathon Training program. I’ve put off running errands, declined dinner invites with friends, left work strictly by 5pm everyday all in the name of training. This past weekend was my cheat day (okay, cheat weekend!). It was Easter and I was missing my family- the baking traditions, egg hunts and polish sausage that made our family Easter celebrations amazing. So, I indulged a little-did a quick 3.5 mile run on Saturday and then spent a leisurely morning at our neighborhood farmer’s market which had lovely fresh fruits & veggies and beautiful flowers which led to grocery shopping at my favorite high end markets (Bristol Farms I love you!) and an evening of baking. Sunday was supposed to be my 1o mile run, but it got pushed off for church and Easter brunch…and mimosas…and wine…and lots of jelly beans. Needless to say the run never happened, but I had a beautiful rejuvenating day. I try not to feel guilty when I have a cheat day, I just jump back on the training regime the next day. I think my younger self used to let a cheat day ruin me, to take it from a cheat day to a cheat week and so on. My current self recognizes that being flexible with myself and my routine leads to a healthier sense of self and the ability to continue running long after the training is over.
Here are some links to my Easter brunch recipes-they are all delicious and fairly easy to prepare. Enjoy!
Salted Caramel Easter Popcorn from Two Peas & Their Pod-I might play around with the caramel sauce and ratio to the dry ingredient mix. It was pretty sticky, but did dry up a bit by the next day. I’d also half the amount of M&M’s in the recipe since it seemed a bit dominant.
Katie Lee’s Apricot Glazed Ham from RachelRay.com-hands down the BEST ham I have ever eaten. It might have also been due to the high quality smoke, bone-in ham I bought at Bristol Farms, but the glaze recipe was sweet, tangy deliciousness!
Beecher’s Kale & Brown Rice Gratin with Smoked Cheese Sauce from Iowa Girl Eats-I changed up the recipe a bit & used hash browns instead of brown rice to make it a more “traditional” Easter brunch recipe, but it turned out a bit gloppy & heavy, although still delicious! I love the carmelized onion paired with the smoked gouda & fontina cheeses. I think I will try it again with brown rice or quinoa instead.
Green Green Spring Vegetables from Ina Garten- The perfect use for my fresh farmer’s market veggies! I haven’t blanched a lot of vegetables in my time, but I think I’m hooked. Theses were so crisp and flavorful I could make them all Spring long!