Exercise after 4pm and Warm Crab Vegetable Salad with Peas

by Joanne on December 28, 2010

I left work a little before 4pm to start my P90X workout, yesterday 1.  The idea of working out in the afternoon/early evening is not appealing to me AT ALL.  But I did it.  An hour and 20 minutes of P90X Chest and Back plus the AB Ripper.  It was tough.  It was something new for my body.  Did I like it? Well….like I said, it was different.   But I intend to stick with it for 90 days then go back to my other routine. My muscles aren’t benefitting from my old workout any more. They need waking up with something new.

Tonight’s routine:  Shoulders & Arms with the AB Ripper to follow.  Another 1 1/2 hours of intense workout AFTER 4PM!  A big UGG!

This morning:  9 1/4 mile run.  Iced the hip after the run and wrapped the leg. 

Are you tired of cooking after the “big feast”?  Here’s something quick, healthy and pretty darn good.

The best part of this recipe is that everything can be kept on hand for an any time  last minute meal.  Perfect when everything else you think of cooking would take too long.


Serves 4


  • 4 TBS olive oil
  • 3 TBS Balsamic vinegar
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp dried cilantro or 1 TBS fresh chopped cilantro
  • 1 tsp Old Bay Seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste

Mix all the above in a container with a lid. Shake to mix and set aside.

  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 1 bag frozen mixed vegetables of your choice
  • 1 15oz can green peas
  • 1 lb crab meat
  • 4 radish, sliced thin (set a couple of slices aside for garnish)
  • 1 lime, cut in to wedges

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  When heated, add the chopped scallion and saute for 1 minute.  Add the frozen vegetables and cook for about 5 minutes. 

Add the green peas and the crab and gently mix for 2 – 3 minutes. Now add the radish and the balsamic-oil  mixture you set aside early. Stir around to coat and after about 1 to 2 minutes, after everything is warmed through, serve on top of mixed field greens.


So much chunky crab meat:  1 lb of crab will serve about 3 people.  In a 1/3 cup serving, crab has 70 calories with only 1% fat (.5g).  ZERO carbohydrates and a whooping 17 grams of protein.  Good crab meat is sweet and succulent. 


Mixed vegetables add the necessary fiber and nutrition for a balanced, low carbohydrate meal . Depending on what kind of vegetables you choose, they contain about 50 calories per 1 cup serving. Some frozen veg. have sauce or flavoring in the package so be on the look out for added salt and sugar.


Don’t forget all those garnishes!  You might even set aside HALF of the radish to add after the sauce is put on the mixture so the radish stays bright and fresh looking.


Put the lime in the radish and shake it all up…”  oh…that’s coconut. Maybe that would work too???  Did it get you singin’ THAT song???

Brother bought a coconut
He bought it for a dime.
His sister had another
She paid it for the lime.

She put the lime in the coconut
she drank them both up. X3

she put the lime in the coconut
she called the doctor, woke him up, and said
"Doctor, ain’t there nothing I can take"
I said, "Doctor, to relieve this belly ache?"
I said, "Doctor ain’t there nothing I can take"
I said, "Doctor, to relieve this belly ache?"

Now let me get this straight;
You put the lime in the coconut
You drank them both up
You put the lime in the coconut,
You drank them both up
put the lime in the coconut,
you drank them both up
put the lime in the coconut,
called your doctor, woke him up, and said,

"Doctor, ain’t there nothing I can take"
I said, Doctor, to relieve this belly ache?"
I said, Doctor, ain’t there nothin’ I can take"
I said, Doctor, to relieve this belly ache?"

You put the lime in the coconut, you drink them both together,
put the lime in the coconut, then you’ll feel better.
Put the lime in the coconut, and drink them both up,
Put the lime in the coconut, and call me in the morning."

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  • At 2010.12.28 11:03, Lori (Finding Radiance) said:

    Make sure you eat a ton more food if you are doing the P90 plus all your running! Yay for more food 😀

    I sing that song, only like Homer Simpson does – “You put the beer in the coconut and drink it all up”.

    • At 2010.12.28 13:36, Joanne said:

      I like yours and Homers version 🙂

      • At 2010.12.28 11:15, Amanda @bakingwithoutabox said:

        Ugh. That workout sounds hardcore! I always work out right after work. It isn’t as easy as working out early in the morning, but it makes sense with our lives.
        Be careful with that hip and leg! Don’t need an injured Joanne. Who would walk/run Shane? Lol.

        • At 2010.12.28 13:36, Joanne said:

          I know ! Ted would have to do it – OH NO!

          • At 2010.12.28 16:07, Click said:

            I too find it hard to do the p90x vids in the afternoon but as another blogger said early in the morning is difficult as well. Thats why I love the weekends because I can do the workout at about 11 am – 12 pm which seems to be my peek time for energy levels. But I guess having a “beach body” isn’t easy :).

            Computer Guy

            • At 2010.12.28 19:06, Joanne said:

              You’re right. Any kind of fitness takes a little bit of effort. But it feels great when you’re done.

              • At 2010.12.29 13:50, Click said:

                Indeed it does, thanks. Great post!

                Computer Guy

                • At 2010.12.28 16:48, Monet said:

                  This looks like such a great meal. I have been craving crabmeat lately, and I can only imagine how satisfying this plate must be. I hope you are having a wonderful week. Here’s to a new year full of much joy and many blessings! Take care, sweet friend.

                  • At 2010.12.28 19:09, Joanne said:

                    Thanks Monet 🙂 Love that Apple Pie!!!

                    • At 2010.12.28 21:29, Heather said:

                      Haha – I LOVE to workout in the afternoon! I am not a morning exerciser at all! 🙂

                      And I’m so tired of cooking. Which is a bad thing – we need to stop eating out asap. Thanks for the reminder and the recipe!

                      • At 2010.12.29 08:58, Darlene McCarthy said:

                        Yes….now you really have me singing that song….Does anyone know the origin of those lyrics? Sounds like they might have had too many “pina coladas” on the beach, that day. I will purchase Crab meat today and make that wonderful salad for my daughter (S.U. track runner — home from college) and I today! Thanks, Joanne…great blog!

                        • At 2010.12.29 22:37, Gera@SweetsFoodsBlog said:

                          Hard workout Joanne! more in these holidays-season …well really better to burn the cals of last days.
                          I like a lot this balanced meal with excellent colors and flavors.

                          Happy New Year and Take Care!!


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