The Plans and Braised Leek with Green Peppers and Oranges

by Joanne on May 20, 2011

The workout plan for the week has gone fairly well, except for the Tuesday glitch but those things happen especially the week after a wonderful vacation. Sleepy smile

So I never got my bike ride in but I did manage the 45 min. of Elliptical.  This is how it went.

Wednesday was my mid week dedicated running day. Not too long, mileage wise since the half marathon is on Sunday. I ran just about 8 miles

Thursday was a cross training day but the dog has to get in some exercise so after 45 min. on the elliptical, and 20 minutes of chest & triceps, I ran with Shane for 3.4 miles. 

Today I had to finish off the weight workout with shoulders. That didn’t take long before I was out the door for 4 1/4  miles.  Total miles pre half: 23.   No run on Sat. just a long walk.  Might go for a bike ride later in the day, weather permitting.

From “Daily Kick in the Butt”, a quote by Glenn Cunningham American Runner in the 1930’s. 

In running it is man against himself, the cruelest of opponents.  The other runners are not the real enemies.  His adversary lies within him, in his ability with brain and heart to master himself and his emotions.”

In other words, we are our own worst enemy.

Looking ahead ….

The weekend looks like it’s going to be fun and that means it’s going to FLY BY.  We’re heading out to Cooperstown to try out Ted’s new wetsuit.  It’s a ZOOT suit: Fusion WetZoot

zoot front zoot back

*Ted models the suit in the exact same fashion that the above model does. Maybe he should consider a career change?!!!

He’s just dying to get in that water.  The Tri is only a week away from this Sunday.  I’m more excited than Ted!

Saturday night, we’re going to a wedding.  Just LOVE weddings!

and Sunday is the Half marathon.  I do have a goal in mind but my longest run has only been 14 miles since the marathon and my running has been slow and inconsistent.  If all goes well, I’ve got my fingers crossed for sub 1:50. It just might be a good day.

The Recipe…

A different but rewarding way to cook your vegetables… and fruit.


Oranges are a “Power Food”.  The orange is packed full of antioxidants.  They refresh and cleanse and offer more than just lots of vitamin C.

But more on that next week when I do a longer post about fighting the age factor with food. LOOK FOR IT Open-mouthed smile

Serves 4 – as a side dish

  • 2 TBS olive oil
  • 1 large leek, white part only. *Clean the leek by trimming off the tough green ends. Cut in half then cut the halves in half to make four. Rinse under water, fanning the leek ends to get the dirt out. Dry thoroughly.
  • 1 1/2 large green bell peppers, sliced thin
  • 1/2 large orange, zested then sliced thin
  • 2 sprigs rosemary (more to garnish)
  • 1 cup white wine or vegetable broth
  • pepper and salt to taste

Heat a large sauté pan over medium high heat. Add the olive oil and when hot, add the leek and green bell peppers.  Cook for 5 minutes, turning over once.

Pour in the wine/broth BUT BE CAREFUL! IT WILL SIZZLE!!!  Add the orange slices and rosemary, pepper and salt.  Reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 30 minutes.


Served with a perfectly grilled fresh tuna steak. Dinner doesn’t get much better.


What vegetables do you like to cook with fruit?

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  • At 2011.05.20 08:10, McKayla @ Green Groats said:

    Great week of training! Good luck on Sunday 🙂

    Nice quote — soo true. Our minds are VERY powerful. It’s all about finding out how to use this to our advantage!

    And, wow. FANTASTIC FLAVORS in your Braised Leek dish! I absolutely love incorporating fruit into my meals!

    • At 2011.05.20 16:05, Joanne said:

      Thanks McKayla. I want to run a fast race but on the other hand, I want to enjoy the canal trail. Will have to see what the body feels like on Sunday.

      • At 2011.05.20 12:09, Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking said:

        What a wonderful leek dish! It looks so delicious and full of flavor. You have a lovely blog, Joanne, and I’m so glad to have found it. 🙂 I’m going to check out more of what you’ve got now!

        • At 2011.05.20 16:06, Joanne said:

          It was really tasty. I’d like to try other vegetables paired with the orange slices and rosemary. What a great flavor.

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