Energized and Spinach Salad from VegNews

by Joanne on September 26, 2011

Why so much energy? I think it was being around all those runners last Saturday at the Falling Leaves Expo. Sunday gave me the opportunity to burn some of the running fever out of me, but it’s still holding on and I’m ready to go this week.

My long run is usually done on Saturday and I’ll take Sunday off then my workout schedule begins Monday. With the 20 miler being on Sunday this week, my typical workout week has been modified. It looks exciting though and I’m feeling charged!

Monday: Weights and walking in the AM (I just had to sneak a few sprints in there. I was FEELING it!). PM workout was weights for back and shoulders followed by 30 minutes on the bike.

Tuesday: A 50 or so minute run, finishing with strides.  Chest and arm workout and PM swimming at MVCC. Not thrilled about the swim but it will keep me “honest”.

Wednesday: 45 minute – 50 minute run. PM swimming… A-gain.

Thursday: 30 min warm up run and 8 x 800 YASSO repeats.  A 30 minute cool down with my running bud, Shane. I’m hoping my legs haven’t worn down to nubs by this time.

Friday: Rest, rest, rest.

Saturday: Long run between 17 – 18 miles. Trying for a bit faster time during the last 6K of this run.

Here’s hoping all this pizzazz stays with me. I just LOVE feeling like this.

An announcement! A new restaurant is coming to town! It sounds interesting, enticing and completely “provocative”!  Scheduled to open sometime in November and using local foods. The Tailor and The Cook.   Is that Tracy (owner of Nail Creek Pub and the up and coming Tailor and the Cook)? 


More news: Apple Crumbles had three recipes chosen for posting at ROS123. Check it!

Mediterranean Chicken Kebabs

GF Black Bean Salmon Burger

and for dessert, Flourless Bird Nest Cookies

Hot smile

Now that I’m thoroughly hungry, lets EAT!

Spinach Salad

This easy spinach salad was a perfect end to a busy day. A cold salad tainted with Fall flavors of fennel and cranberries. It would make a spectacular appearance on a holiday table, but in the meantime, you should try it now.


Spinach Salad for Four


Make the dressing first so it can chill

  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 TBS agave nectar (if you have honey on hand, use honey)
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • ¼ tsp of cumin
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ scant cup olive oil

You can put all the above into a blend and mix or you can put the above into a well sealed container and shake vigorously until blended.

For your salad:

  • 6 cups of fresh baby spinach *You know, if you don’t like spinach (AH! GASP!), you can use your favorite mild salad green
  • ½ cup fennel, thin sliced (to prepare the fennel, remove the core from the bulb and simply slice the white part after washing.
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • ½ avocado, sliced
  • ¼ cup toasted walnut pieces

Put the above salad ingredients in a bowl, except for walnuts and avocado slices. Toss,


sprinkle on a little dressing. Toss again.

Top with avocado and walnut pieces.


Wonderful fresh flavors and crispy teasings from fennel slices and walnuts. A salad doesn’t get any better than this.

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  • At 2011.09.26 19:13, claudia @whats cookin italian cuisine said:

    This looks like something i need to eat everyday, healthy and then with your great excerizing regimen I would be in alot better shape than I am now. thanks for inspiration

    • At 2011.09.27 08:43, Joanne said:

      Claudia – you look absolutely great! Keep doing what your doing and offering up all those terrific eats.

      • At 2011.09.26 22:27, chopinandmysaucepan said:

        Every time I visit your blog, I feel like I should go do another 30 sit ups or 30 push ups 🙂

        This salad looks deliciously healthy and I always draw inspiration to keep healthy too. Thanks for sharing.

        • At 2011.09.27 08:44, Joanne said:

          Let me know when you want to do the extra 30, we’ll have a virtual sit up challenge 😉 Thanks!

          • At 2011.09.27 07:48, Heather said:

            Yay for energy!!!!!!!! Your week looks great (and pretty intense!).
            I love homemade salad dressing. I’m gonna have to try this one!

            • At 2011.09.27 08:44, Joanne said:

              Homemade dressings are so much better than store bought. It’s just that we get lazy and can’t be bothered a lot of the time.

              • At 2011.09.27 15:14, Steph @ StephSnacks said:

                That salad looks so light and refreshing! The perfect compliment to any meal.

                • At 2011.09.27 17:15, fooddreamer said:

                  Great looking salad! Your runs inspire me…I’ve been feeling a little burnt out on running lately. I have a lot of ho-hum runs, and then one really good one, and then back to ho-hum.

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