What a Day and An Orchestra of Vegetables

by Joanne on March 20, 2012

We finally got our bikes off the trainers and onto the road.


We put on our shoes and set out along dry but gravely roads.


It was a short ride for me, 10 miles with the promise of food at the end. The ride seemed easy.  I expected my legs to be a little resistant since I ran 20 miles the day before.  It seems recovery for me during this training season is very quick.  In fact, I ran 20 on Saturday, a little bit of cycling Sunday with a 3 1/2 mile walk, then Monday morning ran with Jen and Jolene for a few miles, a total of 14.2 miles.  I couldn’t keep up with my two faster running mates but they did push me for a good couple of miles which helped my overall pace.

Training for Boston this year is going really well. I’m not sure that will translate into a faster race but I do expect to feel better crossing the finish line.  If it’s 80 degrees, I’ll regret saying that. SunTurtleDisappointed smile

Back to our ride…we didn’t get the skinny tires caught up in the gravel. We didn’t get run over by crazy, sun intoxicated drivers, but we did crash.  We suffered a computer crash.  The poor old thing.  It was bound to happen. I guess 4 years is a ripe old age for a laptop.

Now we have a new one.  The keyboard is strange but it’s fast, responsive, and really intelligent.  It seems to know just what to do when I want to load or save or set up or copy.  Amazing! The older one needed a lot of guidance.  AND THE SCREEN IS SO BRIGHT! I think I’m going to enjoy our new toy.


There’s an eggplant, a yellow squash, a bright green zucchini, a few cherry tomatoes, and some sliced mushrooms.  They played in perfect harmony.


Healthy, filling, and a side dish that doesn’t need any more introduction.


Serves 4 – 6

  • 1 Medium Eggplant: Peeled and cubed
  • 1 – 2 tsp salt
  • 1 yellow squash, cubed
  • 1 zucchini, cubed
  • 8 oz sliced mushrooms
  • 6 – 10 cherry tomatoes, sliced or diced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp Caribbean Jerk seasoning


  • Wisp of garlic salt
  • 1 TBS Tamari sauce

Preheat the oven to 400 F.

After peeling and cubing the eggplant, salt it with 1 – 2 tsp of salt and allow to sit in a colander for about 20 minutes.

Try to prepare the vegetables all the same size when cutting in cubes.

Rinse the eggplant and dry thoroughly.

Prepare a large pan with non-stick aluminum foil or use non stick vegetable spray.

Place eggplant, squash, zucchini, mushrooms, tomatoes into pan.  Season with 1 tsp salt, pepper, Caribbean Jerk, garlic salt and Tamari.

Place in the oven for approximately 40 minutes.  Mix the vegetables 2 – 3 times during cooking.


You may want to vary the vegetables according to your taste or rather exhibit your own harmonic flexibility.  Winking smile

What’s your favorite vegetable pairing?

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  • At 2012.03.20 13:05, Ali @ peaches and football said:

    It’s great to hear that your Boston training is going so well right now. Definitely good news! With the weather being so amazing, I’m psyched to uncover my bike and find some paths to bike on. No earth-shattering goals this year but need to just get back going.

    Good for you on the veggies. I always need to eat more!

    • At 2012.03.20 13:37, Heather said:

      Glad training is going so well – I love to hear that!
      I can’t wait to take my bike outdoors – I haven’t had the opportunity yet and I’m having bike envy!

      • At 2012.03.20 14:33, misszippy said:

        Sounds like I am not the only one that is fearing the Boston temps this year! I don’t think cool temps are likely. But we can both feel good about our fitness levels going into it, right?

        Glad you got the bike out onto the road. The first ride of the year is always so much fun!

        • At 2012.03.21 22:02, Gera@Sweets Foods Blog said:

          Good bike equipment Joanne! As a bike rider on outdoors, my experience is having also gloves and replacement tires, just in case you’re on nowhere and it is better to be prepared.

          With this training you’re ready for a triathlon, only need to try swimming and you’re ready 🙂



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