In keeping with my New Year Inspiration to cook and eat more simply I made a simple and delicious meal last night. In fact, I attempted to post this earlier, but the web crashed and burned - hate it when that happens! So, I am re-typing because it was such an easy meal that all my boys and I enjoyed - AND there were leftovers for lunch today, which is always a plus.
The brown rice is full of fiber and protein, the shrimp gives another burst of protein and avocado is loaded with heart healthy monounsaturated fats, antioxidants, and vitamins A, C and E.
SHRIMP WITH BROWN RICE AND AVOCADO
1 lb raw medium shrimp, peeled, rinsed and drained
4 slices fresh ginger, smashed lightly with the flat side of a knife
2 Tb rice wine or sake
2 ripe avocados, peeled, pitted, and diced
Juice of 1 lemon, divided
4 Cups cooked brown rice
1 Cup chopped fresh parsley
1/2 Cup chopped fresh cilantro or other herb of your choice
1/3 Cup low sodium soy sauce
3-4 Tb rice vinegar
1 1 /2 Tb Rice wine or sake
1 1/2 Tb toasted sesame oil
1 1/2 Tb sugar (I did not use this much)
1/4 tsp salt
Cut shrimp lengthwise and place in a bowl with ginger and rice wine. Toss.
Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot. Add shrimp and marinade and cook for 2 - 3 minutes, until cooked through.
In a large mixing bowl, lightly toss avocado with half lemon juice. Add cooked shrimp and rice. Add remaining lemon juice and toss. Add dressing, parsley, and cilantro and toss. Serve warm or chilled.
Makes 6 servings. 400 Cal., 16 g fat; 43 g carbs; 700 mg sodium; 7 g fiber; 21 g protein
As far as my Half Training, today was supposed to be 3 miles. Completely manageable and easy to fit in a pretty busy day. The problem is that my watch/heartrate monitor does not measure distances, so I had to guess my route. Hmmm, guess I need to plan out a few running routes! When I finished my route I was convinced I had gone farther or else I was definitely going to be the SLOWEST runner bringing up the rear! I'm happy to say that what I thought was 3 miles was actually 5 miles. Feeling much better now! Another good thing is that so far my knees and hips are feeling pretty good. . . I'm thinking the foam roller will be my new best friend. If you haven't tried a foam roller on your sore hamstrings, quads, IT band or any other muscle you have no idea the PAIN (in a good way I promise!) you are missing! It's like having your own personal masseuse. If you are looking at this blue thing and have no idea what to do with it, and was wondering why it was propped up against the wall in your gym, check out the UTube video below.
Now you know! Happy rolling!
Have you tried a foam roller?