Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Weekend recipes + Rosemary Roasted Vegetables.

I have been a bit slow to share recipes from the short holiday weekend, but it's better late than never! K and I visited my parents' farm in Iowa and had a wonderful few days hanging out with the family and spending time outdoors. I experimented with my camera after a morning rainstorm on Easter, and my favorite shots came from the searching bees.

We dined on new recipes from my mom, including Healthy Oat & Yogurt Fruit Pizza {with PB2, honey and yogurt!}, tofu chocolate pie similar to this recipe, made with homemade tofu, and breadcrumb sprinkled walleye.

I can't get over how beautiful the fruit turned out - bananas, strawberries, kiwi, and raspberries - just a few of my favorites.

I contributed a roasted root vegetable dish as a side, baked with rosemary. I make roasted vegetables several times a week, usually broccoli or brussel sprouts. If I had more time on weeknights, I would definitely add this mix to the rotation. Even though it's a simple recipe, it's too good not to share.

Rosemary Roasted Vegetables
Serves 4.

1 rutabega
1 turnip
2 carrots
1 sweet potato
3 cloves garlic {minced}
1/2 white onion {chopped into large sections}
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3/4 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/2 teaspoon salt

How to~ Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice vegetables + potatoes in even pieces, and toss with onions, olive oil, rosemary, black pepper, salt and garlic. Roast evenly on a baking sheet for ~50 minutes, stirring at 15 minute intervals.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Reebok Spartan Race - *Giveaway*

I'm coming up on 100 posts on this blog very soon, and I thought it would be the perfect time to do a giveaway. I was contacted by the Reebok SPARTAN RACE a few weeks ago, which is an obstacle race event hosted all over the U.S. I am giving away one free race entry to any US 2014 Spartan Race of your choice!

All you have to do is comment on this post sharing your favorite race, and log in to the widget below. For a second entry, follow Chicago Jogger on Twitter and report it in the widget. A winner will be randomly selected next Friday, April 25th.

In the Midwest there are Spartan Races in Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin. There are races in many other states as well - check out the event location map. There are several different types of races you can register for, including the Spartan Sprint (3+ miles with 15+ obstacles), the Super Spartan (8+ miles with 20+ obstacles), the Spartan Beast (12+ miles with 25+ obstacles). There is also team racing available - find more information here.

This race series started with a Spartan Race event in Vermont in 2010. In 2012, Outside Magazine named Spartan Race the Best Obstacle Race. In early 2013, Spartan Race partnered with Reebok. Reebok recently released an All-Terrain Series shoe in partnership with the race series, including the option to create a custom shoe.

Spartan Race is described as "A unique culture and community of athletes striving together to overcome any and everything." Overcoming those obstacles may include a number of things - jumping over fire, carrying objects, climbing a wall, hopping tires, climbing a rope... and more. The idea of this race series is that it is unpredictable - runners do not receive a course map, and don't know exactly which obstacles are coming until the race begins. Learn more about the Spartan Race on the FAQ page.

If you don't win the giveaway, you can still get 15% off registration for a Spartan Race by clicking on this link. Good luck!

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{I was not compensated for this post. I was provided with a discount link and one race entry to give away to readers. Ensure that you are in top physical condition before signing up for any race.}