Simply Whole Kitchen

June 28, 2012

Grilled Peach Salad

I think I can officially call myself a runner!  I'm not sure when you cross that line from "yes, I like to frolick in the sunshine now and then" to "I am a runner" but for me that line was crossed when I spent almost $100 on a pair of running shoes.  And I guess it is when I was actually able to run 1, 2, then 3 miles without stopping.  And now that I'm getting to around 4 miles (over 20 miles a week), I think I can say it?

I am a runner.

I've told you before that I don't think I could ever say that about myself.  I'm convinced that I'm just not built that way...I come from a long line of women who like to cook with abundant hips.  Call them birthing hips, call us curvy, call us strong and maybe even beautiful but....we just aren't built to run.  So running hasn't been easy but incredibly rewarding.

I am a runner.

I started running for a few reasons.  First, to get rid of a little extra pudge and to have the ability to eat more "sweets."  Even if they are 'better for you' versions, they are still 'sweets' and should be eaten in moderation.  Somehow I'm also convinced that if I run more, I can eat more...yes, not completely true...

Second, I NEEDED a way to relieve stress.  Two jobs, family comitments, social desires became overwhelming and I needed some "me" time.  Well, running isn't 'fun' me time yet (not like getting a pedicure and a latte can be) but at least I am too tired at the end to worry about anything anymore.

So I am a runner. And I'm running my first 10K next week...but more on that later.
Now, lets focus on what is really more important - the food! The other part of trying to get rid of my extra 'pudge' is watching what I eat.  Hungry hubby and I are making an effort to eat more fresh and whole foods and this salad is just PERFECT!  It is dishes like these that make 'better for you' eating a pleasure and totally satisfying.
We paired our salad with fresh green beans sauteed in garlic and honey-ginger grilled salmon.  Y-U-U-U-M!
Grilled Peach Salad
2 semi-firm peaches, washed and sliced
1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
drizzle balsamic vinegar
salad fixins: lettuce, diced tomato, shredded carrot, fresh broccoli, diced sugar snap peas, diced bell pepper (use anything you like on a salad)
2-3 oz goat cheese, crumbled
1/4 c sliced almonds

Drizzle the sliced peaches with the balsamic vinegar and olive oil.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Lay cut side down on a grill or grill pan.  Cook 2-3 minutes on medium high until lightly caramelized.  Rotate and cook 2-3 minutes on each side.  Serve warm.  Enjoy!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for the tasty looking salad and good luck in your upcoming race! i just ran my first 10k last month and it was no picnic but i felt so proud and elated after, i hope you have a wonderful race! and keep the tasty treats coming ;)

June 28, 2012 at 10:54 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

Thank you (especially for the encouragement)!! My plan is not to worry too much about time, just about running across the finish line!

June 28, 2012 at 1:00 PM  

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