running right now

documenting my journey to healthy living

my new friend, kale!

i don’t have time to write much as chores, catching fire (second hunger games book!), and bed are CALLING MY NAME before an early start to my work day.  but i have to share the most delicious recipe.  my little sis C who is a creative cooker and uses local foods and goes through spurts of vegetarianism made this for me when we were at home one weekend a long time ago, and i remembered i had the recipe saved in my gmail box and decided it was time for a revival!

kale is what we like to call a superstar vegetable – full of nutrients.  this recipe makes for a very filling soup.  i substituted beef broth for vegetable broth (mostly because i realized didn’t have veggie broth in the pantry when i got home).  i also didn’t make the croutons but ate the soup with a few sesame crackers i had on hand.

Cannellini and Kale Ragout


  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 4 1 1/2-inch-thick slices Italian bread, crusts removed, each slice quartered
  • 1 teaspoon plus 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
  • 5 cups (packed) thinly sliced kale (about 1 large bunch)
  • 1 14 1/2-ounce can vegetable broth
  • 1 14 1/2-ounce can diced tomatoes with green pepper and onion in juice
  • 1 15-ounce can cannellini (white kidney beans), drained

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add bread and 1 teaspoon thyme; cook until bread is golden on both sides, turning with tongs, about 2 minutes total. Transfer croutons to bowl; sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Add remaining 4 tablespoons oil, garlic, and crushed red pepper to same pot; sauté over medium heat 30 seconds. Add kale and broth; bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until kale wilts, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes with juice, beans, and remaining 1 tablespoon thyme. Cover and simmer 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Ladle ragout into shallow bowls. Top with croutons and serve.

as a mid-week check-in:
i’m doing fine with the week 2 exercises – i don’t find myself getting too winded although i do notice that i have way less energy when i run at the end of the day instead of in the morning.  it’s always so hard to get out of the bed in the morning, but it is certainly worth it when i get a good workout in and start my day off right.  i need to be more conscious about stretching – while not such an issue at this stage, i want to develop good habits and i KNOW i should stretch.
and this week’s eating…..meh.  i had a lunch meeting the other day and even though i only ate half my sandwich and half the fries i got with it, i definitely overate and had much richer foods than i have been having of late (for example, delicious brie drenched the fresh roasted turkey).  bright side: on another day, i might have unloaded the whole sandwich and serving of fries in one sitting!  other than that, the week has been pretty typical, i’m being more conscious of my food choices, but not cutting out treats altogether.  i need to add drinking more water each day to my list of goals – i used to be good about constantly keeping my water bottle by my side and i’m going to get back to it.
and…i leave you with a hillary meme.  who run the world? girls.

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