Monday, August 29, 2011

Broccoli Slaw (& a weekly rundown)

Yes, a vegetable. After my last three recipes being cinnamon rolls, milkshakes, and brownies, it must come as a surprise that we actually eat vegetables in this household. But we do. Usually in the form of spinach salads or steamed broccoli. Not too adventurous. However, this recipe is pretty adventurous. Heh, a whole five ingredients.

I first ate this slaw when I was home at my parents a few weeks ago. My mom got the recipe from one of the markets up in Door County - the original recipe called for cherry poppyseed dressing.

Well I wasn't about to pour the majority of my $6.95 bottle of cherry poppyseed dressing into coleslaw, so I made some improvisations. 

This slaw is a great combination of crisp veggies & chewy dried cherries, with a sweet dressing & salty sunflower seeds. It seems that my favorite recipes combine the sweet & salty flavors together... what can I say? I think it all stems from mixing my m&m's with the popcorn at the movies when I was a little kid. Mom taught me that one.

Oh... and it's super easy. And quick. So even if you think you can't cook, you can make this salad. Promise.

What you need:

Green onions & broccoli slaw.

Dried cherries & sunflower 'nuts'. Or seeds. Whatevs. Just make sure they're salted.

All mixed together.

Then the poppyseed dressing!

Broccoli Slaw

  • 1 bag broccoli slaw
  • 5 green onions, sliced
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds
  • ⅔-¾ cup creamy poppyseed dressing


Combine all ingredients in large bowl. Stir well. Store in refrigerator.


And now for last week's wonderful week of training.

I somehow surpassed my mileage goal by over 6 miles... whoops. I also got in the dreaded 5-mile tempo run! Woooo! And some fun easy running too. Can't wait for the half on October 16.

Weekly Rundown (August 22-28, 2011)
Goals: 40-45 miles, 5-mile tempo or 5x1-mile repeats, 11-12 mile long run

Monday: 8.1 miles easy (64:14; 7:55 avg)
Tuesday: 5-mile tempo (34:05; 6:49 avg); 7.6 miles total with warm-up & cool-down
Wednesday: am - 6.3 miles easy + hills (52:58; 8:24 avg)
                          pm - 2.7 miles super easy w/ XC team (25:15; 9:20 avg)
Thursday: 12 mile LR (1:39:00; 8:15 avg)
Friday: 5.4 miles easy (43:00; 7:57 avg)
Saturday: 5 miles with the bride! (41:00; 8:12 avg)
Sunday: 4.2 miles easy (33:49; 8:03 avg) <-- didn't plan on running, but could not get myself to wake up! A couple easy miles did the trick.
Total: 51.3 miles

Next week's goals:
  • 40-45 miles total (guess I can skip my planned 50-mile week since I got it last week!)
  • 4-5 x 1-mile repeat workout
  • 11-13 mile long run
  • maybe a fartlek for fun? we shall see...
Yay for running! Off to foam roll my IT band... my Business Man is getting a little tired of massaging it every night. I have such a good husband. :)


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