Out of the Ordinary

by Holly on March 14, 2010

in breakfast,dinner,lunch,recipes

The fates.


*ahem* I mean: The well-endowed fates.

Anyways, that’s what I am chalking this day up to.  Because clearly, there is no other rational explanation besides relying on ancient Greek mythologies to explain what happens in your life. When weird things happen, it’s the only explanation, no?

It all started with le foodie français. Me? Turning French? Overnight? But I speak Spanish!

As if the fates themselves were personally trying to screw with me, I then ran 7 1/2 miles at 7:30am this morning! I wouldn’t lie about something like this.  Who am I?  I can barely get up for work by 7:30am!  I chalk this up to one thing: my running buddy Kristie. Take that fates.

The weirdness continued with a seemingly innocent looking bowl of post-run oatmeal…

1/2 cup oats
1 cup water
1 egg (whisked in)
pinch of salt
1 small smashed banana
1 packet NuNaturals stevia
1/2 crumbled PB blondie

But what’s so out of the ordinary about that bowl? It looks like just about every other I’ve consumed this week, right?

One word: COFFEE.

Two words: NO COFFEE.



Lunch wasn’t TOO out of the ordinary; however, it did feature a new foodie item added to my repertoire today. Can you guess what it is?

This one is kind of a trick question.  It’s the hummus!  But not just any hummus, Roasted Shallot Ranch Hummus!

In a food processor, I mixed 1 cup chickpeas, 1 tbsp. tahini, a couple of glugs EVOO, 2 shallots (roasted in EVOO + salt @ 350), 1 pkg. Hidden Valley Ranch Mix and a pinch of salt.  Delicious.

I also spent money today.

That may seem like an innocent statement, but I’m really trying to cutback this month to save some $$$.  However, after running this morning and feeling my knees tweak (which happens when I need new shoes), I knew it was time to take the plunge.  Plus, the shoes I was wearing were the same ones from my marathon in October. Bad runner Holly, bad runner.

And they’re pink. Chosen by the fates clearly, because pink is definitely not my style.

Also out of the ordinary? Reading my new Women’s Health mag in bed while munching on cereal.

Then I took an 1 1/2 long nap. For the record, THIS NEVER HAPPENS.  I don’t take naps.  The fates have seriously screwed with my body clock on this one.  *shaking fist*

Dinner was also an unusual inspiration…Spinach + Pasta Frittata!

Pasta + eggs? Never had I ever.

Good thing the fates took care of that one for me.

Spinach + Pasta Frittata

1 tbsp. EVOO
1 tbsp. garlic, minced
1 medium onion, sliced
2 cups baby spinach
2 servings (4 oz.) whole wheat penne pasta, cooked until al dente
5 eggs, whisked
salt + pepper
crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 cup grated gruyere cheese

Set your broiler to low.

In a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil and garlic over medium heat.  Add the onion, and cook until tender.  Add the spinach, cooking until it wilts.  Then add the pasta and mix well, making sure you make an even layer of the mixture in the saucepan.  Pour the eggs over and let cook for 5-7 minutes.

Once the bottom is cooked, sprinkle the top with salt and crushed red pepper to taste.  Then, place the saucepan under the broiler and let sit until the egg is cooking through.  Take the saucepan out, and sprinkled the cheese over the frittata.  Place under the broiler again, and cook until the cheese is lightly browned.

Serves 4

My recipe writing skills clearly need work.

Served with watered-down POM juice

Going in for the $$$ shot…


It’s 9:54pm, and I am freakishly awake.

One thing that’s completely and totally ordinary? This blondie.

Clearly, the fates are no longer in control.

Nuff’ said.


Maggie @ Fit.Fun.Food March 14, 2010 at 10:08 pm

Haha! This post made me giggle out loud! I love your shoes, too! I have the same brand and they’ve always been good to me! Hoorah for naps! Have a great day, girl!

Kristie March 14, 2010 at 10:14 pm

I have a nap problem… so I would say maybe you just traded places with me for the day except I took a 2 1/2 hour nap. Oops :-P

Madeline - Greens and Jeans March 14, 2010 at 10:25 pm

October?! Girl, you just made my heart cry a little for your hips and knees! Glad to hear you got yourself some new kicks!

Jenna March 14, 2010 at 10:52 pm

Yummmmy fritatta!!

glidingcalm March 14, 2010 at 10:53 pm

every time I saw that mustache photo I giggled. Thank you for being so amazing!!!

Homemade hummus- YOU GO GURL YOU GO!

no coff? eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

i don’t like eggs much, but that dish is still beautiful!!!
I will take a blondie though. Or three.


Katharina March 14, 2010 at 10:53 pm

I love this post–I love you!! The blondie crumbled in the oats sounds soo delicious. And now I know what to do with the shallot (that’s sitting in the fridge) when I get back to Virginia. I hope you have a wonderful week mademoiselle.

Megan March 14, 2010 at 11:19 pm

Your recipe writing skills are perfecto, dear.

And I think “glugs” is my new favourite word. Thank you for that! :)

Andrea@WellnessNotes March 14, 2010 at 11:50 pm

Beautiful frittata! And you are killing me with the last picture! I so want a blondie… I think I’ll have to make some this week…

Have a great week, Holly! :)

Mimi (Damn the Freshman 15) March 15, 2010 at 12:05 am

Haha, funny day!

I like to think it’s synchronicity. Because at the end of the day, you still wound up with a yummy blondie. And you’ve given me inspiration for dessert!

ellie March 15, 2010 at 1:30 am

Hehe- fab post! :D

Cute shoes! I can totally picture you rocking pink. LOVE that you put blondies in your oatmeal…start the day off well, right? Hats off to you for going without coffee. I don’t think I would ever wake up without my java.

I want some ranch-flavoured somethin’ somethin’ now…

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) March 15, 2010 at 3:06 am

nice blondie!
and the runing shoes are imperative. when my shoes get 300-400 miles which happens quickly actually b/c i go for long walks with skylar but yeah anyway i get knee/foot pains and then i know to replace. saving money at all costs just aint worth it!

Thanks for the email today..it meant soo much :) you’re awesome and yes, baby steps with the cutting back. And I am so glad we have an adult understanding about commenting/reading and that life comes first and stealth reading or not reading at all, totally happens.

And the L not calling. Of course, his issue. They are so lame. Sorry girl you have to deal with that scene. Oy.


Katie March 15, 2010 at 5:31 am

I always love your posts, you are so creative!! I must say I loved the last post with the moustache!! U crack me up!! If I ever have a bad day, I just need to come read one of your posts and it will cheer me up!!!

Loving the new kicks and the homemade hummus sounds so good!!!!

Have a great week love !! xoxo

Jessica @ How Sweet It Is March 15, 2010 at 5:41 am

That hummus sounds amazing. I just recent;y became enamored with hummus. Hate it until recently. That just sounds so good!

Chelsea @ (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) March 15, 2010 at 5:55 am

Fate always seems to favor your eats. They’re always seriously amazing. That PB Topped Blondie dessert? That ranch hummus? That pasta-frittata? Yum, yum, and yum.

Awesome job on the run lady! Enjoy your new, cute pink sneakers. New shoes are always an extra motivation to get out there and make your legs gun it!

Erica March 15, 2010 at 6:32 am

Way to rock the run this AM! I really am enjoying experimenting with new hummus flavors. I just got some from the local food store that is cilantro and jalapeno. Um, its my favorite thing ever- delicious! Love your new shoes! PINK! And a great dinner. You’re making me crave some eggs of my own for din din. Have a good Monday

Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) March 15, 2010 at 6:48 am

Hooray for new shoes! I need to get myself some of those asap…Great job on the run, lady!

That blondie. The peanut butter. No words. YUM!

Therese March 15, 2010 at 9:20 am

Yay for pretty pink shoes!! My workout outfit this morning: pink running skirt, white tank, white and pink nike shoes. Thankfully the only one who saw me was my husband. Everyone at the gym might have thrown up on me :)

Eggs=good, pasta=good, EGG/PASTA Frittata=genius!!!!

janetha March 15, 2010 at 10:49 am

ranch seasoning in hummus. holy shit, why havent i thought of that?!?!?!?!?!

and running that early in the morning? i need whatever you are drinking. or smoking. so i can do that.

Kacy March 15, 2010 at 11:14 am

Loved this post. Sometimes the fates are kinda crazy. But I love every single thing they hooked up for you. Except for that no coffee thing – that was just cruel.

Tina March 15, 2010 at 11:19 am

haha! I love when things get all wonky…as long as they are in a good way, which yours seemed to be.

Evan Thomas March 15, 2010 at 11:38 am

No coffee? You poor poor soul.
Those fates… wow. Don’t know what that cartoonist had on his mind ;-)

Jessica March 15, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Ze bloggie is getting so cultural lately!! Holly babes, I love this :)

I’m drooling over the Nutzo. I seriously need to try that deliciousness asap but remember seeing the price tag at around 12 or 13 bucks last time I found it! Joke.

That hum-daddy sounds FABOO!!! I can’t remember the last time I had ranch and now i’m craving it!
Love the kicks! Mine are pink too–except that’s totally my style! ;)
Love you!

Katie March 15, 2010 at 1:07 pm

That pasta/egg fritatta looks perfect! A certian husband of mine would bow down to me if I made that. I’ll be sure to give you the credit. :-) Also – I have (and LOVE) three pairs of those running shoes. Aaaand love your early morning run..whohoo! Doesn’t it feel good to just be DONE with it?? I think so…

Happy Monday, Love. xoxo

Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) March 15, 2010 at 2:04 pm

Love your shoes! Are those the Asics Gel? I have Asics Gel and love them, but definitely need to learn to buy new pairs more often. :D

I need to find this Nuttzo peanut butter…I see it everywhere in blogland. :D

(p.s. Happy monday!! :D )

Lauren March 15, 2010 at 3:08 pm

Ah, your shoes are adorable! I say, they were totally worth the splurge. And your “out of the ordinary” day looks like it turned out sensational! :)

Hope you are well dear.

Cindy March 15, 2010 at 3:54 pm

yet clearly you still manage to put a big fat ole smile on my face, while i got to see you with that mustache again!

luv ya chickie!

samantha March 15, 2010 at 4:03 pm

Up at 7:30 am? On a Sunday? To run a really long distance? Can I get some of your dedication through osmosis? I didn’t go on my 7 mile run this weekend because it was raining. And my race is in a month. LAME!

BroccoliHut March 15, 2010 at 4:13 pm

I am ridiculously excited about your hummus creation. I MUST TRY IT ASAP!

Lo March 15, 2010 at 5:44 pm

oh how i have i missed you! i just got caught up wth the Indian food, the scones, the blondies…i am in heaven. LOVE UUUUU. and hope u got a green beer on saturday..i had about 20. eeeep.


Susan March 15, 2010 at 6:56 pm

“because pink is definitely not my style”

YES. I am sooo not a pink girl either. In fact, I have forbid the colour pink from being anywhere near my road bike. There is nothing badass about pink ;)

And double YES for a long run at the buttcrack of dawn on the weekend! I’m seriously impressed.

Finally, noodles in frittata is genius.

Did you spin today? I spun (span?), it was rough. Hope you had a stellar Monday!!! xoxo

Faith March 15, 2010 at 8:01 pm

Love that picture of the fates…never before have I seen them looking anything but old and haggard, lol! I think I need to make those blondies…

elise March 15, 2010 at 9:17 pm

ranch hummus? say whaaaaaaaat.

the lack of coffee is UN-acceptable.

im horrible about replacing my running shoes too :(

Taylor March 15, 2010 at 10:35 pm

I am running my first half marathon on May 2! Do you have any advice??

p.s. I wear asics too :)

Crunchy Granola Gal March 15, 2010 at 11:11 pm

hot kicks, miss holly. oh and will you please fedex me a blondie… kthanksbye!

Maya March 16, 2010 at 7:33 am

My grandma used to make me spaghetti frittata all the time and topped it with tomato sauce. So good! I am glad the fates wanted you to blog!

Kate March 16, 2010 at 1:32 pm

the red fate’s boob is the size of her head. yikes!

i need to make some of those blondies ASAP!

and yes, let me know the next time you are in MN. i think we would have great fun :)

clay March 16, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Hey just found your blog and I love it! First of all, Oats are my all time fav! I read your “about me” page and you seem very interesting so i hope to read more! I finally started my own blog and I love doing it!

Gabriela (froyolover) March 16, 2010 at 7:20 pm

Two words.
Wooow. Stunning pics and eats, girl!
Congrats on the amazing run!
I was never able to take naps during the day – but I bet you felt amazing afterwards!
Have a great week!

Alison March 16, 2010 at 8:26 pm

How do you do it? You are always so fun! The hummus and frittata (oy can’t spell) – totally look fabulous!

Hey BTW thanks for pointing me to coconut oil spray. I’ve been having fun with it. It really made my roasted asparagus taste dynomite!

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