Tea for Two

28 Jul

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I had an awesome landlady for the 3 years I lived off-campus during university. As in, free parking in the driveway, drive you to the hospital and wait with you for 5 hours and pay the parking ticket when you needed stitches kind of awesome. So when I bought a groupon to Dishington’s, a tea room just outside of London, I called her and asked her if she wanted to get together for lunch to catch up (she’s an avid HHH reader…Hi Lynne!). Thankfully, she accepted, and Tuesday we had lunch.

When I thought tea room, I was thinking creamy salads, sandwiches and baked goods, but thankfully, I managed to find some healthier options (since this week/weekend are PACKED with food-focused occasions, I didn’t want to start 80/20 –ing too early Winking smile). I ordered the “soup, salad and biscuits” with a garden salad. The soup of the day was tomato vegetable, so pretty healthy. I didn’t snap a picture of the biscuits, but I only ate one (no butter). I LOVE biscuits, but rarely eat them, so it was a nice treat. The salad was your average salad, and the soup was good.IMG_2306

Lynne and I decided to share a dessert. Given my love for peanut butter and chocolate, when we heard that peanut butter chocolate ice cream cake was the feature, that was our choice – YUM! It was pretty much just as delicious as it looked and sounded. The tea was good, but I was a little disappointed that at a fancy tea room, it was just Lipton! I was hoping for something a little more special.

All-in-all, it was a great lunch though. So nice to catch up with Lynne, who is no longer my landlady, but a dear friend. And I treated myself without going too overboard.IMG_2313

After saying good bye to Lynne, I headed downtown to The Running Room to get new runners. My current pair have been through a marathon and a half marathon with me, so they were well past their prime. After consulting with the helpful staff, I came away with the most expensive running shoes I’ve ever owned – these Asics. The guy told me that the shoes I have now weren’t supportive enough for my arches (I expected as much. I have flat feet and was in MAJOR pain when I crossed the finish line last fall at my marathon). I’m planning my “maiden run” in them today, so I’ll keep you posted!

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I was really hungry by the time I got back home (around 6). Although my lunch included some yummy treats, what it didn’t include was very much protein. I wanted something that would be satisfying and filling, but still pretty light. Enter: zucchini “pasta” with meat sauce.

Not only does zucchini “pasta” IMG_2309have way less carbs and calories than the usual stuff, it also cooks up WAY quicker ( a great benefit when your stomach’s eating itself). All you do is use a vegetable peeler to make thing strands from the zucchini. As long as it’s not too big and seedy, you can use the whole thing (one medium zucchini makes one serving).

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I cooked my “noodles” in salted water in my microwave cooker for 4 minutes, drained, seasoned with salt and pepper and that’s it!

 

 

 

 

For my quick meat sauce, I sauteed ground turkey, onion, garlic, mushrooms, IMG_2308red pepper and yellow pepper (from my garden!) in a teaspoon of olive oil until browned. Then, I added part of a can of San Marzano tomatoes, a splash of red wine (because it was sitting there, I was feeling rebellious, and I like the taste of wine in sauces, just not to drink)and salt and pepper; brought to a boil, then reduced the heat and simmered for a few minutes.

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Right at the end, I stirred in a generous handful of chopped fresh basil and oregano, simmered for a few more minutes, and we were good to go. I poured the sauce over my “pasta,” added some Parmesan, garnished with more fresh basil, and dinner was served!

 

Thank you to those of you who submitted questions to me earlier in the week. I plan to answer them in a post to come – it’s just been a bit crazy this week. Stay tuned for the rest of my eating adventures (and a shoe summary).

If you are a runner (or any other type of exerciser for that matter) have you shelled out the big bucks for shoes, and was it worth it?

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8 Responses to “Tea for Two”

  1. Cheryl moreau July 28, 2011 at 10:36 am #

    Hey Hilary, just wanted to say I read your most recent blog post and I also have super-flat (Aka Flinstone) feet and I, too was wearing Asics for arch support, before I tried the Vibrams. Just to say I thought they might notbe supportive enough, but they are actually the only shoes that don’t hurt my feet!  Anyways, just in case next time around you want to try something different, they might be worth a shot!  Btw, loving the blog and meal ideas!!

  2. Cheryl moreau July 28, 2011 at 1:18 pm #

    Hey Hilary, just wanted to say I read your most recent blog post and I also have super-flat (Aka Flinstone) feet and I, too was wearing Asics for arch support, before I tried the Vibrams. Just to say I thought they might notbe supportive enough, but they are actually the only shoes that don’t hurt my feet!  Anyways, just in case next time around you want to try something different, they might be worth a shot!  

    I also made zuchini noodles for lunch, amazing! Love the extra little crunch they have!

    • hungryhealthyhilary July 28, 2011 at 11:32 pm #

      Thanks Cheryl…this is good information to have! I am intrigued by the Vibrams…and thanks for the blog feedback too!

  3. Cheryl moreau July 28, 2011 at 1:20 pm #

    Sorry, I didn’t see the comment before on the mobile view. Feel free to delete one!

  4. Er July 28, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

    Okay that peanut butter ice cream cake looks out of this world!

  5. realfoodkatiesway July 28, 2011 at 11:18 pm #

    Oh my gosh all of your eats look amazing as usual….You are putting me to shame girl!!

    I recently shelled out WAY too much money on runners myself….The difference is night and day for me so it was well worth it…My body is no where near as sore after long runs as it used to be….I can’t wait to hear all about your breaking them in!!!

    The weekend is upon us love!

    • hungryhealthyhilary July 28, 2011 at 11:33 pm #

      Yay! First run today was a-ok…..but more details to come…thanks for sharing!

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