Asian Broccoli Salad with Sesame Almond Dressing

February 15, 2019

I’ve been using (and eating!) riced vegetables a lot lately. They’re just so easy and convenient. They cook quickly, can be added to so many dishes, and best of all, good for you! (For more riced vegetable ideas, click here, here, and here.) So, here’s another recipe involving riced vegetables. This time, I used riced broccoli as the basis for a delicious salad.

That’s a 15-ounce bag of riced broccoli from Read the rest of this entry »

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I’ll Be Competing in a SIX-HOUR Stair Race Next Month! Here’s How You Can Help!

February 10, 2019

Hello again! I’ve been busy and haven’t updated this blog in nearly two weeks. Wow. Nothing to worry about – I’m taking good care of myself. But there is a lot of change coming, and I’m very excited. I’ll share everything in due time, but for now, I’ve registered for a few races I wanted to tell you about, including the longest, hardest, most challenging test of endurance I’ve ever signed up for: A SIX-HOUR STAIR RACE!

I get goosebumps just thinking about it: Read the rest of this entry »


I Pulled a Strange Can Out of the Back of My Cupboard, and Then I Opened It and Ate It

January 28, 2019

You know how you sometimes find things buried deep in your cupboard or pantry, and you don’t remember when you bought them, or why? I had one of those moments the other night, when I was looking for something else and stumbled across a can of… turnip greens.

I have no memories of buying this. Don’t know where it came from, how much I paid, or what I was going to do with it.

But I was happy to find it, because I’ve never had turnip greens before, and they’re super healthy. Just like other dark leafy greens (including kale, chard, and spinach), turnip greens are high in calcium, fiber, vitamins A, C, E, K, and B6, and have a ton of other nutrients. And this can had no added salt, which was fantastic, as a lot of canned goods can be surprisingly loaded with sodium. Go Allen’s!

I cracked open the can, and it looked like any other wilted green.

But what to do with it? I’m not a southerner, haven’t spent much time in the south, and while I’ve tried and enjoyed collard greens a few times, I’m no expert at greens.

So I decided to use them as part of a warm, easy vegetable salad.

I dumped the can in a saucepot and started letting it simmer with a little olive oil. Meanwhile, in a big skillet, I started cooking 1/2 a yellow onion in some olive oil, and once it started softening, added a bag of Trader Joe’s riced vegetable medley.

They call is a medley, but it’s mostly cauliflower, with a token amount of broccoli, carrot, and onion added in.

Soon, I had two things cookin’, on two different burners.

I kept the turnip greens separate, initially, because I thought I might have to drain off the liquid, and sure enough, that’s exactly what I did once it all got warmed through. I wanted to end up with a salad, not a soup!

Once the riced veggies was cooked through, I added the turnip greens, stirred it all up, and made myself a big bowl.

As a dressing for my warm salad, I combined two things that I had never thought would go together: caesar dressing (from a bottle) and sriracha (also from a bottle). I ordered a warm salad with this combo at a restaurant a couple weeks ago, and enjoyed it. And since I had both ingredients in the fridge, why not do it again?

Ta-da! Warm turnip greens salad.

You may be noticing that this meal is missing a source of protein. Yea, I noticed it too. I was going make some fish to go on top, but I forgot, earlier in the day, so put some out to thaw. Oh well, it happens. I ended up just making a protein shake. Boring, but true.

The salad, meanwhile, was delicious. To be honest, I couldn’t differentiate the turnip greens from any of the other greens I’ve eaten. If I was told it was spinach, I would have no reason to doubt it. But, I liked cooked greens, and I love veggie-heavy meals like this, so I was pretty happy.

Plus there was plenty of leftovers! I only dressed the portion I ate, so the rest of it wasn’t soggy the next day when I ate it for lunch.

Oh – and guess what I found in the pantry, next to the turnip greens? MUSTARD GREENS! I’m no fortune teller, but maybe I’ll have a similar meal again in the future. Or maybe I’ll make a mustard green omelet! So many options.

Keep it up, David!

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JJ Saw His First Waterfall… and There’s Video!

January 27, 2019

I took JJ on a great hike to Switzer Falls.

And here’s the little YouTube video of JJ splashing around in the pool, fetching sticks! Spoiler alert: It’s adorable. Read the rest of this entry »


A San Diego Stair Adventure!

January 21, 2019

I was in San Diego over the weekend, and met up with my friend Z at one of his favorite stair training venues… and it was awesome!

We met at San Diego Mesa College, a community college that’s literally on a geographical mesa. The campus is Read the rest of this entry »


What Am I Going To Do With All These Olives?

January 17, 2019

Sprouts, my favorite supermarket, had huge, 21-ounce jars of green olives on sale for $2.99. Sold!

(JJ thinks he likes olives, and I don’t know whether he does or doesn’t. He doesn’t get people food.)

I love olives, but I want to use them in new ways, apart from eating them straight from the jar (even though that’s a perfectly suitable option). Read the rest of this entry »


600 Stories or Bust! (2019 Dallas Vert Mile Race Recap)

January 15, 2019

It was 5:05am when I arrived at the Reunion Tower in Dallas yesterday, underneath a swirl of dancing, colorful lights. I was here to compete, for the second time, in the hardest race I’ve ever done.

The Dallas Vert Mile had been on my calendar for months, but a pre-race knot formed in my stomach as I Read the rest of this entry »