by Jenn (eating bender) on June 12, 2011

I tend not to keep to any sort of schedule when it comes to exercise. On any given day, I will work out in the morning, afternoon or night, depending on what my other plans are for the day or how I’m feeling.

Sometimes, not having a clear idea of my workout goal leads to me to say, “I’ll just take the day off and relax tonight,” which typically happens at around 5:30 pm after a long day of work and after Bobby gets home and says his plans are to take it easy, too. This is very different from the exercise-obsessed person I was in college and I have to admit, I like the more easygoing me.

That said, there is one routine I would get up off my bum and run a marathon (well, that may be a little bit of an exaggeration) for in a heartbeat. It’s the routine that goes: complete the big workout, relish the big meal. Don’t get me wrong, I always enjoy the food I eat. But there is something about filling up – refueling, if you will – after a long, hard workout that makes the meal taste even better.

On Friday night, Bobby and I went to the gym and I ran while he did…what Bobby does at the gym. When we came home, we feasted on one of our all-time favorite meals: Fancy Mac ‘n’ Cheese.

The term “fancy” really just means adding whatever else we want to the top of Annie’s Whole Wheat Shells & White Cheddar. In Friday night’s case, it was a combination of shrimp and portabella mushrooms cooked in a spicy fajita marinade. It hot the spot.

We also refueled with a bottle of antioxidants. You know, to keep our complexions glistening.

The very same wine we had when Bobby got his cast off. It was just as amazing the second time.

Speaking of casts, yesterday we went biking.


No tandem bike involved, though we did see a couple riding one while we were out and I was tempted to yell, “Nooooooo!” šŸ˜‰ I received the above bike – banana yellow color and all – as a wedding gift from my brothers- and sisters-in-law.

Bobby and I went and picked it out a few weeks ago. We have now been out to ride twice and we absolutely love it! It took me a while to get used to the feeling because I hadn’t been on a bike since we crashed. But just as the saying promises, it was easy once I got back on.

Yesterday we rode 11 miles along the Lake Shore Path, down to 47th street. The weather was perfect. Note to self: overcast skies and cooler temperatures make for ideal biking weather!

Once we returned home, it was time to refuel again. On the menu: PIZZA!

We used another one of our Boboli whole wheat crusts as the base.

From there, we built our masterpiece! First with tomato sauce, then with veggies (tomato, green pepper, red pepper, mushroom and spinach), then with meat (chicken sausage and pepperoni) and finally, with mozzarella cheese.

We baked it in the oven at 450 degrees for 10 minutes, aka when the cheese began to brown.

This was one of our best pizza successes yet. Typically, we have trouble getting the spinach to wilt or the veggies are still a bit too watery by the time the rest of the pizza is done. Not so this time! We eagerly gobbled up our respective halves.

So far, so delicious. I’m refueling again tonight via dinner with the women from Traveling Pans and am sure that there will be plenty of gorgeous food to share with you. Tonight’s theme is Chicago Neighborhoods.

In honor of my heritage, I picked something Polish. Any guesses?

Hope your weekend has been equally fun and delicious!


1 MarathonVal June 12, 2011 at 10:40 am

I looove yellow (my favorite color) and have never seen a yellow bike before! I want one!!

2 Erica June 12, 2011 at 10:46 am

owww- the topping on the Mac n Cheese looks so good! A great way to make a fancy, easier dinner! I love your bike! Josh and I are planning to get bikes post baby. Yellow is my favorite color, so I’d be all over that banana yellow :) Have a great Sunday

3 Melissa @ TryingToHeal June 12, 2011 at 1:29 pm

ah, love the refueling process from running! and nice bike! reminds me i need to fix my tires so i can take mine out…although riding in the mountains is going to be difficult!

4 sarah June 12, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Oh yes, refueling is the best. After my rides this weekend I FEASTED and seriously food never tasted so good. That said, I don’t want to eat another pb&j, banana, or gu for a LONG time…I must have had 8 each throughout the ride. And I love your bike! Yay for fun colors! Mine is bright blue :)

5 Amanda @ Fashionably Plate June 12, 2011 at 3:26 pm

I love eating big meals after hard core workouts! I also love your blog! I am visiting Chicago soon and can’t wait to try out some of the eating places you always write about!

6 Lauren June 12, 2011 at 7:34 pm

I admit, I often use my workouts as an excuse to eat a huge meal. I know you’re not supposed to do that, but you are right, there is nothing like refueling after a hard workout. :)

7 broccolihut June 12, 2011 at 8:14 pm

What a beautiful pizza! It looks so hearty and delicious.

8 Megan June 12, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Hmm…I hope it was perogis! I heart perogis. :) I love fancy mac ‘n cheese too- but I’m sure that surprises no one.

9 VeggieGirl June 15, 2011 at 11:47 am

Yellow bike = amazing. My favorite color!

My guess is pierogies? šŸ˜€

10 Smore June 15, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Fancy mac n cheese haha I love it. And that pizza looks like a monster!

11 Monique June 17, 2011 at 1:14 pm

That’s a beautiful meal!! I’m all about bottles of antioxidants šŸ˜‰

12 Monika @ Powered By Paprika June 17, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Okay, okay I’m Polish too :)

So my guess is pierogis, kapusta, golumpkis, white borsch, or potato pancakes– hope you’re pairing it with some smooth Polish vodkas šŸ˜‰

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