Thursday, January 24, 2013

Beef & Bean Stew

It is no secret that I hate the idea of cardio. Treadmills, ellipticals, stairmasters and exercise bikes all bore me and there's no way that I could hike every day for cardio... much as I would love that... it just isn't feasible. I've started doing circuit training, and when I say started I mean the last week and a half. It has been great. The cardio section of my workout is over quick and I throw enough variety into the plan that I've managed to stave off boredom.

But on a night like tonight when the roads are slick and nasty, I don't like the idea of heading to the gym. So what's a girl to do?

A girl suits up in her cold weather gear, puts a reflective harness on herself and reflective slap bracelets on her appendages and she dons her flashing LED hat... for safety!

Reflective shoelaces, pants, harness, slap bracelets and an LED hat. Clearly ready to rock and roll!
One thing I cannot run without is music, but if I'm running at night without a buddy, I make sure to keep my music down low and I will only put in one earbud. ALWAYS be aware of your surroundings. When I'm running through the residential sections of my neighborhood, I'll often run in the parking lane or the bike lane. The street is better lit than the sidewalk.

My run ended up being 2 miles long. It was the first time I'd gone out for a "long" run in months. I could have gone further, but I didn't want to. Wet shoes will do that to a girl. I need to invest in some wool socks!

I came back from my run craving beef stew. The original chicken, quinoa, and steamed veggies plan was not going to cut it, even if I already had it prepped and ready for the microwave. Instead, I looked through  my cupboards and made this!

Mmmmm, stewy goodness. 

Beef & Bean Stew (serves 2), ~30 min

1 T extra virgin olive oil
1 T chopped garlic (I like Christopher Ranch)
6 oz lean top round steak cubed/chunked
2 C chopped kale
1 can of cannelini beans (white beans)
1 can of diced tomatoes

Add EVOO to a small saucepan on low-medium heat, cook until oil begins to ripple, about 1-2 min
Add garlic and cook til soft, about 4-5 minutes
Add beef and cook until just pink in the middle, about 7-8 minutes
Add kale, cover saucepan and cook until kale wilts, about 5 minutes
Add cans of cannelini beans and diced tomatoes, cover and cook until stew is heated throughout, about 10 minutes

Nutrition Facts (obtained by entering the ingredients into MyFitnessPal)
Total Fat: 13.5g
     Sat: 3.0g
     Poly: 1.0g
     Mono: 7.7g
     Trans: 0g
Cholesterol: 48.4g
Sodium: 1333.0mg
Potassium: 624.7mg
Total Carbs: 53.7g
     Dietary Fiber: 20.6g
     Sugars: 8.8g
Protein: 37.3g
Vit A: 223.5%
Vit C: 169%
Calcium: 30.3%
Iron: 37.2%

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