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November 24, 2010

I Cook! Again!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 11:14

Okay so it’s been awhile. I know.  But last weekend I decided to stray again into being domesticated.  And I’ve decided to share.  Mostly because I remembered to take pictures and partly because Thanksgiving is on Thursday and I’ve decided to bless my family with only my beautiful face.

AKA I will not have any sort of Thanksgiving dish to share with you post-Thanksgiving.  Or at least anything that I’ve created.  So goes the plan although I will lay out the disclaimer that I could get roped into something.  After all I’m typing this out on Sunday night (who knows when I’ll post it though!) and plans can change.  Fingers crossed all I have to do is show up for the meal 😉

I have no idea where this recipe is from, as I got it from a co-worker. But it’s really good.  Considering that I HATE pasta (oops I’m a runner?) I think that it means the recipe is good.

Greek Vegetable Pasta (this is vegetarian for all you veggie lovers out there)

Oops for far away picture. Close up at the end.


  • 8 oz bowtie pasta
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup butter (or margarine 😉 )
  • 1 lb zuccini and/or yellow squash (I used a mix of the two) halved lengthwise, cut crosswise into 1/4″ thick slices (Orrrrrrrr I just chopped up ~4 cups worth of the stuff and didn’t worry about presentation)
  • 1 cup sliced red onion
  • 2 gloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. dried Greek seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 can (~15 oz) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tbs. capers, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tbs. fresh mint leaves, thinly sliced
  • 4 oz feta cheese (roughly 1 cup) (I kept this on the side to add in as people wanted)


  • Cook pasta and drain reserving ~1/2 cup of the cooking water
  • Grate 1 tsp. zest and squeeze 2 tbs. lemon juice from the lemon, reserve separately
  • In a large nonstick skillet pan, melt butter over medium high heat
  • Add zucchini and squash, onion, garlic, seasoning, salt and pepper
  • Cook and stir occasionally until the vegetables softened (this took ~5-7 minutes)
  • Add chickpeas, capers, pasta, lemon juice and pasta water.  Cook this until heated and then remove from the heat
  • Stir in the mint and the zest
  • Sprinkle with cheese if desired


As far as running went today, well it didn’t. These allergies / this cold (I’m not sure which) is bothering me again. I think it’s allergies as I couldn’t sleep last night due to post-nasal drip and ONE sinus being congested.  And I have a cough that isn’t dry but I can’t seem to cough anything up.  Ah well.  I’m sure y’all really wanted to know all my sickly woes. Although when my alarm went off at 5am I (audibly I think) said “EFF THIS” and slept for a little more. Even if this isn’t a cold the few extra hours of sleep won’t be a bad thing especially after I got as close to a tempo/GMP run as ever yesterday

But my miles are going to have to come after work (if at all. I’m not too worried because it’s taper time).  It was such a lovely morning (albeit a bit windy) that I’m kind of kicking myself for not getting out there earlier.  But hopefully it’s still nice out when I get out there late.   Since it’s the day before Thanksgiving I’m hoping that I can get out of the office early to run The boss just called and said we all had to leave here at 1300.  Yippee! before seeing “A Christmas Carol” tonight which I’m really excited about.

Busy day (complete with tiara again) but fingers crossed I get a short recovery run in there!

Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving! Good luck to all in Turkey Trots and whatever else people call them.  My brother asked to run one with me and I told him “There is no way I’m getting embarrassed on Thanksgiving by my younger brother” (he’s 14).  So my game plan is to do the 13-15 mile “long run” (golly gee how 15 miles seems soooo not like a long run!) and then head over to my mom’s house for some good eats.  And, like I mentioned above, not prepared by me.

And, of course, I want to watch the Pats (duh) while catching some of the Macy’s parade and Charlie Brown.  Hey, when you live without cable (or actual television at all) then you binge at your mom’s house. Duh.

I was going to put a serious Charlie Brown picture up buttttt obviously this was cooler to me. I do ❤ Charlie though.

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  1. Enjoy your run after work:) Your Greek Vegetable Pasta looks amazing!! Can you ship that to me:) Poor Charlie!

    Comment by janae — November 24, 2010 @ 11:18

  2. You sound like me with the dry cough and sinus issues. Here’s to a speedy recovery for the both of us. Happy Turkey Day!

    Comment by Kirstie — November 24, 2010 @ 11:19

  3. Ahahaha… funny how I don’t remember seeing that Charlie Brown special? 😉

    I love using Greek Seasoning. I went through a phase a couple years ago where that is all I would use… Love may be an understatement.

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — November 24, 2010 @ 11:24

  4. SISTA!!! the veggie-tarian in me lovess the beginning of this post….but cries at the end (you not feeling well=me not feeling well!!), get those allergies under control! we’ve got a little run in our future! I can’t wait!!!! I heart you booboo!

    Comment by lizzyj1305 — November 24, 2010 @ 12:50

  5. mmmm that looks/sounds realllly good! Happy Thanksgiving!

    Comment by Bethany — November 24, 2010 @ 12:57

  6. …and I Hungry again!

    Comment by Julie @ Hotlegs Runner — November 24, 2010 @ 12:59

  7. I really hope we get a subscription to Netflix for Christmas so I can go on a TV binge in Jan and Feb (not much else to do, right?). I try not to watch much TV normally (no cable either) but it’s kind of fun to catch up on shows I’ve only heard of when the weather is nasty.

    Comment by Chelsea — November 24, 2010 @ 13:59

  8. That actually looks pretty good 😉

    Comment by Matt — November 24, 2010 @ 14:00

  9. have a great little run tomorrow morning! So wish I could run, but I know rest is best. Have a happy Thanksgiving!

    Comment by J — November 24, 2010 @ 14:12

  10. Thanks for sharing the yummi-ness! Looks fab and I plan to try it!!

    Enjoy your taper time!

    Comment by Jess @ Blonde Ponytail — November 24, 2010 @ 14:43

  11. Good call on respecting your cold and scrapping the run. Thanksgiving food will have you cured in no time!

    Comment by sweatykid — November 24, 2010 @ 15:47

  12. as usual, i am confused by the sunday-written post and then the today-written post. but it’s ok, my mental capacity’s fault, not yours.

    yeah i def don’t make anything for thanksgiving and i don’t intend on starting anytime soon. except maybe a dessert. when someone asks me to bring something that’s when i’ll say oh sorry, can’t make it. haha.

    Comment by lindsay — November 24, 2010 @ 19:52

  13. Happy Thanksgiving! That pasta looks yummy, I love feta and chickpeas in pasta 🙂

    Comment by Laura @ box run eat — November 25, 2010 @ 05:01

  14. Hahahah….poor Charlie Brown! 🙂
    Have a very Happy Thanksgiving, girl!! It has been a blessing to have your blog to read – what an inspiration you are to me everyday! Though our paths didn’t cross in Boston this past year (whaaaa), I am certain one day they will soon!!

    Comment by Jill — November 25, 2010 @ 11:42

  15. Poor Charlie! 🙂 Hope you feel better soon – the pasta looks fab and I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    Comment by Terri — November 25, 2010 @ 14:02

  16. That greek veggie pasta looks lovely!!

    Comment by Jess — November 25, 2010 @ 17:58

  17. Tis the season for colds and allergies – better now than the day before the marathon. Your Greek pasta looks yummy! I love anything with fetaaa.

    Comment by Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) — November 26, 2010 @ 08:31

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