Birthday “Refresh” Recipe + At Home “11 Workout”

After several days of eating cake and ice cream in a row, by Sunday, my body was craving vegetables. Since it is tailgate season, I had recently pulled out my “Taste of Virginia Tech” cookbook that I got for my birthday two years ago. The authors of the cookbook have actually shared student’s favorite recipes from dining halls and local restaurants. I scanned through the book for a healthy, hearty vegetarian recipe that could be easily reheated throughout the week (or even frozen if we couldn’t finish it all). The Spring Minestrone Soup nailed it. Don’t let the name fool you. This recipe can be used any time of the year.

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I snapped a picture of the list of ingredients before heading to the grocery store. Really, it is easy. See below. This is my own twist of ingredients (that should make it easier to remember and require less measuring!).

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  • 4 Cups of vegetable broth (this is give or take a tall box of broth)
  • 1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 4 gloves of garlic, chopped
  • 2 pounds of fingering potatoes, cut into several pieces (I bought a bag, no need to weigh)
  • 1 pound canned artichoke hearts, chopped (I used 2 14 oz cans)
  • 2 14 oz can of chickpeas (drained and cooked)
  • 4 Tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 bundle of green onions, chopped
  • 1 frozen package of peas (approximately 1.5-2 pounds)
  • 1 bundle of asparagus
  • Italian Seasoning, salt and pepper to taste

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I’m sorry, but I can’t share the details of how to cook the soup (that wouldn’t be fair to the authors of the book). You should be able to figure it out as best you can. If not, come by and check the book out OR dare I say buy it? Did you know Virginia Tech is consistently ranked #1 for dining halls at public universities? It might be worth it!

At Home “11 Workout”

Our daughter finally had a decent night’s sleep on Sunday. Joy! That meant that my husband and I both got a good night’s sleep (which ultimately means we were both refreshed enough to work out on Monday morning). Since I was on the bike and running Friday-Sunday, I opted for an at-home strength workout. As the name implies, repetitions revolved around the number “11”.

photo 4-9 Total workout time was approximately 40 minutes. Yes, longer than a typical Monday. Believe me, I needed it. Equipment used was two moderate weight dumbbells.

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Warm up – Since I was at home and it was cool out, I did the entire workout on the driveway. Over three minutes, I warmed up by completing the following exercises back and forth on the driveway: jogging, high knees, butt kicks, side shuffle and imperial walkers. I finished with a set of jumping jacks.

Workout  – There are two parts to the workout. Complete the first part entirely before moving on to the second part.

Part 1

I did something very similar to this last week. Alternate between weighted squats and burpees. Start by completing 10 weighted squats, followed by 1 burpee (Get it? 11 reps). Next do 9 weighted squats, followed by 2 burpees. Follow the progression until you do 1 weighted squat, and 10 burpees.

Part 2

Complete the following circuit of exercises sequentially.

  • Step Ups x11 each leg
  • Tricep Dips x11
  • Isolated Bicep Curls x11 each arm
  • Mountain Climbers x11 each leg
  • Kickbacks + Fire Hydrants x11 each leg/each exercise
  • Upright Rows x11
  • Side Plank Dips x11 each side

Repeat the circuit of exercises, this time completing 10 reps of each. Continue repeating the sequence of exercises, dropping one rep each round, until you only complete 1 rep of each exercise. If that isn’t clear you are completing this circuit 11 times. 11 reps the first time, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, and finally 1. Whew! It makes me tired just explaining it.

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