Tasty roasted broccoli quinoa and training plans

So today I did it…I bit the bullet and printed out my faithful Hal Higdon full marathon training plan.  I am still on the fence about running a full with my husband deploying, but after night’s like tonight with my teen, I think I may have some mama drama that will need to be left on the trails this next year.  I asked my husband if he could pack up one of us to deploy with him, but that doesn’t seem to be an option.  Lord help us this next year, LOL…

I already have a good base with 6-7 miles done easy, so I have some time to decide.  We shall see…


Tomorrow we are having a “healthy food” potluck at work, so I decided to make my roasted broccoli and quinoa salad.  This salad is SO easy that I made it WHILE cooking dinner tonight.



2 bags of your favorite quinoa, I use a brown rice/quinoa mix-cook according to package directions

2 cups of roasted broccoli-season with olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder and roast at 375 degrees for about 30 minutes or until the edges are nice and golden brown

2-3 green onions chopped at a diagonal

The zest of one lemon

1/4 cup of gruyere cheese (I prefer mild), cut in small cubes

1 teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar

1 cup of toasted pecans

Mix all ingredients well, and finish with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of salt.


My healthy dish is ready!

What’s your favorite healthy dish to pass for potlucks at work or with family?  What’s your best release for teenage girl drama?



27 Comments on “Tasty roasted broccoli quinoa and training plans

  1. This sounds delicious. The cheese would be reason enough for me to try this!! Yummy! Good luck with your full marathon training.

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  2. A healthy potluck! That’s a great idea for my workplace. I’m on the committee that organizes monthly potlucks. A real bonus to shed those holiday pounds, for sure! Wow, thank you for the amazing idea!

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    • Thanks! I use the same training plan (Hal Higdon’s plan) each time, but I modify the mid week long run, and do cross training instead because it saves my knee from extra wear and tear.


  3. You’ve got quite a time ahead of you – marathon training would definitely be a great option to relieve stress and get your head back in the game! I don’t have teenage girls…but working out has been a life-saver for me while raising my boys! The broccoli quinoa looks great – the perfect healthy option for a potluck (haven’t been to one of those in a long while!) Have fun, and be good Michelle!!

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  4. That salad looks fabulous – I love all of your recipes so much! I am so excited to follow your marathon training. Hal is on my list of peeps to try, maybe he will be my next conquest after I get through Hansons!

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    • Thanks, Allison!!! This is technically “week 1” for me, so I plan on getting a 6 miler in this weekend. I modify his plans, focusing more on his long run progression, with a little “cut back” every 3rd week. I also don’t do a mid week long run, and substitute it with biking/cardio/cross training. My knees thank me for it, LOL!

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  5. I think it’s great that you’ve got a goal for while your husband’s away. You’ll probably have to be a little flexible with it and not get upset if some of the runs have to be sacrificed on the alter of parenting but that sense of achievement when you cross the finish line will be so much more.


  6. Oh my gosh that broccoli salad looks so good! I hope you’re able to get some time to yourself out on the trails this spring!


  7. I think a marathon will be a GREAT release for teenage girl angst! This recipe sounds so good AND easy. In fact I have that quinoa/rice mix in the pantry! Thank goodness for Costco!

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