Butternut Fueled Tempo

I may as well admit that I never really “plan” weekly menus. I pick up produce at the market that is in season, looks fresh, and at the very least boasts a sticker that says “Product of the USA”. Our grocery budget rollercoasters week by week, but never strays far from a “norm” (if there is one), because we limit extra purchases to those I simply can’t resist.

This time around, that included a Colorado-grown Butternut Squash and some on-sale Asparagus. As I step into the kitchen, these things create themselves. Today, I have even more Orange for your plates….

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Butternut & Asparagus Vegetable Simmer

1/2 Butternut squash, peeled & cubed
1/4 cup purple onion, chopped
1/2 bunch of Asparagus, cut into fourths
3 red potatoes, rinsed & cut into ~1 1/2 inch pieces
~3/4 cup Organic Vegetable Broth (covers bottom of 9 x 9 pan)
Seasonings: Salt, Pepper, Cinnamon
~1-2 tbsp Olive Oil

Prepare all vegetables. Heat oven to 400*. In a 9 x 9 glass pan, cover bottom with Vegetable broth. Add all vegetables, seasoning to taste and mixing well. Drizzle with Olive Oil.

Maybe add a little more cinnamon…just because.

Cover with foil & bake for 30 minutes.

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Remove foil and bake for an additional 5 minutes.

Serve with toast (or a slice of warm French bread, if you’ve planned ahead), and for those who like an extra kick – spicy Bbq sauce!

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This morning, I headed out for one last Tempo run so the legs could get their energy out before Sunday. They needed this little Hump-day burst:

9:20, 7;46, 7:35, 7:28, 8:55. 5 miles, 41:08, avg 8:13 (overall)

Now, all we have left together is an Easy 3 miles, and some Yoga!
Countdown: 4 days….



Filed under dinners, food, recipes, Speed workouts, training

10 responses to “Butternut Fueled Tempo

  1. Gorgeous roasted veggies — I love seeing all the color!

  2. You’re almost there! You’re gonna rock this marathon, I know it! How you feeling mentally?

  3. Lot of pressure here on the comment….

    I can’t believe it’s not butternut? No… Butter nut than later? Hmmm

    Well happy 4 day countdown, either way.

  4. 4 days?? WOW! I can’t wait to read your recap!

  5. That looks delish and I have a hankering for some fresh squash… yum!

    Awesome tempo run. SO CLOSE NOW!

  6. Ann

    Good luck on Sunday, Heather! Following your blog posts has inspired me to train for a half-marathon with perhaps a full marathon in the not so distant future. I love your positive spirit. Go get that RnR marathon!

    -Ann (Becky’s “boss” at PSU)

  7. The countdown really is ON. I’m so excited for you!

  8. that looks delish!!!! 🙂

    we will be marathoning on the same day! we actually have a layover in Denver too! WEIRD!!! 🙂

    Ill be thinking of you!

  9. You are almost there and have come so far. This Sunday is going to be amazing! 🙂

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