Creating on the Mat & in the Kitchen

Today I woke up by getting upside down. Alex’s yoga classes are always a surprise; today we practiced handstands and dancers, after balancing in half-moon and standing splits. My legs feel like they just put in some hilly miles, but really they’re just stretched and worked. Here’s hoping that’s a recipe for speedy tempo miles later!

Her theme today was to create; create a challenge, create a path to get there, create your goals and how to achieve them. Create something on the mat (or on a run) that you never have before; go into a new pose (or a new speed), try balancing longer (or running farther), or just throw caution to the wind and get upside down in a handstand (or sign up for a new race distance – those two sound about the same to me!). Think about how you push yourself physically, and translate that to any other area where you just feel stagnant.

I’ll let you take that to mean whatever it means to you. Create? Go.


In other news, this theme was appropriate for my kitchen creation, too. Orzo, I think we’re good together!

Parmesan & Veggie Orzo

1 c Dry Orzo
1 clove Garlic, minced
1 tbsp Canola Oil
2 c Water (or broth)
1 1/2 c Steamed Broccoli
1/2 c Roasted Red Pepper, Sliced
2 tbsp Grated Parmesan Cheese

Heat the oven to 400*; place dry orzo on a baking sheet and toast for ~5 minutes (until golden brown).

In a sauce pan, heat oil over medium; add the garlic and cook ~30 seconds (careful, it burns quickly!). Add the water and toasted orzo, bring to a boil and then simmer for 10-15 minutes. Stir slowly & frequently, allowing the orzo to soak in all of the liquid (plus excess oil, which will make a creamy texture).

Once all the liquid is absorbed, your orzo is creamy and ready for the veggies + cheese. Stir it all together!


iPhone picture; forgive the quality.

This is only my second date with orzo (see our first, here); we’re getting along very well, and I have more creamy plans for the next  creation. Greek yogurt, basil & tomatoes will be involved, which really makes it hard to go wrong.


What would you create? Anything goes!



Filed under about me, Goals, learning, new things!, training, Yoga

4 responses to “Creating on the Mat & in the Kitchen

  1. heheh your “easy” pace is now my tempo pace. waaaaaaaaaah! slow down. :p

    Looks like a PR plan to me! 😀

  2. MMM it’s like healthy risotto! Looks tasty.

    I always enjoy reading about your creative adventures in training AND in cooking!

    Thanks again for the goodies. 🙂

  3. great advice heather! I love yoga for that reason. We come ready to learn and to push or just let our body react. Running and yoga challenge me in new ways each day.

  4. Abby

    I think that orzo recipe sounds like it would be my friend as well! lol 🙂

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