TTT: Dinner, Tour Faves & Idle Time

A mid-week holiday is one way to totally throw off any routine, an uncharacteristically strong storm that causes power outages all around this city’s suburbs is another! Either way, we’re still here and finding ways to enjoy summer as we ignore the 100+ degree days and continue the countdown to vacation. In the meantime, these {Three Things Thursday} highlights take precedence:

1. The 15-minute Polenta Bean & CSA Zucchini dinner:

White Bean Zucchini & polenta Mix

1 zucchini, halved & sliced
1/4 c yellow onion slices
1/2 polenta “tube”, sliced & quartered (or 1 cup polenta, uncooked)
1 tomato, middle removed, sliced
1 cup white kidney beans
1/4 c fresh basil leaves, chopped
1 tbsp Olive Oil
~1/4 cup water
Salt & Pepper to taste

Heat oil over medium; add zucchini and onion, sautéing until softened.

Add polenta pieces & tomato slices. Stir frequently – polenta will soften and begin to spread, use water as needed, adding in 1 tbsp at a time. Mix in basil leaves & kidney beans, continue to stir and cook until the mixture is heated through. Season if needed.

Grab a fork, and enjoy!


2. Cav & Cancellara – making us proud!

I’m a huge fan of both Mark Cavendish & Fabian Cancellara. Luckily their strengths are different (sprinter, all-around strong rider + Time-Trial King), so I can cheer for them at the same time. Cancellara is proudly donning the Maillot Jaune (aka Yellow Jersey) – meaning he’s currently in the lead, thanks to his ridiculous TT performance in the Prologue. Cavendish took his first stage win nice & early, showing us how it’s done and doing his World Champion jersey* justice:

Cavendish World Champion TDF Stage win 2012

Image Source.

*The striped white jersey is only worn by the World Champion of that year. His “SKY” team name is clear, along with their sponsors, but he stands out from the team. 


3. Summer Speak: Are you “Busy”, too?

Opinionator, New York Times – The Busy Trap

D found and shared this article yesterday, and I couldn’t help but do the same. This is worth a read, a re-read, and a long thought process about how “busy” we are and why. My favorite line is undoubtedly this:

If your job wasn’t performed by a cat or a boa constrictor in a Richard Scarry book I’m not sure I believe it’s necessary.

If you know the books, you’ll appreciate the simplicity of the statement. It’s true.

The point of it all, is this :

Idleness is not just a vacation, an indulgence or a vice; it is as indispensable to the brain as vitamin D is to the body, and deprived of it we suffer a mental affliction as disfiguring as rickets. …it is, paradoxically, necessary to getting any work done.

Downtime/rest/recovery – whatever it’s called in your routine – is necessary. Our brains need the break, just like muscles do. Think about it, and pencil it in! We’re all “busy”, for whatever reason(s), but we can all make room for an idle moment (or two…).


With that, cheers to your day! Enjoy it. We’re almost through the week!

Who’s watching who in the Tour? Favorites?

What will your down time look like over the weekend?



Filed under cycling, dinners, in the News, Meatless Monday, recipes, things I Love

6 responses to “TTT: Dinner, Tour Faves & Idle Time

  1. I’ve never cooked with polenta! Looks like it adds a great consistency to the dish.

    That’s a great article and reminder… need to find more idle/down time this summer.

  2. We’re definitely watching the tour, but what the heck is with all these crashes?! Hoping to cancel cable after the tour is over. 🙂

  3. Ali

    So, true! Everyone is so busy these days. It is so important to take downtime. I love using polenta as well!.

  4. I can’t get behind Cavendish, ughhh maybe for the Olympics, just not my fave. I’m a Schleck fan:) Either way, all incredible riders.

    That Busy article has been making it’s way around and I hope people honestly give it some thought…but everyone’s reaction is to put it on FB, Twitter, email, lol.

  5. Mamacita

    I like the NY Times article and of course the reference to R. Scarry. You 2 will have some wonderful idle time on our deck in less than a week; complete with Mamacita’s latest favorite summer Prosecco cocktail.

    Love, Mamacita

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