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Plan B - Rest Day
Well, let me just say this, those hill repeats seriously kicked my ass (and quads). Yowzers. My legs feel like lead today. I feel like I did nothing but a million squats yesterday. All good though. It just meant that today was my rest day rather than tomorrow. I can bend a little, especially when there was no way I was doing anything that involved working my legs ;-)

Oddly enough, however, I woke up wide-eyed (not exactly bushy-tailed) at 5:26, which is when I have been getting up to go run. Apparently my brain missed the "rest day" memo. Do you ever have those days when you know it is going to be a mandatory rest day, but part of your body or mind is still thinking you should be working out? Maybe it's just because it's habit.

I have to say, when I don't post a workout, I feel like my posts are insanely short. But, short isn't always a bad thing right? Better than unnecessary rambling (which I'm beginning to do).

Plan B - Quorn Picatta
I thought I was going to make fajitas for dinner. I thought that would be super fast, super easy, and veggie filled. I realized that I was out of any protein for the fajitas or even mushrooms to pretend. What stinks is that we went to Whole Foods at lunch. I was going to pick up some tempeh, but they were out of all but the plain, which I don't care for as much. Figures right? Jason had mentioned making Quorn Picatta using Quorn cutlet. This is a dish that he typically makes, but I figured I could pull it off...surely. The last time we made it, I just listed the ingredients, but this time I thought I would actually give it to you as a real recipe:

Quorn Picatta
2-3 tbsp capers
1/4 red onion, finely diced
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup white wine
juice of half of 1 lemon
To taste: fresh ground black pepper, parsley
Optional: salt, pat of butter

Saute red onions, garlic, capers, and white wine until onions are very soft and sauced starts to cook down and thicken. Stir in the parsley and lemon juice and season with salt and pepper if desired.

Optional: stir in small amount of butter to loosen up the sauce (I like mine without the butter). We've never tried using a vegan butter, but this might be a good option.

I served this with Smashed Cauliflower and Sauteed Green Beans, Red Bell Peppers, and Onions.

If you are a fan of capers, then I think you'd like this sauce. It would be good with other proteins like a grilled or baked tofu as well.


  1. I love it when I work on something and know (feel) it the next day! Dinner looks delicious! I have yet to try a cauliflower mash. I don't know why I am waiting! Looks good!

  2. thus why I hate rest days...I usually WANT to work out :) That's why I struggle with it and would rather take a rest day when I NEED it and can't bear to wake up and get 'er done. But I know, I need to, so I commend you for sticking to it :)

  3. I love picatta and anything with capers, LOL.

    Glad you had a rest day. As you always tell me, those are just as important. ;-)

    have a great evening,

  4. I did hill repeats yesterday too and and glutes and quads are SORE too. A good sore though.
    I love this recipe. It looks simple, clean, and delicious.

  5. I haven't tried Quorn yet, but I saw it in the freezer section yesterday.- this recipe looks like a great way to incorporate it.
    Glad you got to take a rest day, even though the brain thought otherwise. :)
    Hope today was better @ work & YAY for Friday tomorrow!!

  6. Sorry your body forgot its a rest day and woke up at the same time, had to break a habit, same things happens to me.
    I am not a caper fan but your red pepper, green bean and onion mix looks devine!

  7. ooh yes! i LOVE capers! never heard of quorn cutlets before...very interesting. i do like tempeh. :)

  8. AnonymousJuly 08, 2010

    I wish we had quorn cutlets here - they aren't available! I've never tried capers, I'm actually not entirely sure what they are - off to google!

  9. I LOVE QUORN! they are actually from england and I go to england at least once a year and I totally go bananas and buy them in every variety! I get the fajitas, meatballs, shepard's pie, everything! Your legs must be in awesome shape!

  10. Mmmmm...I LOVE capers! I haven't had those quorn cutlets in a long time, but I used to love them as well! I think I kind of ate too many of them and got sick of them, but it's time for a comeback!

  11. Sarena @ The Non-Dairy Queen It took me forever to decide to finally try the cauliflower smash. It's so good and I hate that I waited so darn long!

    Jolene @ To Be Determined Most of the time I happily accept my rest day - when it's on the schedule day LOL. But, I have definitely learned to be more flexible.

    Alicia @ Vegan Epicurean Capers are the best aren't they. I think they can go in just about anything...well maybe not, but pretty close ;-)

    Lindsay @ Cotter Crunch It is a good sore isn't it. You know you worked hard that's for sure.

    Holly @ Greek Yogurt and Apple Slices Hey girl - I think you'd probably like Quorn. We really enjoy the taste and texture and it's a non-soy based product. Work was much better thank you for asking!

    Bela @ It's Life, Max it Out Maybe it's a sign that I'm becoming a morning workout person perhaps??? I love the combo of green beans with the onions and peppers. Another nice touch is slivered almonds.

    Diana @ The Chic Life Quorn is a non-soy product. The packaging is orange and typically found with the organic frozen foods or other veggie stuff like Amy's products.

    Sarah @ Run Sarah Oh sorry you can't get Quorn products there. That really stinks. Capers have a rather salty/briny flavor. When you cook with them, you definitely don't need to add salt to the meal.

    Eden's Eats I'm glad they are starting to carry more of the varieties here, not just the cutlets or nuggets. I would most definitely go bananas with new products that we don't get here!

  12. I feel the same way about "off" days...they are bitter-sweet! The rest is good but it makes me feel lazy. Keeping busy and incorporating some active fun helps me deal with it a bit. ;-)

  13. I take Sunday off every week and I love it. I never feel guilty about it. I work hard Monday-Saturday and then Sunday I sleep in, put my feet up and CHILL! :)

  14. Ahh a good pain I'm sure:) Always odd when you walk like you just got off a horse for a day or two.

    I am having a rest day today, but secretly I'm plotting my evening workout. My calves are barking but I can't help it, I have to move:)

  15. AnonymousJuly 09, 2010

    TOTALLY hear you on your body wanting to workout even on a rest day - that's EXACTLY how I felt in Maine on Sunday when we took a rest day. I sooo wanted to run but Scott forced me to stick to the rest. ;)

  16. definitely a fan of capers!!!

    ive noticed for me that the summer makes my legs so much MORE sore. so after i do any weights or intense muscle workouts.. i not only have sore muscles.. they have that same heavy lead feeling :(

    Happy Friday!! <3

  17. ive never heard of that recipe before but it sounds great! love the saltiness of capers and I think they'd be complimented by the white wine and garlic!

    Bikram yoga kicked MY butt. But yours sounds wayy intense! Happy Friday :)

  18. AnonymousJuly 09, 2010

    you are so motivating Heather! i wish you could send me so workout vibes today! you know i have not tried the quorn products yet-they look great. hope you have a great weekend!

  19. Joanna Sutter @ Fitness & Spice Active fun is probably a good idea for me on rest days. Getting out for a walk would still count as rest right? Just no power walking. I should try yoga on rest days...

    Kelly @ Healthy Living with Kelly I usually don't feel the urge to exercise on my scheduled day off - I shoot for Friday. It's when I have to take an unplanned rest day and my schedule is out of whack LOL. I love that you enjoy your rest days too!

    Nichole @ Live for the Run LOL and you can't um hover if you know what I mean ;-)

    Jessica @ EatDrinkBreatheSweat I could see how the Sunday rest day would have been hard. It would have been difficult to pass up a run with awesome scenery!

    Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel Interesting about the summer and soreness. Maybe more inflammation b/c of the heat....

    Kenzie @ A Healthy Purpose It's probably one you would have passed over b/c it's typically BUTTER laden. If you like capers, you'd really like this I bet.

    Gelareh @ Nutritious Foodie Totally agree.

    Kalli @ Fit and Forty Something Awww, you're too kind. I appreciate that and take it as a compliment. You gotta try the Quorn. Have a good one girl!

  20. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg I can't imagine getting tired of them LOL. Actually, yes, I can see that.

  21. rest days are hard, but good... that's great that you are feeling your hard work from yesterday!! you cook some yummy stuff!! you eat more adventurous and fresh than i do- way to go!

  22. I sometimes feel like that when I have rest days. It just depends on how motivated I am feeling that day though. haha.
    Your dinner looks delish! I think I say this everyday but it is always true!
    Have a great weekend!

  23. I am not a capers fan but the pepper mix looks divine! I have been trying to workout like you and have no idea how you do it!


  24. Mmm, I love capers, AND picatta... I have to try this, thank you for sharing~! :)

  25. Allie @ Muscles are Hot Thanks girl - I take that as a compliment. I enjoy trying new things. Keeps food fun.

    Kristen @ Swanky Dietitian Yes, the motivation level does make a difference doesn't it!

    Erica @ Fashion Meets Food Hey girl, I've been at it a long time. You have to workout in your own level and just keep building. Each person is different!!

    Kristina @ SpaBettie Let me know if you try it out.


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