On modifications…

So today I’m all about modifications. Three of them, specifically (and somewhat random, I must say).

Modification #1: mustard greens
My husband and I are giving the whole farm-share thing a whirl this season and so far it’s been awesome. Lots of leafy greens have been coming our way – in the form of bibb lettuce, red leaf lettuce, mixed greens (I’m in salad heaven over here), Kale (I have yet to experiment with) and…mustard greens. Huh? What the heck do you do with mustard greens? As it turns out, you can use them like you would swiss chard (which we actually just got in our pick-up last night, woo!) or spinach.  Last night’s dinner included mustard greens – made this way, but with two modifications: no sesame oil and the addition of red pepper flakes for some kick. In a word – YUM.

Mustard Greens (of course all of these items we eyeballed, there is no measuring in the Sutera household!)
1/2 cup thinly sliced onions
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 pound mustard greens, washed and torn into large pieces
2 to 3 Tbsp chicken broth or vegetable broth (vegetarian option)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon dark sesame oil
red pepper flakes, to taste

In a large sauté pan, sauté onions in olive oil over medium heat until the onions begin to brown and caramelize, about 5 to 10 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook a minute more, until fragrant. Add the mustard greens and broth and cook until the mustard greens are just barely wilted. Toss with sesame oil. Season with salt and pepper. (and red pepper flakes!)

Modification #2: 4.5 miler vs. the planned 6.5 miler this AM
It was juuuust a titch on the muggy side this morning and I knew the minute we set out on our run that 6.5 miles would be rough. Aside from the mugginess, my legs were feeling heavy from last night’s barre n9ne workout (which ended up being a double – arms & abs followed by lean & tone, a nice combo I must say). So rather than push myself to get the planned 6.5 done (merely because it was “planned”) – I listened to my body and ran 4.5 and was totally happy with that. Even though the run itself was really hard all around, I got ‘er done and that’s all that matters in the grand scheme of things. Yeah?

Modification #3: I’m free! 
Yes friends, I finally went free, as in commando (TMI much, haha) on my run this morning. My fab friend Juliana at barre n9ne urged me to give it a whirl, telling me I’ll never go back after I run without those undies getting in the way of a good run. And you know what? My running shorts with the little built in undies worked like a charm. I wasn’t distracted by the uh, “bunching effect” if you will and could focus on the run instead. I know, I’m weird and just told you about my underwear issues right here on the blog but hell – it’s my blog, right?? Plus, I”m a giant dork and couldn’t resist including this little nugget of info in today’s post. It fit into the “theme” so well and all. 😉

So there you have it – on modifications. Work ’em into your routine, mmk? Any good modifications, tips or tricks you care to share (TMI or otherwise!) on this fine Wednesday morning?? Do tell. 😉