Monday, May 12, 2014

Sometimes Fitness needs a Prize

One block at a Time!
For me sometimes staying fit every week is not all that easy.  I like to eat, love to socialize, enjoy a few cocktails, a beer or wine from any of the millions of opportunities and places to imbibe.  Combine it all and it is easy to have an off balanced body and a foggy mind that goes with it.  Exercise or being active is the key to keep the whole from being out of order. I find whether it is a half hour of stetching, a run, swim, bike a mile or even something more expansive like a sport or heading out to ride a horse, proactive health is a whole lot better than reactive wellness.  Today it's a mile run in the hood. Why and what I eat later depends on the activity. I find this simple pasta dish a great reward for running to refresh the body and burn the calories. Keep a few basic Chinese condiments on hand that will add a little variety and fun to eating. You can see from the recipe that some condiments I use that to replace the salts I lose while running as well as the meat replaces protein I burn. Last minute addition of cucumber adds that freshness!  

Tasty Pasta after a Run
1 lb ground pork
1 clove garlic, peeled and minced fine
a look at the final moment!
1 tsp ginger, minced
1 teas canola oil
1 medium tomato, cored, blanched, peeled, chopped fine
2 tsp black bean sauce
1 tbl soy sauce
1/4 cup of Shao Hsing wine, optional
1 tsp oyster sauce
1  lb pasta of your choice, cooked
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1/2  peeled, diced cucumber
1 teas apple cider vinegar per bowl

Warm a 10 inch saute pan or walk to medium heat.  Add the oil, ginger and garlic.  Cook two minutes.  Add the pork and stir to coat.  Cook evenly 3-4 minutes.  Add the tomato, black bean sauce, soy, wine, oyster sauce and green onion.  Cook 3-4 minutes.

Spoon a quarter of the warm cooked pasta into a bowl.  Top with one quarter of the meat sauce, the scallions, cucumbers and 1 teaspoon per bowl of cider vinegar for a little exciting zip!  Bring a friend or two or enjoy the planned overs.....