Not a Great Meal

Our Spring-like weather didn’t last and today was raining and gross out. I was a bit sore from yoga, especially my neck for some reason, and thought about skipping my workout, but ultimately decided to go. There were only two miles on the training plan so it was pretty easy to convince myself to go. I ran the first mile at 6.0mph and the second at 6.2mph. My natural pace is probably more around 5.8mph and I keep telling myself that if I want to get faster, I need to run faster. Running at 6.2mph isn’t easy for me, but it’s not impossible. I just have to keep making myself run at that speed and maybe one day, it will feel like my natural pace.

After the gym, I stopped at Whole Foods and picked up some salmon. Even though WF is out of the way, I wanted to make sure that if I was eating fish, I was making a sustainable choice and I didn’t think I could do that at Kroger. I bought Alaskan Wild Coho salmon and used this recipe minus the onion because I didn’t feel like cutting it up.


With the salmon, I also made Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash.


It was a pretty dinner, but I wasn’t really a fan. The salmon had bones in it which I didn’t like. I think that my six months of vegetarianism last year really changed my eating habits. Even though I do eat fish and seafood a little bit now, it just doesn’t taste as good to me anymore. Even sushi, while still good, doesn’t have the same appeal. I didn’t even eat all the salmon. The apples from the squash were good but the actual squash was kind of bland.

Oh well. I tried. Dinner fails are bound to happen, right?


12 responses to “Not a Great Meal

  1. Dinner fails are definitely inevitable sometimes. I ate a blob of hummus with some GF crackers, two dill pickle spears, and a piece of GF bread with peach jelly… wtf? lol 🙂

  2. Aw, sorry for the dinner fail. It looks tasty!

    Yeah, speedwork is TOUGH for me too. I’ve been working on it, because even though it feels IMPOSSIBLE, I do think that you can get a lot faster over time if you put in the effort and really push yourself to run at an uncomfortable pace on a regular basis. I’m way too bad about slipping into a totally comfortable pace for my entire run, when I should be pushing myself into an uncomfortable zone, at least part of the time.

  3. You know what would be awesome though? Pureeing the acorn squash and apples together into a soup! Mmmmm….soup.

    I am a slow runner. I’m short and these little legs can only go so fast!

  4. I love salmon, lately I’ve been loving wild sockeye salmon! I hate the bones too, but thankfully they’re usually big enough to pick out without eating them – blegh!

    Sorry your dinner was kind of a bust!

  5. Eeek, thats the worst when dinner doesn’t turn out the way you hope…
    From the picture, it looks like the squash wasn’t cooked enough. I love when the insides of the squash are so tender and soft and you can use your fork to eat the sides! Maybe not tho. I agree with you about eating more sustainable fish now- I go out of my way to get wild caught now. I love Salmon- I’m sad you didn’t enjoy it!

  6. Hey Lee! Sorry that the weather turned around on you! Great job with the run – you’re right…pumping up the speed is the only way to get faster. 🙂

    Sorry for the lackluster dinner – it does look beautiful!

  7. I’m not a fan of bones in my fish…kinda freaks me out. I’m sorry you had a dinner fail! I have those all the time. And then I spend forever contemplating whether I should eat it and not waste the money or just eat something different.

  8. Sorry to hear your dinner wasn’t great. I like acorn squash, but I definitely think it can be bland sometimes. That’s why I live off kabocha!

  9. At a new restaurant the other night I ate fried smelt and cod cheek for the first time ever. I never thought I would eat that stuff, but it wasn’t bad. I surprised myself! Smelt are tiny fish with the skin on, heads cut off, they definitely didn’t look appealing. I thought it was going to be a big dinner fail, but it turns out, I liked everything. It was one of those restaurants where there are only two choices!

  10. I tried polenta for the first time…major fail. I should leave some cooking projects to the italians!

  11. Yes, dinner fails happen and yes, they always make me sad – boo. My last recipe fail was t his turkey bake that had squash in it – I thought i’d love it – but MEH.