Have sriracha, will travel.

Greetings from the keystone state! I’m in Pennsylvania again for my best friend’s bridal shower (hi Jen!). Before I left the city, I squeezed in a speedy workout. My IT band has been bugging me (boooo), so I did the workout at my gym. I thought I might have to cut the workout short and switch to the elliptical or bike, but luckily my legs ended up feelin’ pretty good.

Here’s the workout:

  • 1/2 mile warm-up
  • 3 miles @ half-marathon pace (21:49, ~7:16 pace)
  • 1 mile recovery jog
  • 3 miles @ half-marathon pace (21:45, ~7:15 pace)
  • 1 mile cool-down
  • 8.5 miles total

After my run I scarfed a banana and thennnnn….Megan and I went to 16 handles for dinner!

Maybe not the healthiest post-run meal, but it was delicious. I love self-serve froyo. My cup was filled with red velvet (amazing!), dulce de leche (delicious), peanut butter (very good), and cookies & cream (a little bland). I topped the froyo with bananas (hey, at least I included a fruit!), hot fudge, Reese’s, and chopped peanuts. Mmmm. I want to go back. Now.

16 handles

16 handles

I also had some Kashi Go Lean Crunch cereal when I got home. I love froyo, but 8 1/2 miles of running made me h-u-n-g-r-y.

Friday morning involved an easy 4.5 mile run and a breakfast that I don’t remember. I think it involved a banana. And then the best mom ever (mine!) came to pick me up. We hit the road and headed to Pennsylvania for the weekend, stopping at Panera Bread for lunch. Sadly there are no Panera Bread’s in NYC, so I have to get my fix on the New Jersey Turnpike.

I love Panera Bread – so easy to choose healthy options! I ordered the black bean soup, 1/2 Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich, and a whole grain baguette.



Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich

One of my favorite things about visiting the fam is having people to cook for! I based my dinner creation on Alma’s peanut butter pasta recipe.

Peanut Noodles with Shrimp and Green Beans (serves 6)


  • 1 lb environmentally-conscious shrimp (defrosted)
  • 1 box of linguini
  • 1 bag frozen green beans (or your favorite vegetable)
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • Chopped parsely
  • Sriracha sauce, to taste (I brought my bottle all the way from NYC!)




  • Add the shrimp to a pot of boiling water and cook until opaque, about 2-3 minutes, drain and rinse under cold water
  • Allow another pot of water to come to a rolling boil, add a dash of salt, and cook linguini until al dente, about 9 minutes
  • During the last 5-7 minutes that the pasta is cooking, add the green beans, once everything is cooked through, drain in a colander
  • In a medium dish combine rice vinegar, soy sauce, peanut butter, and sriracha sauce – mix until combined into a sauce
  • Put the pasta, veggies, and shrimp in a large pot or bowl – add the sauce and stir until everything is coated.
  • Serve and sprinkle with parsley



Peanut noodles

The peanut noodle dish is good served hot or as cold leftovers the next day. The combination of veggies, lean protein (shrimp!), and healthy mono-unsaturated fats (peanut butter) makes it a very balanced dish. AND it’s fairly economical:

  • $7.99 for 1 lb shrimp
  • $1.00 1 lb pasta
  • $1.00 bag of frozen veggies
  • ~$1.00 peanut butter, soy sauce, vinegar, sriracha used in recipe
  • Total $10.99 for the entire recipe, or about $1.83 per serving

After dinner, I put my baking apron on and attempted to make the crispy salted white chocolate oatmeal cookies featured on Smitten Kitchen. Well. The cookies ended up tasting good, but the execution turned into a bit of a disaster. The cookies ran together on the pan and the result was one big giant cookie. Oops. I wasn’t about to let 1/2 lb of butter go to waste, so I cut the cookies into squares and then trimmed off the edges. I eventually ended up with round-ish shaped cookies. And a stomachache from eating all the leftover cookie bits. If I were to make this recipe again (it was yummy, I might) I would reduce the butter to 12 Tbs (vs 14 Tbs), chill the dough for 30 minutes before baking, and use parchment paper on the cookie pans.

White chocolate oatmeal cookies

You’d almost never know this was once part of a giant cookie, eh?

white chocolate oatmeal cookie

Looking for something fun to do in NYC tomorrow evening? A very cool group of musicians (including my roomie, Alma!) will be holding a FREE concert at the Upper West Side Apple store. The show begins at 7pm. I’ll be there!

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Question: Have you ever had any baking mishaps? i.e. a giant cookie or a burnt pie crust?

  • definitely had some baking mishaps, but usually chalk them up to ‘experiments’!
    Love sriracha and love that you brought it from home. The recipe looks great, pb, spice, noodles and shrimp? what more could you want?! Okay maybe fro yo… nothing beats self serve with toppings!!

  • So does your question mean that not every baking experiment should have a mishap? I do like baking, but it is not my forte. I usually end up a hot mess and with something slightly burnt. The only baking standard I have is beer bread! Probably the worse mishap though was doubling a recipe for Madeleines (French puff butter cookies), and only having one of the special shell-shaped sheets to bake them– meaning about 5 hours of making cookies!

  • Pretty much every baking adventure is a mishap around here. I suck at measuring, and my oven is horribly imprecise!

    Your cookies look tasty, even if they did start out as a giant cookie mashup!

  • Sarah

    I am addicted Sriracha! I copied your recipe (although I am not the biggest fan of peanut butter itself, I like Thai peanut curry). I just wish I could work it off right now! I sprained my back and haven’t been able to run (or ride, or swim) in awhile. It is driving me nuts.

  • I can’t even begin to tell you the numerous baking mishaps I’ve had. I’ve certainly created giant cookies by mistake before as a result of the dough not being cold/firm enough.

    That peanut sauce pasta dish looks so good, especially with the addition of that incredibly fresh looking shrimp!

    Oh, and in response to your comment, yes we need to hang SOON! Time is ticking towards my NYC departure. I say we hit up the Whole Foods kombucha bar!

  • Oooh I always get the Mediterranean veggie sandwich at Panera! And I will have to try that half marathon pace workout…

  • Truthfully I am a TERRIBLE baker. I can cook but I can’t bake. I always feel like I follow the recipes exactly and yet it never comes out like it should! haha!!

  • Oh my baking mishaps are too numerous to name. I’m not a great baker – I love to cook, but baking is not my forte. There have been quite a few burnt cookies in my kitchen. Hence – I love finding great no-bake recipes! 🙂

  • Absolutely an appropriate dinner. Calcium and protein, what else could you want? My most recent baking mishap involved substituting two cups of water for two tablespoons. Yeah. Not so much.

    ALSO – bridal showers! Ahh! I just bought a plane ticket for a wedding this summer. It feels OLD!

  • Hi Megan, I am also addicted to Sriracha! 😉 I’ve been meaning to try those Smitten Kitchen’s cookies, so I’m glad I read your post! As for my own baking mishaps, I once made rock-hard chocolate chip cookies (haha) but thankfully I’ve improved since then! Happy Monday!

  • Aw, I’m sure the cookies/giant-cookie still tasted good!

    I am the queen of the giant cookie, the overly-beaten-eggs-making-your-cookie-fluffy cookie, and the filling-less pie disaster (it ALWAYS leaks and makes a mess). So yeah, definitely not a baker.

  • My worst baking mishaps always come from accidentally leaving out a crucial ingredient or grabbing the wrong thing when I’m not paying attention (cumin instead of nutmeg, salt instead of sugar)…

  • cookies that i bake usually kind of suck. it’s a little sad. that pasta looks yum though. i freakin’ love shrimp.

    yes definitely to dinner + wine. i vote somewhere like two feet from a subway stop.

  • Ellen

    Mmm, I love oatmeal cookies. 9 times out of 10 I burn my cookies in the oven, but I actually like them on the crispy side anyway!


  • if that kind of mishap is wrong, then i wouldn’t want to be right! mmm. want cookies. now.

    (i just realized i signed in with my regular blog… but my running blog, if you give a hoot, is this:

  • I love love love peanut sauce, it’s my favorite all time sauce and just can’t get enough anytime I go out for Thai food.

    Baking mishaps… Probably burned pie crusts. Sometimes I don’t pay that good of attention to it.

  • I have had so many baking mishaps I couldn’t count them….I used to be really into baking so of the many mishaps there were many good results too.

    I don’t bake much anymore but I’ll never forget the time I was making cinnamon raisin bread and it basically exploded all over my stove causing a very black and sticky mess the involved alot of smoke and scrambling to turn off the detector!

  • i love self-serve froyo! so much so that i dont like to go to places that aren’t. independent, i am. and a sucker for sugar.

  • Ah, baking is so much easier than cooking! But when I do have baking mishaps I usually freeze whatever it is and use it as an oatmeal topper. This works best with muffins.

    I love your shrimp pasta! I’ve recently discovered sriracha, and I love it. It actually tastes really good with tahini.

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