Chicken, Lentil & Kale Slow-Cooker Soup

This soup is delicious, filling, and nutritious. Build this in your slow-cooker and leave it for the 4 hours or longer if preferred. We taste tested after 4 hours.

  1. Cover 1 cup green lentils with water and soak over night.
  2. Chop 1 small sweet onion, 1 large carrot, and 1 large garlic clove and sauté over medium heat until onion is translucent. Set aside.
  3. Chop 1-2 cups of cooked chicken.
  4. Roughly chop 4 cups of kale and remove any tough stems.
  5. Place drained lentils, sautéed vegetables, chicken, and kale in slow-cooker.
  6. Add 6-8 cups of low sodium chicken stock.
  7. Add several fresh basil leaves, 2-3 bay leaves, and salt & pepper to taste.
  8. You can set your slow-cooker to low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 4 hours depending on what is most convenient.

November 24th – Journal Update

So where has the time gone?!?! I only have one scheduled run left for 2014.. slider_ban_07

It should be a blast… the Santa shuffle. Overall this was an epic and amazing year for me. I finished 11 half marathons and jumped mid-year to training for my first full (not originally planned). It was an amazing feeling to run my first Full Marathon in Moncton NB Legs for Literacy and sprint across the finish line with my wife.   orig-MLAB0203 Our training went perfectly.

However, I have been a bit relaxed on getting out my blog updates so I have committed to myself to set time aside to publish all the reviews for the races I ran, nutrition I tried, and gear I used this year. I have lots to post on for this very successful year, as I managed to finish it while having no real injuries other than a few normal “tweaks” that everyone experiences. I hope the coming articles explaining my training in more detail and my “thinking” around how I approached my first year running, will help others achieve similar goals.

I am trying to figure out my 2015 running plans.. sigh. I would have thought this task would be easier than it has been so far. This year was epic but also very busy. Too busy. I didn’t get to enjoy kayaking, hiking or camping nearly as much as I wanted to.

It was hard to turn away from when this is your back yard… IMG_20140623_143829 Running was my everything this year and I have no regrets but the other activities I enjoy each spring and summer did suffer somewhat.

My original plan for 2015 was to start training for Ultra Marathon distances leading up to racing in the Vermont 50 VT50-2014-Logo-to-Web-Master and train for my first Triathlon (Olympic distance – Challenge St. Andrews ). logo   This would mean in 2015 I would continue the pace I had set for myself in 2014.. as I take on even bigger challenges.

Unfortunately the more I thought about this the more I realized it would mean another year of being afraid to do “summer” things like hiking or chopping wood etc. These activities were often avoided as I was always fearful I might hurt myself and impact my training or race schedule (I cannot pile wood today.. I have a 34 KM LSD run Sunday). I also have a more critical dilemma with taking this new challenge on .. my race partner, my loving wife @casajos, IMG_20140810_104011 has ZERO interest in either of these types of events, so I would be going it alone. This is not insurmountable but definitely not my preferred choice as running and the challenge of improving is something we do together and I would really miss what that has become and our future progress together.

So I have come to a decision, 2015 will be spent getting faster… I am going to focus on 5k, 10k and 2-4 Half marathons. The training will be more closely focused on form, breathing and all the techniques I need to move these tired old legs to better finish times. I also will actually be looking into a physical coach to help pin point where I need to focus.

So, I will put my dreams for Ultra and Triathlon on hold for at least another year. Hopefully I will bike and swim more in 2015 and I will be better prepared for a 2016 triathlon event (or two or …) This will in the end still allow me to meet all my personal goals, as I will continue to challenge myself and not allow myself to get into a rut of not pushing my limits.

It should also allow me to get my summer back and not have all my chores piled up into the fall waiting for me to finish a major race.  I took three weeks’ vacation this fall and I still have a ton of stuff I need to finish before full on winter hits! IMG_20141101_103815 So, I look forward to having more time to do other things. I also plan to get back into endurance moto, I’m excited about that prospect and will likely blog on it in the future as I figure out what I have time for and I’m willing (read as – my wife will allow me) to  take on in 2015! 😀 IMG_9301 stay tuned my friends.. I have a lot more running related posts planned in the coming weeks! Plus We are moving @casajos recipes blog over to this site very soon! She is an amazing chef and has adopted a lot of Gluten Free and running recipes to die for (even though most go best with wine)!