More Mud

February 8, 2010

Hi all!!

Just another manic Monday, right?

Mud On The Tires

I got STUCK in a FIELD OF MUD today!!!!!!!! The parking lot was full so Amy and I parked in the field behind our office building. Bad idea. When I tried to leave my tires started spinning. I was able to back up some and tried to go forward again – more spinning!!! I really thought I was doomed. But we realized that luckily I was on a slight hill and I was able to back up and drive the perimeter of the field BACKWARDS (I didn’t want to lose momentum!) and made it to the parking lot. WHEW!


I ate a homemade granoler bar and some almonds on my way home. This is a reenactment because I couldn’t photograph and drive!

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My legs actually feel GREAT today. My foot, however, is quite sore :( I iced it at work in a chair with some ice from our ice machine and took some IB profin. Going to take the running easy this week…I’m nervous.

Since I got home before sunset tonight and have a CDA meeting tomorrow night, I decided to do a light workout tonight and swap my rest day for tomorrow. I mentally (and physically with my snack) prepared for the gym on my ride home and went over for some ellipticalling and a round of solid upper body weight lifting.

Made it home just in time for another of Matt’s Famous Soups!!!

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Tonight he scheduled a simple Chicken + Rice :)

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He invented it :)


  • .75 lb organic Smart Chicken, cut into cubes
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 celery
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup Lundburg Short Grain Brown Rice (the BEST!)
  • 1 can peas, mostly drained
  • Rosemary + thyme from the garden
  • Salt + pepper to taste

Cook chopped celery and carrot in canola oil. Then add chicken and garlic and brown. Then add stock and remaining ingredients and simmer for about 45-60 minutes until rice is done.

Totally forgot how much I love peas!! I picked up this can from TJ’s on a whim once and they were the perfect addition to the soup.

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Such a great comfort food (topped with hot sauce)

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We ate with little spoons and had LOTS to talk about tonight. It was a fun dinner!

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A small slice of High Fiver Fiber on the side drizzled with agave (I was in the  mood for honey but we didn’t have any!)

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I’m stinky. Gotta shower!! Then reading in bedtime. I can’t wait to go to sleep tonight!! And even more excited about pumpkin cottage cheese oatmeal in the AM!!!!

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1 Leah Z February 8, 2010 at 8:01 pm

mm Lundburg short grain brown rice is the best!!! i make everything with it!!


2 Ameena February 8, 2010 at 8:01 pm

I love eating bowls of rice and this one is no exception! Thanks for the recipe, I am going to make this for the hubby.


3 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is February 8, 2010 at 8:01 pm

Eek! Thank goodness you got out ok. I got stuck in mud once and I had an SUV. It still took my forever to get out!


4 Sam (Merit to the Carrot) February 8, 2010 at 8:02 pm

Peas, save me some of that soup.


5 Lisa @bakebikeblog February 8, 2010 at 8:02 pm

oh my what an adventure with your car…glad that it all worked out though!
And what a great dinner :)


6 Lauren @ eater not a runner February 8, 2010 at 8:06 pm

That soup looks ah-mazing! Hope the foot feels better after your rest day tomorrow :-)


7 Estela @ Weekly Bite February 8, 2010 at 8:12 pm

Good thing you made it out of the mud!!

That soup does look super comforting!


8 Jenna February 8, 2010 at 8:12 pm

i love how you are already thinking about pumpkin cottage cheese oatmeal! sounds delish!
chicken and rice soup looks great! with hot sauce, really?! is it good?


9 Jessica @ The Process of Healing February 8, 2010 at 8:15 pm

Oh wow, the mud thing sounds awful!!! I’ve been there, kind of. I got stuck in a muddy ditch :/ Fun times.

Your soup soups soooo good!!! Pretty much the definition of comforting.


10 Run Sarah February 8, 2010 at 8:21 pm

What an adventure with the mud! I havent had pea soup in awhile, its an old favourite though, I’ll have to try it!


11 Danielle (Coffee Run) February 8, 2010 at 8:22 pm

I always admire when people can make up recipes on the spot like that!
Sorry your foot isn’t feeling great 😕 You should rest!


12 Mama Pea February 8, 2010 at 8:23 pm

I spy PEAS!!!!


13 Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) February 8, 2010 at 8:23 pm

Love all the soups — that’s what I love in the winter, too. I like to make a few different kinds over the weekend and then have the leftovers for dinner all week. It’s such a quick and easy weekday meal, but also hot, healthy and delicious.


14 Ashley February 8, 2010 at 8:26 pm

So glad you got out of the mud! That is the worse feeling…ugh! So I tried a “mocktail” for the first time today just as a change of pace from water during the day. HOLY amazing. I used a really good pomegranate cranberry juice…and then made another with this grape juice spritzer [double the bubbles!] So excited about them! :) YUM YUM soup!


15 Karla February 8, 2010 at 8:26 pm

That soup looks so delicious and hearty!!!! YUM!


16 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] February 8, 2010 at 8:34 pm

Is breakfast your favorite meal too? I always get excited about it too =)


17 Cynthia (It All Changes) February 8, 2010 at 8:38 pm

Sorry your foot is hurting you. Take it easy and rest it. Be careful not to get injured just for the sake of a race. I made that mistake and paid for it with 6 weeks of PT.


18 Wendy February 8, 2010 at 8:44 pm

Haha, I live in the country and have worked on farms on and off all my life, so I’ve gotten in vehicles stuck more times than I can count! So far this winter, I’ve gotten my car stuck in the snow/sluch/ice going UP my driveway twice. Luckily my driveway is short, and I have wonderful brothers who come to my rescue!

Wish I had thought to pick up some cottage cheese at the store today, b/c those oats sound yummy! I’d look forward to that, too. :)

Hope your foot feels better soon!


19 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope February 8, 2010 at 8:48 pm

That dinner looks amazing!!! Major kudos to Matt!


20 Heather February 8, 2010 at 8:49 pm

oh no about getting stuck! that could have been bad! glad it turned out ok!


21 Amy February 8, 2010 at 8:49 pm

Hope your foot feels better soon! I must say I started reading your blog about 3-4 weeks ago, when I went searching for a granola bar recipe, and I’m hooked! I especially am hooked on your overnight oatmeal! I’ve been slowly loosing weight since October (I started at over 205 pounds) and your blog has inspired me to keep it up, and to start blogging again, something I haven’t done in years! Thanks for the inspiration :)


22 Kath February 9, 2010 at 6:16 am

Thank you!!


23 Angela (The Lady Loves to Eat) February 8, 2010 at 8:56 pm

Yum that is that sound like a perfect soup recipe! I think I’m going to be trying this!
Getting stuck in the mud is the worst!


24 Simply Life February 8, 2010 at 9:02 pm

that soup looks perfect for the weather!


25 Rose-Anne February 8, 2010 at 9:29 pm

Ah, I’m cracking up about you driving backwards around the field! What a problem-solver you are :-)

And isn’t February all about the comfort foods? I hope you saved me a bowl of that soup. Also, I think I need to give these cottage cheese pumpkin oats a try. Maybe I’ll spend the last few dollars of this week’s grocery money on some cottage cheese and pumpkin. Gotta put my money where my mouth is!


26 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 8, 2010 at 9:33 pm

Yum yum!!! I love chicken and rice soup– it’s such a comfort food! Definitely a little kid “memory” food for me :-)


27 Cole February 8, 2010 at 9:37 pm

All the snow and rain has definitely made for some muddy situations!


28 Jenn ( February 8, 2010 at 9:42 pm

Matt makes some awesome looking soups! I love peas in soup, they are so tasty and fun when they pop a little. They’re also a good source of protein!



29 Dutchessroz February 8, 2010 at 10:11 pm

Yum this soup sounds delicious.
Are these ingredients for 2 servings or 1?
Can’t wait to make this :)


30 Kath February 9, 2010 at 6:17 am

I think about 4 servings, although with our big bowls (Matt’s was even bigger than mine) we got 3 big ones. So 4 normal ones, 3 big ones.


31 Gretchen February 8, 2010 at 10:19 pm

That soup looks delish! Think I’ll have to use that recipe!


32 Meghan @ Spreading the Health February 8, 2010 at 10:20 pm

I definitely go to sleep thinking about my oatmeal in the morning. Totally normal, right? :)


33 Christy February 8, 2010 at 10:27 pm

Pumpkin cottage cheese oatmeal… I think I might have to copy! :)


34 caronae February 8, 2010 at 10:42 pm

Sounds like the perfect week night stew! Mmmm….


35 Kendall @ Whisk Her Away February 8, 2010 at 10:50 pm

Love that small plate. Where might it be from?


36 Kath February 9, 2010 at 6:17 am

Out of a gift basket I got once!


37 Heather (Heather's Dish) February 8, 2010 at 10:59 pm

pumpkin cottage cheese? sounds really good actually! i love your little silver spoon for dinner…so pretty :)


38 Sara February 8, 2010 at 11:13 pm

I can’t wait to see your pumpki cottage cheese oatmeal! I’ve been looking for a good recipe so I may just have to check out yours :)


39 amanda@thegrainsofparadise February 8, 2010 at 11:31 pm

I’m a vegetarian but Matt’s soup looks fabulous!! Yum Yum!


40 Sheila | Live Well 360 February 8, 2010 at 11:32 pm

You have High 5 Fiber!!! The closest we’ve been able to get since we got out here to CA is Whole Grain Goodness, which is still awesome, and I’ve once again totally become a bread snob since we found a Great Harvest that is within driving distance, but… High 5 will always be my fav.

PS I made “slightly raw” cacao + pb truffles. They are IN.credible. Ashley (the edible perspective) inspired me with her dough balls!



41 Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle February 9, 2010 at 12:38 am

I wish I had a warm bowl of soup for this cold rainy day here it Dallas!


42 Judi February 9, 2010 at 2:14 am

Hi Kath
I recently found your blog and I love it – thank you so much for doing it – I ate something very similar last night for dinner – we dont get that brand of rice here in UK but I get an organic brown rice that looks the same as you use …..


43 Freya @ February 9, 2010 at 2:55 am

MMmm that dinnr looks good! I wish I had someone who’d cook for me – I could have used it last night, you’re so lucky!
I hope your foot feels better soon, definetly a good idea to take it easy. I pushed myself too hard training for my first half mary and I had to pull out :( so good on you for resting!
Have a good evening :)


44 Hannah February 9, 2010 at 7:19 am

That looks wonderful – I love rosemary and thyme, use them so often!


45 Heather @ Side of Sneakers February 9, 2010 at 8:51 am

Yikes I hope your foot feels better. Hopefully icing will help!


46 Stacey February 9, 2010 at 11:21 am

haha. I think peas are the forgotten starch..I always seem to forget how much I enjoy eating peas too! That soup looks yummy, my compliments to the chef 😀 Getting stuck in the mud is the WORST! our college has overflow parking in a grassy area, and everyday I get there late so I end up having to park in it…which lately it has been all mud and no grass..I feel your pain sista


47 Ash @ Good Taste. Healthy Me February 9, 2010 at 1:00 pm

The soup looks so delicious! I need to find me a man that can cook! 😉


48 Kristilyn (My 29th Year) February 9, 2010 at 2:58 pm

Your soup looks delicious! Can Matt come make soup at my house? :-)

Mud is not fun and I’ve gotten stuck before, too. That’s what happens when the Canadian winter starts to thaw! At least with snow, you can dig yourself out.



49 Cindy February 11, 2010 at 1:19 pm

Hi Kath –
Just wanted to let you know that I made Matt’s Chicken & Rice recipe last night…… is snowy, cold and very windy here in Northern Virginia and I figured what a perfect meal for such weather! I will be honest – It looked so simple – I wasn’t really expecting much…………….but…….OMG was this a wonderful recipe!!! So good – Thank you so much for posting it and thank Matt for coming up with such a great meal.


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