Sunday, 31 March 2013

Will Run For Waldorf Couscous Salad

waldorf couscous salad

Spring was here.  There was sunshine, blue skies and geese.  This morning however, there was sleet & geese with sweaters and toques.  On the upside they were too busy wondering where spring had gone to hiss and honk as I ran past.  Geese are scary.

Speaking of things that are scary. Farmer's running outfit was a little scary this morning.  She apparently didn't get the memo that says "cotton kills" or don't wear white in the rain or don't wear your winter running tights in April.

Our conversation went like this:

T: J.R ran 11K on her treadmill this morning.  Crazy.

* I'm convinced that it takes twice as long to run any distance on the treadmill.

Farmer: I ran outside.  In cotton. I'm hardcore!  (There might have been a boo yah!  with a fist pump in there somewhere as well)

T:  Or stupid.

Maybe the Easter Bunny should have brought Farmer a running jacket instead of camino chocolate.  And maybe I shouldn't rough Farmer up so much.

Maybe I'll make it up to her with waldorf couscous salad.

Waldorf Couscous Salad
(4-6 servings)

1 C wholewheat couscous
1 1/2 C unsweetened apple juice (divided)
*1 C greek yogurt (dairy or non-dairy) + 2 tsp vanilla bean paste 
1/4 C dried cranberries
1 C green grapes halved 
1/2 C toasted pecans
1/2 C celery sliced (optional)

Bring 1 cup of apple juice to a boil.  Add 1 cup of wholewheat couscous.  Remove from element and allow to stand for 10-15 minutes.

In a medium bowl combine 1/2 C apple juice, 1C greek yogurt, & 2 tsp vanilla bean paste.  Stir until well combined.  Add couscous, cranberries, grapes, pecans and celery to yogurt mixture.

* vanilla greek yogurt can be used in place of greek yogurt + vanilla bean paste.  It will be much sweeter unless you can find a vanilla yogurt without heaps of added sugar (good luck!).


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