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Tonight’s Creation

by Meghann on March 3, 2010

Some nights I come home with a clear plan in my head for dinner. I’ll know exactly what I have in my fridge and exactly how I want to prepare it. I may even go as far as having the whole week of meals prepped ahead of time and marked on my google calendar for easy reference.

BUT, then there are the nights – like tonight – when I come home with no clue what to make. I’ll just randomly start pulling items out of the fridge until a complete meal forms right in front of me.

These meals tend to be my most creative and favorites. ๐Ÿ˜‰


Tonight’s Creation?

Ham, Apple, & Kale Medley

  • 2 Slices of Ham
  • 1/2 Apple
  • 1/4 small onion
  • 1 Small Bunch of Kale
  • 1/2 cup Apple Sauce
  • Cinnamon
  • Pepper
  • 1/2 cup Cooked Barley

Start by prepping the ham, apple, and onion


Add to a hot pan and cook until onions and apple are soft


Drop in the kale


The sauce consisted of applesauce, cinnamon, and pepper. If you had some maple syrup on hand I believe that would make a great addition as well.



I finished my bowl off with the already preprared barley


Can’t forget the cornbread. ๐Ÿ˜‰


Yum! Like I said above this meal would have been amazing with just a touch of maple syrup, but it was also delicious as is.



Before my doctor’s appointment this afternoon I had a homemade granola bar.


Dessert tonight was a combination of dried kiwi, mini pb cups, dark chocolate edamame, and dark chocolate power berries.


Live from Gasparilla!

You’ve read the recap and seen the photos, now its time to check out the video footage!


{ 54 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Evan Thomas March 3, 2010 at 10:22 pm

I forgot how much I loved ham! It’s a shame the Applegate Organic is so expensive, or I’d get it more often. Perhaps I just need to look for different brands? I’m sure the WF deli can be quite cheap


2 Dori March 3, 2010 at 10:23 pm

LOVE this video!! You, Ashley and Melissa are all amazing.


3 Sara @ ActiveGal March 3, 2010 at 10:32 pm

That dinner looks very good! I wish I could be more creative when it comes to my dinner creations like that! Love the video!!


4 Molly March 3, 2010 at 10:39 pm

yum! you are genius. I gotta get my hands on some chocolate edamame.

xo- Molly


5 Karla March 3, 2010 at 10:50 pm

Interesting combination! I do love greens cooked with apples!!
I still haven’t tried barley! I really want to though!!


6 Katie @ Health for the Whole Self March 3, 2010 at 10:51 pm

I love when you showcase meals that you just randomly throw together…they always turn out looking delicious, and it’s a reminder that you can eat healthy and satisfying meals even without having a concrete plan beforehand!


7 theprocessofhealing March 3, 2010 at 10:51 pm

Awesome video! You make me want to go out and run a marathon RIGHT NOW!!!
Gosh your dinner looks fabulous.. i’m always super impressed by your ability to throw things together and come out with this incredible creation. I also think sweet potatoes would make an excellent addition to this dish!


8 Ariffa March 3, 2010 at 10:54 pm

I love that you’re smiling the entire run! Your such an inspiration =)


9 Tracey March 3, 2010 at 11:00 pm

I wish I was one of those people who could just whip up a meal from the contents of my fridge. I first need to work on my cooking skills but my ultimate goals is to be able to “throw” a meal together.


10 Morgan March 3, 2010 at 11:00 pm

you are amazing. seriously, all of you are. congrats on Gasparilla, what a great weekend!


11 Molly March 3, 2010 at 11:00 pm

i want that dessert now!


12 Andrea March 3, 2010 at 11:02 pm

Congrats! You guys all rocked it! I especially love the smile on your face! :)


13 Meredith March 3, 2010 at 11:02 pm

what movie software did you use?


14 finnyfinds March 3, 2010 at 11:43 pm

Ditto – I was wondering what software you used as well. Fun video!


15 Meghann March 4, 2010 at 6:36 am

imovie on my mac


16 Heather March 3, 2010 at 11:06 pm

that’s funny, i’m the same way with my meals…it’s like i just need to pressure to have some sort of inspiration! this one sounds like a winner to me :)


17 Sweet Cheeks March 3, 2010 at 11:15 pm

LOVE the video!!


18 Melissa March 3, 2010 at 11:16 pm

awesome video! you’re very inspiring :)


19 Mara @ What's For Dinner? March 3, 2010 at 11:16 pm

I love cooking like that! Sometimes it ends up being a lot more delicious than a set recipe :)


20 amanda @ fake ginger March 3, 2010 at 11:18 pm

Your cornbread addiction has me craving it like mad!


21 Crystal March 3, 2010 at 11:20 pm

That video was so cool! It was neat seeing what your personality is like and what your voice sounds like, too! Thank you for sharing that with us. ๐Ÿ˜€
I’m trying to get into running (slowly!) and I will be heading out in a few minutes so this is great inspiration!


22 Matt March 3, 2010 at 11:22 pm

I love last minute meals like that :)


23 Danielle March 3, 2010 at 11:37 pm

Congrats! great video!


24 thefitbride March 3, 2010 at 11:37 pm

What a cute video! Congrats again.

You and Ashley reeeally should come run Chicago…just sayin’!


25 Deveree March 3, 2010 at 11:44 pm

Awesome video!! I’ve been following your blog for a couple of months and haven’t commented before but I have to say, that 3 race weekend you just completed is impressive! You’re a rockstar :)

What do you film your videos with? I’m also a runner and I’d love to film throughout my next race, but I couldn’t imagine carry a huge camera while running!


26 Meghann March 4, 2010 at 6:39 am

I run with a Flip camera. Its easy peasy to use and tiny enough to fit in my pouch.


27 Dynamics March 4, 2010 at 12:00 am

That was an awesome video. Thanks for sharing!!


28 inmytummy March 4, 2010 at 12:20 am

Aww, your video is so cute.


29 Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now March 4, 2010 at 12:28 am

What an awesome video! You should be so proud of yourself!! Congrats!


30 fromatopink March 4, 2010 at 12:41 am

Where do you find the dried kiwi? It looks delish and every time I see it on your blog I get a craving!


31 Meghann March 4, 2010 at 6:36 am


32 Holly March 4, 2010 at 1:28 am

How is it that I don’t even know you in person and your video made me tear up? Ok, Miley Cirus didn’t help. ๐Ÿ˜‰ You are amazing!


33 marsha March 4, 2010 at 1:54 am

Love the video! All 4 of you rock but you are especially awesome for completing the challenge! ๐Ÿ˜€


34 britchickruns March 4, 2010 at 3:53 am

Fab video! Everytime you mention all this stuff it just makes me even more revved uo for my marathon later this year ๐Ÿ˜€ I’ll have to save all these videos for last miniute inspo :)
I love that you use apples in your dinner cookng – I always forget them, yet they’re such a nice eddition!


35 Lynne March 4, 2010 at 6:22 am

Wow – that is an amazing video! Well done to all of you! I have yet to run my 5k – you are all so inspiring! :-)


36 Debbie March 4, 2010 at 7:40 am

I love the video. You are amazing and a rock star in my mind.


37 Caroline March 4, 2010 at 8:42 am

I love the picture of you and Derek with your matching medals! Maybe once my husband is out of school we can get him trained up and score a picture like that!


38 NYCRunnerGirl March 4, 2010 at 8:46 am

Your video gave me goosebumps! I love the songs that you chose :) You are motivating me to run a marathon this fall, crazy!!


39 Can You Stay for Dinner March 4, 2010 at 9:02 am

Awesome video!! I can’t believe you made it all look so fun!! Have a great Thursday!


40 DiningAndDishing March 4, 2010 at 9:07 am

Almost all of my meals are made out of random things pulled out of the fridge. I must say though, they often don’t look as pretty as yours! :)

– Beth @


41 eatavegan March 4, 2010 at 9:21 am

Loved the video! It made me want to go out and run a marathon right now! (Especially one in Florida — gosh was that course gorgeous!)


42 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday March 4, 2010 at 9:23 am

Chocolate edamame, eh? interesting. never heard of it. Are they as good as chocolate covered almonds?


43 healthy ashley March 4, 2010 at 9:32 am

Meghann, your video was awesome!!! You’re great.


44 meyergirl March 4, 2010 at 9:40 am

Tiny PB cups are like heaven!!


45 Kelly March 4, 2010 at 10:38 am

Your creative cooking motivates me to be more creative. Also, you and your sis sound exactly the same.


46 Lauren @ Eater not a runner March 4, 2010 at 10:45 am

That looks like such a creative and delicious dinner!


47 Niki Jackson March 4, 2010 at 11:00 am

You are so inspiring Meghann! I loved watching this video, I’ve just started running indoors and am really looking forward to getting fitter so I can run outside and maybe races someday. Thanks for sharing. Niki xx


48 amanda March 4, 2010 at 12:36 pm

Thank you so much for posting that video it was so inspirational. I started reading your blog a few months ago and I love it. I am never really one to comment but after sitting through that video with chills I had to. It even got my boyfriend who hates running interested and got us talking about races. I just wanted to say great job and thanks for the video :) it was great!


49 Sophie March 4, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Great video! It definitely inspires me to want to run a race! Thanks =)


50 Catherine March 4, 2010 at 1:33 pm

That sounds exactly like a soup my mom used to make growing up except she used sweet sausage in place of the ham and then added chicken broth!


51 Alice March 4, 2010 at 4:24 pm

Dude, how do you manage to so composed in your videos?? If I took a video of myself whilst running, I’d be a nasty sweaty mess :) I’m impressed! Ashley and Melissa look cool as cucumbers too!


52 Andrea March 4, 2010 at 7:10 pm

What an awesome video! So inspiring! You look great while running. It’s amazing how you talk like nothing’s going on!


53 christina cadden March 4, 2010 at 7:40 pm

mmm, looks amazing!


54 Courtney March 5, 2010 at 8:35 pm

Meghann! I’m pretty sure I’m PMSing but your video made me tear up! SO INCREDIBLE! Thanks so much for sharing!


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