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Chef’d at Rise.Run.Retreat


What happens when you put 10 women in charge of dinner in a kitchen that can only hold about 4 people?

Absolute fun.

Or at least for some of us. Ahem…I’m looking at you Allie.

So I’ve filled you in on Rise.Run.Retreat as a whole.

I also gave you a rundown of the Leaf Peepers Half Marathon that we all ran on the last day of the retreat.

But you guys need to know about the food. Because running and eating go hand and hand. Or is it hand to mouth? Whichever it is, it’s all good!

We did not go hungry at all during our 3 full days at Rise.Run.Retreat. The food. Oh the food! It was all so good. A full dinner and lunch from local caterer Fiddleheads Cuisine, a complete breakfast buffet with eggs from Pete & Gerry’s, yogurt from Stonyfield and granola from Blissful Eats. We also had Garuka Bars to snack on throughout the day.

Garuka Bars |

Friday night Jes and Sarah had a fun challenge planned for us. A cooking challenge provided by Chef’d – a meal service that ships high-quality, pre-portioned ingredients to your house with step by step recipe directions. There’s no need to do any shopping. Just open the box and start cooking.

We split up into three groups:


Team Chicken (Basil Chili Chicken Stir-Fry) – Allie, Sandra and I


Team Pasta (Mediterranean Penne with Sun-dried Tomatoes) – Jes, Sarah, Laura and Natalie


Team Salad (Arugula Salad with Gorgonzola Vinaigrette) – Sue, Kara and Christine

It was a little chaotic to prepare meals for 10 people (that’s a LOT of food) in a kitchen that isn’t equipped for that many people. But we made due with what we had and had to do many things in multiple small batches.


I was on Team Chicken with Sandra (very fitting since her family owns Pete & Gerry’s) and Allie. Sandra was our master chef while Allie and I played sous chef with all of the chopping. Which included some very spicy peppers. FYI – spicy peppers stay on your skin even after washing your hands over and over again. Allie found out by having a burning upper lip and I later found out when I took my contacts out to go to bed. Yup. That felt amazing. At least Allie could put Stonyfield Greek yogurt on her upper lip to ease the burn!

All of the food was amazing. The chicken had a nice spice to it (hello peppers!). The pasta was flavorful and colorful with the spinach and sun dried tomatoes. The best dish was the Arugula Salad which could have been a meal in itself.


As an attendee of Rise.Run.Retreat, we all received gift cards for Chef’d to try at home with our families. I immediately placed an order Monday night.

It’s so easy to order. You pick your meal and then you choose the delivery date. You can order one meal or meals for the whole week. There’s so many options no matter what your food preference is: Gluten Free, Vegetarian, etc.

A few days later, a big box from Chef’d arrived.

The first night, we made two of the meals: Italian Sausage Pesto Pizza and Steak Salad with Rosemary Potatoes.

Sausage Pesto Pizza and Arugula Salad from Chef'd. |

You guys. This meal was amazing. The pizza was absolutely delicious. And the salad was just like everyone’s favorite at Rise.Run.Retreat except with the addition of steak.

Ron was even impressed. He is totally a pizza guy and is pretty particular. But he kept exclaiming about how good it tasted. The same thing with the salad.  I love adding roasted veggies to green salads and this one did not disappoint. And it was fun to make our own croutons from scratch.

Our last meal was the Stuffed Chicken Breast with Lemon-Artichoke Pesto. I didn’t plate my meal as pretty as they suggested because it was late, I was hungry and I had taken parts of my chicken apart to give to my son. Trust me when I saw it tasted amazing!

I had never stuffed a chicken breast before. It’s so easy! The lemon-artichoke pesto was my favorite though. The lemon flavor was perfect and something that I’d never had before in a pesto.


A great bonus of Chef’d is that even though they include all the pre-portioned ingredients, they still tell you the exact amount needed along with the step by step instructions. I plan to recreate each of the three recipes over and over again. Especially the salad. Trust me – it was so good!

I definitely will be ordering more meals from Chef’d. It’s a nice way to try things that you wouldn’t make on your own. It makes a great gift too! I just sent a Chef’d gift card to my mom for her birthday. Chef’d will deliver to almost everywhere in the U.S. She was thrilled to give it a try and ordered her meals right away.

Have you tried a meal delivery service before?

What would you like to try from Chef’d?





What’s for Dinner? {Week of October 16}

What's for dinner this week I've got a weeks worth of easy, healthy meal planning ideas for the whole family to enjoy.

It feels really weird not to be running long this weekend.

Actually it feels really strange not to be running at all.

My flu/cold/sinus infection, or whatever it is, feels better at times. But then I’ll get hit with the intense sinus pressure and will only want to lay down to alleviate the pain. That’s basically how I spent Saturday. And running? I can’t even fathom running 2 steps right now. 

I spent the whole day Friday on the couch again. I don’t think I’ve spent two whole, uninterrupted days of doing nothing but veggie out in front of the T.V. in a very, very long time. Obviously it was sometime before kids. I don’t know if I should admit this but I spent one whole day catching up on Dancing with the Stars. During the winter I get in the habit of watching that show while on the treadmill. Maybe it’s the music and the dancing, but it keeps me entertained. I wanted to watch something mindless. I got it.

If I had to get sick, I’m thankful that I had at least 2 days at home by myself while the kids were in school. Of course, as soon as they came home I was thrown back into reality.

It’s Sunday, so that means it’s meal planning day. Time to figure out What’s for Dinner?

Sunday: Salmon Teriyaki w/ Roasted Broccoli

Monday: Crockpot Two Bean Veggie Chili

Tuesday: Fish Tacos

Wednesday: Pick your egg + smoothies

Thursday: Roasted Whole Chicken + copy cat Arugula Salad w/ Gorgonzola Vinaigrette from Chef’d

Friday: Out

Saturday: Homemade Pizza

What’s for dinner at your house this week?

What’s for Dinner? {Week of October 9}

Wondering What's for Dinner Here's 7 days of meal ideas for the whole family to enjoy.

Hey guys!

Popping in to share what’s for dinner this week. It’s another short week of meal planning because I’m leaving for the Runner’s World Half & Festival (save 10% with discount code HAPPYFITMAMABLOG) on Thursday, staying through the weekend. I’m super excited for one event (well, I’m excited for the whole weekend really!) where we’ll be dining on recipes from the Run Fast, Eat Slow cookbook. I wonder if Elyse and Shalane will be there?!?! I have loved every recipe that I’ve made so far. I’m sure it will be even better if someone else prepares the recipe for me, right?


Since I’ll be out of town, that means Ron and the kids will be on their own for meals. If it’s anything like last week, they’ll be just fine. I, however, will be scrounging for fresh veggies for my lunch to bring to work on Monday. Maybe I need to leave Ron a list of veggies to pick up Sunday so they’ll be waiting for me when I get home that night? Maybe I can even convince him to pack my lunch and snacks for me? Hahaha.

Sunday: Pesto stuffed chicken breasts with green beans from Chef’d

Monday: Tortellini Minestrone

Tuesday: Pick your style for Taco Tuesday!

Wednesday: Grilled Salmon + Warm Squash Salad w/ Maple Yogurt Dressing

Thursday: RW Half and Festival

Friday: RW Half and Festival

Saturday: RW Half and Festival

What’s for dinner at your house this week?