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?

High Five Friday

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My body has impeccable timing.

Right now I should be in Pennsylvania for the Runner’s World Half & Festival. Did you catch the should part? Instead my body decided to revolt on me.

Tuesday night I went to bed with a niggle in my throat.

Wednesday morning the niggle was still there. But I ran anyway and felt pretty lackluster. Later that morning, I started to get achy and stuffed up. By the time I went to bed, I was feeling pretty crappy. I hoped a good night’s sleep would make it all better.

Thursday morning I woke up with aches, chills, sore throat and sinuses that were pounding. Perfect condition to hop on a plane to run 4 races in 3 days, right?!?! I kept hoping things would get better as the morning went on. I showered. Ate something. Walked the kids to school. But I still felt like shit. There was no way I was going to Pennsylvania.

So I pulled the plug on it even though I felt like a complete jerk. I know it was the right thing to do – I would be completely useless all weekend and would probably end up staying in my hotel room most of the time because my head can’t stop pounding. But still. I’ve wanted to do this race for years. And after everything RW did get me there. I feel horrible.


I spent all day Thursday on the couch. I’m guessing Friday will be the same thing.

So Happy High Five Friday. Hopefully you are having a better Friday than me!

5 from Instagram – I share more pics on Instagram. Are you following me? Please do!

1)  If you do following me on Insta, you know that I can not get enough of the fall colors. Everything is so amazingly beautiful right now! And FYI – The Xodus ISO from Saucony are a-w-e-s-o-m-e!

2) After Rise.Run.Retreat I had to get the Lea Pullover from KUHL because so many of the girls had it and it was adorable. And looked ridiculously comfy. Just so you know – it’s perfect and now I want one in every single color. FYI – you can now catch all of my articles for the KUHL Born in the Mountains in one spot. Check it out!

3) It’s always a good day for a good run.

4) If you’ve been reading my blog for some time, you know that Sarah was my BRF during Boston training. We went through so much during that training period and than our antics of actually getting to Hopkinton on Marathon Monday…it was so much fun. The last time we ran together was just before Boston. We had hoped to train together for Chicago last year too. But then I was injured during that whole time. And then she moved 40 minutes away. We had made dates to meet up and run in the past 1.5 years but there’s always been something that came up. Until last Sunday! It felt so good to catch up and to fall back into our long run conversations. Hopefully we can make it happen more often. I promised her I’d make a point to run with her as she trains for Boston 2017.

5) Natural beauty at it’s best.

5 Things

1) Heather Jackson Finishes 3rd at Ironman Kona – I cry like a baby every time I watch Ironman Kona. It’s just unbelievable to see the human spirit and what the body can endure. Heather’s finish was the first American Pro to podium in 10 years AND she’s originally from New Hampshire. Woohoo!

2) The Connecting Power of Mother/Daughter Journals – I love this idea from Carla. I think my daughter would totally get into this. And now that I think about it, my son too.

3) Breaking My Leg Made Me a Better Mother – Loved this post about appreciating nature rather than charging through it. When’s the last time you stopped to take in the view?

4) Behind the Scenes of Rise.Run.Retreat – Allie tells the true story of how it really was. Day drinking, binge drinking, not speaking to each other except in texts…Thanks for spilling the beans Allie!

5) Tale of the Tufts 10k – Try not to cry as hard as I did at this one.

What would you like to High 5 today?