The Night Before A Race

It wasn’t a long race but we wanted to lay low and eat healthfully in order to be at our best the next morning. I usually take the weekends off from preparing meals so I wasn’t in the mood to make anything elaborate -not that I ever make complicated meals but I was looking for something particularly easy!

We usually have at least one package of the flavored chicken sausages from Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s on hand. This time I used the Sweet Basil Pesto Smoked Chicken and Turkey sausages from TJ’s.  I was in the mood for some type of stew (another word for one-pot meal). The result was not only really easy but also really delicious!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are the ingredients I used:

3 Sausages, sliced into 1/4″ pieces

4 carrots

2 stalks of celery, chopped

1 onion, chopped

3 small white potatoes

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 Tablespoon flour

Fresh basil leaves

1 Tablespoon olive oil

6 cups Chicken Stock (Whole Foods Organic)

What to do:

Heat oil over medium heat in large sauce pan (always be careful not to burn olive oil). Saute onions, carrots, celery and potatoes  for about 3 minutes until soft. Add garlic to vegetables and saute until golden; about 2 minutes. Then add sausage and cook until lightly browned.

Sprinkle flour over entire mixture and stir until coated. Pour in stock  and bring to a boil stirring until slightly thickened. Cut basil leaves into smaller pieces and add to pot. Reduce heat to medium low; cook for at least 15 minutes on a low boil.

That’s it!  No other seasoning required.  As with most soups and stews the flavor comes out  more overnight so this tastes even better the next day.

Even though my bib number didn’t show up on the results (so disappointing!) I ran a great race and felt really good so I highly recommend this pre-race recipe!

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