Kale and Turkey Power Bowls

Hey all!! I know it’s been a while since I last posted. We had a fabulous vacation and it’s been tough getting back into the swing of things. Here are a few highlights from our week at the cabin. The boys had a blast swimming, fishing, biking and exploring. I can’t wait to go again next summer.

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Right before I went away on holidays I started experiencing some front knee pain. I tried to ignore it in typical runner’s style but it persisted. Once we got to the cabin the pain worsened and traveled to my calf. I was icing it every 2 hrs with no relief. (well the wine might have helped). I did go out for a couple short runs to test the waters but still had pain. I decided once we got back to the city to really look into the problem. Since being home I have tried wearing compression socks which has helped with the calf pain and applied some Kinesiology tape to my knee to take the pressure off. I have a massage booked for later today and I’m going to see a physiotherapist on Monday. I did try running 2 miles on Wednesday with a bit of pain so there will be no more running for a bit…but man is that tough. I feel so stressed and a bit fluffy. I haven’t taken this much time off running since I gave birth to Hudson almost two years ago. FML. Seriously though, I put on a few extra pounds while on vacation and it’s killing me. I feel like a bit of a phony. I’m writing about how to live a healthy lifestyle and I’m over here indulging in wine, cookies and way too many licorice.

I’m not going to sit around and complain about it though. I have come up with a plan and I am going to get rid of these extra pounds! Over the next 4 weeks I’m not sure how much running I will be able to do, so instead I will be focusing my efforts on lifting weights and tightening up on my diet. I know that is where I will see the most difference. I’m also planning to do more yoga and spin classes.

I’m hoping if I give myself the next 4 weeks to rest my legs I will be in good shape to start training for the WFPS half marathon on October 19.

It truly has been a crazy week being back from vacation and I hadn’t had a chance to go grocery shopping until yesterday. The other night I threw together a great dish with stuff I had on hand and it turned out pretty tasty….and it was way too good not to share.


Kale and Turkey Power Bowls: 


makes 4 servings

  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups of kale, chopped
  • 1 cup chickpeas, drained and rinsed (I saved the rest of the can to throw in a salad the next day)
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 yellow pepper, chopped
  • 1 cooked beet, chopped (I used Love beets purchased from Costco)
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup feta to garnish



  1. Cook quinoa according to instructions on packaging.
  2.  While the quinoa is cooking, heat large wok (or frying pan) on med-high. Add 1 tbsp of oil olive.
  3. Add the turkey to wok.
  4. Cook for about 3-5 minutes, until the turkey is done or until cooked through and no longer pink, breaking the turkey up as it browns. Remove from pan and set aside.
  5. Add kale, peppers and chickpeas to the pan.
  6. Let them cook for about 5 minutes. Don’t forget to stir often.
  7. Now, add the cooked quinoa and tomato. Stir to blend.
  8. Combine balsamic vinegar and 2 tbsp olive oil in a small bowl.
  9. Pour the dressing in wok.
  10. Stir and cook for another minute.
  11. Turn heat down to med-low. Stir for another 2-3 minutes.


Garnish with feta and enjoy!

Have you ever had a running injury? How did you stay active when you couldn’t run?

3 thoughts on “Kale and Turkey Power Bowls

  1. Glad you had a good vacation…. Hope you get to run again soon. I hate thinking about dieting…
    Once I do, all I can think of is food ALL THE TIME.

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