So, this week I had a lot more on my mind than week 7 recipes. I came home from Austin with a cold and went into hermit mode purely out of fear: I had to get healthy for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco this weekend. After a liquid diet and a whole lot of sleep, I finally approached full health on Thursday night. I was fortunate enough to spend Friday working from the comfort of my couch, with a huge bowl of lighter dirty rice by my side (recipe coming soon). I crawled into bed fairly early and tried to prep myself for today by waking up at 6 AM on Saturday… yeah, I pretty much looked at my phone, decided I was awake, and that it was in my best interest to go back to sleep. Later in the day (i.e. at a REASONABLE hour) I walked down to the Nike Expo in Union Square, then hit up Sephora only to discover that I finally hit VIB Rouge!!! I ended the night at Team in Training‘s Inspiration Dinner, which was honestly exactly what I needed. The highlight of the night was hearing Jenny Deputy speak about her daughter Mickey‘s triumph over Leukemia – her speech gave me the reconnection to the TNT cause that I needed to push through 13.1 miles of SF hills today.
To be honest, today’s race was no easier and no harder than I thought it would be – though the recovery has certainly more painful than I had anticipated. I trained on steeper hills (see this example), but not the same chill or distance of Nike SF. I thought I would cry as I crossed the finish line – and I came close! It was an emotional 13.1 miles for me – but when I crossed the finish line, I found myself feeling stronger yet weaker than I’ve ever felt. Let me be real: I’ve hiked through Death Valley for 26 days with nothing but a backpack; I do Bikram yoga and Bar Method because I enjoy the challenge; I like to push my run milage for the same reason. But I’ve never felt more like I was straddling the line of OK and not OK as I did when I crossed the finish line today and ran into the arms of my rommie, boyfriend, and mama (not pictured… someone had to take that photo!).
For a non-emotional person, today was really weird.
Anyway, I had a lot on my mind this week, and while I debated postponing my week 7 recipe until tomorrow, I realized that the deli wraps I was craving could absolutely feed a gameday crowd. Even better? They’re far lighter than the recipes I’ve been posting over the last few weeks. I highly recommend using lavash if you can find it, because the fat content is lower than that of a tortilla; please also feel free to omit or substitute for ingredients you don’t love. I, personally, happen to love everything in this deli wrap – but if you do not, you should make some adjustments. I’ll make some suggestions in the recipe below, but please get creative and tell me what you come up with!
- 1/2 recipe pickled red onions
- 6 TBSP basil mayo
- 4 pieces lavash (I recommend the one at Trader Joe's, if you can find it)
- 1 LB turkey from the deli [can substitute chicken]
- 12 pieces thinly sliced salami [can stubstitute proscuitto, cooked bacon, or omit]
- 2 tomatoes, thinly sliced
- 8 slices provolone [can substitute goat cheese, American cheese, or mozzarella]
- 8 slices dill pickles
- 1 C arugula [can substitute mixed greens]
- Mise en place, and read this recipe all the way through.
- Lay out 1 piece lavash flatbread and spread with 1-1.5 TBSP basil mayo (will depend on size of lavash and personal taste).
- Lay 2 pickles followed by 3 slices of salami, red onions to taste, 2 slices provolone, 1/4 C arugula, and 3 slices of tomato on the closest 1/3 of the lavash (see image below)
- Top with 1/4 LB turkey (see image below).
- Roll tightly to create the traditional deli wrap look. Slice into 2 inch slices or in half, and serve.