3 Ingredient Pesto Rice

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I realized today that I never post themed food for holidays. I didn't do much around Christmas, when a lot of bloggers were crafting all sorts of Santa & Rudolph themed treats. I also didn't do anything for Halloween. Or Thanksgiving. I want to change that!

Although I decided this about an hour ago when I woke up from my nap (best nap ever), I remembered I made some pesto rice for dinner last night in my rice cooker. Talk about yummy. It's not exactly cute and it's not shaped like a leprechaun or a pot of gold, but it is definitely delicious. My ode to St. Patty's Day will come tomorrow when I host at St. Patty's party for my residents in the dorm!

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Before we get to the rice - an update on the Couch to 5k challenge!

I'm not gonna lie, I'm a little disappointed with myself. This past week I was feeling really good on the first two days, where my running routine on the first day consisted of:

  • Brisk 5 min. warmup walk
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 min)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 min)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 min)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 min)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 min)

And on the second day: 
  • Brisk 5 min. warmup walk 
  • Jog 3/4 mile (or 8 min)
  • Walk 1/2 mile (or 5 min)
  • Jog 3/4 mile (or 8 min)

Honestly, my legs didn't hurt at all during these workouts. I was pumped, and I didn't even have to stop to take a break during the 5 or 8 minute running sessions! I was ready for Friday to come, when my workout would consist of:

  • Brisk 5 min warmup walk
  • Jog 2 miles without stopping (or 20 min)
Yes, I was intimidated, but I wanted to reach that goal. Then...it didn't happen. I managed to run a complete mile before having to stop, and then I walked/ran the last mile in alternating increments. It was hard, and my shins hurt a little more afterwards than normal. 

So now I'm feeling bummed. 

That's not to say I haven't made progress; I know I've been doing really well, and running that mile was 1/4 mile longer than the distance I ran in the previous workout, which is still good. I just continue to get nervous thinking about my upcoming 5Ks and wonder if I'll be able to push through it. 

I meant to run outside today, because the weather was beautiful and I still need to figure out my Garmin, but exhaustion hit and I needed to take a nap. So I did. A nice, long, nearly 5 hour nap, actually! I plan on doing some Jillian DVDs before bed tonight, so at least I get somewhat of a workout in today.

Okay, without further ado, my recipe for pesto rice! Yummy.

3 Ingredient Pesto Rice
1/2 jar basil pesto (approximately 4.4 oz.)
1 1/4 c. rice of choice

1. Cook rice and water according to package directions, depending on what rice you choose to use. I used Arborio rice because that's what I had sitting around.
2. Once rice has been cooked, fluff it with a fork, and then mix in pesto. Stir until rice is covered.

I'm not sure what could be easier than that. Of course, you could make your own pesto, but when you are a college student who needs to save money (or needs to learn to save money, instead of buying tons of food, like me...), jarred pesto is the way to go. Especially when you get a jar in the mail from your foodie pen pal and want to devour the whole jar because its the best pesto you've ever eaten :)

I served it with some steamed baby carrots, drizzled with honey. I've been on a honey kick recently. So yummy!

Alright folks, that's all for now - have a lovely rest of your St. Patty's Day!
Much love,


  1. Your doing great! I remember when I started running and could barely do a mile! And now I can run 7 or 8 easily. Keep going!

  2. Your doing great! I remember when I started running and could barely do a mile! And now I can run 7 or 8 easily. Keep going!

  3. Great job on the run. The endurance will come. Just stick with it and don't beat yourself up when it doesnt all go as planned. Maybe you should take your run segments a little bit slower?

    1. thats what i was thinking too... i might try that next time. thanks!