Israeli Couscous with Chickpeas, Brussels Sprouts & Asparagus

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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Yum. I have another delicious recipe for you guys. It’s no Noodles with Peanut Sauce (that meal was epic), but it’s a good one! Introducing: Israeli Couscous with Chickpeas, Brussels Sprouts & Asparagus! Doesn’t that sound delicious? Well, it was!

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Israeli Couscous with Chickpeas, Brussels Sprouts & Asparagus

Makes 4-6 servings


  • 3/4 pound Brussels sprouts
  • 1 medium bunch of asparagus (~20 spears)
  • 1 15-ounce can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups uncooked Israeli couscous
  • 2.5 tbsp lemon juice
  • 5-6 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • Salt + pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 425*F. Cut Brussels sprouts in half, toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper.

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Cook for 20-22 minutes or until roasted to your taste preference.

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Meanwhile, cook Israeli couscous according to package instructions and then chop up asparagus and steam. (I added the asparagus to a Pyrex dish and nuked it in the microwave for 2 minutes to steam it.)

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Once the Brussels sprouts, Israeli couscous, and asparagus are finished cooking, combine them in a large bowl along with the chickpeas, lemon juice, garlic, Parmesan, salt, and pepper. Stir everything together and serve immediately. Eat and enjoy!

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This dish was so satisfying, but light at the same time because of the subtle lemon flavor and all of the green veggies. I ate it warm last night, but I think it’d also make a great cold dish in the summertime. 

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After dinner, I enjoyed a vanilla protein shake made with coconut milk. I guess it was dessert? Who am I?

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Last night’s CrossFit WOD was a ton of fun””all of my favorite exercises in one workout. If there were Thrusters in it, it’d be my perfect workout ever. (I’m a weirdo and love Thrusters.) I also loved the name of last night’s WOD: “Playtime,” which is how I often refer to CrossFit.

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Shoulder Press

5 – 3 – 1 (<– at least one set, but as many as possible)

75% – 85% – 95%



3 Rounds for time of:

800m Run

12 Handstand Push-ups

24 Kettlebell Swings

Rx: (53, 35)

L2: (45, 25)

L1: 400m run, (35, 25)

After a warm-up, we worked on some Shoulder Presses. I managed 1 rep at 65 pounds, which, at first, I was kind of bummed about. It didn’t seem like a lot of weight, especially compared to the Push Presses I was doing at 75 pounds for WOD 12.3. But, when I went back to check my previous Shoulder Press weight from two months ago (I keep a little notebook at my box with my weights and times), I realized that I increased my weight by 20 pounds! Twenty pounds!?! Woohoo! That’s some progress!

I finished the WOD in 20:01. The Handstand Push-Ups slowed me down, but I did them without bands!

Question of the Day

Do you keep records of your fitness progress? Does it motivate you to get faster/stronger? Do you reach your goals quicker this way?



  1. I’m good about documenting my runs … how long I went, how I felt, if I iced before/after, etc. But I’m not as good about documenting progress in other fitness areas. I’m not nearly as motivated, for whatever reason!

  2. I have a workout journal which I fill in during my weight training days! It’s definitely motivating, especially on days where I feel like my workout wasn’t great! Perhaps it wasn’t as stellar as the workout before but chances are it’s a heck of a lot better than day 1 :)!

  3. I started taking measurements and keeping progress when I began NROLFW. I wanted to see if my body actually changed. I ended up stopping the program because I just didn’t look forward to my workouts. I’m not going to do something I don’t enjoy! I’ve kept up measurements to hold myself accountable.. especially with my wedding coming up in August!

    I also use Daily Mile to keep track of what I am doing!

  4. I recently started keeping track of my workouts and it definitely gives me more motivation! If I see that one week I ran 35 miles but another I did 20, it makes me want to up my mileage some more!

  5. I don’t normally keep a log, but I just started the New Rules of Lifting for Women plan and you do keep a log for that.
    I’m finding that it’s really motivating! Love seeing when the weight I can lift goes up.
    Nice job with the shoulder presses!

  6. “There’s an app for that!” I always keep my crossfit PRs in my iPhone; I use a free app called myWOD but there are several. I love being able to see what I’ve done so that I can challenge myself to go further the next time!

  7. that dish sounds great! my husband’s favorite vegetables are asparagus & brussels sprouts, so i think it’d be a winner in his book too. 😉 where did you get your israeli couscous? could i find it at a regular grocery store or does it often times need to be ordered?

  8. I keep track of my workouts….because I get paid to teach ’em. Hah 😉 I also make a mental note of how much I am lifting–plus, as my clothes get looser, I know something good is going on-ya know?! 😉

    NICE job on the increase in weights!

  9. I haven’t used a journal to track my workouts in a long time and I feel I was more consistent when I did. So I’m using my blog now to keep me on track. Thanks for sharing the recipe, I’m going to give it a try because it has two things I’ve wanted to try and haven’t – chickpeas & brussel sprouts. BTW, I love Murphy!

  10. Yep, I keep track of my runs on Speaking of which, I’m running the Rock and Roll Half Marathon this weekend and I’ll be keeping an eye out for you! Loving your recipe posts…especially that they’re easy to whip up on a week night and super delicious. 🙂

  11. Anything with brussel sprouts works for me–so your mix looks yummy!

    I keep track using Daily Mile. In the summers, when I’m training training, I use Training Peaks. I wish I was more organized with uploading my Garmin stats from my bike/runs but I’m not! Maybe this year, when I’m all fixed up from my injury, I’ll have a fresh start and get on track with uploading/keeping track of things! I know marking down whether or not I did my physio and/or stretching helps me to actually do it, even if it’s just a YES or NO record!

  12. I haven’t started keeping track yet, but now I think I might! Also you’re not odd for liking Thrusters, I did them for the first time last week and I thought “wow, that was super hard but I’m pretty sure I loved it!”

  13. Yes I keep a notebook with me and bring it to crossfit as well. I never used to do this but its so important at crossfit so you can see progress and know where to start for strength work. I did the exact same thing the other day with the strict press- a little bummed that I could only get 63 but then looked back and realized I PR’d and was psyched haha!

  14. I wish there was a cross fit near me, it just seems like so much fun. I am really interested in seeing how it could benefit my distance running. Good luck this weekend at the half and maybe I will see you!

  15. More Brussels sprouts, yum! I have to try this recipe. We are having your recipe from last week tonight.

    I use daily mile for mostly tracking my runs. I have used a journal in the past to track my strength training workouts. It keeps me honest and on track.

  16. I LOVE Israeli couscous! Especially in the summer time; I just feel like it makes the perfect substitute for pasta in salads. I’ll have to give this a try!

    And yes, I guess I do keep track of my fitness progress—at least my running progress. I’ve recently noticed a huge difference in my endurance and speed (thank you, half marathon training!) and it’s motivated me to push even harder, which I love!

  17. You know, I used to love thrusters, too, until I met “Kalsu”. Now I hate them with a passion.

    I keep a workout log on Dailymile, and also in written form in a CrossFit specific journal. I got it at I love being able to look back and see my progress!

  18. FYI I made your peanut noodles last night and made extra so I could bring leftovers for lunch today. And then I ate all of it. So obviously, I’m trying the brussel sprouts soon. I’m not making extra this time because I have no self control.

  19. HSPU’s are no joke! Hope oyu realize how much progress that is to be able to do those. Im still working on rx ones in wod. I can do a few when working on skills but in a wod I stil have an abmat!

  20. I absolutely keep track of my workouts and progress! I am in the process of writing my weight loss story for my blog and if I hadn’t been tracking, I would have NO IDEA where to begin because it all started in 2000!! And I have a terrible memory. So I am so thankful that I kept track of workouts, my weight, food journaling, short term goals, etc. Being about to look back at how I started out (doing Denise Austin’s Light and Fit workout that I taped off the tv onto VHS!) and seeing how far I’ve come is SUCH an amazing self-love technique.

  21. i participated in the roller derby workout challenge last winter, and am currently doing it for this year again. it consists of a diet and workout plan for 8 weeks to become a stronger skater. it was the first time i ever heard of burpees or did any circuit training. i have everything printed out from last year, with my circuit times or amount of reps jotted down, and through out the year i’d go through the program again to see how far i’d come fitness wise. seeing your progress like that is a great motivator to keep doing it!

  22. this is probably going to be an incredibly random question for you, but the baking sheet that you have your brussels sprouts on I noticed wasn’t staying level with the oven rack. I have one that does that too! When it’s cool it stays level but when heated it shoots up with a loud BANG! Does your make a noise that sounds like your oven is about to blow up???? I thought I just had a faulty cookie sheet haha!

  23. For some reason I was thinking that I didn’t keep track of them and then I realized I totally do on SparkPeople. I mostly use it for my food so I forgot that I track my workouts on there to.

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