County Health Rankings (Recipe: Bulgur, Wild Rice and Mushroom Pilaf)

As a resident of Dane County, Wisconsin we rank 17th of 72 counties in terms of overall health.  The physical environment is what pulls down our ranking (35th of 72) because we were ranked 5th in health behaviors in the state (considers smoking, obesity, teen births, excessive drinking, etc.), 3rd in clinical care (uninsured, dentists, doctors, mental health providers, etc.) and 7th in social and economic factors (college education, unemployment, violent crime, children in poverty, etc.)  Not too shabby, Dane County!

And as you know, I am moving to Wake County, North Carolina which is ranked #1 in the state out of 100 counties!  It is ranked 1st in length of life and quality of life, 2nd in health behaviors, 3rd in clinical care, 4th in social and economic factors and 18th in physical environment.  Woohoo!

Find out your county health ranking here!

Speaking of Jelly Belly’s in my last post, look at what I read in my Food Network magazine today!  What are the odds?  Well…maybe better than average since it is close to Easter…


Fun Fact:  Did you know that 89% of people eat the ears off of a chocolate Easter bunny first, according to a recent survey by the National Confectioners Association?  6% eat the feet first and 5% eat the tail.

Today a co-worker brought in pizza from Salvatore’s Tomato Pies for lunch.  YUM.  They use local ingredients for their pies and have really interesting combinations.  Here is a snippet from their website:

“Our tomato products are simply the best you can get in the United States. We add no sugar to the tomatoes, and use locally produced fresh herbs to craft our sauce.  The crimini mushrooms we use are grown here in Wisconsin, as is the Zucchini and other vegetables. And then there is cheese, Wisconsin produced cheese. We add no sugar to our dough either.  We ferment the dough in order for it to develop a natural sweetness. Our sausage and pesto is made in house….Because we use as much local products as possible, our menu will change a bit with the seasons.”


Yay for locally grown in Wisconsin!  I wish I had the chance to eat here more often!  But maybe A will take me when I visit. 🙂  Delish.  And speaking of locally grown–the outdoor Dane County Farmer’s Market starts again this Saturday!  Perfect timing!  I will definitely be going!

Quote of the Day:

“I wish I’d known that happiness comes from going after your goals while you are alive–not waiting for that day to occur at some point in the future.” -Queen Latifah in Last Holiday

This is one of my standard pre-run meals.  It’s healthy and filling and has lots of carbs.  I’m a fan.  I usually just eat it as a meal by itself, but it would be a perfect side dish as well!

Bulgur, Wild Rice and Mushroom Pilaf

Bulgur, Wild Rice and Mushroom Pilaf


– 1 medium onion, chopped

– 1 (14-ounce) can chicken broth

– 1 cup apple juice

– 1/2 cup uncooked wild rice, rinsed and drained

– 1/2 cup bulgur

– 2 cups quartered/sliced shiitake, cremini or button mushrooms

– 1/4 cup chopped walnuts

– 1 ounce crumbled feta


– In a large saucepan, cook onion until tender.  Carefully add broth, apple juice and wild rice.

– Bring to a boil; reduce heat; simmer covered for 30 minutes.

– Stir in mushrooms and bulgur.

– Simmer covered for 10-15 minutes or until the grains are tender and most of the liquid is absorbed.

– Cover and let stand for 5 minutes.  Stir in walnuts and feta.

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