Think of New Year’s Eve in New York City, and there are some pretty famous things you can do. You can watch the ball drop in Times Square. You can party hop from one glamorous open bar to another. You can order in sushi and Champagne and watch the fireworks.
Or you can do this: dress up in your best neon spandex and most colorful running clothes, have tons of friends over for healthy vegetarian tacos and bubbly, then go run a 4-mile race in Central Park that takes off at the stroke of midnight. Tacos and Fun Run it was! And for extra joy to the world, our party got to be part of Foodbuzz’s 24 x 24 night of celebrations—one of 24 parties that took place all over the world on New Year’s Eve. My guess is that we win for best use of neon, glowsticks, and maybe even tacos ;-)
Tammy and I (pictured above in bright orange shirts that originally debuted at the NYC marathon) lured our NYE houseguests into chopping and mixing up bowls of guacamole, and prepping vegetables and fruit for juicing. Our main star of the night was tofu tacos, a recipe from Real Simple that a co-worker first told me about. I’ve since adapted them to be even simpler, if such a thing is possible. “Tofu? Tacos?” people asked. Just trust me: they work, they’re fantastic, and they’re easy.
I made a quadruple recipe, stir frying the tofu in a skillet and then mixing everything in one big Dutch oven. Just the right amount to feed the 20+ friends who came through our door. (Hint: frozen spinach is just as good as fresh here.) We served it DIY style, so friends could make their own taco and add on their guacamole, cheese of choice, salsa, and chips. And, as we learned as the night wore on, the tacos are also great at room temperature.
There was a slight malfunction with our juicer, but we made up for it with a morning juice party featuring carrot-apple-ginger-lemon juice: And then, at 10:30ish, we were off to run the race! Our group of runners and cheerleaders ran/skipped/chanted/walked our way down through the park to 72nd street, stopping to take pictures of the NYC skyline. At midnight, over 6,000 runners took off under a canopy of fireworks. Shout-outs to friends who ran their first races ever–Devin, Meg, and Hannah! Everyone was so PROUD of themselves afterwards—what a way to start off 2012!!
We all triumphantly made our way back to our apartment for hot chocolate—and to eat every last bite of the remaining tacos. 2am leftovers at their best.
Happy New Year! And…if you’re in the NYC area next year…you know you want to run this! Tacos and fun run= the best healthy start to 2012.