Wacky Wednesday: Spicy Kale and Black Bean Salad

So I didn’t get a chance to be online yesterday with everything going on, so I decided to make my Wacky Wednesday post a recipe post….since I missed tasty Tuesday! Anyway, my family and I LOVE burrito bowls, and I’m always trying to find new tasty, healthy ones. Here is a recipe we absolutely love. It’s from theglowingfridge.com.
INGREDIENTS
  1. 1 cup quinoa, uncooked (or rice – we like brown rice for ours)
  2. 6 cups chopped kale, de-stemmed
  3. 1/2 red onion, chopped
  4. 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  5. 1 cup corn
SPICY DRESSING
  1. 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  2. 1 clove garlic, minced
  3. 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)
  4. 1/4 cup hot sauce of your choice (I used a chili pepper sauce)
  5. 1/4 cup water
  6. 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  7. 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  8. sea salt and pepper, to taste
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. In a medium sized pot, combine 2 cups of water with 1 cup of quinoa and bring to a boil. Lower heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until water is absorbed and quinoa is fluffy.
  2. In a large salad bowl, add the kale and the onion.
  3. Once the quinoa is done cooking, add in the black beans and corn to the pot. Mix it up. You could just add these over the kale but I wanted to warm up the beans and corn. Add the quinoa mixture over the kale and mix.
  4. Prepare the dressing. Pour the dressing over the salad, mix and enjoy!
NOTES
  1. Stays fresh in the refrigerator up to 2 days.
  2. Can replace quinoa with rice and add any additional veggies you like. Bell peppers, tomato, avocado etc.

Menu Monday: December 21-27

Here’s my plan for this week! Also, the breakfast sandwiches I made were so yummy and so convenient that I made them again for this week!!! 🙂 Hope you all have an amazing week and Merry Christmas!!!! 🙂 🙂

 

Monday 12/21

  • Breakfast: Breakfast sandwich
  • Snack: Shakeo mixed w/ water. Banana
  • Lunch: cottage cheese and pineapple
  • Snack: hard boiled eggs with seasoning
  • Dinner: Thai Chicken and Brown Rice

 

Tuesday 12/22

  • Breakfast: Breakfast sandwich. Banana
  • Snack: Apple w/ Pb
  • Lunch: Leftover Thai chicken and rice
  • Snack: Shakeo mixed w/ water
  • Dinner: Chili with homemade bread

 

Wednesday 12/23

  • Breakfast: Breakfast sandwich
  • Snack: Shakeo mixed w/ water. Banana
  • Lunch: Leftover chili
  • Snack: Hard boiled egg w/ seasoning. Apple
  • Dinner: Spinach chicken burgers, homemade potato wedges, and steamed broccoli

Thursday 12/24

  • Breakfast: Breakfast sandwich
  • Snack: Apple
  • Lunch: Leftovers from dinner
  • Snack: Shakeo mixed w/ banana and Pb
  • Dinner: Mandarin Spinach Salad, Asian pork tenderloin, garlic green beans and potatoes. (plus some appetizers since we’re having Christmas Eve dinner at our house)

 

Friday 12/25

  • Breakfast: breakfast sandwich
  • Snack: Shakeo mixed w/ water. (We’ll be on the road traveling for Christmas)
  • Lunch/Dinner: Whatever my mom is making for Christmas dinner! 🙂

 

Saturday 12/26

  • Breakfast: Breakfast sandwich
  • Snack: Shakeo with Pb and banana
  • Lunch: Turkey taco lettuce wraps and apple
  • Snack: Veggis and hummus
  • Dinner: Chicken fajitas

 

Sunday 12/27

  • Breakfast: Breakfast sandwich
  • Snack: Shakeo with Pb and banana
  • Lunch: Turkey taco lettuce wraps
  • Snack:Veggies and hummus
  • Dinner: Christmas dinner at the in laws house.

Super Saturday: Cookie Madness 2015

So every year I pick a day to dedicate to baking cookies. Today I baked for 10 hours and made 8 different kinds of cookies! While I’d LOVE to each all of them, they’re mostly for giving to friends and coworkers. We will keep a few here to enjoy, but we know it’s not good to go over board. 🙂

P.S. Don’t you just love the beautiful cutouts my little man and I made?? Lol.

What are some of your favorite cookies and holiday traditions?

 

 

 

 

Fitness Friday: Leg Day!

So on Fridays I think I’ll make some type of fitness post. Whether it’s fitness tips or workout ideas.

Today I want to talk about leg workouts. I know there are tons of different exercises and whatnot, but these are some of my favorite leg exercises. I put them into this little routine that I do 4-5 days a week.

  • 25 Squats
  • 20 (10 each leg) Single leg deadline
  • 1 minute wall sit
  • 20 (10 each leg) Single leg kickback
  • 25 Sumo Squats
  • 1 minute High Knees
  • 20 Calf Raises
  • 20 Side Lunges (each leg)

I usually repeat this 2-3 times and do it 4-5 days a week. Hope this little routine helps some of you! 🙂

Thirsty Thursday: Mint Cookie Shake

With the holidays upon us, it’s easy to fall off the wagon with our healthy eating. I won’t lie, I’m a Christmas cookie eater! I’m actually having my annual “Cookie Madness” this weekend, where I end up spending the entire day baking cookies. I bake hundreds of cookies, but they don’t stay here! I send them with friends, and also give to my coworkers and husband’s coworkers. We only keep a few dozen for ourselves and Santa. Lol. 🙂

Like I said, it’s easy to just eat junk and not think about being healthy. Well, I found a yummy shake I’d love to share with ya’ll that might help curb those cravings. It’s a mint cookie shake. It’s pretty delicious! 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup milk of choice (I like unsweetened almond milk)
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder of choice
  • 1/4 tsp mint extract (or to taste)
  • Ice to taste

 

Directions:

Put all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

 

 

Wacky Wednesday: Kids in the Kitchen

So I used to do a Wellness Wednesday post, but I thought this would be a better post instead. I’d love to post something random each Wednesday. Hence the name “Wacky Wednesday!” It will be anything from wellness, health, to kids recipes and activities. I think it’ll be a really fun post because it’ll be differenteach week! 🙂 Anyway, this week I decided to make a kids recipe post. My son absolutely LOVES to help me in the kitchen, and I love coming up with different, fun, yummy recipes we can make together. AlthoughI dont have a picture, this is one of his favorite things to make. 🙂

ENGLISH MUFFIN PIZZAS

Ingredients:

    • English Muffin of choice. (we use Food for Life)
    • pizza sauce
    • shredded cheese (we like mozzarella)
    • your favorite toppings such as lean sausage, pepperoni, and any veggies, like, peppers, black olives, broccoli, mishrooms, tomatoes, etc.

Directions:

1. Toast your English muffins.

2. Spread on pizza sauce.

3. Sprinkle cheese on top and add your toppings.

4. Put on cookie sheet and put into broiler for a few minutes, until cheese is melted. 

Enjoy!!

 

 

Tasty Tuesday: Yummy side dish!

As I said yesterday, I’m sharing one of my favorite rice side dishes. I kinda just threw it together one day, so I never actually gave it a name. Ha ha. Anyway, here it is. If you try it, I hope you love it as much as we do!! 🙂
Ingredients:
1 cup rice of choice (I use brown rice)
1 1/2 cups of chicken broth OR veggie broth
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup corn (canned, frozen or fresh)
3 stalks green onions, chopped
1 can of black beans, rinsed
1/2 bunch of cilantro, stemmed and chopped fine
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 avocado, chopped (optional- it’s fine if you eat it right away, but we all know they turn brown after a few hoirs, so be sure if you’re using it to put it in when it’s time to eat)
1-2 limes cut into wedges

Directions:
Cook rice in the broth according to package. Fluff and put aside, uncovered.

In a large sauce pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add corn to the sauce pan and stir occasionally. Cook for about 5 minutes. Add in the chopped green onions and cook for about 2 minutes. Add beans and cook for another 2 minutes. Turn off the heat. Add in the cooked rice and toss. Add in chopped cilantro,salt and pepper (to taste) and mix well. Carefully fold in the avocado. You don’t want to mash it! Serve with or without a squeeze of fresh lime juice. Enjoy!

This makes about 4 servings, so feel free to cut recipe in half or double it. 🙂

Menu Monday: December 14-18

I know, I know, I fell off the grid again. This time of year is always so busy for us, but I promise I’m going to try harder to keep on top of my posts. Anyway, I wanted to share this weeks menu. ☺️

Monday 12/14

  • Breakfast: I made some freezable breakfast sandwiches ove the weekend, so I’ll be having those this week. They’re natural ham, Swiss cheese, and egg white on Food for Life 7 sprouted grain English muffins.
  • Snack: Shakeo mixed w/ water. Banana
  • Lunch: Homemade chicken salad on lettuce wraps, grapes, and bell peppers
  • Snack: hard boiled eggs with seasoning mix
  • Dinner: Homemade meatball subs with side salads. (Work meetings = quick easy dinners 😝)

 

Tuesday 12/15

  • Breakfast: breakfast sandwich
  • Snack: Apple w/ Pb
  • Lunch: Homemade chicken salad on lettuce wraps, grapes, and bell peppers
  • Snack: Shakeo mixed w/ water
  • Dinner: Teriyaki salmon, steamed broccoli, and rice dish. (I’ll share the rice dish recipe tomorrow!)

 

Wednesday 12/16

  • Breakfast: breakfast sandwich
  • Snack: Shakeo mixed w/ water. Banana
  • Lunch: Homemade chicken salad on lettuce wraps, grapes, and bell peppers
  • Snack: hard boiled eggs with seasoning mix
  • Dinner: Spinach chicken burgers, homemade potato wedges, and steamed baby carrots

Thursday 12/17

  • Breakfast: breakfast sandwich
  • Snack: Apple 
  • Lunch: Leftovers from dinner 12/16
  • Snack: Shakeo mixed w/ banana and Pb
  • Dinner: Homemade beef stew

 

Friday 12/18

  • Breakfast: breakfast sandwich
  • Snack: Shakeo w/ water. Banana
  • Lunch: Leftover beef stew
  • Snack: Cottage cheese and pineapple
  • Dinner: Homemade personal size pizzas topped w/ veggies, plus a mix of fresh veggies on the side. 

 

 

 

Menu Monday: October 19-25

I used to do a Meal Prep Monday post, but I decided to change it to Menu Monday instead. I know some of you, like me, enjoy sharing recipes and finding new ideas for meals. I figured I’d share my weekly menus and if anyone wants recipes, feel free to ask and I’ll share them. 🙂

Monday 10/19

  • Breakfast – Cinnamon overnight oats
  • Snack – Shakeo w/ Pb and banana
  • Lunch – Homemade orzo and veggie soup (I had some leftovers frozen)
  • Snack – Hummus and carrots
  • Dinner – Honey garlic chicken, mashed sweet potatoes, and steamed broccoli

Tuesday 10/20

  • Breakfast – Pb banana overnight oats
  • Snack – Shakeo mixed w/ water
  • Lunch – leftover dinner from 10/19
  • Snack – Almonds
  • Dinner – Baked Ravioli w/ homemade bread and side salads

Wednesday 10/21

  • Breakfast – Cinnamon overnight oats
  • Snack – Shakeo w/ Pb and banana
  • Lunch – Homemade chicken salad lettuce wraps and homemade sweet potato chips
  • Snack – Carrots and hummus
  • Dinner – Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole w/ side salads

Thursday 10/22

  • Breakfast – Pb banana overnight oats
  • Snack – Shakeo mixed w/ water
  • Lunch – Homemade chicken salad lettuce wraps and homemade sweet potato chips
  • Snack – Almonds
  • Dinner – Broccoli cheese soup and homemade bread

Friday 10/23

  • Breakfast – Cocoa overnight oats
  • Snack – Shakeo with Pb and banana
  • Lunch – Homemade chicken salad lettuce wraps and homemade sweet potato chips
  • Snack – Carrots and hummus
  • Dinner – Homemade chicken nuggets and oven roasted veggies

Saturday 10/24

  • Breakfast – Veggie egg white omelette
  • Snack – Almonds
  • Lunch – Shakeo w/ Pb and banana
  • Snack & Dinner: I’ll be at a baby shower, so I’m not sure what I’ll be having. 🙂 Probably gonna be a cheat day. 🙂

Sunday 10/25

  • Breakfast – Veggie egg white omelette
  • Snack – Almonds and banana
  • Lunch – We usually go out to lunch after church. I usually get a salad or chicken and veggies
  • Snack – Shakeo w/ pb
  • Dinner – Spaghetti squash with homemade sauce, and steamed broccoli.

Like I said, if you want any recipes, just ask. And if you’d like to share any recipes or ideas with me that would be great as well. 🙂

Sunday Funday: Pumpkin Painting!

We decided to get crafty today. We got pumpkins last weekend when we went apple picking, and little man really wanted to paint his. He had so much fun.

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I worked on a few of my own crafts while he painted, and got our dinner ready and put in the crockpot. It’s been in a few hours now and the house smells amazing!

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All in all its been a great weekend. Hope you all had an amazing weekend as well! 🙂