Menu Monday: January 25-January 29

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Since we are going away for the weekend, I only have meals planned for Monday-Friday. The only thing I know I’ll definitely have over the weekend is my shake. 🙂 Blueberries were on sale, so I made some blueberry baked oatmeal for this weeks breakfast! 🙂

Monday 1/25

  • Breakfast: Baked oatmeal
  • Snack: Shakeo w/ pb
  • Lunch: Seasoned chicken w/ peppers over rice
  • Snack: Strawberries
  • Dinner: Marinaded steaks w/ asparagus

 

Tuesday 1/26

  • Breakfast: Baked oatmeal
  • Snack: Shakeo w/ pb
  • Lunch: Shrimp w/ peppers over rice
  • Snack: Apple
  • Dinner: Taco Salads

 

Wednesday 1/27

  • Breakfast: Baked oatmeal
  • Snack: Shakeo w/ pb
  • Lunch: Seasoned chicken w/ peppers over rice
  • Snack: Strawberries 
  • Dinner: Parmesan and herb crusted salmon with sautéed kale

 

Thursday 1/28

  • Breakfast: Baked oatmeal
  • Snack: Shakeo w/ pb
  • Lunch: Shrimp w/ peppers over rice
  • Snack: Apple
  • Dinner: Marinaded pork chops w/ steamed veggies

 

Friday 1/29

  • Breakfast: Baked oatmeal
  • Snack: Shakeo w/ pb
  • Lunch: Seasoned chicken w/ peppers over rice
  • Snack: Strawberries 
  • Dinner: Chicken and Kale Soup

 

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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. 🙂

Tasty Tuesday: Turkey and Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Here are the yummy stuffed peppers I made for dinner last night, and the recipe I use. They don’t look very pretty, but they tasted incredible!

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INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
1 cup water + pinch of salt
1 tbsp olive oil
2 small yellow onions, chopped
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
20 oz. extra lean ground turkey
2 tsp Italian seasoning
salt & pepper, to taste
8 oz. organic tomato sauce
4 bell peppers, with seeds and membranes removed

DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a small saucepan, combine the quinoa and water with a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
In a large saute pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add in the onion and garlic and sauté for about 5 minutes. Add in the turkey and Italian seasoning, and cook until no longer pink. Stir in the tomato sauce.
In a large bowl, combine the quinoa and turkey mixture. Spoon into the pepper halves.
Bake for 30 minutes until the peppers are tender. (You can save on baking time if you boil peppers for 2-3 minutes before stuffing.)

Fitness Friday: 5 Reasons Working Out At Home Is Better Than The Gym

1. You Don’t Have To Care What You Look Like. Seriously. You can rock whatever look you want. Unbrushed hair, mismatched workout clothes, you name it. So nice, right?

2. Never Worry About Weather. Too cold out? Snowing or raining? Don’t feel like going outside? No problem. Just go to your workout area and push play!

3. Get Your Workout Face On! Is it just me, or does anyone else make weird faces when they challenge themselves to push a little harder during their workout routine? Well, I’m glad no one but me sees it. Haha.

4. The Germs On The Equipment Are Just Yours. This is probably my biggest reason for working out at home. I just can’t  imagine touching gross, sweaty, germ covered equipment that hundreds of other people have touched. I don’t care if they “clean” it. Just yuck!

5. Pass Out When You’re Done. For real. After pushing yourself to work harder; you can literally sprawl out on the floor in the comfort of your own home, catch your breath, then fuel up on some post workout goodness.

Tasty Tuesday: Broccoli Ouinoa Bake

Made this for dinner a few weeks ago and it was a hit. Thought I’d share it with y’all.

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INGREDIENTS

1 cup quinoa
1 head broccoli, chopped
2 tbsp olive oil, divided
1/3 cup Panko
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
salt and pepper, to taste
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp flour
2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly oil 9×13 baking dish.
In a large saucepan of 2 cups water, cook quinoa according to package instructions. Within the last 5 minutes of cooking time, add broccoli and steam until cooked through.
Heat 1 tablespoon olive in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add Panko and cook, stirring, until browned (about 3 minutes)
Heat remaining tablespoon olive oil in the skillet. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Add to skillet and cook until cooked through, about 3-4 minutes per side. Chop into bite size pieces.
Melt butter in the skillet over medium heat. Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk, and cook, whisking constantly, until slightly thickened, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in quinoa, broccoli, chicken, 1 cup cheese and season with salt and pepper.
Spread broccoli mixture into the prepared baking dish; sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Place in oven and bake until cheese has melted, about 5 minutes.

Enjoy!!

Fitness Friday: 3 Reasons You Might Not Be Losing Weight.

Poor Eating Habits.

Many people think the less they eat, the less they’ll gain. Not true. You need to be eating enough well-balanced meals so that your daily workout routines begin to become easier. Your metabolism will increase, and you will lose the weight. Be sure you’re not over eating either.

Cortisol.

What is it? It’s a hormone associated with stress and “fight or flight.” When you put too much stress on your body, it can cause chronic cortisol which can cause excess fat storage. It will also cause excess water weight which will eventually go away. Just stick with your workout, and you’ll be fine! 🙂

You’re not challenging yourself.

You need to challenge yourself weekly. If you stick with the same routine, and don’t push yourself to go harder, your metabolism won’t continue to increase. You might be maintaining your weight (which is fine if that’s what your goal is) but in order to lose more weight, we need to keep that metabolism up!

So there’s my little tidbit on fitness for the day. I figured since I posted about peanut butter eggs, I should at least have a little bit of health in there somewhere. Hope you’re all having a great day!

Take Care,

Sara

3 Little Things That Changed My Life

Hi there!

My name is Sara, and this is obviously my first post. I’ll try to keep it short, but please bare with me. 🙂 I am a wife, mother to a handsome, healthy little boy, (Liam) and fur baby momma to an adorable Boxer mix puppy. (Gamora) Some of my hobbies include reading, writing, painting, photography, and scrapbooking. I am a food lover, so I also enjoy cooking and baking. I also love everything Disney, and spending time with my family of course! I decided to start blogging in hopes to help and inspire others.

About 8 years ago I was diagnosed with severe depression and anxiety. I spent months talking to a therapist, hoping they could help me feel “normal” again. They decided medication would be a good choice, so for about a year I was taking medication with no relief. Soon after stopping my medication, I met my now husband. We fell in love quickly, were later engaged, and soon after learned we were pregnant. After meeting my husband and the birth of our son, I was the happiest I had been in years.

Around the time Liam turned 3, I noticed signs of my depression returning. I knew I needed to take action, so I turned to the good old World Wide Web for answers. I did a search on ways to help with depression, and I was surprised at some of the results I had found. One result was writing. “Writing, really?” I thought to myself. I decided anything was better than going back on medication, so I gave it a shot. To my surprise, it actually helped. I just started writing about everything. What I did all day, good things that happened, not so good things that happened, what I had to eat. You name it, I wrote about it. Another result I had found was healthy eating habits and regular exercise. I knew the eating healthier would be easy for me to do, but I wasn’t too sure about the exercising. I hated going to the gym, and didn’t want to pay for a membership I knew I’d never use. Then I looked into home workout DVDs. I decided it was worth a shot, and I was so glad I decided to do it. I started feeling better within weeks. I owe my life to these three little things.

I guess what I hope to accomplish with my blog, is help and inspire others to not only REACH FOR their goals, but ACHIEVE their goals. I feel it’s important to have someone you can relate to and talk to. That’s what I hope can happen with my blog. I am excited to write daily entires, and to hear from all of you!

Take care,

Sara