I just signed up for a three month program at my gym that will focus on preparing me for a half marathon! Although I think I could do this on my own, I’m really excited to get out there with others who have the same goal. For me it isn’t even about “socializing” just their presence is motivating. It totally brings out the competitor in me. The program starts next month and is going to keep me busy for two nights (and one morning). So that dinners don’t become neglected, I’m going to have to really plan to have good “leftover” meals or crockpot meals. Some people hate leftovers but for me it is all about how much I really liked the dish the first time around. Hint: I really loved this dish the first time around…
Cajun Chicken Pasta! Normally, when pasta and creamy sauces are put together you get one heck of a calorie laden meal. Not with this recipe! A whole 11/2 cups of this pasta comes in at only 328 calories. Not bad! Also, I just love all the veggies packed into it!
I think the chicken is hiding in my pictures but don’t worry, there was just the right amount in each dish.
I followed the suggested recipe, however I added just a pinch of ground red pepper at the end just to make it a little more spicy! It was even a great leftovers meal for the next day which was great for today because my kids had a ton of homework and I needed to help them and not be busy cooking.
So do you have any favorite healthy leftover meals or crockpot meals? I’d love to hear about them!
The recipe for this yummy dish can be found at Skinnytaste.com.
So you didn’t get one of those fancy schmancy home coffee brewers for Christmas? No worries!! Let me introduce you to this little guy…
A milk frother (thanks Auntie M)! I picked this little guy up for $3.99 (I believe) at Ikea! So what can this little guy do exactly? Let me demonstrate it’s magic!
So what does this all mean exactly? Well let me show you!
Beautiful isn’t it?!? I found that lower fat milk seems to get more foamy than the higher fat. Let me know what your findings are! Also, I believe, I may be making another road trip to Ikea so for my hometown buddies, let me know if you want me to grab you one!
And now that you have the coffee shop drink, let’s pair it with a coffee shop sandwich shall we?
This sandwich just happens to take care of that pizza craving too!
I found this sandwich idea Pinterest! I just love banana peppers (I eat them straight out of the jar) so I topped my sandwich with them.
I cook mine open faced in the toaster oven and slap them together after the cheese starts getting melty.
Add a cup of soup and you have a happy lunch!
Original sandwich idea is from Green Lite Bites.
Well the New Year is here. Did you make a resolution? Have you kept it? I’ve really not been much of a resolution person in the past, but between the family being sick, being busy with the holidays, eating too much “comfort food,” I used the New Year to get back into my fitness routines.
These helped too…
This, although it is super beautiful, did not…
The good news is, my gym is pretty close so I can cruise on over there until it’s not so chilly! Also there is always sled riding for some physical activity!
If you play outside, be sure to make this dish for when you come back in. Spicy Chicken Stew!
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Yet another Christmas is coming to an end. Almost. We have one more get together this weekend. In my head I feel like things will settle down then, however we have New Years and my dad’s birthday before the festivities will actually be over. Long story short, I have all kinds of recipes to share with you right now!
These Avocado, Cream Cheese and Salsa Puffed Pastries were a hit! Next time I think I’ll let them cook a little longer, but I was so worried they would burn and I didn’t want to the the chance. I’m also interested in how they would be if you used wonton or egg roll wrappers in lieu of the puff pastry. If you try that out, let me know how they turn out.
I really liked how quickly these came together! I’ll be honest I just spooned the avocado, cream cheese and salsa onto each square without measuring. Whatever looked good seemed to work out just fine. The only thing I didn’t like was that my salsa was naturally a little too wet and leaked from a few of the pastries. Next time I think I’ll use my little mesh strainer or even a fork to add the salsa so it’s a little drier.
Aside from not measuring, I followed the original recipe pretty closely and it can be found here at Averie Cooks.
So if you celebrate Christmas, I hoped you enjoyed it! Here are a few picture of my favorite things.
The weather was terrible and we had to get a tree so this is our $20.00 purchase from Tractor Supply! Not bad huh? My kids decorated our cookies, clearly they love sprinkles. Also our Elf, George was a hit and will be missed very much.
Although I got loads of cool gifts, I’m happy to share that I got this…
Also I’m hoping that this gift will help with all the holiday indulging!
Do you have one of these gadgets? I haven’t used my Nike band yet but I’m hoping it is as neat as it looks!!
So how was your Thanksgiving? Mine was pretty fantastic and I think a new tradition was born.
Gobble, gobble! I got second place in my age group in the Thanksgiving 5k my town had! I actually felt pretty crappy during my run so I’m gunning for 1st next year! But really, what a great way to start the day before eating (too much) and laying around playing Words With Friends, stalking blogs I adore, and watching football!!
Today, I’m so proud of the recipe I have to share with you! With the holidays coming, I think this is a fantastic dish for a small get together! This dish will look like you spent hours in the kitchen, but with the short cuts I made, you’ll have a wonderful dish in no time!
Sometimes I’m just too busy, or too lazy to follow directions. So when I saw this chicken recipe on Pinterest, I knew I had to find a way to make something like it! So I did…
This chicken had amazing flavor! The puréed cauliflower complemented it well. Yes, that is cauliflower and not potatoes. This is a pretty healthy dish!
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Today I want to share with you a totally comforting dish! This dish is cheesy, salty, filling, and of course eggy!!
But first I want to share with you an accomplishment I made yesterday!
I ran a 10.4 mile trail run!
Awww look how happy I look. Who knew how sore I would be today!! I don’t think I’m completely sore from the run (although it was extremely difficult), but more from all of the times I almost fell during the run. We had quite a few days of rain right before the race, so the trail was extremely muddy.
Exhibit A and B
I’m guessing I won’t be allowed to wear those shoes in the gym :(.
I looked for pictures of the race however the ones I found are completely misleading! They are all of these little flat spots of a beautifully wooded trails. Although the race was in a very beautiful setting, they failed to show pictures of all of the large hills you have to climb during the race (my husband counted seven). I’m pretty sure if there were seven, at least five of them were in the first five miles. A friend I was running with had asked me on the first hill if this was the “hill” I had been talking about (I had ran this course one other time in the past), I’m pretty sure that she didn’t like my response when I replied “it is one of them.”
The other “fun” part of this run was all of the creeks you had to get across (with no bridges). There were a few times my shoes got wet and that water was COLD!
But we made it! And I’m sure everyone felt proud!
Today however, I’m taking it easy because I’m so sore!
So let’s get back to cooking shall we?
We have been having a heck of a time keeping up with the chickens and all of the eggs they’ve been laying. So when I came up with this dish, I wanted to make sure that I would have lots of the couscous mixture for leftovers.
Here is what I used:
whole wheat couscous
frozen spinach, thawed and squeeze dry
goat cheese (not shown)
butter and olive oil (also not shown)
bacon (entire package)
chicken broth or chicken bouillon
salt and pepper
When I made this, I had doubled the couscous and made roughly four cups cooked. I would suggest only making about two cups cooked because it is just so filling and let you dish have more bacon and spinach. But that is just me!
So here is what I did:
1. Boil couscous according to package. Instead of water I used chicken broth for extra flavor. I didn’t add salt because of the broth base having plenty of sodium (plus your adding bacon later!). Once couscous is cooked, add in a little fat. I used butter (about two tablespoons) and just a bit of olive oil.
2. While couscous is cooking, fry your bacon until crispy.
3. Combine couscous, bacon, spinach, and goat cheese (I used what was left in my fridge probably about 11/2-2 ounces.
4. Fry eggs over easy and add a little sprinkle of salt and pepper while cooking.
5. In a bowl, add couscous mixture.
(This may have been a little too much for one serving.)
6. Top with an egg (or two and parmesan). Serve!!
I’m obsessed with fruits and veggies right now! I feel like any minute summer is going to end and the abundance of (cheap!) local produce will be gone. So right now, I’m doing my best to incorporate them into ever meal. My newest favorite?
Zucchini Tots! Continue reading for recipe!