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The reason I’ve been MIA

I haven’t posted in quite some time.  I have received many messages asking how things were going. Here is the reason why I have been MIA for a good portion of the last year and a half 🙂

Meet my baby:

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And Here she is at 1 month old:

 

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Baby’s first vacation at 5 weeks old

 

If you guys are interested I can do a post on how what my new exercises are and how I lost 47 pounds in the 4 months following her birth.

Thank you guys for all of the concern about my absence and continued support!

 

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I have a thing for eggs lately…

I have been eating vegetables and eggs at least once a day (sometimes for every meal) for two weeks! I chop up a bunch of different vegetables at the beginning of the week. Then, when I get hungry I throw some veggies in a pan and fry up an egg or two with it. I like to incorporate anything I have left over in the fridge too! I love leftover baked potatoes and mashed potatoes with eggs.   I don’t know how I ever ate eggs without them.  Healthy doesn’t get any easier, more convenient, or delicious than this. Not to mention this is inexpensive and a great way to use up leftovers!

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*Please excuse my fine china… I’m moving and don’t have my dishes yet!
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I mix and match a bunch of different foods.

Vegetables:

Green peppers, red peppers, yellow peppers
Spinach
Mushrooms
Zucchini
Tomatoes
Jalapeños
Mashed potatoes, baked potatoes
Sweet onion, red onion
Black olives

 Proteins:

Ground turkey (or with taco seasons)
Black beans
Chicken
Turkey
Ham

Some of my favorite combos are (I always make two eggs):
-ground turkey with taco seasons, onions, green peppers, black beans, salsa
-green pepper, onion, potatoes, mushrooms
-green pepper, onion, mushrooms, zucchini
-tomatoes, green peppers, onion, mushroom, skim cheddar cheese
-mashed potatoes, purple onion, green pepper, red pepper, ground turkey

I have been busy working on final projects for college and moving all week. My time has been very limited, but I have managed to take breaks to squeeze in runs and walks with the pup! I may not be getting out and about, or out of my sweat this week… I will be eating great!

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My closet is coming along swimmingly.
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Lazy Sunday

After a week of eating fabulously sinful (and delightfully tasty) Thanksgiving foods, I decided to get back on track today.  I made up a batch of turkey taco meat and tomatoes. I serve the meat with reduced fat cheddar cheese, salsa, and Hearts of Romaine.

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Mrs. Dash has the best taco seasoning; it’s salt-free too!

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Last weekend was insane and I didn’t get much meal prep done.  I’m normally very good at prepping and eating only what I make.  This saves me a lot of money and calories.  I actually prefer home-made foods over eating out.  Making it to the gym this week has been a struggle too!  I have been squeezing in short home workouts when I can, but there is always tomorrow 🙂

My weekend:

Private Gala in Detroit

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Ring Girls for the Fights in Macomb

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I spent today relaxing with this little guy:

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Meatless Monday Recipe (Only uses one pot and takes 20 minutes!)

I started my week of with a meat-less one pot dish that used up leftover vegetables I had in the fridge.  This was super easy to make and it turned out fabulous!  You could use whatever vegetables you have around or even add meat to this. One pot dishes are easily changed and easry to make.

One Pot Pasta

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16 oz. box of spaghetti or linguine pasta, broken in half (I used whole wheat)

1 large green bell pepper, cut into ¾” pieces

3-4 small Roma Tomatoes cut into pieces

½ of a medium onion, chopped

1 can great northern beans

1 teaspoon parsley

1 table-spoon basil (from a squeeze tube)

1 tablespoon garlic (from a squeeze tube)

I packet of dry Italian dressing mix

1 teaspoon corn starch

4 cups chicken or vegetable broth

2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil

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Add the pasta to a large stock pot first. Then add the remaining ingredients, cover. Bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Stir and reduce the heat to medium-low.

Cook covered for about 12-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cook until most of the liquid is gone.

Remove the lid and let set for a few minutes before serving.

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This is the secret ingredient that give’s it all of the flavor:

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Michigan has had cold and rainy weather the past few days.  I ran 8 miles at a moderate pace before it started raining.  60 degrees is perfect running weather; I wish it would stay like that all the time!

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Later in the week (once I finally go grocery shopping) I am making healthy doughnut muffins!

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New Recipes!!

I haven’t written a post in a few months (sorry!).  I got busy with summer classes and working way too much (promotions and on my house).

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Since my last post I completed 3 summer classes: Organic Chemistry, Food and Cultures, and Lifetime Health.  I sprained my ankle and was out of running for 8 whole weeks!  Now I am back at it and training for a half marathon. I also filmed a commercial in July and another one will be filmed tomorrow!

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In the meantime, I have been collecting and perfecting healthy and delicious recipes for YOU!! The first one, Redskin Pickle Potato Mash, swhich ounds a little strange.  After testing it out, I am in love!  The second recipe I have is a Mexi- Macaroni casserole.  I have already eaten 3 bowls of each 🙂

Redskin Pickle Potato Mash

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1.5 pounds small redskin potatoes
½ cup dill pickle juice
2/3 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
½ cup finely chopped dill pickles
*Salt and pepper to taste

  1. Scrub all dirt off of the potatoes
  2. Boil potatoes with skins on them until tender.
  3. Cool potatoes and cut into ¾” pieces
  4. Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mash until you have a slightly creamy texture that still have some “lumps”.
  5. Salt and pepper to taste.

I made-up the Mexi- Macaroni casserole last night and I love it!  This recipe is very in expensive to make; I found most of my ingredients on-sale.  This casserole would make 8-10 servings.  The price per serving is about $1.66-$1.33 depending on how large your portions are.  I also use all organic ingredients.  If you used items that were not organic, your cost would be much lower as well.

Mexi-Macaroni

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3 cups cooked macaroni pasta al dente
1 pounds extra lean ground turkey
2 cups salsa (I used one that was not chunky)
1 15oz can tomato sauce
½ small Finley chopped onion
1 bell pepper chopped into small pieces
2 cups frozen corn
1 can black beans
2 cups shredded 2% cheddar cheese

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 375 °F
  2. Cook pasta according to directions while you are browning the turkey meat.
  3. Chop onion and bell pepper while you wait for the noodles and turkey to be cooked.
  4. Mix pasta, ground turkey, salsa, tomato sauce, onion, bell pepper, corn, and beans together in a large mixing bowl.
  5. Transfer to a 13” x 9” glass baking dish and cover with tinfoil.
  6. Bake covered for 35-40 minutes, or union peppers and onions are soft.
  7. Uncover, top with cheese, and bake an additional 10 minutes until cheese is melted and golden.

*pretty much any type of noodle would work.

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Weekly Work-out
I am trying to train for a half marathon and get great definition for a few photo-shoots I have coming up.  This is what my work-out looks like from last week:
Monday- 5 mile run at a 7:33″ pace
Tuesday– ins and outs on the treadmill mile 1 was completed in 6:20″.  Then I did arm weights, weighted squats, and abs. I ran another mile of ins and outs and it was completed in 6:12″.
Wednesday– REST
Thursday– I ran 8 miles at a pace of 7:55/ mile.  It was very hot and my asthma was horrible this day!
Friday– REST
Saturday– easy 3 mile run
Sunday– 6 mile run

I am trying to mix up my distances and work-outs.  I am short on time lately so my long runs are incorporated only on the days I have time.

Next week I’ll be posting a recipe for healthier cinnamon nutmeg doughnut muffins!

Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice

I decided to do a blog of some of this week’s meal prep.  I discovered it is pretty hard to make recipes for others to follow because I make 90% of my meals up in my head as I go.  That means I never measure or time anything (my husband finds this really annoying ha!).  I usually just go with it.  Most of my recipes are easy, with few ingredients and steps to follow.  I realize the Artichoke Stuffed Mushroom Caps look a bit involved.  They are really easy; I promise!

Additional Note:  I DO NOT ADD SALT TO ANYTHING I MAKE.

 With all of my recipes, you will see either “a pinch of salt” or “salt and pepper to taste”, but that is really for your taste preference.  I have a low sodium diet naturally.  This began a couple years ago during the summer when I wanted to stop retaining water for pool days.  I cut out a lot of processed foods and stopped adding salt recipes.   After I stopped cold turkey, I don’t miss salty tastes.  Now, it is second nature to eat, mostly, sodium free.  I taste the flavors of foods and use a lot of seasons and spices rather than salt.  You get used to foods without adding salt; I promise!  Even my husband, who used to be a fast food junkie, doesn’t miss salt anymore.

Also, I do not add sugar to recipes either; most of the time.  I no longer have the extreme sweet tooth I once had.  However, if I feel like something needs a little extra sweetening I will use: honey, organic coconut sugar, pure maple syrup, or on occasion brown sugar.  You will never see me using artificial sweeteners, low-calorie sweeteners, refined white sugar, or anything else gross like that.

 

 Artichoke Stuffed Mushroom Caps

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3-12 Ounce Packages of White Mushrooms.
¾ cup Spinach (fresh or frozen)
¾ cup Artichoke Hearts (I used frozen)
2 Tablespoons Low Sodium Beef/Chicken Broth
1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
½ Teaspoon Basil
1 Tablespoon Parsley
1/8 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
Pinch of Salt
6 Ounce Whipped Cream Cheese (regular is fine too, but will be more difficult to incorporate)
½ Cup Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt
¼ Cup Parmesan Cheese

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    1. Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees °F.  Wash and dry mushrooms, remove stems, and set stems aside for later use.  Bake mushroom caps on a baking sheet, rounded side up, for 10 minutes.

    2. While caps are baking, prepare spinach artichoke filling.  Finely chop some of the reserved mushroom stems, spinach, and artichoke hearts.  Sautee the chopped ingredients in broth (you could use olive oil here instead of broth).  Add garlic powder, basil, parsley, red pepper flakes, and salt to the items already sautéing.

    *I actually had to drain the released water off of my pan and mushroom caps.
    3. Remove sautéed mixture from stove top.
    4. Add whipped cream cheese, Greek yogurt, and parmesan cheese to semi-cooled sautéed mixture.  Combine all ingredients.
    5. Spoon mixture into mushroom caps.
    6. Broil stuffed caps on HIGH until the mixture is lightly browned (about 5-10 minutes).

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    Peanut Butter Jelly Overnight Oats

    2 tablespoons Pb2 powder
    1 tablespoon all natural jams or jellies
    1 cup Old fashioned oats
    ¾ – 1 cup Unsweetened almond milk

    Optional add-ins:
    1 teaspoon organic coconut Sugar
    1 teaspoon All natural Peanut butter
    Salt, if desired

    I put all ingredients in a mason jar and shake it until ingredients are mixed thoroughly.  Set in fridge overnight and enjoy the next morning.  I heat mine up for a few minutes.  This is an easy and thoughtless breakfast.

    Pizza Chicken

    4 chicken breasts (organic boneless skinless)
    Pizza or spaghetti sauce
    ¾ cup sliced Black olives
    1 large Green peppers, sliced thinly
    4 Thin Slices Mozzarella cheese

    Other toppings you could add: Turkey sausage, Feta Cheese, Turkey pepperoni, Red Onion, Pineapple, Ham, Sweet onion, turkey bacon, garlic, mushrooms, etc.

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    Bake chicken at 375 degrees °F for 15-20 minutes.  Remove chicken from oven and turn the chicken breasts over.  Add a spoonful of sauce to the chicken breast.  Then add olives, green pepper, and any other toppings on top of the sauce.  Next, cover the toppings with a slice of mozzarella cheese.  Broil chicken for 3-6 more minutes.

    I made up this Steak and mushrooms recipe last night and it turned out FABULOUS.  I am obsessed with the drippings sauce; I think it would taste incredible with mashed potatoes too!   Although, last night I served it with the Green Beans and Red Skins recipe.

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    Steak and mushrooms

    16 ounces Sliced white mushrooms
    2 tablespoons Olive oil
    1 teaspoon Garlic powder
    Nature seasons
    1 tablespoon Parsley
    1 teaspoon basil
    1 cup Beef broth
    1-1.5 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
    1 pound Cubed steak (bite size pieces)
    1 tablespoon Corn starch

     1. Sautee mushrooms in the olive oil for 5-10 minutes.  Then add in garlic powder, nature seasons, parsley, and basil.
    2. Add beef broth and worcestershire sauce to seasoned and sautéed mushrooms.
    3. Add steak chunks and simmer for 15 minutes, or until steak is thoroughly cooked.
    4. Mix corn starch with a little bit of cold water.  Then add to simmering pan of steak, mushrooms, and drippings.  Remove pan from heat and mix everything together thoroughly.  The drippings should now be thicker, almost like a gravy.

    Green bean red skins

    1 pound Green beans
    15 small Red skin potatoes or fingerlings
    3 Tablespoons Olive oil
    Salt and pepper to taste

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    Clean, chop, toss, cover, and bake (at 375 °F for an hour). That’s it!

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    ^^Post muddy run selfie 😉 I’m just glad it was warm for a few days!

    Over the weekend, Monday, and Tuesday there was gorgeous weather.  I took advantage of it and ran outside leisurely rather than on a treadmill.  I ran at a steady 8 minute pace for 5 miles each day.  Running outside is relaxing, to me, this is this time where I clear my mind.  I have missed outside runs with nice weather for a while now.  I prefer being outside rather than at a gym, but, of course the beautiful weather was short-lived and we got piles of snow yesterday.  Today is freezing, the roads suck, my photo shoot got cancelled (due to weather), and I still have to make business calls.

    At least the sun is out and I have coffee!