moving forward, Recipes

Lack of sleep

Today was my first physical day back at work since I was sick last week. Add in the fact that I only got four hours of sleep, equals a perfect rest day tonight. I did make a yummy dinner-panko crusted pork chops, brown rice/quinoa blend with scallions and sautéed asparagus. Yum! How was your day? #tuesday

Simple but so good!

Cheer!

Michelle

Recipes

Chicken chili

Chicken chili
One package of chicken thighs cut into cubes
1 packet low sodium taco seasoning
Cumin, red pepper flakes, dried cilantro & oregano
1 can diced tomatoes
2 can of beans-lightly rinsed
2 green onions, thinly sliced (for garnish)
1 red pepper, diced
1 red pepper, diced
2 cloves minced garlic
1 box of low sodium chicken stock

Season chicken with the taco season packet and set aside. Sauté the veggies in a stock/soup pot until soft, adding the cumin, dried spices and salt and pepper to taste. Add in the chicken, beans, and diced tomatoes and bring to a boil for about 10-15 minutes. Taste for seasoning and let simmer for another 15 minutes. Garnish with green onions, and enjoy!

Yum!

Cheers! Enjoy!!!

Recipes

Stuffed Peppers in under 30 minutes

Guys and Gals!!! Who doesn’t like a quick, easy, and healthy weeknight meal?!? I know I DOOOO…especially with our crazy schedules.

Here’s a quick recipe that will leave your family full, and satisfied.

All you’ll need:

1 pepper per serving

1 lb. of ground beef/turkey/pork

1/2 white onion, diced

2 cloves of garlic, minced

Shredded cheese to top the peppers

Green onions for garnish

Extra Virgin Olive Oil, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, cumin, onion powder, smoked paprika, dried cilantro (1/2 tsp each)

What you’ll do:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Put your peppers on a baking sheet that has been lined with aluminum foil and sprayed with Pam nostick spray. Drizzle the peppers with extra virgin olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and pop them in the oven.

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While the peppers are cooking in the oven (about 20 minutes), sauté the onions, garlic and red pepper flakes for about 2-3 minutes until tender and translucent. Add in your ground meat, and cook on medium to high heat for about 10 minutes or cooked through. Next, drain the grease from the meat in colander.

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Remove the peppers from the oven, and spoon in the meat mixture all the way to the top.

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Top the peppers with shredded cheese and return to the oven and let cook for another 5 minutes or until the cheese is all melted. Serve with your favorite side dish, and enjoy!!

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Dinner is served!!

What is your favorite weeknight meal?

Cheers!

Michelle

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Weekend wrap up

Hey gang!! How was your weekend? Friday my hubby and I went on an impromptu date in downtown Tampa. We are at a place called Oak and Ola and it was amazing. I wrote about it on Yelp (Michelle D. in Tampa), but may start writing more restaurant reviews here on the blog again this year.

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Saturday we did some errands and went and saw “Jumanji” and we thought it was really cute and entertaining. We also hit up my favorite consignment shop as I still had money left over on my Christmas gift card.

Sunday I slept in which I always allow myself to do when I’m not training for anything, because I have to get up early enough every day for work. I also decided to meal prep for the week, as this is where my diet/exercise regime have gone to crap over the last six months. I made some egg muffins for the week, as well as a big pot of Chicken Soup. (Click the link for the basic recipes but feel free to change up whatever protein/veggies sound good to you!!!)

Tonight after dinner I went for a nice walk with my neighbor, and did my plank. I’ve been planking since October 1st, and haven’t missed a day yet. I did this back in 2016 when my husband was deployed, and managed to plank for an entire year straight.

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How was your weekend? Does cooking ahead of time help you? Any tips for burning belly fat?

Have a great week, everyone!!

Cheers,

Michelle

Keto adventures, Recipes

Meatballs with marinara sauce and ricotta cheese!

Tonight we had meatballs and marinara sauce topped with ricotta cheese. I know I’ll be eating carbs tomorrow for Sunday’s race so wanted to eat healthy today. Yum!! And so easy!! 1 lb of ground beef, 1 egg, 3-4 tsps of almond flour, salt, pepper, garlic powder, oregano, red pepper flakes (seasons to taste, about a tsp each) and 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese. Form the meatballs and sear on all sides. Top with marinara sauce and transfer into a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. For the last five minutes remove and top with ricotta cheese and return to the oven that’s been turned up to broil for five minutes. Voila!!

What’s your favorite weeknight meal? Do you have any races this weekend? Good luck if you do!!

Cheers!

Michelle

half marathon training, Keto adventures, moving forward, Recipes

What a difference a day can make

Wednesday I went out for my short run after work, and felt incredibly strong. I always wonder how I can pull these runs after working all day, but I got it done and it felt great. Fast forward to today’s long run, and whoa…but we’ll get to that in just a bit. I haven’t gotten a chance to write since my last post about mid-life due to crazy schedules, but just thought I’d share a little about my week last week.

Like I said, my mid week 5k went great. I settled in after the first mile and was able to let go and just run. While I often miss my once speedy average pace of 9:15 for short runs, I will celebrate my time no matter what. I didn’t get to run much for the year of 2016 while my husband was deployed, and 2017 was busy playing catch up for the year I lost with my husband, and moving my family across the country to start our Florida adventures.

 

This weekend started out really lovely. Friday night I cooked dinner and we relaxed at home. Saturday my husband came up with the idea to drive to Clearwater to watch the sunset and have dinner with one of our neighborhood friends. It felt SOOOO great to have my toes in the sand!!!!

 

Today was my long run. The last one before the Gasparilla half marathon on the 24th of this month in downtown Tampa. We had ten miles on deck, and I knew as soon as we walked out of the front door, that this run was going to suck. Mile 2 my stomach started to talk to me and we had to make a pit stop at the house after mile 3. (I don’t think Mexican food is a good idea before a long run, especially when its going to be blazing hot with full on sun with absolutely no clouds for miles. Thank God for the breeze!!). Mile six, the same thing happened and we had to swing back to the house yet again. We had gone 7.5 miles and I just didn’t think I could keep going. I drank some Nuun and had some Huma Gel, but I was still grey and pale. My hubby said I needed to stay home, and he was right. He finished out his ten miler, and I spent the next 30 minutes getting my body temperature regulated. Looking at my Garmin stats it showed my heart rate had gone to 195 bpm. Yikes. This will definitely be my last long distance race this season. I’ll stick to 5K and 10K distance until the fall/winter months, or until I cave and get a new treadmill. (My Mom had given me one back in IL, but it was old and just wasn’t working anymore so we had to get rid of it).

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For dinner tonight I made Beef bourguignon over cauliflower mash and it was amazing. To keep it keto friendly I omitted the carrots, but I feel like it was missing something with leaving them out.

Please click the links for the recipes!

How was your week/weekend? Are you training for any specific races? How do you handle running in extreme temperatures?

Cheers, and have a great week!!

Michelle

 

 

 

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Rainy days

Today we had 100% chance of rain, and not just for an hour or two like normal Florida storms, no, it was going to rain from 4 am until who knows when. In fact, I think it is still raining as we speak. So both plans to go to Disney and my long run have been postponed. I will run my scheduled 6.2 miles after work tomorrow, and we can go to Disney another day.

Since it was raining, we figured it would be the perfect day to watch movies and relax. We ended up watching “Christopher Robin,” and we all enjoyed it a lot. It was light hearted but emotional all at the same time. Afterwards, we played the Disney version of Monopoly and I am proud to say after a several hour long game, I won!

 

Lastly, we cooked a simple Sunday supper. Pork loin that was cooked low and slow in the sous vide, and a broccoli mash (see recipe for my cauliflower mash but use a head of steamed broccoli instead and parmesan cheese vs. Italian cheese), and my daughter made us arugula salad with radish and mushrooms.

 

Which brings me to my thankful part of this post:

  1. Dinner with my family. As busy as our lives get we almost always try to have dinner together, especially on Sundays.
  2. Rainy days that force you to stay in, and having quality time while doing so. So often we get caught up with our faces stuck in our phones. This weekend has been nice and I’ve been mindful of not being on my phone so much.
  3. The fact that my husband has gotten on board with healthier eating. He was cleaning out his closet tonight and found his “fat jeans” (not that he was ever fat) and I am so proud of how he’s embraced eating healthier and exercising more.
  4. Sleeping in on the weekends. I don’t sleep very well, I never have, so I love that I have the weekends (especially when we’ve got no plans) so catch up on the little bit of sleep I get during the week.
  5. Wine on Sunday evenings to calm me down for Monday morning. LOL. I just had to add that in!!

Have you watched any good movies lately? What’s your favorite board game? Does your family eat together in the evenings when possible?

 

Cheers!

Michelle

 

 

 

food, Recipes

Blue cheese beef meatballs, mushroom gravy and cauliflower mash

This year has started out a little rough for me. While I had talked about Self-love last week on the blog, with intentions of making more time for the things I love AND me in general, I instead continued to battle this wretched cough/cold. This weekend I finally felt better enough to venture out of the house with my daughter, and we got our nails done, ran errands, had lunch with a great friend and did a little shopping. I was a little worn out this afternoon, but was determined to get back to my Sunday supper ritual.

Today’s menu consisted of Blue cheese beef meatballs, mushroom gravy, and cauliflower mash with a side of sautéed asparagus.

Blue Cheese Beef meatballs

One pound of ground beef

1 cup of blue cheese crumbles

1 egg

Salt and pepper to taste (about 1-2 tsps. of salt, 1 tsp pepper

1 tsp of dried oregano

Combine and let chill for an hour. Bring to room temperature while the oven is pre-heating to 350 degrees. Bake for about 30 minutes or until fully cooked.

Cauliflower mash

1 head of fresh cauliflower

1/4 cup of low fat cream cheese

2 tsps. of unsalted butter

1-2 tsps. of salt, 1 tsp of white pepper, 1 tsp of garlic powder

Cup up cauliflower and cook in boiling water until soft.

Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender and process on high for around 2-3 minutes.

Mushroom gravy

1 tsp of unsalted butter

6-8 portabella mushrooms, chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

1 package of Lipton Onion soup mix

4 cups of unsalted/low sodium beef stock

1/4 cup heavy cream

2 tsps. of corn starch and cold water, mixed well (this is called a slurry, you’ll add it to thicken the gravy)

In a sauce pan melt the butter and add the mushrooms and garlic. Cook until lightly browned. Add in the beef stock, and onion soup mix until combined thoroughly. Add in the heavy cream and the corn starch slurry and bring to a boil. Reduce down, and let simmer for 20 minutes. Puree or leave chunky! Your call!

I rounded the dish out with some simple sautéed asparagus with a little salt, pepper, and a pat of butter.

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Enjoy!!!

Keto adventures, Recipes

Keto cups

Tonight I made quick and easy turkey, arugula, egg and Gouda cheese cups for dinner. Spray a muffin tin with non stick spray and put the turkey in the tins pushing down the middle. Add arugula and an egg, and sprinkle with Gouda cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Bake at 350 for about 10-12 minutes. Yum!

Sorry I’ve been absent lately. Life just gets in the way sometimes and blogging from my phone is a pain. Hope y’all are doing well. Share with me your favorite low carb recipe!

Cheers!

Michelle

Keto adventures, Recipes

Four weeks of Keto-recap!

We’ve been doing the Keto diet for 4 weeks now. While I’ve wanted to cheat with soft pretzels at Disney and chips with my work lunch’s, I’m proud to say I’ve refrained from it all!

I am down 4.5 lbs and my hubby is down 13+ lbs!! I still have five lbs to go and happy with the slow and steady loss.

Our weekend was quiet and today was another glorious day in the sun at our neighborhood pool!

Dinner was baked wings and cauliflower mash.

How was your weekend?

Cheers!

Michelle