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Brussels sprouts, pancetta topped with a fried egg…what could be better?

I’ll be the first to admit I didn’t eat the greatest food last weekend.  There were lots of burgers (which meant BUNS), chips, and other BBQ fare that left me a little heavier on the scale this morning.  So I decided to keep dinner light, tonight.

Heat a medium sauté pan to medium high heat.  Add a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and let heat for a minute or two.  Next, add 1/4 cup of diced pancetta, 1 clove of garlic that’s been minced, and a cup of Brussels sprouts that have been cleaned and cut in half.  Lastly, add some red pepper flakes for some heat, if you like.  Season with salt and pepper and cook for about 20 minutes or until the Brussels sprouts have lightly carmelized.  In a separate pan, fry an egg lightly keeping the yolk runny, about 5-6 minutes.

Dinner is served!


Because everything is better with an egg on top, right?

What’s your favorite way to prepare Brussles sprouts?  Do you like your eggs runny or fried hard?





Baked fish with lemon, capers and a secret kick!

I am finally getting back in a routine of working out, and I can honestly say I missed it. I REALLY miss running outside, but I am doing the best I can with my current situation, making sure I put my kid’s needs first.  So tonight after work I had a plan…a good work out AND good eats.

When I got home from work, I changed my clothes and was joined by my youngest. It’s been so much fun having them work out with me from time to time.  I ensured my fish (I used Swai fish which is a buttery white fish-SOO GOOD) was thawed and preheated the oven to 350 degrees.

We completed day 3 of the 30 day shred (still on level 1) and felt great.  I ran upstairs and prepped the fish.  This is about the easiest recipe you can find.


smear the mustard thinly
top with lemons and tarragon
 Baked fish with lemon and capers

2 fillets of swai fish, or any other good white fish

1 tsp. of capers, rinsed well

2 cloves of garlic thinly sliced

1 lemon, thinly sliced

Salt, pepper, and tarragon to taste

And the secret?  Just a smidge of Dijon mustard, smeared thinly over the fish.

Take your fish and pat dry with a paper towel.  Thinly smear the Dijon mustard over the top of the fish, season with salt and pepper, then add your capers and garlic.  Top with the lemon slices and add a pinch of tarragon.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

Sautéed peas with pancetta

I served with simple sautéed peas with pancetta.  Brown 2 Tbsp. of pancetta in a non stick pan that has been sprayed lightly with coconut oil cooking spray.  (Regular cooking spray will work as well). Add in 2 cups of peas, season with salt and pepper and cook for about 5-7 minutes, ensuring the peas still have a bite to the taste.

Dinner is served!

What’s your favorite fish recipe?  Do you like peas?  I hated them as a kid, but have grown to love them as a side dish!!

❤ Michelle


A whole lot of recipes with a dash of running

I only ran once last week, and despite my scale being angry at me for the lack of exercise, I won’t complain.  The two nights during the week I can normally squeeze a work out in are Tuesday and Thursday.  Tuesday I got a couple miles in, but Thursday was my daughter’s school production and that trumps running any day of the week.  I did make sure to meet my goal of cooking at least 3 of the 5 days during the week though, leaving the other two days (Mon/Fri) for left overs/sammiches.

I woke up this morning after a good long week of a headache to not much relief so decided to push my run off one more day.  I’ll tready it tomorrow while Chiberia is in full affect. Yeah, I am wimpy like that.  I may even get bold and do yoga too!

Upon realization that we will be missing the Super bowl tomorrow due to lack of cable/streaming capabilities I wiped away my “poor me” attitude quickly and sat down to make my shopping list.  We would still eat great food and enjoy each other’s company this weekend.  Well, minus my eldest mover…she is off with friends because isn’t that what teenagers do?

Our list was filled with tons of produce and the ingredients to make some yummy detox soup I found over at Be Fit With Tracy.  Click HERE for the recipe.  I will be making this tomorrow, and can’t wait to give it a try!  We also had the ingredients for Beef Bourguignon because well, that’s what the hubby requested for dinner.  I borrowed the recipe from my favorite cooking store, Sur La Table and modified it slightly using finely diced carrots, baby shallots, pancetta and gluten free flour vs. the called for ingredients.  You can find the recipe HERE.

My youngest mover and I hit the road running and battled the crowds with smiles on our faces.  You’d think the world was ending without a single empty shopping cart in sight, and hundreds of people squeezing through the isles.  But we survived, LOL!

me and my mini mover
me and my mini mover

After unloading all of our groceries, I started the cooking process as this is no “quick” dish.  It takes about 2 1/2 hours to be exact!  Here is my prep in pics!

Everything is ready, and the lid is about to go on!  T-2 hours!
Everything is ready, and the lid is about to go on! T-2 hours!
Be patient, let the butter and the heat do the work...after about 15 minutes you'll have perfection!
Be patient, let the butter and the heat do the work…after about 15 minutes you’ll have perfection!
Use the same pan you cooked your onions in, just add a bit more butter!

Can I get a drum roll please?  Here is the final product after 2 hours of simmering.  Did I mention how GOOD my house smells?


My husband tasted, and literally picked me up and started swinging me around the kitchen.  I’d say that’s a win.  ❤

Final dish, served with red wine, Pinot Noir goes well with this dish!
Final dish, served with red wine, Pinot Noir goes well with this dish!

I can honestly say this is one of the best dishes I have made to date.  I am proud that I tackled a dish that Julia Child herself is known for, and even more proud that it tasted so good!  I was also reminded that I just can’t give up on my dreams.  It may not be happening for me now, but I will keep movin’ towards those goals!

How do you stick with your dreams and goals despite road blocks?  Have you ever tackled a recipe you didn’t think you could prepare?

❤ Michelle