Sunday, June 2, 2013

Black Bean Corn Salsa

Have I mentioned I love salsa on here before? I think it CAN be a healthy snack, in moderation of course. If you've eaten the entire bag of chips then that's probably too much. I am in love with the Food Should Taste Good brand Multigrain chips that are made with quinoa and brown rice! I get them at Costco and they are perfect for this salsa. This is my favorite salsa! Go ahead, try it!

Black Bean Corn Salsa

1 15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 15 oz. can white corn, drained
1 bottle Zesty Italian dressing
4-5 tomatoes
2-3 avocados, peeled, seeded, and chopped
1 onion
1 bunch of cilantro
1/2 teaspoon salt (more if you desire)

Add tomatoes, onion, and cilantro to a food processor and mix until desired consistency. Pour into a large bowl. Add black beans, white corn, chopped avocados, and salt and mix together. Add about half of the bottle of Italian dressing and mix. It should be about right, but make sure it is not drowning in the dressing. If it needs more, add a little bit more at a time until it gets to desired consistency. Enjoy!!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Grilled Marinated Steak

So if you couldn't tell already, I love using the grill. Especially during the summer, it's too hot to use the oven! Plus, everything tastes so much better on the grill. Here is a simple steak recipe that is DELISH! I always buy the flank steak, but you can use whatever kind you like. I buy flank steak in bulk at Costco so it's a little cheaper.

Grilled Marinated Steak

1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons dry mustard
1 teaspoon pepper
1/3 cup lemon juice
2 lbs. steak (I use flank, but any cut will be fine)

Mix all ingredients together in a Ziploc bag.  Add steak and refrigerate for 8-24 hours. Grill over medium-high heat for about 6-8 minutes per side.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Why I Love Fitness... And Why You Should Too! New Fitness Series #1

So if you have read my About Me section, you will notice that I LOVE fitness! I am pretty much obsessed with it. I am going to start posting more fitness info on here and wanted to start it off by going way back when I first started it and how it has impacted my life. And hopefully I can inspire others to like it too?

Ok, so I didn't always like fitness. In fact I hated it. If you saw me in high school and asked if I wanted to go running with you, I'd probably laugh in your face. I liked swimming, but didn't too it too often or consistently. I was never over weight, but I definitely weighed a lot more than I do now (even after having 3 kids). And was definitely more sluggish and tired all the time. I sometimes look back on high school and think if I were exercising like I am now, I may have done better and put more into high school than I did. Not that I was a bad student- but I just did what was expected of me, not anything more.

Anyway- flash forward a couple of years when I got married. I got married at the age of 20 (almost 21) I married a guy who love fitness. So we got a treadmill. I started walking on it, then gradually started running on it. I did it 3 times a week and started loving it! I began losing weight! Now, running is not for everyone. In fact, I hate it now because I have a knee that acts up ONLY when I run more than 3 miles. BUT at the time- I loved it. And that is one of the most important tips I can give anyone. If you aren't exercising now and you want to start, FIND SOMETHING YOU LIKE. If you don't enjoy it, you won't do it. Plain and simple. It can be walking, yoga, cardio, lifting weights, pilates- ANYTHING!

Me 8 months pregnant on the left

9 months pregnant with my 9 lb. 8 oz. baby!

So then my mother in law told me about this program called Turbo Jam and let me borrow it. I fell in love with Chalene Johnson (the creator of Turbo Jam) and soon was doing it all the time. Then I got pregnant and had 2 kids pretty fast (all while doing Turbo Jam) of course I scaled it down while I was pregnant. But when I was able to workout again, I would start the program over. I loved it.
Then I started taking a bootcamp that a friend of mine had taught. I took it for 6 months- and loved it. While I was taking it, I thought- I want to do that- I want to teach OTHERS about fitness. It was something I was passionate about so I asked my friend, how do I get started teaching? I called a gym, took a training (literally it was THAT weekend!) and BOOM! I became a fitness instructor! I love it. And getting paid while I work out isn't too bad either. In the meantime, I learned a lot about lifting weights and how good it was for your body (through the bootcamp I attended) so I decided I wanted to do that as well. I will save why I think lifting weights is so important in another post. :)
So I decided to start ChaLean Extreme. I fell in love with lifting weights and how strong I became and how GOOD I felt! You could say, I became addicted. Not in a bad way, but in a way that I knew I never wanted to stop working out! I also completed Les Mills Pump which gave me amazing results.

After ChaLean Extreme

I now work at 2 gyms teaching 4 classes a week of cardio, and then I also lift weights 3 days a week. And yes- I make it happen with 3 kids. It is totally do-able for anyone! (Naptimes- kids in school, doing it early before anyone gets up, or after you put the kiddos to bed).
If anyone has any questions about ANYTHING, I would love to help. Message me or email me. I am going to start posting more healthier meals and desserts!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

30 Minute Rolls

I think I've mentioned this before, but I am NOT good with yeast. I think I am SLOWLY getting better at it, but very S-L-O-W-L-Y!! I started with this recipe for rolls since it's only 30 minutes. I promise it is super simple and if you are not good with yeast like I am, try this out! Of course mine didn't look very pretty, but my kids LOVED them! So I will definitely be making these again.

30 Minute Rolls

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm water
1/3 cup oil
2 tablespoons yeast
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
3 1/2 cups flour

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine water, oil, yeast, and sugar. Allow it to rest for 15 minutes. Using a dough hook, add the salt and egg and 2 cups of the flour until it is mixed well. Add remaining 1/2 cup flour at a time. Shape into 12 balls and let rest for 10 minutes. Place rolls in a 9x13 greased pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes until tops are golden brown. Makes 1 dozen.

Recipe from Real Mom Kitchen

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Hawaiian Grilled Chicken

This is AMAZING. Like seriously the best. Before this recipe, I was always scared of chicken thighs. I found this recipe on The Girl Who Ate Everything but she said to definitely use thighs to soak up the marinade. And now I am a chicken thigh lover! :) You will be too, it is one of our family's favorite recipes!

Hawaiian Grilled Chicken

3 lbs. boneless skinless chicken thighs
2 cups soy sauce
2 cups water
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 bunch of green onions, chopped (save some for garnish)
1/4 cup of a white onion, chopped
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 can of coconut milk

Trim the chicken thighs of any fat. Mix together the soy sauce, water, brown sugar, green onions, onion, garlic, sesame oil, and coconut milk in a large bowl. Add chicken and marinade for at least 8 hours or overnight. Grill chicken for about 5-7 minutes per side. Serve over a platter of coconut rice and garnish with green onions. Coconut rice is made by replacing half of the water in your rice recipe with coconut milk.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Honey Glazed Carrots

I am always looking for new ways to spice my veggies up, and this is for sure a winner! My kids loved them! Super clean too!

 Honey Glazed Carrots

1 lb. baby carrots
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons honey
Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Mix together the carrots and olive oil until carrots are completely covered. Spread the carrots in a single layer on the baking sheet. Drizzle the honey over the carrots and sprinkle the salt and pepper to taste on top. Bake uncovered, turning once, about 25-30 minutes. (longer if you want them more tender).

Monday, May 13, 2013

Ritz Parmesan Chicken

So I have another parmesan chicken, but this one is made with Ritz crackers and is SO good!! You will have to try it, definitely not easier than the crockpot version I have, but not too much work.

Ritz Parmesan Chicken

6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 sleeves Ritz crackers, crushed (or can use 1 cup of Panko)
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon seasoning salt
1/2 teaspoon parsley
1 1/2 cups parmesan cheese, grated
2 cups sour cream
3/4 cup milk
1 stick butter
Spaghetti noodles
Spaghetti sauce
Mozzarella cheese, shredded (to garnish)

Mix crushed crackers (or panko), garlic powder, seasoning salt, parsley, and parmesan cheese together in a shallow dish. Mix together the sour cream and milk and put in another shallow dish. Dip the chicken breasts into the sour cream and milk mixture and then into the cracker mixture. (put a generous amount of cracker mixture onto the chicken.) Place chicken in a 9x13 pan with a 1/4 cube melted butter on the bottom of the pan. Once chicken is placed on the pan, drizzle the remaining melted butter over the chicken. Bake uncovered at 350 for 35 minutes- 1 hour (depending on the size of the breasts) or until chicken is cooked through. If chicken breasts begin to get too dark and crispy, cover for the remaining time of cooking. Cook and drain noodles. Warm sauce. Serve chicken breasts with noodles, sauce and mozzarella as a topping. You can also broil the mozzarella cheese on top of each chicken breast with a little sauce as well.

Recipe from Deals to Meals

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