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My Juice TrinityI get funny looks when I tell people, “I juice every day, and I feel great!”.  I guess it’s to be…View Post

My Juice Trinity

I get funny looks when I tell people, “I juice every day, and I feel great!”.  I guess it’s to be…

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Fit or Fad? Dieting vs. NourishingI wrote this piece for my friends over at lernintri.comabout my experiences with dieting and trying…View Post

Fit or Fad? Dieting vs. Nourishing

I wrote this piece for my friends over at lernintri.comabout my experiences with dieting and trying…

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Roasted Spicy ‘n Creamy Chicken!

10 lbs lost so far and still going! Chicken is high in protein, versatile, and I’ve rediscovered my love for this inexpensive and low calorie cut by getting a little creative. If you’ve been following my posts recently, you’ll see Chicken Parmesan with Spinach, Chicken Penne Marengo, Easy Lemon Chicken and Rice… All very different and tasty, but all featuring the same, sexy ingredient. :)

Thanks to Food Network and Paula Deen & Company, this roasted breast is topped with a creamy, mayo-based, spicy sauce that thickens and crisps up a bit as it cooks. I substituted Miracle Whip and Cajun Seasoning instead of regular mayo, paprika and cayenne (because that’s all I had on hand), and it still came out scrumptiously:
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/roasted-spicy-mayonnaise-chicken-breasts-recipe/index.html

Enjoy!

Roasted Spicy ‘n Creamy Chicken!

10 lbs lost so far and still going! Chicken is high in protein, versatile, and I’ve rediscovered my love for this inexpensive and low calorie cut by getting a little creative. If you’ve been following my posts recently, you’ll see Chicken Parmesan with Spinach, Chicken Penne Marengo, Easy Lemon Chicken and Rice… All very different and tasty, but all featuring the same, sexy ingredient. :)

Thanks to Food Network and Paula Deen & Company, this roasted breast is topped with a creamy, mayo-based, spicy sauce that thickens and crisps up a bit as it cooks. I substituted Miracle Whip and Cajun Seasoning instead of regular mayo, paprika and cayenne (because that’s all I had on hand), and it still came out scrumptiously:
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/roasted-spicy-mayonnaise-chicken-breasts-recipe/index.html

Enjoy!

Dinner last night: Pesto Tilapia Foil packets (with onion, red pepper and spinach) & sides of Cuban-seasoned brown rice and steamed broccoli!

See my past post for the “foil packet method”—it’s fast, easy, healthy, and keeps your fish filet tender as it absorbs the flavors and liquids of all your other ingredients/seasonings!

Enjoy!

Dinner last night: Pesto Tilapia Foil packets (with onion, red pepper and spinach) & sides of Cuban-seasoned brown rice and steamed broccoli!

See my past post for the “foil packet method”—it’s fast, easy, healthy, and keeps your fish filet tender as it absorbs the flavors and liquids of all your other ingredients/seasonings!

Enjoy!

Seared Tuna Steak & Lemon-Dijon-Dill Sauce!

Tasty, protein-packed, and oh-so-simple!  The “Best Meals/Workouts for Your Body Type” that I’ve been touting all week had Miso Salmon on the menu, but my budget had other ideas. So, I picked up some flash-frozen tuna steaks instead, and searched for a combination of my favorite flavors for fish: dill, lemon, and a hint of sinful creaminess ;)

Thanks to this post by the Cooking Club of America, I found my go-to tuna recipe that’s a cinch to prepare:

http://www.cookingclub.com/Recipes/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/6156/Pan-Seared-Tuna-with-Lemon-Dill-Sauce

2.5 minutes per side left it a bit on the medium side for me… Next time I’ll try 1.5 min on each side for a more tender, pinker tuna.  I’d also possibly add a splash of white wine to the pan sauce for that extra scrumptiousness. Enjoy!

Seared Tuna Steak & Lemon-Dijon-Dill Sauce!

Tasty, protein-packed, and oh-so-simple! The “Best Meals/Workouts for Your Body Type” that I’ve been touting all week had Miso Salmon on the menu, but my budget had other ideas. So, I picked up some flash-frozen tuna steaks instead, and searched for a combination of my favorite flavors for fish: dill, lemon, and a hint of sinful creaminess ;)

Thanks to this post by the Cooking Club of America, I found my go-to tuna recipe that’s a cinch to prepare:

http://www.cookingclub.com/Recipes/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/6156/Pan-Seared-Tuna-with-Lemon-Dill-Sauce

2.5 minutes per side left it a bit on the medium side for me… Next time I’ll try 1.5 min on each side for a more tender, pinker tuna. I’d also possibly add a splash of white wine to the pan sauce for that extra scrumptiousness. Enjoy!

Spicy Chicken & Pasta!

Everybody loves a little heat, and this one sure does deliver (without assaulting your tastebuds overly much)! A great recovery meal after a tough workout, and packed with lean protein and good-for-you carbs and nutrients, I applaud Women’s Health for providing yet another tasty dinner recipe to go along with their “Best Meals/Workouts for Your Body Type” plan.

Here is the recipe (the only changes I made were to use 3/4 of the chili powder it indicated, tossing the chicken in the spice before adding to the pan, and to cook the noodles just 2-3 min shy of al dente before cooking for another 4 minutes more in with the sauce so the pasta could soak it all up…I also added a sprinkle of salt and pepper and red pepper flakes once plated):
http://recipes.womenshealthmag.com/Recipe/spicy-chicken-and-pasta.aspx

See previous posts for a link to this great regimen of strength training, cardio, and easy to prepare meals day-by-day to help you stay on track with your fitness goals and feed your body the fuel it craves! It is tailored to your specific body type, which is pretty clever, I think.

I’ve lost a couple pounds so far and I’m only on day 3 or so—can’t beat that! Enjoy! :)

Spicy Chicken & Pasta!

Everybody loves a little heat, and this one sure does deliver (without assaulting your tastebuds overly much)! A great recovery meal after a tough workout, and packed with lean protein and good-for-you carbs and nutrients, I applaud Women’s Health for providing yet another tasty dinner recipe to go along with their “Best Meals/Workouts for Your Body Type” plan.

Here is the recipe (the only changes I made were to use 3/4 of the chili powder it indicated, tossing the chicken in the spice before adding to the pan, and to cook the noodles just 2-3 min shy of al dente before cooking for another 4 minutes more in with the sauce so the pasta could soak it all up…I also added a sprinkle of salt and pepper and red pepper flakes once plated):
http://recipes.womenshealthmag.com/Recipe/spicy-chicken-and-pasta.aspx

See previous posts for a link to this great regimen of strength training, cardio, and easy to prepare meals day-by-day to help you stay on track with your fitness goals and feed your body the fuel it craves! It is tailored to your specific body type, which is pretty clever, I think.

I’ve lost a couple pounds so far and I’m only on day 3 or so—can’t beat that! Enjoy! :)

Mashed Cauliflower!

Lower in carbs and high in nutrients, these are an awesome substitute for mashed potatoes. You can use a hand masher, but I recommend using a food processor for a smoother, creamier texture.

Mashed Cauliflower for 3-4:

1 medium head cauliflower
1-2 T olive oil or butter
Salt, pepper, garlic, fresh/dried herbs and/or shredded cheese to taste

Cut cauliflower into small florets, place in a pot with enough water to cover. Bring water to a boil over high heat, cover, reduce heat to a high simmer for 10 min or until fork tender.

Drain, reserving some liquid if you want to use it to thin out the mash a little. Mash or blend with remaining ingredients. Add cream, milk, or reserved water until desired consistency.

Enjoy!

Mashed Cauliflower!

Lower in carbs and high in nutrients, these are an awesome substitute for mashed potatoes. You can use a hand masher, but I recommend using a food processor for a smoother, creamier texture.

Mashed Cauliflower for 3-4:

1 medium head cauliflower
1-2 T olive oil or butter
Salt, pepper, garlic, fresh/dried herbs and/or shredded cheese to taste

Cut cauliflower into small florets, place in a pot with enough water to cover. Bring water to a boil over high heat, cover, reduce heat to a high simmer for 10 min or until fork tender.

Drain, reserving some liquid if you want to use it to thin out the mash a little. Mash or blend with remaining ingredients. Add cream, milk, or reserved water until desired consistency.

Enjoy!

Sweet chili BBQ rib salad! “What’s THAT?”, you say? :)

Romaine, baby carrots, sliced onion, cucumber, and tomato, topped with leftover BBQ rib meat (pull from bone and gnaw off the rest, lol) and a drizzle of sweet chili sauce (I love Mae Ploy’s brand).

This would also be lovely with some fresh corn kernels shaved off from the cob, maybe some cilantro or even some drained and rinsed canned black beans…get creative (especially with leftovers…any meat can be made into a great protein-rich salad)!

Sweet chili BBQ rib salad! “What’s THAT?”, you say? :)

Romaine, baby carrots, sliced onion, cucumber, and tomato, topped with leftover BBQ rib meat (pull from bone and gnaw off the rest, lol) and a drizzle of sweet chili sauce (I love Mae Ploy’s brand).

This would also be lovely with some fresh corn kernels shaved off from the cob, maybe some cilantro or even some drained and rinsed canned black beans…get creative (especially with leftovers…any meat can be made into a great protein-rich salad)!

Doing the Master Cleanse because, let’s face it… I work with food all day and with our department being shorthanded it leaves me very little “me-time” to workout, let alone always eat like a rabbit. The military has weight standards, however, so to lose those few pesky pounds/inches I’m forced to do this, lol. So, if you haven’t seen me post photos and recipes of delicious noms, it’s because I’m not eating them at the moment… *sad face* but not to worry! This coming week promises to hold some amazingly healthy (and tasty) posts soon! Since Saturday, I’ve tried 2 detox diets and lost 8 lbs… 2 more days to go! It’s not fun, but if you’re in a cinch, try these links:
http://www.cabbage-soup-diet.com/eating-plan/
http://mastercleansesecrets.com/step3.php

Doing the Master Cleanse because, let’s face it… I work with food all day and with our department being shorthanded it leaves me very little “me-time” to workout, let alone always eat like a rabbit. The military has weight standards, however, so to lose those few pesky pounds/inches I’m forced to do this, lol. So, if you haven’t seen me post photos and recipes of delicious noms, it’s because I’m not eating them at the moment… *sad face* but not to worry! This coming week promises to hold some amazingly healthy (and tasty) posts soon! Since Saturday, I’ve tried 2 detox diets and lost 8 lbs… 2 more days to go! It’s not fun, but if you’re in a cinch, try these links:
http://www.cabbage-soup-diet.com/eating-plan/
http://mastercleansesecrets.com/step3.php