Friendsgiving 2015

This past weekend we celebrated Friendsgiving! We had a great time. Everyone brought amazing food. Soooo much food!

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Missing in photo: lots of turkey and our desserts

We had turkey, mashed potato casserole, green bean casserole, corn bread, rolls, salad with delicious dressing, rice & quinoa stuffing, mac and cheese, and an oh-so gooey pumpkin pecan cobbler with ice cream. My mouth is watering just thinking of it again.

The day started off with the hubby and I grocery shopping and hitting the liquor store. Hello, bourbon. When we got home we dashed to cleaning the living room, dining room, bathroom, and kitchen. I had to make as much countertop available as I could. Unfortunately, in the process of clearing out the dining room, our bedroom and closet got stuck with all the random stuff we had. Our room looked like a tornado hit it. It didn’t help that our dogs LOVE taking out the stuffing from anything that they can (mostly from their doggy bed), so there was green and white stuffing everywhere!

Our friend Steve was the first to arrive, hours ahead of time. All hail Steve, bringer of the great turkey (and extra plates/bowls/other stuff)! We got the turkey in the oven and then watched the Evil Dead movies along with Dean. Dessert and wine was next to arrive. I mean Leslie was. 😛 We downed a couple bottles of fruity wine down before the festivities even started. Oops. Everyone else arrived around the time we had originally set so our apartment was super lively!

Friendsgiving had its hiccups: I forgot about the bacon for the potatoes (I know, how dare I?!), we didn’t have enough appropriate utensils so Steve and I ended up with spoons, my timing for the sides I made was off so we started later than expected. But, I’m so thankful to have such wonderful friends. They pitched in to make it an overall success. It doesn’t matter that we had to cram 11 people into our tiny apartment because we were together and got to spend some quality time playing the world’s worst game ever. Cards Against Humanity. It’s always good fun.

 

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Put The Lime In The Coconut

Last week I bought a bottle of turmeric. Apparently this spice is magical. It’s anti-inflammatory and supposed to be good for PCOS. I didn’t really read much about it but I have wanted to try something new so I got some. I walked into my kitchen a few days later and didn’t know what to make. All of a sudden I had a craving for coconut and lime and rice. The food of my people? I decided to experiment and made coconut lime chicken and rice. As usual I didn’t really measure but it turned out great. I probably should use half the amount of rice too but I love the stuff. 😊

Ingredients:
2 thinly sliced chicken breast cutlets
Coconut oil
1/2 onion, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
Turmeric, tarragon, black pepper, and salt, to taste
1 cup jasmine rice
1-2 cups coconut milk, unsweetened + water
Lime(s)
Cilantro

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Coconut lime chicken and rice in the process

1. Season chicken with the turmeric, tarragon, salt and pepper to your liking.
2. Heat some coconut oil in a pan and sautee the onion and garlic. Add the chicken and brown on both sides.
3. I added my rice in as soon as I flipped the chicken. Stir it a few seconds to get it coated in the flavored oil. Add the coconut milk and water for a total of 2 cups of liquid.
4. Add lime zest and lime juice to taste. I also added a bit more turmeric and coconut oil for extra coconut flavor.
5. Bring it all to a boil, cover, then simmer for 15 minutes.
6. When it’s all done, add fresh lime juice if you like, and some cilantro.
7. Scarf down delicious meal before significant other or pets realize what’s happening and attempt to steal it from you. 😆

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Photo after the rice was cooked. So much yellow.

Let me know if you try this and how you like it. I’ll be making this again sometime this week. It’s just too good.

My Obsession Monday: Coconut Bake

Warning: I’m about to brag a little about my husband. 😉

My man is pretty hot and he’s been working his butt off weight training all summer. He definitely motivates me to keep going. Gains, yo! Because he’s working on building muscle, he eats a lot of protein and because he loves me, he gets up most mornings and makes us breakfast. I am sooooo lucky! However, there are days when he wants to sleep in or I have extra bananas I need to use so I have an easy breakfast alternative to our usual eggs and bacon (at least for me – he’s allergic to coconut – yes, his life is a little bit darker because of it). Drumroll please.

*drumroll*

Coconut Flour Breakfast Bake!

Photo credit: Evan at thewannabechef.net

I found this recipe on Pinterest, of course. It is super easy to make, very quick, nutritious (low carb, gluten free, AND dairy free), and tastes a little like banana cake. FOR BREAKFAST!

Seriously, it takes about 5 minutes to whip this baby up and then yell “Get in mah belly!” (Am I the only one who still does that?) Ingredient list is minimal: eggs, coconut flour, banana, and a few other things for flavor. I’ve even added nutmeg and ground clove to it. You can top it with peanut butter like the original, or maybe some whipped cream and fruit? Boy, that sounds good.

Check out the recipe at thewannabechef.net (the photo is also linked), try it out, make your own version, and let me know what you think.

Recovering From Overindulgence

Recovering From Overindulgence

Alrighty then. After a few weeks of not eating fast food, the hubster and I got Whataburger last night. *GASP* Then I didn’t have lunch planned for today so I ordered Jimmy John’s. *DOUBLE GASP* I know, right!? When it rains, it pours. Well I am owning up to my mistakes and paying for it. My body feels inflamed and bloated. My sinuses are all stuffy too and there may be a mild headache lurking around the corner. Curse you delicious dairy, gluten, and fried carbs! Today I need to be in recovery mode as much as possible. What does that mean?

  1. Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate! There’s currently a bottle full of “spa water” sitting in front of me to finish. It’s got cucumber, lemon and lime slices, and mint. Delicious and practically no calories. I’ve also got a few different teas for additional help. Spearmint, lemon ginger, and green tea are all good for digestive health and to reduce inflammation. Not to mention they’re good ways to add flavor to water.
  2. Eat well. After overeating or eating the wrong foods, it’s a good idea to restart your healthy eating as soon as possible. Restricting your calories and whatnot to “offset” the previous meal is not a great idea because you will just end up hungry and that can lead to another bad meal choice. It’s a bad cycle to end up in. Today is also not a day to forget to take any vitamin supplements.
  3. Forgive yourself and start over. One bad meal isn’t the end of the world. You just need to know you had a weak moment, everyone does at some point, and you can get past it. Beating yourself up for it is no bueno and might set you back on your goals. It’s time to move on and not let a stumble stop you.

Now I just have to make sure to get my booty moving tonight. I need to get some running/cardio in. I think it’s actually under 100 degrees out today so that’s good, right? It’s practically a cold front for us Texans haha.

How do you recover after a bad meal choice? Let me know below. 🙂

Mid-July Goal Check-In

We’re basically halfway through the month already. Why won’t time just stop? Earlier this month I posted my goals for July. I figured I should check in and keep myself accountable and on track.

July 2015 Goals

  • Continue with C25K running program
  • No more fast food.
  • Seriously start house shopping.
  • Mid-year Spring cleaning.
  • Yoga date, rock climbing date, movie date, any kind of date.

I am still on the C25K program, but I did fall behind by a few days. My body needed rest after I started trying more heavy lifting during my workouts last week. I’m very impressed by the leg muscles I’m feeling and my goal is to get awesome quads! Have you SEEN Carrie Underwood’s legs?? They’re pretty awesome.

I also got fast food over the weekend. Surprisingly enough I didn’t have bad stomach/digestive issues like I had expected. However, my weight loss has stalled. I’m sorry I caved to the cheesy buttery bun goodness that is Whataburger…and it’s fries. Eating a higher amount of carbs than I’m used to now really made me crave more! It’s a terrible cycle to be in. Back to eating home-cooked meals it is! Later this week I think I’ll share a typical day of my meals. One friend has asked for meal ideas as she’s trying to make healthier choices.

Earlier in the month, I said my goal was to pick up on the house shopping by now. I’m happy to say we got back in touch with a lender and are working on getting an updated pre-approval letter. We’ve been keeping an eye on the supply of homes in DFW and it’s not looking great for us. We did decide that if we are not able to find a home for purchase by the end of our lease we will try renting a home so that our puppies can at least have a yard. More than likely we will be renting with one of our closest friends, our best man. The guys are already talking about making one of the rooms a home gym. Men…amirite??

Summer cleaning and date night have not even come up yet. The past few weekends we decided to go swimming instead. I have to build up my tan. Winter is coming. Forget this whole “summer body” thing. I’m working on my winter body. Can’t be lookin’ pale all winter long. Gotta get ready to hibernate! 😀 Unfortunately, hubby has become a lobster because of this. Wear your sunscreen, people!

So that’s my goal update for now. How are you doing on your monthly goals?

Mmmm, Soup!

It’s finally Wednesday! It really feels like this week is going by slowly.

I’ve managed to do at least an hour of walking the past two days and kept moving by doing chores around the house. I managed to lose 1.1 lbs since Sunday!! It’s so exciting. Planning my meals ahead of time, making sure I have healthy snacks with me at work, and that I’m drinking lots of water helps. I forgot to defrost beef for my soup yesterday (ok, maybe I just didn’t feel like it) so I decided to make lentil soup instead. I didn’t take measurements of the spices because I just go by taste but it turned out delicious! I paired it with some avocado, some lime juice, and a little bit of cheese (quitting cheese cold turkey is hard…).

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This is probably not the most appetizing photo, but believe me when I say it’s darn good soup!

“I forgot to defrost meat” Lentil Soup:

1-2 Tbsp oil
1/2 onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 bell pepper, diced
5 carrots, sliced
2 zucchinis, sliced
1 lb lentils (I used red and green because that’s what I had)
1 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes
6 c of chicken broth
ground cumin
salt and pepper
ground coriander
cayenne
parsley

Heat your cooking oil of choice and sautée the onion, garlic, and bell pepper. Add the carrots and cook about 5 minutes. Add the zucchini and spices and let them all mingle for another few minutes. Add the tomatoes (with the juice) and the chicken broth. Let it come to a boil then add the lentils. Lower the temperature, cover, and cook until your lentils are cooked (depending on the type it can take about 20-35 mins). Enjoy!! 😀

This made about 14 cups of soup. It’s yummy and very filling. Let me know if you try it out and how you like it.