Recipe Monday

Recipe Monday: Cabbage and White Bean Soup

I had some luck with two recipes I winged this weekend. One was a crock pot pork stew-thing that could have gone pretty wrong and the other was a soup, which would have been pretty hard to screw up. Although in my wine buzz, I probably could have managed it, but I didn’t. And now I want to share it with you.

I was inspired by some so-called zero points Weight Watchers recipes I saw on pinterest, but I didn’t follow any one recipe specifically. I’ve been adding some turkey meatballs from my freezer to up the protein count. This would also be great with some boneless pork ribs thrown in.

Cabbage and White Bean Soup

Yum yum soup

Yum yum soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1/4 vidalia onion, chopped
  • 1/2 small zucchini, sliced
  • 3 cups cabbage, chopped
  • 1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes, with liquid
  • 1 14.5 oz can great northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  • Using an immersion blender, puree about half the beans with a little liquid (optional)
  • Put all ingredients (except salt and pepper) in a pot and bring to a boil
  • Simmer for about 45 minutes, until vegetables are soft
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste

Quick-glance nutrition information (from myfitnesspal app)

Servings: 4 (2 cups each) | Calories: 168 | Fat: 0.8 grams | Carbs: 32 grams | Protein: 9.2 grams

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Week In Review

Week In Review: A Little Taste of Winter/Preferred Workout Times?

We’re finally getting some snow here in Southern New England. I love snow, but I hate when it interferes with my plans. I had to miss a friend’s baby shower in Long Island because I wasn’t sure how the roads would be. It was probably the right call, but I’m still kind of bummed about it.

I also rearranged my workout schedule because I was planning to travel to Long Island Saturday morning, which meant I wouldn’t be able to make my standing appointment with my trainer. Instead, I went for a session Wednesday after work. I don’t know about you, but my body has a preferred time period to workout in, and that is first thing in the morning. She said it was a tough workout, but I felt pretty defeated. I didn’t feel strong and I was having trouble with my balance.

I’ve noticed that I don’t do well in the evenings in the past, too. When I go on runs in the evening, my ankles hurt and my stride is off. I find myself knocking my knees together. It’s also just mentally harder. I don’t really have these issues running in the morning.

I also prefer working out on an empty stomach. I’ve read articles saying that’s bad and others saying that’s good. I’m just going to go with the fact that it works for me. Although I do tend to eat a small amount of food, such as half an apple with some peanut butter or a piece of toast and peanut butter, before my Saturday morning training sessions.

How about you? Is there a time of day that works better for you to get your workout in? Any tips to help me overcome my evening workout woes?

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Mid-Week Break

Mid-Week Break: Cleaning/Oh My Glutes!

Who needs squats when you’ve been cleaning for two days? My booty is killing me.

Source: Pinterest

Source: Pinterest

I like keeping a clean house. I don’t feel good if my surroundings are disorganized or dirty. But because of the holidays (weeks ago now!) and social obligations, I had been slacking around the house.  It was starting to drive me crazy and stress me out a little. So I took a vacation day this week to clean and to work on getting my basement organized.

I guess you can say it was a success because my home office is almost ready in the basement, my floors are washed, and all the clutter is put away. I am also very, very aware of my glutes. It must have been all that squatting down to assemble Ikea furniture. 😉

 

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Recipe Monday

Recipe Monday: Slow Cooker Chicken Curry with Veggies

I’ve made it a goal to eat more vegetables. When I was a kid, according to my mom, I loved all vegetables. Until I started going to school, that is, and learned from other kids not to like them. Since I’ve become an adult, I’ve been reintroducing vegetables back into my diet. Some vegetables have come easy, and some are taking a bit of work. Usually my trick is to incorporate them into something I like.

So when I came across this slow cooker curry recipe, I knew this was a good opportunity to camouflage a vegetable or two. And so i give you…

Slow Cooker Chicken Curry with Veggies

yum! tastes better than it looks :)

yum! tastes better than it looks 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite size pieces
  • 12 oz. bag cauliflower florets
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 tbs curry powder
  • 1 tbs fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 14.5 oz. can petite diced tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup light coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 3 oz. baby spinach (about 2/3 of one of those plastic boxes)

Directions:

  • Put chicken and cauliflower in slow cooker
  • In a bowl, mix onion, curry powder, ginger, tomatoes, coconut milk, salt and red pepper flakes. Adjust seasoning to taste.
  • Poor mixture over chicken and cauliflower.
  • Cook on low for 6 hours. Add spinach and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes until spinach is cooked.
  • Serve with brown rice or naan or eat on it’s own!

Quick-glance nutrition information (from myfitnesspal app)

Servings: 6 (1 cup each) | Calories: 168 | Fat: 7.8 grams | Carbs: 9.7 grams | Protein: 15.9 grams

Adapted from here.

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Week In Review

Week In Review: Too Social, Too Stressed

Sorry it’s been so quiet around here lately! I’ve been away from WordPress for most of the week. Between work events, friends and family, I’ve been busy. I didn’t make any time to sit down and put my thoughts in order. And I’m feeling a bit out of touch with myself. I think a little self check-in is in order.

Physical

I weighed in poorly at my training session yesterday, which is no surprise since I overate for most of the week. There was a lot of delicious food available to me and boy did I enjoy it. Being so social this week, I also ended up drinking a lot and feeling kind lousy because of it. At the last two events, I didn’t even want to drink anymore. I don’t know why I didn’t just order something non-alcoholic.

My trainer commented that I’m looking stronger and I can see more muscle definition in my arms and shoulders. I joked that it’s because I’ve been feeding my muscles so much lately…

I am also feeling really tired. Friday night I slept on the couch for four hours before actually going to bed. I think the worst part of drinking is that it really messes with my sleep.

Emotional

Right now I’m a little stressed. It’s a long weekend and there’s a lot I want to get done around my house. Busy season is looming at work and I know I’m going to have less free time soon, so I want to finish organizing my basement and my whole place needs a good cleaning. I got a lot done cleaning-wise today. Tomorrow I’m going to work on the basement. I can’t seem to relax and turn off the “go-go-go” mindset I had all day today.

Focus on the good things

Since I’m feeling kind of lousy right now, I’m going to focus on some of the nice things that happened last week:

  • Lovely dinner date at my friend’s house
  • Running on the treadmill and actually feeling good during it
  • Getting up on stage in front of over 100 people at the work offsite and not panicking about it
  • Taking my mom out for her birthday and having a nice time

I’m starting to feel better/calmer already.

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Recipe Monday

Recipe Monday: Soup Soup Soup

With how cold it’s been lately, nothing has been more satisfying than a steaming bowl of soup. I thought I’d share some of my favorite recipes in hopes that it inspires you to enjoy some hot soup too.

Split Pea Souphttp://www.bhg.com/recipe/soups/split-pea-soup/

Split Pea Soup has always been one of my all time favorites. It’s funny, because I don’t like peas really. I’ve made this recipe a few times and it’s always a winner. I like to add potatoes to it sometimes too.

Winter Borschthttp://gingerbreadsnowflakes.com/node/138

I made this recently and it was also my first foray into cooking with beets. I didn’t add potatoes (but decided to throw in some broccoli) and I skipped the spices except for a little dill because I also added vinegar at the end. I like my borscht vinegar-y. I was really happy with how this turned out. Full of vegetables and tender pork.

Miner’s Beef Stew:  http://www.midwestliving.com/recipe/stews/miners-beef-stew

I usually use this recipe as a guide for my beef stew and just play around with what I add for veggies. I think the addition of the hot sauce really brings out some good flavors.

Hilariously Easy Chicken Soup:  http://casualkitchen.blogspot.com/2011/03/hilariously-easy-chicken-soup.html

There is nothing as good as homemade chicken soup when you’re under the weather. The first time I made this, I actually used a whole chicken. And honestly, it was a pain. Now I just use boneless skinless chicken thighs and it still comes out delicious. I also throw in a bunch of celery greens (a trick I learned from my grandma) to add some really great flavor. Just remember to fish them out before serving.

What are your favorite soups? Do you have any recipes I should check out?

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Week In Review

Week In Review: Sweaty Selfies?

I am getting sucked into a Hallmark movie instead of cleaning my house. So I figure, might as well multitask and get something off my to-do list! I almost don’t want to think back over the last week. At least to the beginning of it. Between hormones, the full moon and work stress, I felt like a terrible mess.

I also fell prey to emotional eating. I guess the good news is that all the sea salt caramels are gone now.

The better news is that I still managed to drop 1.2 pounds of holiday weight… Still a little more to go though.

As the week went on, I started feeling a bit better. I’ve also gotten over my mental block against the treadmill by working on running some intervals. Over the last year I was more focused on building my distance and endurance, that I wasn’t that concerned about speed. Small increases were coming naturally and I was glad to be running sub-10 minute miles consistently by the fall. Running inside, I’ve realized that focusing on distance is pretty miserable, so I am trying to mix it up a bit. So far, so good!

Another exciting thing is that my trainer is starting a point tracking program where we can earn free services with her. We get points for logging or journaling our meals and workouts, points for workouts themselves, and points for taking pictures of healthy meals and for sweaty selfies. Between yesterday and today I’ve been wracking up the healthy meal pics, but I totally forgot to take a selfie after I rocked 4 miles on the treadmill this morning. Shoot.

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