Simple Dinner Sunday

Happy Sunday!  Hope you had a great weekend.

I’m sorry I have been MIA recently.  I’ve had a lot going on recently, and I’ll share what I’ve been up to in upcoming posts.  Today I had an awesome day skiing at mount snow, did my grocery shopping, baked scones and have dinner in the oven, ready to kick back and relax for the night.

Here’s an easy dinner that you can throw into you mix!

Fajitas!  Here’s what you need:

Tortillas (whole wheat is a healthier choice)

2 breasts of chicken (cut into strips)

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 peppers (cut into strips)

1 onion (cut into 1/2 rings)

1 Fajita Seasoning Envelope (near the taco seasoning)

Add on: cheese, avocado, salsa, sour cream

Instructions: Put oil in a pan and heat over medium heat in a large skillet.  While its  heating, cut up the chicken into strips and pour half the seasoning mix on it to cover.  Then put the chicken in the hot skillet and cook it through, stirring to cook all sides.  Once chicken is cooked… not sure?  Take a piece out and cut it in half, if its pink, keep cooking, if its white you’re all set.  While the chicken is cooking, cut up the veggies.  Once chicken is cooked, move it to one side of the pan and add the veggie in.  Pour the rest of the seasoning packet onto the veggies and stir.  Cook until the onion is translucent.  Once the veggies are cooked, stir it all together.  Put a spoonful of the fajitas on a wrap and add your favorite add ons and eat up!

Serve with some Spanish rice or chips and salsa

Enjoy!!!

New year, new you?

Remember those new year resolution things?  Most people forgot theirs after the first week.  This is usually because most people set resolutions and forget them.  So if your resolution is more like a prayer than a goal, here’s some tips to help make 2016 the year of the BEST you.

  1. Set goals.  December 31st cannot be the deadline.  Because who has woken up on December 31st and said, I did it!  My new years resolution from last year came to fruition.  So break your resolution into smaller goals throughout the year.
  2. Celebrate little victories!  Keep yourself motivated by rewarding yourself at every milestone of your goal. Example: if your resolution is the get fit.  If you stick to your workout plan for a week, buy a new piece of workout attire to show off at the gym.  OR reward yourself with a whole new outfit for $25 from Fabletics
  3. Come up with an action plan.  You need a plan for every day that will get your closer to your goal.

Lots of people aim to eat healthier, lose weight, maybe get a job, or a better job, get fit, save money or pay off debt… and there are so many more.  These are all topics that I’ll be posting on throughout the year.

My new years resolution this year, is to go with the flow and worry less.  I want this year to be your best year, so please share your’s below so I can help!

Easy Stuffed Chicken Dinner

Eating food that is good for you doesn’t mean spending a lot of money at Whole Foods or eating only things that are green.  Eating at home is a good step in the right direction when it comes to eating healthier, because you have control over the ingredients.  Lots of restaurants and fast food places add a lot of salt and preservatives to food which make you bloated.  I understand that it is difficult to find the time to make food at home, and sometimes it is hard to just think of something to make in the first place.   Below is a delicious recipe that I made over the weekend.  It didn’t take a lot of prep time, and you can clean up and still have time to do another little chore while it’s in the oven.

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Ingredients:

3-4 Chicken breasts

8 oz of mozzarella cheese sliced

1/4 cup Basil

Spinach (a few leaves per breast)

Roasted red pepper (1 whole pepper)

1 Italian Seasoning package

Parmesan Cheese

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
  2. Cut the chicken breasts in half, but not all the way through.  More like a butterfly so that you can put the other ingredients in without the piles falling apart.  Put the cut chicken into a casserole pan.
  3. Then open each breast, and layer the inside with 2 pieces of cheese, basil, spinach and roasted red pepper.
  4. Before folding the chicken over, sprinkle some of the seasoning package on the inside of the chicken.
  5. Then fold over all the chicken breasts, and sprinkle more of the seasoning package on top of the chicken.  Place the remaining pieces of cheese on top of the chicken.
  6. Bake the chicken with a cover on for 45 minutes or until done.  Then uncover the chicken, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and put under the broiler for 5 minutes.
  7. Enjoy with a side of pasta, or for a lighter side, serve with Cesar salad.

Find the original recipe here!

Enjoy!

Hello, it’s me

I hope your holiday season and New Year was great!

I got lots of great gifts last month and started taking full advantage of some of them during this awesome 3 day weekend.  See my favorites below… and feel free to share your favorites in the comment section!

My Red Velvet Kitchen Aid

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Which I used yesterday to make these yummy Banana Crumb Muffins!

This morning I hit the gym to do my 100 Workout.  And I used my new Jabra Bluetooth wireless headphones and FlipBelt.

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Coming up this week, an easy healthy dinner, a quick body sculpting workout and some goal setting tips for all you new year, new me people!

Quick pre-holiday detox

Brewed while enjoying my tree and sipping tea 

I think it’s fair to say that we have all been indulging on a few extra sweets, drinks and feasts from Thanksgiving until now.  Well if you have a sparkly little number to wear on New Years Eve that you don’t even want to think about right now, there’s good news.  Below are a few tips on how to slim down quick without sacrificing all the goodies of the upcoming week!

  1. Drink 10 glasses of water a day
  2. Increase protein!  It will keep you fill longer, and reduce your urge to go back for an extra dinner roll or piece of cake
  3. Watch your dressing and add on’s (think cheese, sour cream…)  If you’re eating salad, put about half the amount of dressing that you usually would
  4. Choose fun exercises!  For everyone in the northeast, its warm out!  Get out and play basketball with friends, go out and dance the night away, or get a guest pass to a gym and take a Zumba class

 

Pre-holiday week

Brewed while sipping wine and watching Modern Family 

This week is a time that everyone should take time to spend with close family and friends.  I know this time of the year can get really crazy, but it comes and goes so quickly!  SO take a deep breath and put aside some time to spend quality time with family and friends.  Next week, we will be working on productive ways to spend down time during winter break!  So enjoy this week 🙂

Leg Day

Brewed while packing up for my travels this weekend.

Here’s another fitness Friday!  No equipment needed, so there’s no excuse!

20 squats

30 lunges (alternating)

40 calf raises

50 Sec wall sit

100 Jumping jacks

50 Sec wall sit

40 Jump squats 

40 Leg raises

See you on Monday! Have an awesome weekend!

Big list but little budget

Brewed while watching Star Wars episode 5 and baking cookies

I’m going to make this quick because I have cookies in the oven.  Below are a few low budget gift ideas.  These are great for teachers, co-workers, friends, Aunts and Uncles…

Here we go!

Hand and body scrub (great for dry winter skin) I made this last year for my co-workers and they loved it!  I made a big batch of the scrub, and bought a bunch of mini mason jars at Jo Ann fabric store (any craft store would have them) Money saving tip: lots of craft stores offer coupons on their website!  Check before you go, or while you’re on line before checking out.  Add a cute little tag. Done!

Picture frame white board – put a piece of lined paper into the frame where the picture would go, then decorate frame and tie a white board marker on with some string or a ribbon. Easy!

We whisk you a merry Christmas – put a whisk in a small plastic gift bag, and add a few kisses. secure the bag to the cookie mix by punching a hole in the top corner of the cookie mix bag and tie the whisk bag on with a ribbon.  top it off with a tag. Cute idea for teachers!

I’d love to hear some of your inexpensive gift ideas!  Please comment below to help out your fellow Brewers 🙂

What’s going on in the world?

A lot!  It’s hard to keep track!  But it’s worth it to stay up to date with what’s going on.  Lucky for you, I found this great little tool that will help.  It’s called The Skimm and its a free! You’ll get an e-mail with the top news stories every morning.  The writers are hilarious, and the report is a quick read.  Click the link below to sign up!

Stay in the loop!