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Thanksgiving Vacation is Here

20 Nov

My favorite week of the year has arrived; Thanksgiving!!! Just the mention the word makes me want to dress in full pilgrim gear and strut around the next few days. However, that wont be happening!!!

I left this morning for my in-laws house in Manhattan Beach. This place has become home to me. If Erik and I had the means to move now, we would do it in a flash, but until then, I come up here for vacation.

After we arrived and got everything situation, the babies went down for a nap. You know what that means… Time for a run on the strand. It was the most beautiful afternoon and for any runner, a beautiful day equals… a run you don’t want to end. ¬†5 miles was NOT long enough, but I am getting up in a few hours to do it again:)

After my run, I came back and went right to the kitchen. I decided to make dinner for everyone. MIRACLES DO HAPPEN ūüôā Dinner was so good, easy and clean, I had to share. ¬† So here we go!

Summer’s Speciality Salad

Ingredients

1 bag of organic Arugula

I Granny Apple peeled and diced

I cucumber peeled and diced ( I only use 1/2 , unless I am doubling the salad)

1/2 red onion diced

1 cup cherry tomatoes cut in half

1 avocado cut in thin pieces

3/4 cup of almond & dried cranberry mix

Directions

* Wash Arugula and put in a salad bowl

*Dice the apple, cucumber, onion and tomatoes and pour over Arugula

*Toss the salad

*Top with the avocado, almonds and  dried cranberries

*Once served, feel free to use your favorite dressing. I personally like Trader Joe’s Vinaigrette. However, tonight we used Strawberry Vinaigrette and it was DELIC!

Clean Chicken Enchiladas

By replacing the chicken with turkey, you have a great meal for the left overs you will have in a few days!
Ingredients

8-10 Tortillas ( I don’t use flour, so I go with whole wheat or corn)

2 cups cooked diced chicken (Fresh chicken is the best)

1 can of salsa

1 block LIGHT cream cheese, softened (8 oz.)

1 green pepper diced

1/4 cup of milk

1 cup of cheese

Directions

* Stir chicken, bell pepper, creme cheese and 1/2 cup salsa in a saucepan on low heat until creme cheese is melted.

*Spoon 1/3 cup chicken mixture down the center of each tortilla; roll up. Place, seam-side down in lightly greased 12×8¬†baking dish.

* Stir cheese and milk in a sauce pan on low heat until smooth. Pour sauce over tortillas; cover with foil.

* Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Pour remaining salsa over tortillas.

Please note, you do not have to make the creamy cheese sauce that I did. I would prefer to top with cheese alone.

SERVE AND ENJOY!

Also, green beans are great with this

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My “Favorite Fall” Recipe

18 Oct

Over the past few weeks, Erik and I have recommitted our lives to being healthy… and not just in the sense of working out but also in nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle, that will not only affect us, but our four daughters as well.

I have become very passionate about learning the philosophy of nutrition and clean-eating. For someone who has struggled all my life with weight and bad eating habits, I was beyond ecstatic to find a nutrition program that allowed me to eat and not feel guilt. I have realized how and WHY I was doing everything wrong in the past. I am so thankful that I no longer “fear food” but embrace meal prepping, eating amazing foods and also incorporating some gnarly workouts that are already transforming my physical body.

So periodically, I will be posting a recipe that is easy to make, falls under the nutritional guidelines of clean-eating and one I personally love.

Right now my favorite is: Homemade Baked Sweet Potato Fries. ¬†I am addicted! They are great to pack in your purse when you are on the go, eat with lunch and dinner… or have as a sweet treat in the evening without feeling guilty. Love. Love. Love! So, here is how you make them.

~Ingredients~

– 3 to 4 sweet potatoes peeled
– 1/4 cup light olive oil (I use Trader Joe’s Grapeseed Oil)
– 1/2 teaspoon paprika
– 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
– 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
~Directions~

– Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F
– Cut the potatoes lengthwise into 1/4-inch thick matchsticks
– In a plastic ziplock bag, toss the potatoes with the oil, kosher salt, paprika and cinnamon.
– Toss until all potatoes are covered in with the ingredients

– Spray a baking pan with cooking spray
– Arrange the potatoes in a single layer on the baking pan and place in the oven for 30 minutes or until you feel they are crispy enough (I recommend turning them every 10 minutes, so each side is evenly cooked)

Let cool, serve and ENJOY! Easie Peasie. Delicious and Healthy… it is a win-win for everyone. Oh and your house will smell like all the greatness that is FALL.

Many Blessings ~Summer

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