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26 2 / 2014
If you’re anything like me, you have the best intentions of planning your meals at the beginning of the week. You’ll have healthy options and not waste any food. Then the week starts. You don’t know what you’re going to have for dinner until you walk in the door after work. Luckily, this meal is super easy, quick, AND it’s pretty healthy!
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1¼ cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 1 cup uncooked, pre-rinsed quinoa
- 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes with green chilies
- 1 15.5-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1½ cups frozen corn kernels
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
- Chopped fresh cilantro
- Reduced-fat shredded cheddar cheese
- Fat-free plain Greek Yogurt
1. In large saucepan, heat the olive oil to medium-high heat. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant – about 30 seconds. Add remaining ingredients (minus the cilantro and the toppings) and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 – 25 minutes. Stir in cilantro just before serving. Serve with toppings.
I added ground turkey to mine and it was extra yummy!
Click here to find another recipe for this dish.
18 2 / 2014
There are a million reasons to work out, but the number one reason should be for yourself! It’s proven that working out improves you mood, controls weight, prevents many diseases and health conditions, gives you energy, and helps promote better sleeping habits. That being said, summertime is also right around the corner, and summer bodies are made in the winter!
Today we have a great ab workout for you brought to you by Tone it Up. They have some great workout videos that you can do from the comfort of your own home. Try this one out and bust your winter blues!
Enjoy your sweat sesh!
14 2 / 2014
The best part about Valentine’s Day, next to a romantic date with your sweetie is undoubtedly all the sweets! Chocolates, cakes, cookies, you name it, I’m in love with it. So with it being Valentine’s Day I’ve decided to share this super cute cookie recipe! What’s your favorite Valentine’s Day treat?
Here’s what you’ll need:
*Sugar cookies, cut into heart shapes (I used a cookie cutter that’s about 1 1/2″).
*Food coloring gel (I use the pots of Wilton food coloring available at Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Walmart, etc.) in red or hot pink and black.
*To read over the tutorial from the icing link.
*3 icing bags, 3 regular-sized couplers, and 3 tips (I used Wilton 3 and 4)
*Cookie or lollipop sticks (optional–I needed to make LOTS of these, so I didn’t do the sticks, but they would be adorable in a cookie bouquet)
After you’ve mixed your icing, place about 2 Tbsp.-1/4 c. of white icing for the eyes into an icing bag fitted with a coupler and a tip no larger than a 3.
Mix 2/3 c. of the icing with hot pink or red. Then remove 1/4 c. of icing and mix it with 2 Tbsp. powdered sugar so it’s slightly stiffer. Place that icing in a bag fitted with a coupler and a 3- or 4-sized tip. The other bowl of pink icing can remain in the bowl.
Mix 1/3-1/2 c. icing with the black coloring. Reserve about 1 Tbsp. for the irises of the eyes. Place the remaining black icing in a bag fitted with a coupler and a size 3 tip.
Using the pink icing bag, trace the outline of the heart of each cookie.
Then trace a line across the heart about 1/3 of the way from the tip of the heart.
Allow this icing to firm up for about 15-20 minutes (you can actually use this time to mix up the other colors). When it’s ready (it doesn’t have to be solid, just not totally liquid), use a small spoon to carefully fill the curvy part of the heart with pink or red icing.
Then use the bag of black icing to carefully dot some black icing into the point of the heart. Use a toothpick to gently spread the black into all the corners.
See how I have black dots on these cookies? Yeah, don’t do that. :) I tried a couple of methods and decided I liked my cookies much better when I let the pink/red icing dry before I added my ladybug dots.
Now’s a good time to take a little break. Give your cookies 45-60 minutes to dry. This is the perfect time to wash some dishes. Or work out. Or take a nap.
When the cookies have had a chance to harden a little, use the bag of black icing to dot your little lovebugs however you’d like. Then use the bag of white to carefully make two little white eyes on the black icing. Using a toothpick dipped in the reserved black icing, dot little irises on each ladybug.
So cute, right?! And these were surprisingly easy (despite what the mess in my kitchen might tell you. The mess in my kitchen tells a lot of lies). Give these a good 12-24 hours before stacking them, although you can (and should) eat them right away.
**Recipe found at: Our Best Bites
11 2 / 2014
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28 1 / 2014
Let’s face it, the Super Bowl is less about football and more about the party and you can’t really have a party without good food. So we’ve gathered some of our favorite Super Bowl themed recipes to share with you. Enjoy!
First up, Crescent Pepperoni Rolls.
1 can refrigerated crescent rolls
40 slices pepperoni
4 pieces of mozzarella string cheese, cut in half
Preheat oven to 375. Unroll crescent rolls and separate into 8 triangles. Place 5 slices of pepperoni on each roll. Place 1 half string cheese on each roll and roll up. Sprinkle with garlic powder. Place rolls on baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm with a side of warm pizza sauce.
Secondly, we have Poppyseed Ham and Cheese Sliders- because what’s a football game without a slider?
Recipe found at: Comfy in the Kitchen
1 lb deli ham thinly sliced
½ lb baby swiss cheese
2 pkgs (24 count total) dinner rolls
½ cup butter
2 Tbsp prepared mustard
1 Tbsp Worcestershire
1 Tbsp poppy seeds
⅓ cup brown sugar
Make sandwiches with rolls, ham and cheese -fill a 9×13 pan with these (you can squeeze them in). In a medium sauce pan on the stove bring to a soft boil: butter, mustard, worcestershire, poppy seeds, and brown sugar. Pour sauce over top of sandwiches. Cover with foil and bake at 350 for appox. 25 minutes. Serve warm and enjoy.
We hope you enjoy the game and all of the yummy food!
14 1 / 2014
Deciding whether or not to give the option of “plus one” can be a very difficult and sensitive subject. When has someone been in a relationship long enough to include their significant other? Should you feel guilty for not providing a plus one option? How do you handle guests that are upset with your decision? Basically the whole process is very stressful.
First thing’s first: stay calm. This is YOUR wedding, and you’re inviting guests who you want to add to your special day, not your best friend’s on again off again fling. You don’t have to worry about pleasing every single person in attendance, because the odds of that happening are astronomically low. Your guests are there for you and want to celebrate your marriage whether they are with a date or not.
Here are a few general ideas to follow. Try to group single guests at tables to sit with each other so they can party stag together. A large group of co workers or teammates can be invited without plus ones. If you have someone traveling from out of town who may not know other guests give them the option of a plus one so they are not totally alone. Whether they are dating someone or not, the wedding party should get dates. They did shell out quite a bit of time and money over the last year. It is also a good idea to address the invitation personally to dates. I think if you know their partners name without having to search social media it is safe to say they should be invited.
Ultimately this is your day and you should include only the people you want to attend.
07 1 / 2014