Friday, January 29, 2010

Black Cherry Balsamic BBQ Glaze Turkey and spinach meatloaf

Oh this was super delish!   Sorry the picture is a bit pathetic I didn't remember to take a picture till it was almost gone.

2 packages of ground turkey
1 package of frozen spinach
1 med onion chopped
3 stalks of celery
2 eggs
Black Cherry Balsamic BBQ Glaze from Good Housekeeping Good Foods collection 
salt and pepper to taste

Saute onions and celery
mix all ingredients together in bowl.. add about 1/2 of the BBQ Glaze.. I love this part.. get my fingers all mushy and squishy.
save the rest for basting on top and once you are ready to serve.

Bake 375
for 55 min  about..  you want the internal temp to be 180 

I also made a butternut squash mash
Peeled 3 small butternut squash
cut into cubes .. boiled till soft
I did add some butter to make it a bit creamier
and mashed away...

This was a great meal... beautiful.  and really easy to make.. I'd love to hear what you think

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Sweet Potato egg salad... Plaeo friendly recipe

Sweet Potato Bacon Egg Salad   

OMG...  this is SO YUMMY!  
If you like Potatos bacon and eggs! 
It is good hot or cold. 

Some Delish Bison Chili

Yesterday I made a Bison Chili....  It was tasty, lean and very healthy.   Made it in my crock pot.

  • 2 pounds of ground bison-- browned
  • 1 pound of ground beef -- the leaner the better. this was 93% lean 7% fat
  • **** Feel free to use any kind of ground meat****
  • ****I just like the lean bison****
  • 1 med onion chopped 
  • 1 green pepper 
  • 2   14 1/2 can crushed tomatoes..  you can also use a favorite tomato sauce.. my family is not a          big fan of chunks of tomatoes
  • 1 can of corn (optional) 
  • 2 cans of black beans or kidney beans (this is not Paleo so omit if you want)
  • cumin 
  • chili powder
  • salt 
  • pepper 
  • garlic 
I added some ground beef because bison can be light on flavor.  and I did through in a few splashes of Worcestershire sauce and cumin when I was browning the meat.   toss it all in the crock pot and there ya go..   ENJOY

FOOD FOOD FOOD... DIET DIET DIET... what does that mean?

The past couple years my husband and I have been talking about our diet..  knowing that we need to get healthier.  First we tried a meal plan and that was good just very time consuming. We were constantly prepping food.    

Then we found the Zone Diet .   I learned SO much from the fact that veggies and fruit are carbohydrates.  I used to think that there was a few different food groups..  Meat and seafood, veggies and fruit, then the carbs.  The complex (quinoa, brown rice and the like)  and simple carbs( the pastas, white rice ..)  Well guess what. As I understand it ...  Its protein--meat and seafood,  Carbs-- veggie and friut, (good carbs) grains and pastas in both simple or complex,   Fats-- there are good fats like, Avocado, some oils like Olive Oil..  and seeds and most nuts..  I will need to do a post all about the benefits of fats.
so stay tuned for that.  


It is simple and it feels great...  I can eat as much as I want and I don't feel deprived of anything.  I have energy all day and far less mood swings.  I also have lots of energy for my workout.    I would love to hear what your doing and how it going for you.  

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Terrific Tuesday

Trained someone this morning.. and SUPER impressed with how hard they pushed.  It is exciting and inspiring
to see someone push them selves.  She was working on a new lift. That can be overwhelming ... So much to think about. Placement, position.. drive .. all that.   It was so much FUN to work with her.

Today for lunch I made some DELISH Coconut shrimp and put them on a bed of salad greens
with sprouts and green peppers and cucumbers.   YUMMY  ..This is so tasty and good for you..  100% Paleo

I need to drink  more water..  It is cold this winter and I am having a hard time remembering to drink H2O.

Well that's all I got to blog about today...  Hope your day is Terrific.. 

Monday, January 18, 2010

UPDATE: on the home organization in the kitchen

Just a quick update..  I did pull everything out of my worst cup board.. it is this huge one and it had all my pots and pans and containers.  it was risky going in there.. LOL...Often it all falls out at ya if you open the door. 

So I took everything.. and put it out to see.. I was not even sure what all was in there.  Scary but the truth.
So I stacked the mixing bowls and that was that..  I had a few older pots that I still use so I stacked them.
The big problem was all the containers..  The tupperware and Gladware.  and when I took an inventory of what I had I was surprised to find that I had TONS of lids but not many containers.. and when I matched up the containers with lids.. I threw the rest away and that got rid of 1/3 of the extra crap. 
It looks great and I was surprised that it really did not take that long.   ...  So its your turn :-)
It wont take that long... and when its done it looks great and feels even better. 

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Its a new year and time to organize my home.....

I don't know if it is because of the new year and people thinking of new year resolutions.  I am ready and
inspired to improve my home and self.  

One way I want to do that is to organize my  home..  get rid of clutter and the crap that has been collecting in my home, find organized and efficient ways to store and keep my things.
The place I want to start first is my kitchen...  my husband and I LOVE to cook.  We love cooking with delicious flavors and cooking taste healthy food.  I try to fallow a Paleo Diet.  Paleo is simple..  Meat.. Veggies.. fruit and some nuts.  That is NO measuring out portion sizes..  eating as much as you want...  Think about it..Who over eats on veggies?  There is no dairy or bread or pasta..  Lots of people have trouble with that.. but to be completely honest..  I have so much energy and I never have the moody afternoon crash or the late night cravings... So I have NO PROBLEM  saying good bye to those carbs and dairy. 

When I cook a meal the first thing I think about is what protein  do I want to cook.. Then what seasonings I want to use.. what kind of flavors I want to eat with that meat.  Then I plan the veggies and fruit to go with it..  Kind of like the accessories.  ;-)

Right now my seasoning are in two areas..  on my counter are the oils and large condiments..  and in the cup board are the dry herbs and dry seasonings.. in the cup board is a mess of different brands and sizes of containers.  I even have refills from the local market that come in baggies.. it can be messy trying to find what herbs I need.. Here is some great info about how to store herbs

Some products that I found that I  want to get to organize my cup boards.. These are great.. I can refill them and easily see how much I have left..  I know its good to store them in dark places.. but in a cup board and the door is shut its dark.  :-) 

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

I have fallen in love with our Concept2 Indoor Rower

This past summer my husband and I started working out more in our home and next thing we know our garage was turning into a gym..   One of the things we picked up are a couple of Concept2 indoor rowers.. I even made a squidoo lens about them.  If your curious check it out. Concept2 Rowers   Luke and I use them lots during the winter.. its a wonderful tool to help us on our way to our fitness goals.

They have this handy screen. It does the standard measures the time. Distance rowed.. calories burned..  It even has a game. my kids love it!  How fun is that.  My husband was telling me you can even hook it up to your computer and it can store info for you..  HOW COOL IS THAT!

the Concept2 Company is AMAZING! Concept2 they are friendly and professional..

  I always saw them at the gym or the community center.. but I never thought much of them .. Then I got on one!   You work EVERYTHING.. your whole body. Legs.. Arms. Core.. and it gets your heart pumping! Plus  its easy on the joints..  I don't like running.. and this to me is a GREAT substitute.