New Recipes in The Rotation (Kid Approved Too)

I’ve been experimenting with new recipes on Sundays (because it’s the most chill day of the week) to try new stuff and take my time. Here are few that I’ve tried lately that have made it into the regular rotation, with approval from Tristen and Robin. My bonus sons, ages 8 and 6, even gave this first one another two thumbs up the next day for lunch. Total score.

{Green Chili Chicken Enchilada Spaghetti Squash Bowls}

 (longest name ever, but worth it)

recipe & photo from Danae at the RecipeRunner.com

The boys love this spaghetti squash bowl. And to be honest, I do too. I was originally drawn to it one evening simply because we already had all the ingredients needed to make it. I love that the filling takes less than 20 minutes to prepare, it doesn’t require 1,000 ingredients, and let’s be honest: anything Mexican-inspired is a win in my book.

What I did differently:

  • The recipe calls for shredded chicken, but my man-friend grilled it and then cut it up in small pieces. This helped saved me time.
  • I added black beans. Because… yum.
  • I used salsa verde the first time, but have used 1/2 verde and 1/2 red salsa (when we were running out) and it was delicious as well.

 Anyway, try this one out. You’ll love it. Try this one too.

{White Bean Chicken Chili}

Recipe from Sam the Cooking Guy

This recipe is perfect for cooler weather and also doesn’t take very long to make. I will warn you that if you’ve got a sensitive pallet, it’s a little spicy as is. Neither Robin nor I can handle like dishes that are incredibly spicy so we had a lot of ice water with this the first time (I hadn’t made it in years and forgot). But everybody still liked the taste. Next time, we’ll be armed with a few more crackers. It also makes enough for lunch the next day… Always a plus!

What I did differently:

  • I added a little more chicken because there are 3 boys in this house.
  • A little less cayenne pepper to cool it down.
  • Have substituted chili powder in the past.
  • Added cheese when serving. Because duh.

This recipe is good for just one serving! It’s also the source of the photo above.

 

{Caramelized Onion Apple Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash}

(another mouthful, but a tasty one at least. <– Hey-o!)

Recipe & Photo from PaleoRunningMama.com

I searched for any acorn squash recipe after seeing them for $1 at the grocery story. I’ve actually never cooked acorn squash before this recipe and realized that was dumb. They’re delish and super cheap when they’re in-season (like most produce). Stuffed gourds are always fun anyway. Cooking the garlic and onions made the kitchen smell sooooo good. The filling makes quite a bit too!

What I did differently:

  • Used ground beef once because we forgot to thaw the sausage. Still yummy.
  • Used 2 more cloves of garlic than it called for.
  • Couldn’t find ghee at the store so just used butter.
  • Used an additional half an apple.
  • Was out of rosemary. It was still good.

 

Try ’em out and let me know what you think.

Happy cooking!

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My Car Needs A Name!

I love my cars. They are more to me than just transportation. Lola, Abe, Mona, and Charli were all like best buds to me. If you’ve been around here for a while, you might remember when Charli, my ’08 Mazda, bit the dust last year on our road trip from San Diego to Canada. I wasn’t ready to replace her for a new (to me) car, but I had no choice.  Although every car I’ve owned had a name within the first week, I just couldn’t think of a name right away for my new Mazda. Nine months later… she still doesn’t have a name. That changes this week.

Things to Consider:

  • Female name
  • Adventurous (she’s equipped for biking, climbing, camping, etc)
  • Has to match her black paint
  • I picked her up in the mountains and we live in the mountains.
  • She’ll go all over the U.S. and Canada, so maybe travel should be insinuated?
  • She’s a good lookin’ car. She needs a hot name.

I’ve done some serious thinking this week to try and nail this down and have come up with the following list below. Although I’m not going to place her name entirely in the hands of anybody else (you may have read about what happened with Boaty McBoatface), I would like to know what you guys think for a name that would suit an adventurous, sporty, awesome car that will go all over North America in her lifetime. Please click on the name below that you think best reflects my car.

Best Name for Ami’s Car

Dash
Fox
Parks
Champ
Rockie
Jazz

Quotes To Know

*This poll won’t center for anything. Sorry. It annoys me too…

I’m leaning toward two of these names so far, but I don’t want to tell you and skew the results.

And if you have a suggestion, leave it in the comment section! I’m open to other ideas.

Thanks!

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Things & Links That Are My Jam Right Now

The following things are my jam right now…

Kentucky in 2 Weeks!

I’ll be spending a few days in Louisville in a couple weeks! Excited to teach a TRX course, see my people, and hopefully score some of the warm weather they’ve been having. See y’all soon! Who wants to go play in the park(s) with me?!

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Daylight Savings This Weekend:

I saw a friend post something about it being this weekend & I’m so ready for Spring I immediately thought, “DON’T F*** WITH ME ON THIS.” But then I looked it up & it’s true! Spring forward this Sunday! #hallelujah

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My New Book:

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s autobiography. Woot! #NotoriousRBG

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Photos of the D.C. trip w/ my Momma

I’ll post more soon, but I had the best time with my mom last week in D.C.! Five days with just the two of us was awesome and not something we’ve done for a while now.

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Flash Fit Club Group Session:

I’m stoked to start working out with some new peeps next week! Starting on Monday, whoever’s joined either of my TRX online Fit Clubs will get weekly check-in emails and tips from me for the next month. We’ll all start the 4 week session together for a little group support. If you want in, sign up here by Monday morning. (It’s $79 but you can save 15% by using the coupon code below.)

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Walking Against Humanity:

A step-tracking app that offers the same great shock value as the Cards Against Humanity game. It’s hilarious and you can connect with friends and talk trash about your steps for the day. So fun!
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Links That Are My Jam Right Now:

 

Selection Sunday this weekend! Printable NCAA Tournament Brackets. NCAA.

On-Site Childcare is a Win for Everyone. Just Ask Patagonia. Outside Magazine.

Love Actually Sequel Photos! Entertainment Weekly.

Congressman John Lewis’s re-telling of his March to Selma on 52 years ago. Twitter.

Have We Lost Sight of the Promise of Public Schools? NY Times.

“Passengers” Bloopers of Jennifer Lawrence & Chris Pratt. Marie Claire.

Illustrations of Disney Princesses as Women’s Marchers. Teen Vogue.

Defending the Bears Ears National Monument. Patagonia.

When Your Greatest Romance is a Friendship. Modern Love.

101 Small Ways You Can Improve Your City. Curbed.

Why “This Is Us” Makes Us Cry. Wall Street Journal.

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How to Love Your New Town

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Maybe your university is way across the country. Maybe your job just relocated you to a new city. Maybe you’ve moved to a different town for a relationship, to help out family, or just because you needed a change. Whatever the reason, getting used to a new place and starting all over can be equal parts exciting and stressful. You may love it, but you may not. Since so much of our health is affected by our happiness and stress levels, it’s important that we love (or at least like) where we live.

Since high school, I’ve moved cities and started over 6 times. It’s rough starting over, but it’s always worked out. I’m compiling my  “best practices” just in case you’re in the same boat. In no particular order, here’s how I came to be content in each new place I’ve lived in:

 

{Embrace the Local Stuff} [Read more…]

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Podcasts That Are My Jam Right Now

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Tango and I take a 45 minute walk every day (unless the temperature is -25, then we take a 2 minute walk) and I listen to any number of podcasts. Podcasts have literally taken over from music in my life the past year and a half. I listen to them while walking, running, driving, and now during my workouts. There’s so much GOOD content out there and it’s way better than listening to any radio station. I pick up new ones all the time. Here are my latest faves I want y’all to know about: [Read more…]

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Currently…

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I was in Southern California for the past week for work and had a few days in between projects to see some friends. I stayed with my good friends Ted and Ann and although I was hoping to spend copious amounts of time outside in the warm weather  it was cold and rainy most of the week. I’ll let it slide since California desperately needs some precipitation, but I will say it was nice going on a run yesterday morning in a tank top! It’s back to Canada tonight and I’m SO excited to get to my boys. Here’s what else is going on currently: [Read more…]

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Convos With Kiddos: Post-Wedding Edition

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So things have been a bit busy lately…

For those of you that aren’t connected on social media, I’ll catch you up: [Read more…]

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Last Minute Gift Ideas That Aren’t “Things”

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We’ve got too much “stuff” and I’ll bet most of us don’t have our holiday shopping done yet. So… in the spirit of minimalism, efficiency, and in an effort to save us all from clutter and trash (while still supporting the economy), here’s my list of gift ideas that don’t involve shipping, wrapping, or waste of any kind!

$10 – $30 Price Range [Read more…]

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Book Buzz: Books That Were My Jam in 2016

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There’s the NPR list of the best books of 2016.

There’s the one from the New York Times. There’s also the Goodreads list.

And then there’s MINE. Of all the books I’ve finished this year, here are my top 6:

 

“The One That EVERYBODY Read So You Have To Too”  [Read more…]

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Identify Your Barriers: Consistent Workouts

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Even though I’m a fitness professional, I sometimes have a hard time getting motivated to do my own workouts regularly. The older I get though, the more I realize how important it is that I stay on it… Because if I could keep my 25 year old body without much work, I wouldn’t be worried at all. ; ) [Read more…]

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