Monthly Archives: November 2015

Baked Salmon with Guac & Baby Bok Choy

Lately I have been making an effort to eat less processed foods around here. So when I did my meal planning for this week I quickly realized that many of the recipes that fit that criteria can get pretty time consuming.  So I tried to find things that were fairly quick and easy, but packed with natural nutrients and ingredients that would satisfy our hunger.

Over the weekend I made the more time consuming meals, but to be honest, with the crockpot it wasn’t too terrible.

Last night’s dinner was inspired by this salmon and avocado salsa recipe.  I really didn’t change too much, but I used sesame oil on the salmon along with the spices, and added cherry tomatoes to the avocado salsa instead of the jalapeños (I couldn’t find them at the store, I’m actually a little disappointed about this).

baked salmon with guac and baby bok choy

I also added baby bok choy to the mix, mostly because I bought it at Trader Joe’s last week on a whim and I figured this meal could use a side of greens.  I have actually never had baby bok choy before (at least that I can remember), and I was a little nervous when I googled a recipe and saw that it was also referred to as Chinese cabbage.  So I decided to play it safe with a 5 star recipe, that basically smothers it in butter and garlic and it turned out pretty good!

baby bok choy

This dinner is definitely a make again.

On the exercise front, (in typical Shae-fashion), I signed up to participate in Pile on the Miles and then kind of changed my exercise approach.  With it getting dark out so early (and colder), I don’t feel very comfortable logging tons of miles, so I’ve decided to run shorter distances and try to work on my speed.

running at night

Night time running is so peaceful and creepy all at the same time.  If I hadn’t seen a coyote run across the road on my way to work one morning I probably wouldn’t be such a baby.  (Ok, I might.)

Last night I logged 3 miles and I felt really good (maybe all the food prep is paying off??).  My time was nothing impressive, but it was still an improvement for me.

garmin forerunner

Do you notice an improvement in your running when you eat well?

What are your thoughts on running in the dark?

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Weekend Eats + A House Update

Good morning and happy Monday, my friends!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  Ours was pretty low key.  We did a lot of lounging and recovery from a rough Saturday night when the poor little B dog came down with a nasty case of kennel cough. She seems to be doing just fine, but she was hacking up some pretty nasty stuff every hour Saturday night.  So I spent a night catching up on the last season of Suits and chasing her around every hour until 5am.  That’s the first all-nighter I’ve had in a long time.

But to rewind a little bit, Saturday morning I went to a new-to-me boot camp class and I am sure feeling it.  After bootcamp we had a little lunch and headed over to check out the house!

We are so excited to move into our first home together and it’s so amazing to see it all coming together (after what felt like forever getting started).  We have kitchen cabinets!

house kitchen

house morning room

I also got a little crafty in the kitchen this weekend, and made this Chicken Pad Thai recipe:

chicken pad thai

And this slow-cooker butternut squash soup recipe.  (I also added ginger to the mix and it was a great decision).

slow cooker butternut squash soup

This evening I’m hoping to go for a run before it gets too dark, even though my poor little running buddy is on house arrest.

Did you eat anything good over the weekend?

Has your dog ever had the dreaded kennel cough?

Vegetarian Enchiladas

This week I decided to go out on a limb and attempt one vegetarian dinner (that was not pasta) and I actually killed two birds with one stone. Not only did I find an awesome recipe, but I used up mostly ingredients that I already had on hand. 

 
The only supplies I had to buy were enchilada sauce, cilantro, avocado, and green onions. The rest I had in the pantry or leftover in the fridge just waiting for the right recipe to come along. 

I found this recipe for vegetable enchiladas  from epicurious and followed the recipe pretty closely. 

The only thing I omitted was the rice, and I used leftover roasted sweet potatoes from Tuesday’s dinner. Then I topped with sour cream, chipotle salsa, and some salsa verde. 

B dog was there for moral support… 

 

These babies are best prepared with a margarita (or three).

The Many Faces of a (Sassy) German Shorthaired Pointer

Sometimes I find myself scrolling through my phone and looking at all of the ridiculous pictures I have of B, so I figured today I would share some of the cute/crazy/ridiculousness.  She sure has a lot of sass personality.  If you have a GSP, I’m sure you can relate to many of these.

  1. Lazy B (so sleepy) That little lion is actually her very first toy.  It amazes me that he is still in existence.

german shorthaired pointer

2. Gangsta B (Don’t mind the mess in the background.  I was packing for vacation, which appears to have been a challenging process for me)

german shorthaired pointer

3. Sassy B – “Please get this Lion off of me”

german shorthaired pointer

4. Bacon!

bacon german shorthaired pointer

5. “I accidentally ate my lips”

frisbee german shorthaired pointer

7. “Look how tiny I can be in this ball”

german shorthaired pointer

8. The Greenie face (pure concentration)

greenie face

9. ‘I’m listening…go on”

german shorthaired pointer

10. ‘If I have perfect posture will you please get these stupid things off my feet??”

german shorthaired pointer

11.  “I could run for days”

reman shorthaired pointer

They sure are a handful, but there is nothing quite like them.

Superfood Smoothie

Over the weekend I found myself with some strawberries and bananas that were about to go bad, so I decided that they would be perfect smoothie fruit.  But the strawberries and bananas aren’t the real stars of this show.  The ingredients that really make this is a ‘superfood’ smoothie are the ginger, baby spinach, and cinnamon.  Not to mention that the greek yogurt will keep you full until lunch time.
ginger strawberry banana smoothie

Ginger is packed full of antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties that offer a wide variety of benefits.  This article from Authority Nutrition lists 11 different health benefits of ginger.  It’s a pretty incredible little root.

Cinnamon is also classified as a superfood and has anti-inflammatory properties and may help with a host of ailments.

Baby Spinach is one of those leafy greens that everyone is always raving about because of its high dose of nutrients and low calorie count.  Spinach is also a good source of iron and B vitamins which will give you the energy boost you need to combat the day.

Superfood Smoothie

Makes 1 serving

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 banana
  • 5 sliced strawberries
  • 1 tsp diced ginger root
  • dash of cinnamon
  • handful baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 5 ice cubes
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut almond milk

Blend and enjoy!

smoothie for one serving

Weekend + Monday Motivation

Happy Monday!!!  I hope everyone out there had an excellent weekend!

Ours was pretty good around here.  Friday night was pretty low key.  We made a frozen pizza and watched Southpaw (and admittedly I fell asleep before the end).  Sorry Jake Gyllenhaal.

Saturday was an exciting day!  We picked out our appliances and checked out the house like adults! It’s really starting to come together and we are super excited to hopefully be moving in soon!

building a house

Saturday afternoon Kris’ friend came to visit so me and the B dog snuggled up on the couch to watch a chick flick.  I Red Boxed The Age of Adeline, and I thought it was pretty good.  Definitely predictable, but I like feel good movies and Blake Lively so I thought it was a winner.

the age of adeline

On Sunday we got our tailgate on with some delicious meatball sandwiches and the Bills even brought home a win.

meatball subs

buffalo bills vs miami dolphins

Now for some Monday motivation, since I didn’t do so well last week with the Pile on the Miles challenge that I said I was going to do for my November Goals.  I only logged another 6 miles this week.  So that leaves me with 70 miles to go for November.  I better get my butt moving.  Here’s the plan for the week:

Monday – 5 miles

Tuesday – yoga

Wednesday – 5 miles

Thursday – circuit workout

Friday – rest

Saturday – 5 miles

Sunday – 3 miles

just do it even if you suck at it

What’s your favorite motivational quote?

Balance

Good morning, and happy hump day!  Does anyone else find themselves increasingly happy as the week goes on?

the first 5 days of the week

This week I am really struggling with balance.  It’s a vicious cycle for me. I will go, go, go one week only to hit the wall the next.

smigel dishes

These are the weeks that I struggle with small tasks like washing my face before bed and doing the dishes, as well as the bigger tasks like blogging, making dinner, working out.  And instead of just doing what I can, I want to shut it down all together and lay on the couch everyday after work.  It’s weeks like these that make me wonder whether 1. I just have weeks that I feel beat down for chemical reasons beyond my control, or 2. I need to re-evaluate the art of balance in my life.

breathe and blink meme

Now, in my defense we have been super busy the past few weeks… But then I realize that life is busy (and then I think about people who have children and wonder how the heck they do it… but that’s a worry for another time).  So I’m dedicating today to trying to keep the balance.

balance meme

Ok, maybe that’s little extreme.  Unfortunately, work requires that I at least put on pants today.  But you get the idea.

How do you keep a healthy balance?

Do you have weeks/days that you struggle to stay motivated?

Halloween Weekend + November Goals

Good morning!  Here we are at the start of another week and we are officially kicking off November.  I can’t believe how fast time is flying!

But first, this weekend was a really great one.  It was one of those rare and special times where everything just seems to come together and everyone in the family is miraculously available.

I loaded up the B dog for a road trip and headed down to my parents on Saturday.

b dog roadtrip

I love spending Halloween with my parents, sitting on the porch with the pups and handing out candy.  I have spent many-a Halloweens at my parents house, and even my sister was able to join this year.

sister time

The pups were all decked out in their Halloween best:

little monsters

Although, we didn’t get to attend any Halloween parties this year, here is a flashback from last year’s Anchorman outfits:

anchorman halloween

On Sunday we were able to round up my brother and we all went to brunch at Bravo.  I didn’t even know they had brunch there, but I got the veggie omelet and it was dee-lish! 

bravo brunch

After brunch we headed over to the shooting range for some quality family bonding time.

shooting range

shooting range

shooting range

Now onto November!  I needed some motivation to keep running outside now that the weather is getting cold.  Kris and I signed up to run the Turkey Trot this year, but that won’t be enough to keep me motivated.  That’s when I found Monica’s Pile on the Miles Challenge 2015.  So I jumped at the chance to have a little motivation in my run game.  I set my goal for the month at 81 miles.  Sounds kind of ridiculous doesn’t it?  It certainly won’t be easy, but I’m going to give it my best shot!

Yesterday I kicked off the month with a 5 mile run:

fall running

5 miles down, 76 to go.

What are your November fitness goals?