Category Archives: Recipes

A Day of Eats + House Rules

Happy hump day friends! We’re half way to the weekend and things are looking up!

Today I am sharing my meals from yesterday, partially to keep me accountable and partially because it’s nice to have ideas when the usual routine gets a little old. 

Breakfast 7:30am – 1 PerfectFit protein pancake with cinnamon, maple syrup, blackberries, and raspberries. (This recipe is from the Tone It Up nutrition plan, which I finally caved and got. I plan to commit 100% and write a full review after the half marathon.)  

Coffee.

Snack 10am – 1 medium grapefruit (I forgot to take a picture)

 Lunch 12:30pm – leftover Easiest Broccoli Pasta. I’m partially following along with the Skinnytaste meal plan this week!
Green tea 1:30pm

Snack 2pm – Coconut Chia Seed Pudding  (also from the Tone It Up nutrition plan) topped with coconut flakes and cacao nibs
  

Snack 4pm – Cherry pie Larabar (forgot to snap a picture)

Dinner 7pm – Crockpot Chicken and Black Bean Taco Salad
  

I ended the evening with a mug of warm mint tea and 2 pieces of Dove dark chocolate. 

On a side note, we are currently ‘puppy sitting’ (all dogs will forever be puppies to me) for Kris’ parents for 3 weeks and we’ve had to implement some pretty strict house rules for these houligans… 

  
  

It’s sad how much of a kick we get out of our new little catch phrase. 

What ridiculous saying do you use at your house?

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?

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).

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

Proscuitto Caprese Salad + WWWP5K

Yesterday in an attempt to detox from all of the fish n’ chips and beer consumed in London, I created this salad.  It is fresh, filling, and it tastes great! I made it again for lunch today and I’m looking forward to it. Gotta love days that you look forward to your lunch!

Proscuitto Caprese Salad

Ingredients:

  • Greens of your choice (I used Spring Mix with Herbs, and it added a little extra flavor dimension)
  • 1 roma tomato, diced
  • 1 slice of fresh mozzarella, diced (approx 1/5 of the cheese ball below)
  • 2 slices Proscuitto
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • drizzle of olive oil & balsamic vinegar
    proscuitto salad ingredients

proscuitto caprese salad

After work I hit the road around our neighborhood for the Automatic Worldwide WP 5k 2015.  I came across this blogger challenge yesterday afternoon and thought it was such a great idea.  I was also pretty happy with my time considering I hadn’t run in a week and ate all the food in London.

Don’t mind the time on my Fitbit… I started timing my workout and then didn’t leave the house for about 45 mins. (And yes, I’m that obsessed weirdo wearing both a Garmin and a Fitbit just to go for a short run.)

3 mile run garmin fitbit

Dinner was a pan fried chicken sandwich topped with mayo, tomato, red onion, & baby spinach.  And since it’s getting cold out and we needed some comfort food, we paired it with my favorite Trader Joe’s soup.

tomato roasted red pepper soup

chicken sandwich tomato soup

Thanks for reading and have a great Tuesday!

What foods do you eat when you need comfort food?

Butternut Goat Cheese Salads

I actually found this little gem in my drafts from August and although, it’s actually not what I’m having for lunch this week, it is perfect for the season!  (And it was delicious).

butternut goat cheese salad

Butternut Goat Cheese Salads

Ingredients:

If you’re in the market to spice up your lunches and celebrate the season, definitely give it a try.  I would also like to try it with pomegranate seeds instead of the craisins.

pomegranate seeds

I put these on a chicken kale & wild rice salad last night and it was glorious.  I also squeezed in a 6 mile run with the Queen B and made enough salads for lunches the rest of the week. Success!

6 mile run garmin 220

…And then ate two huge bowls of Trader Joe’s Pumpkin O’s before bed because I was starving.

trader joe's pumpkin o's

No regrets.  They kind of remind me of Apple Jacks or something, but pumpkin.  If that makes sense? Definitely worth a try.

Have a great day!

Sriracha & Roasted Garlic Drumsticks

Good morning, everyone!  We’re finally on the good side of the work week and I have an awesome recipe to share 🙂

The secret ingredients for this one are all in the prep…

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OK, but seriously… it takes a little time to roast the chicken, but the work is very minimal so multi-task away!

Step 1: Follow this super simple drumstick recipe to bake the chicken

Step 2: Temporarily disable your smoke detectors if they were installed too close to your kitchen…

smoke detector

(There was a lot of pain and suffering before we discovered this very scientific approach.)

Step 3: Prepare a side salad from a bag

BBQ Ranch salad

BBQ Ranch side salad

Step 4: Pair with Trader Joe’s Sriracha & Roasted Garlic BBQ (this is also great on the side salad).

drum sticks

Step 5: Take leftovers to work for lunch on a salad

Boom!

On a side note, I’m totally excited about this Target $3 bin find:

days of the week dry erase

Have a great day!

Getting Over the 4 Mile Hurdle & Eating Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

Good morning, I hope your week is off to a good start! The past few days I have been trying to get motivated to get running again and overall things have been going well, but I can’t seem to break that 4 mile hurdle.  Fall is my absolute favorite time for running.  The air is cool and crisp and it’s so much easier to breathe, so I’m hoping to really get back into my groove… but man, it’s painful starting over.

4 miles garmin forerunner

I think I may need to bite the bullet and sign up for another race in my near future.

But on another (more delicious) note, dinner last night was incredibly easy and super yummy.  We had some leftover chicken in the fridge and on my way home from work I had a serious craving for a buffalo chicken sandwich.  There is nothing I love more than a healthy meal that takes minimal time to make. On Saturday night, Kris concocted this buffalo sauce and I totally stole it from him for this sandwich – so a shout out to him for forever changing buffalo chicken in our household!  Also, I have to admit I did not measure anything… but error on the side of caution with the spicy ingredients!

Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

Ingredients:

  • grilled chicken breast (sliced)
  • Yogurt bleu cheese dressing
  • Frank’s red hot sauce
  • Sriracha sauce
  • swiss cheese
  • whole wheat bun

Toppings:

  • baby arugula
  • sliced red onion
  • tomato

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400F

In a mixing bowl, combine leftover chicken, yogurt bleu cheese dressing (I used Wegman’s brand), Frank’s red hot sauce, and sriracha sauce to desired spicy-ness.  Make sure the chicken is evenly coated.

Top your bun with the coated chicken and add a slice of swiss cheese on top.  Put the sandwiches in the oven for 5 minutes (until cheese is melted).

Top with desired toppings. Enjoy!

easy buffalo chicken sandwiches

We had ours with a side of baby cucumbers and carbonated water.

Have a good one!

Summertime Hamburgers + Mint Iced Tea

Hello, hello! I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!  We had a nice, low key Saturday while we did our best to savor the last of the summer.  I can’t believe Fall is upon us!!!! (But I’m actually totally psyched about it, this is my favorite time of the year.)

Me and B started our Saturday with some yogurt, iced coffee, and a morning run:

coffee yogurt water

gsp yogurt

perfect august day

4 miles garmin forerunner

Boom. 4 more miles in the books.  Although B called it quits after 2.  I could tell she wanted to go home because she was pulling toward our apartment every time we passed our street and I get pretty nervous about heat stroke when the sun is that intense.

After the run, we did some cleaning and I sipped on this refreshing carbonated water while I did some meal prep for lunch:

La Croix carbonated water

We had some ground beef in the fridge that we needed to cook, so we decided to make hamburgers for lunch, and they turned out delicious.  I don’t know if we were just extra hungry, but I’m telling you they really hit the spot.

Summertime Hamburgers:

Recipe makes 4 hamburgers.

Ingredients:

  • Burgers:
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup panko (or bread crumbs)
  • Montreal steak seasoning
  • salt / pepper
  • Toppings:
  • 4 whole wheat hamburger buns
  • 1 sliced roma tomato
  • baby arugula
  • red onion
  • 4 slices of cheese
  • ketchup/mustard/other condiment

hamburger ingredients

Directions:

Mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir it up until it’s well mixed.  (I used probably about a tablespoon of the Montreal steak seasoning, and a decent coating of the salt/pepper.)

Once the ingredients are well mixed, divide into 4 parts and make patties:

hamburger patties

Grill to desired done-ness and add a slice of cheese so it gets melty and delicious.  Add toppings and put that sucker on a bun – done!

hamburger

We enjoyed our burgers with a side of cucumbers/hummus and some cool mint iced tea.

cucumbers hummus

Mint Iced Tea

Ingredients:

  • 13 cups water (3 liters)
  • Herbal mint tea (5 bags)

Directions:

  • Bring water to a boil
  • Add tea bags
  • Steep for 3-5 minutes
  • Place in the fridge to cool down

peppermint herbal tea

mint iced tea

Enjoy over ice!

When salads grow in bags

When I lived in Pittsburgh I had a 10 minute drive to work.  That meant on a good day I spent 20 minutes in the car. And on top of that the grocery store AND gym were only 2 minutes from work, and a quick stop on the way home only cost me an extra 20 minutes. I didn’t realize just how incredible that was until now.

Fast forward to today, and I’m driving 30 to 40 minutes each way and the grocery store is another 10 to 15 minutes from my house.

I normally do my shopping on Mondays because the weekends are busy, and when you factor in that every time I go food shopping lately there happens to be a downpour…


…well, you get the picture.

downpour buffalo
Literally.

For the first month after we moved to Buffalo I could not figure out how my days were disappearing so quickly and I really struggled to manage my time.

That’s when I decided that something had to change… and that something was dinner.  Luck for me, one of the closest stores is Wegman’s, and they do not disappoint!  They offer so many different options that are both healthy and quick!

This week on grocery night, I picked up a delicious sushi appetizer for us to split:

wegman's sushi

Spicy tuna with a side of merlot, yummy.  While we snacked on the sushi and caught up about our days, I got to work cooking some chicken and sautéing some mushrooms for our salads.

roasted chicken sauteed mushroom

I have seen a variety of these ‘salad in a bag’ ideas before, but I never really explored their full potential until now.  Let me tell you, they are a game changer.  I am always discouraged by salads because it feels like it takes decades to chop up lettuce, dry it off, chop up the veggies, cook the meat, etc.   But this is so easy!  It comes with a little pre-portioned packet of toppings and dressing.  It works great as a side salad, or the main course.

ginger almond salad in a bag

All you have to do is toss it on 2 plates, top with protein and any extra toppings you prefer, and voila!

ginger chicken salad

Dinner is served!  (And most of all… prep and clean-up is easy!)