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a Healthy Super Bowl Menu

4 Feb

I wasn't kidding.

It’s a Beautiful day in Southern Cali! Woke up at 9:30.. which may be the reason I think today is so Beautiful! Something you should know about me, I love to sleep and when I am able to sleep in, it makes the perfect difference in my day. Well, waking up in a fantastic mood inspired me to be productive. I was able to clean the house, work on some homework, fix my poor broken car, make our Super Bowl Sunday menu & shopping list and enjoy a long stroll with my man. It’s far too gorgeous out not to take in some fresh air and sunshine.

So, Nick and I will be enjoying Super Bowl in the comfort of our home. I was really hoping to get a wall mount for the last game of the season, but my finances have other more pertinent plans. I am excited to be home for the game and we will have some friends coming by so we’ve worked up a very impressive (probably overkill) menu for tomorrows game. I have to admit, I am more excited for the food than the game. I absolutely despise both the Patriots & the Giants. Talented teams with Quarterbacks who kind of make me want to throw up. (Sorry if you’re fans! I stay true to my Black & Yellow boys) Seeing that I dislike Eli a little more than Brady, I will root for the Patriots & my delicious appetizers! What do you think of our Super Bowl Menu?! Inspiration from some amazing food blogs – can you tell I love Skinny!

Our Healthy Super Bowl Menu

*Baked Parmesan Asparagus Sticks

*Turkey Santa Fe Stuffed Bell Peppers (I’ll share the recipe after I come up with it)
*Zesty Shrimp & Avo Salad w/ baked corn tortilla chips
*Turkey Meatballs w/ a spicy Asian Hoisin Sauce
*Last but not least, Nick plans to grill up some Spicy wings (he’s makes a sexy grill master)
Now do you understand why I’m more excited about the food than the game?! I really shouldn’t play down my excitement for the actual game. It is the last game of the season and I know myself well enough to know, come mid March, I will be craving some serious football action.
Wishing you all  a very Happy Super Bowl XLVI Weekend!! Hope you get that last chance football fix in! And ladies,  if you’re not into football… show off your skills in the kitchen and please the boys with some of these delicious treats!




Sunday Photo Post – Week 4

29 Jan

Wow, I’m naughty! What kind of boring blog only has 1 post a week. MINE?! This week was pretty wonderful….other than the overwhelming feeling of “homesick” that lingered most of the week. “Home is whenever I’m with you,” has never had a truer meaning. Nick finally came home yesterday!! We have had a very perfect and relaxing weekend together. My work week was busy but very productive and HEALTHY. Lots of gym visits and clean eating. I must say, I feel great!


1.22.12 - My shopping success - all super healthy and delicious

Monday –

1.23.12 - Baked Pesto Tomatoes for dinner. Uh-Mazing!!! So simple and delicious. Another recipe I'll have to share


1.24.12 - Dinner with my parents. Apologies for all food posts- just happens to be the most exciting thing about my day?!


1.25.12 - One of my new obsessions. Extremely over priced tea with live cultures & enzymes. Kombucha!


1.26.12 - Just me at work. I was asked if I had shopped in my grandmother's closet... I happen to love my shirt.


1.27.12 - My amazing momma came over to help me hang these beauts! Nick's dad got us the wall sconces for Christmas and my parents got us the frame. They happen to match almost perfectly! (awful quality photo)


1.28.12 - My Hunny is finally home!! We spent the gorgeous day (74 degrees and sunny) bbqing! I can't help but love this photo. My boys ❤ A perfect way to end my week!

I am looking forward to tomorrow & the upcoming week. I have no late meetings!!!..a nice day off tomorrow & a girls night planned on Wednesday. I am at the stage where I actually look forward to my next work out… so I think that’s a good point. I start week three of C25K tomorrow! =)

Enjoy your week!! Focus on you!



Playoffs Weekend complete with a light version of Franks Buffalo Chicken dip

8 Jan

Welp, it’s half time of the AFC Wild Card Playoff game between my Steelers and the Denver Broncos. I am experiencing a small fit of anxiety as the Broncos are up 20-6. I am pretty passionate about Steeler’s football and I am not conditioned to seeing a score like this, ESPECIALLY against the Denver Broncos… I could rant for about a day. But we will just have to wait and see what the second half has in store for us.

On a better note – It’s been an absolutely perfect weekend! Nick and I are taking advantage of the Playoffs and this amazing January weather (70s & Sunny) by spending our afternoons outside BBQing. I feel spoiled — yesterday we made cheese filled hamburgers (completely worth cheating and having one) and today some amazing chicken legs. I am continually impressed with Nick’s novice but delicious grilling skills. ❤ I love my man!

In the spirit of football and barbeques, I made a light and scrumptious version of Franks Redhot Buffalo Chicken Dip.

Light Version of Franks Redhot Buffalo Chicken Dip (by: Kirsten)

8 oz package of neufchatel cheese, softened
1/2 cup Ranch Dip (1 McCormick seasoning packet made w/ 16 oz non fat greek yogurt)
1/2 cup Franks Redhot Original Pepper Sauce
1/3 cup low-fat mozzarella cheese
2 chicken breasts, shredded
Cracked Black Pepper, to taste


Place neufchatel cheese in baking dish (I use a 1 1/4 quart round ) and stir until smooth
Mix in ranch dip, Franks Redhot & mozz cheese to creamed cheese
Stir in shredded chicken until will mixed
Top with Cracked Pepper to your desire & add some extra mozz if needed (Nick insisted on it for us)

Bake at 350 or until bubbly and heated through.

Serve with an array of fresh Veggies (celery and orange & yellow peppers are my fav) & Baked Chips for those who want a little something different.

This dip is addictive! Enjoy~

Our Set-Up:  Can’t forget the Terrible Towel for some MUCH NEEDED luck!

Thursday = Breakfast for Dinner Day.

17 Jun

It has been a very busy few weeks for me. Between Papa’s birthday, a Palm Springs get away, playing mama to our new kitten and a new position at work.. I haven’t made much time for blogging.. or any down time really.

This is short and sweet because honestly, I am exhausted and it’s very possible I may be in bed before 9 pm this evening.


Nick has been bugging me to make pancakes the past few weekends. I’ve managed to cram way too much into my weekends to want to wake up and make pancakes before starting the day.

This afternoon I realized pancakes are about as simple as it comes and I was not in the mood to plan anything elaborate for dinner, so Pancakes for dinner it was……Chocolate-Chip pancakes, turkey bacon, apple-chicken sausage, a scramble and hash browns. Seems like a feast and maybe it was, but once I got started I remembered how fun and delicious breakfast is.

Breakfast has always been my favorite meal to eat out. I figure that’s probably because I never make time for a tasty breakfast. My breakfasts usually consist of a yogurt and some fruit or a microwavable oatmeal shortly after I get into the office… God knows, I am not going to be the person to have a bowl of cereal, let along an egg at home before leaving the house at 7:30 a.m.

So, after Nick and I enjoyed our breakfast for dinner tonight.. I am officially going to do Breakfast for Dinner each Thursday night (if life permits) so I can try some of the delicious breakfast recipes I have been saving over the past year!  I am reallllly looking forward to it… stay tuned!~
I suggest you try Breakfast for Dinner next time you’re stumped on what to prepare for your hungry household.

Sharing is Caring.

6 Jun

I’ve been taught since I can remember that Sharing is Caring. I obviously care for you, so first and foremost, I am kindly asking you NOT to throw away those brown mushy bananas left behind in your fruit bowl. (I know how it goes, they are only .19 cents a piece and it’s easy to bring home a bunch of 8 at that price.) This is when you will thank yourself for overbuying and ME for sharing this amazing recipe.

I love me some Banana Bread…unfortunately, I was put on this earth with an allergy to Walnuts! I am always looking for banana bread recipes that don’t sound like they will be lacking if I forgo the walnuts. So, I came across this delicious recipe from Our Best Bites. Go ahead, try it! I PROMISE you will not be disappointed.



2 c. flour
¾ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
1 c. sugar
¼ c. butter, softened
1 ½ c. mashed ripe bananas (about 3-4 medium bananas)
2 eggs
1/3 c. plain lowfat yogurt or sour cream
½ c. chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cups and level. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Cream sugar and butter. Add bananas, eggs, and yogurt, beating until just blended. Add flour mixture. Beat on low until just moistened. Microwave chocolate chips in a medium bowl for 1 minute. Stir until smooth. Cool slightly. Add 1 c. batter to chocolate, stirring until well-combined. Spoon chocolate batter alternately with plain batter (so you have stripes of plain and chocolate batter) in an 8 ½” x 4 ½” loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Swirl batters with a knife.
** this is where I sprinkled about 1/2 cup of brown sugar on top. It made a delicious crunchy topping.**


Bake at 350 for 1 hour and 15 minutes (give or take a little; I’d probably set your timer for 1 hour and 10 minutes to be safe) or until a knife comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan and then remove and cool completely on a wire rack.

Please make this. You WILL thank me!

I heard (maybe discovered it myself) that peanut butter spread over the top of a warm slice of this delicious banana bread is as close to heaven as you will get here on earth.~ dead. serious.

First Attempt at Pork Chops

26 May
I’ve not had many encounters with pork chops throughout my life. I can think of maybe once or twice that I had them growing up and I’m not even sure if I had liked them at the time. I found some on super sale at Fresh & Easy and thought I would give them a try anyway….they were truly too cheap to pass up. I searched the internet for some recipes that sounded tasty, but couldn’t come to terms on one, so I mixed a few of them together and the final product was actually pretty delicious!
Easy Italian Pork Chops
(may not be pretty, but sure are delicious)
1 cup cornmeal (flour will also work)
2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
3 eggs, lightly beaten
3 tablespoons  milk (Almond milk was all I had, and it seemed to work just fine)
1.5 cups Italian bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons fresh parsley
red pepper flakes
garlic powder
2 tablespoons olive oil
4-6 pork chops depending on size
1. Preheat Oven to 325 F
2. In a small bowl, mix cornmeal and chopped garlic with salt and pepper to taste.

3. Trim excess fat from rinsed pork chops and dredge in cornmeal mixture. Let sit.

4. In a small bowl mix together eggs and milk. In another small bowl mix together bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, fresh parsley, red pepper flakes and garlic powder. (I’ve learned that using personal preference on things like red pepper and garlic powder also turns out a little better. I used just under a tablespoon of each)

5. Heat olive oil in large oven safe skillet over medium heat.

6. Dip dredged pork chops in egg mixture and then into the bread crumb mixture. Repeat once. Place coated chops into skillet and brown each side 3-5 mins depending on thickness (mine were very thin, 3 mins was sufficient)
7. Place oven safe skillet with pork chops in preheated oven and cook for 25 mins or to an internal temperature of 160 degrees F.

I served my chops up with some garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus. Papa raved all night long =) There’s something about his raves that make me feel especially accomplished.
~Bon Appetit!

Spicy Honey Lime Enchiladas

11 May

As I’m sitting here enjoying my delicious left overs, it dawned on me that these enchiladas are just too fantastic not to share! Not only delicious, but different and simple!

Spicy Honey Lime Enchiladas


(Papa and I like it spicy.. feel free to choose not to include any spice factors with an * if you are not a fan of heat)

Ingredients –

7 tablespoons Honey
Juice of 1 and 1/2 limes
1 tablespoon chili powder
*1 tablespoon Sriracha
*1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
*1 can Rotel Hot Diced Tomatoes with Habaneros (have mild options with chilies instead)
4 cups chicken, cooked and shredded (about 2 large breasts or 6 tenderloins)
1 can black beans rinsed and drained
Tortillas (medium sized corn or flour)
1 large can Green Enchilada Sauce

2.5 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup chopped green onion

Cooking Instructions-

Preheat oven to 350F

Boil Chicken until cooked through. Let cool, then shred and set aside.

Mix together the Honey, lime juice, chili powder, red pepper and sriracha until it is no longer the thick consistency of honey.

Marinate chicken in sauce for at least 1 hour (the longer the chicken sits in this sweet spicy goodness.. the tastier your enchiladas will be)

Cover bottom of 9″x13″ baking dish with a thin layer of enchilada sauce.

Assemble enchiladas by placing a thin layer of cheese in middle, spoonful of beans, spoonful of diced Rotel tomatoes, and heaping spoonful of chicken. Roll up tortilla and place in baking dish. Continue process until baking dish is full. Top with remaining sauce but do not drown the enchiladas, it is ok to have some left over if necessary. Sprinkle diced green onions and remaining cheese over the dish.

Bake for 25-35 minutes until cheese is bubbly and edges are crisp.

I added a dab of sour cream over mine before eating..I suggest you do the same! (unless you’re a boring picky eater like Papa) The creaminess of the sour cream with the sweet and spice of the enchiladas goes perfectly together.