Tuesday, March 17, 2015

St. Patrick's Day



I hope everyone has a wonderful St. Patrick's Day!!!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Sauteed Chicken with Roasted Pepper Pasta

I am still on a kick of finding a dish that is on the lighter side.  I am in the mood for spring after a couple weeks of snow and ice around here.  This recipe from Cooking Light fit the bill.





6 o. uncooked rotini
12 baby bell peppers
3 oz. fresh mozzarella pearls 
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 tsp. white wine vinegar
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 c. chopped parsley
1/2 tsp. salt, divided
4 (6 oz) chicken breast halves
1/2 tsp. black


Preheat broiler to high.
Cook pasta; drain.  Place in a large bowl; keep warm.  
Cut bell peppers in half lengthwise; discard seeds and membranes.  Place peppers, skin sides up, on a foil-lined baking sheet; flatten.  Broil 6 minutes or until blackened.  Let stand 5 minutes.  Peel; cut into strips.  Add peppers and cheese to pasta.  Combine oil, vinegar and garlic; stir into pasta mixture.  Stir in parsley and 1/4 tsp. salt.  
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Coat pan with cooking spray.  Sprinkle chicken with remaining salt and pepper; sauté 6 minutes on each side or until done.  Slice chicken. Serve over pasta.




The dinner was good except for the peppers.  I am not a big fan of jar roasted bell peppers so I am not surprised that I didn't like these either.  

I will make this again.  And will be making a snack out of those little balls of yummy mozzarella.




Saturday, March 14, 2015

Spicy Almonds

I have been looking for some new snacks to make for the office.  I know me if I don't find some healthy options to buy or make I will fall back on junk food way to much.  I found this one hanging out in my cookbook.  I have no clue where I got it or how long it has now been there.


Spicy Almonds

1 tbsp. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. ground coriander
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
2 1/2 c. unblanched almonds
1 tbsp. oil


In a small bowl, combine the first seven ingredients.  In a medium bowl, combine almonds and oil.  Sprinkle with spicy mixture; toss to coat.
Place in a foil line 15x10x1 inch baking pan coated with cooking spray.  Bake t 325º for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring twice.  Cool completely.  Store in an airtight container.





These turned out really great.  And I forgot to take a picture.


Monday, March 2, 2015

Motivation Monday

I would do a lot more stairs if I had this option at the top.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

March Goals

Right now I am just looking forward to Spring and I hope it starts quickly this month.  But the idea of spring getting hear faster is not looking good when more snow is predicted for Wednesday.  I know I shouldn't complain considering how slammed the NorthEast has had this year.   I live in Mississippi and should not have to see winter weather 3 weeks in a  row.   I struggled a bit this month and the proof would be that I gained back 3.3 pounds.  Even with that weight gain I lost an inch off my hips and didn't gain anything in my abs.  So something is working or at least I am going to let myself believe that for now.


March Goals

**  Hit the gym 3 times a week.

**  Do three videos a week.  

**  Eat out once a week or less.

**  Finish an ornament I didn't finish last year.

**  Clean out my dresser.  



So how did I do last month?


February Goals

**  Hit the gym three days a week.

I didn't exactly get this done.  I blame the cold but I did workout at home with videos.

**  Finish one of the ornaments I didn't get completed for last Christmas.  

Yeah this didn't happen.  I don't feel so bad as I have two to complete by November.

**  Eat out no more than once a week. 

This one was easy to hit after no spend Janaury.  And I want to keep it up for the year.

**  Do three workout videos a week.  

I exceeded this the last two weeks of the month thanks to the really cold weather and all the winter weather that came in.  

** Paint my office.

This one was completed too.  



I picked up a Garmin vivofit tracker Friday.  I don't usually spend that much on a reward for hitting my goals or close to it.  Granted I had a rebate card I had not spent yet.  

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Hold the ice


                
The arctic weather has hit my area.  We heard at the end of the week to expect ice Sunday night into Monday.  The biggest reaction around the office was that sucks as we are already off.  


              

Well it turns out the weatherman weren't wrong this time.  We got freezing rain and sleet.  The above is what the Jeep looked like around 7:30 Monday morning.  



This is around 11 and about a hour before it finally stopped.  I had gone out the the Jeep to pry open the door in case I lost power so I could get in and get warm.  


It was way to icy to get out of the driveway yesterday so I worked from home.  This was the best foot warmer is so much better than the space heater under my desk.  

To top this off we got a dusty of snow overnight.  But not enough to keep us home today.  The sad part is the weathermen are talking more icy stuff Friday.  UGH!! 

Stay warm and safe!!!