Quinoa and Avocados

Alright so today I made 2 new recipes! The first one is a quinoa mexi-lime salad! It was DELICIOUS, I loved it! I would am going to try to figure out if I can freeze it too! I had a couple differences from the recipe, I did not use any red wine vinegar (I forgot it at the store), and I sautéed the bell pepper and jalepeño quickly because I do not like raw bell pepper. The recipe said to eat it refrigerated but  mine hadn’t gotten that cold yet and it was just around room temperature and I think I will prefer it cold, maybe even heated up!It was so good, I only did half the recipe and it ended up being 240 calories a serving!
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https://www.skinnymom.com/quinoa-mexi-lime-salad/ 240 cal

The second dish I made was a quick avocado chicken burrito! It was super easy I just cooked the chicken breast, cut it up and mixed it with the avocado, cheese and cilantro. Then I wrapped it in the tortilla and heated it up on the stove. Boom..done! It made 5 tortillas, so I put 1 in the fridge and the other 3 in the freezer! I did not heat those up on the stove as that is how I will warm them up from being in the fridge. It was so good and quick, especially if you already have cooked chicken on hand! It ended up being 305 calories a burrito. Also it should be noted I used a low carb tortilla that are 81 calories each! IMG_5410.JPG

Quick and Easy Chicken and Avocado Burritos (Under 10 Minutes!)

I would totally recommend making these because I will definitely make them again! XOXO

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Bang Bang *Chicken* Pasta

Hey there! I haven’t posted in a while so I am very excited to share this recipe with you! So I got this recipe from skinnymom.com, originally called Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta. Well I made it with chicken…honestly because it was on sale and I didn’t know how to pick shrimp 🙂 https://www.skinnymom.com/bang-bang-shrimp-pasta/

So I found this recipe to be delicious!! It was so yummy and easy to make! You simply whisk together the sauce, pour it over the pasta and cook the chicken and thats about it!

So since I changed the recipe a little I didn’t know how many calories it would be! But good news is on MyFitnessPal you can import a recipe directly from the URL and it will calculate the calories per serving! I did edit the recipe a little so it was 344 calories for 1/4 of the recipe (which I goofed on and only used 4 ounces of pasta, but it worked in my favor!) Also next time I am going to use less sesame oil in the sauce because that flavor kind of took over and it tasted only like sesame oil!

So for breakfast I had coffee and a low sugar oatmeal – 187  calories
Lunch: A sandwich thin with lite mayo, reduced fat dolby-jack cheese and Boar’s Head ham, Weight Watchers string cheese, and a Dannon GREEK Light&Fit Toasted Coconut Vanilla Yogurt – 284 calories
Dinner: Bang Bang Chicken Pasta – 344 calories!

So Day 1 of 1,200 calories under my belt and it was a delicious day! XOXO

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A whole lot to say…

So today I have a lot to say! First, I want to talk about my food calendar for the month of June! For the first 10 days I will be following JJ Smith 10 Day Smoothie Cleanse! I am hoping that this will jump-start my healthy eating journey! Below you will find the calendar and all of the recipes in it are listed in the blog titled Recipes.

The other thing I wanted to share was all of the project I have been working on! So I just moved into a new apartment and I have been painting and refinishing some furniture!

First are our bar stools! They were $15 a piece found at Goodwill! What a bargain! On the left are the original and on the right is what I did! I love how they look now and they really match the apartment!

 

Next is the bench! We have an adorable little back, screened in patio at the apartment too. So my mom found this coffee table and we decided to turn it into a bench! I thought  yellow would be so cute and would look great on the patio!

 

Lastly, I have to thank my parents for this one (thanks mom and dad!)! So my roommate and I found this old pallet at our apartment complex and what better way to make a table than from an old pallet! So I brought it home and my parents made it and painted it for me! It is so incredibly nice and it looks so good! This will be something I keep forever and it will also look great on the patio!

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Well I think that is it for today! I will be eating leftovers this week and below you will find the calendar for next month! XOXO

June 2016

Steak Pita Fajita

Not going to lie, I kind feel like Julie and Julia…but I like it 🙂 Ha! So today I made the steak fajita pita!! It was so so yummy. This is the recipe but I did use a lot of modifications. I use taco seasoning instead of fajita, I used a different steak and  I used a lot more vegetables! I seared and cooked the steak just under what I like, then I let it rest. Without draining the skillet I put the veggies in with a little more vegetable oil, salt, pepper and taco seasoning. After I added the steak back in for a minute and then stuff the pita!

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I think it came out just as good! But one thing to remember is the pita bread that I bought is so thin! It was 40 calories less so of course I bought those! But for this recipe….they all fell apart! I had to end up eating it with a fork and knife but it was still delicious! Note to self though…eat the extra 40 calories and buy the thicker pita!! 🙂

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I also found it to be a little dry so I added some salsa and Light sour cream to it! All together the fajita was 170, the pita was 60, salsa was 15 and the light sour cream was 20 calories! So all together it was 265 calories! I did not have anything with it and it was so filling! I will definitely make this one again! XOXO

Recipe: Steak Fajita Pitas

 

Recipes

So I am working on my meal plan for the rest of the month and for the month of June. I think that if I have all my meals laid out for me it will be so much easier to one, shop for the week without cheating, and be able to prep in advance so that when life gets busy and crazy it is easy to stay on track!!

So here are some of the recipes I will be including and the site they came from! I do not take ownership for any of these recipes!

Skinny Mom

Recipe: Ultimate Pizza Quesadilla

Recipe: Skinny Mexican Chicken Bake

Recipe: Steak Fajita Pitas

Recipe: Skinny Baked BBQ Pork Chops

Recipe: Turkey Enchilada Casserole

Recipe: Zesty Italian Meatball Wrap

Recipe: Grilled Pineapple Teriyaki Pork Chops

The Wholesome Dish

Chicken Parmesan Zucchini Boats

Chicken Fajita Stuffed Sweet Potato Foil Packs

Crock Pot BBQ Chicken

Guacamole Stuffed Chicken Breast

Teriyaki Turkey Burgers with Sesame Slaw

One Pot Wonder Southwest Pasta

The Girl Who Ate Everything
http://www.the-girl-who-ate-everything.com/2011/04/spinach-lasagna-rolls.html

Skinny Taste

Three Cheese Zucchini Stuffed Lasagna Rolls

Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad Sandwich

Gimme Delicious

Quick and Easy Chicken and Avocado Burritos (Under 10 Minutes!)

Hummus and chicken Wraps (Quick, Healthy, Adaptable)

Tex-Mex Spiralized Sweet Potato & Chicken Casserole (Healthy, Low-Carb)

Diethood

Stir Fry Zucchini Noodles (Zoodles!)

The Live Fit Girls

Skinny Baja Chicken Tacos

Tastes Better From Scratch

Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Wraps

 

I think these all look super delicious! I will post as I try them out, but I think they will all be great! I am looking forward to trying them!! So for now, I will get back when I finish my meal plan! XOXO

First blog post

Hey there! So this is my very first blog post. I want to use it to describe why I made this blog and what I will be posting about. So as I said before I am going on a new healthy living journey. I want to lose weight, get fit, and start a new healthy life. I am currently not at a weight that I want to be at. So I am taking charge to change that. I am going to do this by eating 1,200 calories a day. I am making a meal plan and I am going to try to prep everything in advance to make this a little bit easier! I am going to try to weight myself weekly to track my progress while also using the MyFitnessPal app to keep track of my calories.

Another part of this journey I am going to try to change is my exercise. I want to get into a routine of exercise so that it will become a part of my everyday life. I am going to go to classes at the gym and also do some strength training! Pinterest has been alive changer in all of this! I am finding so many great recipes and exercise routines to try out! I will definitely post all the links to the recipes and work outs that I do.

One last thing that is really going to help me through this is more positive thinking. Sometimes I tend to be down on myself and how I look. By thinking more positively I think that I will be able to make it through this journey a lot easier!

Finally, I will be using this blog to talk about my recipes and how the progress is going! I want to share everything to help me stay on track. And if other people read this, maybe it will help them too! So I can’t wait to start and post about my first week! Thanks for reading! XOXO