I LOVED this. The nutty “oat” flavor was really satisfying. Try it out and let me know what you think!
This recipe was more than filling for me. If you want to make it heartier, add a potato or rice to the base when serving. These would also be pretty cute in lettuce cups :)
Lady Antebellum @ Rosemont with my New Graduate Nurses
The New Graduate RNs all got together for a night out to see Lady A. It was a blast! It was nice to get out of the hospital setting and relax a bit. Lady Antebellum was so so good! Love their new album. Hope we can make another night out in the near future :)
CrossFit Open Workout #1 for 2014
It was definitely a burner of a workout. My biggest pet peeve was how simple it feels rounds one and two and how brutal it gets rounds 4+. I totaled 259 reps which I am, eh, okay with. Goal was 300.
Paleo Midnight Dinners @ Work
I worked this past Friday, Saturday, and Sunday which is always a hard stretch for me because it means I can’t have a social life. But, I can say looking forward to delicious midnight dinners has made crazy, hectic nights more manageable. It is all about fueling yourself with satisfying food! I made a batch of coconut flaxseed chicken tenders, many baked sweet potatoes, bacon wrapped asparagus, crockpot chicken teriyaki, and philly cheese stuffed peppers. I will be posting the crockpot chicken teriyaki soon cause its super easy and so yummy!
After seeing LYFE Kitchen advertised on Windy City Live, I knew this was going to be one of my picks for my birthday meal.
LYFE Kitchen promotes real food, no artificial ANYTHING, buying local, and cooking to savor every single bite of your dish.
I love places that make healthy food delicious, cause that is what I am all about. I would not eat clean if it tasted like crap.
As my entree, I chose Art’s Unfried Chicken. It was a baked chicken with roasted brussel sprouts, butternut squash, dried cranberries, in a cashew cream with dijon vinaigrette. SO DELICIOUS
Chris got a chicken sandwich and we shared sweet potatoes on the side of course. We both agreed that this place was fantastic. Chris would have liked his portion to be a little larger, but my entree meal was more than filling.
We both agreed we would come here again. It was great to try a new clean restaurant that we both enjoyed!
If you check out LYFE Kitchen let me know what you think. There is only one location in Illinois located in downtown Chicago. Check out the link for the location, directions, and menu!
From Mexico, from vacation, and on to the blog scene again.
After being in Puerto Vallarta for six days, celebrating Valentine’s Day with my girlfriends, and my 24th birthday with my family and Chris, I am happy to get back to my “normal” routine. It took
many days looking at my suitcase a while to finally do my laundry and get organized again. It was hard after eating and drinking whatever whenever to jump start getting back in the gym and eating clean. But its happening. #bettereveryday
Heres what my vacation days looked like:
Plenty of drinks
Birthday breakfast :)
And after days and days of eating out, drinking, and relaxing I was SICK of it. On my actual birthday, I made dinner BY CHOICE. Ha. I just wanted clean food. On the menu: pork tenderloin, bacon wrapped asparagus, and sweet potato bacon biscuits.
It was a wonderful few weeks but its time to get back to business #open2014 #getafter
With five days till #vaca2014, I did not need to be buying a ton of food this week. So here is what I got:
I have a couple recipes to make this week and will be sure to post if they are successful!
Happy hump day :)
While walking Nala down Division Street a couple weeks ago, I was on the hunt for menus at local restaurants. Chris and I have only eaten at two or three places in Wicker Park so far. I was interested to see what else was out there. This is how we found MAK!
This modern asian kitchen serves naturally raised, antibiotic, hormone, and steroid free meat as well as fresh local produce. They offer soups, salads, bowls, and wraps. You choose your own meat, then add a grain (white, brown, or fried rice or quinoa), and then a veggie side. They also offer pre chosen mixes if you have trouble choosing. I have been very please eating the MAK chicken bowl:
This picture is mid meal. It may not look like much, but the flavors are so delicious. The white meat chicken, seasoned broccoli, and brown rice are so perfect mixed in the sweet garlic sauce.
Click on the restaurant title for more information. The prices are not outrageous, about $7-9. For me, it is well worth the money. The food was delicious, it is healthy, and it supports local business :) It is going to be hard to stay away from this place when I am in Wicker Park!
My mind is blown.
I got home from the gym last night and wanted to make this simple buffalo chicken recipe. I was planning on cooking it in the oven and then I read the recipe. It called for wrapping chicken breast in plastic wrap and boiling it for 10-15 minutes. Well, I did not have plastic wrap so I used a can of low sodium chicken broth, plopped 1.5 pounds of chicken in, brought it to a boil, then simmered for 15 minutes.
Viola! It was perfect!
It was great cause once I put the stovetop on simmer, I could
be a lazy bum unpack stuff from work & the gym, read a few blogs, and throw a load of laundry in. #multitasker
Heres the ingredients I used:
For 4 HUGE servings: 285cal 4g carbs 2g fat 60g protein
Or 6 normal servings: 190cal 3g carb 1g fat 40g protein
I added some fat and carbs by topping this mixture on Joseph’s Pita Bread and garnishing with sliced avocado.
Inspired by this recipe, Chris and I enjoyed this heartier but healthy pasta dish. Here is what it had in it:
Serves 8 hungry adults
Nutrition: 364 cal 51g carb 11g fat 17g protein
(Nutrition includes pasta pictured below and Classico Tomato & Basil pasta sauce)
This pasta was awesome! It did not give you an icky full feeling after. I mean I suppose if you ate a mess load you it still could. Yes, this dish is hearty, but it was perfect after a rough workout.
Try it out and let me know what you think. I told Chris it is for sure going to be a “go-to” recipe for us now. We split up the dish between the two of us and had it at work for the next two nights.
PS: This meal costs $1.48 per serving. All groceries, except beef, purchased at Jewel without any huge sales. So awesome!