1st Meal Plan

After seeing everyone starting this new “meal planning” trend, Mr. Boo and I decided to hop on board and see what the hype was all about. So today we planned the meals for this next week!  I found a few great pins from pinterest that helped and also that gave us some great ideas!!

Meal-Prep-101

By: Bella Forza Fitness

They really go into the the basics of meal preparation and what works and different ideas for all different lifestyles. What a wonderful site to even just explore! You learn so much! 

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Easy Breakfast Burritos by: 100 Directions

We thought this was a clever idea and decided that we will give it a try. We are super curious to why we haven’t thought about doing this one before now!!! [:

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By: our mindful home

We didn’t go this in depth into planning. But boy doesn’t that look like it makes life 100% easier? Thats what I’m about, an easier lifestyle and as little stress as possible!  After we get the hang of meal planning we are going to adventure to the next step!

 

Black Bean Brownies 3pts

Okay okay I know this sounds really weird… and honestly I thought so too! But its one of those things you never will know about unless you try it! With my recent Weight watcher endeavors, I have made new friends who are doing weight watchers as well. With that being said, you learn things from new people. One of my new friends posted a picture of the brownie mix and can of black beans and I was intrigued. So I went to the store and picked up a box of fudge brownies and a can of black beans for a whopping $2

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Thanks to Simple Nourished Living for the recipe/photos.

This is a great emergency recipe for when you are just craving those brownies! I was really surprised and thrown off at first! It is definitely worth a batch or two! [;

Weight Watcher Point Value: 3 for a 1×1 square

My journey back to myself.

As many of you know, I have begun using weight watchers again to drop some pounds for the wedding! My biggest struggle with W.W is tracking my dinners. It is winter and chilly so I want hearty meals all… the… time. I’ll track breakfast and lunch and any snack I pack or make that day but when it comes to dinner I just can’t do because I’m ashamed at how much I eat and the type of food I’m eating. If I don’t track it, it doesn’t count right? WRONG.. every little bit counts, from the chocolate chips I am eating while typing this post, to the Lipton Ice Tea I had with Lunch. There are a few things in the beginning that I don’t normally track like dressings, condiments and seasonings. As soon as you hit you’re plateau those types of things count. Which sucks.

I have done weight watchers 2xs before, and everytime I hit my target weight, I quit. I think that i’ve lost the weight and I get happy and cocky and think the weight is gone forever. WRONG. I’ve battled with my weight my whole life. I wasn’t “Fat” growing up or “Obese” but I tried to conform to society’s standard of “Pretty” and “Hott”. Lets face it, every preteen/high schooler wants to be “Hott” “Sexy” or “Gorgeous”.  Instead of trying to fit the mold, I am trying to feel better about myself. I am happier when I am 20lbs lighter then what I am now, I do feel better and look better, I smile more and just flat out feel prettier.

The first time I joined weight watchers, I joined to help my mom. I was 21 almost 22 and thought I had a few pounds to loose and with my mom by my side, what the heck. So mom and I would help each other along the way, and make dinner together and have lunch together and we would help each other stay on track. I hit my goal and quit tracking… my mom however went on to loose 50+ lbs and is a weight watcher for life.

The second time I joined, I’d been living with my fiance for 5 months and we ate out a lot. Its easier when you’re tired and on the go. Well  I’d hit my all time heaviest at 175 not fitting into any of my clothes and I couldn’t stand looking at myself in the mirror. Once again, I hit a good patch and it was summer, so all we did was drink beer and eat out. This time, I worked with people who worked out all the time, were gluten free, vegan or even vegetarians. I was never happy, I’d cry all the time because I looked rolly.

This time, I am fluctuating between 170 and 165, I have a wedding in 9 months, and I want to feel better and happier about myself. Heres to a start to a new journey!

 

Spicy Teriyaki Chicken

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INGREDIENTS:

4 Boneless Chicken         
2c Teriyaki Sauce
1/4c Hawaiian Sweet and Sour Sauce
1tbsp Sweet Chili Sauce
1tbsp garlic
1tbsp honey
1/2tbsp Maple Syrup
Splash Worcestershire
Onion (desired amount)
Pepper (desired amount)
Pinch Clove
1tsp onion powder 
1 zucchini 
2 large carrots (8 mini carrots)
1/2c Jasmine Rice
1 cup water






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In separate bowl mix together Teriyaki sauce, Hawaiian Sweet and Sour, sweet chili sauce, Worcestershire, garlic, honey and maple syrup. Then add onions to let them soak for a few minutes.

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Line the pot with boneless chicken, in my case my crock pot fits 4 comfortably.  Turn crock pot onto low. While the raw chicken is in the crock pot, put the dry ingredients like the clove, pepper, and onion powder over the top of the chicken.

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Combine the Teriyaki mixture with chicken. Let cook on low for 45 minutes.

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Cut up the zucchini and carrots. You can cut them up how you like them. I cubed the zucchini and sliced the carrots into thin rounds.

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Put the carrots in the crock pot with the chicken and sauce.  Carrots are harder vegetables, so they take longer to cook down.

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After 2 hours of cooking, pull the chicken out and shred on a cutting board with 2 forks.

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Put the chicken back in the sauce, but this time add the zucchini as well and turn the heat back down to low.

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Now its time to make the rice.  Ratio is 2 parts water to one part rice. All rice is different. So make sure to read the directions and follow what the package says.

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Since its just Boo and me, I only make half of whats suggested. 1 cup water to 1/2 cup rice. Its perfect for us and most the time we have rice left over for lunch the next day!

20 minutes later you have wonderful rice and you are ready to eat!!

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Enjoy!

 

 

Fudge Fudge Fudge!

 

I’ve always wanted to make fudge, but was told it was super hard to get right. The only time I have had fudge was when my grandparents would make it during the holidays!! Seeing as I am building my own home and my own traditions with Boo Merrill, I set out to find the right fudge recipe, and of course where other then PINTEREST. (WOOOHOOOOOO)

Easy Homemade Fudge Favors

fudge Recipe by: Christina @ Intimate Weddings

Of course, I am one of those that likes to use what I already have. Other then Boo running to the store to get sweetened condensed milk (He was already going for coffee so it wasn’t just for me) I used what I already had!! So instead of adding milk chocolate morsels, I used 3 cups of semi sweet morsels, and didn’t add nuts. ( Boo is allergic to specific nuts & I didn’t have any on hand)

I wanted to share my clever find with you! What’s your favorite fudge recipe?

Candy Apples

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Everybody loves their candy apples. Some love the classic cinnamon and some like to modernize with flavors that range from Green Apple Jolly Ranchers to Butterscotch. My family likes to stick to the simply classic cinnamon candy apple.

Ingredients:
1 1/2 C Pure Granulated Sugar
3/4 C Light Corn Syrup
1/8 C water
Candy (Personal Preference)
4 Fuji Apples
4 popsicle sticks

How To: 
Combine Sugar, Corn Syrup,water, and candy and heat on Med/low. Heat the mixture slowly to prevent scortching the sugar.
Stir continuoulsy until the mixture is completely dissolved( Will turn clear) 
Clean the Fuji apples with soap and water to remove the waxy film and stick popsicle sticks in the top
Heat mixture until desired temp. 
Soft Crack 270-290F 
Hard Crack 295-310F
Turn off heat and allow candy to thicken 
Roll apples in candy and mixture and place on wax paper, then allow time to cool.  

 

the final

Candy apples are extremly difficult to eat once completely hardened. It is definitley an art that I have yet to master. Till next time!!

Pumpkin Muffins

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What you need:

1 box of Yellow cake mix                                   Preheat oven to 350

1 can ( 15oz) pumpkin puree                            Prepare time: Max 10 minutes

2 tsp Pumpkin Pie seasoning                          Cook time: 20 minutes

Semi sweet chocolate chips                              Total time: 30 minutes

 

 

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Combine all of the ingredients  (literally that easy) into mixing bowl.

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Mix together until its completely blended, very sticky mixture.

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We filled the cups 2/3rds full of batter and filled 18 cups.

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The chocolate chips are optional, but we put semi sweet chocolate chips on top of a few muffins. You can put walnuts, raisins, or pecans on top or in the batter as well. Place in the oven for 20-25 minutes.

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As you can see the muffins didn’t raise that much, but boy were they tasty.

 

 

 

 

 

Pizza Pizza Pizza!!!!

20140904_205248Theres one thing I cant say no to, everyone who knows me knows its PIZZA To switch it up from the deliveries and the dineouts, Boo and I decided to make pizza!!

INGREDIENTS:(what we used)
bagged dough ($1.29 at Trader Joes)
     - Whole Wheat & White
Sauce (pre made at Trader Joes)
Bagged Mozzerella Cheese Shredded (Trader Joes)
Grated Tillamook Cheese
Prepackaged Italian Salami (Trader Joes)
Veggies 
     - Green Peppers
     - Red onions
     - Banana Peppers
     - Pinneapple
     - Red Peppers, Orange peppers, Yellow Peppers


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We first preheated the oven to 450 and Parbaked the dough for 3 minutes. To find out more on how to ParBakeing click here.  Before parbaking, Boo hand tossed the dough (below is a picture before it was handtossed). We baked the Dough on a baking stone with cornstarch to help prevent the dough from sticking.

20140904_201225After the 3 minutes we pulled the dough out and let it cool for a few minutes and then started to decorate the pizza starting with the storebaught pizza sauce from trader Joes.

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We started with sauce by using the back of a spoon to spread the sauce in a thin layer, and then sprinkled a thin layer of cheese and then veggies and meat. We did a half pepperoni and half cheese pizza.

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And of course Boo wanted to make his own pizza as well but the only difference, is the cheese stuffed crust and pineapple!

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We wont disclose the mess that was created in making this pizza (if not breifly shown above)

Now its time to Eat! Have a great night!