Do you feel as if you are disciplined or deprived? I raise this because there has been some "talk" in the blog world about a recent Time Magazine article explaining that disciplined folks are generally happier than those who lack self-control. After reading the article I found myself nodding my head and thinking about the article and my own habits.
I've got something for you to whip up this week. It's really good food that's really good for you. Don't let the good for you part of the dish turn you off. Please! Stay with me here and put these ingredients on your grocery list - and thank me later.
This was our Monday Night dinner and it was good enough to share. The inspiration came from Danielle Walkers, Against All Grain cookbook. You can check it out here.
As I've mentioned I often simply read cookbooks and while meandering through the grocery store will think back on what I've read and re-create, sometimes following the recipe and more often than not, just using it as an idea. This is what happened last night. I remembered reading about a shrimp and tomato pasta dish, so this is what I came up with.
Roasted Shrimp and Vegetables with Pasta
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
1 Spaghetti squash
3 T or so of olive oil or melted ghee
6-7 roma tomatoes
1 head of broccoli, trimmed into pieces
5 - 6 garlic cloves, minced
2 lbs wild caught shrimp, peeled, deveined. You should probably remove the tails, but I forgot - and no one complained!
Cut the squash in half long way and scoop out the seeds. Be careful here when using a big knife!
Rub the outside of the squash with olive oil or the ghee. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper and lay face down on a lined cookie sheet. Place in the oven and cook for about 30 minutes.
Quarter the tomatoes and place in a baking sheet along with the broccoli. Sprinkle with olive oil, salt and pepper and minced garlic. Stir around in the baking sheet. Put the tomatoes in the oven and cook for about 30 minutes.
Take the squash out of the oven and let cool for a minute. It should be a little soft in the middle.
Now add the shrimp to the tomato broccoli mixture. Squeeze the lemon over the mixture. Roast some more for 20-25 minutes until the shrimp is cooked - it will be pink.
Make noodles from the spaghetti squash by running your fork through the "meat". When the shrimp is cooked serve on top of the spaghetti squash noodles.
A little parmesan on top is quite lovely if you like.
I'm looking forward to leftovers for lunch!
This is such a great, clean meal. It's tasty, full of protein and vegetables, low cal, but full flavored. There is NO deprivation here. I have more to say about the whole deprivation mentality, but it'll have to wait as I'm crunched for time now.
But, I will leave you with this . . .
If you are feeling a little "not at your best" just imagine you went from this . . .
Do you eat squash noodles? Sneak them to your kids? What's your favorite good for you good meal?
Have a Great day TODAY!!
Good Morning! It's the weekend and it's one of those times when I am so glad to have really nothing going on. Whew. I uploaded a quick workout to my UTube Channel this week. While the workout was quick my editing and uploading was not! I am so unsavy at some of this technical stuff. . .
Anyway, I love working with Gliders and when I don't have enough Gliders I substitute with wash cloths for my classes. So, no excuses for not trying out these core moves. Anywhere, anytime.
So, check it out and then get out and enjoy your Weekend!!
And, just another thought for you!
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!
I teach a little yoga here and there and love these sessions in my week. I am by no means a yoga expert and learn something new each time I practice, teach or attend a class. Sometimes I plan out the practice for the day, keeping in mind a few things we will work on during the session. Sometimes, however, even if I have a particular flow in mind, the class takes on a practice of its own and the energy takes us elsewhere. Sometimes those "unplanned" days are the best.
As in my other classes, music is a huge part of the class. In yoga, the music is so different. I do not always like the typical yoga music that it out there and like to come up with my own playlists, incorporating some old, contemporary, newly found and spa music. I have a new playlist that got really high marks the other day. I had planned the list around each song or so being for a different method or speed in the practice. One song more of an ashtanga style and then move to a vinyasa flow. We were able to work on our strength by holding poses and flexibility and then "firing up" and moving more with an upbeat flow. The variety was really good and a little non-traditional. Here is what the playlist looks like.
As you can see, my tastes are all over the board! I love to find some new music to incorporate into the mix. In fact, here is a "new find" for me and I've loved this as a cool down. Take a minute to check it out. What do you think?
The song, Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain reminds me of being a little girl, listening to my Daddy sing. Maybe that's why I like this so much.
What kind of music do you listen to while working out? Practicing Yoga? For a Cool Down?
Hope you are having a GREAT day!
I LOVE a good cookbook. I can sit down and read a cookbook like a novel. I think it might be a Southern thing. My mom, aunt and sister-in-law all share this crazy habit. And there is NO such thing as having too many cookbooks! Sometimes, though, storage does get to be a little bit of a problem. I hate to get rid of a cookbook!
Before I began my self-imposed "Savings Spree" where I am challenging myself NOT to buy anything for myself until January (and boy is it becoming a challenge!) I purchased two new cookbooks. I am so happy with both of them. I've been turning to both for meal, salad, snack and even dessert inspiration. So, of course, I'm here to share.
I mentioned Danielle Walker's new cookbook Against all Grain in my last post. I made her carrot cupcakes for an event and they were so good! I mentioned I would share a cookbook review so here it is.
This is a beautiful book, both in the story behind Danielle's decision, based on her health, to choose food and a paleo diet in order to heal, and in the content of the book. The photos are so beautiful and the food is simple, wholesome and, based upon my experiences so far, delicious. The meals I have prepared for my boys have been gobbled up.
So far, I have prepared the Beef Stroganoff, Chipotle Barbacoa, Ropa Vieja and Barbecue Salmon.
I will be happy to prepare all of them again. But, before I do that there are so many other dishes I have marked to serve! They are all easy, full of fresh ingredients that are easy to find at the grocery and nothing too fancy, complicated are "weird" that would be foreign to my boys.
This was a VERY good purchase! I'm so glad I made it! If you are not on your own No Shopping Challenge, check it out here from Amazon!
The next cookbook on my reading list is Giada's Feel Good Food. This cookbook is full of recipes that look just as beautiful, full of fresh, healthy ingredients. Additionally, each recipe includes the nutritional value so you can keep up with calories, protein, sugar, sodium, etc. There are also health tips and habits of Giada throughout the book for inspiration. Now, to be perfectly honest, and you know I always am, I have not always been the hugest fan of Giada. I used to try to watch her on FoodNetwork when she started out and she made me a little crazy. She seemed just a little too perfect and contrived for me. Flash forward to these days and she has grown on me.
I admit that I have not cooked as many dishes from this cookbook, but believe me, the California Turkey Chile and Garlic-Roasted Chicken and Root Vegetables are both soooo good! Tonight I'm trying the Turkey, Kale and Brown Rice Soup (Perfect for the rainy day here in Atlanta) and the Crispy Chickpeas to snack on.
I think I'll be just as happy with this cookbook. Even looking through the photos and reading it makes me want to make healthy choices and inspires me to eat fresh, whole foods. Again, if you are up for a little shopping, check it out here!
I'd love to know if you have either of these cookbooks, cooked from them and what you think!
Have a GREAT day! I hope your weather is calm and peaceful and you are staying safe!
It's been a full week around here. Nothing really out of the ordinary. That being said, I'm looking forward to the weekend! We have Fall Break so I'm hoping things will be a little more relaxed around here. Here are a few sights from the week . . ..
Looks like there will be more of this going on. . .
I have a new cookbook that I am loving! I am looking forward to sharing more about this cookbook with you in another Post, but I just had to show these cupcakes because they are the perfect, moist, sweet dessert, just in time for FALL and YES they are PALEO . . . and so delicious!
I adapted Danielle Walker's CARROT CAKE CUPCAKES from her newest cookbook, AGAINST ALL GRAIN. I left out the raisins and used Almond Flour instead of Coconut Flour. Other than that I followed her directions and loved the result.
Don't they look yummy?
CARROT CAKE CUPCAKES
(recreated from Danielle Walker's Against All Grain cookbook)
I used mini muffin cups so they were the perfect size for a sweet, Fall treat.
HOPE you try!
What has your week looked like? What photos would best represent your week?
Have a GREAT FRIDAY!
Things are going pretty slowly and stiffly for me these days. I feel as if my body is just attacking me and saying "leave me alone already". "I'll show you". "You are really lame and need to find something else to do!" It's really frustrating when your mind tells you to do one thing and certain body parts just say, "No Way!" What is even more frustrating is admitting this. Putting this in black and white. Makes me feel like a bit of a fraud. I'm supposed to have the answers to this stuff.
Ever feel like you need to kickstart your week on Monday morning? Maybe hit a refresh button to get you back on the healthy track? Maybe it was a fun filled weekend full of lots of football and celebrations, like if you are in the South and you were either celebrating (or mourning) the Ole Miss victory over Alabama. Maybe you were at a Homecoming Football Game or, like me, a Parents Weekend at a child's college.
I went to a class today that I love. Well, maybe it's just not the class I love so much as the instructor. This one really gets me, motivates me and makes me push myself past what I might do on a normal day. I do not go to it regularly, but do when I am feeling the need for a good butt whipping. She always delivers! My "work" workout routine is pretty full so sometimes I don't get my own workout in and I certainly do not pay extra for classes and workouts on a regular basis. When I workout on my own I either do it at home, outside or the local Y where I teach.
I love to attend different classes around the area and write about those sometimes here. It keeps things fresh, keeps me interested, motivated and challenges me. It's always great to have someone else up front being creative, educational and inspirational! The thing about a lot of the great class, boutique and fitness opportunities in this area, is that they can be very expensive. When you look at paying $20 - $28 dollars for a mere 45 - 50 minute class that can really add up. Therefore, if I am going to schedule a class somewhere with another instructor you bet I want it to be worth my time, energy and money. I really want to get something out of it. I think if you are paying your hard earned money then you should expect someone to make that 45 - 60 minutes of your day darn worth it.
When I am in front of a class I am so conscience of that fact. I think, "Wow, these folks have shown up for this class. They have gotten out of bed, arranged childcare or taken their children to school early to be here. They have actually paid money to be here. The very least I can do is show up and make it worth their while!" That's really important to me as an instructor. I know it's not rocket science and it's not even considered a real job, but I do take it seriously. I work hard to make every single workout different and effective. I work on fun, motivating music for the classes and always work on bringing something new and fresh to each class. And, believe me, I'll never get rich! My own classes through my fitness business are a huge bargain, and, of course, you know if you are working at a YMCA you aren't in it for the big bucks! I know, however, that all of these folks have chosen that time and that place (whether they even know me or not) to spend their money and their time. I am definitely going to do my best to give them something. Heck, I'm right there sweating with them, loving to hate it some days, and, recently working hard enough with the class to bust a blood vessel in my eye! (Yeah, that's really not a pretty sight and NOT what needs to happen! It's just me telling you that I'm giving it all I've got!)
I'm pretty picky where I spend my money, especially in this area. I am fortunate that I actually love to exercise. I know some people need to pay for a class to make themselves go or need to hire a personal trainer in order to make sure they will get in a workout and do it properly. I feel like we, in the fitness world, need to make sure we honor our clients and participants in this area. I feel very honored when I show up and the class is jam packed with folks anticipating a great sweat fest, or great yoga day or body sculpt. I surely don't want to disappoint.
What are your thoughts on this? Do you pay to work out? Purchase package deals to make sure you get there? What about showing up and having a bum instructor? Do you feel cheated?
Have a GREAT Week out there!
When it's looking like this (above) outside I think about preparing something like this (below) for dinner.
So, basically, I do something like this:
BASIC BLACK BEAN CHILI
Guess What? You are done! Now all you have to do is call in the troops, scoop some lovely, hot, comforting so good in your belly chili in a bowl, add a dollop of sour cream if you like and a bit of avocado and you have yourself a nice little rainy night supper. Now I have to tell you that my boys would be perfectly happy if I just served up a bowl of meat and sauce minus the onions, beans and all the other stuff that makes it so good, but that's just not how it's done. They seem to be able to eat it and enjoy it even with all the extra stuff they don't really consider necessary. . . .
How do you like your chili? What could you do without? What do you like to eat on a rainy night?
Whatever it is I hope it's good to you and good for you! Enjoy your Day!