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Gluten-Free Coconut Chicken

August 13, 2012

I had been searching the internet for a gluten-free version of coconut crusted chicken for awhile, and all the recipes I’d found required the use of some gluten-free flour, or a nut flour, none of which I have on hand. So, I took matters into my own hands and made my OWN recipe with things I had in my pantry and fridge. I’d say the results were pretty spectacular, and ridiculously easy.

Gluten-Free Coconut Chicken

Serves: 4

Total Time: 30-40 minutes

4 chicken breasts, trimmed of fat

2 eggs, beaten

1/4 cup wheat germ

1/4 cup shredded coconut (I used sweetened)

1/4 cup corn flakes, crushed VERY finely

cooking spray

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Preheat the oven to 375*. Spray a cooking sheet with the spray to prevent the chicken from sticking. In a bowl, beat the eggs. In another bowl, combine the wheat germ, coconut and crushed cornflakes. Take your chicken breasts one at a time, and first dredge them in the eggs, them into the coconut mixture, and place onto the cooking sheet. Continue with all the pieces of chicken, and cook in the oven for 30-35 minutes. Enjoy!!

We enjoyed our chicken dipped in some honey mustard, and with a delicious cheesy-mashed potatoes side. SO good! I was going to use steamed broccoli in my potatoes, but it had gone bad :( so I just used some frozen peas in the mix. Delicious nonetheless!

(For the mashed potatoes: I boiled red potatoes until soft [I added some Crab Boil to the water to give it a kick!] then mashed them, added about 1/4-1/2 cup of almond milk, about 1/4 cup light sour cream, a tablespoon of butter, some salt garlic powder and pepper, and some cheddar cheese per Brendon’s request. Amazing! Basically just added ingredients until it tasted good.)

Lastly, here’s my weekend in pictures :) Have a great rest of your Sunday!

Wedding cake flavored snowball with sweetened condensed milk, one of the best breakfasts, doing some A.M. yoga and a colorful outfit I really loved.

Delicious pumpkin coffee, bacon pops (ice-cubes) for the pups, puppy cuddles and lots of pancake making.

Coco trying to drink my mimosa

His & Hers pizza making dinner. He had BBQ chicken/pepperoni, and I have a veggie & pepperoni GF one. I used Bob Red Mill’s GF pizza crust, and really didn’t like. Anyone have any tips or maybe a better brand or suggestion for a GF pizza crust??

22 Minute Workout

August 11, 2012

I have a new workout to tell you about.

It’s a doozy, but it goes quick and you feel great afterwards. Nice and sweaty!

I did this workout in two parts: the first part is 10 minutes and is cardio based. The second part is 12 minutes and is modeled after BodyRock’s Keep It Hard for 12 Minutes workout. I changed a few things, because I don’t have any equipment right now, and I was still a mess afterwards. Success!

*****

22 Minute Workout Blast

((It works like this: the first 10 seconds is your rest, then the following 50 seconds is when you will be doing each workout. So you’d rest, do workout #1, then rest, do workout #2, etc. Good luck!))

*****

First Half: 10 minutes (10 rounds)

Two intervals; the first is 10 seconds (rest) and then 50 seconds (work)

1. High Knees

2. Mountain Climbers

3. Jumping Jacks

4. Star Jumps

5. Step-Ups (on a chair, alternate legs)

Repeat.

Rest for a few minutes.

Second Half: 12 minutes (12 rounds)

10 seconds rest, 50 seconds work.

1. Crab Kick-Ups

2. Prisoner Squat Jumps

3. Mountain Climbers

4. Clapping Push-ups (can be on your knees, as I had to do)

5. Jump Lunges

6. Bicycle Crunches

7. Tricep Dips

8. Backward Lunge w/ Kick-up (Right Leg)

9. Backward Lunge w/ Kick-up (Left Leg)

10. Side Crunch (right)

11. Side Crunch (left)

12. Burpees (no pushup)

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You do each of these only once, and then you’re done. It’s a full-body + cardio workout blast! Don’t forget to cool down & stretch really well afterwards.

Let me know if you try it and how you feel! x

*The link above shows most of the moves for the 12 minute workout, but here’s two others to show how to do the star jumps and the crab kick-ups.

Spaghetti Squash Bake

August 9, 2012

Howdy, howdy, howdy.

(Any Toy Story fans out there? ;) )

I made another pretty delicious dinner tonight, so I thought I’d share. It’s gluten free and has lots of veggies… so it’s pretty high up there on my awesome dinner list.

Spaghetti Squash Bake

serves: 2 as a meal, or 4 as a side

1 spaghetti squash

1/2 tsbp olive oil

1/2 red onion

1 tsp (or 1 clove) minced garlic

2 burgers, crumbled (pre-cooked; I used leftovers!)

a BIG handful spinach

black olives

as much red sauce as you like! (I used Ragu’s Chunky Garden kind, about half the jar)

mozzarella cheese

salt, pepper, your favorite seasonings

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First, bake or microwave your spag-squash. I roasted mine (after I cut it in half, but it was hard, so I don’t recommend cutting it first!) at 375* for about 30 minutes. If you microwave it, I believe it would be about 6-7 minutes total, but I’m not sure. (Don’t forget to get all the seeds out before you eat it!) In a pan over med-high heat, add the olive oil, garlic, onion and your burger. Sautee it until the onion becomes soft and the burger is heated through, maybe 5 minutes. Add your spinach (I ripped mine up so it was more bite-sized) and add your black olives, spices and sauce. You just wanna warm it all through, so I heated it up for probably another 5 minutes. When the squash is cooked through, take a fork to the inside and scrape it so you get all the noodle-looking goodness loose. Then, add your sauce mixture and stir it together. Top with as much cheese as you like, and bake at 300* for about 20 minutes. Done! Eat and enjoy :)

A Princess & A Survey

August 5, 2012

We got another puppy! A little princess, to be exact. We had our prince, and now it’s time to add a girl into the addition.

Meet little Miss Coco.

I am so ridiculously in love, I almost can’t stand it. She is precious! Very cuddly, loves to give kisses, playful, and she has a little waddle when she walks. It’s the most adorable thing. Dolce loves her. He is very protective of her already! I took her to the vet and when they went to take her out of my arms he started growling at the nurse, lol. They love to play! And cuddle :)

Just look at them! AHHH they bring tears to my eyes.

So that’s basically all that’s new in my world! I hope you’re all enjoying a relaxing Sunday and had a great weekend!

By the way- tomorrow is my man’s birthday! That’s right, Brendon is turning 21. I love that man and can’t wait to celebrate his birthday with him. <3

This or That? – Health & Fitness Style!

 

1. Run/workout in the heat and humidity or freezing temps and snow?

Freezing temps. I can’t handle the heat, even walking the pups when it’s hot out makes me feel like I’m going to pass out. Ugh, summer is my LEAST favorite season!

2. Have washboard abs or flat abs?

I would like to say both? But I would prefer washboard. I love muscles!

3. Dr. Oz or The Doctors?

I don’t really watch either, but I prefer “The Doctors” because they have much more information, in my opinion.

4. Cardio or strength?

I do a mix, but I prefer strength training. Plugging away at cardio machines or outside just isn’t fun to me.

5. Cravings: Protein or carbs?

I usually crave carbs, but there are times where I crave things like eggs and meat. Overall, I’m a sweets craver more than anything!

Gimme the carby-sweets ;)

6. Jillian Michaels or Bob Harper?

Ummm Bob Harper. Jillian is a little TOO much for me.

7. Frozen Yogurt or Ice Cream?

Either! I’m a frozen treats queen. I prefer fro-yo, since it’s a little healthier.

8. To train: Upper body or Lower body?

I’m not sure. Both are kind of hard for me. My lower body is definitely stronger, so I’m going to say lower, since I don’t feel as weak when I work my legs =P

9. Protein powder or food with protein?

Food with protein! Love me some eggs and chicken sausage. Oh, and ham! I do love protein powder smoothies, though.

10. Lunges or squats?

Hmmm… squats! I like jump-squats.

11. Sweet or salty?

Sweet, sweet, SWEET!

12. Workout attire: cute or comfy?

Both, duh! It IS possible, by the way.

13. Body Pump or Heavy lifting?

Heavy lifting, though I do neither. Body weight workouts for me, yo! Until I can invest in some equipment, that is.

14. Yoga or Pilates?

Ya know, I really do like both. They both have AMAZING benefits, but I usually choose yoga over pilates. My body is always craving a good stretch.

15. Nike or Adidas?

Nike. My overall favorite is Under Armour, and I would love to invest in some cute LuLuLemon stuff! I also own a lot of Champion clothes, and Reebok is coming out with SUPER cute stuff, too.

16. Running on the treadmill or outdoors?

Bleh. Depends. If it’s cool enough, I’ll go outside. I really am not much of a runner, though it’s really something I would love to be able to call myself. If I go to choose a cardio-based workout, I usually just do something like my previous 20 Minute Cardio routines, or would choose the elliptical over a treadmill. I like to take long walks outside, too, weather permitting.

17. Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s?

I’ve never been in a Trader Joe’s, so I’m going to say Whole Foods! I wish we had a TJ’s though, because I’ve heard extremely amazing things about it, and know it’s cheaper.

18. Summer or Winter Olympics?

I’ve never watched either, until this year’s summer olympics. I like it, but have no way of choosing one over the other yet!

20. Steamed veggies or roasted veggies?

ROASTED! More flavor, fa sho.

Best Dinner I’ve Ever Made

July 26, 2012

Two more days and it’s the weekend!

Yesterday I scheduled my Fall classes- only 2 as of now, but one of them is a Nutrition class! I am so excited. I’m hoping to add at least one more class, but either way I am happy! I’m getting so close to finally being DONE with school and working in a career that I really want to be in. Now-let’s get to the REAL reason I’m posting tonight…dinner. It literally is THE best recipe I’ve ever came up with. Brendon’s reaction? “Oh my God… oh WOW.” Point proven.

Lemon-Garlic Chicken with Mushroom Gravy

(also Gluten-free!)

Lemon-Garlic Chicken

4 chicken breasts

1 lemon

salt, pepper, garlic powder

cooking spray

Mushroom Gravy

8 oz. mushrooms (1 package)

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp butter

1 onion, chopped

2 cloves (2 tsp) minced garlic

salt, pepper & your favorite spices (I used Italian seasoning & cayenne pepper)

1/2 cup white wine

3/4 cup chicken broth

1 tbsp cornstarch

1 heaping tablespoon part-skim ricotta cheese

chopped fresh parsley

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Preheat oven to 375*. Begin by trimming the fat from the chicken. Spray your baking sheet, place the chicken on the sheet, and spray fairly liberally with the cooking spray. Sprinkle with as much salt, pepper and garlic powder that you like. Juice the entire lemon over the chicken, then put in the oven until no longer pink.

Chop the mushrooms and onions up to a uniform size, and put in a skillet over medium heat with the butter, olive oil and garlic. Use whatever seasonings you prefer (for me, it was salt, pepper, a pinch of cayenne and a liberal sprinkling of Italian seasoning). Cook until the onion is translucent and the mushrooms are soft. Add the white wine (I used a Pinot Grigio, but you can use whatever you like!) and let it simmer for about 5 minutes until most of the liquid is absorbed. Once absorbed, add the chicken stock, cornstarch, parsley and ricotta cheese and let cook until almost absorbed and it forms a gravy-like consistency. Serve over the chicken and enjoy!! I served ours with roasted brussel sprouts, but any vegetable would be delicious.

*Note: For anyone who doesn’t want or like to use alcohol in cooking, you can substitute equal parts white vinegar and water for the white wine. I’ve done this many times before, and it’s just as good! So, for this recipe it would be 1/4 cup water to 1/4 cup white vinegar.

*Note: Instead of the ricotta, you can use Greek yogurt, sour cream, heavy whipping cream, cream cheese, or even a canned cream soup. Ricotta is what I had on hand, but it worked so, SO well!

I hope you all have a wonderful night! x

Gluten-Free Turkey Lasagna

July 24, 2012

Mondays, oh how I loathe you.

Today felt slow and I felt so, so tired all day! Do you feel the same way on Mondays? I was just so glad get home today! Anyway- on Sunday we took the pup to the park so he could run around freely for a little while. He loved it, but he gets a little rambunctious and runs a little too far away for our comfort, so it only lasted about 10 minutes before we decided to leash him back up. (We’re still working on his actual listening and coming to us skill..)

He looks so happy in this picture. I love it!

I also had a little bit of a tragedy Saturday night. Brendon and I were messing around, and he decided to try and chase me. I then decided to take off running and went to leap into the air and jump onto the couch… but managed to SLAM my arm into the corner of the wall and was left with a pretty major bruise, bump and tear stained shirt. It hurt so bad! It still hurts today whenever it gets touched :(

Serious bump!

Today after getting home I made some lasagna and did another BodyRock workout that nearly killed me. I took the last 6 days off from exercise, not on purpose, and whenever I do that, I always regret it. The workout right after a long break is the most difficult and brutal and I always swear I will never take such a long break again, but sometimes it just happens.

Now, the Gluten-Free Turkey Lasagna!

1 package Gluten-Free (or regular) lasagna noodles

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 lb. ground turkey

1 shallot, minced

1 tsp (or 1 clove) minced garlic

~1 cup part skin Ricotta cheese

~3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1 very large jar of your favorite pasta sauce

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

salt, pepper

garlic powder

Italian seasoning

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Start by cooking your lasagna noodles as per package directions. Drain, and let cool. Next, start browning your turkey in the olive oil, and add in the garlic and shallots, and as much salt and pepper as you like. Fully cook, then turn the heat off and just let it sit in the pan until you’re ready to use it. Preheat the oven to 350*. In a small bowl, mix the ricotta and Parmesan cheese, along with a tiny bit of salt, pepper and Italian seasoning. Get a large lasagna pan, and put some of the sauce in the bottom. Then, line the pan with a single layer of lasagna noodles, then the ricotta cheese mixture, some ground turkey, mozzarella cheese, more sauce, and repeat. On the last layer, put some sauce over top the noodles and a thin layer of mozzarella cheese. Cover with aluminum foil and cook for 20 minutes. When the time is up, remove the foil and cook another 15 minutes uncovered. Cool, serve, and enjoy!

Tom Cruise Movie Day

July 21, 2012

Happy Saturday!

I hope your week went by quick and you are enjoying your weekend! Today is seemingly going to be pretty laid back for us. We have dubbed today ‘Tom Cruise Movie Day” and plan on watching a handful of his movies.

Last night we ordered Chinese takeout, which was okay, but we think we need to find a new place. We haven’t been too satisfied with their food each time we get it. Regardless, that was my lunch for today! Leftover vegetable rice (I also ordered some chicken, but it was rather… gross.)

At least they’re not light-handed on the veggies!

We ran some errands earlier and I went a little overboard on the coffee.

Caffeine Overdose

What can I say, I’m a coffee lovin’ gal. PJ’s Iced Mocha coffee with soy milk then a Vanilla Iced Coffee from Burger King. YUMMMM! I also ran to Walgreens to get some tissue paper to make my own Tassel Garland! I’m still looking for a brown tissue paper, some rope and then I will be done. I hope to have it finished by tomorrow, so I will post pictures and let you know.

I know I’ve been MIA for a few days. Forgive me-just been busy with that whole work and house work thaaang. Hopefully I can get a good workout in later today since I’ve been neglecting them the past few days :( oops. Here’s to getting back on the wagon! And, here’s a fun little Q&A I decided to do. Have a WONDERFUL and blessed weekend, everyone! xx

1. Are you more of a morning, afternoon, or night person?
I had always been a night person, until recently. Now I thrive in the mornings and really love them. By 10:30 you will find me knocked out :)

2. What is your favorite book / magazine?
Favorite books:

Eat, Pray, Love

Favorite Magazines:
Shape
Vogue
Allure
Oxygen

3. What is your favorite thing in your closet?
Hmmm. My Louboutins, my FCUK dresses andddd all my Banana Republic pants!

4. What are your top 5 favorite music artists

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Radiohead

Incubus

Regina Spektor

Sara Bareilles

5. What are your top 5 favorite movies

1. Because I Said So

2. Monster-in-Law

3. Devil Wears Prada

4. Son-in-Law

5. Sex and the City

6. What is your favorite holiday and why?
Christmas!! The overall feeling that time of year is enough to put me in the best mood. Everything is always so decorated and made special, people are so happy and the cold weather and thrill of giving and getting special gifts is so amazing.

7. Do you have any weird phobias?
Weird? Idk. I’m kind of afraid of everything, most of them because I’m afraid it will lead me to my grave.

8. What is your most embarrassing moment?
I’m not really sure to be honest.

9. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
I have a few places I’d lovetoo love: France, upstate NY (again, since I was born and raised there), California, or Italy countryside. Anywhere in Europe would be amaze.

10. What is your favorite food?

I really love sushi, pizza, burgers, frozen yogurt and huge salads. I could eat all of those everyday!

11. What is your weirdest injury? 
A friend of mine and myself rode a two-seater bike down a huge hill by my house in NY back in like 10th grade. It was a road cars drive on, we weren’t wearing helmets and the brakes sucked. Needless to say we WIPED OUT while trying to take a turn we couldn’t make, and we were actually lucky we didn’t get more hurt! I have scars on my knees still to this day because of the huge gashes I had, ugh it was awful.

12. What is your favorite store to shop at?
Sephora, Victorias Secret, Banana Republic, JCREW, and probably Target. Can Whole Foods count too?

13. If someone visited your city/town, where would you take them?

-Cafe Du Monde

-the French Quarter

-Magazine Street

-any of the seafood joints because New Orleans local seafood is THE best

-A drive-thru daiquiri place

14. What would your ideal day look like?

Wake up to a spotless house, enjoy a glass of iced coffee and a veggie omelet, go shopping with no budget, get in an amazing workout, read in a comfortable chair in the sunlight, enjoy a fresh, Italian or French meal followed by frozen yogurt, enjoy delicious cocktails and cuddle with my two boys.

15. Where do you want to be and what do you want to be doing in 5 years?
I’d like to be graduated from college, married in our dream location (upstate or France; neither is TOO far-fetched, right!?) with a good amount of clients. I could get more detailed but I’ll spare ya!

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