Hotel room crockpot recipe

Hey pumpkins!

Over the past weekend I was away and staying at a hotel. If you follow me on Instagram you will see my random pictures of my crockpot meals. The husband suggested I bring my crockpot with me in case there wasn’t much to eat at the place I was staying.IMG_2928

Boy was he right. It was baron.. Luckily a grocery store was nearby and I threw together some awesome meals in the crockpot. It may not look pretty but I did make an awesome dinner
Crockpot chicken parm… without the spaghetti.

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Recipe:

  • 1lb of chicken
  • 1 bag of frozen broccoli
  • 1.5 cups of marinara sauce
  • mozzarella cheese

Directions: Put the sauce on the bottom, place frozen veggies on top of the sauce, then place chicken on top of frozen veggies. Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours. In the last hour sprinkle the cheese on top.

I used frozen veggies because I was in a hotel room. I didn’t have a cutting board, kitchen sink, or legitimate utensils. Frozen veggies made the sauce a little watery. I would recommend fresh (duh) but frozen definitely works too. I like my meals simple and to be ready when I arrive home.

I also tried insanity this weekend but more on that tomorrow!

Hope everyone has a great day

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What’s your favorite crockpot meal?

Are you obsessed with your crockpot as I am?

 

Paleo update

Happy Friday pumpkins! I have no idea where I was going with this post but stay with me :)

A few months ago when I kicked grains to the curb I wasn’t sure if I would actually stick with it. I mean what is a life without oatmeal, rice, corn, beans, sandwiches, chips, cookies, cakes, and everything else that our world revolves around.

Over the past few months this is what my life has been like:

  • Weird looks from family and friends
  • Weird looks from people in general
  • Tons of new exciting foods
  • No more “fear” foods
  • No bloating
  • Not feeling hungry every 2-3 hours – FINALLY. I could not stand eating a bowl of oatmeal and feeling hungry an hour and a half later.
  • Truthfully, I do not miss grains! I don’t even crave them.

Eliminating grains has also helped me regain peace of mind with my eating habits. I have learned how to gain weight and what I need to cut back on if my pants start to become a little snug ;)

I started to stray away from the full blown Paleo lifestyle: I do eat dairy (I love my cottage cheese, shredded cheese, and froyo), occasionally I will have something that contains corn or white rice (usually if someone else prepares it and I cannot avoid it), and I eat peanut butter from time to time – I can’t give it up.

I attempt the 80/20 style of eating. Denying cravings for too many days in a row can lead to overdoing it on nuts, nut butters, dark chocolate, and other delicious treats.

For me, I am not out to compete in a cross fit competition, a bikini contest, a half marathon, or a triathlon. I am just a normal person, enjoying foods, and wanting to live the healthiest life I can while still enjoying myself. I workout because it’s fun not because I have to, I eat vegetables because I like them not because they’re a safe food, and I stay away from grains because I just feel healthier without them in my life.¬†

Life is about balance, happiness, fun, family, friends, and whatever a person enjoys. So go out and enjoy the weekend :) and indulge in something fun!

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What are your plans for the weekend? Do you have anything fun planned?

Almond Butter Bites

Workouts for the week were slacking! I was incredibly tired and a little under the weather for 2 days so I took it relatively easy.

Monday: Chest
Tuesday: Complete rest with stretching
Wednesday: Jim Stoppani arm workout
Thursday: Legs
Friday: Shoulders + 20 minute incline walk.
Saturday: Back + 15 minutes stair climber
Sunday: 30 minute treadmill intervals – mostly what I like to call MIIT (medium intensity interval training ;) )

I also signed up for….

Tara had mentioned it… which could only mean one thing. It was coming to Philadelphia. I googled it and signed up without giving it a second thought.

I will probably start adding one day of running back into my rotation. It’s not ideal but with the weather getting nicer, I am tempted to run more. Besides, running 5ks with Kyle is something we enjoy doing together.

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Sugar detox was going great until I caved last night and had one of my delicious homemade almond butter bites. All night I was feeling unsatisfied and snacking on healthy things but I wasn’t necessarily hungry. Once I gave in and had what I really wanted, it went away and I was happy. I may have been a little too restrictive on myself this week. I plan on picking up where I left off today!

Almond Butter Bites

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of dark chocolate/semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 1 TBSP powdered sugar
  • *** These can be made dairy-free and nut free if using¬†Enjoy Life¬†chocolate chips and sunflower seed butter

Directions

  1. Line a mini muffin pan with wrappers
  2. Melt dark chocolate in a double broiler, on the stovetop, or in 30 second intervals in the microwave stirring occasionally.
  3. Once melted, pour in coconut oil and mix.
  4. Put 1 tsp of chocolate in the mini muffin tins and then place in the freezer for 15 minutes or until firm – You will not use all of the chocolate, save some for the top half!
  5. While the chocolate is in the freezer, start to prepare almond butter. Mix almond butter with powdered sugar. This made the almond butter less sticky and I didn’t feel like having a complete mess in the kitchen although the powdered sugar may be omitted.
  6. After almond butter is mixed placed in refrigerator to firm up for a few minutes
  7. Remove chocolate from freezer and take 1 tsp of almond butter and place into the muffin tins.
  8. When all muffin tins are full, cover the top of the almond butter with remaining melted chocolate.
  9. Place in the freezer to firm up and serve.
  10. Keep in refrigerator if they will not be eaten that day.

I kept mine in the refrigerator because the almond butter I used needed to be kept cold. These did not last long and I have already had requests for me.

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How was your weekend?

What is your favorite brand of nut butter?