Monday I was up late cooking for Christmas and I felt like I never took a break. When I was finally done cooking, around 10:30, I was exhausted but I still needed to relax and unwind from the work day. Then last night I had another big cooking project: Nick is putting on a potluck for his company Christmas party this evening and since I knew I wouldn’t get time to cook today after work, my option was to prep these the night before. Even though I knew I had a lot to cook, I decided that I would relax first and then get to my cooking project after the kids had gone to bed. And I was so pleasantly shocked when I discovered that even though I was cooking for a large group – these meatballs were still super quick and easy (even though I had doubled the recipe doubled three times over).
Oatmeal Turkey Meatballs! Another recipe you’ll find in my cookbook. Perfect for game-day get-togethers because they are so dang easy to whip up and they cook up in no time at all. Plus, they are a much healthier option and they taste phenomenal (sauce is a wine based honey sesame glaze).
Welcome to day three of our winter workout collection! Today I am putting out a challenge to try something new! For me, I like to get a majority of my fitness in via activities – meaning that I like to go out and do stuff like hiking much rather than lifting weights for thirty minutes or doing straight cardio cooped up in a gym. So today is about finding active options that sneak in fitness time even in the winter months when hiking and biking are a bit off limits. Winter workout rut-busters!
Take a dance class, sign up for a climbing club, go snowshoeing, join in a recreational swim team, go to zumba – whatever your “something new” is, I dare you to get out of your comfort zone. It’s healthy for you in so many more ways than just fitness – though that’s a pretty good reason as well
And if you are looking for more traditional workouts and full-length indoor circuit workouts to accompany the winter wind up or the winter warm up be sure to check out:
Weeknight Crock Pot Meals
This is one of those meals that is just so easy it almost doesn’t seem right. But oh baby, it is. Thank the lord for weeknight crock pot meals!
Mexican Pot Roast
Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: Crock Pot 3 Hours on High; 8-10 Hours on Low Serves: 4
- 1/2 Yellow Onion, thin sliced (fajita style)
- 1/2 Red Bell Pepper, thin sliced
- 1/2 Green Bell Pepper, thin sliced
- 16 Ounces Beef Broth (I used 16 ounces of water and 1 tsp of Better Than Bullion)
- 1 1/2 – 2 lbs Carne Asada
- 1/2 Cup Mushrooms, sliced
- Small Handful Cilantro, chopped
- Ground Pepper to Taste
- In a skillet, sauté the onion and bell peppers for about 5 minutes. You want the onions to be just starting to turn translucent.
- In a crock pot, combine the carne asada, sautéed veggies and beef broth.
- And in mushrooms and top with the cilantro and black pepper.
- Simmer on high for 3 hours or on low for 8-10
Serve it up!
The first night we had this meal, I served the pot roast by slicing it into strips and topping with the veggies and a bit of cojita cheese. On the next evening, we enjoyed our pot roast in a more “traditional” plating – simply serving the beef topped with the veggies and sauce, enjoyed alongside an untoasted bun (all the better for soaking up that yummy broth)
We had leftovers again and I made a “french dip” version by serving the beef and veggies atop a hoagie roll and using the broth as my au jus dipping sauce. Always nice when you can make one meal and then enjoy it in a variety of ways throughout the week. Brilliant
Cold and Flu Season
It’s that time of year again folks. Several kids at the preschool have been sick: RSV, bronchitis, etc. Spencer has a nasty cough and we’ve all had a bit of a bug over the past two weeks.
I really hate taking medicine myself, much less pumping my kids full of meds just to get through the night. So I’ve been researching natural options to help us get healthy and also stay healthy through the winter. Some of these are tips and tricks I’ve known and used for years but I also discovered some new remedies that I’m hoping will help out too!
- Sage is a natural antimicrobial and can help to soothe a sore throat. Adults can enjoy a gargle made with dried sage, warm water and sea salt. Because herbs can be a bit too strong for little ones and I’d rather not risk it -for the kiddos, I’m simply adding a bit of sage into my cooking habits.
- Garlic is another easy one to add into your cooking routines but adults can enjoy garlic raw and take it medicinally. Simply shop and let sit for about 5-10 minutes, this allows the compound “allicin” to form which has a much higher medicinal value.
- Thyme is also an antimicrobial (one of the strongest in nature) and can help calm reflexes which is can reduce coughing. Add dried herb to chicken or vegetables. Or enjoy as a tea by adding 2 tsp fresh leaves to hot water. Drink this tincture up to three times a day.
- Mushrooms like button and portobello varieties help boost your immune system and can significantly increase your bodies ability to fight flu and infections.
- Cumin helps fight infections and also acts as an expectorant – drying up and breaking down mucus.
- Cilantro is packed with antioxidants which help your body fight free radicals and also contains an antibacterial compound which helps your body fight foodborne illnesses.
So, if you make the pot roast recipe above, you will have three of these six remedies to the common cold already covered! Stay healthy my friends!
For more herbal remedies and further reading: The Complete Illustrated Book of Herbs
Now, I’m off to work!
What will you be doing for you winter workout rut-buster? Dance class? Tell me, tell me!