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I really enjoyed the smokey flavors of this meal. I love the simplicity of it. There are not a ton of ingredients in it, yet it still has a lovely flavor.

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Spanish Steak

  • about 1.3lbs of steak, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced small
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp sweet smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • fresh black pepper to taste
  • 2 vine ripe tomatoes, chopped

Cook the onions in the olive oil until they are tender. Add the garlic and cook another minute. Add the steak pieces, red wine vinegar, smoked paprika, sea salt, pepper, and tomatoes. Mix well. Bring the mixture to a bubble. Turn down the heat a bit and continue to stir and cook., until the tomatoes are soft, break apart, and partially become sauce like. You can cook a little longer or shorter depending on how well you like your steak pieces. Mine ended up medium well.

I served them over julienned rainbow carrots. I simply sautéed those in a drizzle of olive oil until slightly tender. Delicious together!

Nothing is quite so lovely as the smell of steak being grilled. At least that is how I felt last night. Jackson had been begging me for a few days to cook on the grill. I was finally able to whip something up out there. I can feel summer creeping in. It is cooler again today. But these warm days we keep getting are enough to hold me over. And any colder temps beat the subzero ones we had a month ago!

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Simple Steak Rub

  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • Fresh black pepper to taste. I did around 10 twists

Combine all the seasonings in a small bowl and mix well so they are blended.

I used Filet Mignon for our steak last night. I had two and I cut each in half lengthwise, so they were thinner. Then I tenderized them with this handy tool received for Christmas, the Steak Ninja. Then I sprinkled some of the rub over each steak. I rubbed in into the meat. Flip the steaks over, sprinkle more seasoning, and rub in. I ended up having a little bit leftover. You could use all of it, I am always cautious with my amount of seasoning right now because of the tiny taste buds that eat our dinners. I error on the side of caution.

I let them sit for around 5 minutes while I prepared the veggies for grilling and got the grill started.

Grill to your liking.

They turned out delicious without using ever last speck of rub. To me they almost had a sweetness to them. They smelled amazing on the grill. The meat kind of melted in my mouth.

I am going to go ahead and post the potato recipe as well. Look around for that if you want something yummy to accompany this steak.

I love nothing more than a delicious, bright, crisp, veggie filled salad. I am the person who quite literally will get a craving for a salad. Leafy greens are where it’s at! This salad and dressing I brought to a family party yesterday. I have previously made the dressing for other parties. At my son’s 4th birthday it was gone. Not a drop was left.

I do not consume store bought dressing anymore. Unless I am out at a restaurant. In my home though, I always prepare a dressing myself when I want one. They are actually very simple to make. There are no gross added ingredients. The sodium and sugar levels are in check. They are still flavorful! They are fresh!

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Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 2 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/2 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed
  • 1/4 tsp ground mustard seed

I combine all of the ingredients in an Oxo Salad Dressing Shaker. Close that bad boy up and shake well to mix. It is that simple. It is such a tasty recipe.

I do love the dressing shaker. Be warned though, it can pour out a little quickly. So drizzle with caution.

Salad

This is truly up to you and your tastes. For this salad I added spinach, arugula, radishes, purple/yellow/orange carrots, and cucumber. The last time I made this salad/dressing combo for a party I made it with spinach, arugula, orange carrots, tomatoes, and cucumbers. The dressing is tasty on any kind of leafy green/veggie combination.

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Last night was Taco Thursday in our home. It isn’t a Thursday thing. It just so happens we ate tacos on a Thursday. This took three recipes to bring together. Taco seasoning. Tacos. Corn/red pepper salsa.

Three recipes in one this morning! It is your lucky day! Well really it just takes all three to bring this tasty meal together.

Full disclosure. These tacos are extra lean ground sirloin. On a typical taco night in my home we are eating turkey tacos. Unfortunately my butcher was out of white meat ground turkey. They would have had to freshly grind some more for me. While that sounds amazingly fresh, it seemed a bit too time consuming with two small boys in tow at the grocery store. One extra small boy was about 20-30 minutes away from being entirely ready for a nap. I took a hard pass on waiting and got the lean beef instead. Time management people!

These tacos pack an extra nutrient punch with black beans and spinach. I always add spinach to any dish I can. You cannot get enough leafy greens. I have no problem consuming my leafy greens, but sometimes my boys do. This is a great and tasty way to get them their greens.

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Taco Seasoning

  • 1tbsp dark chili powder
  • 1 & 1/2 tsps cumin
  • 1 tsp Mexican oregano
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 tsp onion powder
  • Fresh ground pepper. To taste

I combine all of these in a small storage dish with a lid and I shake until perfectly blended. I keep my seasoning in this dish all of the time. I just add a batch to the remaining batch. I have even labeled the lid “taco seasoning” I use it in more than just tacos. If I want something southwestern in flavor, I often turn to this seasoning.

I do not add garlic to the dry seasoning. I love fresh garlic. I will always mince 1-2 cloves of garlic and cook it in a pan with some olive oil before adding any meat/veggies and the taco seasoning.

Tacos

  • 1lb ground meat. Turkey, chicken, extra lean sirloin.
  • 1 & 1/2 Tbsp taco seasoning. (you could add more if you want it a touch spicier. I have a little who doesn’t like super spicy yet.)
  • 1-2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 can black beans rinsed and drained
  • several handfuls of spinach, chopped
  • Blue corn taco shells. I used these
  • Toppings of choice, tomatoes, cilantro, jalapeño, cheese

Saute the garlic in the olive oil until soft and fragrant. Add the meat and brown. After it begins to brown add the taco seasoning. Mix well. Cook through a little longer. Add the lime juice and vinegar. Cook for another minute or two. Add the black beans, mix well and heat through. Toss in the chopped spinach. Cook until spinach is wilted and the meat is thoroughly cooked. Scoop into taco shells. Add your desired toppings. I added tomatoes and cilantro to mine. I forgot to dice up my jalapeño. Normally I would add that as well.

Corn and Red Pepper Salsa

  • 1 red pepper diced
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 lime juiced
  • pinch sea salt
  • cilantro diced to taste

Cook red pepper in the olive oil until it begins to get tender. Add the frozen corn and continue to cook. Add the lime juice, cumin, and sea salt. Mix well. Cook through until peppers are soft and corn is no longer frozen. Once done add the cilantro and combine well.

Add all to your plate and enjoy a deliciously fresh taco night in your home!

I decided to peruse the herb section at the grocery store. Maybe the spring like weather brought my attention to the idea of fresh herbs in my meal. There is something lovely about fresh air and fresh herbs. When my eyes hit the Thyme I suddenly had a deep craving for something Thymey. This meal is the fruition of that craving.

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  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 1 Tbsp fresh Thyme chopped
  • 1 small garlic clove pressed or minced
  • 1 pinch sea salt

Preheat oven to 375.

Mix the lemon juice, thyme, garlic, and salt in a small bowl. Whisk until blended. Set aside

I slice each breast into about 4 pieces. So they are thinner. Arrange the chicken in a square baking dish. Pour the lemon mixture over the chicken. Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes. I ended up baking mine for 40 because I had to feed the baby while it was cooking.

I served the chicken over zoodles and yoodles. Zucchini and yellow squash noodles I made with my Premium V Spirializer. I sautéed those in a little olive oil until they were tender. I place my chicken on top and spooned some of the reserved sauce in the bottom of the dish over the chicken and veggies.

I served them with a new recipe for sweet potato bites. I will save that recipe post for another time. I have a 5 month old who started his day at 2:30. Despite my attempts to get him to sleep until his normal time, he woke back up at 5:20. We are now hanging out in my living room. Stay tuned for the sweet potatoes. Jackson was over the moon for them. He was still talking about them shortly before bed. He HUGGED me for making them!

My sweet boy is sick. He even had a bit of a fever last night. The only meal he had eaten yesterday was breakfast. This child is normally an eating machine. There are days where I can barely keep up with getting food to him. His metabolism is off the charts! I wanted him to try to eat some dinner. I let him know his options. He picked one of his favorite meals. Potatoes. And steak would do for the meat.

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  • Aprrox 1lb of steak, a little over would be fine. I used tenderloin.
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 large clove of garlic
  • 2 Tbsp Balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1/4 tsp ground mustard
  • Pinch sea salt
  • A couple twists of fresh black pepper

Cut the steak into pieces. Sauté the garlic for a couple minutes until fragrant. Add the steak and brown. Once browned add the Balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, sea salt, and pepper. Bring the sauce to a nice bubble. Reduce a bit and cook until the steak is done to your liking. This will vary depending on the size of your pieces and your preference. Mine cooked a little longer because the husband likes steak well done and Jackson gets freaked out over the fact that he once saw blood come from steak I was prepping!

I served this over my roasted red potatoes. One the side were rainbow carrots which had been lightly sautéed in some olive oil. They still had a slight crisp to them.

Jackson ended up only eating a few bites. It was at dinner that we realized his fever had gone up. He also just felt entirely miserable. You could see it all over his face. So he got some popsicles and we enjoyed this nice yummy meal.

Soon I will get my red potato recipe up as well! It truly is a go to for me. Jackson is obsessed with them. It is his most favorite dish of mine. It is so versatile they literally go with almost anything!

I am a big fan of one pan meat/veggie dishes. In this season of life it is just so much easier for me. I also rarely remember to get things in a marinade in advance. So if I can create a tasty and flavorful dish quickly without prepping earlier in the day, I am all about that. This is my fresh, clean, healthy, and tasty lemon pepper chicken recipe.

Lemon pepper chicken with green beans over whole wheat pasta

Lemon pepper chicken with green beans over whole wheat pasta

  • Whole Wheat Orecchiette Pasta
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 Lemons, zested and juiced.
  • 1/2 tsp fresh black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • Green beans. To preference. I was generous. Maybe around a pound. Snapped in half
  • Chives to taste

Prepare the pasta according to package. I made the whole pound of pasta. I have myself and two boys to feed plus leftovers!

Cut the chicken up into pieces.

Saute the garlic in the olive oil for a couple minutes, until fragrant. Add chicken and begin to cook. After 3-4 minutes add the lemon juice, pepper, and sea salt. Cooking for another minute and add the vinegar. Let the chicken cook through. Once chicken is cooked add the green beans, chives, and lemon zest. Cook until the green beans are a bright tasty green.

Serve scoops of the chicken/green beans over the pasta. Make sure to get some of the sauce from the bottom of the pan to add to your bowl. Enjoy!

If you don’t want it over pasta you could also serve it over brown rice or even roasted red potatoes.

My 4yo seems to be on the verge of another cold. I have quite literally lost count of how many that is since September. We have battled an immense amount of illness. I have touched on that topic in an earlier post. I won’t relist everything, just think everything from croup to the flu (twice!) Sigh.

This morning’s smoothie was filled with extra vitamin C and antioxidants. We could all use a little extra boost this weekend. IMG_0378

I used my Vitamix. Which if you do not have one, I highly recommend getting one. It has changed my life. CHANGED MY LIFE!

Full disclosure, I do not always exactly measure my smoothie ingredients. They are always yummy though! I have a knack for smoothie making. I also make my portions large enough for 3 people. I have a glass. Jackson has a glass. My husband has a glass.

In this smoothie

  • 2 medium oranges
  • 1 large blood orange
  • Pineapple. I used a generous amount.
  • Blueberries. Almost a whole pint.
  • 1 very large carrot
  • Ice, as much as I could fit

I throw it all in the Vitamix and set it on the smoothie setting. Voila! That easy and simple. A delicious start to the day for 3 people.

I have started and failed to finish several posts this week. It has been difficult for me to get into a good writing flow. They were all very long posts but they just didn’t seem right to me. They all were incomplete as well. I have had a lot on my mind but the words just won’t form correctly. Today, though, I am going to try a bit harder.

Yesterday evening I was thinking to myself that I would really enjoy it if I had a rainy day tomorrow. A day to just slow me down a little bit. A reason to stay inside, cuddled up with my sweetheart. A day where I could use the bad weather as an excuse to not run errands, go somewhere fun, walk to the park, or whatever ever else came up. 

For over a week I haven’t slept through the night. Last night was no exception. As I lay in bed I considered a walk to the park with Jackson today. No workout, take a rest day because I haven’t taken a rest day in over a week either. But a nice 1.5 mile walk and maybe some swimming. My brain was active as I lay in bed considering all the things I could do today. I finally decided to get myself up for the day, having stayed in bed a bit later knowing I didn’t plan on fitting in a workout. Alexander started slowing moving around, then kicking. It was time to start my day. 

Imagine my surprise as I waddled into my kitchen, not greeted by the usual beaming sunlight that radiates through the massive set of windows we have. I was greeted by grey sky, rain, clouds, and utter wetness outside. My heart skipped a beat. My rainy day! I hadn’t even checked the weather forecast yesterday. I had no idea rain was coming. I just wished it would, to force me to slow down a touch. As I sit here and write I am accompanied by the sounds of rain falling on my skylights. Heavy raindrops writing their own song. Jackson is still asleep. He likes to sleep late on rainy mornings. There is no sun radiating around the small space around his blackout blinds. 

I am not sure what we will do today. My dishes could be washed. I was too tired last night to wash the ones from dinner. Legos are already spread across my kitchen table. Except for the small area I am afforded for my meals and well my laptop I am typing on now. We have a ton of books we could read. I have a new big Ninja Turtles coloring/activity book we could make our marks on. Maybe we will do all of them. If he keeps sleeping much longer, there won’t be a nap today. Especially on a day where we don’t wear ourselves out playing outside or going on an adventure. 

As I sipped my coffee earlier, watching the rainy day, I couldn’t help but thank my Gma (that is what I called her a lot). I can’t help but feel like she may have had a hand in providing me with exactly what I needed this week. Forcing me to slow down a little, her girl who is always on the go. Thanks Gma, you did me a solid. 

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View from my kitchen

Do you prefer to work out in the morning or the evening? I personally prefer morning workouts. It just starts my day right, I have more patience in general, and I feel great all day long. I am flexible though. I will work out in the afternoon or evenings if I have to. I used to have a pretty set routine with my workouts, until I became a mom.

Since having Jack, over 16 months ago, I have learned to be entirely flexible with my workouts. Especially at first in those crazy newborn days. I started workouts again 3 weeks after delivering him. I usually used one of his nap times that I was awake for. That lasted for much of the 1st year. People have asked how I do it or sometimes make other comments regarding my fitness regiment. Flexibility is key and so is dedication. If I were not as dedicated to it, the rest would not come. I FIND the time, morning, noon, or night. The thought that “I don’t have time to do this” never ever ever ever enters my head. I make the time. Even 20 minutes is better than 0 minutes.

NOW he sleeps until nearly 10. So I have lots of time to workout in the morning. The only time I don’t is when I have my Barre class on Tuesday nights and if I want to go for a run during the week. I usually wait until Jason gets home for that. He is pretty supportive of my passion for fitness. That also helps. I could go running with Jack and the jogger but he really wears me out sometimes and that alone time is nice. Selfish? Maybe. But I tend to live entirely for him so a little selfishness is ok from time to time. When it comes to my workouts, yes I can be selfish! It is important to me that I take care of myself. That Jack can look up to me and think wow, my mom works really hard to stay in shape. I hope I rub off on him in that aspect. That he SEES hard work is good for you. Another thing that drives me to keep up with my fitness.

But when it comes down to it I really love a nice early morning workout. As a matter of fact after I post this I am off to workout. We have no classes or plans today so I don’t have to rush around so much.

What do you prefer? What are your secrets to keeping up with your workouts?