{weekend notes}

 

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Good morning + happy Monday!!  Time to kick off a new week.  In case you forgot, I kinda dig Monday’s.  A fresh start to a new week with new goals.  Kaia girls begin detox week.  I have the opportunity to try out Peel’d for the first time.  It’s a meal delivery service that supplies me with:

2 – cold pressed juices

1 – smoothie

1 – salad

1 – soup

Each day I will pick up my food for the following day.  So today is the only day this week that I really had to think about what I’m going to make and eat.  I will tell you all more about it toward the end of the week.  If you are interested in checking it out click here.

Saturday I started off my day with Kaia Power Hour.  It was a great workout.  I brought a friend to try it out too.  These girls below seriously kick ass.  I must text Greta daily with questions and advice.  She always has the answers.  Thanks girls for being my support system.

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We enjoyed breakfast at Savory Café.  Plainfield Elementary School ( my daughter’s school) was having a fundraiser with the café.  The food was so yummy.  The are now even open for dinner….you have to check them out.  Click here to view their menus.

I had the Serendipity: sautéed spinach, mushroom, bell pepper, onions, tomatoes & herbed potatoes topped with avocado, sprouts and a over easy egg.  I will be going back for this same dish.  My mom and I equally loved it.

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It looks amazing, right?  Go next weekend and enjoy 🙂

 

Saturday afternoon these girls picked out their 4-H pigs.  Watching them raise these big ol pigs is going to be entertaining, to say the least.  They were so excited, which makes the experience so fun to watch.  Bailey already named her pig Babe.  She’s telling everyone she’s raising her pig to make bacon…lol.  She’s got it figured out.

 

I celebrated my birthday with my high school babes.  I know, I know, it’s been a week and I need to stop celebrating.  This is the last one, promise.

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I was thinking last night that we’ve been friends more than 1/2 of my life.  Crazy, huh?  They know more about me than I’d like to admit.  Saturday night felt like old times.  We even went to a bar after dinner.  haha.  Normally we all bee-line it home to go to bed after dinner + drinks.

I have been wanting to try Pho.  We found Pho King in Davis.  Pho is pronounced more like fa.  Let’s say it together.  Fa-king.

I crack myself up.

If you are a Pho virgin, like myself.  Pho is a Vietnamese soup.  It consists of broth + rice noodles + herbs + meat.  It’s served with a side of toppings, bean sprouts + basil + lime + jalapenos + sauces.  I was impressed.  It was really really good.  And I can’t believe I hadn’t tried it sooner.

 

Sunday morning I took the Nugget Market tour with the Kaia girls.  I was blown away at all the specialty food items Nugget carries for Kaia recipes.  Pretty much anything and everything.  And if you don’t see something you need, they will get it for you.

Did you know, if you buy produce from the store and take it to the juice bar, they will juice anything right there for you to take home?  15 cents per ounce.  I want to try beet + carrots next week.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

We browsed the store with Nugget’s very own health expert.  We tried samples of salads from their salad bar.  Pictured in the top left, kamut + kale salad.  The juice bar made us the Zin stabilizer, pictured top right.   We were given Vega re-usable bags filled with Vega and other product samples.  I really enjoyed learning more about the healthy food options that are right at my fingertips.

Sunday the Fricke family had us over for a duck dinner.  It was so relaxing and enjoyable.  The kids played and we chatted over wine and a beautiful meal.  Perfect way to complete our weekend.  Thank you Fricke’s!!

We watched parts of the Golden Globes too.  Clearly Jennifer Lawrence + Amy Schumer are the new Tina + Amy.  Ricky Gervais was hilarious.  His Ben Affleck dig may have been my favorite.  And….anyone else see Brad Pitt + Ryan Gosling.  Holy hotness.

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Here’s my best dressed

Alicia Vikander // Jenna Dewan Tatum // Lady gaga

Worst dressed picks

Jennifer Lopez // Eva Longoria // Kate Hudson

These chicks let me down.  They all have rockin ass bodies and they picked ugly ass dresses.  Bare midriffs are not cute even when you’re Kate Hudson.

OK, now let’s get back to food 🙂

Remember I posted this photo of these stuffed bell peppers?  I’m going to share the recipe here.  These are a great grab and go lunch or dinner.  Hearty and filling.  With all clean ingredients too.

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I used the leftovers from a dinner earlier in the week.  Skinny Taste Santa Fe Chicken.  It’s my go-to crock pot meal.  I have made this dish more times than I can count.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 14.4 oz can diced tomatoes with mild green chilies
  • 15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 8 oz frozen corn
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 14.4 oz can fat free chicken broth
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper (to taste)
  • salt to taste

Throw all ingredients in the crock pot and cook on low for 10 hours.  Remove chicken to shred and place back in the crock pot.

I keep my crock pot in the garage when I’m cooking in it.  I love the smell of the food cooking, but I don’t want my house and myself to smell like it for the next week.  Trust me, garage crock pot cooking is where it’s at!!

I served the Santa Fe Chicken over quinoa (for myself) and Cory + Bailey rolled it up in tortillas with all the taco toppings.

I found these gorgeous red and yellow peppers at Pedrick Produce and had to incorporate them in a meal.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 cups leftover Santa Fe Chicken
  • 2 bell peppers
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • mixed greens
  • Toppers: cilantro + green onions + salas +avocado

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Cut peppers in half and place cut side up on your baking dish.  Fill peppers with 1/2 cup of chicken mixture.  Drizzle 1 tablespoon chicken broth on each peppers.  Pour the remaining broth in the bottom of your baking dish.  Cover with foil and bake 40 minutes.

Place pepper over mix greens and top with your favorite toppers.

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See you tomorrow!

xoxo stacyb

 

 

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