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{friday 5}

Leopard Flats (40% off): J.Crew Factory

FRIIIIDAAAYYYY! It’s here! We’re celebrating with a night IN. I’ve got a bottle of chard in the fridge waiting on my arrival. PJ’s are folded up on the foot of my bed…ha! Pizza and movies. We’re gonna have a lit night. Did I say that right? I’ve got 5 things on my mind today……..

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{celery juicin’}

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Celery juice.  Even if you live in a hole, chances are you’ve heard about it.  Because everyone suddenly seems to be drinking the green juice.  And not just drinking.  But, straight up swearing by it.  Like it’s some kind of miracle juice.

Well, it kinda is.  Celery has been hailed as a miraculous superfood.  Hard to believe, right?

It’s basically become a global movement.  Everyone is doin’ it.

Here’s the scoop…..

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{stuffed bell peppers}

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Busting this one out of the vault.  I’ve probably made this recipe 50 times.  Okay, maybe not 50, but you know what I mean.  Used to whip up these stuffed bell peppers all the time.  Then stopped.  Kinda forgot about them, to be completely honest.

Then last week GG (my grandma) requested them.  I did ask her if she had a request….and she didn’t think twice.  You see, I used to make these stuffed peppers for her back in the day too.  We all pretty much forgot about them.

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Anyone else love a healthy meal in individual proportions?

I don’t know why it’s so pleasing to me…lol.

Usually I grab green peppers, because I’m cheap AF!  And they’re always a fraction of the price compared to the pretty orange, yellow and red peppers.  Pedrick Produce had bags of 6 peppers (pretty ones) for $2.00 each last week.  SCORE!!!

And I have to admit, they look so much prettier.  Pretty food matters…lol.

Okay, so a trick to great stuffed bell peppers –

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{healthy-ish chicken salad}

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Hallelujah….kids are FINALLY back in school.  Insert happy dance!  Doesn’t if feel like they’ve been on break for an eternity?  Bay’s been sleeping till about 10 am each day, so to my surprise, I heard her alarm go off at 5:45 am.  And she actually got up…ha!  She set her alarm extra early so she could curl her hair.  Remember when she got the Conair Infiniti Pro Curl SecretBay can curl all her hair all on her own.  And I don’t have to worry about her burning herself or our house down.  Coolest curling tool for kids.

What I’m really here to talk about today is my Healthy-ish Chicken Salad recipe though.  Now that Bay’s back in school and we’re back to our regular routine, I’m ready to tackle the new year.  Even though it’s day #8 and not day #1.  Better late than never, right?

I meal prepped like a boss over the weekend.  Chicken Fajita Bowls.  Chili Lime Walnuts.  Washed + chopped all our veggies for the week.  Hard boiled eggs.  Made dressings + sauces.  And lastly, this Chicken Salad.

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My Mom tried it for lunch yesterday and gave it two thumbs up!  Whoop Whoop!

The walnuts give it the best texture and crunch.  I wouldn’t ever ruin a recipe by adding fruit, but I’m sure you fruit lovers out there would dig grapes in this?  Sounds disgusting to me though. HA!  I added a grainy Dijon mustard and some white vinegar.  I’m telling your, it’s really good.

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{turkey + loaded veggie chili}

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Anyone else straight up craving all the greens + veggies?  After over indulging (in every way possible) last week, I’m so ready to get back on track.  I was a no limit solider.  All the desserts.  All the leftovers.  All the wine.  I even stole some cookie dough Bay was hiding in the fridge.  Shhhh!  I won’t even dare step on the scale for a while…lol.  But, I was living my best life #YOLO

Now I’m like, Bring on the soups + salads!  STAT!

This chili is healthy + hearty + comforting.  Loaded with veggies.

Oh and I didn’t mentions, this chili is ready in under 30 minutes!  Makes lots of leftovers.  I love to serve it over baked potatoes or sweet potatoes day two.  I’ve been known to make a pretty mean chili dog with this recipe too!

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The veggie chopping is the most time-consuming.  I typically do all my chopping the night before.  And I swear by this Vidalia Chop Wizard

I use this for everything.  I’m kinda of a freak and I really, really dig all my veggies to be uniform in soups.  Ha!  I can’t believe I just admitted that.  It’s super easy + dishwasher safe….whoop whoop!

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I used to call this the Weight Watchers Chili 1 Point Chili.  Did I ever tell you guys I used to be a Weight Watcher?  I lost 20 lbs using the program when Bay was 6 months old.  Even became a lifetime member!

Anyway, they change the points program so often that I can’t keep up of this recipe still falls under the 1 point per serving range.

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Top it with some sour cream + shredded cheese and your kids will never know it’s basically a veggie soup.

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{friday 5}

Hi and Happy Friday!  Raise your hand if you’re as happy as I am for FRIDAY!  I have been so inspired lately, it’s the best feeling.  Only problem – not enough time in the day to make it all happen.  I went to TJ’s and grabbed all the goodies to work on a fun Thanksgiving DIY to share next week.  Although, my heart + mind are 100% on Christmas.  Since I’m hosting turkey day, I have to slow my roll….for a minute.  Would it be weird to eat turkey with a Christmas tree in the living room?  Ha!  Just kidding.  I’ll wait till the day after!  Weekend plans: sleep-in (if only till past 5am) watch my nephew play in his championship football game #gobenny!  Take our Christmas card picture (they’re normally already ordered by now…who am I) Check out the Pixie Traders Vintage Market…more on that below!  And dinner with friends.

Have a good one friends!

5 things on my mind……

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FRIDAY sweatshirt

ONE – FRIDAY // When you find your second favorite F-word on a sweatshirt.  You buy that fucker.  I went to J.Crew Factory earlier this week and it fell in my shopping bag.  So, I had to take it home.  It’s $30 today with code: 2DAYSONLY!  Grab one and let’s be Friday twins Ha!  I also found a shit-ton of other really cute tops + sweaters + vests too.  I’ll be sharing once I get them all linked up for you!

 

 

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TWO – Egg White Frittata // It’s easy.  It’s clean.  It’s delicious.  This was my go-to breakfast this week on my sugar cleanse.  It re-heats so well too.  Top with some hot sauce + avocado.  BOMB!  Serve over roast sweet potatoes…even bomb-er.  Try it over the weekend, okay?!?!

Egg White Frittata

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3 mushrooms, sliced
  • handful fresh spinach
  • 1 cup egg beaters (or egg whites)
  • everything but the bagel seasoning
  • parmesan cheese
  • hot sauce

Here’s what you do:

Preheat oven to boil.

Spray your frying pan with non-stick spray.  Avocado oil is my jam right now, but any will do the trick.

Add mushrooms and cook for about 3 minutes, flip half way through.

Add spinach and cook till wilted.

Whisk egg beaters or whites till frothy and sprinkle with everything but the bagel seasoning.  Pour over veggies.  Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

Don’t touch the eggs.  Even though you want to.  Once they start to look set, gently run a spatula around the rim.

Transfer frying pan to oven and boil for 2-3 minutes.

Once eggs are puffed, they are DONE!

Remove and add more parmesan….you can NEVER have too much cheese 🙂

Cut frittata into 4 wedges.  Top with hot sauce.  Add some avocado if you’re feeling fancy.

Enjoy!

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{on wednesdays we wear pink}

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Sweater $16 // Denim // Mules $18(similar)

Another day, another Old Navy sweater!  Old Navy is HOT right now.  Words I don’t think have ever left my mouth…HA!  But, for reals – you cannot beat those price tags + promo codes.  They have relevant styles and way better quality than I remember from the good ol days.

Before we get to that, I’m going to chat about my sugar cleanse for a minute.  If you DGAF….keep scrolling.  All my outfit details + top Old Navy picks are below.  I’ve been getting lots of questions, so let’s break it down real quick……

WHY

I’ve chatted before about why I cut sugar from my diet.  You can read about it here: {no sugar, no problem…sike} Basically, these jeans I’m wearing right here.  They are getting tight.  And I really like them, so I better get my shit together.  You know what I mean?  But, there are about 7 other reasons too.

HOW

I start each cleanse with a 2-day meal plan (below).  And the 3-day renew life cleanse.  Just trust me.  The combo does wonders and I feel so good within those first few days.  The 3-day cleanse you can find at Target and Nugget for $7.  I wrote about it more here: {friday 5}

Renew Life 3 day-cleanse

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I legit yanked this out of a Women’s Health magazine at Oasis about 5 years ago.  Sorry Melika.  I keep it on the side of my fridge.

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Breakfast – smoothie (I follow the recipe above) in my opinion, it’s the worst part of the 2-days

Snack #1 – cucumbers + vinegar + dill with a cup of green tea

Lunch – ground turkey + spinach + cilantro + green onions.  I top it with a shit-ton of hot sauce.

Snack #2 – should be asparagus.  I opted for carrots since the asparagus at the grocery store looked nasty.  With another mug of hot green tea.

Dinner – roast salmon + spinach + red onion + little olive oil + LOTS of lemon

In the evenings – you know, wine time + chill time?  I immediately brush my teeth.  Meaning kitchen is closed…NO MORE FOOD.  Ha!  Then follow-up with lot’s of green tea.  Especially the night your kid decided to try out a new chocolate chip cookie recipe.  Not gonna lie, I 100% snuck a bite of the dough.  #qualitycontrol

After the 2-day thing is over.  I stick to a strict no added sugar diet.  I don’t do fruit, because I don’t care for it.  I will use some brown rice here and there.  Sweet potatoes.  Homemade nut butters.  NO wine.  No beer.  No TJ’s dark chocolate covered almonds.  The struggle is real.  A clean diet.  Lots of protein + veggies.  With a few Skinny, Skinny Margs on the weekends.

HOW LONG

I was originally thinking till the end of the week.  But, who knows.  Maybe till Thanksgiving?

Now let’s get back to this outfit 🙂

Sweater // Denim // Mules (similar)

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{asian turkey + green beans}

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It’s Thursday peeps.  I stayed up till the butt-crack of dawn prepping + cleaning + packing.  We leave for Portland today!  Anyone else do that?  The night before a trip, stay up all night cleaning + organizing + cooking + decorating…..absolutely anything to avoid packing?  I get this crazy urge to make sure my house is clean AF.  Just in case a robber breaks in, my shit looks nice and tight?  Ha!  No, really – I get a huge since of ease knowing everything is tidy and right where it belongs.  And it’s gonna be just like that when I return.  And I despise packing.  #tiredaf

So, as I was editing photos I thought – let’s keep it really real today.  Remember when I posted {things I’m afraid to tell you} and I admitted that “I don’t really have marble counter tops”  I get DM’s ALL THE TIME about my fake marble counters and it makes me laugh out loud.  I think out of all the 11 things, this is the one you guys liked the most!

 

Here’s what I see…..

Half drank glass of red wine, which is never more than an arm’s length away while I’m cooking.

Random spices.

Cutting boards + knives.

Props and dishes.

Marble slab my homegirl Sarah P gave me.  Sometimes I use a roll of marble wrapping paper too.

And lo and behold…my beautiful tile counter tops.

Would you even follow me or make my recipe if I posted that?  Ha!

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{meal prep tips + greek salad}

Greek salad meal prep for a week!  4 days to be exact.  Because, even I, a creature of habit.  One that can eat the same thing over and over.  Can only do 4 solid days before I need something new up in the mix.  Ha!

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Before we get to the recipe, I’m going to answer a question I get ALL THE TIME.  Meal prep.  Who?  What?  How?

I know so many people who stop by the grocery store on their way home from work to grab that evenings dinner.  Personally that gives me the chills.  I despise going to the grocery store.  Well, other than Trader Joe’s.  So, I make it a once a week thing.  Which could give you the chills…lol.  With a little practice and some strategy, I promise you can do this too.  It’s such a life/time saver!

Tips for easy meal-prep

1 – Pull out your calendar.  Take a peek at the week ahead.  Realistically, how many days will you be home for dinner.  Meetings, sports, kids activities, happy hours all play into this.  My goal is to cook at least 3 of the weeknights.  And plan for leftovers the nights I wont have time.  Picking recipes that can double duty.  Like, cook extra chicken one night for dinner.  Make soup or chop up extra chicken for salads the next night.  I know that if I have a meeting on a Tuesday night, I need to:

A.) prep or cook the night before.

B.) plan something super simple.

C.) pick up dinner somewhere.

 

2 – Pick one day a week to decide on actual meals.  Every Wednesday I do my meal plan for the following week.  Now that you’ve figured out how many meals you need to plan for the upcoming week.  Flip thought magazines.  Scroll through pinterest.  Pull out all your fave cookbooks.  Just pick a day and make it happen.  I actually enjoy this part!  Then write it out in the notes on your phone.

Monday – chicken + rice + veggies

Tuesday – chicken tacos + green salad

etc…

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{sausage + potato + broccoli sheet pan meal}

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You guys, today is my first recipe post with my new blog format.  And I’m BEYOND excited to announce there is now an option to “print” the recipe.  Ahh!  I’m so frickin happy I could cry!  Ha!  This has been a long time coming and I’m crazy excited that everything is finally falling into place on this space of mine!

Pretty please drop me a line and let me know if it works properly for you.  And more than anything if you find this as helpful as I do!

Now let’s get to the recipe…..

So, you know I’m a big fan of easy weeknight dinners.  Let’s keep it real.  It’s such a busy time of the year.  Anyone else straight up dead at the end of the day?  But, still want to serve your family a healthy dinner and sit around the table?  Chat about the days peaks + pits?  Me too!

I made this super simple sheet pan recipe last night.  And it was such a hit at our house that I changed up todays original blog post to share it today!  I couldn’t wait.

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