Monthly Archives: January 2016

Easy Black Bean Soup

Hello friends!  Apparently it IS Friday!  I do not know where my mind has been this week, but yay for Friday!  Today I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit for a Kitchen Cleanse themed week!
foodiefridayA few weeks ago my local Kroger had organic beans on sale for 10/$10, so of course I stocked up!  I might have stocked up a little too much since I had to store them some of the cans on the counter due to my pantry being totally full.  Since I have still not been feeling 100%, I was in the mood for more soup.  I didn’t have a lot of energy to make something that would take a long time, so I pondered what I could make.  I saw the cans of black beans and I knew what I was going to do.  Now, I have never made black bean soup before so I looked up a few recipes on Pinterest.  Nothing really struck me as the right one, and especially since most of them had onions in them.  So I looked in the fridge and pulled out a few things I thought might be good.  And 25 min later I was enjoying delicious soup!

Black Bean Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 cans of organic black beans, drained
  • 1 red pepper, chopped into small pieces
  • 2-3 strips of organic turkey bacon, cut into small pieces (optional)
  • about 1 cup of organic chicken broth
  • Spices (black pepper, paprika, garlic, etc) to taste
  • 1/2 TBS avocado oil

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Directions

  1. Heat oil in large skillet pan.  Add the red peppers, bacon and spices. Cook till they are tender.
  2. Add drained beans to the peppers/bacon. Cook for 5-10 min.
  3. Add peppers, bacon and beans to a food processor or blender.  Pulse for 1-2 min until a smoother consistency.
  4. Add in broth 1/4 c at a time till it is the thickness you desire. You can always add more broth if it is too thick.
  5. Pour back in the pan and cook for 3-5 min.
  6. Enjoy!

 

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Pinterest Interest: Taco Soup

Happy Friday friends!  I am keeping this short as I am still on the mend from a nasty cold.  This week consisted of LOTS of rest, some Netflix and many bowls of soup for myself, the Hubs and my nanny kiddos!

Today I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit for a Pinterest Interest themed week!
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I have had this taco soup recipe floating around in my mind the past few weeks, and this week ended up being perfect for making it due to being sick and it fit in our theme perfectly!  I did make a few changes to accommodate my allergies, but I think it still turned out really great!
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Taco Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. Ground turkey, browned and drained
  • 1 container Chicken Broth {14.5 oz.}
  • 1 can Kidney Beans {16 oz.}, drained
  • 1 can Black Beans {15 oz.}, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can Petite Diced Tomatoes + 1/2 liquid from can {14.5 oz.}
  • 1 can Corn + 1/2 liquid from can {15 oz.}
  • 1 can Original Rotel – Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies {10 oz.}
  • 3 tbsp. Homemade Taco Seasoning (equal parts, about 1/4 tsp each): black pepper, cumin, smoked  paprika, garlic, chili powder, oregano, crushed red pepper)
  • ½ tsp. Himalayan Salt
  • Toppings: Chips, avocado, Sour Cream, Shredded Cheddar & chopped olives (or really anything else you usually put on a taco

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Directions

  1. Brown ground turkey into small pieces in a large pot.
  2. Add remaining ingredients {except garnish ingredients} to crockpot or large stove top pot and stir well.
  3. Crockpot- Cook on HIGH for 2 hours, or LOW for 4 hours.
    Stove top- Cook on med heat for 60-90 min (this was my lazy version since I really had zero energy to dig out my crockpot this week.
  4. Top with the toppings of your choice!
  5. Enjoy this cozy meal!

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Make sure you check out all the amazing ladies and their awesome mouthwatering recipes!!

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Be filled with joy and health!

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No Wild Workout Wednesday 

Well friends, I have been battling a nasty cold the last few days, and before that some pretty horrible insomnia. Mix the two together and well, my workouts have not really been happening. Kind of bummed about it since I really wanted to stay on track with my race training. So the last few days have been filled with lots of rest (my step tracker has been pretty low for me), and lots of fluids and soups.   

 The positive side of all this is that I created some new soup recipes that I will post when I have energy to sit at the computer and not pass out.  

    
   
The other positive side is that my nanny kiddos have been extra snugly since they haven’t been feeling well either. I hate that we are all sick, but I do love some good snuggle time. And coloring. Coloring is always good!  

 Hope everyone else is feeling stellar! 

     
    
   

Scottish Porridge …My style

Happy Friday friends!  I hope today finds you well!  It has been another busy week here in Texas, but it has felt amazing to get back into my routine of life!
Today for Foodie Friday we are celebrating our heritages.  The last time we did a heritage recipe, I focused on my German heritage.  Today I am going a little different direction and pulling from my Scottish roots!
Growing up, porridge mostly consisted of cream of wheat or oatmeal.  I would normally add in some peanut butter and a handful of chocolate chips.  Not the most tradition way to eat porridge, but it worked for me at the time.  As I have gotten older, I have found ways to add some additional nutritional benefits to my version of porridge.

I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit!!
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I did a little research about Scottish Porridge and found some interesting facts from  Scottish at Heart!

  • Traditionally, porridge is stirred with a wooden rod called a ‘Spirtle’ or ‘Spurtle’, which looks a bit like a drumstick (not the chicken variety!)
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  • Superstition has it that Scottish porridge should always be stirred clockwise – and preferably with your right hand – otherwise the Devil will come for the person doing the stirring!
  • Porridge is traditionally served in wooden bowls, and eaten standing up. Each spoonful should be dipped in a bowl of cream that’s shared by everyone at the table
  • Porridge could well have been the worlds’ first ‘take-out’. Centuries ago, an authentic porridge recipe such as this one would be used to cook up a big pot and what wasn’t eaten for breakfast would be poured into ‘drawers’ or another container and allowed to cool.  Once it was cooled, the porridge could be cut up into slices or blocks, wrapped, and taken along on the days’ work to be eaten for lunch, dinner or a snack!

Most often when I make my porridge, I use more traditional steel cut oats.  Today I didn’t have any left, so I used the rolled oats that I did have!
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Scottish Porridge

Ingredients

  • Oats cooked
  • Dash of milk
  • Cream (for a more traditional experience)
  • Nut butter 1/2-1 TBS
  • Toppings (dried fruit, nuts, etc)

Directions

  1. Cook oats
  2. Add in a dash of milk
  3. Stir in nut butter
  4. Add toppings
  5. Dip each bite in cream if desired

 

 

Make sure you check out all the amazing ladies and their awesome mouthwatering recipes!!

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Also, if you missed them, you can see my pics from Costa Rica Here, here, here and here!

Be filled with joy and health!

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Costa Rica, part 4!

Another little throwback to Costa Rica.
I have to say that although I loved each day and all the activities we did on the first few days in Costa Rica (pt 1, pt 2, pt 3), this day was probably the most relaxing day I have had in my entire life!  The pictures really do NOT do justice, and I will totally be doing this tour again one day!  I highly recommend it!

We woke up early, snagged some breakfast and were ready to get picked up at 6:30am!
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We took a mini bus ride to meet up with the larger tour bus.  We had another nice tour guide.  Only issue on the bus was the poor guy behind us was motion sick.  Use your imagination…I am just glad he was ok!
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After a 90 min ride we made it to Puntarenas, and then to the boat!  It was a lovely 2 hour ride across the water out to Tortuga Island!

The boat ride was really relaxing and gorgeous!

Once we got to the island they told us about some of the activity options available.  Snorkeling, canoeing, jet skiing, and volleyball.  As exciting as all those sounded, I was really just needing a day to CHILL on the beach!

So for several hours, that is exactly what we did!  We did enjoy an awesome lunch on the beach, splashed in the water a bit, but mostly just relaxed!  I think I took 4 mini naps! It was pure bliss!

I was a little sad when it was time to leave.  I felt for the first time in a LONG time, I really was able to really relax and not think about all of what was going on in my life.  It was just what I needed.
The boat ride home was beautiful! I spent some time in the pool on the boat, ate some yummy fruit and read a little.


Pt 5 coming soon! Stay tuned for some Foodie Friday fun in a bit!

 

Be filled with joy and health!
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Wild Workout & Training Update!

Hello friends!  It has been a little crazy and exhausting getting back into my workout routine!  I was still active on and off the last few weeks of 2015, but didn’t really get to the gym very much.  It felt SO good to be back last week!  I also got back into my training for the next half marathon that is on the books (March 5th)!
I am joining the Wild Workout link up with link up with Angelena Marie from  Angelena Marie: Happy, Healthy & Balanced , Michelle at Fruition Fitness  and Nicole from Fitful Focus and Annmarie from The Fit Foodie Mama

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A little recap since last Monday

Monday- 2.75 elliptical miles
Tuesday- 3.83 elliptical miles and half a zumba class- I left a little early for date night with the Hubs
Wednesday- Body pump (hello muscles!!!), first 5k of 2016 (47:15 min….I have a LOT of work to do)
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Thursday- Walking
Friday- Rest and enjoying my new running coloring book by a fellow Sweat Pink ambassador, Sarah, and book by one of my favorite and inspiration runners, Danica.
Seriously, if you love to run, want to run, or just want to learn more about running, go get these books! (I am just putting them out there because I have really enjoyed them…not benefiting in any way other than sharing the awesomeness!)

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Saturday- Walking
Sunday- 4.31 miles- Wog 3.85 miles and a .46 mile cool down
Monday- Body pump (muscles are getting back into it!) plus 2 recovery elliptical miles
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Tuesday- 3 miles of elliptical sprints and zumba class!  Felt good to be back!
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Wednesday- Body pump, sprint workout

I have been a little sore, but really loving getting back to my training and routine!
I started using a supplement from Young Living called Ningxia Nitro, and I can totally tell a difference in my workouts!  So awesome!
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Coming up:
Thursday- Zumba and 2-3 recovery miles
Friday- Piyo and 3 miles
Saturday- Body pump
Sunday- 5 miles
Monday- Body pump and 2-3 recovery miles
Tuesday- 3 miles and zumba
Wednesday- Body pump and sprint drills

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Costa Rica, part 3!

Well life has been super crazy again! I don’t really mind.  I have been able to spend time with a lot of my favorite kids and getting back into my routine.
I will leave you with some pics of our tour day at the Cafe Britt coffee plantation.
I went on this tour about 12 years ago and it left such an impression on my that I knew I needed to take the Hubs to see it.  Back then Cafe Britt didn’t ship to the US, but they do now!  I was thrilled to find this out.  If you are ever in need of some fantastic coffee, you can order some from their website!

The tour included fun interactions with the guides and lessons about how they make their coffee.  I will let the pictures tell the story.
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