Monthly Archives: April 2016

Avocado eggs 

Hello friends! Happy Friday!  What a week it has been!  Between more massive storms, pet sitting, and house hunting in addition to my normal life activities, I am worn out!  When these times come I am so glad I am able to whip together simple & nutritious meals!

I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit for our Kitchen Cleanse themed week!

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So apparently I am an avocado hoarder!  I think I buy them pretty much every time I go to the store and somehow ended up with 15 in various stages of ripeness!  So of course I needed to use them up, but I wanted to do something other than guac. I have seen eggs baked into avocados before and thought I would give it a try!

Avocado Eggs
Ingredients

  • Avocados
  • 2 eggs per avocado
  • Dash of spices ( I used salt, pepper, paprika, & garlic)

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Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375*
  2. Slice the avocado open and remove the pit
  3. Place avocado face up in a baking dish
  4. Carefully crack open an egg into a small bowl, leaving the yolk in tact.
  5. Pour the egg into the hole of the avocado.
  6. Repeat #4 & 5 for each avocado half.
  7. Sprinkle on the spices.
  8. Bake for 20-25 min or until the egg is fully cooked.  A little less time will keep the yolk runny, and more time will make the yolk firm.
  9. Let cool for a few min and enjoy!

 

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Gluten Free Roasted Veggie & Bacon Quiche! 

Hello friends! Happy Friday! The sun is finally out in full force after this week of rain and flooding!  With all this rainy weather I had been craving some comfort food.  I saw this recipe on pinterest and it sparked an idea in me.  So I took some of the recipe but also modified to to add in some delicious roasted veggies!

I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit for our Pinterest Interest themed week!

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 Gluten Free Roasted Veggie & Bacon Quiche!
Ingredients

  • 1 (9-inch) deep dish frozen pie shell
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1½ tsp of each spice: garlic, black pepper, paprika, Himalayan
  • 1 cup roasted veggies (I used broccoli, butternut squash & red pepper)
  • 3 slices of turkey bacon, chopped into cubes
  • 1½ cup shredded cheese (I used goat gouda)
  • 1 TBS avocado oil

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 425*
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil and enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan.
  3. Place fresh/raw veggies & bacon on the pan and lightly cover them in oil and spices to taste.
  4. Cook for 15-20 min.
  5. Also pre-cook the pie shell for about 12 min while the veggies roast.
  6. While that roasts, mix together the eggs, cream, mayonnaise, and spices, set aside.
  7. Let the veggies/bacon cool then pulse lightly in a food processor until everything is in small pieces.
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  8. Readjust the oven temp to 350*
  9. Fold the veggie/bacon mixture & 1 cup of cheese into the liquid mixture.
  10. Pour into the pie shell.
  11. Cover the rim of the pie shell with aluminum foil or a pie shield.
  12. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of cheese on top.
  13. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until the center is set when gently shaken. Cover the edges of the crust with aluminum foil, if needed to prevent over browning.
  14. Allow to cool to warm before cutting.
  15. Enjoy!

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This recipe is more complex than my normal recipes.
I actually doubled it and made some crust-less quiches in muffin tins.  Perfect for breakfast on the go!
I would also recommend if you are going to make this to pre-roast the veggies and even prep everything the night before and then cook it closer to the time the meal due to its long prep time!

 

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Workout update 

Hello from a very wet Texas!! It has been a crazy week so far with the weather! We got some massive storms on Sunday evening and all day Monday! Lots and lots of flooding, schools closed, and people & animals having to be rescued!  It is pouring down rain again…and we really just don’t need any more! Prayers appreciated for all of Houston!

Other than the rain, things have continued to be pretty busy!  I have been dealing with some hip issues again, so I have scaled way back on my workouts to try and get it settled down again!  One thing I was able to do was participate in a 5k 2 weekends ago!  I really was honored to be a part of this race!  I found out about it through my MRTT group and I am so glad they posted about it!
On April 9th I woke up at 5 am to get ready to drive down into Houston and to run for a cause that is very close to my heart.

It was a bit of a humid day and with my hip acting up I really just focused to thinking of and praying for the victims of human trafficking.  The race went pretty well considering the humid weather and the hilly course.   The theme of the race was superheros, and they had a costume contest for the runners.  During the race I even saw 2 guys dressed as a camel.  As I ran I prayed for the victims and also for the captors to have a change of heart and to stop doing what they are doing.  I glanced at my phone a few times to see my pace.  I almost had negative splits for the race but got stopped at a red light for a minute near the end of mile 2 which took away that from happening.  Overall it was a pretty good race.  Small, but very active.  The course was along the bayou with lots of wildflower blooming.
I am def planning to do this race again next year (hopefully with many more friends) and also get more involved with Free the Captives until then!

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Human trafficking is a TERRIBLE injustice that continues to happen in our world.  I have to admit that when I first heard about it a few years back, I really did not know just how much of it happened here in the USA!!  The more I found out about it, the more shocked and heartbroken I felt! Since Houston is a city with ports, international airports and many highways, it is actually a very well known hub for trafficking.  There is an estimated 27-30 million(!!!!) people enslaved in human & sex trafficking!  For me, 1 is too many. I can hardly wrap my head around that number.  Personally, I think the number is higher.  It isn’t something that is counted as easily as other statistical data.
Here is some data I was able to find (Source: Texas Human Trafficking Fact Sheet)

International Human Trafficking Statistics:
•10-30 million modern day slaves exist in the world today.
The majority of the reports consulted for the purposes of this fact sheet estimate that the number is around 27 million people with several respected analysts estimating the number to be much higher.
•After drug trafficking, human trafficking is tied with the illegal arms industry as the second largest criminal industry in the world today – and is considered the fastest growing – generating $32 billion a year! {There is SO much wrong with this statement}
•$15.5 billion is generated in industrialized countries alone.
•The estimated financial cost of forced labor (compared to free employment) is $21 billion a year.
•12.3 million adults and children are in forced labor world wide.
•The International Labor Organization estimates that for every 1 victim of sex trafficking there are 9 victims of labor trafficking worldwide. However, sexual exploitation (79%) is by far the most commonly identified form of trafficking in persons, followed by forced labor (18%).
•In 2011, 42,291 victims of human trafficking were identified worldwide. Of that number only 7,909 cases were prosecuted and resulted in only 3,969 convictions.
•In 2011 there were 15,205 labor trafficking victims identified resulting in only 278 convictions.
•In 2006 there were only 5,808 prosecutions and 3,160 convictions throughout the world, which means for every 800 people trafficked, only one person was convicted.
•600,000 – 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders each year.
•80% of transnational victims are women and girls.
•50% of transnational victims are minors. An estimated 2 million children are exploited by the global commercial sex trade, with 100,000 minors in the commercial sex trade in the U.S. alone.
•The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that 20% of all trafficking victims are minors.
•161 countries are affected by human trafficking.
•The majority of suspects involved in human trafficking are nationals of the country where the trafficking process is occurring.
•The majority (56%) of trafficking victims are subjected to forced labor in their place of origin or residence, with only 44% who are considered transnational trafficking victims. The International Labour Organization found

These numbers make me feel sick!  And somewhat hopeless at times.  Thankfully there are many wonderful organizations who are in the trenches working to combat the problem and raise awareness so more people can learn how to help!

Here are some tidbits of one girls story who was caught up in sex trafficking…Thankfully she was able to come away from that life and find freedom.

A small reminder that this can really happen to anyone.  Raising awareness is a HUGE step in this fight!  I encourage you to look up a foundation in your area that is working against human trafficking and see how you can help!  Talk to your kids, share info with others in your area, help with fundraising, volunteer! There are many ways to help fight!
Free The Captives in Houston is a wonderful organization that is working in the areas of the city that are more vulnerable for trafficking to happen!  At the race they shared about a man who was put in jail because he trafficked 64,000 girls in a 19 month period!!! This has GOT to end!  I know it comes from pure evil but I also know that kindness, love, and teamwork can be used to combat it!

Other than my race I have been working on getting my hip back to normal, visiting friends who were in the hospital or needing some extra love, dealing with this awful rain, entertaining company, and some extra pet sitting! Life has kept me away from my normal workout schedule! Only a few body pump classes, 1 Zumba class, 1 yoga class and some random mixed workouts including a painful class called “Treat While You Train” the past 2.5 weeks! I am ready to get back to my normal routine! It will probably be a few weeks till I am back to normal, and I hope my hip is fully back to normal then too!  I am tired of it hurting!

Have you tried anything new lately?  Fill me in 🙂

 

 

I am linking up again with with Annmarie from The Fit Foodie Mama, Angelena Marie from  Angelena Marie: Happy, Healthy & Balanced , Michelle at Fruition Fitness  and Nicole from Fitful Focus for another workout recap!  Feel free to add to the link up and join in the fun!
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Calling all GARLIC lovers…

Happy Friday friends!  What a week it has been!  I think this is the first time I have actually had time to sit down and even open my computer! There is a LOT going on, and more updates will be coming about what is in the works!  Until then, I have some yummy recipes to share with you 🙂

I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit for our garlic themed week!

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I have to admit that I used to HATE garlic!  Thankfully I came to realize that I not only like garlic, I actually LOVE garlic!  I use it pretty much every day in my cooking!  I even bought a cute little garlic holder a few years ago that gets a lot of good use!
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Sun dried tomato pesto smothered chicken and spaghetti squash
Ingredient

  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 1 lb chicken breasts, cleaned and cut into serving size pieces
  • Avocado oil (2 TBS & 2/3 cup)
  • 3 cloves of garlic (2 chopped into quarters and 1 minced)
  • 2 cups basil
  • 1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup naked goat cheese, grated
  • Spices (pepper, Himalayan salt, paprika, garlic powder)
  • Handful of cherry tomatoes, sliced in half

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Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375*
  2. Line a baking sheet foil
  3. Slice open the spaghetti squash and remove seeds
  4. Drizzle oil on the inside of the squash and sprinkle with the spices and the minced garlic
  5. Place the spaghetti squash halves face down on the baking sheet and bake for 30-40 min
  6. While the squash cooks, prep the pesto & chicken
  7. Add basil, 2/3 c oil, 2 cloves garlic, sun dried tomatoes, cheese and spices to a food processor and blend well
  8. Drizzle the bottom of a baking dish with oil and place chicken breasts on the oil.  Place a scoop of the pesto on each piece of chicken.
  9. Bake for 20-25 min
  10. Once the squash is cooked & cooled, scrape it and place it in a bowl.  Add the remaining pesto and cherry tomatoes
  11. Enjoy with some chicken!

{Not the prettiest pic…the sun dried tomatoes made the pesto more brown than green…}

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

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Texas Breakfast…

Hello and howdy y’all!  Happy happy Friday!
It has been a beautiful week here in my neck of the woods.  My sincere apologies to those of you who have had to deal with the return of winter weather!  I will try to send some sun and warmth your way! 🙂
So when I moved to Texas in 2009, I encountered a food I had never had before.  At first I was not really sure how I felt about it, but after some convincing, I tried some, and I was sold!  The longer I have lived here, the more I see this yummy breakfast food!  They have restaurants that sell them and  food trucks.  They are def a very popular item for most Texans!   The only bummer for me is that I have yet to find one with a gluten free tortilla, so of course, I started to make my own!  Here is my own version of the Breakfast Taco!

I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit for our ‘in your state’ themed week!

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Breakfast Taco with avocado & cucumber salsa
Ingredients
Taco

  • Gluten free tortilla (1-2 per person)
  • 1/2 lb turkey sausage, browned and broken into small pieces
  • 1 red pepper, washed, cored, and chopped
  • Eggs (1-2 per person)
  • Goat cheese crumbles
  • Avocado oil

Salsa

  • 1 English cucumber
  • 1 Avocado
  • Spices (salt, pepper, garlic, paprika) to taste
  • Lime juice

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Directions
Taco {omit the meat for vegetarian option}

  1. Saute red pepper in 1 tsp of avocado oil, then add in the turkey sausage.
  2. Add eggs to the mixture and scramble everything together. (While that cooked I made the salsa)
  3. Heat tortillas with 1/2 tsp or so of avocado oil. Cook about 1-2 min each side.
  4. Build taco with egg mixture, cheese and salsa
  5. Enjoy!

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Salsa

  1. Peel cucumber.
  2. Remove avocado flesh from the skin & remove the pit.
  3. Place cucumber & avocado in a food processor.  Blend till smooth.
  4. Add in spices/lime juice to taste.
  5. Enjoy on your taco.

 

It was really challenging to get a good pic of this taco!  Trust me, it was really delicious!

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

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Weekly Wrap & Spring Rolls

Hello there friends!
It is a beautiful day and I am so happy the sun is shining!  Springtime in TX can be hit or miss with the weather, as I guess it is all over the country right now…Big hugs to all who had a revisit from winter.

The past week FLEW by!  I got to hang out with some of those I love the most in the middle of all the going here, there and everywhere.
The hubs is still in a lot of pain from his hand injury.  We found out it is not fractured, but are still waiting on the MRI results from a few days ago.  It has been really challenging to only use his left hand and I know he is ready for it to all feel better!

I had a fun time trying out these Hemp Heart bars last week! So delish and perfect for my on-the-go days!

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One of the exciting adventures the kids and I did was get a car wash! They LOVE sitting in the car and taking in all the action! The soap looked really pretty too in the one we went to.

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After letting my hip rest after my last race I did a little run to see how it was feeling.  It was SLOW,but felt ok for the most part.  Next race is on Saturday, so we shall see how it goes!

I started an ab challenge for the month of April with one of my fitness instructors…Let’s just say OUCH!  But I can feel my abs getting stronger, so yay for that!


I got to spend the weekend with my Texas family!  They rock and we had a TON of fun together.  I don’t think I have played SO many games of candy land in 1 weekend…ever!
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I got to practice more braiding!  I like how it turned out 🙂

Overall it was a great week!  I slowed down on some of my workouts to focus on a few other areas…aka my office and my Etsy page (coming soon!!) Hopefully both of those things will be finished soon!  I keep joking with the Hubs that I will finish my office just in time for us to move to a new house..HAHA

Here is my little spring roll recipe that some of you have asked about!

Spring Rolls
Ingredients

  • Rice paper wraps (I found them in the asian food area of my grocery store)
  • grilled chicken, shredded
  • Veggies chopped into long slices ( I used peeled cucumbers, red peppers, and avocados)

Directions

  1. Get a large plate and add a layer of warm water.
  2. Place one rice sheet in the water for about 15-12 seconds, making sure the entire sheet gets damp.
  3. Place the rice sheet on a paper towel and blot off the water.
  4. Next place the rice sheet on a clean plate.  Add in what fillings you desire.
  5. Take the bottom of the paper and cover up the fillings, tucking in the end under the fillings.  Fold in the left and the right side.  Roll it up to have the top cover the rest of the roll.  Here is a pic in case that didn’t make sense…
  6. Enjoy alone or with my peanut sauce.

 

I am linking up with HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin today for their Weekly Wrap!

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Come and join the fun if you have a wrap up to share!

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Baked Apple Smoothie 

Happy Friday my friends!
Today is April Fool’s day, and honestly I have never really been a big fan of the day.  Most of the jokes I have experienced have not been that funny.  So today I have something a little different for y’all today!  A delicious recipe with a surprise ingredient that until this week I would have never thought to use in a recipe.
Thanks to my partnership with Fit Approach I have been able to try several different Manitoba Hemp Hearts.  This time I received a few of their new Hemp Heart Bars to try! Can we say yes please!!  I have been a fan of Manitoba Harvest products since I first tried them a few years ago!  These bars are no exception! The bars come in 3 flavors: vanilla, chocolate and apple cinnamon. The bars contains 10 grams of plant-based protein and 10 grams of omegas.  Sounds pretty good right?  On top of that, they taste really great too!  I was able to taste the chocolate and apple cinnamon one, but I am sure the vanilla one is equally yummy!
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I enjoyed the chocolate one on a super busy day, and it kept me fueled up and going!  The apple cinnamon one I used as my secret ingredient for the recipe I am sharing today!  I really don’t know how I got the idea, because I have never thought about using a bar in a smoothie before, but it seemed to work well 🙂  It even came out tasting like a dessert, but with a healthy vibe to it 🙂

A little bonus from Manitoba Harvest! If you use discount code hhbarlaunch1015  from now till April 31, 2016, will get you 15% off!
They are also running a photo contest (oh yeah, fun fun) for your chance to win a free box of Hemp Heart Bars. Enter today for your chance to win this month!
Contest details:

Tag @manitobaharvest and use the hashtag #fuelledbyhemp to be automatically entered to WIN your favorite hemp food product each month. You may also be featured on our social steam below. Good luck! Please note – Our monthly draw is open to anyone submitting photos that is over the age of 18, residing in either Canada or the United States and that does not work for Manitoba Harvest (currently or previously). No purchase necessary.


I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit for our surprise ingredient themed week!

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Baked Apple Smoothie
Ingredients

Baked Apple

  • 3 organic apples, washed, peeled and cut into semi-this slices
  • 2 TBS clarified butter
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 TBS organic brown sugar

Smoothie

  • 1 baked apple
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla milk
  • 1/2 apple cinnamon Hemp Heart bar
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon
  • dollop of whipped cream (optional)

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Directions

Baked Apples

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350* & line a baking sheet with foil
  2. Place prepped apples in a large bowl
  3. Add in butter and spices
  4. Spread evenly on baking sheet
  5. Bake for 40ish min, or until apples are soft
  6. Enjoy in a smoothie (or in oatmeal or alone 😉 )

Smoothie

  1. Place apple and milk in blender and mix very well.
  2. Add in Hemp Heart bar and blend again very well.
  3. Mix in protein powder.
  4. Enjoy with a dollop of whipped cream and/or cinnamon sprinkled on top!

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

Do you have an awesome recipe you’d love to share? Link up with us on Fridays for our weekly Foodie Friday posts! (Co-hosted by Annmarie, Farrah, Esther + Jess.)

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Be filled with joy and health!
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