A lovely kale salad and I’m back!

So I just looked and realized I haven’t posted anything for a month! I knew it had been a little while, but not that long! Bad Sierra!!!

Anyway I’m back to posting regularly again. Long story real short, I started working again! I took a break from working for about 2 years (for an array of reasons). I’m working part time now, and it has taken up alot of my spare time haha!

I’ve made lots of things in the past month! Too many to even post! I will however post the salad I made today for lunch… It was beyond good and so good for you!! Here’s what I did:

Salad:
-1-2 cups of raw kale – chopped (ribs removed)
-1 cup raw shredded brussel sprouts (I used the already shredded ones from Trader Joes)
-1/8 cup sliced almonds
-1 tbsp. shaved Parmesan
-2 oz. shredded cooked chicken breast

Dressing:
-Juice from 1/2 lemon
-1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp Dijon mustard
-sea salt & pepper to taste

Put all of the salad ingredients in bowl. Put all dressing ingredients in separate bowl, whisk together and pour on top of salad. I find that with raw kale, the longer the dressing is on it the better it tastes!

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If you think raw kale and raw brussel sprouts don’t sound appealing … This salad will make you change your mind!

Onto other happenings … We celebrated my mom’s birthday this past weekend! We go to her favorite restaurant every year to celebrate! Luna Park is such a great place for birthday’s! The food is fantastic, service is good and atmosphere is the best! If you’re in LA and haven’t been, you must check it out!!

Anyway … I got a lovely strawberry mojito

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The place is really dark, so I had to use my flash to take pictures… I must have looked like a tourist but whatever!! I wanted decent photos for my blog!!

My appetizer …

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My dinner … The tastiest braised short ribs … Seriously like butter!!

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And the grand finale … Home made s’mores … Yes, I said s’mores

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How cute is my mom … And how cool is that fake cake with sparklers! Good thing she didn’t have too much hairspray in her hair haha!

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We had so much fun!!

Louie was upset that she didn’t get to go … Luckily she got over it and still loves her mama!!

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Xxoo

Turkey sausage acorn squash and pow wow fun!

Yesterday I went to a pow wow at CSULB.
It’s an annual one that we go to every year. I am part Native American and we go to different pow wows throughout the year. It’s always fun to go watch the dancers and walk around, hang out with family and eat! Yes eating is part of going to these pow wow’s … If you’ve never heard of an Indian taco, this is what it looks like

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It’s fry bread topped with beans, lettuce, tomato, and hot sauce. The thing that makes these Indian tacos so good is the fry bread … I will admit fry bread tastes really good, unfortunately it is probably one of the most unhealthy foods on earth. This doesn’t mean that I don’t indulge in the occasional cheat/treat meal. I just haven’t had one of these tacos in a long time, and knew if I ate one it would make me feel terrible, plus I thought about how my personal fitness goals have to come first right now! So I passed on the taco and had this plum instead … Exciting, I know.

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Yesterday made me realize more than ever that are much better things to do at the pow wow that are zero calories!

Spending time with my niece / goddaughter … I think she the cutest little girl on earth! Her little boots are so darn cute too …

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There were lots of booths selling really cool stuff. I bought one of these heart shaped dream catchers … They were too cute!

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I also bought one of these …

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And one of these …

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See how lovely the look on me???

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I took a break from shopping, kicked off my boots and had a few handfuls of this delicious kettle corn

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See I really kicked my boots off! Aren’t my socks cute??!! Who doesn’t like a cat with glasses??

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We walked around a little more, and I snapped a few pictures of these beautiful dancers

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I was pooped when I got back home and to be honest, I really didn’t feel like making dinner … But I did, and I’m glad I did because I made an amazing turkey sausage stuffed acorn squash!! It was seriously amazing!!! Here’s what I did

I took two small acorn squash

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Cut them in half and took the seeds out

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Then I put them in a large baking dish, cut side up and sprayed them with olive oil spray and sprinkled some pumpkin pie spice on top. I then added 1-1/2 cups of water to the dish, covered tightly with foil and baked them for 45 minutes at 350 degrees

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While those were baking, I took the lean turkey sausage out of its casing, broke it up and browned it in a pan on medium heat for about 10 minutes. I then added 1 diced up Granny Smith apple and continued to cook for about 20 more minutes. I seasoned this mixture with sea salt & pepper to taste, 1 tsp. red pepper flakes, 1 tsp. oregano, and 1 tsp. garlic powder.

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The finished meat & apple mixture looks like this once its done

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The acorn squash should be done at this point. Take the acorn squash out of the oven and stuff each one with the sausage & apple mixture, and put back in the oven for another 10 minutes uncovered. The finished product will look like this.

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I added a few crumbles of Gorgonzola on top (optional)

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It was the best acorn squash I’ve had yet!

All in all yesterday was a great day! I took this really cute picture of my mom and niece yesterday too … Look how cute they are together. This picture is proof that there are definitely better things at the pow wow than an Indian taco!!

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Ohhhh and last but not least! Louie loved the dream catcher I bought. I think she was Native American in another life …

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Xoxo

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The never ending day, paleo meatloaf and a mustard roasted potatoes experiment

Today was one of those days where I wanted to hide from the world! I had a workout from hell, a weird headache and was just in an all around pretty bad mood and it seemed like the longest day in history! I won’t bore you with the details of that right now! I’ll wait until tomorrow to do that šŸ˜¬

Anyhow I made Everyday Paleo Meatloaf & cabbage “noodles” last week and didn’t post it so here it is. *Note: I’ve made this several times. I leave out the onion, and only use 1/2 cup of almond meal. I’ve made it with 1 cup before and I think it’s too much.

Everyday Paleo Meatloaf

For the cabbage noodles, I take one head of cabbage, take the core out, the slice it in thin strips, put in a pan sprayed with olive oil spray, add a few shakes of paprika, sea salt and pepper. Cook with lid on for about 20 min on med-high heat, stirring occasionally. Noodles are done once they are tender!

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I made some mustard roasted potatoes tonight and they turned out ahhhmazing!!!! I will post the recipe tomorrow!!

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I’m ending my night with Southland and this!

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Sweet dreams!!

Jalapeno, spinach turkey burgers, The Bachelor, and Louie …

Monday nights have become my favorite night of the week …. why? The Bachelor! OMG I am obsessed with this freaking show! I can’t get enough of that hunk Sean! He is so fine!!

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I should mention that I have never really watched The Bachelor prior to this season, but I am now officially obsessed and I will be very sad after it’s over, as I have become actually excited for Monday’s (in the history of my life, I have never been excited for Monday’s). Anyhow … on Monday’s I try to make something special to eat while I watch The Bachelor. Last night, I came up with these turkey jalapeno spinach burgers. It is no secret that I do not like the taste of ground turkey on it’s own. I need to jazz it up if I eat it. Spinach and jalapenos were the perfect thing for this turkey!

Here’s the stuff I used … I put about 2 tsp of chili powder, 1 tbsp of garlic powder, and salt & pepper to taste …

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I chopped up about 2 cups of spinach and diced the whole jalapeno. Don’t rub your eyes at this point! I forever am rubbing my eyes after dicing jalapenos. I know … duh!

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I put the spinach, jalapenos and spices in the bowl with the turkey and mixed it up with my hands! I then quarter them (making a cross pattern with my hands) so that you have 4 equally sized burgers. Genius right??!!

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Form into patties and place on a hot grill pan for approx. 15 min. per side. I ALWAYS check with a meat thermometer though. 160 is perf!

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You will have 4 really tasty turkey burgers. I was proud of my grill marks!!

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I made my sweet & spicy sweet potatoes on the side!

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Sorry this post is sooooo long, but when I woke up this morning, I had this idea. I would post my jalapeno spinach turkey burgers with an explanation of who Louie is … not that you care, or even will notice … but it’s been on my mind. So here it goes …

This is Louie …

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This is me and Louie (she looks so happy that I’m smothering her with kisses right!??)

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Louie loves lettuce … like seriously will bite your finger off to get to it. Do you see the ferocious look in her eyes?????

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She loves to eat it, but loves to rub her face all over it. I like to think that she is pretending to be a big cat in the jungle …

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Louie just really loves lettuce …

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The Infamous Kabocha Squash …

So I have kind of been haunted by something lately … it’s a little thing called kabocha squash. Everywhere I turn I am hearing about this squash … I’ve seen pictures, read about it and have also heard that people are totally obsessed with it. They seriously can’t eat enough of this squash! I was at Sprouts last week and guess what? I turn the corner and BAM! there is a humungous display of KABOCHA SQUASH! It was $0.99 per lb. on sale. I said to myself “This freaking squash is following me … it must be a sign … I better buy one” So I put it in my cart and took it home. It’s been sitting in my kitchen for a week now. I looked at today and decided to roast it up! I washed it, then with the sharpest knife in my block I tried to cut it. Lets just say that cutting this squash was like cutting into concrete. After about 30 minutes of really going at this squash with my knife, I finally had it all cut up. I spread it out on my baking sheet and the rest is history! This squash is super tasty, roasts beautifully, and is really good for you! Here is what I did to make it ..

Ingredients:

-1 Kabocha squash
-Olive oil spray
-Sea Salt
-Pepper
-Cayanne pepper

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This is the knife I used … It is so sharp and could seriously cut a finger off … but even with this knife it was HARD to cut this squash!!

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Here’s what the inside looks like

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The seeds need to be taken out so it will look like this

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I sliced it up, sprayed olive oil and sprinkled the sea salt, pepper and cayanne on it … It was quite the workout! If you attempt this be super careful! I had a few close calls!

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I had the oven pre-heated at 350 while I was cutting this up. I put it in the oven for 35-40 min at 350. This is what came out of the oven … toasty, golden goodness! Low in calories too!

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Now I’m off to find some other things to roast!!! xoxo

Primally Inspired banana bread

This is seriously the best paleo baked good that I’ve ever tasted! Plus it was super easy to make!! Plus it’s gluten free, grain free and has no sugar!! Amazing right?! Btw.. I only had 3 ripe bananas so that’s what I used. I also used egg whites instead of regular eggs and I also added 3 tbsp. of dark chocolate chips. Here is a link to the recipe! Primally Inspired Banana Bread

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The best roasted broccoli ever made!

I had 3 broccoli crowns that I needed to cook tonight that I didn’t feel like steaming or sautĆ©ing so I decided to roast them (truth be told, I’ve never roasted any veggies really before tonight). I will say that the end result was amazing!!!!! I will be eating this daily from now on … Recipe below!

Ingredients:
-Fresh broccoli crowns (I used 3 for this recipe)
-olive oil spray
-sea salt & pepper
-garlic powder

Directions:
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with foil. Cut up broccoli into florets. Put florets on cookie sheet and spread evenly. Spray olive oil spray over the top of all broccoli, sprinkle sea salt, pepper and garlic powder over the top. Do NOT toss, just leave as is and put in oven. Bake at 400 degrees for 30-35 min. In the end you will have the tastiest vegetable you’ve ever had!

**note: I didn’t include measurements of the salt, pepper and garlic powder because I just eye balled it based on how much I like.

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Rosemary Lemon Chicken

I bought a bunch of fresh herbs & lemons from the farmers market this weekend and decided to whip up some rosemary lemon chicken for dinner tonight! It turned out really flavorful! Recipe below! This recipe was for 6 chicken breasts, but you can change it according to how many you are making!

Ingredients:
-6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
-fresh rosemary (2 stems)
-1 large lemon
-olive oil or olive oil spray
-garlic powder to taste
-sea salt & pepper to taste

Directions:
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Zest skin of the lemon, de-stem rosemary. Place chicken in large baking dish and drizzle with olive oil or spray chicken with olive oil spray. Squeeze lemon evenly on all chicken, rub spices & lemon zest on. Make small slits on top of each chicken and stuff slit with rosemary. Rub remaining rosemary on top of chicken. Bake for 50-60 min at 400 degrees or until done. I always check with a meat thermometer!

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Last minute crockpot chicken!

At the last minute I decided to throw together a crockpot dinner. I had a few things on hand, put them together and waaaalah dinner is served! It turned out really good. We ate it by itself, but this would be super tasty to use for tacos, etc and it made a ton of food! Here’s the recipe …

Ingredients:
-Approx. 2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts or chicken breast tenders
-2 zucchini squash sliced
-3 yellow squash sliced
-7 oz. can of diced green chilies
-8 oz. can of tomato sauce
-4 garlic cloves, minced
-salt & pepper to taste

Directions:
Layer all veggies and garlic on bottom of large crockpot. Add chicken breast, salt & pepper and then pour tomato sauce and green chilies on top. Add 1/2 cup water while cooking if needed. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

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JalapeƱo Gorgonzola Burgers

I love burgers and I love Gorgonzola cheese and I love to combine the two! This time I had a jalapeƱo so I diced it up and added it to these! So good!

Ingredients:
-1 lb. organic ground beef
-1 large fresh jalapeƱo minced
-2 tsp. garlic powder
– salt & pepper to taste
-crumbly Gorgonzola (trader joes has a good one)!

Directions:
In a large bowl add ground beef, minced jalapeƱo, garlic powder, salt & pepper and mix well by hand. Even out beef in bowl so it’s level and make a cross with your hand so that you have 4 even sized burger portions. Take burger portions and shape into patties. Grill on both sides for about 20 min or until the burgers are fully cooked. Top with a small chunk of Gorgonzola and serve! Tasty tasty!!!!

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