My addiction to this machine is real! You can cook anything in it! Today I made a big batch of beef barley Stew and here’s how it went down. Turn the pot on to Sauté for about 20 min and add 1 tsp oil, then 1 package of Stew beef, making sure you brown all sides then remove and put on a plate
Now add mushrooms to pot, adding a little more oil if needed
Remove when well cooked. Now add 1 whole diced onion, 2 stalks celery and 2 large carrots – all diced
Cook until onion soft and translucent. Now add back into the pot the beef and mushrooms. Turn the pot to slow cook for 1 hour. Add 2 cartons of beef broth, 1 tsp each of basil, thyme and garlic powder. Add 1.5 cups of pearl barley or pot barley.
Once the time is up it will keep warm on the “keep warm” cycle.
* This post has been written as part of the GoodLife Fitness blog ambassador program, all opinions expressed are my own.
I’m thankful for today.
Each and everyday is a blessing and if we all could just embrace that the world might just be a happier place.
First off – I’m thankful that the lord blessed me with 3 fantastic kids. They are my life. If you weren’t aware my youngest is a Type 1 Diabetic and everyday is a day of discovery with this disease. I’m thankful that I used to be a nurse and I can manage her care both as a mom and a caregiver.
I’m thankful for my health, last year I was injury plagued with my foot and I didn’t run as much as I’d like. This year I’m focusing on getting all the help I can – super thankful for my massage/sports therapist!
I turn 46 in a few days and don’t feel it , I owe this to my daily gym regime at GoodLife Fitness where each and everyday I run and lift and make my body stronger. I am definitely in better shape at 46 than I was at 26.
My nutrition !!!! Thank you plants!!! I’m so very thankful for the earth to provide me with the nutrition I need. My focus is Clean protein, complex carbs and good fats! On this note – thank you to my Instant Pot which has become my new favorite kitchen gadget! I can cook 4 sweet potatoes in 15 min and I made whole grain brown rice in 21 minutes! Thank you!!!
Basically I’m at a point in my life now where my happiness comes from fitness, nutrition and my family. These things I’m thankful for and let’s all reflect on what we have in life.
So I love my instant pot!
I have literally used it everyday since I got it! I’ve made rice, baked potatoes, made soup and today I made Mac and cheese in less than 10 min!
Here’s what you will need
1 box elbow macaroni
3.5 c water
1 tbsp mustard
1 tsp hot sauce
1 tsp salt
1 heaping tbsp of Earth Balance
1 bag Daiya cheddar shreds
1 cup plain unsweetened plant based milk (I used Veggemo)
Put your macaroni, water, mustard, hot sauce, salt and earth balance in the pot. Hit the manual setting for 4 minutes.
Once finished, release the pressure and stir. Add in the Daiya and milk, stir. Put the lid back on and let it rest on the warm mode until you are ready to eat
I let mine sit for about 10-15 minutes then it was so creamy and yummy!
Quick and easy meal! This pot is my new best friend!
Yeah so um I’m not even going to give you this recipe because it was so very wrong!
This almost looks good, it was meant to resemble “fried chik’n” with gravy. If looks could kill!
It all started with me boiling up my mixture of vital wheat gluten, flour, spices and broth. It just looked gross so I thought ok once I bread it and fry it it will be ok.
See looks edible, up until you actually go to eat it. It tasted like bread, stringy bread with gravy. No no no.
I wanted to like this but no amount of gravy could make this edible. So this vegan is going to stick to plants and veggies without the “wheat meat” on the side!
*This post has been written as part of the GoodLife Fitness Blog Ambassador program. All opinions expressed are my own.
Do you have a story? A reason why you are at the gym? Do you ever get discouraged by the buff people there?
We all have a story and a reason, we need to not feel discouraged when we enter a gym. This is a place filled with all kinds of people. There are the buff super lifters who grunt, moan and yell when making those heavy complicated compound lifts. Don’t fear them, watch them, learn from them and study their form. In the same token , Mr buff super lifter , don’t look at the overweight guy trying to figure out how to put the clips on the bar and laugh at him. Help him, guide him and encourage him. Don’t laugh at the girl who is always on the elliptical and claim ” omg all she ever does is cardio, doesn’t she know she needs to lift” , let her do what works for her. To those who choose group classes over individual training, maybe they are encouraged by others and need that support, don’t think they are any less committed.
I have been there, I was that overweight girl on the treadmill, walking and watching people because I was afraid they were watching me. It took some time before I felt comfortable in the gym. The people at my GoodLife Fitness are helpful and always encouraging. Yes there are times when even I don’t know how to use a piece of equipment, typically I will just wait and watch someone use it and then I figure it out. But don’t judge me or anyone else who is there trying to make life a little better for themselves.
JUST DO YOU!
Holy snap the spicy gods have spoken and I have delivered!
This might be the yummiest taco ever!
Here’s how it went down
Crumble one package of tempeh in a pan with some Evoo .
Sautée till browned. Add in peppers, black beans, frozen corn.
Add in cumin, chili powder and garlic powder- how much ? So much lol ! I just free shake that stuff! Then stuff into tortillas and top with Chipotle Veganaise
Enjoy and Happy Taco Tuesday
Remember going to Denny’s and getting those sizzling skillet breakfast meals , well here’s one that’s not only vegan but so easy to make at home!
You will need
1 package of tempeh cubed
1/2 can black beans rinsed and drained
1 cup diced frozen hash browns
Sliced peppers ( as much as you want)
1/2 cup frozen corn
Cumin, chili powder, garlic powder ( as much as you want, I use a lot about 1tbsp each)
Olive oil for sautéing
This is the tempeh I used today
Sauté cubed tempeh in oil till browned on all sides, then add peppers then add spices and remaining ingredients, keep mixing till cooked thru
Serve with some salsa and shredded vegan cheese on top if you like! This yummy southwest style skillet dish is so good and keeps well in the fridge for leftover breakfasts! You can even roll it up into a wrap! Grab and go!
*This post has been written as part of the GoodLife blog ambassador program. All opinions expressed are my own.
OMG – I am totally considering running this distance in May! Yesterday Sulphur Springs announced that they will be doing a 100k distance this year and got a tiny bit excited! You see , I ran my first 50 miler on this course ( read the recap Here ) I’ve also done the 50k and I figure what’s another 20k right?
Thank god I have many months to train at GoodLife Fitness and I plan on doing many hill climbs and training runs.
Today I am getting faster
It feels so good to run again and I can’t wait to get back out onto the trails and get muddy! I will be doing may hill climbs at 15% incline on the mill and running those hills on the trail. It feels so good to feel this good again!
It’s National Taco Day!!!!
I’m going to be whipping up some tacos with Gardein crumbles tonight but I need cheese sauce to pour over them and my nachos! Here is a super simple recipe
2 white potatoes skin on
1 large carrot
1/2 c water
1/3 c olive oil
3/4 c nutritional yeast
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp salt
Pinch of cayenne
1 tsp vegan chicken broth (optional)
1 tbsp cut up jalapeños ( optional if you like it spicy)
Boil the potatoes and carrot until fork tender. Drain and let cool a bit.
Put in a blender and add remaining ingredients. Blend until you get a creamy texture , like in this video Link . If you like it spicy throw in some diced jalapeños!
Start weight 175
Macros P 135
I made some changes this week and I totally slacked off on lifting. This week I started back running. I did 5 days of 5k runs and I felt so good. I have missed it. To me running isn’t cardio , it’s running. I swear, my heart rate climbs and I know I’m working out.
The lifts sucked, I hate chest day so I did not a single bench press this week. I also skipped both leg days because I didn’t want to ruin my legs for running.
Another big change – I went back to Vegan! Yes I did. I know I feel good when I eat plants so I need to detox my body and eat more earthly foods! Speaking of which I went to Doomies in Toronto ( vegan restaurant on Queen St w) and devoured and not so healthy Big Mac
Oh snap- it was Delish!!!!
So this week starts the final chapter of this Alpha Female program and I’m not quitting it. I may alter it a bit but I’m definitely still in it for the final 3 weeks.
It’s time to drop some weight this time and lean out. I don’t need big gains.