Broccoli Cauliflower Quinoa Bites

Broccoli Cauliflower Quinoa Bites

We had these Wednesday night and everybody loved them, even the kids! They make a lot – I tried to re-heat them the next day and that was not so good! So you may want to cut the recipe in half if it is just you and your significant other!

These are from Sugar Free Mom and I must say she did a wonderful job!

Click the link to get the recipe:

http://www.sugarfreemom.com/recipes/broccoli-cauliflower-quinoa-bites-low-carb-gluten-free/#_a5y_p=2450629

Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 7
  • Serving size: 6
  • Calories: 110
  • Fat: 5.8g
  • Saturated fat: 3g
  • Carbohydrates: 5g
  • Sugar: 1.3g
  • Sodium: 339mg
  • Fiber: 1.3g
  • Protein: 9.3g
  • Cholesterol: 89mg
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Commitment! That is my “secret”!

My mom says this all the time! AND it is so true! I am always so happy for other women when good things happen to them! Sure I may get an immediate jealous spell of a minute but then I remember that they deserve it – whatever they got they worked hard for and I should lift them up and praise them!

I have gotten praised on my post baby body and I have also gotten shit for it! I  have heard it was my gestational diabetes and that is why I am the way I am or that I caught two viruses while pregnant. I have been asked what was my secret or what was I doing?

You want to know???

I work out and eat pretty healthy..before pregnancy, during pregnancy and after pregnancy… and….

I am a working mom of 3 kids. A lot of times the food off my plate is taken by my boys and I am chasing and playing with them 24/7. I am a very active mom and I give a lot of attention to my children. I don’t sit on the couch and read or watch tv all day. Yes I did get two viruses while pregnant, yes I did have gestational diabetes and had to eat extremely well BUT before that I was working out and eating pretty healthy already. I continued to workout and I didn’t let being pregnant stop me…even though I felt like crap for most of the pregnancy.

People act like I am not tired…um NEWSFLASH I’m exhausted!! I too get up all hours of the night to feed and take care of crying children! I too go to work everyday. I too have other responsibilities. 

I started walking as soon as possible when I got home from the hospital and I have been hitting the gym before I was even cleared. Obviously I have kept it easy up until now! This past week I started hitting it hard! I went swimming one day and it felt great to get back in! I also hit the gym and did Max 30. Well let me say: too much too soon. It really is the Max 30 that is giving me troubles and all the ab work. So this week I will do Max 30 modified (no jumping) and see if that helps with the bleeding and swelling in my stomach. It is so irritating because I am just so ready to go! I will make sure I eat super healthy though!

You know why I make it look easy? Because it is the way I handle things. I don’t whine and complain about everything that is happening in my life every single day. Yes I am tired- duh that is a given…I am a mom of 3 under the age of 5. I do and go 24/7. I don’t have poor me pity parties, I suck it up and move on. I squeeze in a workout because I know it is good for me mentally more than physically! I have been working out with Grey sitting right in front of me pretty much everyday. Monday I had all three boys and did my workout with fire engines around my feet! I did it with the others when they were babies as well! I don’t get to workout in peace and quite every single day. I have to force my workouts. I usually have to stop and pacify grey and then start right back up but hey at least it’s a workout! Pretty much all my workouts this week have been at home in my tiny living room with my baby sitting right in front of me. Now beck is home so I will be working out with two at home and some days three. No excuses, Right?!?!

You want to know my “secret”. Commitment. That is it. I am committed to living a healthy life! Nobody is doing it for me. No special pill is doing it for me. IT IS ALL ME! Committed to living a better and healthier life and THAT IS IT! So join in with me! Commit with me! Let’s do it together! I know it is hard – been there! Just commit and once you do it will be easier!

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This was taken two weeks after baby. Girls Night – it was greatly needed! Lots of laughs!

thanks pintrest for the image!

Slow Cooker Chicken Black Bean Tacos

If you haven’t noticed we have been making A LOT of Taco’s lately. Even had steak tacos with red cabbage slaw for lunch a few weeks ago! The great thing is that when you buy the red cabbage, cilantro, lime, wine vinegar you can use every little bit if you make different taco’s but use a lot of the same ingredients. We made the Cilantro Lime Shrimp Tacos and these Chicken Black Bean Tacos  the same week so we could make sure all the ingredients got used! We made these the other night and they were really good!  Everybody loved them!

I used frozen chicken tenders and I omitted the scallion simply because I forgot to get it at the store. I had doctors appointments that day and it only needs two hours. Solution: I put it in the crock pot that morning and then put it in the frig so Russell could drop by at 3:00 pm (yes we have to eat dinner around 5:00 or 5:30 or my house gets CRAZY!!) and just put the top on and start it for me! We tried it with corn tortillas and crunchy taco shells. They were both good! We couldn’t find any pre-made pico de gallo (it was a weeknight meal so I didn’t have time to make any) so we left that off. Be sure to add the avocado it was so yummy with it!!

Skinnytaste.com did a great job!

Click the link below for recipe and nutrition:

http://www.skinnytaste.com/2012/12/slow-cooker-chicken-black-bean-tacos.html

20 minutes – THAT IS IT!!! COME ON!! You CAN do 20 minutes!!

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Anybody can find 20 minutes! Quit the excuses and get off your bum! GET GOING – NOW!! I promise you will feel better after! Nobody ever says “Damn I wish I wouldn’t have worked out today” Whether it was an hour or 20 mins doesn’t matter! What matters is that you got off the couch and made time to better yourself physically and mentally! Don’t just workout for your body – workout for your mind as well!!

Cilantro Lime Shrimp Tacos

We made these the other night and they were delicious!! We ate them on corn tortillas and we tried them in crunchy shells -both ways were quite yummy but I preferred the crunchy shell!

We used cooked frozen jumbo shrimp to save on time since it was a weeknight! They did wonderful! We used sliced jalapeno out of the jar to also save time! Russell forgot the lime juice and corn at the store so we had to omit it, it was great without it but I bet it would be so much better with the lime! We already had red cabbage so we sliced that up and used white wine vinegar on it instead. So basically the tacos were slaw that was just cabbage with vinegar, the shrimp and then the jalapeno crema (we used less jalapeno so it wouldn’t be quite as spicy)

Closet Cooking did a wonderful job! Quite yummy and pretty quick to make!

Click the link for the recipe and nutrition:

http://www.closetcooking.com/2014/07/cilantro-lime-shrimp-tacos-with-roasted.html

GOD IS GOOD

As I write this post I have 2 Thomas the trains and a Percy going in, out, and around my feet. I am sitting at our kitchen table in our very tiny condo having a yummy vanilla latte! The espresso machine Russell got me I can honestly say has been the best gift he could ever get me, yep even better than a big diamond! ha That is when you know you’re a tired mom!

Last week was pretty stressful for us as a family. I can’t help but be so happy and grateful. I am not even mad my kids are up at 5:00 am on the dot. Normally 5:00 isn’t terrible but it is quite bad when you are up all  night feeding a little plump pig. I got up to feed Grey and I did it eagerly. Don’t get me wrong I was extremely tired but I was so grateful that my son was there alive and breathing. I fed him and rocked him just smelling his baby scent, listening to his baby sounds, and admiring all of his tiny parts. One day he won’t be this tiny. One day he won’t cry and need me to feed him a bottle. So these late night feedings seem like they last forever but they don’t. I try to keep that in mind with anything the boys do and I am overly worn out. In a blink of an eye I will turn around and they will be at college, getting married, or having their own children. These are the best of times and we need to learn to appreciate these times and live in the moment. Too many of us look ahead or behind. We look at what is next in our life or we focus on what happened in the past. We also focus on what we are getting or what we want to buy next. Anyways back to my point of this post…..

When Grey was born I noticed a slight lump in his head. I also didn’t see his top soft spot.  I figured it was his skull because I was in labor and babies head adjust even though I had a section I was in labor for quite some time. I thought it would go away after a bit. The lump was very hard to see because of the angle but also his other side was a little swollen which is normal. The lump has to be caught in the right light at the right angle. I kept a watch on it over the next few weeks and it remained there. I began to worry and decided I would make an appointment with his doctor. Well good call on my part. She couldn’t see or feel his back soft spot, the top soft spot was very tiny and she was worried about his sutures. She was quite worried his head was fusing together to early and sent us for skull x-rays. She had the radiologist read them that night and called me. When I answered the phone Russell was gone on a fire call, I was in the middle of feeding the baby and the boys were suppose to be in bed. Noah was hollering he was tired and Grey was crying because he wanted to eat the rest of his bottle. I was having a hard time hearing but they both were very displeased with what they were seeing. Things were not looking good. She wanted a CT Scan. I received a call from her house the next morning she had been reviewing everything and she said no need in even doing the scan the x-rays were terrible and we needed to go to a neurologist. She set us up with an appointment in Memphis to see a pediatric neurologist. I get a call a bit later that says to go to the hospital she decided we would get the scan because they would need it in Memphis anyways. I also forgot to add he started projectile vomiting on Tuesday, not feeding well, very sleepy and just not himself… perfect timing since I already had an appointment on Wednesday.

Now let me go ahead and say prayers had been going by this point. Not only our close family but word had spread and we were on prayer lists not just in our town but also a few towns around us. After she called I just broke down crying. All I could think was brain damage, how many surgeries would we end up with, or would he die on the table?I had my freak out moment and then I kicked into fight mode. The next few days I was working on adrenaline. I was figuring out what our next steps would be and what all I would do to ensure he was okay. If I had to do mental or physical exercise everyday I would. I would do whatever it took to give him good life. I always said I couldn’t have a special needs child because I didn’t think we could handle it. This ordeal made me realize you just do it. You just deal. God doesn’t give you anything you can’t handle is what kept coming to my  mind.

We went to the hospital to get his CT Scan. We wouldn’t hear anything that night. The next morning he vomits on me again and I decided to look up if it is in correlation to this skull issue. Yep, when the brain has too much pressure they projectile vomit, poor feeding, irritable, sleepy, and an increased head circumference. At his two-week appointment he was 36 and at the appointment Wednesday he was 38 so I was worried! So I called and the doctor wasn’t in yet but I was told to come in immediately. We packed some bags quickly just in case we had to go to the hospital and headed out. The radiologists and the doctor had met that morning. The CT Scan looked great…yes you heard me it looked good!! WHAT?!?! She still wants us to see the neurologist to double-check and to see what that lump is on the side of his head. Poor grey had to get multiple blood works, they pumped his stomach, and he had to do an upper GI test. He had been to the hospital 3 days in row with all kinds of test, he was exhausted. She can’t figure out what the cause is. He has been on his formula and been doing fine. We are doing everything we can for his reflux. He is already on adult prescription prevacid and we are doing everything LeBonheur told us to do with Beck when he had it. We are changing formulas to see if something has developed and trying soy. I told Russell things could be worse. YES, they are pretty bad but there is somebody out there in this world that is having a harder time than us. Take the focus off of poor us and know that there is suffering all over the world in different forms. It is bad but it could be worse! 

This week we see the neurologist and I am praying that his diagnosis stays good. God is Good and prayer works. It went from this is horrible to this is looking really good in the matter of a couple of days! I never blamed God through any of this. I leaned on him and asked him for strength. I didn’t question him and still don’t question the situation. Some people get mad and question why God would let this happen or do this. God didn’t do anything. Like I was telling Russell and I always say this. If God healed everybody in the world and everything was good with no suffering why would we need heaven or God? Why would we want to go to heaven and be with God? We would be living in heaven essentially because life would be great. God doesn’t like looking down on us and seeing us suffer. He doesn’t like it when we are sad or upset. Just like we suffer when our children suffer. He is our father. If we are upset or worried he feels it as well. He is a parent and understands everything we feel EXCEPT he never gets a break. He has billions of children so he constantly is having to look down and his heart breaks. Instead of asking for strength, now I simply tell him THANK YOU. We are not clear yet but it is looking really good and that is nice to have that hope that all is well! 

GOD IS GOOD

Crock pot Chinese Beef and Broccoli – YES IT IS ACTUALLY DELICIOUS!!!

On my crock pot quest I found this one and boy is it delicious!!!

We love Chinese but ALL THOSE CALORIES among other things!!! EEEKKKK!! This is a healthier version.

Russ told me to save this one – YOU KNOW IT’S GOOD IF HE SAID THAT!  We all enjoyed it and it was easy…WIN-WIN for me! 

Click on the link below to take you to the recipe:

http://www.mommysavers.com/crock-pot-freezer-meal-chinese-beef-broccoli/

We served ours with brown rice to make it healthier as well as I think some of the brown sugar could be cut down and it still be wonderful!! 

Ingredients are listed below:

  • 2 lb beef, thinly sliced  (flank steak is ideal, but any cut will work)
  • 1 can beef broth or consomme
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 bag frozen broccoli florets or 2 cups fresh broccoli
  • 2 cups white or brown rice