Monthly Archives: August 2013

Crock Pot Spare Ribs

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spare ribs in crock pot

Yesterday I needed a quick prep dinner since the family and I were going to be gone most of the day, and a dinner that wouldn’t add unnecessary heat to my house since it was unbearably hot outside. What’s better than the crock pot? Super easy and doesn’t heat up the house like the oven. This recipe was super easy to prepare and turned out heavenly. I served the ribs with some garden fresh green beans and a salad. This recipe would also make a superb freezer meal. Throw it all in a freezer bag and when ready to use it, thaw overnight and put in crock pot in the morning. Voila! Here’s the recipe:

Crock Pot Spare Ribs

4 lbs pork spare ribs

salt and pepper

1 tbsp. coconut oil

2 tbsp. dried chopped onion (or fresh chopped onion)

1 tsp dried minced garlic (or fresh garlic… I was in a pinch on time so I went the super fast route)

1 tbsp. dried thyme

1 tsp beef bullion granules

3 tbsp. soy sauce

1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

2 tbsp. honey

1 15 oz can tomato sauce

1/2 cup water

Sprinkle ribs with salt and pepper and place in crock pot. I had to cut my ribs in half to fit in my crock pot. Tip: I use those awesome crock pot bags for super easy clean up.

Combine the remaining ingredients in a bowl and whisk together. Pour over the ribs. Cook on low for at least 8 hours.

Enjoy!

Adapted from onceamonthmeals.com

7 Day Challenge!! Results are in!

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Ok the results are in from 7 Day Challenge of eating perfect! I did pretty good! I lost 5.6 pounds in those 7 days! Just by eating as perfect as possible and exercising! During this challenge I did learn some new things too. Do you know what the average amount of protein a woman and man should have? Do you know why it is so important? Well, I do now. I thought I did this challenge perfect, but there were a few things that I didn’t get perfect. My protein! A woman should have an average of at least 100 g and a man 150g of protein each day. Even more protein is needed when you are working out. So that’s where I was not so perfect. I was only averaging about 96g of protein per day and exercising so my lean muscle actually dropped during this challenge which in the end made my body fat percentage to go up a bit. Not good! It is so important to hit those protein numbers so your body can build your lean muscle mass and keep it which will then allow your body to lose the body fat. Which is what you want! Now that I have started my second 7 day challenge, I am concentrating on making sure I get at least 110g of protein a day. We’ll see if this helps! Even with all this, I am still proud of myself! 5.6 pounds in one week! That’s still something to cheer about!! Enjoy!!

7 Day Challenge, Day 7!!!! Fend for yourself!!!

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Tonight was a fend for yourself night. I was shopping with my sister so I got the luxury of dining out tonight. I just got food court food, a Grilled Chicken Salad from Charley’s Subs. It was really good and only 198 calories, 25g protein! Perfect eating! You can still eat good while dining out, as long as you don’t give in to temptations! My hubby, Chad, also made a salad at home (so proud of him for doing it on his own!) and he gave the kids some leftover homemade pizza and cantaloupe. So, everyone indeed had to fend for themselves! Tomorrow is results day! We will see how much our body has changed in the last 7 days and I will be sharing it when I get home! Until then… Enjoy!!

7 Day Challenge, Day 5 & 6!!! Fast fixes!!!

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Alright, so I was super busy with appointments and such the last two days. So busy I forgot to snap pics of our dinner. Ooops….I’m still human!! Day 5, we got home late from doing some shopping and I just threw some burgers on the grill and served them with a side salad full of veggies. Pretty simple and fast! Day 6, we got home late again from appointments and I had some leftover chicken breast in the fridge. I also had some yummy Lavash Bread in the pantry so I made healthy pizzas. I used the Lavash Bread as the crust, ranch dressing as the sauce, topped with leftover diced chicken breast, chopped tomatoes and Monterey Jack cheese. Baked in the oven for about 12 min. It was awesome and super fast!!! The Lavash Bread meets are 10:1 ratio for protein to calories. For every 10 calories you eat there should be about 1g of protein. Protein is essential for building lean healthy muscles and keeping you full between meals and snacks, so this is a neat trick a dear friend taught me. Of course, your fruits and veggies won’t have this because those are your good carbs, but most of the other food you eat should. Just a helpful tip!! Enjoy!!!

7 Day Challenge, Day 4!!! Pork and Broccoli!!!

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Day 4! I was busy busy busy today in the kitchen. I did some canning and made homemade pickles and peach preserves. Lots of fun with my grandma here to help! After all that, I still made an elaborate dinner. I love Chinese food but sometimes it can get too high in calories with all the sugar, sauces, rice and noodles (even though I love rice and noodles…) I decided to try and make some myself. This was an easy recipe to start with. I knocked it out of the park!!! My grandma and the kiddos loved it! I did make some rice with peas for the kids and I just had a salad with mine. It will definitely be going on the menu often now! It’s versatile too, you can change the meat or vegetable to whatever you’re in the mood for. I’m going to try chicken and cabbage next time I think! Anywho… here’s the recipe!

pork and broccoli

Pork and Broccoli

1/3 c soy sauce

1/2 teaspoon sesame oil

1 tablespoon honey

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp ginger powder

1 tsp corn starch

1 tsp water

1 lb 8 oz (24 oz) pork tenderloin, sliced into 1/2 in medallions

1 package 14 oz broccoli (fresh or frozen)

3 tsp vegetable oil

Mix together the soy sauce, sesame oil, honey , garlic and ginger together. Pour half of mix into Ziploc bag and add the meat. Turn bag to coat the meat. Marinate in fridge for at least 20 minutes, but can be as long as overnight.

Mix corn starch and water together. Add to leftover sauce. Add 2 tsp of oil to Wok or pan and heat to medium. Add meat and sauté for 4-5 minutes. Transfer meat to a clean bowl. Add the other tsp of oil and broccoli. Saute for 2-3 minutes. Add meat back. Make a well in the middle of the pan and add the extra sauce. Mix all together and cook until sauce is thickened and food is heated through.

ENJOY!!!

Recipe adapted from weelicious.com

7 Day Challenge, Day 3!!! Leftover night!!!

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Well as of day 3 I am still going strong!! Feeling a lil better today but still wasn’t in the mood to cook an elaborate meal. So leftovers it was!! The kiddos had some leftover lasagna casserole (I’ll share this nummy recipe after my 7 day challenge is complete…it was a huge success) and veggies, and the adults had chicken salads. All I did was heat up some sliced chicken breast in a skillet with a lil water so it wouldn’t dry out and threw it on top of some lettuce from my garden along with all the fixings… Tomatoes, sugar snap peas and cukes. I also had about 1/4 cup of pineapple chunks too. It was a deeeelicious salad! So I had another perfect day of eating! Tomorrow I will be cooking a more decadent meal for my family!!! Enjoy!!!

7 Day Challenge, Day 2!!! Turkey Taco Salad!!!

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So today is Day 2 of our 7 day challenge. Sadly, almost the whole fam damily has come down with some sort of summer cold crud. Not fun!!! I still managed to eat almost perfect today though. I had my vanilla caramel cappuccino shake for breakfast and a strawberry lemonade shake for lunch. I had a cheese stick and nectarine for my afternoon snack. For dinner since I am feeling under the weather I opted for a pretty easy dinner….tacos. To make them a little healthier and with less calories, I used ground turkey instead of beef along with all the fixings like tomatoes, cheese, plain greek yogurt and salsa. I also use a pretty darn good homemade taco seasoning. Here is the link to the recipe I use: http://www.annies-eats.com/2010/03/04/homemade-taco-seasoning/ I don’t put in as much cayenne pepper as the recipe calls for just because my son is a little spice sensitive still. I made a salad for my husband and I, and used whole wheat flour tortillas for the kiddos. I served some sliced watermelon with the tacos as well. I decided no watermelon for me and had a strawberry fruit bar instead for a little dessert and throat soother. It is a little high in sugar, but only 80 calories so I went for it. So it was an almost perfect day! I also did not snap a picture this evening as I am just not all there tonight (The cold medicine says non drowsy, but gosh darn it I’m still drowsy…. yawn…..). Hopefully tomorrow I will be feeling much better!!! Enjoy!!