Beef and Barley Soup

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California has had a lot of rain this past week. We have gotten week after week of rain in the Bay Area.  I was recently in Southern California and was amazed by the number of trees that had been blown over by wind and rain. One of my favorite things about a rainy day is hunkering down and enjoying a warm bowl of soup. At least once over the winter I make beef and barley stew to enjoy on a cool rainy night. It is a very filling soup and it makes a large batch, so it easily feeds my family for a week.  Continue Reading!

Zucchini and Turkey Loaded Sweet Potato

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Do you have a friend that you feel like is your workout motivation? I can think of several of my friends who help motivate me to work out. One of those friends is my friend Kaylee. She is so strong. She is such  great runner, and always amazes me when we do TRX. Everytime we work out together I am motivated to train harder so that I can be stronger and faster like Kaylee.

One thing that I think helps Kaylee so much is how she eats. Continue Reading

Enchilada Quinoa Casserole

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The new year is almost here and with it comes many new resolutions to eat healthy. (I for one have been eating way too much sugar over the holidays!)  I am ready to start eating soups, salads, fruits, vegetables, and more healthy dinners. This enchilada quinoa casserole is a recent staple in our dinner rotation. It is healthy, filling, delicious, easy to make, and the left overs make fore great filling lunches.   Continue Reading

The Lighter Side of Stuffing

 

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Thanksgiving is next week! YAY! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays – it’s all about food, family, and friends! I love that you can spend time cooking, eating, going on long runs in the morning, watching movies/football, and enjoying time to be grateful for all that we have.

Food is obviously a main component of Thanksgiving day. A meal complete with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, salad, rolls, and of course pumpkin pie. A family favorite for thanksgiving is this delicious stuffing – to be honest it is the favorite of many of our friends as I have spent the last several years perfecting it for Thanksgivings with friends.  Continue Reading

Chicken Chili

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I love chicken chili! I crave it as soon as the weather cools down. In the 6 years that I have been married I have never made chicken chili … until now. This week I decided to surprise my husband with the best chicken chili EVER! I made this delicious chili, and I told my husband I made chili for dinner (not specifying what kind of chili). He was super excited because he loves chili.

When he got home and served himself a big bowl of chili his automatic response was “What is this? You tricked me.” I responded by saying “It is white chicken chili. Try it!” He ate the chicken chili and after one bite said, “Oh this is really good” He liked it so much that he ate the chili for lunch and dinner the next day.

This chili is the perfect meal for cool evening to warm you up, especially before a long night of Trick or Treating on Halloween! Continue Reading