Yay March!? +What's for Dinner?

Happy first day of March!  Though as I type this, it's freezing rain outside on top of the inch of snow we received this morning.  I sure hope that by the time spring arrives, the snow will be long gone and temperatures will finally start rising so we don't dread going outside!

I spent most of the day inside today, watching House of Cards and generally being a bum. :) Luckily, we went to Whole Foods yesterday to buy ingredients for dinner (lamb burgers with homemade sweet potato fries), and went ahead and bought groceries for the week.

I'm currently cooking tonight's dinner, featuring kale and sweet potato.

Here's the plan for the week:

Sunday - Chicken sweet potato and kale soup

Monday - Leftover soup

Tuesday- Panko crusted honey mustard salmon with broccoli

Wednesday - Honey sriracha chicken - just for my husband, who is a HUGE sriracha fan.

Thursday - Leftover chicken

Alright back to binge watching House of Cards!  

Who else is stuck inside this weekend, watching House of Cards?


Friday Faves - Eats, Exercise, and Exciting News

Happy Friday!  I was thinking the other day, hmm I haven't done a Friday Faves post in a while, and then I saw that the Friday Five link-up was "Free Friday", and decided it was a perfect time to do one!  Plus, I have some exciting news to share!  But first, I'm linking up with Cynthia from You Signed up for What?!, Courtney from Eat Pray Run, DC, and Mar from Mar on the Run.  

Suja Juice

These have been on sale at Whole Foods the last couple of weeks, and I have become slightly obsessed with the Green Charge.  The Suja Elements line, exclusive to Whole Foods, is pretty cool because for every bottle sold, 20¢ – 25¢ is donated to a designated important social or environmental cause.

Cheerios + Ancient Grains

I first found these at CVS when I was shopping for toiletries after a workout.  Obviously, I was starving and I'm sure that factored into my decision to pick them up.  I try not to buy cereal because I have pretty much no self control and eat it all in like 2 or 3 days.  I really liked this cereal because it has a variety of good-for-you grains, such as KAMUT wheat, spelt, and quinoa, and it's sweet enough on its own to not need to add a sugar/sugar substitute, but still only has 5 grams of sugar.  So I don't feel quite a guilty when I eat (multiple) large bowls for breakfast.

Pop Physique

(Yes, I'm surprised as you are that this is making my favorites list.) 

Pop Physique is described as  "A one hour ballet barre-based class. The principles of dance are used to create long, lean lines and tight, compact muscles. The class provides results that are unparalleled. Pop Physique takes the original, chic Lotte Berk concept that was created in London in the 50s to a modernized level that fits into every lifestyle. Lotte was a dancer who created a unique and fun class structure that was quick to show results. There is an artistic approach that Pop Physique takes to this very special hour of class. It is not merely exercise, it is art...."

Now, am I good at this class?  Not so much - my limited flexibility does not allow one of my legs to even make it on the barre (embarrasssinggg), and sometimes I feel a little silly performing some of the movements. However, I can really feel it working my lower half in a non-impact way, which is exactly what I'm looking for right now.  Plus, every class ends with a focus on ab work, which is also an important element.  I've been trying several barre-type classes lately (more soon!).

My Newest SoxyFeet Socks

Haha, love them.  As always, they are high-quality and great for any kind of workout or wine drinking. ;)

And lastly, my exciting news for the week!

Honey Stinger Hive

I was thrilled to get an email this week welcoming me into the Honey Stinger Hive!  So thrilled that I immediately bought some more of my favorite energy chews - Fruit Smoothie.  

I bought the Fruit Smoothie Energy Chews when I was training for Iron Girl Columbia, and really liked the taste and portability.  I also like that, according to the website, "Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chews are unique as they are the first to include naturally occurring fiber and protein derived from 100% organic tapioca syrup and honey."  I am a huge fan of honey, and use it sweeten my oatmeal and pancakes (as well as on toast with peanut butter. yum.).

Can't wait to get started with triathlon training this year (race schedule, still TBD....hopefully will have some news soon).

That's it for me today!

Enjoy your weekend!


Cooking with the Skinnytaste Cookbook {Dinners this Week}

Hi friends!  Just hopping up here to share our dinners for this week, which are both from the Skinnytaste cookbook.  I've been a fan of the Skinnytaste website for a few years now, so when I saw that Gina Homolka had a cookbook coming out, I knew I had to purchase it (and one for my sister for Christmas)!  I've even talked it up so much that both my mom and my friend at work have purchased it. 

So far this winter, the slow-cooker chicken enchilada soup (a similar recipe is also on the website) has been my go-to slow-cooker meal.  It's super simple, healthy, but still tastes great --> a common theme for pretty much all of the recipes.

The skinny chicken parmesan was also met with high praise from my husband, and chicken parmesan is one of his favorite meals.

This week, I have 2 recipes on the menu for dinner.

Monday - Chicken Marsala on the Lighter Side

Verdict - Delicious!  I didn't use quite as many mushrooms (and only one kind), so I used a little bit less liquid on my mom's recommendation.  This recipe is easy-to-follow, but does consist of multiple steps so plan it for a night when you have some time! ((Or when your husband gets home from work at 9:00pm so you still have plenty of time no matter what.  Ah, the life of a PhD student's wife.))

Wednesday - Orecchiette with Sausage, Baby Kale, and Bell Pepper

I seriously love chicken sausage; I use it all the time.  I also chose this recipe because it looked simple and has plenty of veggie power from the kale and red pepper.

I'll let you know how it turns out!