Thursday, October 3, 2013

"Mommy...why's your butt so big?"


My three year old daughter comes up with the craziest questions.  I really never know what she's going to say next.  For example...the other day she asked me if I knew what a "hooker" was.  Before I could recover from the shock of her question she let me know that Captain Hook has one on his clothes.  Oh....a HOOK.  Phew!  She really is a constant source of entertainment!

One of her more recent questions has stuck with me.  Our conversation went something like this...

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Portobello Mushrooms Stuffed with Pistachio & Basil Pesto Chicken

 
My hubby's....hence the cheese ;)

My cheese-free version...still super yummy!
 
 
I love pesto!  It's so simple to make and so yummy :)  The first time I made this I just threw it together because we had some Portobello mushrooms that needed to be used, but I didn't have the ingredients needed to make stuffed mushrooms the way I normally make them.  I made a few tweaks this time and it turned out SO good.  This will definitely be going into the regular rotation in our house!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Spicy Shrimp "Alfredo"

 

This lactose-free "Alfredo" sauce is a great alternative to the lactose-full original.  It's also a much lighter version!  If you don't have issues with dairy (lucky you) you can substitute the Tofutti "Better Than Cream Cheese" for real cream cheese and the lactose free milk for regular milk ;)

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Guilt Free Clam Chowder

 


I've been lactose intolerant for the past ten years, but it seems to be more severe as I get older =/  As a result I've had to find ways to make lactose free versions of some of my old favorites....like clam chowder :)

What I've Been Up to Since March (Part 2)


I mentioned in my previous post that I've made some changes to the way I eat and how I train.  These changes resulted from a whole lot of reading.  I wasn't unhappy with the progress I was making, but I wanted to learn more about my body.  I wanted to make progress because of intentional and deliberate actions...not just trial and error. 

Finding Balance a.k.a. What I've Been Up to Since March (Part 1)

Soooooo you may have noticed that my last blog past was back on March 26th!  Crazy right?  Well, I wish I had a really exciting story about where I've been and what I've been up to....but it's really not all that exciting. 

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Salmon Tacos with Avocado Mango Salsa


So what do you do when you have one salmon fillet and need to make dinner for two?  Salmon tacos!  The corn tortillas and avocado really make these tacos very filling.  If you need a little something more you could always serve some black beans on the side. 

Grilled Flank Steak Burrito Bowls

My dairy free version with hot sauce.

My hubby's with a little Colby Jack cheese and some fat free sour cream.
Can you tell I've been craving Mexican food lately? lol  These burrito bowls really hit the spot.  I love that they are so easy to customize.  I had mine dairy free, but my hubby enjoyed his with fat free sour cream.  My hubby is watching his carb intake, so his was light on the brown rice and beans....mine not so much ;)

Chicken Club Sandwiches with Turkey Bacon & Avocado


 

 

 

These sandwiches are a favorite in our home.  They are so easy to throw together, but full of flavor and very filling.  I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Chipotle Chicken, Potato & Corn Chowder


This recipe was inspired by the Pioneer Woman's Corn Chowder with Chilies.   If you are looking for a yummy cheat meal, I highly recommend her recipe!  Sadly I can't even make the original recipe as a cheat meal because it contains dairy :(  That's okay though!  My  version is just as yummy ;)  Plus I added chicken and potatoes...which makes it nice and filling :)

Baked Turkey, Black Bean & Avocado Chimichangas


Every once and a while I crave something that I know I shouldn't eat...like a crispy, crunchy, deep fried chimichanga ;)  When that happens I try to find a way to satisfy the craving in a healthy way.  Did you know that you can get that crispy crunchy goodness by baking your chimichangas!?!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Workout Gear Review: Polar FT4 Heart Rate Monitor


I started using a Polar FT4 Heart Rate Monitor about three weeks ago, and I decided to write up a quick review now that I've put it to the test.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Pan Seared/Roasted Salmon & Semi Loaded Baked Potatoes

 
 
Yes that's a giant baked potato...and no...this is not a cheat meal ;)  Regular potatoes aren't horrible for you, but they tend to be prepared in not so healthy ways.  Are sweet potatoes a better choice?  Probably....but that doesn't mean that plain old spuds are the devil.  Plus they go really nicely with salmon and a salad ;) 

Saturday, March 16, 2013

On Compliments, Confidence & Self Image


Confession time!  I have never been good at accepting compliments when it comes to my appearance.  I am confident about many things, but looks aren't one of them.  It's something I've been thinking about a lot lately.  I have a three year old daughter, and I worry about how my lack of confidence in this area will affect her.  I want both of my children to grow up to be be healthy, strong, confident and happy individuals.  So I guess I'd better do my best to be a good example, right?

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Pistachio Crusted Tilapia & Green Beans with Turkey Bacon


Tilapia is one of my favorite staples to have on hand.  Mostly because it's flavor is so mild that there are endless possibilities when it comes to how to prepare it.  One of my favorites is Cornmeal Crusted Tilapia (which has kind of smokey spicy Southwest flare).  Tonight I was in the mood for some different flavors, so I decided to switch things up a bit.  I came up with this Pistachio Crusted Tilapia.  Crunchy on the outside....flaky on the inside...tons of flavor!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Grilled Chicken Burrito Bowls

My hubby's Burrito Bowl has the works....a.k.a. cheese and sour cream ;)

My Burrito Bowl is dairy free :)

When you eat a lot of the same foods repeatedly I really think it's important to switch things up so that you don't get burned out. Even something as simple as a new marinade can make all the difference.  I've used lime juice and garlic in chicken marinades before, but the other day I decided to add green chilies and cilantro instead.  The result was SO tasty!

Lasagna Soup


Lasagna is one of my husbands favorite foods.  I love it too, but not being able to eat dairy makes it kind of hard to enjoy ;)  This soup is the perfect compromise!  The cheeses are added as a topping to each individual bowl of soup...which means my hubby can have all of the real cheesy goodness and I can enjoy a dairy free version.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Shredded Beef Enchiladas & Black Beans

My plate: Shredded Beef Enchiladas with Kass Soy Pepper Jack Cheese & Hot Sauce

My hubby's plate: Shredded Beef Enchiladas with Colby Jack Cheese & Low Fat Sour Cream

I've mentioned before that I have cheat meals every now and then (no more than once a week).  I'm not on a diet with an end date, so I try to look at the big picture.  I eat healthy at least 90% of the time because when I do I just feel better.  My body functions better when I'm eating clean...but I'm still human!  I have my vices, and having a cheat meal every now and then helps me satisfy cravings without making an impact on my health/fitness. 

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Grilled Lemon Garlic Chicken & Baby Spinach Salad with Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette


Yesterday I had planned to make burrito bowls with grilled chicken, brown rice, black beans, and veggies.  When I was about to start dinner I realized that we were out of rice!  Doh!  No worries though...I was in the mood for something with lemon and garlic instead.  I came up with this simple grilled chicken and a really tasty salad.  The dressing really makes it....I think I've found my new favorite meal! 

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Meal Planning 101

Meal planning is great whether you are trying to eat healthier, save money by eating at home, or just trying to avoid being stressed by last minute meal prep.  My friends and family know I am a little crazy when it comes to making lists, but this is one area where the crazy pays off ;)

My Favorite Free Apps for Health & Fitness



I am a bit on the cheap frugal side, so I don't spend a lot of money on apps for my mobile devices. Luckily there are some awesome free apps that can help you along your health and fitness journey...

Monday, February 25, 2013

Smoothie 101

I've been getting a lot of questions about smoothies lately, so I thought I would put together a quick reference for anyone who might need it.  If you follow Fit From Scratch on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram then you know I have a smoothie for breakfast every day.  Every once and a while I'll have one for an afternoon snack too ;)  I like to keep things interesting by trying different flavor combinations, and I've adjusted my smoothies to meet my needs as the change.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Chicken & Black Bean Burritos





 
 
This is another example of a dinner re-write.  Originally I had planned on making enchiladas, but I forgot an ingredient I needed for the sauce....soooo presto chango...burritos for dinner!

Grilled Garlic Ginger Chicken & Stir Fried Veggies Over Noodles

 
 
Sometimes you have a plan for dinner, but end up having to switch things up.  Most of the time when this happens at our house it's because I realize at the last minute that I'm missing an ingredient ;) But sometimes I am just in the mood for something, and I try to satisfy my craving in a healthy way.  This Grilled Ginger Garlic Chicken was something I came up with the other night when I was craving Chinese take out.  Now...this isn't Chinese take out, but it has some of the flavors that were at the root of my craving....and it was pretty darn tasty ;)

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Turkey Tostadas



Tostadas are a favorite in our house!  They are easy to customize so everyone can have theirs exactly how they like it.  Plus the leftovers can be used for other things...which is a great way to make leftovers less boring ;)

Tilapia Tacos with Black Beans & Fresh Avocado Salsa


These tacos are quick, easy and tasty!  Tilapia is light and flaky with a very mild flavor.  If you are trying to sneak fish past a picky eater this would be the one to try ;)   The black beans make these tacos so filling, and the fresh avocado salsa has a lot of flavor without being spicy.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Squat Challenge



 

It's confession time again....once upon a time I used to HATE squats. Not just dislike, but hate...with a passion...avoided them like the plague for years. About a year ago I was lucky enough to take a class at the gym with an instructor that pays really close attention to form. Turns out I was doing them wrong. Once I learned proper form I learned to LOVE squats.


Sunday, February 17, 2013

Turkey Bacon, Spinach & Avocado Omelet


One of my favorite post workout meals is an omelet.  I like to play around with different combinations, and this one is one of my favorites...

Baked Salmon with Homemade Pesto & Roasted Tomatoes



 
Tonight I made dinner for one...my hubby had REAL pizza as a cheat meal, so I made this for myself.  It was actually very simple to make, and it was SO yummy!

Grilled Lemon Herb Chicken & Short Cut Baked Potato

 
I took advantage of the warm weather we had here last week and used the grill to make this Lemon Herb Chicken.  I love using the grill for many reasons...fewer dishes for one ;)
 

Turkey Bacon Turkey Burgers

 
These Turkey Bacon Turkey Burgers were inspired by a few different things.  One...it drives me crazy when I have strips of bacon on a sandwich or burger and they fall off every time I take a bite.  Two...we use turkey bacon to try to be a little more healthy, but it's still pretty high in sodium.  In order to use less for these turkey burgers I cooked the turkey bacon and then crumbled it into the ground turkey before forming the patties...that way there's a little bacon in every bite without using quite as much ;)

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Ginger Scallion Tilapia & Faux Fried Rice



I had a craving for fried rice the other night and decided to make a healthier version.  That idea didn't mesh too well with the tilapia recipe I had planned on using so I decided to try an Asian inspired version to go with the rice.  Two test recipes in one night?!?  I must have been feeling brave.  Luckily they both turned out great, so we didn't starve ;)

Don't Just Drop Bad Habits...Replace Them!




Giving up unhealthy habits can be a struggle.  It's easy to feel deprived when you cut something out of your diet or your lifestyle.  Lately I've found that replacing an unhealthy habit with a healthy one makes things a little easier. 

Three Ways to Follow Fit From Scratch

Did you know that there are three ways for you to follow Fit From Scratch?  Here's a quick breakdown so that you can decide which way(s) are best for you....

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Can't vs. Don't...Attitude is Everything



Attitude.  Attitude.  Attitude.  Only you can control it!  I cannot stress this enough...having a good attitude about eating healthy is so important.  If you spend all day thinking about what you CAN'T eat, you are being your own worst enemy! The fact of the matter is that you can eat whatever you want to eat. If you eat healthy foods you are going to feel good and reach your fitness goals. If you eat junk...well you can kiss those goals goodbye. Instead of lamenting all of the things that you can't eat, focus on the fact that you DON'T eat junk. You don't put overly processed foods in your body. You don't eat empty calories. You don't have the digestion issues, skin issues, weight issues, etc. that eating junk causes.

Avocado Chicken Salad BLT




Last night we had shredded chicken tacos using the recipe for shredded chicken that I posted a few weeks back.  I made a full pound of chicken (two large chicken breasts), but only used half for dinner last night.  I decided to use the rest for lunch today, but instead of having tacos again I made this sandwich...

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Turkey Meatloaf & Roasted Vegetables


I have a confession to make...I have never been a big fan of meatloaf.  There...I said it...that felt good ;) In the past I made it (the normal non-healthy version) because it's one of my hubby's favorite foods.  Since we've both been eating healthy for a while now, we haven't been eating meatloaf.  My hubby had been asking me to make a healthier turkey version for a while now, so I finally decided to bite the bullet and do a test recipe.  It turned out great!  I had mine with no gravy and it was really good!  I am actually looking forward to making/eating meatloaf again some time soon.  My hubby had some low sodium gravy with his (store bought).  Next time I think I'll whip some gravy up from scratch to make it a little healthier for him ;)  This meatloaf will definitely be going into the regular rotation in our house!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Monday, February 4, 2013

Spicy Baked Chicken

 
I was in the mood for something spicy the other night and decided to add a little kick to my baked chicken.  My hubby is not a fan of spicy food, so I just skipped the cayenne pepper on his.  I like to sear chicken before baking it because I feel like you get the best of both worlds...the yummy browned goodness of searing it and the juiciness from baking it.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Tomatillo Turkey Burgers

 
Ingredients:
 
1 lb Lean Ground Turkey
3 TBS Tomatillo Salsa
1 Tsp Garlic Powder
1 Tsp Ground Cumin
1 Tsp Chili Powder
1/2 Tsp Onion Powder
1/4 Tsp Ground Pepper
Pinch of Sea Salt (optional)
 
 
Directions:
 
Mix all ingredients together.  Form into patties.  Cook in a grill pan or skillet over medium high heat for about 3-4 minutes per side (cooking times will vary based on the thickness of the patties you make. 
 
 
Note:
- I used toasted whole wheat sandwich thins instead of buns for these burgers. 
- I topped my burger with avocado and tomatoes.  I also used olive oil mayo and regular mustard.  My hubby's burger had all of the above and cheese.
 
 
 


Friday, February 1, 2013

Kettlebell/Jump Rope Core & Cardio Workout

 
 
 
 
This is a simple workout that can be done at home or at the gym.  If you don't have a jump rope you can "air" jump rope instead (just make sure that you move your arms like you are turning a jump rope as you jump).  If you don't have kettlebell weights you can use a dumbbell or do the exercises without any weight.

Homemade Pizza Sauce


Making pizza sauce at home is too easy!  There's no reason to spend extra money on the pre-made stuff...or end up consuming the extra sodium and calories the pre-made stuff might contain.