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Puerto Rican Styled Pepper Steak

I kicked off my evening with some cardio at our gym across the street and did a few reps on the weight machines. Don't mind the sweaty (my body is dead) look on my face and the side ponytail. It started off at the center but after a good 45 minute jog it shifted a bit. Don't worry friends, I wasn't trying to bring back the 80s!


After the gym I started on dinner. We had steaks in the freezer and I was craving some heat in my life. I decided to make a Puerto Rican-styled pepper steak and it definitely called for some ingredients I didn't have handy. I ran out to the supermarket and moseyed on down the Spanish aisle. Who knew there were that may different varieties of Sazon and Adobo? Latins know whats up when it comes to full flavor! I got all of the ingredients I needed and headed out as soon as I could to make sure I didn't buy any unnecessary groceries. Here's what you'll need.

Ingredients:

— a deep pot (I used my large wok)
— 2 lbs of pepper steak
— 1 gree…

Greek Potatoes & Skinny Chicken Francese

Happy hump day readers! Its a nice treat that the week kicked off on a Tuesday making the week fly by pretty fast. The weather has been amazing with lots of sunshine and a cool breeze. Yesterday we went for almost a 4 mile jog and enjoyed taking in some rays. We had a super busy Memorial Day weekend (more John than me) but it was a blast! This weekend brings another round of busy days, but one of my best girls will be in from London, so we are most definitely looking forward to her arrival. Friday night we have a birthday party in Manhattan for a friend of ours and I can't wait to see more friends this weekend. Its gonna be a packed one.


Since we had a bunch of lemons in the fridge I was inspired to make a lemony dish: lightened up chicken francese and zesty roasted potatoes.  I've been really trying to utilize what we have already available in the fridge instead of running out and buying more ingredients. I guess you can say I have a shopping problem, both clothes and food ;)…

Slow Cooked Potato & Apple Pork Chops

A new week has begun and I'm happy to say I survived a jam packed, fun-filled weekend. John and I went food shopping yesterday and stocked up on lots of fruits, veggies, meats and other necessities at our local market. I figured I'd make something that didn't take a whole lot of prep for dinner tonight, but was still hearty and fulfilling. So I took out some boneless pork chops to defrost and figured I'd work with what we had, granny smith apples and petite potatoes. My friend Meg had told us about a yummy recipe she uses for grilled apples and I couldn't get the craving out of my head until it was fulfilled. While the chops defrosted I figured I'd use one of our ripened avocados and whip myself up a simple yet satisfying lunch. Avocado toast.


To make my version of avocado toast I smashed up one small avocado and mixed with lemon juice, a pinch of salt and red pepper flakes for some punch. Once I was done toasting up my whole wheat bagel thin, I spread a nice …

Peanut Butter Protein Cookies

Its almost the weekend, readers! And this blog post is brought to you by Friday's Carly Rae Jepsen and Justin Beiber playlist. If you wake up not really feeling life, I am telling you its an instant mood adjuster. Find me on Spotify ;) Its a packed weekend of fun stuff and I'm excited to kick it off tonight. Last night my brother and sister-in-law came for a nice visit and we had a fun night of hanging, dinner and homemade ice cream from a local sweet shop. Speaking of sweets I had the urge to whip up some 21 day fix peanut butter protein cookies yesterday and since I had all of the ingredients handy it was extra quick and simple.

Start by preheating your oven on 350 degrees and spray a cookie sheet with nonstick spray. In a bowl, mix 1 cup of all natural peanut butter, 4 tbsp of protein powder (I used 1 vanilla shakeology packet which equaled 4 tbsps), 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp of vanilla and 1 egg. Mix all together in a bowl to form a dough like below.

Roll your dough into about…

Mongolian Beef

We are already into another week AND its already mid-May. Where does the time go? Next weekend is Memorial Day and I am looking forward to the long weekend for sure. Spending time outside enjoying the weather and hopefully being by the water. On that note, I am continuing with another round of 21 day fix and really have kicked my workouts into gear with some light lifting and cardio sessions during the week. After all, beach season is approaching and we are Italy and Greece bound in late July :) I went for a two mile walk during my lunch break this afternoon and soaked in some rays. I finished up at the gym in our clubhouse with some back, arms and leg workouts. Check out our nice empty gym! It was a pleasure having it all to myself. I'm planning on going at least 3-4 times a week to tone up any soft spots for the summer :) I did another 3+ miles once John got home and then headed in to get a start on dinner for us. Where do the evenings go?

Check out our neighborhood geese who a…

Spice Up Your Life

Happy Wednesday friends! The weather has been stunning these past few days so I've been taking advantage of working out outside and making sure to get in some rays when possible. Saturday we were at a backyard party and luckily got a little sun kissed. This week I've been cooking away and decided on experimenting with some Indian cooking. I absolutely love Indian food, but its been tricky finding a good one out on the Island, so I figured I'd bring India into our very own kitchen.

This recipe for skinny chicken tikka masala involves a handful spices, so make sure you have them handy before you start cooking away :) Here is what you'll need to get started:


Cut your chicken breast into cubes and season with salt and pepper. Make sure to use a large pan because you will cook everything in the same pan throughout. Heat a tablespoon canola oil. While your oil gets hot, whisk together all of the necessary spices. Toss your chicken in your pan and brown for about 7 minutes o…