Cooking during the summer is THE WORST!
It’s legitimately 85 degrees here in San Diego with 90% humidity and a chance of thunderstorms. SAY WHAT?!? Considering I can hardly sit on my couch to write this post without sweating there is no way I’m turning on an oven or standing over a hot skillet to cook dinner.
Enter my favorite cooking invention ever…the crock-pot.
You guys, I don’t think I could survive without a crock-pot. It takes all the fuss out of cooking meat, doesn’t make your house 983457984 degrees and anything you cook in a crock-pot is delicious.
As the weather heats up for summer I find myself less and less motivated to cook.
Just the other night I was sitting in my car before yoga sweating to death trying to think of something for dinner and nothing sounded good but a smoothie. Obviously I can’t live off smoothies (I wish) so Bryce and I ended up just going to Trader Joe’s and grabbing a couple salads…easy, healthy, done!
BUT going to the grocery store every day is a pain so I really got thinking about some super quick and healthy meal options.
I already have a post with 3 healthy meals ready in 10 minutes or less and this one with 30 healthy meals made in 30 minutes or less but I needed something new in my life.
Well, when I was at Trader Joe’s picking up dinner I saw it…yep saw one of my favorite products of all time…their fresh bruschetta sauce.
BUSY. CRAZY. HECTIC.
Yep, pretty much the words to describe my life right now.
I know everyone is busy but you guys I just feel like right now there are simply not enough hours in the day.
Last week I officially accepted a new position at work as the San Diego Senior Brand Ambassador for Perfect Bar WOO HOO! Transitioning out of my current role into this one has been crazy to say the least. Oh and it doesn’t stop there…I’m flying out to Portland for work on Friday then flying to Boise for a wedding then BAM its Memorial Day Weekend with CrossFit regionals and then Rock ‘N’ Roll San Diego ahhhhh! It never ends.
Honestly just writing this post is giving me anxiety thinking about all the things I have coming up but am just trying to take it day by day and do the best I can to maintain a healthy balance in my life.
Usually with a busy schedule eating healthy is one of the first things to go (I’m 100% guilty of this). BUT with my running being so limited eating like crap simply isn’t an option. I’ve really been relying on quick, easy, convenient meals these past couple weeks and wanted to share these awesome Chicken Lettuce Wraps with you all today.
One of my ultimate pet peeves is when people say “I’m too busy to eat healthy/ cook my own food”.
Uhhhhhh…newsflash everyone is busy!
There are seriously some days where I wake up at 5:00 am to blog, leave for work at 8:00 am, get off work at 5:30 pm, sit in traffic and drive to yoga at 7:00 pm then get home at around 8:30 pm and STILL cook myself a healthy meal because I value my health.
The goal of this post is not to make you all feel guilty or like you’re lazy because lets be honest… it’s freakin’ hard to think of quick, healthy meals that taste good! My goal is to give you a little inspiration and a few ideas of easy, healthy meals that you can make in 10 minutes or less. Oh and to make your lives even easier all the ingredients for these recipes can be found at Trader Joe’s.
Is there anything better than a big bowl of hot pasta smothered in sauce and topped with cheese?
Pasta is one of my favorite things to eat and use to be something I’d limit myself to enjoying only once or twice per week since well…traditional pasta is basically just empty calories.
For the past few years I attempted to get my “pasta” fix by spiralizing zucchini into ‘zoodles’ or from spaghetti squash but let’s be really honest here…YES those are delicious pasta alternatives that are packed with nutrients but they simply don’t replace eating pasta. Secretly with every bite of ‘squash pasta’ I desperately was hoping someone out there would create a healthy pasta.
Well my dreams have officially become a reality.
It’s been a few weeks since I completed the 21-Day Sugar Detox.
In those few weeks I celebrated a friends birthday, went skiing up in Mammoth and had Superbowl Sunday. There was a lot of drinking, a lot of snacking and a lot of sugar…oops! BUT I still feel great and don’t feel like I’ve lost any progress since I’ve been modifying the 21-Day Sugar Detox during the week. Gotta love that 80/20 lifestyle.
Normally by February all good intentions I had going into the new year would be starting to fade away but I just can’t stress enough how much this short 21-Day plan changed my entire outlook on eating. Even with a few weekends going completely off the rails with eating/drinking I feel confident going back to what I learned on the program to reset my body. If you are struggling seeing progress at the gym or with dieting I highly recommend checking out the 21-Day Sugar Detox!
And if you don’t want to spend money on another book just start trying to eat more real food instead of processed junk. It really is that easy!
As you all know from Monday’s post I’m doing a program called the 21 Day Sugar Detox.
The diet is primarily meats/proteins, veggies and healthy fats so I’ve had to get pretty creative in the kitchen to make my food tasty without adding any sugar.
It really has been so eye opening to see that so many of my favorite marinades are packed with sugar, favorite condiments…packed with sugar and even some meats contain sugar WTF?!
So what’s a girl to do?
Well, I’ve been getting back to the basics flavoring foods with fresh lemon/lime juice, spices, fresh herbs, butter and oils such as coconut oil, avocado oil and olive oil.
I hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day Weekend.
I know I sure did!
Friday and Saturday were spent relaxing then on Sunday my family and I went to the Del Mar races and Ballast Point 20th Anniversary beer festival to celebrate my dad’s birthday.
There were over 80 different beers at the festival…most of which have never left the tasting room. Some of my favorites were the Cucumber Longfin, Mango Dorado and the best Peach Sour mmmm!
Now I’m currently enjoying every second of this Monday off by writing this post poolside relaxing and recovering.
Life is gooood!
When I got home from work last night the thermostat in my apartment said it’s 90 degrees.
WHAT!?!?! Calm down San Diego I didn’t realize I was living in a hot yoga studio.
The last thing I want to do when it’s already that hot is turn on my oven or stand over a hot stove cooking dinner. In fact, I’d honestly probably rather starve.
So to solve this issue I’ve turned to my trusty crockpot!
Yep, crockpots are not just for hot winter soups. They’re also an absolute life saver in the hot summer months when you don’t want your house turning into a sauna.
To fight the heat Bryce and I have been living off my Salsa Chicken recipe. We’ve used it for burritos, tacos, protein style tacos, salads, scrambled with eggs, plain, burrito bowls…really anything you can add chicken to. So when I was thinking of my third and final recipe to share for my One Meal Two Ways series it was obvious it had to be my Salsa Chicken for a little One Meal 20 Ways action haha.
Last week I introduced a 3 part mini series called One Meal Two Ways!
The point of this series is to help those of you who are trying to eat healthy when nobody else in your household is! Because nothing is worse than making 100 different meals after a long day at work.
In case you missed last week I did spaghetti/ zoodles with turkey mushroom meat sauce and this week we’re cooking BURGERS!
But we’re not cooking just regular burgers…we’re making Skinnytaste’s incredible Turkey Burgers with Zucchini that I’ve slightly modified into the juiciest, most delicious burgers ever.
Tip: Don’t even tell the picky eaters in your house that there is zucchini in the burgers…they won’t even notice.