It’s that time of year when I really only crave chocolate, candy and yummy cocktails. I think it’s because it’s the holidays! And, those are the things that definitely make everything seem very merry to me. So, I counteract with healthy dinners. Last night I wanted something light but still had some protein (and I had a huge request NOT to make a vegetarian meal again for awhile . . . this one is close, but I win on a technicality (fish). The video you will see is a dinner for one — I made about 6 filets and I used 3/4 C of water, about a pint of tomatoes, an entire clam-shell of arugula & spinach, a whole lemon, 3 T of butter and 3 T of capers.
I didn’t have one of those fish spatulas, so my fish completely fell apart. I put it all on a white platter and it actually looked really delicious 🙂 Make this, it’s nice and light and super fast.
tilapia with arugula capers and tomatoes
I’m getting all crazy on you and making Mondays, “Music Mondays”. The m’s just go together, don’t they? I am in the middle of getting my Best of Hot Mamas playlist together — and this is in the running. It’s a late entry, and has a lot of competition. Tell me what you think!
Hope you had a great Turkey day!
Hi friends, how is your weekend? I think we had a great workout at Red Rocks — at least I was very happy with it . . . I love how many people are up there working out, it’s crazy. And then there are all these tourists from other countries taking pictures of the crazy Americans working out. And how is it that we are still such a fat country? they are thinking.
Anyway, I’m in Breckenridge for the weekend. I got married here once — I love it, it so scenic and I love how the sun feels on my skin. We are hanging with my bf’s best friend — who has come to be a friend of mine. He has a very interesting business — he consults with people on how to help them have abundant lives. It’s really better if you look at his website, it’s hard to explain.
He often visits us in Denver and in the morning he makes the best smoothies. As you know, I am a BIG fan of the morning smoothie. It’s a great way to start your day. You can load it up with fruit, veggies, protein, fish or flax oil and get all the nutrients you need for the day. It is great to fix in a pinch. I can make one in minutes before I race out the door with my kids. It is hands down one of the best habits that I have. Try it.
I know it looks a bit like vomit, but this is what I had for dinner. It was really good! As you know, I’ve been a little obsessed with quinoa. It is so versatile and you can literally add any flavor and it tastes fabulous. And I love that it’s gluten free. I added a lot more lemon than the recipe called for because I love lemon with quinoa. This was a side dish to accompany grilled chicken breast (on the bone) that I just topped with lemon, salt and pepper. Healthy & delicious. My children ate it up!
Recipe from Epicurious
In the midst of all my preaching about anti-cellulite this, and eat clean that . . . I’m going to confuse you now by saying “For God’s sake have an ice cream cone!”
Last night we went to Proto’s pizza for dinner (my favorite pizza in town) and then we went to Little Man ice cream in the Highlands. (P.S. have you been to Linger yet? Or Goldyn? I peeked my head into both & I have to get back there stat!) Anyway, you know, pizza and ice cream — not my first choice in the realm of things to eat that are good for you. But, in life, you have to have pizza and ice cream every once in a while. You just do. Life is too damn short and pizza and ice cream are too damn good not to. Should it be a weekly thing? No. But an occasional fun thing that you do with your family? Hell yes.
Your lifestyle, i.e. the things you do, the way you eat should in general be healthy. Full of activities that nurture your mind and body and what you eat should nurture you as well. I really have a hard time with people who are always on some diet or another. If you just ate well in general you wouldn’t have to be on a diet all of the time. And, as we age, you can’t always have the mentality: “well I deserve that entire bread basket, or I’m running late, I’ll just order the muffin” . . . you must develop good habits that will last your entire life. Keeping healthy food in your home (tons of fruits and vegetables) — and clearing out all of the crap. Being a good example for your children — by not giving them chicken nuggets and mac and cheese all of the time. Your life is long, hopefully, and you should always be practicing good health — however; in the midst of that, part of being healthy is also not completely restricting yourself all of the time. And a homemade yummy cone from a local ice cream man is a perfect treat!
Hi Mamas, how was your weekend? I spent some much needed time with my bf — we had a romantic dinner out and saw Midnight in Paris. Have you seen it? I just love Woody Allen movies. Although, it doesn’t matter what movie I go to or what time of day, I always fall asleep at some point. Does that happen to you? I think it’s motherhood, really. I’ve been tired for 13 years . . .
We had a great turnout at Red Rocks on Saturday — I was so impressed with everyone’s efforts and focus. I noticed all of the other groups noticing us and I felt like a proud mama. I love all of the groups of people working out there and I love the energy. It’s so inspiring to a girl like me. P.S. I was incredibly sore all day Saturday and basically laid around the rest of the day. Probably not something I should share — but just so you know I am human.
Today’s exercise is from my old videos — one that I’ve never posted. It’s a good one for your entire backside (and yes, it’s still butt month at Hot Mamas!). Just make sure you focus on sucking your stomach in and keeping your spine long (eyes toward the floor). This is actually a good one for your butt . . . pay attention to your lower back and make sure it’s not screaming at you to stop.
Hope your Monday is fantastic and I’ll see you tomorrow with a great “anti-cellulite” recipe. Did I tell you I am thinking about doing a cellulite study? I will need some volunteers, so if you are interested, send me an email 🙂
OK, when I say that I love this salad, I mean, it was so good that I made it 2 nights in a row. I basically drank the dressing. You have to be a little careful with the jalepeno (my grandpa used to say “jalepeeeee-no”) — make sure you take out most of the seeds. I do like the heat of it though and it really is necessary for the dressing to be perfect. The only thing I might add are some raw peanuts or soy nuts, the extra crunch would have been a great addition.
Enjoy! I’ll see you tomorrow with your summer playlist!
Asian Chicken Salad – Martha Stewart Recipes.