Winter Workout

Working out during Winter can be tough.  There are days that I can’t make it to the gym because it’s snowing or because it’s cold and dark and I have little to no motivation to go back out.  This is my struggle from about November to March.  What’s a girl to do?  Well, I’ve switched up my workout routine a bit. I still workout about 4 to 5 times per week.  Going to the gym is Plan A and working out at home is Plan B.  For me, working out at home means popping in a DVD and following along like I have …

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Black Bean Spread

My husband and I love hummus, especially my Easy Hummus recipe.  We love black beans at least as much as we love chick peas.  This got the gears turning…  “I wonder if we can make hummus using black beans?”  Well, we love Mexican food too (which of course regularly features black beans) and decided that would be a great place to start for the seasonings.  By the time we were done, we had created a Mexican inspired black bean based “hummus.”  I must give joint credit to my husband for helping me create this awesome recipe.  Love you, babe.   …

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Crustless Spinach Quiche

When I think of a quiche I think of it as a dainty dish served at a lady’s affair, like a bridal shower or jewelry party.   I don’t think any of my male friends or family have said, “Hey, I could go for a good quiche.”  I was using a deep man voice when I said that.     😉    However, every time I serve this quiche to my friends and family (whether they are male or female), they rave about it! Quiches are so versatile.  You can pretty much do whatever you want in it and you can eat it hot, cold, or …

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Crispy Baked Eggplant & Ricotta Stacks

Do you ever get tired of eating the same dinners from your rotation?  I do.  I search for new ideas, try them out, and some work, some not so much.  This recipe was a success! The crispy baked eggplant pieces are layered with ricotta cheese to create a tasty and healthy vegetarian meal.  It’s a little bit like a simple lasagna. Crispy Baked Eggplant & Ricotta Stacks Recipe (About 4 Servings) Ingredients: 1 medium eggplant, cut into thick slices 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 2 eggs, beaten 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning Salt and pepper, …

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Whole Wheat Banana Peanut Butter Muffins

Remember how I hinted in my Whole Wheat Muffins post that you’d be seeing more of that muffin base?  Well, here you go.     🙂   The addition of banana and peanut butter flavors takes that basic whole wheat muffin to the next level! Whole Wheat Banana Peanut Butter Muffins Recipe (Makes 6 standard size muffins) Ingredients: 1 tablespoon oil 3/4 cup skim milk milk 1 egg 1 banana, mashed 1/4 cup peanut butter 1 box (7 ounce) Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Muffin Mix a few chopped peanuts, for topping Directions: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Grease 6 muffin …

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