Well, hello there! Remember me? I am actually still around even though you might not know it from my looooonng absence from this space! It has been the longest I’ve gone without checking in here and I’ve missed sharing here with you all. Sometimes, though, we all need to take some time away from this world of sharing and social media. It’s been so long, in fact, that the folks at WordPress have changed the format on me! Without even mentioning it . . . so I’m having to figure this all out again. Sigh. Anyway, I’m dipping my toe back in this week to share some simple meals that have helped me keep my 2019 intent of SIMPLIFYING while also keeping things healthy.
If you are looking for something simple and delicious on these chilly nights I have you covered!
Sheet Pan Chicken and Vegetables
4 tsp olive oil, divided
1 tsp chopped fresh thyme
1 red onion, peeled and cut into wedges
cauliflower, cut into bite size pieces
2 celery stalks, cut into slices
1 cup baby carrots
Preheat oven to 400. Rub chicken with a little olive oil, pepper and thyme. Place chicken on baking sheet lined with foil. Bake about 15 minutes. Remove from oven. Add onion, celery, carrots, carrots and a little more thyme 2 T olive oil in a bowl and stir to coat. Arrange the vegetables around the chicken and put back in oven and bake around 20 minutes until vegetables are tender and chicken is done.
Steak Fajita Soup
This is a really tasty soup that is a new favorite! Since most of us are COLD this month it’s just perfect! I have adapted this soup from www.cottercrunch.com. I always love everything Lindsay posts!
- 12 ounce flank steak
- 1 tsp minced Garlic
- 1 tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 tsp Cumin
- 1/2 – 1 tsp of chili powder
- 1/2 tsp of black pepper
- 1 c thick chunky Salsa
- 1 10 oz can diced tomatoes with green chilis or Rotel
- 2 cups Cauliflower rice
- 1 bell pepper, diced
- 4 c low sodium chicken broth
- 1 cup fresh cilantro
- 1 Jalapeño
- Heat a large stock pot to medium. Add steak meat and brown with oil and garlic. Slice meat once browned and rested for 1-2 minutes.
- Add your vegetables to the pot, sauté for 2 minutes on medium. Next add the sliced steak meat back into the pot along with spices, and broth.
- Cover and cook at medium heat about 30 minutes. Keep warm until ready to serve.
- Serve and Garnish with cilantro, jalapeño, avocado or whatever you like.
- That’s it! Soooo Simple and Good!
A great article on Intermittant Fasting
I’ve been practicing a version of intermittent fasting for quite some time now. I haven’t written or shared it here because it had been controversial and I wasn’t sure it was something that would last for me. Well, it has and it has been a big boost in how I handle my own healthy lifestyle. This lifestyle and its benefits are backed by science and tons of research. It might not be for everyone but can be just the thing to get you over a hump, over a plateau or can be a great healthy addition to your lifestyle. JJ Virgin wrote a good article touching on some of the benefits and ways to try to incorporate it into your own lifestyle.
Check out this article in MindBodyGreen on the Benefits of Intermittent Fasting.
Lastly, I came across this quote shared by Tim Ferriss. It’s right in line with this whole making things Simple thing I’m working on this year AND since I have finished an enormous (3 dumpster bags full!) clean out and purge to move:
By the way, if you were expecting some SuperBowl reference or recipe or what not, sorry to disappoint!!
That’s it, ya’ll. Stay warm and