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Monday, September 19, 2011

Chicken Feta Stir Fry

1/2 lb of chicken cut into chunks
olive oil
minced garlic
sea salt
1/2 yellow onion chopped
1/2 green Bell pepper chopped
1 vine ripened tomato chopped
sliced fresh mushrooms
balsamic vinegar
fresh spinach leaves torn
Feta cheese

Sautee chicken with onion and pepper in olive oil and splash of balsamic vinegar, minced garlic and sprinkle with salt and pepper until done

Add tomato and mushrooms and sautee, then add torn spinach leaves and feta cheese, sautee until leaves are still green but begin to wilt

You can eat this by itself, in a wrap or over quinoa. It is really good and fast!

Friday, September 9, 2011

There is no quick fix!

Today I ran across a post on facebook of a lady selling detoxifying wraps that will melt inches off of your body after only 7 applications. I was floored that 32 people responded and wanted info on how they can get this miracle product! You see crazy diets all the time that put people on a dangerously low calorie count or have them just eating grapefruits or cabbage. Shows on TV show people dropping massive amounts of weight in a few weeks. No wonder we are conditioned to think that weight loss should be quick and easy. We want quick and instant results! Guess what....there are NO quick fixes! Weight loss is a process that takes time. What happens when you go on a fad diet and lose 20 lbs when you start back to eating how you normally ate? You gain it back plus more. How many people do you know that are constantly on a diet?? It obviously is not working for them. So many people start an exercise program and give up after a week or two because "it is too hard", they do not want to step outside if their comfort zone, they do not want to give it time to let the body adjust. Of course it is hard, if it wasn't tough then you would not see changes. Your body has to be challenged to get the results that you want. And why are people so hesitant to start to eat healthy? They will try all of these diets but they will not cut out processed foods, or limit sugar or eat 5-7 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Why is taking care of your body and treating it and fueling it like it should be so difficult? You are given 1 body in this life, why fuel it with junk? Weight loss that is permanent requires consistent exercise and a consistent healthy diet, it is a lifestyle change. No cream, wrap, 500 calorie diet, etc is going to do it for you. Remember it takes time to lose weight and inches. Be patient, change your habits, live a healthy life and stop buying into the quick fix garbage.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Chicken Sautee with Quinoa

I was inspired by my sister in law Ali Cameron to make this dish. She made it when we were visiting the inlaws and I loved it. I made a few changes to the recipe, but I have to give credit to her for the original recipe and the inspiration. She has a wonderful blog if you would like to follow her. fitformotherhood.blogspot

Chicken Sautee with Quinoa

Sesame Oil
Low Sodium Soy Sauce
1 lb Chicken breast cut into chunks
Red Bell Pepper cut into strips
Yellow onion cut into strips
Fresh Mushrooms
Bunch of Kale
Quinoa (cook following directions on box or bag)

Heat tbsp of oil in pan. Add chicken and a dash of soy sauce, cook chicken until done, add onion and bell pepper and sautee until tender, next add mushrooms, sautee until warm, add as much Kale as you would like torn into pieces,add a little more soy sauce and sautee until Kale is still green and begins to soften. Remove from heat and serve over cooked quinoa. It is amazing!! You can also serve this on a wrap that has a tiny bit of hummus on it. I prefer Ezekial wraps or Flat Out Bread. This is such a quick and easy meal and my kids love it. Vegetarians, you can substitute the chicken for Tempah which is how I had the meal the first time I had it.