Yogurt Isn’t Boring

I usually get questions about what I eat for breakfast and if it ever gets boring. Typically after I name yogurt as a breakfast item I get kickback on how boring it is.

My yogurt isn’t boring though. I use a plain Greek yogurt and I add honey, fruit, nuts, seeds… basically whatever I have on hand and what sounds good at the time.  I mix up the type of fruits, nuts/seeds each time so it’s always different.

Yogurt Parfait

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Ingredients

  • Plain Greek Yogurt ( Individual serving size)
  • 1-2 teaspoons of honey
  • 1 Tablespoons of Chia Seeds
  • 1 Tablespoons of Sunflower seeds
  • 1 Kiwi, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup of fresh blueberries

Then I topped it off with some Cheerios because I wanted a crunchy texture. This is a great breakfast, lunch or snack or even dessert.  And most importantly it’s very filling.

‘Raw’: A Conversation with Michael Pollan and Jack Hitt about cooking, eating, and writing

I came across this great conversation that I wanted to share.

Michael Pollan, critically acclaimed author and journalist, sits down with writer Jack Hitt to discuss the former’s recent work and other topics related to food and cooking. Jul 15, 2013

Quick Tabata and NTC Workout

I’m beginning to love working out with my phone more and more.  The availability of workout apps take some of the planning out of the process and it helps to keep you motivated.
Below is a workout I did the other day that I really liked.  I ran two miles and did a Tabata workout and moved into a 15 minute Ab set on the NTC app. The total workout time was around 45-50 minutes but it went by very quickly.

Below are links to access the free apps

I’m new to Tabata workouts but so far I like’m!  This particular app is user-friendly, and I like that it allows you to enter as many exercises you want.  The NTC app is pretty legit. The workouts are already programmed into the app and you choose depending on what you want to do. There are options for Getting Lean, Toned, Strong or Focused, then you have further options for number of minutes or what area you want to work on. The app also includes videos that display the workouts. It’s pretty cool. Check it out.  Also, you know I’m a FitRadio fan. I did this workout to a mix titled, Tootsie Roll by The Party Boy DJ Chris Styles.

The Workout

Equipment needed:
Your smartphone
Medicine ball, weight of your choice
Jump Rope

READY, SET, GO!

Run 2 miles

Tabata Workout
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NTC Workout
Get Focused, 15Minutes/ Ab

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Jump rope for 60 secs. Rest for 30.
Repeat two times.

End of Workout.

Southwestern Salad with a Tabasco Lime Dressing

Southwestern Salad
This salad was created on a hot Phoenix day.  The temperature got up to 113 degrees and I was didn’t want to make my kitchen any warmer than it already was.   Here is a cold salad with a tangy dressing made of olive oil, lime juice and splash of Tabasco sauce. It’s great on the taste buds!

Salad Ingredients
1 cooked corn on the cob, cooled down (cold is best) and cut off of the cob
1/2 of a red bell pepper, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1/2 of a ripe avocado, cubed
1/2 cup of black beans
3 TBS of feta or cojita cheese
a handful of spinach, cut into strips

Dressing Ingredients
1 TBS extra virgin olive oliveTabasco Sauce
1 TBS  of fresh squeezed lime juice
2-3 splashes of Tabasco hot sauce
a click of sea salt

Serves 1-2 people.

Directions
1. Combine all the veggies in a bowl and stir lightly until it is mixed well.

2. Combine the ingredients for the dressing and stir well with a fork until fully combined. Pour over the veggies and stir.

This salad is best when eaten cold.

National Running Day 2013

It’s National Running Day! woohoo.

Yes, it’s been a while but I’m still here. Still running, cooking and baking. I figured National Running Day was a good time to get myself back into the groove of blogging.

I decided to wake up early and go for a morning run along Bridle Path. It’s a nice peaceful path with great views of beautiful homes in Central Phoenix.

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My run was pretty sweet. It was nice and smooth and I only stopped to tie my shoe..three times! And for two red lights. I felt great while running and still do three hours later.  I actually listened to music while I ran, which is rare. Kudos to FitRadio for having great mixes! I had a good hip hop mix going. Also it was great to see other runners out and about doing their thing. I will have to do more morning runs. I got in the rut of only running after work in the late afternoon..that will change.

After my run, I came home and to get ready for work and make breakfast . Here’s what I had
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Machaca & eggs with spinach and avocado. It totally hit the spot.

Happy National Running Day to you!
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Hominy and Jalepeno Chicken Soup

Hominy & Jalepeno Chicken Soup, from the January/February 2013 issue of EveryDay with Rachel Ray Magazine.

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I pulled this recipe from Rachel Ray’s Magazine as noted above. When I was flipping through this issues, this recipe popped at me. It sort of reminded of a combination of menudo and pozole, both popular mexican soups that I love. I was pleasantly surprised by this soup.

I’m completely biased when it comes to trying mexican recipes I find online or in magazines. Sometimes I can’t help but feel like no one can make the dishes as well as my mom, nana or aunt.  But this soup was good, and don’t be scared of the jalepenos! It wasn’t spicy.   If  I was to make this soup again, I would just change one thing – I would take the skin off the chicken before cooking it.

Ingredients
2 TBS of olive oil
3 lbs of chicken thighs, bone in
1 onion, chopped
2 jalepeno chiles, stemmed seeded and thinly sliced
1 clove of garlic,  smashed and peeled
1 tbsp of chile powder
1 1/2 cups of chicken broth
1 cup of canned hominy, drained
1 small bunch of cilantro, stems discarded
1 lime

Directions
1. In a large pot, or dutch oven, heat the olive oil over high heat. Season the chicken pieces salt and pepper. Working in batches if necessary, add the chicken pieces to the pot in a single layer. Cook, turning once, until browned on both sides about 8 minutes.  Transfer to a plate.

2. Lower the heat to medium and discard all but 1 tbsp. of fat from the pot. Add the onion, half of the jalepenos and the garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes.  Add the chili poweder, then stir in the chicken broth, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan.

3. Return the chicken and any accumulated juices to the pot. Add the hominy and enough water  to just cover (about 2 cups). Bring to a simmer over medium low heat, cover and cook for 40 minutes. Remove the chicken pieces and let cool slightly. Shred the meat and return it to the pot. (discard the skin and bones)

4.  Ladle the soup into bowls and top with the remaining jalepenos and the cilantro. Serve with the lime wedges, sour cream and an extra sprinlling of coarse salt and pepper.

Chocolate Banana Bread

Chocolate Banana Bread
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Using my basic banana muffin recipe, I added some cocoa and voila! Chocolate Banana bread was born. It’s perfect to mix up your morning toast with this bread, or to have as a special guest for brunch. The bread is very good straight out of the oven, and even better toasted with yummies on top. I tried it with butter, nutella, and cream cheese. Strawberries are the perfect topping as well.   I hope you like this recipe.

Ingredients
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup of ground oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking power
1/2 teaspoon salt
2-3 large ripe bananas
1 large egg
1/3 cup applesauce
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1/3 cup of cocoa powder

Pre-heat oven to 375.

Directions:
1. Mix together the dry ingredients in a large bowl.  (Flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cocoa)
2. In a separate bowl mash up the bananas. Add brown sugar, egg and applesauce, and mix until well blended.
3.  Add the banana mixture into the dry ingredient mixture. Mix it up.
4.  Pour the mixture into a bread/loaf pan.
5.  Bake for 40 minutes.  Do the toothpick test to ensure done-ness.

Eat this bread warm with dab of butter, or dress it up. Toast it, add some cream cheese and strawberries.
Unlike regular banana bread, I found this chocolate banana bread looses its effect on the taste buds when you eat it cold. So, it’s best warm or toasted. But if you like cold, that’s fine too. :)

I hope you enjoy this bread. Be sure to let me know how you dress it up.