1.31.2013

PF Chang Chicken Lettuce Wraps


Tonight I tried a recipe I found on Pinterest, The PF Chang Chicken Lettuce Wraps.

Source PF Chang



Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Serves 4
INGREDIENTS:
  • 2 tsp canola oil
  • 8 oz white mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 lb lean ground chicken
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 cup green onions, sliced
  • 1 (8 oz) can sliced water chestnuts, drained and chopped
  • 8 large lettuce leaves
  • 1/2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 3/4 tsp lower-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • crushed red pepper flakes, to taste
DIRECTIONS:
Heat canola oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Place mushrooms in a large bowl, set aside.
Add chicken, garlic and ginger to skillet and cook for 6-7 minutes or until chicken is brown, breaking the meat up as it cooks. Combine the chicken mixture with the bowl of mushrooms; add green onions and water chestnuts; toss together. Combine rice wine vinegar, lower-sodium soy sauce, honey and crushed red pepper flakes in a small bowl; whisk to mix well. Divide chicken mixture evenly between each lettuce leaf and top with sesame oil mixture. Optional: Garnish with fun, bright extras, like the red peppers and scallions seen above.

I had my butcher ground my chicken because I could not find it at my local grocery store. He was happy to do it.



My family enjoyed this recipe but I think we all agreed it makes a good lunch item. It didn't fill us up like a dinner item would normally. I had the left overs for lunch and it was perfect! I think in the future I will make a batch and re heat for lunch! I would also recommend making double the amount of sauce.

1.29.2013

Awards Work Event- Heres To A Great 2012!


I am so very lucky that I love what I do! Its not even a job to me and for that I am so blessed. I work with such amazing  people and everyday I love going to work with them.

This past week we had our yearly awards event and I had the wonderful opportunity to help plan this event and what a success it was. I enjoy the company of each of these people so much so how could it be anything other than wonderful!

Here are a few photos from the set up.






















The event was a brunch and we had such a great time! Here is a little peak inside.












Congratulations to all of my friends! Here's to another great year!



1.27.2013

Work Out Schedule and Meal Plan for Jan 28th- Feb 3rd


Last week was my first post on planning my weekly workout schedule and meal plan and I must say it was a success. There was only one small change were I didn't follow the meal plan because I was just so tired. Now I know that towards the end of the week I will have more crock pot style meals. So here we go for this week!

Work Out Schedule

Monday
Body Pump Fitness Class 60 minutes

Tuesday
Thighs/Butt Class for 30 minutes
Then RPM Bike class for 60 minutes

Wednesday
Body Combat 60 minutes

Thursday
Out door 5k Run

Friday
Cynergy Yoga Class 60 minutes

Saturday
Out Door 5K run

Sunday
OFF



Menu Plan
As I make these recipes and like them I will add links so you can also have a copy of the recipe.

Monday
Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Corn on the cob

Tuesday
New York Strip Steak
Sweet potato bites
Vegetables.

Wednesday
Crock pot Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas
Side salad

Thursday
Worlds best chicken recipe? (We will see)
Rice
Vegetables

Friday
Out to dinner

Saturday
Homemade Lasagna
side salad
vegetables

Sunday
Pretzel Crusted Chicken
Baked potatoes
vegetables

Do you find that planning your meals and workout schedule is helpful for you to stay on track?

1.26.2013

What I Eat for Almost Every Breakfast While on Weight Watchers


Like so many of you my mornings are so busy its hard enough stopping to grab breakfast. My Monday thru Sunday is packed full from work, church, taking kids to school, and working out. I try to make breakfast one of my easiest meals so I wont skip it!

Here is an example of my Saturday morning as we are rushing out the door to Trey's basketball game. I love Chobani Greek vanilla yogurt with mini chocolate chips. My serving size that I have for breakfast is only 2 points. Since it is a Greek yogurt I am also getting protein. With the apple added its 0 points for a total of 2 points for the meal.


Last month during my Weight Watchers meetings our routine that we had to put into our life schedule was having a fruit or vegetable with every meal. Normally since I am short on time I would have skipped this but I am sticking with the plan! I love to have an apple each morning with my yogurt.






To make my breakfast complete I eat the yogurt, the apple, and drink 18 oz of water. The water is also made to take on the go but I try to drink it within 20 minutes. This is so easy and no reason to not have breakfast and start your day off right.



I usually take one day a week and make something a little more over the top that still fits within my points. Also many times for lunch I will make a breakfast item like protein waffles or pancakes.

Have you been eating your breakfast?

1.20.2013

This Weeks Workout Schedule and Dinner Menu For January 21


January 21- 27

My hope is to share this every Sunday to allow me to stay on track with my plan. I find I am most successful when I have a plan to follow. I have always been a planner with laying out my clothes the night before and having my workout bag packed. I hope this next step will also be a success.

I picked up some new workout clothes this weekend that I cant wait to wear!!! TJ Max is the most awesome place to find workout clothes right now.



Workout schedule:

Monday:
RPM Cylcing class

Tuesday:
Body Combat

Wednesday:
Run Day

Thursday
Nothing due to a work event

Friday:
Cynergy ( I love taking this class and winding down from the week!)

Saturday
Body Pump (ouch)

Sunday:
Run Day




Dinner Menu for the week
Side note: I am trying to make enough for next day lunches.

Monday:
Pizzucchini with side salad

Tuesday:
Salmon Glazed with Honey Sauce

Wednesday:
Pizza Stuffed Chicken Breast

Thursday:
Home style Weight Watchers Lasagna with Salad

Friday:
Mexican eating out

Saturday:
Alice Spring Chicken Dish


I will report back and let you know how this plan works!

1.18.2013

This Week In Weight Watchers

This week in Weight Watchers our focus is on our refrigerator. This is not a real image of mine but very close. Nothing was prepped or on order. You could not easily see what was avaliable.  I am so proud of the end product!


I went through and placed all of my fruits and vegetables in their own container which makes them ready for use. When you want a snack the last thing you want is to see your food in plastic and then have to wash and cut it. This makes it so easy for me!



Here is my salad in the large bowl. Tomato is cut and cucumber is ready to go. All it needs is the chicken breast that is already cooked in its own container. The best quick lunch!


All of my strawberries are ready to be cut or thrown in a zip lock bag to take to the office. I love to sprinkle a little sugar on them or eat with yogurt.



Here I have celery, carrots, and cantaloupe just ready to eat!

Here are a few tips to go along with this:

1. I never keep juice or real soda in my freg. Why waste points on juice!

2. I do not like fat free dressing but I do go for low fat. Also look for low fat cottage cheese, 1% milk, low fat sour cream, and more.

3. Go for the low fat yogurts or even Greek yogurts.

4. Cut your fruits and vegetables so they are on hand and ready to eat.

5. This month we are suppose to be training ourselves to eat a fruit or vegetables with every meal!

6. Don't buy so much that you cant even see what you have. Keep things in front of you.


This week I have to share one of my new loves. I am taking a Cynergy class and I love it. Its like a yoga class and it really helps me with stress and focus. I love it!

My yoga mat ready to go!



Getting ready for class......let the de-stressing begin!

Baked Salmon with Hoisin Sauce


One of my favorite dinners to make is Baked Hoisin Sauce over Salmon. It is so easy and so good. You must give this a try!!

Here is where you start. Get one pound of fresh salmon from your butcher. I then take my baking dish and spray with Pam.  I love these dishes from the QVC. You can bake in them and store items in them. I will make casseroles and freeze them because they come with a lid. Also great for leftovers.



I sprinkle lime juice over it, just enough to cover lightly. I bake at 400 for 10 minutes.

I mix 2 times the amount of hoisin sauce to 1 times the amount of honey. I like a lot of sauce so 4 tsp to 2 tsp of honey. Stir well and then cover and bake again for 10 minutes or until center is not raw.
Do not over cook!!





Very healthy dish!!



These are the two secrets to making this dish so yummy!! I hope you will give this recipe a try. My family loves it!

1.11.2013

"The Impossible" Movie Night


Tonight Trey, Dallas, and I went to see The Impossible. I believe this was one of the best movies I have ever seen. All three of us stayed glued to the screen and on the edge of our seats. Its one of those movies you really do need to see at the movies on the big screen. We have a media movie bonus room at our home but this is worth seeing at the movies. I think I gasped out loud twice!

I would love to talk to this family in person. Wow....this was really something!!! I don't want to give anything away but such a powerful movie.


source from Google photo

When we entered we had so much fun because we were the only people in the room. I love doing fun things and making memories every chance I can. Here are a few of our fun photos!






100% silly and having so much fun!!!


I accidentally hit the flash and it lit the room up completely on top of blinding us!!
Trey and Dallas finding us the perfect seats. So much fun when you are the first one there!!!


Only 4 months left she is will be off to college. We take in every minute!!!

Tory gets her own seat every time. She is a bit full............I wonder why?
Be sure to use everyday and make fun memories!!!

Do you plan to see this movie?

1.08.2013

Going Strong on Weight Watchers....Adding a New Workout


After my weigh in this week and having an extra 1.4 pound gain instead of a loss I wanted to add something new and fresh in my schedule. With 500 miles under my belt for 2012 I am still running but also looking to add a few new things in.

So tonight I tried out a new ladies only fitness center. They offer so many fitness classes which is works great for me. Tonight I took RPM.


RPM is an indoor cycling class workout where you ride to the rhythm to the music. A new class is routed every 3 months. It was very cool! The moves range from flat road biking to taking on the hills.


This is the classroom. The greatest part is they black out the lights and turn the music up. I loved it. Since this was my first class I grabbed a bike on the back row. I talked Dallas into joining me and she did awesome.


You can see I grabbed the corner back row bike. I also wore all black so the black lights would not make me stand out. I was proud of my hard work!

A few more classes I plan to take over the next several days will be:




As you can see I hit my goal of 500 miles last year so this year I want to be in the hundred range but I also want to add several different types of workouts in to stay motivated and fit.


What new class do you want to try?
 
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