YAAAAAAYYY! It’s Friday! Fridays are fabulous. This weekend Steven and I are spending Saturday in North Carolina, doing some apartment hunting. I am praying that we will have a little bit more clarity and perhaps some direction about where we will be living. We know the general area, but we just don’t have a place to move into yet and because of that we can’t set a move in date. So once we are able to narrow down our choices, we’ll be able to get the moving ball rolling a little bit more. I’m continuing to feel equal parts nervous and excited during this whole process, but I am praying big prayers, that God will keep fear out of my heart. He is a big God, I have seen His power before and I am believing that I will get to see it again!
My healthy lifestyle change is still going well. I have been attempting to go to the gym everyday, with my more intense days being Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. I have been loving this addition because the gym makes me feel like a million bucks. I am working hard and feeling good about my choices, which in turn causes me to like myself a little more. And I’m continuing to find healthier recipes that I really enjoy! I only have three for you this week, plus one delicious suggestion.
Recipe number one is a stuffed pepper soup. It was AMAZING. And it made so much that we had leftovers for lunches and dinner. Steve really liked this one too so it was a winner all the way around. Winter is the perfect time for soup, and this is a really tasty and hearty one. I love stuffed peppers… but I don’t know if I’ll have made them again now that I’ve tried the soup. YUMMMMM! Here is the recipe. I used ground turkey instead of ground beef because that’s just how we roll in the Combs house. I also used a little less than 3 cups of rice but it was still plenty. I’ll definitely be making this one again… probably this week in fact.
Recipe number two was crock pot chicken and rice bowls. Apparently I really like Mexican food. This was also really good. I put some organic light sour cream on and some lettuce and it was delish! I probably won’t make this a ton, simply because I try to not make rice too much, even when it’s brown rice. I wonder how this would taste with quinoa instead? Maybe I’ll have to try that. I also love crock pot meals because they give me the ability to have dinner ready right after work, even when I can’t be home. It’s so convenient. Here is the recipe.
Recipe number three is a creamy chicken quinoa and broccoli casserole. I am actually going to be making this one tonight, but I’ve made it in the past. I LOVE quinoa and broccoli so this is a match made in heavy. I’m excited! Here is the recipe. This week’s dishes have been a little bit more heavy, but still filled with good things. Quinoa is a super food, and is extremely versatile. If you haven’t used it in your cooking before, I highly recommend giving it a try.
My final tidbit for you is that you MUST try Bark Thins. They are pieces of dark chocolate bark, normally packed with delicious things. My favorite one is the dark chocolate with pretzel and sea salt. These pieces of deliciousness are fair trade and GMO free so I feel like I am making a solid choice for my health and for someone else in the world. Chocolate is one of the most important things to buy fair trade, as the people that work in this market are often times abused. They sell this brand on amazon, but it’s overpriced! I got mine from Fresh Market but they also sell them at my local Kroger. If you check out their website there is also a list of additional places this treat can be found.
Changing my lifestyle has definitely pushed me in my cooking endeavors. Like making lasagna and noodles with zucchini and crust with cauliflower. It’s so fun to try new things and find healthier alternatives for the things I love! Happy and healthy cooking to you my friend!
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