Grilled Veggie Tacos with Spicy Yogurt Sauce

IMG_9102Solo dinner again last night. Going on day 13 of my husband out on the Northern California fires. But that’s ok, cooking for just myself means I get to experiment with food ideas without the pressure of having to impress somebody else. If it doesn’t work, no problem, I don’t have to tell anybody about my food fail. But if it works then I can’t wait to share it with everybody.

We all have favorite foods and the staples we make every week, but sometimes all it takes is a little tweak and you’ve got a new favorite.  I wanted tacos last night but didn’t have all the usual standard Mexican fixings and my daughter was on hour three of constant whining, so there was no way I was going to the store. Time to get creative. Continue reading

Spaghetti Squash Pizza Bake

Spaghetti Squash BakeTo say that a lot has happened in my life over the past few weeks is an understatement. But regardless of my husband being out of county for the past 11 days, playing single parent to Reesey Girl and dealing with the consequences of my life decisions, I still manage to take care of my diet.  My meals might be a little less complicated but that doesn’t mean that they have to suffer in the taste or health category.  I always cook certain meats and vegetables in bulk.  For the obvious reason of being prepared on a flexible eating program, but also for times like these when life is just so full of stuff that you might feel like straying from your goals.  Having food items that you can mix and match that are half-prepped in the fridge makes things so much easier and really give you no excuse to fall off track.

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What I’m Wearing Wednesday

Normally I would buy my bikinis pre-summer because I want to maximize the amount of time I get to wear them, but I just got this one last week.  Months ago I signed up for this pretty large CrossFit competition and in recent years, swim WODs have almost become a staple in competing lately.  Anyways, I realized that none of my current swimwear is competition appropriate, so I asked my friend Molly Vollmer about recommendations for a good athletic two-piece since she’s competed numerous times.

She gave me a couple of brand names to research but everything was online.  Ordering swimsuits online when you’ve never tried on a specific brand is sketch.  I took a chance and ordered a Jolyn two piece and when I got it in the mail last week I was not disappointed!  However I AM disappointed in the fact that I have to withdraw from the competition this weekend because my two male teammates, one of which is my husband, are out of county on a strike team fighting fires.

I’ve been training months for this competition, and sacrificing many cheat meals, as it has some very legit athletes that sign up and I wanted to be in the best shape possible for my performance and teammates…not to mention I wanted to make sure I could rock this bikini for the swim WOD.  Turns out…

One…There’s no swim WOD programmed, and two, I obviously am not competing anymore.  Double bummer but, hey, I got a cute swimsuit out of it and the bottoms are great for tanning 🙂

If you’re interested in checking out Jolyn, they have a variety of cuts and colors.  The color selection is out of control.  Amazingly bright colors that will get you noticed.  I opted for the solid triangle top with a criss-crossed tie in the back and the Euro bottoms because a bottom that is “full” coverage tend to come up a little too high on my short frame.

I ordered a medium in both top and bottom and I consider myself muscular and curvy.  Because the top has a tie in the back you can adjust the fit easily and the bottoms have a drawstring built in as well to make sure they are secure.  Even though this is an “athletic” swimsuit it’s super cute.  So i’m wearing it while I lay by the pool and showing you all since I don’t get to wear it this weekend 😦

Pardon the nursery room pic, it’s the only full length mirror I have in the house!  So this is what I’m wearing this Wednesday…

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Jolyn Triangle Top – Black

Jolyn Euro Bottom – Lava

ALL of the Zucchini

Since I adopted 4 zucchini babies last week, i’ve had to make sure that they were well taken care of.  I think I have mentioned many times before how much I hate wasted food, so to have giant zucchinis sitting in my kitchen staring at means I have to use them…any way I can.  So i’ve been eating zucchini in one form or another almost every day for the last week.  But i’m ok with that because I LOVE my veggies and being on a flexible eating plan, I can basically eat ALL of the zucchini and barely put a dent in my macros.  The recipe below for my stuffed zucchini boats are so low in carb and fat grams and super high in protein.

There are so many things you can do with giant zucchinis, both simple and a little more complicated.

Here’s a small list to think about:

Stuffed Zucchini with Anything and Everything

Zucchini Noodles topped with marinara, pesto or garlic and olive oil

Zucchini Lasagna

Zucchini Pizza Rounds

Grilled Zucchini Slices (this mornings breakfast pic below)

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Almond Flour Crusted Zucchini Sticks

Burgers with Grilled Zucchini “Buns”

Zucchini, Tomato and Mozzarella Cheese Bake

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Japanese Yam Chips

unnamed-1On the last day of our Tahoe vacation we got home super late in the day but had planned on making dinner.  Just grilled meat, salad and baked potatoes. We had brought up some Japanese Yams, my favorite of the sweet potato variety but they take forever to bake in the oven depending on their size and it was too late to start baking them whole. They needed to be used before they went bad so I decided to make them into chips! Never tried it before but figured why not? I love them whole, why wouldn’t I love them sliced thin and crisped up? Continue reading

What I’m Wearing Wednesday

I feel like my What I’m Wearing Wednesday posts lately reflect what I’m wearing  about 20% of the time.  Believe me, I love getting dressed up and I love putting outfits together, but let’s be real. The majority of the time I live in workout clothes so those are just as important to post because workout clothes can be fun too. I like getting new workout clothes. One, because I wear them every day and two, because if I’m wearing workout clothes it means I have to get my ass to the gym. Motivation!

Two years ago, I met this great couple down at the Crossfit games who own a Crossfit gym in the Sacramento area.  The husband, Charlie, was talking about this company he was starting that was based on thefairly  combination of caffeinating and lifting weights. Hence, the brand name Caffeine & Kilos. At the time it was just in the works, and now, two years later, his company had absolutely exploded in the Crossfit community and beyond. Charlie and Micha are such down to earth awesome people that I’m happy to see their success and happy to support their brand.  Plus I consider them fairly “local” since we’re both NorCal so it kind of feels like that whole shop small idea…and their stuff comes fast 😊

I have to admit that my husband was the first Morlock to sport C&K apparel in this relationship but I quickly jumped on his bandwagon. I love their stuff. The tanks are great and the muscle tees like the one I just got are super soft and flattering.  What I also like about their products is that their logo is simple and their colors are great.  I don’t like busy workout apparel. They keep it real and I appreciate that.

For reference I wear a size small.  So check out the Caffeine & Kilos website and support The Movement.

So this is what I’m wearing this Wednesday…

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Mint Women’s Muscle Tank – Caffeine & Kilos

Oatmeal Apple Pie Yogurt

IMG_8449Well, this was a happy accident.  After 10 days off my macros and coming home to an empty fridge, I probably should have gotten back on track today, but I decided to just get after it the morning we left because, why not???  I’m a go getter and I have goals.  I had my fun on vacation and was ready to get back to a normal eating routine, so why wait another day?  But I didn’t have time to go to the store so I had to make do with whatever we had in the pantry and any leftover vacation food we brought home with us…which was basically nothing haha. Continue reading

Easy Shredded Chicken Korean BBQ Bowls

My husband is a firefighter and works A LOT, especially in the summer time.  So that means I’m home alone for dinner a good chunk of the time.  But just because I’m eating solo, it doesn’t mean that my dinner’s have to be boring.  But a non-boring dinner also doesn’t mean it has to be complicated.  There are a few staples that I always keep in my fridge that are super healthy but extremely versatile.  I ALWAYS have rotisserie chicken breast on hand.  I buy one or two from Costco because they’re only $4.99 each and pull apart the breasts when I get home.  I keep the shredded chicken breasts for myself because the white meat has less fat and pull off the legs and wings and put them in a separate Tupperware for my husband to have for lunch or take to work – win/win situation for us both!  Depending on what I’m making, I will use the darker meat from the legs too, but when I’m eating on my own, my meals tend to be a little cleaner because I’m only feeding myself.  But again, clean doesn’t have to be flavorless!  Rotisserie chicken is perfect for ANYTHING.  It becomes whatever you need it to be.  That’s why it pairs so nicely with cauliflower rice, because there are so many different directions you can take it. Continue reading

What I’m Wearing Wednesday

I’ve added a few new maxi skirts to my summer wardrobe.  You can’t go wrong with a maxi skirt.  I prefer a solid maxi to a printed one, but that’s just me.  My black go-to maxi is from Target but I just got this white one from Splendid that can either be worn as a maxi or a dress so it’s versatile.  I know white can get super dirty but it just looks so good with everything!  Especially in the summer!  I lovvvvvvve crisp white clothes on tan skin.  Nothing says summer more.  I like to keep my maxi skirts simple and fitted.  A hip and butt hugging silhouette that hangs straight down with not too much excess material is most flattering on my short and muscular frame.  What I also like about maxi skirts are that they can be dressed up or down.  They pair so well with racer back tanks or a breezy top.  Your accessories of choice are really what define the casual vs. fancier look you’re going for.  This skirt was moderately priced.  Obviously it ain’t a Target, but it’s not terrible and it’s not like it’ll be going out of style anytime soon, so that’s how I justified it!  Spledid clothing is kind of on the pricey side but they’re having a 50% off sale right now if you check out their website Here.  Their stuff is super light weight and comfy.  Perfect for summer time and goes with practically anything. I actually bought this skirt on Shopbop because the Splendid site didn’t carry it. I’m wearing the XS.  And if you end up getting one, just make sure you have a nude colored pair of low rise Hanky Panky thong underwear to go with it 🙂

So this is what I’m wearing this Wednesday…

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Splendid Maxi Tube Skirt – Shopbob

Hanky Panky Low Rise Thong – Nordstrom

Sweet and Spicy Grilled Drumsticks

DrumsticksIf the weather is warm, it means we are grilling something at my house.  Steak, chicken, vegetables…you name it, it’s on the grill.  Everything just tastes better when it comes from the BBQ, especially when it’s got great flavors behind it.  I’ve had these drumsticks in my freezer forever and needed to use them.  Drumsticks are one of those pieces of chicken that you kind of forget about.  Breasts and thighs are usually our go-to cuts for grilling, but then you grill the drumsticks and you’re like, “why don’t I do this more often?!”  They’re juicy and you get to eat them with your hands! Continue reading